Trinidad and Tobago

106 traffic tickets issued in 4 hours

Over 106 tickets were issued today during a police exercise. The following is the TTPS press release: 

One hundred and six tickets were issued today to motorists for various traffic offences following an anti-crime exercise undertaken by the Northern Division in the Arouca Station District and involving officers from the Licensing Department.

Of the 106 tickets issued 40 were for the unauthorised use of the Priority Bus Route.

The tints on 59 vehicles were also removed.

WASA UPDATE: Repairs to Wrightson road leak delayed

Repair work on damaged transmission main on Wrightson road has been delayed. The following is the full press release 

The Water and Sewerage Authority advises that the ongoing emergency repairs to the broken 21" transmission main, on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, in the vicinity of the Diego Martin, Maxi Taxi stand, has been unavoidably delayed. 

Repair works are expected to completed by 12:00 midnight, while the supply to affected customers, will normalize 2 to 4 hours thereafter. 

Minister of Health: Exercise caution when purchasing fish

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh is advising members of the public to exercise caution and good judgment as it relates to the purchasing and consumption of fresh fish on the local market.

Since the discovery of dead fish floating off waters of Mosquito Creek, some environmental activists have been telling T&T not to eat local fish.

Mr. Deyalsingh says the public health inspectorate of his ministry has been visiting fish depots cross country to ensure the proper standards were being adhered to.

Minister of Health: Exercise caution when purchasing fish

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh is advising members of the public to exercise caution and good judgment as it relates to the purchasing and consumption of fresh fish on the local market.

Since the discovery of dead fish floating off waters of Mosquito Creek, some environmental activists have been telling T&T not to eat local fish.

Mr. Deyalsingh says the public health inspectorate of his ministry has been visiting fish depots cross country to ensure the proper standards were being adhered to.

PTSC workers protest

Workers with the Public Transportation Service Corporation stormed the launch of the Wifi services on PTSC buses this morning which was held at the PTSC compound at South Quay.

The workers said their action was intended at highlighting frustrations with delays in getting monies owed to them.

They are owed money for the 2011-2013 period.

Minister of Works and Transport, Fitzgerald Hinds was present and assured the workers that their concerns would be looked into.

 

Cane farmers reject $57.9 million pay-out; demand $103 million

Trinidad Guardian: Cane farmers are rejecting Government's promise to pay $57.9 million as final payment of the outstanding two tranches of a grant by European Union as compensation following the closure of Caroni (1975) Limited several years ago.

So said attorney Gerald Ramdeen, who is representing the former cane farmers in the matter.

An announcement of the payment was made yesterday by the Planning and Development Ministry.

Cabinet yesterday approved the payment of more than $57.9 million, which represented the remaining two tranches of the payments. 

No water for affected Port-of-Spain customers until 7pm, at best

The Water and Sewerage Authority says low pressures or no water supply to customers in parts of Port-of-Spain, is due to a broken 21-inch transmission main on Wrightson Road near the Diego Martin maxi-taxi stand.

A statement from WASA says emergency repairs are currently underway and is expected to be completed by 7pm tonight.

WASA says the areas to be affected include:

* Southern part of Port of Spain, including Wrightson Road, Independence Square, as far north as Duke Street;

* Morvant and Barataria

Demand for US$1 billion bond reached US$3.5 billion hours after issue

The Ministry of Finance says the US$1 billion bond issue to the international market, resulted in a demand amounting to $3.5 billion, in just two and a half hours.

The Ministry has issued a statement on the success of the bond issue. 

"Trinidad & Tobago successfully launched a US$1Bn 10-year bond in New York on Thursday 28th July 2016, marking its first international bond issue in three years.

Oil spill clean-up continues

Clean-up work is continuing on the oil spill at Santa Flora and repair works on the affected pipeline is also expected today.

The Environmental Management Authority has issued the following update on the matter.

"The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) can report that following a Petrotrin oil spill yesterday in its Santa Flora field, work on containing the spill and collecting oil progressed overnight.

SEE ALSO: Oil spill in Santa Flora

Toco man indicted for murder of Tobago man

Toco resident Dominic Charles has appeared before Scarborough Magistrate, Michelle Maharaj-Brown, charged with the murder of Tobago resident, Zaquis Daniel.

Daniel, 30, met his death following a dispute with another man in the vicinity of Live Wire Bar, Lambeau, Tobago, on July 15th, 2016.

He was stabbed multiple times.

This was the first recorded murder on the island for 2016.

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