Thursday, February 22, 2018

Waste water treatment project to start soon

PASSING IT ON: Secretary of Settlements, Urban Renewal and Public Utilities Clarence Jacob, left, hands over the Queen’s Baton to Paralympics 2016 gold medallist Akeem Stewart on May 30 as the baton makes its trip around the world ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia.

HOME SUPPORT: Secretary of Settlements, Urban Renewal and Public Utilities Clarence Jacob, left, presents Kirtis Thomas with a cheque during the May 26 home improvement grant distribution ceremony at the Division in Rockey Vale. Thomas was one of 23 recipients of either a grant or beneficiary owned land subsidy.

BRIGHT SMILES: Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation Nadine Stewart-Phillips, centre, is flanked by dancers during Indian Arrival Day celebrations at the Gulf City Mall, Lowlands, on May 27. See Page 26

A new project is set to start that will allow south west Tobago to manage its waste water efficiently.

The South West Tobago Wastewater Rehabilitation Project, to be conducted by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will treat wastewater collected in target communities. According to Peter Hackett, WASA's head of Tobago Affairs, the company is seeking to centralise sewerage treatment facilities.

Hackett said: “The objective of the south west waste water is by redirecting and partially treating all inflowing streams which are currently entering the surface drainage system by connecting them to our existing, underutilised waste water ponds for further treatment.”

Carl Santana, the project manager for the works, said two plants have also been adopted at Buccoo and Milford Court.

Two new pond systems will be put in place at the end of Samaan Grove's waste stabilisation ponds to ensure all environmental standards are met for discharge of the treated water, or effluent.

The waste water treatment plant at Smithfield is running at low capacity, and WASA is assuring that it will be fully utilised.

Come learn about

the ‘tree of life'


The African Baobab tree is impressive, and known for its health properties.

In fact, it's known as the tree of life, because almost every part of the tree can be utilised, whether for food, flavouring, medicine or textiles and crafts.

And the tree will be subject of a lecture, “The African Baobab: a Rare Tree in Tobago”, on Thursday at the Scarborough Library Facility from 5 p.m.

There are only 10 known established African Baobab trees in Tobago; the oldest is likely 200 years old. The Library will have an exhibit on the topic as well, which will run from yesterday to June 16.

The lecture will be presented in collaboration with Tobago's Forestry Division.

The public is invited to come out and learn about the remarkable tree, and its history in Tobago.

New computers

at Betsy's Hope


A computer literacy programme will begin this month at the Betsy's Hope/Louis D'or Multi-Purpose Facility.

And ahead of the programme, piloted by the WAND (Women in Action for the Needy and Destitute) Foundation, the community welcomed six new computers, and a laser printer in the Facility's computer room. It's also being supported by the THA's Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour.

Community Development Secretary Marslyn Melville-Jack and Assistant Secretary Shomari Hector were at the Betsy's Hope Multipurpose Centre on May 26, along with Village Council representative Rawle Anderson for the handover of the equipment.

The WAND Foundation's, Dev Maraj, who also represented the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), said the initiative has already been successful in a number of communities in Trinidad.

Now, Betsy's Hope has become the pioneer for the literacy programme in Tobago.

Late coming a ‘bad habit'


Being on time for work—and all other appointments—is important in helping to shape a productive society.

This is the view of Secretary of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour, Marslyn Melville-Jack, who said there needs to be change where punctuality in Tobago is concerned.

“We see late coming as a kind of culture,” the Secretary stated. “But I wish to say categorically this afternoon, that late coming is not a culture, it is a bad habit.”

Melville-Jack believes embracing strong values and professionalism will make a big difference.

She said: “Let's develop a reputation of integrity, which means that we are honest, and that we are consistent in what we say and do. Let's also cultivate self-discipline, staying focused on our long term goals and not being side-tracked by instant gratification.”

Arrival day celebrations an ‘inspiration'


The East Indian community is being praised for its contributions to the culture and development of Trinidad and Tobago.

In her Indian Arrival Day message on May 30, Secretary of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour Marslyn Melville-Jack said the celebrations should inspire everyone to be “more passionate about our nation's future, understanding that we all have a role to play in the development of Trinidad and Tobago”.

The Secretary said challenging economic times should also encourage the people of Trinidad and Tobago to dig a little deeper.

“This has made a demand on all of us as residents of this our beloved nation to exploit the strengths of our cultural tapestry to engender the stability and resurgence of our economy,” Melville-Jack said.

Queen's baton relay

stops in Tobago


The Queen's Baton is making its trip around the world to the countries that will compete in the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia.

And for a day, the baton made a stop in Tobago, as a ceremony was hosted at Pigeon Point Heritage Park. Trinidad and Tobago is the first Caribbean nation to receive the baton, and it made its way to Port of Spain before heading to Tobago.

The 21st Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held at the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia from April 4 to 15, 2018.

Australian High Commissioner John Pilbeam, whose country will host the Games, said he is happy to see the baton reach Tobago.

“By the time the Queen's message is received on the Gold Coast on the 4th of April,” Pilbeam said, “it will have travelled 230,000km, or two-thirds of the way to the moon in the longest and most accessible relay event ever. I'm delighted that some of those 230,000km will be Tobago kilometres.”

Good turnout for YAPA


Revitalising agriculture also means having sufficient trained farmers.

And the goal of the Youth Apprenticeship Programme for Agriculture (YAPA), is to prepare tomorrow's farmers for the industry.

Secretary of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries Hayden Spencer is pleased with the progress of the Programme. At the May 24 post Executive Council media briefing, he commended Tobagonians for seeking to contribute to the agricultural sector.

“Back in the days in the first ten cycles, I think the largest contingent we would have had in any given cycle could have been ten,” Spencer said. “Today I am happy to report that as of the April 10, 2017, we have 56 trainees at the Kendal Farm School presently undergoing training.”

The programme prepares the aspiring farmers in several areas, including classroom theory, daily practical field work, crop production, animal husbandry and basic agro-processing. Each cycle of the YAPA programme runs for ten months.


Plymouth jetty to be relocated


The Plymouth Jetty will soon be demolished and relocated.

According to Secretary of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries Hayden Spencer, work has started to clear the site.

“We would have engaged a company to do an assessment of the demolishing and the carting away of the old existing jetty,” Spencer explained.

“What I know for that is in place, discussions [are] to be held with [the owner] as it relates to the construction of a new jetty.”

The Secretary also addressed the status of the Scarborough market, saying the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment, has already started clearing the relocation site.

“So as soon as [the Infrastructure Division] completes that, the site will be laid out, it will be paved, and we will start putting the infrastructure in place for the relocation of the vendors at the present market so that the present market can be refurbished.”

Spencer says a date for the relocation will be determined once paving at the temporary location is completed.

Launch of the Choice Foundation


A new foundation has been launched to advocate for child safety in Tobago.

The CHOICE (Creating a Holistic Option for the Intervention against Child Exploitation) Foundation was launched on May 26 at the Mt Irvine Bay Hotel.

The Foundation aims to provide a safe haven for children who experience abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.

In her feature speech at the launch, former independence senator Dr Eastlyn McKenzie said there are many social ills that continue to impact Tobago's society, including child abuse. She applauded the Foundation for taking the first step towards solving this problem.

Also at the event was Secretary for Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour, Marslyn Melville-Jack and the Division's Assistant Secretary, Shomari Hector.