Thursday, June 22, 2017



Jun. 21, 2017, 11:39 PM AST Comments

CRITICISED for his response during the build-up and after­math of Tropical Storm Bret, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was part of a tour of flood-ravaged parts of Debe, Penal and Barrackpore yesterday. And he explained why he was not more visible and vocal. Rowley said he was among hundreds of passe

‘Worst we’ve seen in St Helena over 40 years’*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:35 PM AST Comments

NEARLY 48 hours of “hell” was how one resident of St Helena Village yesterday described the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret’s Monday night passage, which emptied enough rain on the flood-prone community to drown some homes in up to four feet of water. As footage and photographs of

South floods bring misery*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:32 PM AST Comments

There was no ease for residents of Barrackpore yesterday morning, as many roadways remained under flood waters. At least one family had to be evacuated in Lower Barrackpore, as water began seeping into their home on Tuesday night. At Clarke Road, Penal, Vanessa Gokool and her daughter Reshma Mahabir

‘It’s bad in Moruga’*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:31 PM AST Comments

TROPICAL Storm Bret ripped through parts of Moruga on Monday night, leaving some families with nothing but the clothes on their backs, Moruga/Tableland MP Dr Lovell Francis has said. Francis helped affected families, provided food and assisted with clean-up operations from daybreak on Tuesday. He sa

Sinanan: Let CEPEP help*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:28 PM AST Comments

WORKS and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday appealed to regional corporations to utilise the manpower presented by the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) in recovery efforts following flooding caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Bret.

Valencia South, Manzanilla Govt schools stay closed*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:26 PM AST Comments

Valencia South and Manzanilla Government Primary schools will remain closed today as they are being used to house displaced families after the passage of Tropical Storm Bret. And repair works are being carried out at Mayo RC Primary and Rousillac Hindu, Kanhai Presbyterian Primary, and St Helena SDM

Thousands still without power days after storm*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:24 PM AST Comments

AT least 20 per cent of the residents in the constituency of Mayaro remained without an electricity supply yesterday—two days after being battered by Tropical Storm Bret. Member of Parliament for Mayaro Rushton Paray said that State agencies are working to remove fallen trees and debris which

A man-made disaster*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:22 PM AST Comments

IT was the actions of man, not an “act of God”, that led to the pile-up of at least 3,000 square feet of debris in a river in St Augustine. Thousands of bamboo stalks, plastic bottles and Styrofoam comprised the majority of the material that formed itself into a dam in a tributary of th

Man, 64, shot in crossfire between officer and bandit*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:21 PM AST Comments

A shoot-out between a prison officer and a bandit in the capital city yesterday afternoon left a 64-year-old man nursing gunshot injuries. The incident occurred at about 3.10 p.m. along Charlotte Street, Port of Spain. A Prison Officer One, attached to the Port of Spain Prison, was driving his Hond

‘JLSC never made the decision’*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:19 PM AST Comments

YET more questions have arisen over the future of the 53 part-heard matters that were left undetermined by former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, prior to her elevation to and subsequent resignation of the High Court Bench.

Divert CEPEP to help clean-up, says Moonilal *

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:17 PM AST Comments

Divert Community-based Envi­ronmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) contractors to those areas which have been hard-hit by Tropical Storm Bret. This is the call made by Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Moo­nilal. In a news release yesterday, Moonilal also called on the Government to provide em

Help for disaster victims*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:8 PM AST Comments

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) yesterday issued a directory of social grants and programmes that can be accessed by citizens facing the challenges brought on by poverty, social inequality and social exclusion. With several communities and households having suffered ex

Trini in New York opens his Debe home to flood victims*

Jun. 21, 2017, 11:4 PM AST Comments

School teacher Ricardo Babulal went to the United States 12 years ago, but his heart remained with his friends and family in Debe. Babulal, who now lives in New York City, said he was saddened by the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Bret and he wants to help. So he has offered flood victims temp