The Ministry of Works and Transport is advising the public that there will be a temporary traffic disruption along Mausica Road, D'abadie. This has become necessary to facilitate road rehabilitation works.
Hours of Work:
In light of the above, motorists are advised to comply with the following:
The Ministry said it regrets any inconvenience caused and thanks the public for its continued co-operation. For further information, please visit the Ministry's website (www.mowt.gov.tt) or call the PURE Unit at 638-2350, 638-2256 or 675-4052.
Pictured Above: PDP Political Leader, Watson Duke.
Political Leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), Watson Duke, responded today (Monday 5th December 2022) to several resignations from his party, including that of Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Farley Augustine.
In a Media Release titled ‘Farley and Friends Resignation from PDP,’ Duke addressed his fellow Tobagonians and said, “On behalf of the Progressive Democratic Patriots, of which am Political Leader, I wish to thank Farley and Friends for doing the honourable thing by resigning from the PDP and giving all of Tobago a fresh chance to vote for Change in the upcoming 2023 THA Elections. This cowardly act of abandoning the PDP Mandate and Tobagonians for 30 pieces of silver must be treated with scorn and contempt by us, the right-thinking people of Tobago.”
He added, “Tobago has been ambushed by Farley and Friends resignation from the PDP as it was not expected, since it was clear to all and sundry that after being elected on a PDP slate, my only and constant request was that they implement the Mandate that got us elected; that is ’People Before Politics.’ To stay true in governance on what we campaigned on, I had to publicly expose what we do since the people are not bystanders, but should be actively involved in policy-making. However, they abandoned the Mandate which gave us, the PDP, our victory, and they used their THA Executive powers to muzzle the voice of the people, which is likened to the voice of God. Remember, we promised Tobago participatory democracy in making decisions that is likely to affect Tobago, politically economically, socially and culturally. Instead, time and time again, they refused to answer the calls of the common man, they were too busy to listen to the cry of the financially and physically distressed, as they were clearly seeking their own interests rather than that of Tobago.”
The PDP Political Leader went on to say, “Regrettably, I saw first-hand where small contractors and Tobago businessmen were made to bid for paltry contracts while Trinidad contractors were given a lion's share of the contracts. Over the last year, big dollars flowed like water in the wrong direction, prompting the Prime Minister to admit that all the Development Budget of 300 million dollars, went back to Trinidad contractors without Tobago contractors being fully paid for what they were owed. Yes, Farley and Friends chose to allocate 17.5 million dollars on a weekend fete, while CEPEP, REFORESTATION and URP workers continue to be paid late and thousands of Tobagonians are jobless and hopeless.”
Duke’s Media Release concluded by saying, “Today I am proud to join with all Tobagonians in demanding fresh THA Elections no later than January 2023. The people of Tobago need to elect an Executive with a clear Mandate and not be governed by an Executive that steals power with no Mandate.”
The Trinidad and Tobago National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (NP) is assuring residents in rural communities that fuel distribution has resumed to key areas, in spite of the weather-related damage to roads and infrastructure.
In a Press Release on Monday (5th December 2022), NP notes that within recent days, its ability to deliver fuel to Service Stations in rural communities was challenged by localized flooding caused by heavy rainfall, which culminated in undermining roads and damaging infrastructure. “In light of this transportation vulnerability, NP's assessment of the potential safety hazards and risks would have dictated that deliveries be temporarily halted to safeguard the lives of our drivers and contractors and to avert the occurrence of any incident that could potentially pose risks to human life or the environment.”
NP said that although its distribution network “remains robust, reliable transportation infrastructure is paramount to NP's meeting its mandate. Nevertheless, in spite of the extraordinary weather events which rendered the roadways impassable and disrupted critical services, less than 5% of NP's network was impacted, with Toco being the only area where confirmation of accessibility for tankers carrying liquid fuels, is still outstanding. Service Stations originally impacted have since received a supply of fuel and an update would be provided subsequently.”
The company added, “Furthermore, NP conducted an assessment in collaboration with the Programme for Upgrading Road Efficiency (PURE) unit of the Ministry of Works and Transport and it was determined that full accessibility has been restored to the roadway at Chatham for NP vehicles to traverse and deliver fuel.”
In its “proactive response to the recent weather events,” NP said on 21st November 2022, it “first started exploring alternative routes where possible, which was confirmed yesterday [Sunday 4th December 2022]. Additionally, the company engaged the services of smaller single-discharge tanker units (operating at partial capacity due to weight restrictions), who together with the guidance of a spotter/lorry-man, would assist the driver with roadway visibility and maintaining a clear line of sight as they traverse key areas.”
NP’s Press Release concluded by saying, “Notwithstanding the above, NP wishes to reassure the public that the company has systems in place to ensure that we will continue to meet the fuel distribution needs of the country in a timely manner and ensure the reliable and continuous supply of liquid fuels, aviation fuel and LPG/cooking gas to the local market.”
Pictured Above: Police Officers during a raid in San Fernando on Monday morning. Photo Credit: Ivan Toolsie/CNC3.
Several illegal Venezuelans were arrested by Police Officers during an exercise early this morning (Monday 5th December 2022), near Roberts Road, San Fernando. According to landlord Anthony Gooloo, he was in the shower at around 6:35 AM when he heard a commotion outside and was confronted by several Officers.
Gooloo said he was ordered to raise his hand at gunpoint. “Naked as I born, I raise my hand,” he said. Officers showed him a warrant. He said he told them he had nothing illegal in the house and that he was renting the downstairs of his home to a Venezuelan family. Police then searched his property but found nothing illegal. They did, however, discover three (3) Venezuelans without their papers, who were visiting Gooloo’s tenants. Officers also found several other illegal Venezuelans living in a nearby property.
The exercise was conducted by Officers of the Southern Division and Immigration Division.
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Farley Augustine, along with all THA Secretaries, have tendered their resignations from the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) as of 1st December 2022.
In a Media Release on Monday (5th December 2022), which included a resignation letter, Augustine said, “I wish to inform the people of Tobago and by extension Trinidad, that my colleagues and I in the Tobago House of Assembly have taken the collective decision to resign from the Progressive Democratic Party as of December 01, 2022.”
The Chief Secretary added, “I wish to assure the people of Tobago that we remain completely focused on the business of the Tobago House of Assembly and serving the people of Tobago. I also wish to state that this transition will be seamless and swift, and I will address this matter further in due course. We reiterate our commitment to building a stronger, more self-sufficient Tobago.”
The included resignation letter contained signatures of the following sixteen (16) persons:
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UPDATE: A Venezuelan ID card was also found with one of the victims, bearing the name ‘Darrin Reynaldo James,’ indicating that he was a resident there. It listed his profession as ‘Businessman’ and said his nationality was ’Trinitario’ (Trinidadian). The other body has not been identified at this time.
The bodies of two (2) men were found in an empty plot of land along Rivulet Road, Couva, shortly after 6:00 AM this morning (Monday 5th December 2022). Photos on social media showed one of the men, of mixed descent, lying on his back, wearing only plaid boxer shorts. The other body, a short distance away, was fully clothed in pants and a blue T-shirt.
Both bodies appear to have several chop wounds. One of the victims (fully clothed) has been identified from his Driver’s Permit, as Darrin R. James of Market Street, Chaguanas. Police found a pair of crutches near to him, leading investigators to believe he might have been previously injured.
Police are currently on the scene.
This is the second double murder for the weekend.
The bodies of a couple — Amar Randy Ramdass and Anita Jagdeo — who allegedly were out to make a real estate transaction in Couva, were found in Jagdeo’s vehicle in a dirt track off Factory Road, Chaguanas on Sunday morning (4th December 2022). They were shot several times about their bodies.
More on the latest double murder as it becomes available.
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