Floods Continue To Cause Chaos In Trinidad & Tabago. PDF | Print | E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:36

A third day of flooding continued to wreak havoc in Bamboo Settlement, Spring Village and St Helena in the constituencies of St Augustine and Caroni which were among the areas severely affected by heavy showers over the weekend.

As clean up operations continued along the East-West corridor and other flood affected areas, most of Bamboo Settlement and St Helena remained under three to five feet of water, resulting in residents from Bamboo Settlement and St Helena having to be relocated to nearby shelters. 

Twenty-five residents from Temple Street, Bamboo Settlement were being housed in a temple and mosque in the area as their homes were flooded. 

The residents of Bamboo Settlement said they were concerned about their health as flood waters from the St Joseph and San Juan rivers remained stagnant and a foul odour was emanating from the settled water. 

To the western side of the Caroni River, two out of the three pumps installed in the area for pumping water into the Caroni River, were not functioning and as a result two pumps normally used for agricultural purposes, were being put to use to rid the area of the flood waters. The residents noted that these pumps were inadequate since it could take days to remove the amount of water that had settled. Farmer Ragoonath Disnath said he lost thousand of dollars as his melongene, pepper and cucumber crops were destroyed by the flood waters. Other agricultural plots could be seen covered in flood waters when Newsday visited the area. The residents said they are fearful of what may happen if the rain continues to fall since the Caroni River was on the verge of bursting its bank on their side. 

Ministers Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh and Dr Lincoln Douglas of the Ministry of the People and Social Development and Congress of the People Leader and Minister of Legal Affairs Prakash Ramadhar toured the flooded areas in Bamboo Settlement # 2, including Temple Street which was adversely affected. 

The ministers in boots, boarded pick-up vans in the three feet of water on the streets to ascertain the level of damage done by the flood. 

Ramadhar expressed his gratitude to members of the community who reached out and gave assistance to those affected. He said there are plans to have school feeding kitchens prepare meals for those who were unable to cook because they were adversely affected by the flood waters. 

Ramadharsingh said although the situation was “terrible”, his ministry was seeking the assistance of other ministries. He said the area will have to be sprayed and mobile clinics will have to be set up due to the condition of some homes which were affected by the flood waters. Additionally, Ramadharsingh said fire officers, army personnel, CEPEP and URP have been commissioned to lend assistance in flood affected areas. 

Meanwhile, although the North Coast Road, Maracas has reopened, work continues to contain the landslip which occurred on Saturday. When Newsday visited the site yesterday, workmen and a backhoe could be seen clearing some of the rubble which continued to fall as a result of the landslip. One of the men said efforts were being slowed down since they were awaiting an excavator to remove loose soil off the mountain. Officials from the Meteorological Office said more rain is expected as the country was under the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone. 

Isolated thunder showers are expected for the next 24 hours and the Meteorological Office said they will continue to maintain a flood bulletin. The Eastern Indoor Sporting Complex has been utlised as a temporary emergency shelter by the Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC) for persons who were displaced by the flooding over the weekend.




Didier Drogba seeks to bring peace to Ivory Coast PDF | Print | E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:57

The Chelsea striker was talking about his role on the recently launched Truth Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission.

He said he had not hesitated in taking the post but added: "It's not going to be easy, I'm not superman."

About 3,000 people were killed and 500,000 displaced in four months of violence after November's election.

Laurent Gbagbo, popular in the south of the country, refused to accept defeat and hand over power, despite the UN declaring Alassane Ouattara - his long-time foe - the winner.

Mr Ouattara, whose power base is in the north, took office in April after Mr Gbagbo was captured with the backing of UN and French forces in the main city, Abidjan.

'I want to go back'

Mr Drogba, who represents Ivory Coast's diaspora on the 11-member commission, said every Ivorian has been affected by the conflict - and he had also lost friends and relatives.


"I hope that in a few years' time people from north from south - from all the different places - they will be able to sit together and say sorry," he said.

"You've got to make people understand that this country is better when there's peace, this country is better when we forgive.

"I want to go back and I want my kids as well to go back and live in Ivory Coast."

Mr Drogba said it was going to be difficult to manage expectations but his influence in the past had shown how "football can bring people together" - pointing to the 2006 when Ivory Coast qualified for the finals for the first time.

Commission chairman former Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny met Mr Drogba on Tuesday in London to discuss the arrangements for the commission.

"We are 11. Didier Drogba is number 11 in the national team. This time it's not a game," Reuters news agency quotes him as telling journalists.

The BBC's John James in Abidjan says Mr Drogba has managed to stay clear of politics in the country even though he comes from the same ethnic group as former President Gbagbo.

He is frequently seen on billboards throughout the country and is by the far the country's most recognisable export, our correspondent says.

Supporters of Alassane Ouattara burn tires during a protest in the Koumassi district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast (16 December 2010)About 3,000 people died in the violence and many thousands were displaced

In 2007, Mr Drogba set up his own foundation to fund health and education projects in Africa - and is in the process of building a hospital in Abidjan, the city where he was born.

A site has been chosen but construction has yet to begin.

Ivory Coast - the world's largest cocoa producer - used to be seen as a haven of peace and prosperity in West Africa.

But under the surface, the country has long been deeply divided along ethnic, religious and economic lines.

November's poll was intended to fully reunify the country, split in two after a civil war in 2002.

Mr Ouattara has said his government will pursue reconciliation, but there will also be justice for victims of the conflict.

Mr Gbagbo is under house arrest and has been charged with looting, armed robbery, and embezzlement.


British Airways Will Be Cutting Service To Caribbean In 2012. PDF | Print | E-mail
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Monday, 19 September 2011 19:49

In Phillipsburg, St. Maarten on Friday The aviation company  British Airways will cut 6 percent of its seat stock to the Caribbean in 2012.

That’s the word from CEO Keith Williams, who made the disclosure to delegates from the Caribbean Tourism Organization at their first State of the Industry Conference in St. Maarten this morning, Sept. 16th.

Williams, while sharing the technological updates being made to attract more premium or first class passengers to BA, told delegates and the media that the reduction in seats to the region is necessary for the carrier’s balance sheet since leisure travel has not bounced back as quickly as officials had hoped.

The cut back will include a pull-out from the Jamaican Montego Bay market, which BA returned to two years ago.
“Our future is to return to profitability,” said Williams, adding that growth in a return to travel following the global recession has been slower that previously forecast.

“The APB (Airport Departure Tax” is further dampening demand,” he added.

“Unfortunately we struggled to attract premium volumes to make it profitable,” explained Simon Brooks, head of Consumer Sales of BA, of the planned exit from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport.

“We had less than 50 percent” going into Jamaica on some flights, added Colm Lacy, head of Commercial BA, Gatwick.

Paraguay's New President May be Moderate PDF | Print | E-mail
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Paraguayan President-elect Fernando Lugo was all smiles as he and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez embraced, talked of a revolution for the poor and pledged to build a united Latin America.

But as the former Roman Catholic priest ended a three-nation tour Thursday that also included visits to Venezuela's leftist allies in Bolivia and Ecuador, political analysts predicted he will take a less radical approach to governing.

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Chavez Protests EU With Oil Threat PDF | Print | E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008 16:22
Hugo Chavez (CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened not to sell oil to European Union countries.

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