30-year-old man dies in Tobago road accident

Keon Lewis, 30, of Mt St George died in a fatal accident along the Store Bay Local Road, on Tuesday night.

Lewis' death brings to four, the number of persons killed in vehicular accidents in Tobago for 2019.

According to eye witness accounts, Lewis was driving his Navara north along Silk Cotton Road in Bon Accord when he collided with a white panel van which was heading west along the Store Bay Local Road.

Both drivers were taken to the Scarborough General Hospital where Lewis died.

The other driver is in a stable condition.

Cedros family homeless after fire

Yet another family from Cedros has lost their home to a fire, bringing to four the number of families left homeless in fires over the past year.

With seven massive fires recorded in the peninsula since the start of the new year, residents say they will have no other choice but to mobilize a team to petition the government to put a fire appliance at the Cedros Security Complex.

Fire leaves La Brea family homeless

In the space of 30 min­utes, Kedisha Castil­lo and her fam­i­ly’s lives were turned up­side down af­ter a fire gut­ted their home in La Brea on Tuesday.

With noth­ing but the clothes on their backs, the fam­i­ly of four was try­ing their best to find a place to rest their heads for the night un­til they could fig­ure out their next move.

It was the sec­ond fire for the week that has left a fam­i­ly home­less and third in less than a month.

This the deadliest road in T&T

The dead­liest stretch of road­way in this coun­try is a 700-me­tre por­tion of the M2 Ring Road in Debe, where at least sev­en peo­ple have been killed as a re­sult of five fa­tal road traf­fic ac­ci­dents be­tween 2013 and 2017.

Seven homeless after Laventille fire

A bush fire got out of con­trol af­ter a man tried to burn some dried grass de­stroyed two homes and a car in Laven­tille on Sunday leav­ing sev­en peo­ple home­less.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the two wood­en hous­es caught fire around 9 am in Block 22, Laven­tille.

The af­fect­ed fam­i­lies were not present when Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the scene around 10 am.

Res­i­dent Se­le­na Williams said she was get­ting ready for church when she was alert­ed by neigh­bours about the blaze.

“I smell the bush burn­ing and I peek out,” she said.

King's Wharf fishermen still waiting for help after fire

A month after a fire destroyed eleven shacks on King's Wharf, fishermen are still waiting for assistance to buy back their boat engines and nets.

Stella Rasool who lost over $75,000 worth of nets and engines said since the fire they have not been able to go back to sea.

"The boat pulled up because we lost our engine. It really hard for us. Right now we living off our savings. We have four children to take care of and it really hard," Rasool said. 

She said after the fire San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello promised to assist.

Locust spraying hampered by heavy rain

Heavy rains put a damper on spraying operations inside the agricultural estates near Bunsee Trace, Penal on Tuesday as farmers continue to grapple with crop losses.

The locusts which are about a centimetre in length, have been gobbling down fields of cassava, peas, ochroes and bodi near the forests of Mon Diablo. Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said spraying started since Sunday.

However, residents of Penal Rock said not all the areas are being covered.

Locusts invade Penal farms

Ex­ten­sive spray­ing has start­ed in a bid to erad­i­cate swarms of lo­custs which have al­ready de­stroyed sev­er­al acres of crops at Mendez Vil­lage, Pe­nal.

Res­i­dent Hem­raj See­lal said the lo­custs have been feed­ing off trees in the forests since Jan­u­ary but over the past month, they have start­ed de­stroy­ing fields of peas, cas­sa­va, ochroes and bo­di.

“They eat­ing up the ochro trees. We are fac­ing a lot of loss­es right now,” See­lal said on Mon­day.