Environment

EMA monitors red river report

As it con­tin­ued to mon­i­tor the Oropouche Riv­er, near the Dig­i­ty Mud vol­cano site, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) is­sued a stern warn­ing that peo­ple who pol­lute the na­tion’s rivers can be fined up to $100,000.

The riv­er turned red last week­end, ac­cord­ing to the care­tak­er of the Dig­i­ty Mud vol­cano site Rakesh Ram­per­sad but by the time EMA in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rived, the con­t­a­m­i­na­tion had dis­ap­peared.

Five landslips in Cedros

Five landslips have developed about four miles from Bamboo village in Cedros where a massive landslip swallowed up four houses a year ago, creating a ghost town.

The splintered village stands on the edge of the 200 feet precipice which erodes daily even as geotechnical teams from the University of the West Indies continue evaluating the cliff collapse.

Ministry seeks to recruit 147 litter wardens

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has resumed the recruitment of Litter Prevention Wardens across the nation.

A total of 147 wardens are to be recruited.

Litter Prevention Wardens are mandated to ensure the implementation of the Litter Act Chap:  30: 52 in accordance with the Municipal Corporations policies, procedures and arrangements.

Consequently, they are an integral resource to all corporations with regard to public health and sanitation.

Ministry to ask EMA to control noise at Brian Lara Stadium

The Plan­ning Min­istry will be ask­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) to pay at­ten­tion to fete noise lev­els em­a­nat­ing from the Lara Sta­di­um in Mara­bel­la since con­stituents of at least five sur­round­ing PNM and UNC con­stituen­cies have com­plained of the noise.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has con­firmed Plan­ning Min­is­ter Camille Robin­son-Reg­is will be asked to have the EMA at­tend to the sit­u­a­tion on oc­ca­sions when fetes are held at the Lara fa­cil­i­ties.

500 seedlings to replant Chaguaramas forest after fires

Over 500 seedlings will be replanted in Chaguaramas on Thursday, to help restore forested areas that were destroyed by recent bush fires.

The initiative is being led by the Ministry of Planning and Development, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and the Chaguaramas Development Authority.

A statement by the ministry says it will kick off at 8am on the Corpus Christi holiday, on the road that is the first right off Macqueripe Road, Chaguaramas. 

Dominican Gov't Minister: 'Be prepared for hurricane season'

The hurricane season is here and officials of the nature island of Dominica, located in the Hurricane belt, believe T&T and other Caribbean islands need to prepare for the hurricane season now.

Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal Joseph Isaac says Dominican has shown resilience after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017.

This experience, he believes, can be used to assist other Caribbean islands with preparation.

Scottish backlash for ex-T&T footballer over iguana photo

A former Trinidad and Tobago footballer is being investigated by an animal welfare charity in Scotland over claims he killed and ate an iguana.  

According to an article in the Daily Mail, ex-Hamilton Academical and Trinidad & Tobago striker Richard Roy appeared in a photograph holding a dead lizard by the tail above a kitchen sink. 

The photo was posted on his wife Cheryl's Facebook page and is believed to have been taken at a house in Dundee. 

The post sparked a furious backlash after she said that her husband would be eating it later. 

$40 million shoreline project helps save 35 Cap-de-Ville houses

Within two decades, five homes in Cap-de-Ville have fallen into the sea as climate change wreaks havoc on the southwestern coastlines.

However, thanks to a $40 million Cap-de-Ville Shoreline Stabilisation project, more than 35 homes from Sunset Beach, Chinkit Street, Seaview Drive and Beach Road are now saved from the wrath of the sea.

In an exclusive interview with Guardian Media, director of the Coastal Protection Unit Candice Gray-Bernard said the project started in December 2018 and was part of the Critical Coastal Protection Programme.

85 truckloads of garbage removed from city drains

Do not dis­pose of waste in the na­tion’s drains and rivers. This was the ap­peal made by Deputy May­or of Port-of-Spain Hillan More­an yes­ter­day as he point­ed to the clogged un­der­ground drains that emp­ty in­to the East Dry Riv­er.

Not­ing the sty­ro­foam con­tain­ers and soft-drink bot­tles which spilt out of the drain in­to the riv­er yes­ter­day, More­an said: “We are see­ing one of the rea­sons why our rivers are so dirty.

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