Angry Sangre Grande residents are calling on the relevant authorities to ensure that the huge mounds of garbage which were removed from their homes following last month’s flooding are now removed immediately from the roadsides.
They say they now fear an outbreak of disease because the garbage is now drawing vermin and smelling up their communities.
The garbage, which includes damaged appliances, soaked mattresses and furniture, has been piled up at the front of their homes for the last three weeks and is yet to be removed.
Trinidad and Tobago has been shaken again, in the sixth earthquake in a week.
The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies said it occurred around 9:57 am today and measured 3.8.
It occurred 71 km SE of Carúpano, Venezuela, 97 km NE of Maturín, Venezuela and 126 km WSW of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
This follows earthquakes felt last Saturday, Sunday, two on Tuesday and one on Thursday.
Residents of Kelly Gardens in St Helena are pleading with the authorities to remove the garbage that has accumulated due to their flood clean-up.
Since floodwaters receded earlier this week, the residents have been busy at work trying to regain some semblance of life as they knew it before flood waters invaded their homes last weekend.
As part of McDonald’s initiative to use its scale to contribute to positive changes in the communities where it operates, Arcos Dorados - McDonald’s franchisee in Latin America and the Caribbean- will cease to offer plastic straws in its 2,100 restaurants across the region, from October 31st, 2018.
Straws will be provided only for those customers who expressly request them.
The company says that for now, straws will still be available at the drive-thru.
Environmental Management Authority (EMA) chairman Nadra Nathai-Gyan yesterday admitted it was regrettable that the new $100,000 fine for poaching of a Scarlet Ibis, an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS), took too long to be gazetted.
Indiscriminate dumping of waste motor oil in a tributary to the Caparo river over the last two months is not only threatening the ecosystem but is also affecting a Tilapia farmer's livelihood.
The Emperor Valley Zoo's recycling project continues as a roadway is being constructed using recycled plastics.
The roadway incorporates pavers made from approximately 1.5 million single-use plastic bottles previously used for water and soft drinks.
The discarded plastics were chipped and incorporated into each paver, storing it there forever.
In this way, fewer plastics enter landfills and waterways such as rivers and oceans.
The project is a collaboration with Flying Tree Environmental Management.
- by Sharlene Rampersad
Over half-a-ton of garbage was removed from the Invaders Bay, Port-of-Spain, coastline, on Saturday as employees, friends and volunteers of bmobile demonstrated their support for marine conservation through the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).