SWMCOL applauds move by Massy Stores to go green

The Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) is applauding the move by Massy Stores to encourage citizens to go green by using reusable shopping bags.

Massy Stores made the announcement last week, stating, as part of the initiatives, that customers will have to now pay for plastic bags.

SWMCOL issued the following statement today:

Scarlet Ibis declared Environmentally Sensitive Species

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis has announced that the government has officially designated the Scarlet Ibis as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS). 

The Ministry of Planning and Development has responsibility for the environment.

FFOS commends Massy Stores for plastic bag zero-tolerance policy

The group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is commending Massy Stores for the move to promote zero tolerance on plastic bags.

FFOS says the decision is going to help significantly with the environment.

The following is a statement issued by the group on Friday.

"Massy Stores must be commended for taking the lead in promoting zero tolerance for plastic bags.  

Cedros villagers help stranded leatherback turtle back out to sea

Cedros villagers and fishermen are being praised today for assisting a leatherback turtle back to the ocean.

The act of kindness was recorded at Columbus Bay beach in Cedros.

Fishermen in the area saw the turtle in difficulty at the beach this morning and joined together to help the turtle with ropes and muscle.

The leatherback turtle seemed to have come ashore to lay eggs as it's the nesting season for the turtles.

The video was posted on social media by Joni Ramdass.

Met Office lifts hazardous seas alert

The Meteorological Services has discontinued the hazardous seas warning for Trinidad and Tobago.

It states on its website that "long period swells are no longer observed in the coastal waters of Trinidad and Tobago".

The Met Services had issued the warning for the northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, to run from Thursday to Saturday this week.

The rough seas warning was given an Orange Level Alert via the new early warning system.

However, the alert has now reverted to green, signifying that there is no present hazard.

MY EYE: Garbage pile-up in St Augustine

This photo was sent to us by "Truetrini" using the My Eye feature in the CNC3 App.

Truetrini titled this photo, "Wilson Street garbage pile up - St. Augustine" and added that "this is a health issue and three schools are on this street".

We trust that the regional authority will look into this matter.

You too can send us your concerns via the new CNC3 App using the My Eye feature.

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ODPM advises caution on east-coast beaches with Sargassum seaweed

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens, tourists and all marine interests to be vigilant and exercise caution when on the nation’s beaches and venturing out to sea in light of reports of sargassum seaweed.

The ODPM says it has received reports that significant quantities of sargassum seaweed have been observed off the east-south-east coast of Trinidad, mainly in the Point Radix, Manzanilla and Mayaro areas.

Sargassum is a genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses.