PM Rowley urges nation to cherish families; think of the children and the elderly

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is encouraging Trinbagonians to embrace genuine human connection, cherish families, and care about children and the elderly in this country, as the nation heads in 2020 and beyond.

In his New Year’s Address to the Nation, the PM calls on T&T to bring an end to the alienation that is at the heart of some of the social ills currently plaguing the nation, noting that citizens need to put aside their fear of differences and reduce their prejudices.

The full text of the PM’s Address follows…

Fellow Citizens,

Flooding woes continue

Thirty-five families have been rescued from floodwaters in Penal, and several other families have managed to make their way out of danger to stay with relatives.

Confirmation came today from local government councillor for Penal, Shanti Boodram, who also is a flood victim, herself.

The Penal councillor told Guardian Media that many people have lost everything in their homes, as well as their crops, their livestock and their livelihoods to the raging flood waters.

TEMA boss: Obey safety guidelines at tourism facilities

The director of the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Allan Stewart, is reminding citizens to properly monitor weather forecasts before embarking on limes and special gatherings at popular tourism spots.

And Allan Stewart also is urging patrons to observe all the safety guidelines issued at such facilities.

His words come in light of the tragic deaths of two teens at Argyle Waterfall in Tobago over the weekend -- 15 year old Kharisha Thompson and 19 year old Krislon Walters.

Families still waiting for relocation

Twelve families from Cedros and Guayaguayare who lost their homes because of massive coastal erosion are still waiting for housing accommodation.

In an interview yesterday, Councillor for Cedros Shankar Teelucksingh said eight families who have evacuated their homes were asked to go to the Ministry of Housing in Port-of-Spain tomorrow to find out whether they will be given temporary accommodation at the HDC's Lakeview Housing scheme in Point Fortin.