Church resumes at Transformed Life Ministry

Church ser­vices re­sumed on Sat­ur­day at the Trans­formed Life Min­istry, East­ern Main Road in Arou­ca and the at­ten­dance was de­scribed as “the usu­al.”

The Pas­tor, Glen Awong, was al­so said to be “do­ing well.”

Speak­ing with the Guardian Me­dia yes­ter­day, a long-stand­ing church mem­ber, from since in­cep­tion, who wished not to be named, said since last Wednes­day’s po­lice op­er­a­tion where 69 res­i­dents from the Min­istry’s Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre were tak­en away by the po­lice, the church mem­bers and staff have all been af­fect­ed.

Claims of torture, abuse

Two male vic­tims who stayed at the Trans­formed Life Min­istries Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre claimed that they were tor­tured and abused dur­ing their eight-month col­lec­tive stay at the church.

“I was gagged, hand­cuffed and thrown in­to a very small cage for many days when I got there. It just has an iron bed frame and a buck­et which I was lat­er told had to be used as a toi­let.”

SWMCOL workers to protest

One day af­ter 21 work­ers at­tached to the Sol­id Waste Man­age­ment Com­pa­ny’s (SWM­COL) Re­cy­cling Di­vi­sion were re­trenched - ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion and fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment con­tin­ue to be lev­elled at the Board.

Three hurt in Petit Bourg accident

Three per­sons were in­jured in an ear­ly morn­ing ac­ci­dent in Pe­tit Bourg.

Re­ports in­di­cate that at around 5 am to­day an Ad Wag­on and an H-100 van col­lid­ed along the East­ern Main Road in the vicin­i­ty of Jack­son Street.

Fire of­fi­cers and po­lice re­spond­ed and the in­jured per­sons were tak­en to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. They have been iden­ti­fied as Natasha Cruik­shank, Paul Mar­ishaw and Cedri­ca Mul­li­gan.

The ex­tent of the in­juries are not yet con­firmed.

WASA urges citizens to 'fill up', two week water shutdown coming

More than 500,000 house­holds in South and Cen­tral Trinidad will be im­pact­ed by a short­age of pipe-borne wa­ter when the De­sali­na­tion plant goes down for 16 days in a planned shut­down next month.

Among the ar­eas af­fect­ed will be Ca­roni, St He­le­na, Char­lieville, Ch­agua­nas, Cunu­pia, Cara­pichaima, Cou­va, Clax­ton Bay, Mara­bel­la, Gas­par­il­lo, San Fer­nan­do, Co­coyea, Union Hall, La Ro­maine, Wood­land, Palmiste, Phillip­ine, Ram­bert Vil­lage, South Oropouche, Fyz­abad, Av­o­cat, Siparia, Pe­nal, San Fran­cique, Rousil­lac, Aripero and La Brea.

Piparo residents stay put, afraid of vandals

Afraid that their homes will be van­dalised if they evac­u­at­ed, some Pi­paro res­i­dents have de­cid­ed to stay put de­spite warn­ings that the rum­bling vol­cano will soon erupt.

Even though bar­ri­cades have been set up near the site, res­i­dents said peo­ple are con­tin­u­ing to go to the mouth of the vol­cano to per­form poo­jas, prayers and to watch the bub­bles of gas shoot up from the vol­cano’s fis­sures.