DOMA wants gas-tanker deliveries stopped in downtown POS

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association is asking the Ministry of Energy to prohibit the delivery of Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline to businesses in downtown Port-of-Spain, once it's being done by tankers.

DOMA's request comes after the February 4th explosion and fire at the Kleen Rite Laundry on Mucurapo Road. 

The association raises questions about the safety of businesses and citizens in the city, in light of that explosion and a previous one in Maraval last year.

The following is DOMA's statement:

Mayor Raymond Tim Kee issues apology for controversial statement

Port-of-Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee has issued an apology to all women and the entire country, following statements that seemed to link the death of a Japanese masquerader to a culture of lewdness but insists that his comments were taken out of context.

The apology came in the form of a statement from the Mayor's office:

Powergen closes Port-of-Spain plant; four iconic stacks to come down

Powergen has closed the Port-of-Spain plant on Wrightson Road, marking the end of 121 years of power generation from that plant.

The plant was officially retired at midnight and the four stacks that have been a part of the Port-of-Spain skyline for years, are coming down.

The following is a statement from Powergen.

"Thursday January 14th 2016 marked the day that the curtain came down on PowerGen's Port of Spain plant. The four stacks that have held iconic status in the landscape are now retired and will soon no longer form part of the Port of Spain skyline.

Govt says NAPA not re-opening until safety assured

The Government says it has heard the voices of those wanting to see the National Academy of the Performing Arts reopened but says it cannot do so until it is certain that it will be safe for all users.

The Ministry of  Community Development, Culture and the Arts issued a statement today in response to the calls.

The following is the full statement: 

"The Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) was developed to be the premier performance space for Trinidad and Tobago. 

Port-of-Spain sanitation workers discover decapitated head in garbage

Police are at this time trying to identify a human head which was found in a garbage heap along Pall Mall street in Port-of-Spain.

Police say the head was found badly decomposed and that they cannot say if it is that of a man or a woman. 

The gruesome discovery was made around five o'clock this morning by sanitation workers attached to the Port-of-Spain City Corporation.

Police officers journeyed to the Beetham landfill in search of finding the rest of the body.

The head has been taken to the Forensic Sciences Centre for examination.