Port-of-Spain

No water for affected Port-of-Spain customers until 7pm, at best

The Water and Sewerage Authority says low pressures or no water supply to customers in parts of Port-of-Spain, is due to a broken 21-inch transmission main on Wrightson Road near the Diego Martin maxi-taxi stand.

A statement from WASA says emergency repairs are currently underway and is expected to be completed by 7pm tonight.

WASA says the areas to be affected include:

* Southern part of Port of Spain, including Wrightson Road, Independence Square, as far north as Duke Street;

* Morvant and Barataria

San Juan to POS taxi fare to increase

From tomorrow, passengers travelling from San Juan to Port of Spain and back will now have to pay $5 .

The San Juan/Port of Spain Taxi Drivers Association says it has been forced to raise its fares by $1 from $4 after the recent increase in fuel prices.

Fuel prices were initially increased in October 2015, but taxi drivers did not raise the fare, however now, with the second increase, taxi drivers say they are forced to raise fares to stay afloat.

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.

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