Fiery morning protest in Woodland

Residents of Pluck Road, Woodland blocked the main road this morning, because of problems in getting water for the past six weeks.

The residents were also demonstrating against the state of the roads.

We will have more on this later.

Works begins on bat-infested school

Four months af­ter the Rio Claro AS­JA Pri­ma­ry was shut down be­cause of a bat in­fes­ta­tion, re­me­di­al work has fi­nal­ly start­ed on the di­lap­i­dat­ed school.

In an in­ter­view, PTA pres­i­dent Ve­da Ma­haraj, who led a protest last week, said she was hap­py to see con­trac­tors on site do­ing re­pairs to the roof.

Since Oc­to­ber, pupils have been at­tend­ing class­es at the Rio Claro Pres­by­ter­ian School and the Rio Claro Masjid.

Works minister disappointed with protest, wants police to take action

Minister of Works and Infrastructure Rohan Sinanan says he’s disappointed with residents of Fishing Pond Road in Sangre Grande who this morning blocked the roadway with burning debris to protest its condition.

There have been several protests there over the years and last year a segment of the road was paved. However, residents living beyond where the paving stopped as asking when the rest of the roadway will be attended to.

Protest by Rio Claro ASJA Primary over delay in repairs

More than a week after the government announced that repairs would start at Rio Claro ASJA Primary school, parents staged a protest outside the Ministry's office at Rio Claro on Friday.

The parents have been waiting for work to begin since the school was closed last September and when they saw no mobilization of contractors this week, they decided to take protest action.

Careful not to block the roads or pavement, the parents lined up on the pavements outside the office chanting, "Fix the School now."

Mon Desir residents protest hazardous road condition

"Unsafe and a risk to life and limb."

That's how residents are describing conditions existing along the Mon Desir to Rousillac leg of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.

They say failure by the authorities to provide street lights and clear overgrown bushes are a major hazard.

Concerned over the safety of motorists, the residents came out in numbers on Tuesday evening, armed with flambeaus and glass bottle lamps to serve as street lights.

Education Ministry to pay contracted maxi drivers $3.2 million today

The Ministry of Education says it will today pay a total of $3.2 million to 320 maxi taxi drivers who have been contracted by the PTSC to transport school children throughout the country.

The sum represents part payment of an outstanding $11.3m debt from last year.

On Friday, the drivers will also collect the final tranche of $8 million, as the ministry moves to settle all outstanding arrears.