Sangre Grande

Rohan Sinanan: UNC gained, but not in the way that counts

The PNM's campaign manager for the 2019 Local Government Elections, says the UNC failed to make any serious inroads into any of the PNM strongholds.

However, Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, says the party will be doing some serious analysis of all the results, to determine the way forward for its 2020 general election strategy.

According to Minister Sinanan, one of the key people on the PNM’s strategy team for the recently concluded election, the opposition party was unable to make any impact on the East-West Corridor.

NACTA Poll: Close Fight in Siparia

As the 2019 Local Government Elections are set to run-off on Monday December 2nd, the latest NACTA Poll says it may be too close to call in the Siparia constituency.

And the NACTA pollsters say while voters are “disenchanted with the PNM’s governance”, the UNC may not be able to capitalise on that, given its current line-up.

In a release outlining the Poll’s latest results, the NACTA team says whoever is able to mobilise on the ground will be the overall winner in each constituency.

The full text of the release, follows…

Newallo-Hosein: Social grants being held for ransom

Former Minister of the People and Cumuto/Manzanilla MP, Christine Newallo Hosein, is questioning why certain social grants were cut right before the Local government election.

"Is this psychological warfare?" Newallo Hosein asked the crowd along the Eastern Main Road in Sangre Grande.

Newallo Hosein says people have been coming to her in droves complaining that food cards have been cut, as well as disability grants.

Man arrested; SORT seizes gun, ammo, cash & narcotics

One man was arrested and quantities of narcotics and cash seized by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Eastern Division over the weekend.

Reports are that during the exercise—which was conducted on Saturday 16th November 2019—the SORT officers proceeded to an apartment at Foster Road, La Seiva, Sangre Grande, where they executed a search warrant.

State to pay contractor $1.5m for ‘unauthorised’ work

The Min­istry of Works and Trans­port has been or­dered to pay al­most $1.5 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion to a con­trac­tor from San­gre Grande, who car­ried out paving works in east Trinidad in 2011 with­out a writ­ten con­tract with the min­istry. 

De­liv­er­ing a judge­ment at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, on Mon­day, High Court Judge James Aboud ruled in favour of  East­ern En­gi­neer­ing and Mar­ket­ing Ser­vices.

Chaos as new traffic plan rolls out in Sangre Grande

A new traf­fic plan im­ple­ment­ed in San­gre Grande left scores of dri­vers con­fused and re­sult­ed in traf­fic grid­lock stretch­ing as far as Va­len­cia on Wednesday.

All traf­fic leav­ing the town will now have to pass along Rail­way Road, which runs par­al­lel to the East­ern Main Road, at ex­it at the turn off near Guaico Tamana Road.

All traf­fic head­ing east will use the East­ern Main Road (EMR), which has been con­vert­ed to one-way traf­fic up to Wal­len­valle.

Sangre Grande facing traffic crisis

Pres­i­dent of the San­gre Grande Cham­ber Richard Mo­hammed has said that San­gre Grande is fac­ing a traf­fic cri­sis which is damp­en­ing the town’s at­trac­tive­ness and rep­u­ta­tion do­mes­ti­cal­ly.

He said the Cham­ber has en­gaged in dis­cus­sions with the Min­istry of Works and Trans­port with re­gards to the High­way De­vel­op­ment Project, paving of the streets of the town and en­hance­ment of the pave­ments and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects.

Mo­hammed made the com­ment dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the Cham­ber’s new ex­ec­u­tive.

After crash spoils wedding plans, couple marries at Grande hospital

A near-fa­tal ac­ci­dent three weeks be­fore their wed­ding al­most de­railed the plans of a San­gre Grande cou­ple.

Basha Cain, 29, had planned to mar­ry her com­mon-law hus­band, Sean Cain, 45, in a cer­e­mo­ny at the Open Bible Church in San­gre Grande on Box­ing Day. In­stead, they ex­changed vows at Sean’s bed­side in the San­gre Grande Hos­pi­tal on that day.