The head of a leading funeral home on Wednesday called for the introduction of a university degree in funeral service and the correction of import duty rates on hearses.
Chief executive officer of Belgroves Group of Companies Keith Belgroves raised these issues during the unveiling ceremony of a street renamed in his honour - Belgroves Lane - next to Belgroves Funeral Home and Crematorium at Coffee Street, San Fernando.
Unlike 2009 when Amerindian leaders were on hand to bless the San Fernando North Community Centre following unexplained occurrences at the construction site, the facility was finally opened despite an eerie light show.
At a cost of $16.8 million, $9 million more than the initial cost, Community Development, Culture and Arts Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello finally opened the multi-storey facility along St Vincent Street, San Fernando.
Fire destroyed 11 fishermen shacks at Kings Wharf, San Fernando on Monday night, leaving over $200,000 in losses.
Among the items burnt were two vehicles, boat engines, household items, tools and fish storage coolers.
President of the San Fernando Fishing Cooperative said the fishermen were out at sea when they saw the flames in the coast.
Dhanraj Goolcharan said he immediately picked up his nets and came back to his place only to see the line of shacks burning.
Firefighters were on spot trying to contain the blaze.
A San Fernando councillor is being hailed as a hero after she rescued an elderly man from a burning house yesterday afternoon.
Evans Williams, 84, of Baldovan Terrace, Cocoyea Village, suffered serious burns about his legs and was being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital last evening.
When the fire broke out around 2.30 pm, Teresa Lynch, the Peoples National Movement representative for Cocoyea/Tarouba was at the Cocoyea Community Centre, about four houses away from Williams’ home.
San Fernando seems to be becoming more and more of a shantytown.
That’s the view of Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Allyson West, who claimed to be a proud southerner.
Speaking in Tuesday’s Senate debate on Petrotrin’s refinery closure, she said she was a “proud member of San Fernando” having grown up there with “pride and hope propelled by the existence of Texaco and Petrotrin.”
But she added, “When I said I was a proud southerner when I lived in South, San Fernando was booming, it was bright, growing with development.”
With 24 more municipal police officers patrolling the streets of San Fernando, president of the San Fernando Business Association Daphne Bartlett says there has been a marked decrease of petty crimes in the leadup to Carnival.
In an interview, Bartlett said since her association met with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith two months ago, several crime prevention strategies were rolled out which has greatly reduced crime in the south city.
Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan has announced that the government will be pursuing the installation of parking meters in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando soon.
The Minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that expressions of interest will soon be issued to contractors who wish to bid for the project, which he says will also be extended to other parts of Trinidad and Tobago.
A parking meter is a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to park a vehicle in a particular place for a limited amount of time.