San Fernando

Belgroves honoured with own street

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.

$16.8 million community centre opens in 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.

Fishermen shacks destroyed by fire

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.

Sando councillor saves elderly man from burning house

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.

West: Sando becoming a shantytown

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.”

Sando business assoc. head: Decrease in petty crimes in lead up to Carnival

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.

Parking meters soon for POS, San Fernando

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.