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Clean-up efforts by Petrotrin in Marabella
were completed yesterday. This followed a plant
upset in the Marabella area west of the Southern
Main Road during the start-up of the Fluidized
Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) on Friday. As
a result, residents noticed a white film of dust
on cars, and surfaces around their homes.
Petrotrin has been doing a continued
assessments of affected premises and
cleaning up homes and vehicles.
Residents were advised to call
Petrotrin s Emergency Hotline 658-SAFE
(658-7233) for information and assis-
Company personnel have been visiting
the affected areas and meeting with res-
The Ministry of Energy and Energy
Industries and regulatory agencies were
notified about the incident.
The company said in a press release yes-
terday: "Petrotrin wishes to express its grat-
itude to the residents for their co-operation
and support during the clean-up operations
and reaffirms its commitment to minimising
the impact from our operations on our
adjacent communities and the environ-
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has spent
close half-a-billion dollars over the past 13 years
to stimulate and nurture business development
on the island, says Chief Secretary Orville
He said enterprise fostering initiatives
such as the Business Development Loan
Programme established in 2003, the Depart-
ment of Advance Training and Advisory Serv-
ices (DATAS) and its venture capital company,
ensure that Tobagonians were not bereft of oppor-
tunities to create wealth and stimulate the economy.
Speaking at the Tobago Economic and Business
Outlook Conference hosted by the Division for
Finance and Enterprise Development at the Mag-
dalena Grand and Beach Resort, London said: "We
provide loans, and grants, as well as business advi-
sory services to Tobagonians wishing to start new
businesses and to expand existing enterprises.
"Since the inception of the Business Development
Loan Programme in 2003, loans totaling $27.1 million
have been disbursed to 262 Tobagonians to facilitate
entrepreneurial activities. In respect to the grant
programme, since its introduction in 2011, grants
totaling $11.8 million have been disbursed to 688
Tobagonians. Interestingly, quite a significant
amount of the recipients of the grants have been
women and young people."
London said a critical advantage of the pro-
grammes is that, areas like agriculture and fishing
which traditionally have been viewed by commercial
banks as too risky, also get financial support.
He said two multi-purpose units (MPUs) are
being constructed the Cove Eco-Industrial and
Business Park to provide space for small and micro
agro-processing enterprises. In addition, through
the Venture Capital Company the THA provided
support to non-traditional enterprise ventures.
"Only recently, through the Venture Capital Com-
pany, the executive council approved $1.9 million
to assist the Pork International Group (PIG), a local
company in the food processing industry, to expand
their business operations," he said.
London said: "The next critical pillar in our
overall economic diversification thrust relates to
our continuing efforts to encourage more persons
in Tobago to become entrepreneurial and get
involved in business.
"As an Assembly, we will continue to provide
the enabling environment for much more persons
in Tobago to get involved in entrepreneurial activ-
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police shot and killed a suspect yesterday
morning during the attempted robbery of a
Northern Division officers led by Sgt Joseph
went to the home of Sunil Chatoolal after a
silent alarm was triggered at around 4 am yes-
terday. When the officers arrived they called
out to the occupants of the house but got no
They went around the house and discovered
a gate to the back of the premises open.
When officers entered the home they were
confronted by three armed intruders in dark
clothing who began shooting at them.
The policemen returned fire, shooting two
of the intruders, one of whom was killed, while
the other escaped in a white Nissan B-15.
Up to press time the dead man had not been
Police said a loaded 9mm pistol was recovered
from the deceased who appeared to be in his
30 s, of African descent with a low haircut.
The man, who was pronounced dead on
arrival at the Chaguanas Health Facility, was
wearing a dark blue t-shirt and blue denim
Yesterday s incident followed a similar one
on Wednesday when Kayode Edwards was fatally
shot by an off-duty police officer after he and
two accomplices attempted to rob a group of
gamblers at home, located at Phase Five, La
Edwards, 19, of Phase Seven La Horquetta,
was shot in the head and died at the scene.
The other two robbers fled the scene.
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