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Dead pelicans are continuing to wash ashore
on the beaches of La Brea more than a week af-
ter oil pellets and crude oil surfaced off Carat
Shed Beach, Coffee Beach, Station Beach and
However, president of the La Brea Fisherfolk As-
sociation, Alvin La Borde, said the discovery of the
dead pelicans may not have anything to do with the
Saying pelicans usually show up dead during the
start of the dry season, La Borde said, "I can't see
how this is related to the oil spill. Pelicans usually
die around the dry season. I don't know why. This
has been happening for years now."
Asked whether he believed that the fish stocks were
contaminated, La Borde said it was up to the Institute
of Marine Affairs, the Environmental Management
Authority and the Ministry of Health to determine
La Borde also said it was important for the citizenry
to know the toxicity levels of the Gulf of Paria, adding,
"It is not only pelicans who are dying under suspicious
circumstances, but humans as well."
Meanwhile, secretary of Fishermen and Friends of
the Sea Gary Aboud said birds and bottom feeding fish
also continue to wash ashore sick and dying.
"Today there are two dead pelicans (one of which
the EMA has taken for testing). Yesterday, there were
another two dead pelicans. Last week, there were
over eight pelicans found dead in total. Pelicans have
been frequently dying only on these oil spill affected
beaches and only since the disastrous Dec 17, 2013,
oil spills," Aboud said.
Dismissing reports that the birds died of heat
stroke or by diving in shallow waters and breaking
their necks, Aboud said his group was determined
to get answers.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Siparia Regional Cor-
poration Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh said the IMA will
be meeting with the fisherfolk to discuss the state of
the water in March. Fishermen from over 14 fishing
villagers are expected to attend the meeting.
STORIES BY RADHICA DE SILVA
Even though universal primary
school education has been achieved in
T&T since the 1950's, 14 special needs
private schools are now facing possi-
ble closure because of a lack of funding
from the Government.
This was disclosed by secretary of the
Private Special Schools of T&T and also
president of the Consortium for Disabili-
ty Organisations (CODO) Jacqui Leotaud.
Saying more than 1,000 pupils were now in
limbo because the Government had failed
to provide the required subvention to run
the schools, Leotaud said a Memorandum
of Understanding, signed by the Ministry
of Education, expired in 2015.
"The new academic year started in Sep-
tember 2016 and to date there has been no
releases because the MOU expired in 2015.
The 14 institutions are awaiting a new MOU
which will then entitle them to receive pay-
ments," she said.
Leotaud said the staff at the schools have
not been paid since September last year.
"In addition to non-payment of salaries
some institutions have had no power supply
and were forced to close," she addeed. The
private special schools cater for children
with mixed disabilities from age four.
Saying children with disabilities do not
have the same educational rights as other
children, Leotaud called on the Government
to fulfil its mandate to educate children with
She also lamented that the schools have
faced an uphill battle to get funding on time.
Among the schools worst affected were New
Beginnings Learning Centre which is facing
a disconnection in its electricity supply.
But contacted yesterday, Minister in the
Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis,
said he was unaware that the special needs
schools were being denied funding.
After making some checks with the per-
manent secretary, Francis acknowledged
that the MOU had expired and no approvals
for funding had been arranged.
"We are now in the process of getting a note to
Cabinet so that approvals can be made so that the
schools can get their requisite funding as soon as
possible," Francis said.
Asked how soon the funding will be arranged, Fran-
cis said he was not sure whether it could be arranged
for this week. However, he assured that the matter
will be addressed immediately.
No funding yet for special schools
Pelicans dying in La Brea
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