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JENSEN LA VENDE
For the rest of the week, if you do
not live along the North Coast Road
from Maracas to Blanchisseuse, don't
attempt to travel to the area.
The roadway remained blocked
to vehicles as excavators and other
heavy machinery cleared a moun-
tain of rubble. Residents are being
allowed to exit in the morning and
return in the afternoon.
While turning away tourists from
heading to the idyllic Maracas Bay,
residents and politicians for a speedy
resolution to clear a landslip that has
significantly hampered travel to the
area for the past two weeks.
Speaking with the media at the site
of the landslip yesterday, one resi-
dent who had to walk past the Minis-
try of Works heavy machinery to get
to his Las Cuevas home, said visitors
were making it difficult for residents.
Lloyd Sayers said the increase in
traffic delayed the work being done
by the ministry.
He said some of the businesses
in the area, such as bake and shark
vendors were willing to "hold some
strain" but the increase in traffic is de-
laying the work making it even more
difficult for residents of the area.
"They not helping with the con-
gestion problem here, these visitors
not helping. They should stay away
at least until this is done. Basically,
we want the people who not from
Maracas, who just come to bathe,
give us a little while. Just a two days,"
His comments were echoed by
both councillor for the area Lyndon
Lara and acting Works and Transport
Minister Kazim Hosein.
Lara, in a telephone interview,
said businesses are willing to "hold
strain". He said that while some busi-
nesses are being negatively impacted,
the residents who are using one lane
to and from home daily are being se-
verely affected by the increased traf-
fic flow from visitors.
He commended the work being
done by the Ministry and the pace
at which it was being done. He said
police were turning away visitors on
the weekend but motorists continue
to take the scenic trip to see for them-
selves the area of damage.
Hosein, who visited the area yester-
day said a geologist, Dr Deryck Gay,
is expected to visit the area this week
and advise how best to permanently
treat with the land-slippage.
"Our priority right now, firstly, is
to make it passable for the residents
of the area, not the general public.
They need to go home. There was
a death in here yesterday (Monday)
and people had to walk to go through
the rocks and go in for the wake," he
The T&T Guardian contacted Ma-
racas Bay Hotel yesterday and was
told while the number of guests has
ero wee \:
Tourists make their way on foot along the North Coast Road as work crew
clear rubble from a landslide yesterday. PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
dwindled, the staff have not been af- cern was the re-opening of the road
fected as yet. in time for school on Monday.
Two maxi drivers working the The drivers said some maxis oper-
North Coast Road route said they ate a relay system, dropping passen-
have not increased their fares which gers closest the point of the landslip
range from $12 to Maracas and $20 to where passengers walk to the other
Blanchisseuse. side and board another maxi to take
They added that their main con- them home.
Wednesday, January 3,2018
Registration forms for the Na-
tional Carnival Commission
(NCC)'s Carnival competitions
are now available.
The NCC yesterday advised
individual masqueraders and
bands that the forms would
be available at its office at the
Grand Stand at the Queen's
Park Savannah on Mondays to
Fridays between 9 am and 4 pm
and on Saturdays between 9 am
and 2 pm.
Forms can also be down-
loaded on NCC's website- ncctt.
org. The forms will be available
until the closing dates for regis-
tration for each competition as
Aboud: New laws can save fishermen's lives
President of Fishermen and Friends
of the Sea (FFOS) Gary Aboud wants
the draft Fisheries Management Bill
of 2011 to be made a law to help
alert fishermen of potential dangers
Aboud's comments came after a
rough seas bulletin was issued by
the Meteorological Office which re-
mained in effect for several days.
The rough seas warning has since
been discontinued, according to a
senior meteorologist at the Meteor-
In an interview yesterday, Aboud
said the draft Fisheries Management
Bill 2011 was circulated for consulta-
tion to fisherfolk and stakeholders
and yet the bill was not been laid or
passed in Parliament.
"The Government has not done
their work to pass legislation to re-
store safety at sea. The bill has been
out for public consultation since
2011 and the document creates in-
frastructure at sea," he said.
Aboud said messages or broad-
cast by the Meteorological offices
possibly did not reach various areas.
"They are not are not broad-
casted. Matelot may be completely
unaware of the rough seas and we
asked the government and espe-
cially the Fisheries Division that
Aldrick Miller fishes off Galera Point, Toco on Monday.
they should contact fisheries repre- any person of any age whether three
sentatives in each community," he or 103 can captain any vessel at any
said. place, any time, anyhow, whether
He said it only takes seven or drunk, blind or in between. So
eight phone calls and there should there is no regulatory regime to
be some mechanism to communi- ensure safety at sea and to date we
cate with the fishermen rather than estimate 25 per cent (of fishermen)
put it on the radio which might not cannot swim and they don't have
be heard. life jackets. There is no stipulated
"There is no specific mandate for regulation but fishermen don't re-
captain's licences. In other words, port their whereabouts at sea or
PICTURE EDISON BODOOSINGH
expected time of return from sea,"
Another issue was that there was
no regulation regarding potable
water capacity for any vessel.
"They (fishermen) must have a
capacity to carry water and they go
without water and can't drink salt
water," he said.
Aboud said every year we lose
fishermen and life was precious.
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