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A new group has thrown its
hat into the ring for the leader-
ship of the embattled Public
Services Association (PSA).
The members, calling them-
selves the Rebuilders, were for-
mally introduced to the media by
leader Alana Blackman at a media
conference at the bandstand on
Harris Promenade, San Fernan-
do.Blackman, speaking with
reporters, said the group is gearing
up for PSA elections, which are
constitutionally due by November
24.She said the group, made up
of public officers from various
arms of the public service, decid-
ed to take up the mantle to
rebuild the PSA, which she said
suffered under the stewardship
of incumbent president Watson
"There are a lot of public offi-
cers who are left hanging, for
want of a better word, officers
who are left without proper rep-
resentation at this time, and that
is what Rebuilders will bring to
the PSA. We are a collective group
of people who are competent,
who have the qualifications, the
experience, the training," she said.
Blackman said the PSA had
become a "weakened institution"
and the Rebuilders wanted to help
return the trade union to its for-
Public officers, she said, "want
restoration, they want account-
ability, they want transparency,
they want integrity. They want
proper management, they want
change from what they presently
Rebuilders secretary Shara
Basarally said, "It is time for
rebuilding in the PSA and the
healing to begin."
Police are investigat-
ing two shootings in
John John, Laventille, on
Thursday night which
left a 38-year-old
woman warded in hos-
According to police
reports, around 9.30 pm,
Beverly Nurse, and a
friend, Jevon Maxwell,
26, both of Pelican
Extension, Morvant, were
driving along the Eastern
Main Road in Laventille
when they stopped by the
traffic lights near John
Police said while Nurse
and Maxwell were wait-
ing, residents reported
hearing several gunshots.
Nurse, who was driving,
was shot once in her
head, while Maxwell
Officers of the Inter-
Agency Task Force (IATF)
responded and took
Nurse to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital
where she remained
warded in stable condi-
tion after undergoing
emergency surgery yes-
Police said Maxwell
was well known to them.
Maxwell was accused
of murdering Darryl
Oil spill clean-up operations in the tributaries of
the Woodland River is continuing days after a
Petrotrin pipeline developed a leak.
In a statement yesterday, Petrotrin s acting head
of publications and productions, Joy Antoine, said
the company has been using the best available tech-
nology to contain and recover spilled oil, clean affected
ecosystems, remediate affected areas and ensure there
is no further impact on the immediate environment.
"The oil spill clean-up operations are well advanced
and under control and all issues from affected residents
are being addressed," Antoine said.
She said that Petrotrin remains committed to taking
all possible steps to contain the spread of the spill.
"At the moment, the situation is under control.
Work is progressing to ensure that there is no further
migration along waterways."
She said Petrotrin s corporate communications
and land management personnel had been in direct
contact with affected residents about their complaints
"Schools in close proximity of the clean-up oper-
ations have been visited and updates provided. A
site visit was conducted by the Environmental Man-
agement Authority on Tuesday to closely monitor
clean-up efforts and ensure that environmental best
practices are carried out."
The EMA has been monitoring the management
of the clean-up operations.
"In the meantime, Petrotrin would be conducting
continuous air-quality monitoring as clean-up effort
Laventille woman shot in head at traffic light
Lewis, 18, of L Anse Mitan
Road, Carenage, at Upper
Espinet Street, Calvary
Hill, Morvant, on August
23, 2004. In March 2012,
a 12-member jury in the
Court took less than an
hour to acquit him.
hours after the shooting,
police received a report
that gunmen had shot at
the former residence of
leader Mark Guerra.
Guerra s house stands
mere metres away from
where the couple was
shot earlier on Thursday
Police said shortly after
midnight, residents again
heard a volley of gun-
When they checked,
they realised that Guerra s
house had been shot at
Guerra s relatives who
were sleeping in the
house at the time were
Guerra, 42, a former
Programme (URP) con-
tractor, was shot dead at
his Wallerfield, Arima,
farm, on March 23, 2005.
Investigators have not
determined motives for
both shootings and could
not say whether they
Cpl Sirju and Narine
of the Besson Street CID
are probing both inci-
Rebuilders throw hat in ring
...as PSA elections heat up
Hameed Hasmath, left, Christopher Wilson, Alana Blackman, Shara Basarally and Ezekiel Cupid,
members of the Rebuilders team, will be challenging incumbent president Watson Duke at the
upcoming PSA general election. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Last Wednesday, a report was made about
an oil spill along the Woodland Manifold Way
Leave. The area was excavated and repairs
were carried out. Petrotrin immediately
initiated its oil spill contingency plan. An
incident command team began containing and
recovering the spilled oil using earthen holding
pits and vacuum tankers.
However, torrential rainfall caused the oil to
spread. Petrotrin later hired experienced clean-
up personnel to assist.
Personnel from the company's production
operations, trunk pipeline, together with
health, safety and environment, medical, law
and land management and corporate
communications departments also helped the
contractor with the clean-up exercise.
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