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Hundreds of people affected by a massive oil spill
in the Gulf of Paria have started receiving social and
psychosocial support, Minister of the People Dr Glenn
Ramadharsingh has said.
Speaking to reporters after collecting 100 hampers
for his constituents at the Preysal Community Centre
on Thursday, Ramadharsingh said, "We have responded
to the oil spill and we have a disaster response team
which is addressing the situation."
Ramadharsingh said many of the residents were still
in shock at the extent of the spill, which has travelled
from Pointe-a-Pierre to Chatham over the past week,
"Social and psychosocial support have been given
to them. In these disasters people are really mortified
Bunji Garlin s hit song Differen-
tology is locked in a gruelling race
to win the MTV Iggy title for Song
of the Year 2013.
When the polls initially closed yes-
terday, Trinidadians, who had been
campaigning vigorously online for
Bunji Garlin to win, thought all hope
had been lost when the poll tracker
showed him in second place, trailing
G-Dragon s Crooked by 0.02 per cent
of the vote.
But as people took to social media
to express their disappointment,
MTV Iggy issued a bulletin explaining
that the site had frozen during the
last few minutes of voting and that
there would be a run-off vote
between Differentology and Crooked
to ensure that the winner was fairly
The two songs managed to edge
out other earlier contenders such as
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding s I
Need Your Love, Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky, Lorde s Royals and Zed s
Garlin only recently copped a Soul
Train award for the song.
The competition s host, MTV Iggy,
is a Web site that finds fresh new
sounds from around the world and
provides them with a platform to
break into the mainstream. The Web
site also runs a show that has featured
a broad range of musical styles, from
African hip hop to Chinese punk,
and from Brazilian baile funk to
Swedish folk rock.
The bulletin explained that voters
would have 24 more hours to select
a winner between the two, meaning
the poll will close at midday today.
The bulletin also provided a short
summary of the track s international
successes thus far: "In one corner
stood Bunji Garlin. His track Differ-
entology demonstrated that soca did-
n t just have to be confined to T&T
or Caribbean communities around
the world; it has worldwide infec-
tiousness that fits right in with the
domination of electronic dance music
in 2013. And with Tessanne Chin s
win on The Voice this week, the
future is looking very Caribbean."
Bunji Garlin in run-off
for MTV title today
(sic) and they tend to be in a bit of shock," Ramad-
harsingh said. "I don t know what the extent of the
impact is but we will evaluate and assess and give
whatever support or recommendations we can give
for other ministries to intervene."
He said the Ministry of Energy and Petrotrin have
been working together to contain the spill.
Meanwhile, Petrotrin s head of corporate commu-
nications, Gillian Friday, said Petrotrin had received
reports of fishermen s boats being contaminated with
oil at Coffee Beach, La Brea, on Wednesday.
She said Petrotrin s Operations, Security and Health
Safety and Environment personnel responded by ini-
tiating containment and clean-up efforts. Three con-
tractors were hired and used heavy mechanical and
other equipment to clean up the affected area. A fourth
contractor with a crew of 25 community personnel
trained in oil spill response from the La Brea area was
She said environmentally friendly shoreline and
mangrove-cleaning solvents, as well as oil-spill sorbent
materials, were being used.
"The regulatory agencies, the Environmental Man-
agement Authority (EMA) and the Ministry of Energy
and Energy Affairs, have been informed and are currently
working in collaboration with Petrotrin in the clean-
up exercise," Friday said. "Surveillance of contaminated
areas has been conducted, both by air and by sea, to
determine the nature and extent of the spill. Oil has
also been observed at Pt Cocoa Beach at Chatham and
clean-up is currently in progress," she added.
Residents requiring medical attention were treated
at the adjacent Lake Asphalt facility in Brighton.
Friday also said trained personnel from Petrotrin
Employee Assistance Programme Services have been
made available to residents.
The source of the spill has not been determined and
the assistance of the Institute of Marine Affairs is being
utilised to "fingerprint" the oil to ascertain the source.
Friday said Petrotrin would continue to ensure that
the clean-up exercise was done in a way that minimised
the impact on residents, surrounding communities
and the environment.
for oil spill victims
Members of Mucurapo Artistic Achievers pose for a photo after their arrival at Piarco International
Airport on Tuesday from the Bahamas, where they won the 2013 Atlantis Crown Invitational Women's
Gymnastics Competition. Teams from the United States, T&T and The Bahamas took part in the
competition, which ran from December 12-14. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
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