Point Fortin Rehab.
Council to Launch Watchdog Group
The afore mentioned Organization is seeking dedicated individuals interested in the improvement of the quality of life
experienced as a resident of Point Fortin. This once thriving
metropolis once called the Gem of the Islands, has lost its glitter and position in the annals of T&T, since the intentional neglect
and lack of funding from the previous Administration.
A non political citizens council, it is our intention to perform the function of a registered liaison working together with the Point Fortin Corporation and appropriate Ministry to ensure improvement in our sporting and recreational facilities, roads , sanitation and drainage.
Valerie James Ag. CAO 868 688 8457 or Point Fortin Rehab Council Operations 201 349 2357.
Ex Soldier gets the Nod in Point Fortin:
January 26, 2015
Brig. General Edmund Dillon a retired decorated soldier has emerged victorious in the nomination as the PNM's candidate for Point Fortin to contest the upcoming National Elections.
Dillon, a former highly decorated member of the Defence Force, is a newcomer to the political realm and is a proven leader and no nonsense team player as is evidenced by his resume and valuable contribution to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. In an interview shortly after his nomination, Dillon congratulated Gopee-Scoon on her achievements and committed himself to consulting with her to better understanding the challenges and issues that she encountered during her tenure and to build from the foundation which she built. Dillon also told those present " I approach everything with confidence and with the Lord above me", he added that the first order of business was to understand and to move Point Fortin from a place of problems to one of solutions and committed himself in addressing the issue if the long outstanding Point Fortin Hospital and the diversification of the energy resources based in the area.
Gopee-Scoon Calls it Quits:
Jan. 26th, 2015
Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon has withdrawn from the battle for the constituency in the up coming national elections.
Scoon in addressing the issue told constituents that she was unable to give the constituency her full attention mainly because of her homebase which is located in the Port of Spain area, and has contributed to her inability to give the area her full attention which is required in order to be up to date in the fight for progress in the constituency. She however indicated that this does not mean that she will no longer support the fight to assist in the struggle with outstanding issues like the Point Fortin Hospital among others, even though she may not be in an executive capacity. Scoon also gave the assurance that her replacement will have hr undivided suport since she was comitted to the development of the town and its infrastructure.
Man Found Dead in Residence:
Jan. 13th, 2015
Officers from the Southern Homicide Division are investigating the death of Point Fortin Resident, 65 year old Claudius Joseph
whose lifeless body was found at a house on Agard Road in Point Fortin. According to reports out of the area Joseph's body was found by an acquaintance who made a visit to him and found him lying on the floor not breathing, he notified Joseph's children and the police were called. Foul play has not been ruled out as the officers found what appears to be a wound
on the back of the neck. The District Medical Officer ordered the body to be sent to the Forensic Science Center, St James for an autopsy to be performed. Investigations are continuing. Meanwhile the body of a man described as an African-American about 50 years old was found at the side of the Oilfield R in Lot 10, Guapo. The body had it's head bashed in and was also ordered to the Forensic Science Centre for
identification and an autopsy. Investigations are ongoing.
Body found in "Fields"
Southern Division Homicide and South Western Division Police on Monday retrieved the body of Arnold Quashie, who has been missing for more than a year. Quashie a former VMCOTT employee from Cap-de-Ville remains was located in a Petrotrin oilwell after the officers were led to the site by a suspect to an area at Duck Farm Road in Point Fortin. Quashie went missing after leaving to ply his PH car for hire in early June last year.
The suspect who confessed to killing Quashie led police to Duck Farm Road where the remains were located in an oilwell under several pieces of metal on top of it to keep the body submerged. Investigations are continuing.
PP's Pre-Election Rhetoric:
Once again the Peoples Partnership has embarked on a campaign of using false promises in an attempt to con the people of the constituency of Point Fortin, with its pre-election rhetoric in order to try to secure a victory in the upcoming general elections. Labor Minister Marlene Coudray in addressing the audience at the Children Christmas treat on behalf of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the Cedros Secondary School in Bonasse Village, Cedros,on Monday evening. Coudray told the gathering that " The next time you see Aunty Kamla will be before the next general election to turn the sod for the long awaited Point Fortin Hospital, and before that we have the part of the highway to Point Fortin,i am sure Aunty Kamla is going to deal with the opening of another segment of the highway before the elections.And all these are coming to you from your government under the leadership of Aunty Kamla and a lot of development is coming your way".
Labor Minister who was also present called on the residents to ensure that Persad-Bissessar is returned as Prime Minister in the upcoming elections.McLeod concluded "the Prime Minister has come down for Christmas time and it will not be the last time and the next time is in 2015 and we will welcome Aunty Kamla back here as the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
It is apparent that the PP's Administration is trying to revert to deception and lies as used in 2010 to con the people of the south west peninsula in a desperate effort to defeat the PNM who has controlled this constituency and the PM has misunderstood what the constituents declared it's "Anti Kamla" not Aunty Kamla.
Declining Prices won't affect Hospital:
Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray sought to assure residents along the South Western Peninsula that the two major construction projects in the area will not be affected by declining oil prices. She made the comment while addressing the Prime Minister's Children Christmas treat at the Cedros Secondary School at Bonasse Village, Cedros on Monday evening, with respect to the highway extension and the proposed Point Fortin Hospital which is long overdue. Coudray who is the Point Fortin Constituency co-ordinator for the Peoples Partnership said that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's next visit to the district will be to turn the sod to begin construction.
Point Fortin Mourns:
October 21st, 2014
The Borough of Point Fortin is in mourning because of the passing of " The People's Mayor" Mayor Victor Chin Kit at his home in Clifton Hill after a brief illness, he was 84.
Chin Kit a former Electrical Engineer with Shell Trinidad Ltd and Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company (Trintoc) was appointed to the first Borough Council as an alderman under Mayor Lionel Blake in 1980 where he served until 1984,he was appointed Mayor in that year where he served until 1987, and his vision for a cleaner and more progressive Point Fortin is still being achieved under his understudy Mayor Clyde Paul. Mayor Chin Kit was an honorary member of the Point Fortin Rehab Council and his contributions will surely be missed. We join.with the Point Fortin Community in expressing our heartfelt condolences to his family in this their time of sorrow.
October 17th, 2014
Point Fortin businessman Rajendra Bisram, 45,of Maharaj Trace, Cap-de-ville was kidnapped whilst at his business
at around 10.10 pm on Wednesday night. According to reports out of Point Fortin,,Bisram was in the company of three other persons at his business performing some electrical work when
four men armed with guns and cutlasses stormed the building
where they tied up the workers. They proceeded to took Bisram bundled him into his black Toyota Vigo Hilux and sped off.
Point Fortin Police and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit were contacted
and immediately responded, but there were no demands for a ransom by the kidnappers. Inspector Parriman and members of the South Western and Task Force are investigating the matter.
Man found guilty of Rape:
A Point Fortin truck driver was found guilty of raping a then 13 year old United States citizen who was sent to Trinidad to spend some time at the home of her mother's first cousin in January 2006. The accused pleaded not guilty as he appeared before Justice Hayden St. Clair-Douglas and a nine member Jury in the San Fernando First Assizes. According to the State's lead attorney Angelica Teelucksingh, the attacks took place between June 2006 and April 2007 at various locations, including different bedrooms in the house, in the bathroom and in a shed at an isolated area in Point Fortin.It was alleged that the first attack took place on June 1st, 2006 whilst the young victim was asleep, the victim also testified that she was threatened by the accused that if she said anything he would put her out of the house. The nine man jury deliberated for 90 minutes and returned a guilty verdict. The accused was remanded into custody pending sentencing. The matter was adjourned to September 25th,2014.
Point Fortin Celebrates Pan Trinbago:
August 3rd, 2014
Pan Trinbago launched its Pan Month Celebrations at the State of the Art Clifton Hill Beach Resort with the collaboration of Point Fortin Mayor Hon. Clyde Paul. The evenings performances featured a number of the nations top steel orchestras inncluding Tornadoes, La Brea Nightingales, NLCB Fonclaire, BP Renegades, Witco Desperadoes and CAL Invaders had the complete attention of the attendees with some stunning performances. Tornadoes honored their hometown hero Austin (Super Blue ) Lyons with fantastic renditions of a number his compositions.Patrons included Pan Trinbago's President Keith Diaz, Deputy Mayor of the Port of Spain Keron Valentine and Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Nigeria Nyahuma Obika.
Point Fortin MP hits out on Life Sport Issue:
Point Fortin Parliamentary Representative the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon has added her voice to the now "Toxic" Life Sport issue. Gopee-Scoon in speaking to the Trinidad Newsday yesterday about the findings of the Ministry of Finance's audit of the Life Sport program which was tabled in Parliament last Friday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has publicly called for the immediate resignation of Sports Minister Anil Roberts in light of these findings. Scoon explained that " a Minister of Government must be responsible for the oversight for the operation of his/her Ministry, even though he was not the actual implementor and executor and not writing cheques, but who's duty it is to ensure proper management and distribution of public dollars."
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs also indicated that mentioned in the report was the issue of the Fanny Village Pavilion, a Life Sport project, to which substantial payments were made to Richie's General Contractors Limited for Janitorial
services in the amount of $51,750.00 on two occasions, even though the facility has no electricity and has not been inspected by T&TEC and is unused by the community.
Baby dies, Questions raised:
June 27th, 2014
Questions have been raised by the parents of 3 day old baby boy
who was pronounced dead at the Point Fortin Area Hospital on Monday June 23rd shortly after being seen at the facility.
Baby Akilon Glascow was born to Akil Glascow and Nikeisha Henry of Techier Village, Point Fortin on Saturday June 21st.
According to reports out of the area there were concerns about the baby's refusal to breast feed and that his skin had a yellowish appearance. He was taken to the hospital by his parents and after being seen by the Head Nurse, the baby was given a clean bill of health and was given some formula and discharged. He was taken home fed and put to bed. About two hours his mother tried to wake him but he did not respond and she noticed that his lips had changed colour, he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that the child died as a result of choking on his own vomit. Calls have been made to Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan to have the circumstances surrounding the death investigated, the Point Fortin police are also conducting their own investigations into the death.
Point Fortin activist and president of the Brotherhood United of Egypt Village, Point Fortin, Lionel Shade, was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison for the murder of his friend Wayne Abraham some twelve years ago. Shade who was in the act of installing louvres in his home was visited by Abraham. It was reported that Shade asked Abraham about money which was owed to him and Abraham became abusive which led to a scuffle which resulted in Abraham being kicked in the stomach by Shade who was at that time wearing a steel tip boots. As a result of the blow Abraham was taken to the hospital where he died nineteen days after the incident. Justice Hayden Douglas-St. Clair appearing in the San Fernando High Court said that it was an unusual incident as he pronounced sentence.
A 57th year old cyclist was struck and killed near his home in Guapo, near Point Fortin on Saturday. Mervyn Prince, a watchman, of Beach Road, Vance River, when he was hit by a car. The driver of the car, a 57 year old man of Union Village, Claxton Bay is assisting police with their investigations. Axxording to reports, the driver told police thathe was driving along the Southern Main Road, Guapo, when upon reaching an abandoned NP gas station at KTO stretch he attempted to overtake a man riding a bicycle, however he collided with the victim who was thrown to the ground as a result of the impact. A District Medical Officer pronounced Prince dead on the scene of the crash, an autopsy will be conducted today.
Police Corporal Held in Sting Operation:
May 18th, 2014
A police corporal with 15 years of service who allegedly took a bribe to forgo a charge of drug possession has been granted bail in the sum of $100,000.00 as he appeared in in the Port of Spain First Magistrates Court before Christine Charles on two charges arising from the incident. Cpl. Showell Dickerson who was last attached to the Point Fortin Police Station was arrested on May 8th, at Reservoir Hill, Egypt Village, Point Fortin, by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau including Insp. Walker, Sgt. Seepersad, Cpl. Joefield and PC Marcano, where it is alleged that he went to a house in the area on April 29th, where he found a quantity of marijuana in a post box, and he asked the suspect for $2000.00 to make the "charge disappear". It is alleged that he received $1000.00. He was arrested and charged by PC Marcano.
The matter was transferred to the Point Fortin Magistrates Court
to May 21st.
ABUSE OR NOT?
April 27th, 2014
Why are the actions of Helen Bartlett the Point Fortin mother seen on the social media disciplining her child considered abuse? It is a sad day when this video has been given so much attention and the true fact of the matter is being ignored. Miss Bartlett has a God given right to discipline her daughter in order to ensure that she is being brought up in a respectful and disciplined manner, a fact which is mentioned in Proverbs 13:24 in the Holy Bible. Miss Bartlett has taken a step that many have ignored and have aligned themselves to the American system of what is considered child abuse and the laws which have been put into place that no longer works, and is responsible for the decline in respect and the apparent breakdown in today's society. Because of her actions she has been belittled by comments of the "moral police "within a failed democracy of a society that has no clue in solving the social ills and the increased crime in our communities, and the fear of us being victims in a lawless society, brought about by our failure to discipline our children and the glamorization of crime by the gangs which now operate in our communities. Where were the "moral police" when the child was neglected by her father as reported by her mother who was left alone to care for her kids? How many of us took the opportunity to offer any kind of assistance to her family or for any family in crisis in today's society where it is becoming exceedingly difficult for the economically deprived to survive, but still tried to provide a better life for her children?
It is apparent that no one wants to accept the fact that the government of our country have not yet realized that they have aligned themselves to a system which has failed and have problems in addressing the seriousness of violence due to drug and gang activities which has reached epidemic proportions in the US where the murder rate amongst teenagers and the use of drugs has skyrocketed. Maybe its time to revert to that form of discipline to which many of us were exposed to and which has made better citizens of us and respect the decision of Miss Bartlett in taking a stand in ensuring that her daughter does not become a statistic in the future.
Murder in Point Fortin
April 22nd, 2014
Despite calls from Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul, this year's celebrations have struck a sour note with the murder of a fruit vendor at the Cap-de-ville Road junction. 34 year old Dane Joseph
was operating his fruit stall when he was shot in the stomach by a man posing as a customer, around 7.15 pm yesterday. Point Fortin Police are conducting inquiries.
Borough day Festivities officially launched:
April 22nd, 2014
Once again the Borough of Point Fortin is celebrating it's 34th Borough Day Festivities in fine style, on Saturday evening. Mayor Clyde Paul told a packed Victor Chin Kit park that the time has come for the residents to take the opportunity to use the celebrations to earn much needed income generated by the influx of participants from
all over the world who graces the borough for the well known celebrations. Mayor Paul also told the gathering that the celebrations would never be without steelband music as long as he was alive and that this opportunity was sanctioned by the late ANR Robinson in 1997 with the approval of Pan On The Move. Participants were entertained by Siparia Deltones, NGC LaBrea Nightingales, Point Fortin Tornadoes and Jah Roots to name a few.
Point Fortin Comes Alive
April 9th, 2014
The Borough of Point Fortin is buzzing with activities in what can only be referred to as the prelude to an "Elegant 2014 Borough Day Celebration". Already this years celebration is slated as the best ever and will kick off on April 19th,2014.
click on the link below to view calendar of events.
Hospital Situation Worsens:
March 26th 2014
The residents of Point Fortin and the neighboring communities continue to face a gloomy but serious situation with the health care situation at the Point Fortin Hospital. The facility is in a state of disrepair and essential supplies are none existant in addition to the crumbling infrastructure. Where is Health Minister Fuad Khan? Why is he and the present Administration
neglecting the town and it's people who expect to have access
to a proper medical facility to visit in times of illness or accidents. The conditions at the hospital has become so bad that its staff are refusing to work the night shift as was demonstrated by not turning up for duty over the weekend.
Point Fortin Mayor the Hon. Clyde Paul visited the hospital and spoke to members of staff who showed him some of the problems. There is a shortage of beds, little or no linens, a shortage of drugs, an unsafe building , in addition to patients are sent from the San Fernando General Hospital and a shortage of personnel at the institution. The matter was reported to the union and President Watson Duke indicated that they have his full support. This situation shows the Administration's decision to punish the area because their to support the opposition PNM in the last election.
Point Fortin Say Goodbye to Son of Soil:
The entire Point Fortin community will gather tomorrow Jan. 17th to pay its respects to Football Ambassador 22 year old Akeem Adams. The farewell service is scheduled to begin at 11.00 am at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin and a huge crowd is expected to attend the function. Adams who was a resident of the Borough, was born in Salazar Trace. Mora, Point Fortin and attended Presentation College, suffered a massive stroke after being hospitalized for several weeks after a number of medical complications from which he never recovered. Akeem passed away with his mother and brother at his side at the Varosmajor Heart Clinic in Hungary. He was professional player with the Ferencverosi Torna Club. Also expected to attend are representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation , and other organizations to which he was associated.The Point Fortin Rehab Council sends its sincerest condolences to his bereaved family.
Clean Up Fall Out:
State owned Petrotrin is now forced to do damage control as a result of the company's clean up of the oil spill that crippled the south western peninsula of the country since early December of 2013.It has been reported that while the company claims that the clean up was successful it has been told that the chemical which was used is highly toxic and a health hazard to the residents since the product increases in strength to about 60% in when used and threatens to pollute the air and causes a flare up in asthmatic conditions and possible death. The government has been put on notice to relocate the affected residents and not to utilize food produced in the affected areas since it may be contaminated. This report was submitted by Mr. Leon Hector from the Maryland First Response Team who is specially trained in such treatments.
For further information You can contact Mr. Hector on Facebook by sending a friend request.
Oil Spill Woes
Dec. 31st, 2013
State owned Petrotrin has denied responsibility for the continuing increase in oil spills that continues to plague the residents of South Trinidad. This was made clear by Lindsay Gillette Chairman of the Company in a press conference yesterday. He commented that 11 spills in ten days is "unusual,alarming and unprecedented, when questioned about the latest leak located in the Brighton Marine Field. Petrotrin's President also at the conference, gave the assurance that everything possible was being done to clean up the spills including assistance to the affected residents and the environment.
Meanwhile the displaced residents of LaBrea and environs have staged a protest because of claims that they are being overlooked for employment in the clean up efforts since the contractors and labor comes from outside the area. Residents of Point Sable Beach, Queens Beach and Coffee Beach have indicated their intention to block access roads to the affected areas if their requests for employment in the clean up which currently pays up to $50.00 an hour are not met. The affected area now occupies the coastal area from Othaheite to Cedros and is said to have cost about $5M to date.
Point Fortin Mourns:
Dec. 31st 2013
The Borough of Point Fortin along with its residents and the nation as a whole today mourns the death of former National Football Player Akeem Adams who died of a massive stroke in Hungary, where he was hospitalized awaiting a new heart. Adams a native of Salazar Trace, Point Fortin, and former national and pro-league fame was just 22 years old and made his mark as a stand out defender in local and international competitions. He was recruited by the Hungarian professional club Ferencvarosi Torna Club and had a promising future in the European Professional League. This dream came to an end on September 25th, 2013 when Adams suffered a massive heart attack shortly after training. He was immediately rushed to Varosmajor Heart Clinic where he underwent three life saving operations and was given a temporary mechanical device to support his vascular system. He continued to makee ome progress, until tragedy struct and his left leg had to be amputated because of circulation restrictions. On Saturday Adams suffered a massive stroke from which he never recovered. The Point Fortin Rehab Council sends out our heart felt condolences to his bereaved family at this time, may he rest in peace.
Petrotrin Oil spill Threatens Area Residents:
Dec 20th, 2013.
Residents off the South Western peninsula are faced with a critical dilemma with a massive oil spill that has risen in the area as a result of operations by state owned Petrotrin.
The spill has consumed the area between LaBrea and Chatham, an area of approximately eight nautical miles, causing several parts of the affected area to be evacuated.
According to Petrotrin the problem has come from a number of non-related issues and is still being investigated. The company reported that they found out by investigations that problems were located in Pointe-a-Pierre Riser Platform NO5 and Trinmar's Platform NO 17. In it's release to the media the company on Tuesday claimed that a weld leak developed in the No 10 sea line at the Pointe-a-Pierre port during loading operations.In a unrelated incident later that day, a gasket on a 16 inch line caused oil to leak at the No5 platform in Trinmar's Main Field , also on Thursday a A leak was observed at platform No 17 in the East Fields during surveillance of the area. The company apologizes to the residents of the affected area for any and all discomforts experienced and that clean-up of the spills are on-going and that continued observation of the area to find and repair any problems are continuing. The EMA is also investigating the situation.
Visitor Drowns at Guapo
a 62 year old Naturalized citizen of the US lost his life while swimming at the Clifton Hill/ Guapo Beach in Point Fortin last weekend. According to reports out of Point Fortin,
Fermin who was visiting his relatives at Harriman Park went with them to Clifton Hill/ Guapo beach on Saturday afternoon. Relatives told police that at around 1.00 pm Fermin went into the water and disappeared shortly thereafter,and that efforts to locate him failed. His body surfaced later on that evening, police are investigating the incident.
Nov, 30, 2013
Once again the Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan has demonstrated his government's political vendetta towards the residents of the South Western peninsula with regards to the construction of the new Point Fortin Hospital in his statement in Parliament yesterday. The People's Partnership administration led by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bisessar had made a promise that any constituency who failed to give her support will not get anything done by her government.
Dr. Khan seems to have forgotten that these promises have been made for years and was never accomplished. In mid October, 2010 the then Minister of Health, Theresa Cornelis-Baptiste told the country that the plans and design was approved and the project would begin later that year.and completed by UDECOTT. This project never got off the ground because they did not secure the land despite ETECHS approval.
The deception continued in 2011 when several promises which guaranteed that the construction would begin in October of 2011 since they had the necessary funding in hand. Once again a failed promise. In May of 2012 promises of the start of construction was made by the then Minister Dr Roodlal Moonilal
told a desperate public that works would begin shortly, again nothing but the same old excuses, we head now into the year 2012 when we are now dealing with the administration's new Minister Dr Fuad Khan, who unlike those who came before him accompanied the MP for the area after which he claimed that everything was in place for the start of the construction to begin in October of 2012 in an apparent effort to calm fed up residents and staff of the institution who had now began to protest.He indicated that there were some concerns with the location and the funding for the project and once again the residents were left dissatisfied. Meanwhile while the people of Point Fortin try to make sense of their situation, projects in the Couva, Chaguanas, Penal and Debe are being expedited without any delays, where is the funding coming from? Again the Minister along with Finance Minister Larry Howai has claimed that there is a problem with financing of this project but remain numb when asked about the 13 Billion dollar loan given to government by the Government of China, part of which was supposed to go to the construction of the Hospital. It is apparent that the cards are not dealt evenly and I believe that since the Attorney General who attempts to go after persons he describes as dishonest, should consider taking the Minister of Health and the Prime Minter to Court for Perjury and Official Misconduct since their political disregard seems to claim a political causality in the person of the areas MP Paula
Gopee-Scoon who indicated that government's failure to start the construction of the Hospital may mean the end of her political career. It is time that the people in the South Western Peninsula stand up for their rights and support the Member of Parliament in putting pressure on this administration to achieve its objective.
View of approved Design
sent to UDECOTT in 2010
Return To The Glory Days
Nov. 5th, 2013
Mahaica Oval the Nationally famous Sporting Ground is being modernized, this according to Mayor Hon, Clyde Paul in a recent media release. He highlighted the rich history of some of the nation's sporting greats who are products of the borough and this facility. Built in the 1940's by UBOT, Mahaica Oval became a mecca of sport for not only Point Fortin but to South Trinidad, producing such greats as Watty Douglas, Delbert Charleau, Leroy Deleon, Warren Archibald, and Steve David, Victor :Voot" Ogarro and Ivan Aguilera to name a few.
Paul indicated that work have already began and that the grounds have been re-seeded and the drainage improved. He noted that while the work is in progress ,the Corporation approached several energy companies and other area businesses to assist in financing this long overdue project.