T&TEC warns: Don't stand on trucks, don't use poles to lift lines

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is reminding carnival band leaders to be careful of overhead lines to ensure a safe carnival.

The reminder comes as bands prepare to take to the streets over the two-day carnival celebrations on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March.

T&TEC has established a carnival safety hotline, which became operational on Monday 25 February, to facilitate reports on potential safety hazards, especially as they relate to overhead lines and poles.

Two-way traffic around savannah from Saturday to Tuesday

The Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch is advising motorists of traffic changes at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

On Carnival Saturday 2nd March, 2019, from 7 am traffic will proceed in both directions from Belmont Circular to Queen’s Park East, in the vicinity of Casual Corner, until 12:00 midnight on Tuesday 5th March, 2019 (Carnival Tuesday).

These detailed changes are as follows:

a. Queen’s Park East between Jerningham Avenue and Belmont Circular, will be one-way proceeding North;

Health ministry ramps up HIV awareness

The Ministry of Health is ramping up its messaging about HIV and Aids prevention and reduction this Carnival season.

Prevention Coordinator at the health ministry’s HIV Unit, Keitha Kennedy, reports that most of the 11,000 people living with HIV in this country are in the 15 to 49 years age group, the peak period of work productivity and sexual reproductivity.

She also points out that the majority of those living with the disease are men. 

More security lights for Savannah as Carnival in full swing

Ad­di­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty lights have been in­stalled for Car­ni­val at the Queen's Park Sa­van­nah.

A state­ment from the T&T Elec­tric­i­ty Com­mis­sion (TTEC) said the com­mis­sion has in­stalled spe­cial light­ing around the North Park and “Tar­mac” at the Sa­van­nah.

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Robert Le Hunte and­Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ty De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and the Arts Nyan Gads­by-Dol­ly are ex­pect­ed to switch on the new­ly-in­stalled lights pri­or to the Car­ni­val King and Queen com­pe­ti­tion at 6:30 pm to­day.

Tight security for Chaguanas mas

Po­lice are ex­pect­ed to be out in full force for this year’s Car­ni­val in Ch­agua­nas.

This was con­firmed by ASP Richard Smith as he spoke with band­lead­ers at the Ch­agua­nas Bor­ough Ad­min­is­tra­tive Com­plex on Tues­day night dur­ing a meet­ing with the po­lice and the Ch­agua­nas Car­ni­val Com­mit­tee (CCC).

Smith said ran­dom search­es would be con­duct­ed and uni­formed and plain­clothes of­fi­cers, would be out dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

He said the po­lice would be as­sist­ed by Traf­fic War­dens and the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice.