Camille Robinson-Regis

UPGRADED: Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, right, and Karen Clarke-Rowley, general manager at the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA), view Macqueripe Bay from the newly refurbished lifeguard tower during yesterday’s tour.


Beachgoers will be able to visit Macqueripe Bay for the Easter holidays.

The popular site will be open to the public from today following completion of refurbishment works, the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) said in a news release yesterday.

Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis toured the facility yesterday morning following which she and CDA general manager Karen Clarke-Rowley gave an update on works done.

The popular beach was closed for maintenance work on March 13 after the steps leading to the bay became slippery with moss while the rails used by visitors to hold on to had decayed with large gaps between them.

A retaining wall was also damaged from waves constantly crashing into it, resulting in the removal of a large amount of dirt from behind the wall. A large sink-hole was formed.

Clarke-Rowley told reporters yesterday that the rails had been fixed using Green-heart wood (prized for its durability), shrubs had been pruned and manicured, the life-guard hut repaired, the steps power-washed and will be regularly washed, benches fixed and painted and the lines of the car-park had been painted.

Robinson-Regis said that the entire project cost taxpayers $47,000.

“The team that did this job tried to ensure that we didn’t have major costs as they were able to use some material salvaged from the site,” she said.

“So people are free to come on Thursday but not on Good Friday because if one visits the beach on Good Friday they will turn into a fish but on Thursday and Saturday and Sunday the beach will be open,” she said.

The Authority is reminding visitors to wear their masks and practise social distancing in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.


As the country recorded an alarming seven new Covid-19 deaths yesterday, among them was a young medical doctor.

Dr Shival Sieunarine, 33, died in the Intensive Care Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he had been taken for treatment after falling severely ill.

In a 30-minute virtual funeral service, friends and relatives said goodbye yesterday to the Siparia father and son who died from the Covid-19 virus hours apart last week.

Five relatives were allowed to witness the double cremation at Belgroves Funeral Home and Crematorium in San Fernando.

The Covid-19 death toll continued to increase alarmingly, with seven more deaths being recorded by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The death toll jumped from 196 on Friday to 203 by yesterday evening.

It is the second time this number of deaths has been recorded in one day since the start of the pandemic.

The Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is safe and has undergone a rigorous assessment by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This was Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh’s response to Oro­­pouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal yester­day after Moonilal warned people to be cautious about being used as “guinea pigs” for the vaccine, which only has emergency-use approval.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh’s tears have moved Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez to act decisively to put an end to liming on the Brian Lara Promenade.

Effective immediately, the Promenade is entirely off-limits.

The public will not be allowed to even walk through the Promenade and should instead use the pavements.