Oil washes onto Mississippi coast for first time

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss., (Reuters) – Large patches of  thick oil washed ashore in Mississippi yesterday, the first  time crude from the BP Plc spill in the Gulf of Mexico has hit  the state’s coast.

Oil hit two tourist beaches at Ocean Springs, about 10  miles (16 kilometres) east of Biloxi, and a beach used by  fisherman that is close to an inland marsh. Wildlife officials  picked up one pelican covered in oil.

State officials and the Coast Guard, who said they were  expecting more oil to arrive, were waiting on BP contractors to  start cleaning up.

“We cannot clean up or catch the oil until BP gets here.  They have all of our people,” said Earl Etheridge, a spokesman  for Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality. “We want  to clean this up now. Maybe this will amp up BP’s effort but we  can’t do anything because they have all the money.”

Efforts to contain and clean up oil from the massive spill  are being handled jointly by federal, state and local officials  and funded by the energy giant, leading to frustration among  people whose coastlines are most at risk.

Louisiana’s fragile wetlands have been hardest hit by the  oil but Mississippi had escaped damage until yesterday, although  some oil has tainted its barrier islands. Oil has also come  ashore in Alabama and Florida’s Gulf coast.


Contractor shot in robbery after leaving bank

An electrical contractor of Enmore/Hope, East Coast Demerara, who was robbed and shot about 1 pm today at Foulis, ECD, is presently admitted in a stable condition at a private medical institution in Georgetown, the police said today.

Minister decries poisoning of Coconut Trees at Hope Estate

The recent poisoning of 18 bearing coconut trees by persons at Hope Estate was today condemned  by Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder.

Mashramani traffic advisory from Police

The Guyana Police Force is informing members of the public that in order to facilitate activities relating to the Mashramani float parade 2018 the following intersections will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00h until the end of the days’ activities;Camp Street & Thomas land Albert Street & Wooldord Avenue Sandy Bobb & Vlissegen Road Sandy Bobb & J.B Singh Barr Street & Vlissengen Road Dowding & Vlissengen Road Station Street & Vlissengen Road Lamaha street & Vlissengen Road Woolford Avenue & Vlissengen Road Woolford & J.B Singh Anira & Irving Streets Laluni & Irving StreetsThe Following roads will also be closed to facilitate the float parade; u  Crown & Irving streets u  Almond & Irving Streets u  Forshaw & Irving Streets u  Church Street & Vlissengen Road u  North & Vlissengen Roads u  Regent Street & Vlissengen Road u  South & Vlissengen Road u  Brickdam & Vlissengen Road u  Homestretch Avenue & Vlissengen Road u  Hadfield & Vlissengen Road u  Mandela Avenue & Vlissengen Road        

Security net to stay in East Port of Spain following unrest

(Trinidad Guardian) Joint police and Defence Force patrol camps are remaining in East Port-of-Spain permanently and will be supplemented as necessary, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young says.

Auditor General requests info from private developer to complete probe of billion-dollar D’Urban Park project

Auditor General Deodat Sharma says that he is awaiting some information from Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) before he completes his investigation of the controversial billion-dollar D’Urban Park Development Project.

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