Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 28th 2014 Contents Chandradath Singh, T&T ambassador to the People's Republic of China, left, and YU H Z Henry, chairman,
China Railway Construction (Caribbean) Co Ltd look at a photograph of the Scarborough General Hospital
when the ambassador joined a T&T media delegation on Wednesday on a tour of the China Railway
Construction Railway Corps museum, Beijing, China. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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A councillor says the Ministry
of National Security s current
national consultation on marijuana
would be more effective if it was
done in at-risk communities where
he believes the majority of people
San Fernando City Corporation
(SFCC) councillor for
Joseph, made the comment during
the sixth session of the consultation,
hosted by the ministry s National
Drug Council (NDC), at the Hare-
wood/Doorly Auditorium, St Paul s
Parish Hall, San Fernando, on Tues-
"I would like to see these con-
sultations carried to people in com-
munities that are at risk, like Emba-
cadere, Marabella, instead of here
where the people that would come
out really are not the marijuana-
users," Joseph said.
Joseph said as a councillor many
of the youths he had tried to assist
were marijuana-users and he
believed their opinions should count
in the consultations.
"I have had the experience as a
councillor trying to get employment
for youths and because marijuana
is illegal and most companies are
using drug tests, I couldn t get any-
body from these at-risk commu-
nities a job," he added.
Joseph also raised the issue of the
low public turnout, saying it was
because the SFCC was sent a late
notice of the arrangements.
However, speaking to the T&T
Guardian following the consultation,
NDC manager Esther Best said it
was a case of a "breakdown of com-
"We had a meeting with all cor-
porations in June, asking for their
assistance in setting up the con-
sultations. The SFCC was repre-
sented by Junia Regrello (deputy
mayor) but all efforts to contact
him afterwards were unsuccessful,"
Best said dates for the consul-
tations could not be set until after
the necessary approvals and after
failing to contact Regrello, the NDC
went ahead with its planning and
sent notice of the consultation on
Monday to the corporation.
Despite the low turnout, several
members of the public aired their
opinions on the issue. One woman
urged the NDC to think through
the legalisation of marijuana for
recreational and social use.
The woman, who asked not to
be identified, said while she would
support the usage of marijuana for
medicinal purposes, she was
strongly against marijuana for
recreational and social use.
"I don t think our social services
are equipped to deal with any fall-
out from the marijuana use. she
"For example, we have a lot of
vagrants on the street, some of
them are there because of drug use,
some are there for psychological
reasons but all of these things need
to be taken into consideration when
treating with this issue," she added.
Take it to at-risk youths
Homicide detectives are seeking the
public s assistance to identify a par-
tially burnt and decomposing body
found in Arouca yesterday.
The T&T Guardian was told that
shortly after midday, Northern Division
police received a report from Garden
Village, Arouca residents that there had
been a strong odour in their area over
the past few days and they believed it
was a body.
A group of police led by Sgt Charles
went to the area and found the body
in a bushy area 50 feet off Savannah
Investigators could not give a pre-
liminary cause of death for the victim,
an African male, because a large portion
of the body was badly burnt.
The body was taken to the Forensic
Science Centre in St James where a post
mortem will be performed after it is
Investigators are also expected to scan
the Police Service s missing persons
database in an effort to identify him.
Anyone with information which may
help identify the victim is asked to con-
tact Region Two Homicide Bureau
detectives at 640-1738 or 640-5886.
Cops find burnt body in Arouca HOSPITAL ON SHOW
Councillor unhappy over ganja talks in city hub...
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