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All five elements are present in the human form. From the
Element of Space, emotions, prejudices, apprehensions,
shyness and the like are born. The Element of Air within
the body causes the reflexes and movements like walk-
ing, respiration, etc. Hunger, thirst, sleep and fear are
aspects of Fire. Blood, mucus and saliva emanates from
the Element of Water. Finally skin, muscles, veins, bones
and nails are the aspects representing the Earth
Element. When you internalise this truth, who can argue,
"This is mine, that is yours", "I am greater, you are inferi-
or" and so on. Anyone who speaks thus is dull-headed,
unable to appreciate and see the reality. If only they have
a deeper understanding, they can comprehend the truth
in creation. Never be bogged down by the prevailing
times or circumstances. That will amount to leading a
narrow life. Develop an expansive way of life and care-
fully tread the path, that is ever new, holy and eternal.
Why is it absurd for us to see
inequality amongst God's cre-
ation? Bhagawan lovingly
explains to us today.
The state when your mind and intellect unites, is called
freedom, also known as liberation (Moksha). - Baba
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JENSEN LA VENDE
Although 30 police recruits were reject-
ed after they admitted to varying criminal
offences, the Police Service Social and
Welfare Association is fearful there are
soon-to-be police officers who slipped
through the cracks and are guilty of pre-
vious criminal offences.
In a telephone interview yesterday, sec-
retary of the association Inspector Michael
Seales said while the decision to reject the
rouge recruits by acting Commissioner
Stephen Williams was laudable, it might
have been too late.
In an article on Tuesday in a daily news-
paper, it was reported that 30 recruits had
to be rejected after they admitted to varying
criminal offences, including sex with a
minor and drug possession.
Seales said the association was con-
cerned by the quantum of people rejected,
adding the powers that be at the Police
Training Academy dropped the ball.
Seales said the fact that the 30 prospect-
ed police officers were given the green
light to receive training was an indictment
on the part of academy s hierarchy and a
rigid test of sifting out the rogue recruits
was diminished to make way for the
increased police enrolment.
Contacted yesterday, Williams said he
was unable to respond to the claim his
drive to increase the police manpower
by 1,500 by March next year was to be
blamed for the unsuitable candidates.
One aspect of the depleted security
measure, Seales said, was the non-pub-
lication of the faces of would-be police
officers so those familiar with the can-
didates could make objections.
Seales also called for an audit of the
existing system of recruitment to ensure
quality assurance was adhered.
Asked whether the association was
concerned the recruits were being vic-
timised, Seales said the perception of
police officers was diminishing and the
hiring of someone who had committed
a criminal offence could add to that dete-
Seales said while the recruits were
never tried or convicted of any wrong-
doing, having them become police offi-
cers would be a case of "satan correcting
He said someone who might have been
convicted and was granted a presidential
pardon was free to apply, adding the
rejected recruits might well be looked at
as a "person of interest" in the future.
One of the 12 men
accused of murdering
continuous epileptic fits
over three days in police
custody, before he alleged-
ly confessed to his involve-
ment in the crime.
The allegation was one
of several discrepancies
raised by a defence attorney
Colin Selvon while cross
examining Supt Jayson
Forde, the police officer
who questioned Earl Trim-
ingham after his arrest
almost five months after
After several hours of
lengthy questioning on
details of the interview on
May 12, 2007, Selvon made
several accusations against
Selvon said although
Trimingham s mother had
given police his epilepsy
medication when he was
arrested at his home during
a raid at La Puerta Avenue,
Diego Martin, he was not
given the medication while
being kept in a holding cell,
as investigators were con-
tinuing their investigations.
Selvon also claimed that
during his detention, his
client showed suicidal ten-
dencies and as such was
forced to stay in the cell in
only his underwear. Trim-
ingham, a vegetarian, was
reportedly not given meals
during his brief stint in the
"Were you aware that he
said he was frustrated and
could not take it no more?"
Forde repeatedly denied
being aware of Triming-
ham s medical condition or
his mistreatment while in
custody, as he claimed he
was one of the police offi-
cers who was responsible
for his welfare while at the
As he sought to question
the validity of the notes and
the actual interview, Selvon
pointed to the signature of
Forde s colleague who
recorded the interview and
showed it had been mis-
dated. Forde denied any
wrongdoing as he described
the issue as a genuine error.
Forde s cross-examina-
tion will resume tomorrow.
See Page A12
JENSEN LA VENDE
Three police officers who are
accused of stealing over half-a-
million dollars from a Chinese cou-
ple have been assigned to desk
duty pending the outcome of
According to head of the North-
ern Division, Senior Supt David
Abraham, the men were placed on
desk duty by him yesterday, one
day after he returned from the UK.
According to police reports the
officers are accused of stealing the
money from Chinese casino owners
Danny and Yvonne Owu last week.
The matter is being investigated by
the Professional Standards Bureau.
It was reported that the trio,
attached to the Northern Division,
entered Owu s Bon Air West, Arou-
ca, home looking for someone they
suspected was staying there illegally.
Desk duty for cops accused of $.5 million theft
The couple claimed the officers left
the home in an unmarked police vehicle
with two bags filled with cash.
Following the alleged robbery, a main
witness in the matter was reportedly
threatened and have since been in pro-
Police reports claim the threats came
after members of the Professional Stan-
dards Bureau searched the Arouca Police
Station two days following the theft.
Court hears of accused
'fits' in police custody
Seales on rejection of police recruits:
Too late, too late
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams presents centenarian Daniel Thomas with an
award during a function in his honour at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, on
Monday. Thomas, now retired, is the first retiree from the service to reach the milestone.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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