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Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee said
the few trees cut down in Woodford Square by
the Port-of-Spain Corporation were cut because
they were diseased.
Tim Kee spoke in a brief telephone interview.
Earlier this month environmentalist Gary Aboud,
CEO of Mode Alive, which is opposite the square,
on Frederick Street, criticised Tim Kee for having
the trees cut down.
But Tim Kee said the corporation s engineering
department said the trees were diseased.
"I was told that we needed to cut those," he
explained, adding that as a result of heavy winds
earlier this month, branches broke off some trees
and the Horticultural Division was called.
"They told us the trees were diseased and so we
cut them. Only a few trees were removed," Tim
In a release issued last week, the city corporation
said it was assessing trees at squares and parks in
the city as some had been found to be potentially
hazardous to people who frequented those areas.
Work supervisor of the corporation Andre Arthur
said approximately six trees at Woodford Square
had to be cut as they were rotten to the core and
could have endangered passers-by without warning
during strong wind or rain, given the current weath-
er.The corporation said it would continue to beautify
the environment by planting trees, shrubs and
flowers to replace any vegetation which was removed
as part of its assessment programme.
Police are investigat-
ing the death of a pen-
sioner whose body was
found floating at sea
near Claxton Bay on
According to police,
the body of Batiyia
Seecharan, 75, of Sookoo
Trace, Claxton Bay, was
spotted near St Mar-
garet s shortly after 10
am by fisherman Steven
Ramkissoon was near
the beachfront when he
Students of St Joseph's
Convent, Port-of-Spain pose for
a photograph with, from left,
managing director of Proman
AG (Trinidad) Jürgen Schütz,
CEO of Methanol Holdings
Dennis Patrick, the school's
principal Anna Pounder, and
managing director of Process
Energy (Trinidad) Claus
Cronberger after the companies
pledged a total of $1.5 million to
fund the upgrade of a multi-
media centre at the school.
In a short address Patrick
reflected on the school's history
with his company, saying it
began in December 1997 when
Joseph Cassidy, the current
chairman of MHTL, addressed
the school on the opening of
the sponsored physics
laboratory which was closely
followed by the multi-media
projector in 1998.
trees cut down in
saw the body floating and
called the police who
responded along with the
Fire Services, Coast
Guard and Air Guard.
The body was found
about an hour later sev-
eral miles away from
where it was first spot-
It was brought to shore
and examined by district
medical officer Dr Balli-
ram, whose then ordered
it removal to the Forensic
Science Centre, St James.
For most of yesterday,
St Margaret s police were
searching for the
woman s identity. On
Tuesday night, it was
identified by Doodnath
Koon. Although there
were no clear marks of
violence, homicide inves-
tigators said they have to
get the autopsy finding
in order to continue their
PC Ramjattan of Clax-
ton Bay Police Station is
investigating the matter.
The high-profile trial of 12 men from
Diego Martin accused of murdering former
Xtra Foods CEO Vindra Naipaul-Coolman
has been adjourned to next week to allow
lawyers time to discuss a legal issue.
The issue, which must be resolved before
prosecutors are allowed to continue leading
evidence in the trial, came up while defence
attorney Wayne Sturge was cross-examining
Supt Ancil Corbette, a senior police officer
involved in the investigation into Naipaul-
Coolman s kidnapping and murder.
Sturge made several objections as lead
prosecutor Israel Khan, SC, tried to refer
Corbette to several transcripts of interviews
with the accused men which were yet to
be tendered into evidence.
An adamant Sturge was seeking to use
the documents to question Corbette on
whether he and his colleagues tried to
deceive the men during the interrogation
sessions by withholding key information
gathered during their investigations.
Adjourning the case to next Monday, pre-
siding Judge Malcolm Holdip told the jury
the short break was needed for defence
lawyers and prosecutors to present legal
submissions and for him to rule on the issue.
In his evidence so far, Corbette has tes-
tified to interviewing four of the accused
men and being present when the State s
main witness, Keon Gloster, who allegedly
witnessed the murder and the disposal of
her body, pointed out several of the accused
Naipaul-Coolman was abducted from her
home at Lange Park, Chaguanas, on Decem-
ber 19, 2006. Her family paid $122,000 ran-
som but she was not released and her body
was never found.
Prosecutors are contending she was held
captive in a house at Upper La Puerta
Avenue, Diego Martin, before she was shot,
dismembered and temporarily buried in a
forested area near where most of the accused
Legal issue so
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