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This youngster stood out amongst this group of tassa drummers who were accompanying flags during the Hosay Flag night along
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Caricom s heads of government will hold
a special meeting on the Ebola virus and
chikungunya disease here on Tuesday, a
release from the Office of the Prime Minister
The release said the 17th Special Meeting
of the Conference of Heads of Government
of the Caricom will deal specifically with Ebola,
which has ravaged West African countries, as
well as the chikungunya disease, which is
affecting people within the Caribbean Com-
will be hosted by
Bissessar at the
tre, St Ann s,
from 4 pm.
The release said
the primary pur-
pose of the meet-
ing is to review
action being taken
regarding the cur-
issues facing the
Caricom region, the Ebola and ChikV diseases,
and to agree on a way forward.
It added that in early September, Persad-
Bissessar had called for the special meeting
of Caricom to discuss the public health issues.
This call, the releases noted, was made even
before the United Nations discussed Ebola at
its 62nd General Assembly Meeting in New
York in late September.
Dr Denzil Douglas, St Kitts and Nevis Prime
Minister and Lead Head of Government for
Human Resource Development, Health and
HIV/AIDS, also called for discussions regarding
these significant public health challenges, given
the implications for the Caricom communi-
ty.Expected to attend the meeting are Ministers
of Foreign Affairs and Health in the region.
The release said Caricom heads will also
seek to arrive at a consensus with regard to
the Caricom candidate for the post of Com-
Several Caribbean countries, including
Jamaica, St Vincent, Grenada and T&T, have
recently placed a travel ban on citizens from
Ebola-stricken West African countries, includ-
ing Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and put
measures in place to either screen or quarantine
its own nationals who have travelled to those
Three bandits went to commit a robbery
at a Gasparillo restaurant on Saturday night,
but only two came out alive after one of them
was shot dead by a security guard.
The surviving suspects were eventually held
in Princes Town but up to yesterday police
were yet to identify the other man, who is
believed to be in his 20s.
Police said the bandits, armed with two
cutlasses and a gun, walked into the Chinese
Phoenix Restaurant and Bar along Bonne Aven-
ture Road and began robbing patrons.
The guard, who was at the back of the
building at the time, was alerted by staff. When
he tried to get the bandits to leave, they threat-
ened him. The guard then reportedly drew his
gun and fired three shots behind the bandits.
One of the men was hit on the back and
his accomplices picked him up and dragged
him to the car park. But they eventually left
him outside and ran off.
Gasparillo police were called in but the sus-
pect died before an ambulance arrived.
The restaurant, which usually opens on
Sundays, remained closed. while staff cleaned
up yesterday. One worker said the boss was
not there and she could not speak.
A resident told the T&T Guardian that his
daughter sent him a text message around 8.30
pm telling him not to come home because a
robbery was in progress. He said when he
reached home around 10 pm the man s body
was still lying in front of the restaurant.
Gasparillo police and Southern Homicide
Bureau, led by Sr Supt Cecil Santana and Supt
Zamsheed Mohammed, were on the scene.
The man was reported to be an Afro-
Trinidadian with a dark complexion and low
In an unrelated incident, the son of a Central
Division superintendent is expected to appear
before a Chaguanas magistrate today for
assaulting a policeman and possession of a
According to reports, police were on patrol
in Chase Village around midnight Saturday
when they passed the man walking along the
road and he began acting strangely. When
they stopped him he put up a fight, forcing
the police to subdue him. A knife was also
found in his pocket.
Police said yesterday the boy s father is cur-
rently on suspension.
Robbery suspect shot
dead by security guard
...two others held by police
Homicide investigators were
yesterday called out after police found
what they thought were decomposing
remains wrapped in a sheet.
However, when Crime Scene Unit
members arrived several miles into
the old cane fields of Cedar Hill,
Princes Town, they found dead a dog.
According to reports, a team of
police were on patrol in a road off the
M1 Tasker Road around 10 am when
they saw what they thought was a
body. Police said it was quite large
and wrapped in a white sheet and
thrown at an illegal dump site.
Even senior Southern Division
police, a district medial officer and
undertakers made the journey only to
find out that it was a dead pit bull
thrown there approximately two or
three days ago. Police believe the
carcass had begun to swell, creating
the appearance of a human body. The
carcass was left at the scene.
DOG CAUSES FALSE ALARM
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