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Foreign Service officers of var-
ious levels and new ambassadors
are heading T&T s missions in
the UK, Canada, India, Costa Rica
and the United Nations mission
in New York, according to infor-
mation from Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Winston Dookeran.
Replying to Opposition queries
in Parliament yesterday, Dookeran
listed a number of heads of mis-
sions who have been recalled over
the past three years.
This includes former high com-
missioner to the UK Garvin
Nicholas and Rodney Charles,
T&T s representative at the per-
manent mission to the UN in New
Dookeran said both resigned,
receive no emoluments and are
now back home. Nicholas is UNC s
Diego Martin East "caretaker" and
Charles is the UNC s communi-
Dookeran listed those recalled
They included Razia Ali (ambas-
sador at the Caracas Embassy),
recalled in June 2011, and Therese
Baptiste-Cornelis (of the perma-
nent UN mission in Geneva), who
resigned in September 2012.
Also recalled were Dennis Fran-
cis (ambassador to the UN in
Geneva) who was required to assist
the ministry in T&T from October
2011 and Chandradath Singh (of
the New Delhi High Commission)
who was reassigned as ambassador
to China in March 2014.
Dookeran listed foreign service
officers (FSOs), currently manning
the missions that people have left.
These include Candica Shade
in Costa Rica, who is on maternity
leave and being replaced by Colin
Dookeran said financial attache
Jennifer Siblal is in charge of the
mission until James arrival on
In London, Tedwin Herbert is
holding the fort. In Ottawa, Venes-
sa Ramhit Ramroop is in charge.
Dookeran said Haseeb Mohammed
was heading the India mission and
in New York, ambassador Eden
Charles is in charge.
Dookeran said all the officers
were suitable to manage Govern-
ment s business.
Missions without heads
• Costa Rica.
• London High Commission.
• Ottawa High Commission.
• New Delhi High Commission.
• Permanent mission to the UN
Marabella resident Akimoo
Roger says his son, daughter
and wife are still sick and is
calling on state-owned oil
company Petrotrin to release
medical reports and provide
compensation for residents.
In August, oil escaped from
Petrotrin s Pointe-a-Pierre
refinery when one of its tanks
(MP 6) failed and the oil found
its way into the Guaracara
Residents complained of ill-
nesses and dead fish in the
river and Petrotrin responded
by placing oil booms in the
area and cleaning up while
treating residents at its Augus-
tus Long Hospital.
Four months later, residents
One woman, Wendy Brew-
ster, who stood on Wrightson
Road, outside the Parliament
building, wearing a gas mask,
said since the spill she had
problems breathing, liver
problems and was seeing a
doctor for several other health
She added: "For about two
months I tried to remain in
Marabella but I kept getting
sick and eventually I had to
move out of the area and into
my brother s apartment.
"I have asked for my med-
ical records to show to another
doctor and the Augustus Long
Hospital refuses to give it to
Brewster said whenever rain
fell, oil rose to the surface of
None of the other residents
were able to move out as they
say they have nowhere to go.
They live on Battoo Avenue,
Marabella, and only a river
separates them from oil tanks
owned14 by Petrotrin.
They raised concern yester-
day over the state of the
remaining oil tanks, fearful
that at any moment things
could get worse.
They say they have not
received any compensation
and want to be relocated, as
they fear their environment is
Surrounded by a handful of support-
ers, president general of the Oilfields
Workers Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel
Roget said the expected "national march"
on December 5 would be the biggest the
country had ever seen.
He was speaking to members of the
media as supporters gathered yesterday
outside the Financial Complex, Port-of-
Spain, to launch the march. They also
handed out flyers urging people to take
a stand against "Korruption".
"December 5 will be an historic day in
T&T. This will be a march and a rally of
a difference because we have a government
of a difference.
"We have a government that is iden-
tified as the most corrupt this country
has ever experienced and therefore those
of us in the trade union movement have
taken the position that we cannot sit idly
by and allow the corruption to continue,"
He said corruption at the level of the
government was the worst as it affected
the lives of ordinary citizens.
Saying the march also was aimed at
the poor healthcare system, Roget said in
some instances patients had to wait 48
hours for medical attention.
"And when you do, you have to face
the pharmacy to pay for the drugs and
all of those things are lacking... healthcare,
education, all kinds of social infrastruc-
ture... and while that happens, a few peo-
ple pocket hundreds of millions of dollars,"
He said Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan s
assurances to improve the health system
only amounted to talk and no action.
"As they continue with those kinds of
meaningless discussions we are faced with
problems at the nation s hospitals. People
go in the hospitals for a simple complaint
and they come out dead and that is the
reality," Roget added.
The December 5 march is expected to
begin at 2 pm at Woodford Square, Port-
Dookeran lists recalled envoys
Marabella resident Wendy Brewster wears her mask during a protest outside
of the Parliament building, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: KALIFA KLYNE
Residents still angry months after oil spill
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