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The Medical Board has
launched an investigation into
a surgery at a private hospital
last January to remove 17
cocaine pellets from the stom-
ach of an Arouca man.
So said Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan in a brief inter-
view at the Carlton Savannah
Hotel, St Ann s, yesterday.
The issue has been the subject
of much debate.
Ramlogan said he was "happy
to say that I have received cor-
respondence from the Medical
Board of T&T that has con-
firmed they have launched an
investigation in the matter."
He said the board s letter was
in response to a letter he sent
to it requesting the investiga-
tion, "so therefore that matter
is the subject of an on-going
investigation by the Medical
He said the police were also
probing the incident.
Responding to questions on
last weekend s deflation of some
ten car tyres and the placement
of racial flyers on the vehicles
at MovieTowne Entertainment
Complex, Invaders Bay, Port-
of-Spain, Ramlogan said they
were "acts of criminal vandalism
that I condemn outright."
He hoped the CCTV cameras
would assist in identifying those
who committed the acts.
The AG also said shopping
malls in T&T should do more
to assist in the fight against
"The private sector has to play
a role in the fight against crime
by protecting those persons from
that kind of wanton lawlessness
and vandalism," he added.
Ramlogan said mall owners
should invest in the safety of
those who shop there.
"With the profits they make
they must set up CCTV cameras
in those parking lots in all malls
and all public spaces in T&T,"
He said as the Christmas sea-
son approached "I personally
would advocate a name and
shame approach to this.
"If any mall does not have
CCTV cameras and adequate
security for its patrons they
should be outed by the media
so the shopping public will know
not to patronise there."
AG on surgery to remove cocaine pellets:
It was only a month
ago that 43-year-old
Louis Joseph celebrated
the birth of his daughter
Louisiana but that joy
was short-lived when he
was shot dead on Mon-
Yesterday, the new-
born screamed in the
arms of relatives as her
Kimberly Francis, wept while recalling what an
intruder did to her the previous night.
"He put his gun on my head and he said, You
see you, I will shoot you in your head, " Francis
Police said around 11.50 pm, two men with a gun
and a cutlass entered the family s home at Morne
Roche Quarry Road, Williamsville.
Joseph, a labourer, was shot in the chest. He ran
into a bedroom, collapsed and died.
Police believe Joseph was murdered by the same
men who stormed his home last July and tied up
Francis while he was away.
They said the men went to the house in search
of something they asked for in July. The police did
not specify what the men had gone to the house
for on that occasion.
Francis said on Monday night she was woken by
a gunshot. As she walked into the living room, she
saw Joseph running near the bathroom door with
two men in the house.
"I ran through the gallery, to the back of the par-
lour and the one with the cutlass ran after me and
he grabbed me at the steps. He brought me back
inside and the one with the gun told me to lie in
"He told me put my head down but I kept on
raising my head so he put his gun on my head and
he said he would shoot me. The one with the cutlass
went over to him (Joseph) and mashed his hands.
He just lay there and died slowly," Francis said.
Eventually, the bandits ran into the street but
returned when Francis cried out for relatives to call
an ambulance. At that time, she said, the child
woke and began crying. It was only when she
screamed out for someone to call the police the
Gasparillo police and Southern Homicide Bureau
searched for them but up to late yesterday no one
had been held. PC Patrick is continuing investiga-
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, right, chats with Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas during the opening yesterday of a training seminar
in money laundering control at Carlton Savannah, St Ann's, for local and regional judges and prosecutors. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Swarms of bees have invaded
four schools in Siparia, stinging
several pupils and forcing the clo-
sure of a pre-school.
Among the schools affected were
the Early Beginners Servol pre-
school, Siparia Union Presbyterian
School, St Brigid s Girls RC and the
Siparia Boys RC primary schools.
Parents, who have been waiting
for help since last week, protested
outside the pre-school, calling on
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh to intervene immedi-
Pre-school head teacher Elizabeth
James-Bobb said the presence of the
bees was seasonal.
Saying spraying was a short-term
remedy, she called on the ministry
to put wire mesh around the class-
rooms to keep out the bees. She said
staff from the Ministry of Agriculture
visited last week but could not find
"I am weary and I don t know
what to do. I feel sorry for the chil-
dren. They cannot eat their snacks
or drink their juices.
"We have children who are allergic
to the bee stings and twice last week
we had to carry pupils to the health
facility because they were stung,"
The school has 46 pupils and three
She added one student, Anne
John, stayed home for two weeks
because she was allergic to bee stings.
John s mother, Vikie-Ann Milette-
John, said she had decided not to
send Anne to school until the bees
"Since my daughter got stung I
cannot work because I have to stay
at home to see her. I want the min-
ister to get involved in this and help
us," Milette-John said.
At the St Brigid s Girls RC School
some parents quickly collected their
children from school on hearing
about the bees. Students from Stan-
dards One to Five were not affected
as their air-conditioned classrooms
had no vents to let them in.
Classes were not disrupted at the
Siparia Union Presbyterian School
and the Siparia Boys RC but pupils
were banned from drinking juices
and soft drinks. They were also told
not to throw garbage in the class-
room bins as that would encourage
Bee invasion in 4 Siparia schools Contacted yesterday, Education
Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said
a team from the Education
Facilities Company Ltd would be
despatched to the schools today.
Saying every child must be
protected, Gopeesingh said he
would also contact the Ministry
of Agriculture's Apiaries Unit and
promised to do everything
possible to deal with the bees.
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