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The Parang group Los Voces de Moka, from Trinity College, Moka entertain guests at a Christmas reception
hosted by Canadian High Commissioner Gerard Latulippe at his official residence in Maraval on Wednesday.
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LOS VOCES DE MOKA
Four members of the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) were expelled last Saturday, party leader Jack
Warner has said.
A release issued by the party on Tuesday said the
appointment of the four members to the party s
executive committee had been revoked.
The ILP release said the party took the action
because the members missed three consecutive meet-
ings of the executive committee. It said the four
vacant positions would be filled at the next executive
meeting, scheduled for January 10.
But in an e-mail, Junior Selwyn Francois, regional
co-ordinator, southwest, said he was resigning from
the ILP with immediate effect. The e-mail was dated
December 9. Francois said the recent passing of an
unidentified member of his family and academic
commitments had made it difficult for him to attend
to party matters. Francois, a candidate in the October
2013 local government election, thanked the party
for the opportunity to serve, and asked for his name
to be removed from the membership listing.
Since the ILP was formed in July 2013, at least
12 people have quit.
In November, political leader Lyndira Oudit resigned
and Warner, who was the first leader of the party,
A young doctor at the San Fernando
General Hospital (SFSH) has told
police that one of her patients threat-
ened to shoot her.
The report, made earlier this week
to the nearby San Fernando Police Sta-
tion, has left doctors and other medical
This incident follows an attack on
another female doctor who was accost-
ed and robbed as she got into her car
in the hospital car park two weeks ago.
The suspect was arrested and charged
and that matter is now before the court.
South Western Regional Health
Authority (SWRHA) CEO Anil Gosine
confirmed the report of the second
incident on Monday night. He said the
doctor was attending to the male
patient in the examination room on
Ward 8, of the Ophthalmology Unit.
He said the patient became agitated
and told the doctor, "We can put a bul-
let in you."
She was reportedly scared and ran
out of the room, straight to her car and
went to the police station where she
made a report. Security staff at the
hospital were then contacted, Gosine
He said the authorities have the name
and other personal information on the
patient who made the threats. This
information has been passed on to the
police, who are investigating.
Gosine said officials have since met
with the doctor and other members of
staff, who have identified certain
loopholes in the system.
He said they were working with
security and staff towards improving
the system, not only at the SFGH but
the 32 other facilities within the ambit
of the SWRHA.
Gosine said after the last attack on
a doctor, security and lighting had
been improved. He said the challenge
was the size of the hospital, which had
some 2,000 people on the premises at
any given point during the night and
many more during the day.
"We are inviting constructive
criticism to find out where the
loopholes are and where we can clog
them," he said.
RHA ADMITS GAPS IN SECURITY
Following the attack on the first
doctor, the Medical Professionals
Association (MPATT) called for more
stringent security protocols to ensure
the safety of RHA staff, especially
women, who were more vulnerable
and at risk. In a release two weeks
ago, MPATT said it had spoken many
times about the poor security
provided for the RHA staff, who work
during the evening and late-night
Calls to acting president Dr Ravindra
Narine were not returned.
MPATT: PROTECT THE STAFF
Interim party chairman Robin Montano
Deputy political leader Anna Deonarine
Youth arm chairman Virmala Balkaran
Councillor Reneera Chan
2013 local government election candidate Indarjit
Northwest regional co-ordinator Grace Sheppard
Northeast regional co-ordinator Ron Seeram
Jeremy Jagroopsingh, regional co-ordinator, south
Junior Selwyn Francois, regional co-ordinator,
Latchman Ramrattan, regional co-ordinator, northwest
Dr Harold Lutchman, chairman of the Elders' Council
Patient threatens doctor at
San Fernando General Hospital
ILP loses four
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