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for DECEMBER 22ND, 2014
A planned showdown
between supporters of
Chaguanas West MP
Jack Warner and Works
Minister Dr Suruj Ram-
bachan over the new
Caroni road did not
come off yesterday.
Instead, a small crowd
of placard-bearing resi-
dents of La Paille Village
and Frederick Settlement
staged a peaceful demon-
stration on a section of
Traffic disruption was
minor and the demon-
stration ended one hour
after it began at 7 am.
"The idea was not to
block the road but to
highlight the problems,"
Sunil Ramjitsingh, com-
munications officer for
Warner, said, adding res-
idents planned to con-
tinue the protest today.
Warner resent a letter he
had written to Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar asking her to
urgently meet with a
small delegation of res-
"She has not replied
as yet. Residents are hop-
ing for a reply by Boxing
Day," he said.
came after Rambachan
refused to accept an invi-
tation by Warner to meet
residents last Thursday
at the Frederick Settle-
ment community centre
to hear their concerns
over the new road.
Rambachan sent a
reply to Warner stating
he had "noted" his
request but neither he
nor any ministry repre-
sentative attended the
Contacted by the T&T
Guardian on Sunday,
Rambachan said he did
not attend because he felt
Warner was only looking
for a confrontation with
He added: "I have no
intention to engage in
confrontation with him.
The issues can be solved
without confrontation. I
am prepared to meet
with the people."
Warner, in response,
said: "I don t need to
The people of the coun-
try will confront him in
the next six months."
New Caroni road a worry A Tobago businessman yesterday reappeared
in court on money laundering charges.
Raymond Francis, 42, and his wife, Gail Francis,
who was already charged for the offences earlier
this year, are accused of forgery of a letter from
the Sport and Culture Fund instructing the transfer
of $5.5 million into an account held by them.
The incident occurred in March last year.
Francis and Gail had fled to Canada to avoid
charges. Gail returned to T&T after an arrest warrant
was issued and after an extradition request was
made by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Francis
Francis was first charged in January of this year
with 16 counts of money laundering by members
of the Financial Investigations Branch (FIB) of the
T&T Police Service (TTPS) and appeared in the
Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court.
Yesterday, Francis, 42, of Milford Road, Scar-
borough, reappeared in the Scarborough Magistrates
The offences occurred during the period April
2-4, 2013. The charges were laid indictably and
Francis was not called upon to plead.
He was granted fresh bail in the sum of $750,000
with surety and the matter was adjourned to January
$.7m bail for man on
A Caroni resident gesticulates as she speaks to a policewoman at the scene of
yesterday's protest in Frederick Settlement, Caroni. Residents was protesting
problems caused by a new road. PHOTO COURTESY SUNIL RAMJITSINGH
Warner claimed Caroni residents were
not consulted on the road, contrary to
what the Certificate of Environmental
"Up to now they have not had a single
meeting with me, as MP for the area
either," he said.
Warner also claimed he did not incite
the residents to demonstrate.
"It wasn't something I planned. The
people called me for a meeting and I went
and saw for myself," he noted.
He said there was no easy access for
residents to get into and out their villages
from the road, which looked like a
highway with a concrete median.
"They have to go one mile away, near
Young Sing's, to get out of the area. There
is no pedestrian crossing, no lights, no
walkover," Warner said.
Children of the Caroni Presbyterian
School faced danger and residents waned
the situation rectified before the opening
of the new school term on January 5, he
"Already, several pedestrians, including
elderly persons, have had close brushes
with death attempting to cross the road
to get taxis or to go home.
"The lack of lighting and signage have
caused a number of vehicles to run off the
road and into ditches," he added.
Residents also fear shoddy drainage
work will cause catastrophic flooding in
the area. But Rambachan countered that
residents were consulted.
"There are some who do not want to
drive an extra 200 yards," Rambachan
said, noting that some sections of the
road were opened but the project was still
Rambachan said he was aware of the
concerns being raised and they were
CADIZ: THERE'LL BE DISLOCATION
Stephen Cadiz has
admitted there will be
"some dislocations" from
the new Caroni road but
says they are small
compared to the big
improvement that will
come to the area in
terms of traffic flow.
The Motor Vehicle
Authority (MVA), which
falls under Cadiz's
ministry, is being
constructed in the area
and will benefit from the
Asked about the delay
in the opening of the
MVA, which was set for
last September, Cadiz
said they were waiting
"The MVA can't open
Legislation is on the agenda
in Parliament but I don't
know when it will be
debated," he explained.
He said the building was
"100 per cent" completed
but work was still being
done on the carpark and
drainage. He said the
project "is on target" and
set for a March 2015
Residents seek meeting with PM
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