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JENSEN LA VENDE
Close to a year after her assassination Dana See-
tahal will be honoured by the Law School and the
Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University
The joint reception will be held on Monday for
Seetahal who attended the university between 1998
According to a release from the university, the
function will be held in the Humphrey Forum at the
Humphrey School of Public Affairs and will include
a short programme to honour Seetahal s memory
and "to explore the larger context in which her tragic
death took place."
Keynoting the event will be Tony Fernandes, director
for Africa and the Middle East at the Bureau of Inter-
national Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the US
He will also speak on the risks attorneys face when
prosecuting high profile cases involving organised
On June 24, United States Assistant Secretary of
State William Brownfield said Seetahal was murdered
by a trans-national drug organisation with operations
in T&T. At the time he was speaking from Wash-
ington, DC, in a tele-conference with Caribbean
"This was clearly not a crime of passion. It was
not a crime of opportunity where someone felt they
should steal her handbag and then found they had
The Ministry of National Security has
yet to begin investigations into allegations
against a senior fire officer.
Video of the officer, which alleged he
physically assaulted a former co-worker and
taking his clothing off were circulated by
colleagues on a social Web site.
The officer has since been sent on vaca-
tion leave pending the results of the inves-
In a telephone interview yesterday,
National Security Minister Carl Alfonso said
the investigation had not started.
He said he did not meet with acting Chief
Fire Officer Roosevelt Bruce or members of
the Fire Services Association.
"No, it did not start and he is now on
leave and Mr Bruce is acting and I am willing
to meet with them and members of the
association," Alfonso said.
However, president of the association Leo
Ramkissoon said they met with Bruce and
"We met with the acting chief and he
made a commitment to address certain
issues," he added.
Ramkissoon said Bruce has also promised
to look at outstanding allowances and excess
hours and to treat with defective vehicles.
He said other issues included housing for
The association would like to meet with
Alfonso but it did not get a response,
Government is now focusing on specialist
endoscopy training and facilities to cater to growing
gastroenterology issues in T&T, Health Minister
Fuad Khan has said.
At yesterday s post-Cabinet media conference,
Khan said it approved an endoscopy centre geared
towards a specialist gastroenterology sector in T&T,
catering to various aspects of gastroenterology. This
will be modelled after a similar centre at the US
Johns Hopkins medical institute.
Training at that institute for local doctors in that
special field would be done in a transfer agreement,
he added. T&T s planned centre will be the first of
its kind in the region.
Khan noted high local incidences of gastroenterology
issues stemming from diet, stress, smoking and
alcohol use. Apart from an aging population, he also
noted problems in T&T with colorectal cancer, reflux,
Crohns disease, diverticulitis and other gastro intes-
tinal tract issues.
He said T&T-born US based Professor Anthony
Kalloo, a world specialist in the field, would be super-
vising training of T&T doctors at the US institute
and Kalloo would also be returning to T&T to assist
the Endoscopy Centre thrust.
Also in the works are an eye clinic and a specialist
hospital at Penal, catering to procedures concerning
non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, which
will deal with necessary treatment including kidney
transplants and diabetic-based retina problems.
Khan also said Cabinet approved a $700,000 sub-
vention for the non-profit group Horses Helping
Humans at Maracas, Santa Cruz, to continue reha-
bilitation work with special needs people including
children with autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy
and similar afflictions.
Such work, using horses or dogs and other animals
to assist in fostering or extending motor skills and
interaction ability of these patients, is recognised
Two members of the Defence Force and a civilian
were granted bail when they appeared in the Scar-
borough Magistrate s Court on Wednesday after-
noon. They were charged with maliciously wound-
ing a police officer.
Collin Antoine, an army corporal, Coast Guard
officer Glendon Kerr and Huey Samuel pleaded not
guilty to the offence.
The charges stemmed from an altercation on April
4 during an event at Pigeon Point.
It is alleged that Antoine threw a bottle aimed at
Samuel but instead hit a police officer.
Antoine was granted bail in the sum of $60,000,
while Kerr and Samuel were each granted bail in the
sum of $20,000.
The trio is expected to reappear in court on June
25. Sergeant Wintley Kerr of the Crown Point Police
laid the charges.
Probe into fireman's
alleged video in limbo
US university to honour Seetahal on Monday
to shoot her. This was a well-planned
and orchestrated hit.
"This is not something you plan eas-
ily. It is organised crime with an inter-
national player that has a crime organ-
isation with presence in T&T,"
On May 4, Seetahal was shot dead
just outside the Woodbrook Youth
Facility, Hamilton Holder Street, as she
was on her way to her apartment at
One Woodbrook Place after leaving the
Ma Pau casino on Ariapita Avenue,
Residents reported hearing a volley
of gunshots followed by screeching
tyres. By the time they contacted police
and ran outside to check, they found
Seetahal slumped over the steering
wheel of her light blue Volkswagen
Touareg. She was pronounced dead at
Other speakers for the honorary
function will include a member of See-
tahal s fellowship cohort, members of
her former host family, members of the
Minnesota/T&T community and Toni
Pierre, a T&T lawyer and colleague of
Her murder has been listed as top
priority by the Police Service. The man
who police believed executed the hit
on Seetahal was himself killed by police.
David "Junior" Baker, 28, was one
of the key suspects involved in the well-
planned assassination and was killed
on August 19.
According to police, Baker, 28, his
nephew, Kareem Edwards, 19, and
Reuben Richins, their neighbour, were
at a house at Kurban Ali Drive, Calcutta
#2, Freeport, when they were shot.
Members of the North Eastern Divi-
sion Task Force went to the house in
search of Baker, who had six outstand-
ing warrants for murder and gun-relat-
ed offences. Police said as they entered
the house they were shot at and they
returned fire, killing the men.
The three were all shot in the chest
and taken to the Couva Health Facility
where they were pronounced dead on
Police said two bulletproof vests, a
.38 revolver and a .45 pistol were recov-
Govt to focus on
training in endoscopy
Two soldiers charged
with wounding cop
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