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Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon greets Minister of Housing Dr Roodal
Moonilal during the sod-turning ceremony for the new Point Fortin Hospital,
yesterday. Looking on is Udecott managing director Jearlean John, right.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has been ordered to rest
after spending yesterday afternoon
at the Cross Crossing Medical Cen-
tre, San Fernando, due to a high
blood sugar level.
She was expected to give the fea-
ture address at the sod-turning cer-
emony for the Point Fortin Hospital
but after falling ill checked in at the
medical centre around 3 pm.
As she left around 6.40 pm, she
reminded reporters she was a diabetic
and was admitted to the Queen Eliz-
abeth Hospital in Barbados on May
21, 2012, with a complaint.
At the time she was scheduled to
return to Port-of-Spain after a seven-
day official trip to Belize, the United
States and Barbados.
Persad-Bissessar, 65, was also hos-
pitalised for two days at St Clair
Medical Centre, Port-of-Spain, in
October, 2011, and later revealed she
was a diabetic and suffered with high
"I felt a bit unwell so I came in.
What had happened is my blood
sugar went very high so they gave
me some medication and told me to
get some rest. When you are diabetic
it can happen from time to time.
"I don t know if it is the workload
or sometimes you forget to take your
medication. I feel a little calmer, I
feel good that is why I am going
"This happened to me once before.
I was in Barbados and I checked in
the hospital because the sugar level
had gone so high. I felt it would be
safer so I came here," she said.
Like 2012, her sickness comes days
before the People s Partnership
anniversary rally on Sunday but she
assured that she would be present
for the celebrations at Constantine
Park, Macoya. She said she would
follow doctors advice to rest and
would be fine.
"I will definitely not miss Sunday
for anything. I am looking forward
to it. In fact, our mobilisation efforts
have been excellent. There is like a
surge of people wanting to come and
it has reached a point in certain areas
that they can t find any maxi taxis.
They are all booked up. I am looking
forward to it."
to rest after
Google approached again in Emailgate probe...
Cops seek more information
JENSEN LA VENDE
The T&T Police Service (TTPS)
says it recently sought new infor-
mation from Google and other
email providers in its continuing
probe into the series of emails
which were purportedly shared
between top-ranking government
officials, including Prime Minister
So said acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams on
Wednesday as he responded to
questions from the T&T Guardian
on whether the police would also
wrap up their investigation soon
in the wake of the Integrity Com-
mission s statement that its had
Noting the Integrity Commission
never stated what information it
had when it arrived at its decision
to terminate its investigation,
Williams said that in no way would
impede the police s investigation.
In a media release yesterday, the
service s head of corporate com-
munications, Ellen Lewis, said the
two investigating bodies were not
aligned in their investigations and
that the service was still carrying
out its investigations.
It added: "The TTPS had made
a request to internet service
provider Google, through the Cen-
tral Authority of Trinidad and
Tobago, to provide certain infor-
mation and to date the request has
only been partially satisfied.
"A renewed request was made
to Google, via the Central Authority
of Trinidad and Tobago, for the
outstanding information and this
is being awaited. In addition to
Google, the TTPS has also renewed
its petition, through the Central
Authority of Trinidad and Tobago,
to other email service providers
with respect to an outstanding
request for information."
Lewis added: "By virtue of the
oath of office sworn to by police
officers, there is an obligation for
all police officers to function with-
out favour or affection, malice or
ill will and to discharge all duties
faithfully according to law.
"In these circumstances, the
TTPS continues to be apolitical
and focused on conducting its busi-
ness in a professional manner with
respect to Emailgate and any other
police investigation. The investi-
gation into Emailgate is not com-
plete and the Trinidad and Tobago
Police Service will continue to pur-
sue this investigation to comple-
On May 20, 2013, Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley read in
Parliament a series of purported
emails claiming them to be
exchanges between Persad-Bisses-
sar, former attorney general Anand
Ramlogan, former minister of local
government Surujrattan Ram-
bachan and then national security
adviser to the Prime Minister Gary
The emails alleged a criminal
conspiracy to harm a journalist,
plant electronic spying devices in
the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions, offer the DPP a
judgeship and accept payment from
an unnamed woman in exchange
for the freedom of individuals
involved in the Section 34 fiasco
in September 2012.
Sharma quits PNM post over Emailgate affair
People s National Movement
(PNM) disciplinary committee
member Dr Subash Sharma,
who resigned from the party
yesterday, had initiated legal
action earlier this year against
outgoing Integrity Commission
member Dr Shelly Anne
Sharma confirmed both devel-
opments yesterday. On his res-
ignation, he said PNM leader
Keith Rowley s situation in the
Emailgate issue was the last straw
He is clinical co-ordinator/lec-
turer of the Optometry Pro-
gramme at UWI s School of
Sharma had initiated action
against Lalchan, who is an opthal-
mologist, in February over alleged
defamation in relation to the
National Eye Survey of T&T
(NESTT) project. Lalchan resigned
as a member of the Integrity
Commission on Wednesday.
Sharma has declined details on
the matter which is still in court
but it is understood that when
the matter occurred it was con-
veyed to UWI officials and that
also was communicated to the
President s Office. There was no
comment from President s House
on this, however.
Sharma joined the PNM in
2006 and was a high-profile
member under the Patrick Man-
ning administration. He was
PNM s St Augustine candidate in
2010, St Augustine PRO, election
officer at various points and co-
ordinator of the party s Chaguanas
East and West areas.
His resignation, however, is
merely an official parting of the
ways since Sharma had been
estranged from PNM since the
2014 internal leadership contest
when he backed contender Penny
Beckles-Robinson against Rowley
as part of the "Preserve the Bal-
isier" pressure group.
Sharma was among several of
her supporters who criticised
Rowley s leadership.
In his resignation letter to PNM
general secretary Ashton Ford, Dr
Sharma said: "I regret to inform
you I have decided to resign from
the PNM because the party does
not represent the ideals that I hold
very dear, which attracted me to
become a member.
"However, the latest blow to
the party due to his irrational and
cavalier prosecution of the Email-
gate affair, where he attempted
to mislead our sacred Parliament
and defame its honourable mem-
bers, in addition to other errors
of judgment (Section 34, multiple
"no-confidence" motions, run-
ning from Parliament), have
shown he cannot be trusted any-
more with the leadership of the
party and definitely not with the
prime ministerial responsibility
of our country."
Sharma also said Rowley s ill-
advised association with the
"Roundtable" at this time was
another cause for concern.
"He must go now. I sincerely
hope the party can overcome its
present difficulties and take its
rightful place again to offer our
nation an honest option in our
democracy," he added.
On his future, Sharma said:
"I m remaining very active polit-
ically and will continue having
talks with various groups but I
have made no decision. Ideally, I
prefer an independent line to see
how best to serve T&T."
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