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Employees of the Port-of-Spain City Corporation collect rubbish in the driveway at the Riverside Plaza
Carpark after police officers from Besson Street police station arrested several persons for possession
of narcotics on Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A suspended policeman may
have been spared a conviction yes-
terday after pleading guilty to three
charges, but his future in the Police
Service still hangs in the balance.
Rishi Powder, who was last
attached to the Couva Police Sta-
tion, was placed on a five-year bond
to keep the peace, ordered to attend
an anger management programme
and also to pay $7,500 in compen-
sation. He pleaded guilty before
Justice Gillian Lucky in the San
Fernando High Court earlier this
week to two charges of common
assault and a malicious damage.
Powder committed the crimes
at his neighbour s bar in Penal in
2007 while he was intoxicated. His
attorney Subhas Panday said he
had a problem with alcohol abuse,
but he has since cleaned up his act.
In passing sentence, the judge
noted that Powder was off-duty,
but whether so or not she said that
type of conduct by people who are
supposed to maintain law and order
ought not to be accepted in society.
And whether or not he will be
reinstated in the service, the judge
said, was not a decision for the
court to make.
She said that was the most
aggravating factor in the case,
adding that Powder had been in
the service for four years.
Powder decided to plead guilty
after the court indicated that a non-
custodial sentence was the maxi-
mum sentence it would impose if
he pleaded guilty.
The victims, Kishore Chatoor
and his wife Usha, asked the court
to be lenient with Powder, both
saying that he had changed his life.
Testimonials were also submitted
on his behalf. The facts, as outlined
by State attorney Hema Soondars-
ingh, was that on May 27, 2007,
Powder went to Chatoor s Bar, reek-
ing of alcohol and staggering, where
he ordered $5 worth of pork. Cha-
toor said he had no pork.
Powder became disrespectful and
verbally abusive to Chatoor, his wife
and customers. He lit a firecracker
and threw it behind the counter
near Usha s feet.
Powder eventually got into his
car, reversed and slammed into the
Chatoor s garage gate. The car went
through the garage, knocked down
a concrete wall and a shed, causing
$7,135 in damage.
The car became stuck in a drain.
Powder was arrested and charged
in March 2008.
Disorderly cop to pay
The T&T Meteorological Service
yesterday announced the start of
the 2015 rainy season warning cit-
izens in flood prone areas to take
all measures to protect life and
It also announced that the hurri-
cane season, which is expected to
be one of the least active hurricane
seasons in 50 years, will begin on
The announcements were brought
on by Tropical Wave which is passing
over the country.
According to data provided by the
Colorado State University, this year s
hurricane season is expected to be
one of the least active seasons since
the middle of the 20th-century with
the expected formation of seven
named storms, three hurricanes and
one major hurricane (category three
In the past, the averages for named
storms, hurricanes and major hur-
ricanes are 12, seven and two respec-
The release states citizens can
expect sequences of rainy episodes
over the four to five months, with
short-lived fair conditions through-
out that time.
The release also states preliminary
analysis shows that for June to
December, North Trinidad will be
the wettest area, with other parts of
the island expected to be wetter than
Tobago, south-western Trinidad
and isolated parts of north-eastern
and north-western Trinidad have
increased chances for drier than
Rainy season begins
The Office of Disaster
Preparedness also issued a
statement yesterday warning
citizens in flood prone areas to be
vigilant, despite the forecasted
low-activity for the hurricane
The ODPM is advising citizens
affected by inclement weather in
the upcoming months to contact
their office at 511 or visit their
website, www.odpm.gov.tt for
Members of the public can also
download the ODPM's mobile
application "Disaster Ready" for
the latest information on disaster
The ODPM provided the
following list of proactive and
preventative measures citizens
can take to reduce the risk of
• Clear all drains around your
home of garbage and debris to
allow water to flow freely.
•Pack your emergency supply kit
with enough items for your family
for at least three days e.g. water,
canned food, flashlight, batteries,
• Keep all your important
documents in a zip locked water-
• If you live in a flood-prone
area, place your household items
on an elevated surface or move
them to a higher level in your
home if possible.
• After heavy rainfall, stay
inside, until water levels subside
and venture outside only when it
is confirmed safe.
•Do not walk/drive through flood
• Be cautious and vigilant when
walking/driving along hillsides or
ODPM SAFETY TIPS
Parents of pupils at the Princes
Town Presbyterian Primary #1
school have been keeping their
children away from classes for the
past week as they say one of the
school buildings could collapse
after huge cracks appeared in the
The parents protested in front of
the school yesterday, hoping to get
the attention of Education Minister
Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
The T&T Guardian spoke to
president of the school s Parent
Teacher Association (PTA), Nola
Karim, who said the walls in the
school s Second Year department
have been cracked for sometime
and the problem is worsening.
There are two main school build-
ings, which Karim says are in des-
perate need of upgrading. "In the
Second Year department, there are
cracks in the wall and exactly two
weeks ago today the cracks got big-
ger," said Karim. "There was mortar
falling and the principal was forced
to evacuate the classes."
Karim said the parents want a
structural engineer to examine the
building before they send their chil-
dren back to school.
She said officials from the Edu-
cation Facilities Company Limited
had already visited the school but
parents were told they need to wait
on the engineer.
"We are awaiting a report from
the structural engineer from the
Ministry of Works, but he has not
come yet. There are 613 students
and we are not sending our children
back to school until we know what
is the situation with the building."
She said the rooms that have the
cracks is also an entrance to student
and teacher washrooms.
Karim said the Standard Five
classes, which are housed above the
Second Year classes, have a termite
"Those classes have a termite
infestation... there are termites in
the floor, the ceilings, the walls, the
furniture. The stuff the termites
drop fall into the children s food
and on their bodies. We had a public
health inspector do a report, which
stated that these buildings are not
safe for teachers and pupils alike."
She said the parents were hoping
to attract the attention of
Gopeesingh, because he had assisted
them with problems in the past.
The parents vowed to keep their
children away from school until the
report is done.
Parents keep their children away from classes
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