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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 16, 2015
Corrosion is a major
problem facing the
industrial sector, but if
the root cause could be
would save millions and
lives would also be saved.
With this in mind, the
Caribbean Industrial Research
Institute (Cariri) held a Root
Cause Failure Analysis Seminar
yesterday at Cara Suites Hotel
and Conference Centre in Clax-
Attended by 115 representatives
from various companies, partic-
ipants were addressed by Indian
metallurgy expert Dr Davendra Deo
Narain Singh and Cariri s metal-
lurgy experts Marco Nunes and
Commending the institute
on the initiative, Planning and
Minister Dr Bhoendradatt
Tewarie said healthy equip-
ment was important in the
And, therefore, the root
cause failure analysis which
sought to get to the very
heart of what caused a prob-
lem and the taking of pre-
ventive measures were also
very important, he added.
"I think what you are
really doing is making inter-
vention that can be very
sustainable in terms of your
own strategy for your par-
ticular company or industry
or whoever you are
involved with. I am very
glad to see Cariri being a
pioneer in this particular
According to Cariri, he
said, 75 per cent of the fail-
ures which occurred were due
to corrosion-related problems.
Additionally, the minister
said, Cariri had begun
researching the Point Lisas
Industrial Eastate and had
discovered the loss of steel
thickness due to corrosion was
ten times higher than that in the
USA or India, despite the countries
having similar metallurgical parame-
Interviewed afterwards, the institute s
CEO Liaquat Ali Shah said, "There is
evidence that a lot of failures in the Point
Lisas area are due to corrosion and that
is going to get worse. You have salt in
the air, you have the environment."
At Cariri, there is a state-of-the-art
lab in metallurgy. However, he said, per-
sonnel with experience in that field were
"So through our network of inter-
national agencies we are bringing expert-
ise to work with us, train our people and
also help us." Saying there were several
challenges associated with corrosion that
cost millions of dollars in losses and loss
of life, he recalled the recent collapse of
a crane boom at Point Lisas. "These are
things that can happen. Corrosion is
something you don t really see, it really
Cariri, he said, was also pioneering a
corrosion map of T&T, pinpointing dif-
ferent zones and pointing out which
were more prone to corrosion.
The Police Service Social and Welfare
Association says police officers must
be mindful of their actions at all times,
both while on and off duty.
They made this statement after a video
was posted on Facebook of a police officer
slapping a man in full view of his col-
leagues and people in the community.
In the video, the officer who is assigned
to a task force unit is seen attempting
to arrest a man during an exercise.
Another officer could be seen holding
another man by his pants and leading
The man shrugs off the officer who
then allegedly physically assaults him in
front of pedestrians and other police
In a phone interview yesterday, Police
Service Social and Welfare Association
president, Inspector Anand Ramesar, said
an officer must conduct himself to a high
"A police officer must at all times be
mindful (of) their actions on and off duty
as it is regulated by the law which places
a high standard on them to ensure that
they always act correctly within the
parameters of the law.
"The police association in no way
endorses any illegal acts of violence upon
any member of society," he said.
Ramesar said the Police Service
Act and Regulations have a
policy on the use of force.
The situation at hand was
revealed on Facebook and
would be investigated
"within the context of the
regulations and the use
of force policy," he said.
Some on social media
are calling for an investi-
gation into the incident,
whereas others complained
that some people are "dis-
respectful to the police and
some police do abuse their
One Facebook user said:
"Only one slap he got?! Lucky
him. Should have gotten more.
They too damn disrespectful.
It is only when they are treated
like the animals they are, that
they respect the police."
Other comments included
"Why are these policemen so
aggressive towards the citi-
zens?," "From what I saw Hell
No!! He was simply asking
a question. The use of extra
power in a uniform caused
him to slap this guy,"
"Nobody can just slap you
just so for no reason regard-
less of who you are."
Public information offi-
cer of the Police Service
ASP Michael Pierre said
he had viewed the video
but could not determine
the exact location.
"And they were in
operational wear which
could be in any division.
We not suppose to be
beating people and it
will be investigated," he
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