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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 15, 2015
ROSEAU---The Dominica Gov-
ernment yesterday welcomed the
visit of the former West Indies
test cricketer, Brian Charles Lara,
as the special envoy of the T&T
Government, saying it signalled
an intention of the new adminis-
tration in Port-of-Spain to assist
the island to recover from the bat-
tering it received from Tropical
Storm Erika last month.
Lara arrived yesterday and held
talks with Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit on how the new Keith Row-
ley administration could assist in
the rehabilitation of the island after
the storm on August 27 left more
than 30 people dead and damage
estimated at more than EC$600
million (One EC dollar = US$0.37
"Clearly this is a huge decision
on the part of Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley. With all of the chal-
lenges he has in Trinidad, being a
new government, having to settle
the new Cabinet, having to re-
appoint boards...that he has decid-
ed that Dominica is one of his pri-
orities and that alone for us is a
huge gesture on his part," said Sker-
"We are very appreciative of the
visit here and we have no doubt
that Dr Rowley will assist us in our
efforts at the reconstruction of
Dominica and helping so many
people whose lives have been
affected," Skerrit said, noting that
T&T has always been "a very strong
regional partner of Dominica and
indeed within the Caricom
(Caribbean Community) and pro-
vided much leadership...
"And with Dr Rowley s strong
support for regional integration and
for T&T providing the kind of guid-
ance and leadership as a founding
member of Caricom we have no
doubt that Dr Rowley will provide
that leadership and guidance for
greater Caribbean integration."
Skerrit told reporters sending
Lara to Dominica underscored Port-
of-Spain s desire to assist his island
"and we are really appreciative of
the visit itself.
"As I have been saying to the
public we have received tremendous
support from our regional and
international partners...but the
presence of individuals here is a
source of hope, motivation and
comfort for many who have been
affected," Skerrit said.
Lara said that he had arrived here
with a message from Rowley indi-
cating "we are family and when
one family suffers, the other one
does and we are here to help.
"We stand in solidarity with the
whole of Dominica during this really
trying time. We understand and
we know and recognise the dis-
placement of people...we sympa-
thise with their loss of lives and
property...and I am really here to
take something back to T&T and
let my government know exactly
the way that we should react and
respond to the needs of Domini-
ca."Following the storm on August
27, T&T had made available Air
Guard helicopters to assist in the
rescue efforts after several villages
were cut off and roads and bridges
after Lara's visit
Former West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara, in the capacity as T&T's
special envoy, is greeted yesterday by a Dominican national during his
visit in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika which devastated the
island on August 27, killing more than 30 people.
A truck driver who told police he
was drinking and driving because
he was celebrating his political
party s victory at the polls was fined
$10,000 when he appeared in court
Chandrashakar Ramdeo, 46, was
88 microgrammes over the legal limit
when he got into an accident along
the South Trunk Road, La Romaine,
He pleaded guilty to the charge
when he appeared before Magistrate
Sherene Murray-Bailey in the San
Fernando Traffic Court yesterday.
According to the charges read in
court by police prosecutor Dayanath
Harricharan around 9.45 am officers
responded to an accident along the
South Trunk Road and met Ramdeo
at the scene.
He identified himself as the driver
of a truck, registration TBW 1419.
While he was being interviewed, the
officer detected a strong scent of alco-
hol on his breath and asked him about
it, to which he replied: "Officer, I
drink cause I is a PNM."
He was taken to the Debe Police
Post where a breathalyser test gave a
reading of 123 microgrammes.
When asked by Murray-Bailey yes-
terday how he had gotten into that
condition, Ramdeo said after deliv-
ering some building material to a site
in Chaguaramas, he started drinking.
"I had a few drinks up there
(Chaguaramas) and then we stop a
few places coming down the road and
I had a few more," he said.
Ramdeo said he has two daughters
whom he maintains through the
Siparia Magistrates Court but they
do not live with him.
Harricharan said a trace on Ramdeo
revealed he had five previous convic-
tions, two for resisting arrest, two for
obscene language and one for pos-
session of a weapon with intent to
Murray-Bailey fined him $10,000
or three years simple imprisonment.
She reprimanded him, stating: "As
a father of two, you should be more
responsible. No kind of merriment
can justify that you drinking and driv-
ing to that extent."
$10,000 fine for drunk truck driver
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Chandarshankar Ramdeo leaves the
San Fernando Traffic Court after being
fined $10,000 for driving under the
influence. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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