Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2016 Contents A4
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 12, 2016
One of two police officers
believed to have been acciden-
tally shot last Wednesday by a
colleague during a police oper-
ation in Beetham Gardens is
expected to undergo corrective
surgery to his right arm today.
A press release, issued by the
T&T Police Service s Public Affairs
Unit yesterday, stated PC Adrian
Moreno s parents --- Amanda
Moreno and Clyde Charles --- had
met with National Security Min-
ister Edmund Dillon and acting
Police Commissioner Harold
Phillip to discuss his post- hos-
pitalisation care at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital.
"The doctors had been mon-
itoring the officer s recovery
before taking the decision to
perform surgery which has
been delayed," the release
It stated that Moreno s
mother and father
and gratitude for the
care given to their son
by the staff at the
hospital and the
TTPS handling of
According to reports,
around 7.30 pm Moreno
and WPC Rachel George,
who are attached to the West-
ern Division, went to Hell Yard,
Beetham Gardens, to investigate
the theft of $100,000 worth
of appliances from Amer-
ican Stores in St James.
They were reportedly
not dressed in police uni-
form and were driving an
unmarked vehicle when the inci-
dent took place. Both officers were
shot and were taken to hospital.
George, who was shot in her leg,
was discharged the following day.
While the police investigation
is yet to be completed, the T&T
Guardian understands that res-
idents have informed investigators
the officers were shot by another
police officer who was on patrol
in the community and thought
that they were criminals.
They noted the area where the
incident occurred was poorly lit
and this may have contributed to
ASP Thomas of the Port-of-
Spain Division is continuing
Environmental activist group Fishermen and Friends
of the Sea (FFOS) is calling on members of the public
to refrain from consuming certain species of fish, saying
they may still contain toxic chemical compounds released
in an oil spill in the Gulf of Paria almost three years
FFOS secretary, Gary Aboud, made the comment at
a press conference in Belmont yesterday as he presented
the results of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) testing
on fish which allegedly washed ashore at various locations
in La Brea last month.
"Today is the saddest day for us in the past three years
because we hoped we were wrong. We thought we would
find three to four times more contaminants but not this,"
Aboud said as he produced the report from the Caribbean
Industrial Research Institute (Cariri).
The report showed that fish tested from the Gulf of
Paria had between 334 and 2,680 microgrammes of TPH
per kilogram. The European Union recommended bench-
mark is 0.002 microgrammes of TPH per kilogram, Aboud
He also said they had problems in getting the fish
tested for poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, which he claimed
put people at risk for cancer.
"Do you know that we have been told by every lab-
oratory that we contacted anonymously that they do
not have the capacity to test for poly aromatic hydro-
carbons. We are now going through the German
and American embassies to find out the protocols
to send the samples overseas," he said.
He questioned why former prime minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar had refused its request under the
Freedom of Information Act to release a report on the
oil spill produced by a National Environmental Assessment
Task Force in 2014.
Saying that report may have had similar findings as
the testing ordered by them last month, Aboud said:
"People could get cancer and she made a conscious deci-
sion to risk their lives rather than make the information
available to the public.
"I have spoken to newly-appointed chairmen of Gov-
ernment organisations who say this report is nowhere
to be found. Who would have an interest in ensuring
this report does not see the light of day?" Aboud asked.
La Brea fisherman and FFOS member, Wayne Henry,
claimed they were giving the information not only to
raise awareness of the plight of fishermen but also the
safety of the public.
"This is not about compensation, it is about the health
of the public. I have not caught or eaten fish for the past
two years. Everybody fishing in the same area but I am
against selling people the fish," Henry said.
While he admitted he was not qual-
ified to talk about the effects of TPH
in fish, he suggested it mainly affected
"bottom feeders", such as salmon, cat-
fish and herrings and not larger species
such as king fish and carite.
Both Aboud and Henry claimed the
results of their testing calls into question
the Environmental Management
Agency s (EMA) claim that the large
amount of fish which washed ashore
last month was dumped by trawlers.
However, that allegation was denied by the EMA in
a press release yesterday.
It said: "Pathology tests on the fish samples showed
that all body systems examined appeared grossly normal
with no gross lesions on the fish carcasses.
"Previous results from the Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory for internal parasites were negative. The
EMA reiterates that the tests results validate the
preliminary investigation findings as one of by-
catch, spoilt or unwanted catch by fishing vessels
operating in the Gulf of Paria," the release added.
Contacted yesterday EMA chairman, Nadra Nathai-
Gyan, explained its TPH testing on fish samples was
expected today and would be made public.
"It may very well corroborate the other tests done
by FFOS or may not. We have a responsibility as a reg-
ulatory agency to give to public the truth," she said.
She was also careful to note that the species of the
fish which were deemed by-catch were different from
those sent by the EMA and the FFOS for TPH testing.
today for cop
in friendly fire
PC Adrian Moreno
FFOS claims test shows
fish may be contaminated
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