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No report made
on SM Jaleel
Police officers from the Oro-
pouche Police Station along
with fire officials from the San
Fernando Fire Station disclosed
that no official report was
made concerning the electrical
explosion at soft drink factory,
SM Jaleel Company that left
One police officer, who wished
not to be identified, said that
they only knew of it when they
read about it in yesterday's T&T
However, the T&T Guardian un-
derstands that an investigation team
was dispatched to the San Fernando
General Hospital (SFGH) yesterday in an
attempt to speak with the victims---Ravi
Maharaj, Ryan Maharaj and James Joseph.
Ryan is said to be in a conscious and sta-
ble condition, while his brother Ravi is still
listed in a critical condition at the Intensive
James is said to be stable but is still warded
At 9:45 am on Tuesday while performing a
routine assessment of an electrical panel the
three contractors sustained electrical burns.
The trio were immediately attended to by
the company's Occupational Health Specialist,
nurse and an HSE Officer.
They were taken by ambulance to the SFGH
accompanied by SM Jaleel's HSE Staff.
JENSEN LA VENDE
Two families are now forced to bury one relative
and secure lawyer fees for another after two men were
stabbed to death in two separate instances on Tuesday.
According to police reports, the first incident happened at
Second Caledonia, Morvant around 12.30 pm Tuesday. Po-
lice said Marcus small, 25, got into a heated argument with an
18-year-old male relative who stabbed him in the chest. The duo
were at the time at a family gathering when the stabbing took
place. Small was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex (EWMSC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Less that four hours later, another victim was pronounced
dead on arrival at the EWMSC. This time police said the victim,
Nigel John, 33, was stabbed in the chest by a 41-year-old male
relative after the two argued over $40. Police said this incident
took place around 3 pm at John Lane, off Simon Road, St Joseph.
In the second stabbing, police said the suspect promised to
surrender to police around 3 pm. Up to 5 pm yesterday he had
not done so. In the other killing, the teenaged suspect is still
on the run from police.
In an unrelated incident three men will appear in court
today charged with possession of two Glock 9mm and
13 rounds of ammunition. The men, a 23-year-old with
addresses in both Arima and Port of Spain, a 32-year-
old from Arouca and a 36-year-old from Laventille were
arrested on Monday afternoon.
According to police the men were in a black Mercedes Benz
near the La Luna bar around 4 pm when police stopped and
searched the car they were in. Officers allegedly found in the
vehicle the loaded guns and arrested the men. Constable Ma-
haraj laid the charges.
Sando mayor moves
on illegal buildings
With several businesses in San Fernando encroaching
on the sidewalks and some built around utility poles,
their owners may soon have to folk out thousands of
dollars to rectify the illegal constructions.
During a walkabout of the city with Water and Sewerage
Authority(WASA) officials, San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello
sent a warning to business owners that the corporation will be
enforcing the existing building laws.
Regrello saw a building on top High Street where a T&TEC
pole was passed vertically through a room. There was another
building on Coffee Street where a utility pole was used as a
corner column. Noting the dangers it posed to both people
and businesses, Regrello said the Corporation will now have
to look at the physical infrastructure within the city to address
the issues. Under former mayor Kazim Hosein, the corpora-
tion had started the beautification of Harris Promenade, in
the process addressing several infrastructural problems. The
beautification drive is expected to continue onto Library Corner.
The engineering department will be doing investigations into
"Businessmen have been breaking the law for quite a while
now and we have to start enforcing the laws. We cannot be
breaking the law like that. Once you make an example out of one
person, others will adhere to it. We have to start somewhere,"
Regrello said. During a meeting with WASA officials, Regrello
said his office has been inundated with calls from the public,
complaining about the numerous potholes in the streets of
San Fernando. Regrello said that on Monday, there was a mi-
nor accident involving school children that was caused by one
driver trying to avoid a pothole at Library Corner. City engineer
David Heeraman told reporters that 99 per cent of potholes in
the city were caused by ruptures WASA lines.
He said WASA and the corporation will now collaborate to
repair potholes in the shortest possible period through the
sharing of material. He said if WASA does not have material
to repair trenches that were dug, the corporation will provide it
in the interim. He said several potholes in the city have already
been repaired and more will be done in the coming weeks.
Alan Patrick dies
Foremost physician and kidney spe-
cialist, Dr Alan Patrick, died at the age
of 76 on Monday morning.
He had been ailing for almost two years.
Patrick also served as dean and rector
of the Anglican church's Holy Trinity Ca-
thedral. Interim rector, Fr Carl Williams,
who was with Patrick the Sunday evening
before he died, along with Bishop Claude
Berkeley, said he is now in the heavenly
"He fought the good fight and won the
battle and has left this earthly life and is
in the heavenly courts."
Williams described Patrick as a humble,
gentle man who served God and humanity.
"He worshipped God and never missed
church. He also treated everyone equally."
He said Patrick did a prostate pro-
gramme in Tobago with the University of
Pittsburgh and lectured at the university as
well. He was involved in church activities,
including the restoration of a 108-year old
pipe organ and in the construction of a
labyrinth at the church and the creation
of a Garden of Peace.
Williams said Patrick will be sorely
missed by church members, including
himself and Berkeley.
Patrick's wife, Angela Boyd-Patrick
passed on earlier. He leaves to mourn
Michael and Christopher and siblings,
including his brother, attorney, David
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