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With some ten vehicles be-
ing stolen in the Southern Di-
vision for the month of Janu-
ary, officers are advising driv-
ers and vehicle owners to call
them, if they believe they are
under threat of having their
Head of the Anti-crime oper-
ations Inspector Don Gajadhar
appealed to vehicle owners, espe-
cially those in the high rise areas
around San Fernando to be extra
vigilant as bandits are now tar-
Gajadhar said for the month
of January, ten vehicles, mainly
Toyota Hilux and Ford Rangers,
Nissan B-11, B-12 and B-14, have
been stolen from the Palmiste,
Union Hall and Gulf View areas.
On Monday night a white Nis-
san panel van, valued $120,00 was
stolen in the vicinity of Gulf City.
The officer called on drivers
to be mindful of anyone trailing
them, especially at nights, and to
call someone or make a detour if
they become suspicious.
Gajadhar further cautioned
that on arrival at their homes,
they should be extra careful when
opening their gates to enter their
He also advised drivers to install
some kind of anti-theft device in
their vehicles to ward off thieves.
dies in crash
After losing his job as a
salesman, Chaguanas taxi
driver Vishen Toondarsingh
took up trade as a taxi driver.
But that decision cost him his
life when he crashed into a gar-
bage truck along the Solomon
Hochoy Highway on Monday
Relatives said Toondarsingh,
40, a father of one, had finished
working the Chaguanas to San
Fernando route and was heading
home around 11 pm.
As he drove past the Forres Park
flyover, he collided with the back
of the truck. Couva fire-fighters
had to cut the car to take the driver
An autopsy at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre on Tuesday stated
that he died from multiple blunt
A relative said the family did
not know whether Toondarsingh
fell asleep while driving or got a
She said all they were told was
that he was involved in a fatal
He was described as a loving,
jovial and family oriented man.
She said relatives were expected
to come from abroad before the
funeral is held.
Carmona to go
An online petition has been created
calling for President Anthony Carmona
to be removed from office so that an on-
going police investigation into a housing
allowance paid to him can "proceed free
of conflicting interests".
The petition was created on the Change.
org website yesterday morning by Amanda
T McIntyre. She is one of the co-directors
of the rights activist group Womantra. The
petition seeks 500 signatories before it is
delivered to the House of Representatives
and Senate. It had over 300 yesterday.
According to the description of the pe-
"The President of the Republic of Trini-
dad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, received
both housing and the housing allowance. He
said at a press conference on September 28,
2016 that he was entitled to both and that he
received permission for the allowance from
the Salaries Review Commission"
"The Salaries Review Commission has
since denied giving permission for the allow-
ance. On the direction of the Commissioner
of Police, the Anti-Corruption Investiga-
tions Bureau has launched an investigation
into the issue of the housing allowance. We
are calling on the Senate and the House of
Representatives to begin the constitution-
al process for the removal of the President,
so these investigations may proceed free of
conflicting interests," it stated.
On March 18, 2013, Carmona assumed
office as this country's president.
It was revealed that Carmona received
a monthly tax-free housing allowance of
$28,000 from July 2013 to May 2015 despite
also being provided with state accommoda-
tion at Flagstaff Hill.
The monthly amounted to some $644,000.
As a result of this situation British Queen's
Counsel Cathryn McGahey was asked to ad-
vise activist Rhoda Bharath on whether a
request to the Commissioner of Police for
an investigation into misconduct in public
office on the part of the President, his sec-
retary Esther Daniel-Liverpool, and Chief
Personnel Officer (CPO) Stephanie Lewis
In response, McGahey stated that a "prop-
er and independent" police investigation
must be conducted to reveal the "true pic-
ture" about the payment.
In a letter dated January 3 signed on behalf
of Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to
Bharath's attorney Justin Phelps it was stat-
ed that the Anti-Corruption Investigations
Bureau (ACIB) commenced an investigation
into the matter.
Williams has, however, stated that it is not
yet a criminal investigation.
President Anthony Carmona
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