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St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr
Ralph Gonsalves is calling on the Caricom Heads to
stand united in its position of non-interference and
non-intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
Gonsalves, in a letter dated June 16, 2017, which was
copied to the Caricom Secretary General, spoke about
"nefarious plans afoot to sow seeds of division among
Caricom member states" to change its position with
regards to external interference in the affairs of the
South American country.
Gonsalves said: "Caricom has acted wisely and ma-
turely on the situation in Venezuela," adding that "We
in Caricom must stand resolutely and unequivocally
behind our declaration."
Gonsalves said the declaration, issued at the end
of its May 29, 2017 meeting was subsequently pre-
sented and supported by others at an OAS meeting
for Ambassadors and Foreign Ministers on May 31. He
said as a consequence the minority members of the
OAS "who are itching for intervention in Venezuela,
in pursuance of ignoble objectives under the tattered
cloak of contrived nobility, were kept at bay."
He said despite that "those in quest of political he-
gemony, ideological revenge and Venezuela's abundant
material resources have not been idle."
Gonsalves said it was inconceivable to him "as a
matter of good governance for ambassadors to seek
an unpicking of our declaration so as to accommodate
those who seek a fig-leaf quasi juridical endorsement at
the OAS thinly-disguised imperial, hegemonic or narrow
According to Gonsalves, "Any usurpation of such au-
thority would render Caricom a laughing stock and make
its Heads' decision subject to a wholly unacceptable
ambassadorial reconstruction." He said only the Caricom
Heads possess the authority to amend or rescind an
authoritative decision of the the Heads.
Over 20 Indian Walk, Moruga,
families were forced to squash
their Father's Day celebrations
yesterday after a large tree fell,
damaging two houses and a ve-
hicle, ripping down several elec-
tricity wires and blocked off the
road for several hours.
Luckily no one was injured when the
milkwood tree came tumbling down
around 5 am following heavy showers
over the last few days, but it did cause
a widespread power outage.
However, T&TEC crews who were
among several state agencies who re-
sponded quickly were able to isolate
the problem to the immediate area and
restore a supply of electricity to the
neighbouring homes and commu-
One resident, Marva Cooper, own-
er of one of the damaged homes, and
Moruga/Tableland MP Dr Lovell
Francis both felt this incident could
have been prevented if their requests
for the60-feet tall tree to be cut were
Recalling the traumatic events,
Cooper whose house is located next
to the tree along Moruga Road, said
around 5 am she was jolted from her
sleep by a loud crackling sound.
"It was the most frightening sound
I ever heard. Something just tell me
get up and move.
When I went ran outside I saw this
monster tree across the road and fire
on all the wires." The transformer was
also ripped down.
Her GMC Envoy vehicle which was
parked in the garage, her garage and the
part of the roof covering her bedroom,
were badly damaged.
Neighbour Anthony Sambury, 53,
who lives across the road from Coop-
er recalled he too was asleep when
he heard a crashing sound. "My wife
bawl out something bounce the van.
We thought it was an accident. When
I came out I saw the tree on the roof
of our house."
The father of two said his roof was
badly damaged and had already be-
gan leaking. Fire officers assisted in
covering the roof was a tarpaulin to
provide temporary relief.
Sambury's concrete wall in front
his house was also partially de-
stroyed. "Our Father's Day plans will
have to be postponed," said Sambury,
who also lives with his 82-year-old
blind father Irvin.
Both Cooper and Sambury said they
would be seeking compensation from
Relieved that no one was injured
or there was no devastating damage,
Lovell said, "I am annoyed because I
made a request to have the treecut over
a year ago. The MP said he made the
request to the Princes Town Regional
Corporation (PTRC), the Ministry of
Works and the Ministry of Agriculture.
However, he was told they did not have
a hiab crane with the properspecs for
Lovell, however, was equally an-
noyed that the police ignored his re-
quests for help.
"I called them several times. We
got no assistance from the police,"
Cooper also complained that for the past two
years she has been trying to get various agencies,
including the Environment Management Author-
ity (EMA) and the Corporation to cut the tree. "If
something was done before I don't think this disaster
would have happened."
With the assistance of Minister of Works employ-
ee Victor Brown, firefighters from the Mon Repos
and Princes Town Fire Station were able to cut up
treeand the Corporation's backhoe and trucks were
used to remove the pieces and clear the roadway
by 1.30 pm.
Also lending assistance were the Corporation's
disaster management unit and councillor Haniff
Salamat. Up to yesterday evening T&TEC workers
were working feverishly to have the power supply
restored by yesterday evening.
A fire officer attempts to cut the trunk of the fallen Milkwood tree which damaged two houses and ripped down utility lines at Indian
Walk, Moruga, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Houses damaged as
tree falls in Moruga
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