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Two shot in
Police said a parked car saved at least eight
children who were in the firing line of gunmen
shooting with automatic firearms at Embacadere
on Monday night.
Winston Richards, 39, and Dwight Weekes, 20,
were just two of five people shot in San Fernando on
The men escaped with only gunshot injuries to their
legs when two gunmen indiscriminately opened fire
at the apartment complex.
A report stated that around 9 pm, Richards and
Weekes were sitting outside an apartment in Block
One while several other residents mingled nearby.
The gunmen approached the building and opened
fire, sending everyone scampering for cover. Rich-
ards, who suffers from diabetes, was shot in both legs
while Weekes was shot in the right leg. Both men were
taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where they
remained warded in the stable condition yesterday.
Investigators were told that another man was grazed
by a bullet, but he did not report it to the police. When
a party of officers, including Insp Don Gajadhar, Insp
Ganga, Cpl Khan and PC Andre arrived at the scene,
they found six gunshot holes in the car. While no clear
motive was established for the shooting, the residents
have been uneasy since the release of a man who was
arrested for gun-related charges last year.
Police are also investigating the shooting of La Ro-
maine mechanic Sheldon Mc Cain. A report stated
that Mc Cain, 39, had just left his workplace in San
Fernando around 7.30 pm. As he waited for transpor-
tation along Dixon Street, a gunman wearing a hoodie
walked up and shot him in the groin area.
Police were contacted and Mc Cain was taken to hos-
pital where he remains warded in a serious condition.
Investigators recovered six bullet casings at the scene.
In the third incident, Ajala Donaldson, 32, was down-
stairs his house in Pleasantville around 11.30 pm, when a
gunman walked into his yard. The gunman fired a shot,
with the bullet grazing him on his neck. The gunman
then took his gold chain valued at $10,000.
The T&T Incoming Tour Operators Associ-
ation (TTITOA) yesterday praised Agriculture
Minister Clarence Rambharat on moves to in-
crease the fine for poaching the national bird,
the Scarlet Ibis, from $1,000 to $100,000.
The commendation came from the association's
PRO Suzan Mohammed, who stated for the past
15 years operators who have been direct contact in
showcasing the Caroni Wetlands to locals, visitors and
tourists have been complaining of poachers having
a massive appetite for the Scarlet Ibis, which fell on
Mohammed, in a press release, said in the last five
years poaching had sky-rocketed at the Caroni Bird
Sanctuary to a point where the birds' population
started to significantly dwindle, while visitors and
tourists often expressed concern for their safety when
they heard gunshots from poachers.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Rambharat said
he was happy that the Environmental Management
Authority (EMA) had agreed to give priority to his
request for the Scarlet Ibis to be declared as an En-
vironmentally Sensitive Species under the Environ-
mentally Sensitive Species Rules.
Rambharat also asked that the sanctuary be declared
an Environmentally Sensitive Areas in accordance with
Environmentally Sensitive Area rules, while the fine
for poaching the Scarlet Ibis would be $100,000 with
the possibility of up to two years imprisonment.
Tour group lauds move to save Scarlet Ibis
"The new fines and possibly a two-year
imprisonment term should send a strong
message to all poachers that they will not
go unscathed if caught harming and killing
these birds," Mohammed said in a brief tele-
"We want to commend Rambharat for the
measures taken. At least a government min-
ister saw the need to save and protect these
birds while at the same time let the public
know that they will now face consequences
when they break the law. We are one of the key
stakeholders under the Ministry of Tourism
and this has been affecting the sector to a
great deal. Recently, the Caroni Swamp was
featured in the New York Times highlighting
the sanctuary as one of the top ten nature
sites in the world," Mohammed said.
Mohammed said tourism was a million
dollar revenue earner for the country.
"TTITOA is a key stakeholders association
in T&T's tourism industry and we see this
to be a very critical issue in our sector. We
can be sustainable with tourism if we really
get serious and clamp down on all poachers.
People from all over the world come here to
see our fauna and flora. We have a lot to offer."
Mohammed said while the new measures
are a step in the right direction, Govern-
ment has to establish a public awareness
programme to protect all the environmental
areas in T&T.
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