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Hunt for new
CoP starts today
The process of finding T&T's new
Commissioner of Police (CoP) and
Deputy Commissioner of Police
(DCP) starts today.
The Police Service Commission will
start placing advertisements in all na-
tional newspapers from today as they
search to fill the respective positions
in the T&T Police Service.
The deadline for applications will be
at 11.59 pm on September 29.
The responsibility for the appoint-
ment of a CoP lies exclusively with the
According to Section 123 (1) of the
Constitution, the PSC is empowered to
appoint the Commissioner and Depu-
ty Commissioners of Police (through a
selective process determined by Par-
The PSC is an independent body es-
tablished under Section 122 (1) of the
Constitution and was developed to
manage the monitoring, appointments,
disciplinary and appeal functions of the
The PSC consists of a chairman and
four other members, appointed by the
President after consultation with the
Prime Minister and Leader of the Op-
It is currently chaired by Dr Maria
Therese Gomes and includes Addison
Khan, Martin George, Roamar Achat-
Saney, Dr James Amstrong and Alfred
Region braces as Irma approaches
People across the Caribbean re-
gion are carefully following the
progress of Hurricane Irma, which
is due to make its way north of the
Caribbean islands heading towards
the east coast of the United States.
According to a report on AccuWeath-
er yesterday, meteorologists there be-
lieve that Irma, currently a category 3
hurricane, is a serious threat to the
Caribbean and poses an imminent risk
to the northernmost Leeward Islands.
Rain and gusty winds may start as
early as tomorrow (Tuesday).
"Irma has been fluctuating in in-
tensity over the past few days, but is
expected to strengthen to a Category
4 hurricane with sustained winds of
130-156 mph (209-251 km/h) on its
closest approach to the islands," the
AccuWeather report said.
"The storm will turn to the north and
west over the coming days. This track
will put Antigua and Barbuda, Mont-
serrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and
the British Virgin Islands, in the brunt
of the storm's rain and wind spanning
Tuesday and Wednesday," it added.
The report said that power outages
and damage to trees and structures
are possible, even if the centre of Irma
misses the islands to the north. Rain-
fall, it added, could be heavy enough to
trigger flash flooding, mudslides and
"This hurricane has the potential to
be a major event for the east coast. It
also has the potential to significantly
strain FEMA and other governmental
resources occurring so quickly on the
heels of Harvey," Evan Myers, senior
vice president of AccuWeather said.
Hurricane watches were yesterday
posted for Antigua and Barbuda, An-
guilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis,
St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British
Antigua Prime Minister Gaston
Browne urged people to take pre-
ventative measures in case the storm
should hit, including cleaning drains
and removing objects that could be
sent airborne by high winds. Workers
began pruning trees and shrubs to re-
duce chances for branches to tear down
power and phone lines.
"The passage of a hurricane is not a
matter to be taken lightly, but we must
not panic," Browne said in a statement.
The Antigua and Barbuda weather
service said Irma was expected to bring
heavy rains, rough surf and high winds
to islands along the northern edge of
Hurricane Harvey has caused exten-
sive damage in Texas and so far been
held responsible for 44 deaths and
damage to 156,000 homes.
Behind Irma, a disorganised area of
showers and thunderstorms located
hundreds of miles south-west of the
Cabo Verde Islands will also need to be
monitored for potential development.
This system will move into a favour-
able environment for organizing and
gaining strength as it moves to the
west-northwest toward the Lesser
Antilles during the middle and latter
part of this week.
The next storm in the Atlantic Basin
would acquire the name Jose.
Volunteer Allison Baptiste helps unload a truck of supplies at a
distribution point at the Dickinson Community Gym in Texas
yesterday. The gym is one of several relief centre for victims of
Hurricane Harvey. PHOTO: KEVIN M COX
Chief Justice Ivor
Archie, left, chats
at the Curepe
church service at
Phillip and Mc
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