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Officials who hold high public
office must be cautious about
making statements on very sen-
sitive matters, especially if these
matters end up before them.
So said political scientist Dr
Winford James yesterday while
commenting on statements made
by the chairman of the Integrity
Commission, Ken Gordon.
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian on Tuesday, Gordon
said allegations made by Oppo-
sition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
on the basis of a series of e-mails
revealed in Parliament were a
"very disturbing development
from any point of view."
James said: "It is probably bet-
ter not to comment, especially if
the matter may eventually come
"One has to be very careful
not to make statements which
may seem to be prejudice."
In analysing Gordon s state-
ment, however, James, said there
was no doubt that the allegations
did in fact constitute a very seri-
"If you look at this statement,
it is not particularly compromis-
ing. He (Gordon) is not blaming
anybody," James said.
Agreeing with James, Stanley
Marcus, SC, said Gordon ought
not to be criticised.
He said when Gordon made
the statement he did not castigate
anyone but rather expressed the
sentiment of members of the
public about what was revealed
in Parliament, whether the alle-
gations were true or not.
In October 2011 a previous
chairman of the Integrity Com-
mission, Dr Eric St Cyr, stepped
down after he confirmed to a
newspaper that Jearlean John,
managing director of the Housing
Development Corporation (HDC),
was under investigation.
Even after he resigned it was
reported in the media that St Cyr
felt he had done no wrong.
The commission s communi-
cations manager Mervyn
Crichlow said yesterday although
the commission s board had been
dissolved Gordon remained the
chairman until his term expired
on October 30, 2014.
Gordon was appointed in
A 60-year-old former
member of the Jamaat-
al-Muslimeen and mur-
der accused, who
received two presiden-
tial pardons, was killed
in a car accident yester-
According to police
reports, shortly after
midday, Kirkland Paul,
of Malabar, Arima, was
crossing the Priority Bus
Route (PBR), near Caura
Junction, when he was
struck by a car travelling
Police said Paul was
seriously injured in the
crash and later was pro-
nounced dead on the
scene by a district med-
ical officer (DMO). Inves-
tigators said the accident
happened metres away
from a zebra crossing at
The driver of the car
was questioned by police
but was not detained.
ASP Hosein of the
Northern Division is
probing Paul s death.
In 1975, Paul and Andy
Omowale) were convict-
ed of the murder of PC
Austin Sankar, who was
shot dead at Crystal
Stream, Diego Martin.
After spending 12 years
on Death Row, on August
31, 1987, both men
received a presidential
pardon from President
Noor Hassanali, on the
advice of the Mercy
Three years after he
was freed, Paul, a mem-
ber of the Jamaat-al-
Muslimeen, took part in
the 1990 insurrection.
He was one of the 114
Jamaat members who
benefited from an
amnesty which was later
upheld by the Privy
The road fatality toll
stood at 68 late yester-
day. The figure for the
same period last year
The Solid Waste Management Com-
pany Ltd (SWMCOL) has hired a con-
sultant to test samples of the smoke
that has been filtering into the city from
the Beetham landfill since last week
The company responded to several
questions yesterday with this statement:
"Through the recommendation from
the ODPM, and led by SWMCOL, prepa-
ration for air-quality testing has been
initiated. Technical collaboration has been
sought from the EMA and Cariri."
In an interview yesterday, CEO of the
Environmental Management Authority
(EMA) Dr Joth Singh said his organisation
was working with SWMCOL to treat
with the issue of smoke coming into the
city from the landfill.
Singh confirmed that despite efforts
by the T&T Fire Services, the fire was
still burning at the site.
"The important thing is to get the fire
out but with changes in wind direction,
smoke has continued to enter the city,"
He said the EMA had told SWMCOL
there was a need to monitor and test the
smoke for toxins.
"I know they have contracted a con-
sultancy firm to come on site and get
samples. This morning (yesterday) EMA
officials were working with SWMCOL
to identify locations for sampling," he
Singh said the process could take days.
Commenting on calls from environ-
mentalists and others to find an alter-
native to landfills, Singh agreed that the
Beetham landfill needed to be closed.
"Our landfills have problems. Beetham
specifically is not a landfill. It is a dump.
There are security issues, with people
going in there and roaming the dump
sites and it is very problematic."
Singh said landfills were not prob-
lematic in nature but said this country s
landfills were not properly run and it
was past time to relocate them.
"The problem is that no one wants a
landfill in their area and we can t just
close the ones we have without having
a place to dump garbage."
He said incinerators were not neces-
sarily the answer to waste-disposal prob-
lems as they could contribute greatly to
air pollution and were expensive with
high maintenance costs.
Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing
yesterday disagreed that an incinerator
would cause pollution. He added: "Every
incinerator is not the same and in my
proposal to the Local Government Min-
ister I specified an incinerator I had
observed in Korea and it was environ-
He said he had made the information
on the exact model available to Local
Government Minister Suruj Rambachan.
Rambachan, in a telephone interview
yesterday, said the landfill was a wor-
risome situation, not only in Beetham
but also in Forres Park.
He said he had met with SWMCOL
yesterday and told the company to mon-
itor and alleviate the problem of smoke
drifting toward the capital.
He said long-term solutions, involving
reducing the size of the dump, were being
discussed. In response to questions, Envi-
ronment Minister Ganga Singh said in
a text message he was advised there were
plans to deal with the situation but it
was not in his portfolio.
High public officials advised:
Man with 2 'pardons' killed in car accident
Dr Winford James
SWMCOL to test landfill smoke
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