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EMA gives go ahead
to uproot mangrove
for 27th MAY, 2013
Police remove curious onlookers from the scene of the shooting death of security guard John Adams during a robbery at Bobby's
Jewellery Store, Aboutique Mall, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
The Environmental Management
Authority (EMA) has given the Ministry
of Works and Infrastructure permission
to remove 2.4 hectares (5.9 acres) of man-
grove near the Mosquito Creek, La
Romaine. The portion of mangrove will
be removed as the state continues work
on the San Fernando to Point Fortin High-
In a release yesterday, the EMA said the
mangrove "falls within the area for the pro-
posed upgrade and development of the
Southern Main Road from Paria Suites to
St Mary's Junction."
"In keeping with the National Wetlands
Policy of T&T, on May 14 the EMA approved
the ministry's Mangrove Rehabilitation Plan
where it will be required to rehabilitate an
area of same size to compensate for this
removal," the EMA said.
"This Mangrove Rehabilitation Plan was
approved as part of meeting the require-
ments of the Certificate of Environmental
Clearance (CEC) for this project."
It said the authority had instructed that
a "statement of commitment" to the plan
should be submitted by the ministry within
two weeks of the approval.
The EMA said, however, that it would be
monitoring the process to ensure that "the
conditions outlined in the CEC are adhered
to."Contacted yesterday, activist Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh said the Highway Re-route
Movement (HRM) had no major issues with
the EMA decision since it always supported
that part of the highway. He added, however,
that it was unfortunate that the mangrove
had to be removed.
Last year, Kublalsingh protested for 21
days over the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the
highway. During his protest, Kublalsingh
asked Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar to conduct a review of that section of
The Joint Consultative Council (JCC)
intervened, along with other civil society
groups, to organise an independent review
of that leg of the highway. The independent
review, headed by Dr James Armstrong,
concluded that the State had not properly
considered all the issues involved in the
Debe to Mon Desir leg.
The review recommended, among other
things, that a proper social impact assess-
ment be done before a decision is undertaken
to continue construction of that leg of the
The conclusion of the report read: "The
review committee found that there were
significant shortcomings which warranted
further interrogation to determine the way
"The complex and sensitive issues
involved in this project certainly could not
be addressed within the confines of this
60-day review period.
"Should the Government decide to pro-
ceed with the construction of the Debe-
Mon Desir segment, the committee is of
the considered opinion that shortcomings
resulting from the inadequacies of proper
assessment of the likely impacts on the
human and natural environment must first
be determined and resolved."
Works Minister Suruj Rambachan could
not be reached for comment yesterday as
calls to his cellphone went unanswered.
2.4 hectares in path of Point highway
From Page A1
Investigators yesterday evening were reviewing
CCTV footage captured from security cameras posi-
tioned within and outside of the mall. An arrest
is imminent, police said.
When a team from the T&T Guardian visited
the scene, several eyewitnesses hailed Adams' actions
"The security guard did a marvelous job by run-
ning down the bandit. If they had assistance they
would have surely caught them bandits," one man,
who wished to remain unidentified, said.
However, eyewitnesses were also critical of the
lack of police presence due to yesterday's inclement
"This is Frederick Street, when rain falling hard
all the police in the station. If we had police patrolling
here the guard might have lived," another man said.
Aboud, who spoke to investigators and toured
the crime scene during a visit, called for the speedy
arrest of the suspects.
Aboud said: "All the talk, finger-pointing and
complaining means absolutely nothing unless those
who do these things are caught and prosecuted.
Inspectors Harvey Jawahir and Mervyn Edwards
visited the scene and are assisting with the inves-
CCTV footage key
to police probe
Hectic time for Biden today
United States Vice President Joe Biden arrived
in T&T at about 8.25 pm last night. Some 20 minutes
later, he emerged from Airforce 2 waving to all
those present in the south terminal at the old Piarco
As Biden and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, stepped off
the aircraft, they were met by the US Charge d'Affaires,
Thomas Smitham, and Prime Minister Kamla Per-
The T&T Defence Force Band then played the
national anthems of both countries and Biden was
then introduced to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
and all the Cabinet Ministers by Persad-Bissessar.
The US Vice President then inspected a guard of
honour to the music of Ras Shorty I's Who God Bless
played by T&T Defence Force Steel Orchestra.
Biden was then hustled to his vehicle and taken
to the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port-of-Spain. The
US VP will have a hectic day today as he meets with
Persad-Bissessar and other Caricom leaders to discuss
issues related to security, energy and business. (RL)
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