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A passing fishing boat may have con-
tributed to the demise of Siparia PC Ryan
Shankar who drowned at Las Cuevas
Beach on Friday.
Shankar, 34, of San Francique, was pro-
nounced dead on arrival at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital after spending several
minutes submerged during an outing with
his fiancée and her family.
It was a melancholic mood for Shankar s
family yesterday as they prepared for a wake
service, with his father Pastor Ivan Shankar
telling the Guardian that he did not only
lose a son, but a best friend.
"One of his brothers-in-law said Ryan
was swimming in water that reached him
a little over waist-height. They said at the
same time a fishing boat was passing
through the area and it pushed the water,
then something just pulled him under and
that was it."
Ivan said, "There weren t any lifeguards,
and from what I understood, the lifeguards
don t come out so early."
Ivan said it took close to 15 minutes before
relatives could find the body. He described
the news of his only son s death as deaf-
"When I got the news around 10 am, the
guy said we have sad news for you and then
they explained to me how Ryan drowned
at Las Cuevas.
"They said they took him out of the water,
but yet still his hands were lifted up and
they got a little pulse.
There was a doctor on the scene, she
tried her utmost best, she tried everything
to save him, but when they took him in the
ambulance, he died before he could reach
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital."
Ivan explained his son only got engaged
to his girlfriend Lynn last month.
"Almost a month now they got engage,
but they did not set any date. He always
hoped and wished to start and family."
Ivan said, "My son was my son, but he
was my friend as well. I am a pastor and
he was a really..loving.
Louis Lee Sing says buildings
must be inspected and pre-
pared in the event of an
earthquake. He made this
comment at the Disaster
Preparedness Calypso Com-
petition at Knox Street, City
Hall, Port-of-Spain, yester-
Among those present were
acting PoS Corporation CEO
councillors Robin Bynoe and
Nedra McLean, Chairman,
Security Disaster Prepared-
ness, co-ordinator Keith
Cook, TUCO President Lutalo
Masimba and calypsonian
Brian London. A 4.0 earth-
quake shook the country on
Thursday at 6.10 pm. It was
felt by residents in Diego Mar-
tin, Port-of-Spain, Santa Cruz
and El Dorado.
Lee Sing spoke about his
visit to Antofagasta, Chile,
where he and Bynoe discussed
natural disasters like earth-
quakes and hurricanes.
He said: "We need to have
each building inspected to
determine its capability to
withstand a 7.5 or 7.9 earth-
quake. It requires engineering
people to visit buildings and
to do the appropriate work.
They need to look at the orig-
inal plan and determine if the
building is ready and worthy.
"If the building is not ready
there are things that can be
suggested to correct the faults.
We may well find buildings
that could have been saved
may not be saved. Disasters
that could happen will happen
but because we are not now
doing that and because
nobody seems to have an
interest in buildings that could
have been saved."
Lee Sing said the present
responsibility is to be ready
and prepared for a major dis-
aster. The death toll could be
Bynoe said: "We have
delivered the first evacuation
plan for PoS. We are focusing
on earthquakes. ODPM is
working closely with us."
The Police Service Commission s (PSC) Appeal
Board has been functioning with less than ade-
quate equipment and as a result, hundreds of
appeals filed by police officers are hanging in
For the past year the appeal board s three-man
tribunal comprising Addison Khan, Martin George
and Kenneth Parker has been functioning without
tables, chairs, staffing and other necessities to con-
duct hearings for the appeals from police officers
as required by the Constitution.
In fact, several letters have been written to Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and to date no
action has been taken to alleviate the situation.
On April 8, chairman of the PSC Ramesh Deosaran
wrote Persad-Bissessar expressing concern over a
letter written by president of the Police Social and
Welfare Association, Insp Anand Ramesar.
On February 19, the Police Social and Welfare
Association requested that the Prime Minister revoke
the appointments of the three members of the
appeal board. The board members were accused of
having a less than enthusiastic approach to address-
ing appeals which have been lodged at the PSC
Appeal Board since 2011.
Among the matters still awaiting decisions were
those relating to disciplinary and promotional issues.
On April 5, Deosaran wrote Persad-Bissessar stat-
ing the problems faced by the commission in obtain-
ing proper facilities, financial support and infra-
structure for the commission to execute its
In a letter dated April 8, Deosaran wrote to then
national security minister Jack Warner seeking
assistance. Warner said the issues contained in
Deosaran s letter "are of particular concern" and
promised to have them addressed.
Sources say despite the continuous letters, nothing
has been done to ease the apparent failures.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Two members of the Tobago Organisa-
tion of the People (TOP) came seeking
relief before the High Court yesterday to
have the party s leadership conform to the
constitution and they got just that.
An injunction was filed in the High Court
before Justice Judith Jones to stop today s
internal elections of the TOP.
Gladstone Solomon of the Hope John Dial
Action Group and chairman Trevor Gardiner
emerged from the Hall of Justice accom-
panied by attorney Om Lalla and others just
after 6 pm.
A pre-action protocol letter was served
to the TOP executive on Friday giving it a
24-hour ultimatum to postpone the elections
or face High Court action.
Solomon said, "We came seeking relief
from the High Court because we felt the
elections carded to take place tomorrow
(today) was not in keeping with the con-
"The proposed one-man one-vote that
was being introduced while a motion may
have been passed wasn t reflected in a rat-
ification of the constitution and we therefore
felt that it was unconstitutional to proceed
on that basis."
The injunction has mandated that the
TOP conform to the constitution and unless
it is properly amended to one-man one-
vote, then the delegate system will be used
if the election is to proceed.
Meanwhile, Gardiner said he was proud
that he stood up for the 11,000-plus people
of Tobago who voted for the TOP.
"We took a stand and if we want to attract
people in going forward then morality and
fairplay and justice must prevail," he said.
Lalla said now that an order was in place,
the party must comply with its constitution
or stop the election and reform the consti-
TOP internal elections halted
...Judge says party must heed constitution
Tsahai Corbin of St Joseph Convent, Port-of-Spain won the Disaster
Preparedness Calypso Competition hosted by the POS Corporation
disaster management unit at the City Hall auditorium yesterday with
her composition, Have Ah Plan. Corbin also won a special prize for the
most original composition. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
Lee Sing: We must be ready for earthquakes
My son was my friend
Father of drowned constable:
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