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A 20-year-old Nelson Street man and two
women were shot yesterday in broad daylight on
the compound of the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
Police said one gunman was behind the attack
which left Chavez Toppin, Alexandra Bhagan, 29,
of Barataria, and Selene Campo, 28, of Siparia, hos-
pitalised last night with gunshot injuries.
Bhagan, a daily-rated worker at the hospital, was
shot in the face, while Campo was shot in the foot.
Toppin, however, was the first victim when, around
2 pm, he was approached by the gunman outside
one of the food stalls at the hospital. The gunman
said he had come for Patron and opened fire.
Police said Toppin tried to shelter behind Bhagan,
who was shot and collapsed on the ground. The
gunman also shot Campo in the foot during the
attack, then ran away and escaped near the East
Toppin ran too and was later assisted to the Emer-
The victims remained under police guard last
Police said Toppin was taking another man to the
hospital to remove his bandages from an injury. The
other man had been shot last week.
Security guards at the hospital said they did not
carry guns, but they did not fear for their lives.
Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson
said police would increase patrols in the area.
"We do patrol the community, and I have given
instructions to create more patrols around the hos-
pital. But it has its own security and I just gave
instructions to the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force)
and GB (Guard and Emergency Branch) to increase
(them) as part of their patrols," he said.
Dr Eddie Haqq, chairman of the board of the
Northwest Regional Health Authority, said in a tele-
phone interview that he was concerned about the
"We are doing our best to treat the injured, and
the seriously injured is at the ICU at the hospital,"
"I am very shocked by the incident and concerned
for the staff and other persons. We have already
instituted extra security measures. Normally we ask
police to increase patrols."
Haqq said the security officers who were on duty
were not precepted officers.
Health Minister Fuad Khan was unavailable for
3 at city hospital
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President Carmona, he said,
was expected to operate out
of President's House for all
In fact, Carmona yesterday
hosted a visit by ambassador-
designate of Poland, Piotr
Kaszuba, at his office on the
grounds of President's House.
Carmona still occupies his
private home at Flagstaff Hill.
His predecessor, Prof George
Maxwell Richards, lived in a
cottage on the grounds of
President's House but that is
said to be too small for him,
his wife and their two chil-
President's House has been
unoccupied and unusable since
the roof collapsed in 2010.
Other than covering it with
a temporary shed roof no work
has been done on the building
A March report by the T&T
Guardian said the tender for
the restoration would be put
out soon under the Ministry
of Works' Restoration Unit.
Knowsley, which was
restored a few years ago, for-
merly housed the Ministry of
President's House unusable
Axed Caribbean Airlines
(CAL) chairman Rabindra
Moonan, who has been
appointed to chair the Housing
(HDC) board, says if Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley is a
raging bull, he will be like a
A matador, according to the
Oxford dictionary, is a bullfighter
whose task is to kill the bull.
"If Rowley wants to behave
like a raging bull, I will treat him
like a matador," Moonan told
the T&T Guardian yesterday.
Asked to elaborate, he said,
"A matador doesn't allow the
bull to know what he's going to
Moonan was asked to respond
to an outburst by Rowley in the
Lower House on Wednesday
over his expected HDC appoint-
"I dare this Government to
appoint Rabindra Moonan as
chairman of the HDC, I dare
you," Rowley had shouted in
Rowley said Moonan, 62, had
a disastrous record during his
11-month tenure at CAL and the
Government was now moving
to take a failed chairman and
appoint him to head the billion-
Asked to respond to this yes-
terday, Moonan said the only
message he had for Rowley was
the matador one.
"Rowley is really on a frolic
of his own," he said.
Pressed for further comment,
he added, "It is the Government,
not the Opposition, that
appoints a board.
"So he can't dare anybody to
Asked what he intended to
bring to the HDC, Moonan said
he did not want to comment as
"I have not been presented
with my instruments of
appointment, I have not been
briefed by the minister, nor have
I met members of the board."
And what about Rowley's
allegations that he left a disas-
trous record at CAL?
"Again, Rowley is on a frolic
of his own. He seems to have
seen information that was not
available to me," Moonan replied.
The T&T Guardian asked
Tobago-based political analyst
Dr Winford James to comment.
James said the Government
was exercising its prerogative,
but its credibility, and Moonan's,
would come under the public
"They just fired him from
CAL for mismanagement. The
public will wonder what he will
bring to the new chairmanship
that he could not and did not
bring to CAL."
Political scientist Dr Indira
Rampersad said Moonan's
appointment to the HDC would
raise eyebrows. She said it might
have been more prudent if the
Government had allowed some
time to elapse between firing
Moonan from CAL and making
him HDC chairman.
"In politics, timing is critical
and I think the Government
should have waited. I think it is
inappropriate (to appoint him
to the HDC), given he was just
removed from the CAL board."
Rampersad said the Govern-
ment had to be careful about
the kinds of signals it was send-
ing out at this time because of
three impending elections---the
Chaguanas West by-election on
July 29, local government elec-
tions in October and general
election in 2015.
Moonan was appointed CAL
chairman in April 2012. A month
later, there were reports that a
Prado SUV had been leased for
him, a privilege previous chair-
men did not have.
Public furore arose recently
over a T&T Guardian report that
CAL deputy chairman Mohan
Jaikaran had requested 19 com-
plimentary airline tickets for a
Mother's Day concert in New
York city and Toronto, and had
directed that other people should
be upgraded from economy to
Moonan, in response, said an
upgrade was not sponsorship
and that he had asked, never
directed, for passengers to be
Furore over HDC appointment:
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