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He said: "I like to think of it as a company that
is dedicated to the development of resources,
assets, projects that the community need. Most
of the projects are asked for by the community
and by employing the people and employing the
contractors we are making a dent in negative
activity and therefore in constructive activity."
In an earlier interview, Thomas-Austin said
completion of projects would depend on the
budget the company receives. She said the projects
can only be undertaken when there is a commit-
ment to that level of funding. She said the funding
the company receives does not allow them to
undertake major projects. This fiscal year, she
said, the company has requested a budget of $155
Last year the company was allocated $39 million.
Tewarie said all of the company s projects were
brought in under budget or on budget. He said
in the PSIP the company is allocated a small
amount maybe $20 or $30 million but he said
what can be done in the mid-term review is to
look at how the company has progressed with
the work and as long as the money "is being spent
on constructive, value-adding projects then we
can then reallocate some money."
Thomas-Austin also said another project being
considered was the construction of an East Dry
River Linear Park.
Monday, August 26, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
As Govt, Opposition meet on crime...
for 23rd AUGUST, 2013
Dr Keith Rowley is
greeted by Carib
at the Santa Rosa
RC church, Arima,
during the annual
service to mark the
Santa Rosa festival
BRIAN NG FATT
One lucky Lotto Plus player won a little under
$6 million on Saturday. The winning numbers
were 14, 20, 23, 29, 33 and the powerball number
2. The player won $5,961,916.76.
In a release from the National Lotteries Control
Board (NLCB), sent yesterday afternoon, the board
said that the winning ticket was purchased at 6.11
pm on Saturday at Maharaj Better Deal Supermarket,
Aranguez Main Road, Aranguez.
"No one matched five numbers without the
powerball. Therefore the five out of 36 jackpot
without the powerball has rolled and is now esti-
mated $50,000 for Wednesday s draw," the release
Lotto winner buys
ticket in Aranguez
More $$ needed
for urban renewal
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
intends to raise the matter of soldiers join-
ing the fight against crime when the Gov-
ernment holds its anti-crime talks with
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and
his team on Thursday.
"I am of the firm and clear belief and
opinion that the Defence Force has to play
a greater role in the fight against crime in
this country, because the police have thus
far proven to be less than effective and less
than successful, as compared to the kind
of money that we are pumping into the
Police Service," Ramlogan said.
He was at the time speaking with reporters
in Palmiste, San Fernando.
The time has come for "drastic and hard
measures" to deal with gang warfare, he
said, and he hinted at a possible review of
the controversial soldier/police bill.
He also said he intends to raise, at Thurs-
day s meeting, changes to burden of proof
required under the anti-gang legislation.
Ramlogan said in Dominica, legislators
"reversed" the burden on proof in their
anti-gang legislation and he wants to suggest
the provision be made in T&T.
"If the police have reasonable grounds to
suspect a gang member or a gang leader,
the police arrest and charge. The onus of
burden of proof shifts onto the accused per-
son to prove to the court that they are not
a gang member," he said.
He added that he also wants to raise the
question of the range of identification criteria
for a gang member.
He said locally, gang members might wear
a particular brand of sneakers, wear a rag
in their pocket of a particular colour or wear
pants in a particular way with a particular
mark in the pants which only fellow gang
members would identify.
"I am hopeful that the Opposition will
give us their support in reviewing the Anti-
Gang Act, but again no law will be of any
use unless the police are ready and able to
enforce the law," he said.
Soldiers can make a dent in gang violence,
"The bandits do not seem to fear the
police the way they fear the soldiers," he
"The greatest objection to the soldier bill
was the soldiers are trained to kill and people
are scared of them and that is why we should
not give them police powers."
Murdered 16-year-old Rashida Gomez,
who was shot and killed at an apartment
at lower Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain, last
week, would have been alive today if soldiers
were there in the area, the AG said.
While the soldier (Defence Force Amend-
ment) bill, which sought to give soldiers
powers of arrest and immunity, failed in the
last parliamentary session, he believes
stronger measures are needed.
"We have to take some hard measures
and decide where we want the balance to
fall," Ramlogan said.
"Is it that we want to take back the coun-
try from the criminals and that will result
in incursions on the rights of the criminals
so that the greater good of society can be
served? Are we prepared to take those meas-
Ramlogan stopped short of confirming
that the bill will be reintroduced in the new
parliamentary session in a modified ver-
"It would depend on whether we get the
support of the Opposition and the Inde-
pendents," he suggested.
AG wants bigger role
for Defence Force
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