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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has
now lent his voice to that of engineers
raising concerns about the $1.5 billion
Couva Childrens Hospital which is being
constructed near an earthquake-prone
Central Range fault line.
The T&T Guardian understands the
Opposition has tabled a question in Par-
liament calling on Health Minister Dr Fuad
Khan to provide information on the proj-
Khan, speaking with the T&T Guardian
after the formal handover of a US $4 million
medical lab yesterday, confirmed that the
Opposition Leader had tabled a question
in Parliament for him to address concerns
about the mega project, which is being
constructed by Chinese firm, Shanghai
Construction, and is being supervised by
the Urban Development Corporation of
Khan said: "Dr Keith Rowley has tabled
a question to the Minister of Health
requesting a lot of information on the
Couva hospital and the seismic studies,
etc. I am very glad that you put it the
newspapers so all I have to do is read the
newspaper for him."
The T&T Guardian, in an exclusive report
last month, highlighted concerns raised by
engineers and seismologists after it was
revealed the hospital was being constructed
near the earthquake fault line.
The line, according to the experts, has
the potential to cause an earthquake of
magnitude 7.5 or above.
They had requested a copy of the geo-
technical report to review the seismic study
to ensure the fault line was considered and
appropriate parameters for earthquake
resistance was incorporated in the design.
Both Khan and Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal, the line minister for Ude-
cott, said the experts fears about the build-
ing design specifications had been
addressed at a meeting last month and
they had agreed the hospital should be
built at the site.
Additionally, they assured the building
was being constructed to code.
Khan has indicated at that meeting an
oversight committee was formed with offi-
cials from the University of the West Indies
(UWI) Seismic Research Unit, Ministry of
Health, Udecott, the geo-technical team
and other consultants.
Yesterday he said any questions on the
project could be directed to that team.
"The team is there, they (engineers) can
ask anything of the team. Shanghai Cor-
poration, the geo-technical people, the
university people, the Ministry of Health
people and Udecott and I think there were
some other people who were there," he
Khan admitted the team had not met
since its formation last month.
"It is up to them to meet. I think at the
end of the day maybe they do not want
anything. That is why they have not met,"
Khan added. Sources indicated that no for-
mal appointments were made to the over-
sight committee. The committee does not
have the authority to call meetings unless
advised by the minister.
No further consultation or collaboration
on the hospital was held as promised by
No report released
Udecott yesterday failed to release, as
promised, its geo-technical site assessment
report on the $1.5 billion hospital site.
Last Friday, it published a full-page
advertisement in the T&T Guardian, saying
it will have the report on Monday and Ude-
cott corporate communications manager,
Roxanne Stapleton-Whyms, assured it
would be released yesterday.
However, up to press time no such report
was uploaded to Udecott s website nor did
Stapleton-Whyms issue a release stating
when the report will be released.
Calls to her cell phone, as well as Udecott
line minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, went
unanswered yesterday. Text messages were
also sent. However, no replies were received
from either Stapleton-Whyms or Mooni-
Beetham Gardens residents stood silent
and watchful as police returned to Third
Street yesterday to continue investiga-
tions into the death of 23-year-old
He was shot and killed by police on
Sunday after visiting a neighbourhood
shop, two streets away from his home on
The circumstances of his death have not
been determined yet as police say he was
shot after opening fire on officers.
Residents of the area, however, claimed
Greaves was shot with no provocation
while returning home after buying items
for his children.
Residents reacted with fiery protests on
the Beetham Highway and the Priority
Bus Route which climaxed on Monday
when, in response, soldiers fired warning
shots over angry protesters.
Yesterday showed a drastically different
scene, with police questioning residents
who seemed happy to co-operate.
In a short interview, Cpl Budrie said the
police had returned for the third visit since
the shooting to gather information to assist
in their investigations.
While refusing to comment on the case,
Budrie said Monday s standoff between
residents and police was unfortunate.
"We understand they were upset and
they were passionate but I feel the police
should be commended for their restraint
as there were no arrests and they were
very patient," Budrie said.
He said police had always had a good
relationship with Beetham residents while
understanding the community held a cer-
tain degree of lawlessness.
While police gathered information, most
residents stood on corners watching,
though some were seen interacting with
Greaves funeral takes place today at the
Open Bible Church, Morvant.
Beetham watchful as police begin probe
A 14-year-old schoolboy, accused of stealing
a Samsung Galaxy tablet from a teacher at
his school on the first day of school, yesterday
was placed on $10,000 bail.
The Form Two student was also warned
about having no direct or indirect contact with
the male art teacher.
He appeared before Senior Magistrate
Annette McKenzie in the San Fernando First
Court. He pleaded not guilty.
He is accused of stealing the $3,500 tablet
from the teacher at the school, located on the
outskirts of San Fernando.
The student, who was charged by PC Noyan,
has not been suspended from school.
The magistrate was concerned about the
interaction that could happen between the stu-
dent and teacher at the school.
She granted the student bail with his father
as surety but on the condition that he, nor
anyone else acting on his behalf, is to have no
communication with the teacher. "No text,
phone call, letter, e-mail, sign language," said
Otherwise, she told the father, his son s bail
would be revoked and he would be placed in
"No father, mother, aunty, nennen," she
Turning to the student, she said: "Until the
matter is finished you don t even look in the
direction of the teacher."
The teacher asked that the tablet be returned
to him. He was told it would be photographed
Defence attorney Jason Jackson asked for
disclosure. The magistrate said because the
matter involved a minor and a teacher she did
not want it to it drag on endlessly.
She said disclosure was to be made at the
next court hearing.
The magistrate also relieved the teacher from
attendance until the matter starts. It was
adjourned to October 2.
Now Rowley has
concerns over hospital
...Question tabled to Health Minister
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, third from left, views some of the equipment at the newly-
opened Couva District Health Facility Laboratory yesterday. Looking on, from left, are
Minister in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Ramona Ramdial;
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Economy Rudranath Indarsingh;
managing director PCS Nitrogen Ian E Welch; chairman South West Regional Health
Authority Dr Lackram Bodoe; lab quality manager Couva District Health Facility Laboratory
Charmaine Borrel and chief executive officer of SWRHA, Anil Gosine.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The killing of a 31-year-old man yesterday
took the murder toll to 258.
Police said Raymond Emmanuel of Block Eight,
Laventille, died on the spot after he was shot
by gunmen outside his home.
A report said around 11.30 am, Emmanuel
was at home when someone called out to him.
He went outside and was shot five times. Neigh-
bours who heard the gunshots called the police.
Officers of the Inter Agency Task Force, Homi-
cide Bureau and Besson Street Police Station
responded. Investigations are continuing.
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