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The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA)
plans to upgrade security in the peninsula after a
United States national was sexually assaulted while
jogging in Chaguaramas last week.
On October 23, the US Embassy updated its travel
advisory to T&T stating that "sexual assaults against
women were on the rise."
CDA s public relations officer Peter Campbell said
in a media release yesterday that the CDA s current
safety and security initiatives include CCTV coverage
and a signage throughout the Peninsula displaying
the CDA s emergency hotline: 634-1010.
Campbell said there will be mobile and foot patrols
and posting of advisories throughout the peninsula
on personal security and safety measures to be adopted
"The CDA plans for 100 per cent recruitment in
officers within CDA s Security and Risk Department
(SRD) by December 2013, further expansion of the
CCTV system, increasing signage placements and
continued training of CDA s SRD officers in crime
detection and as first responders. Posting of public
advisories on personal security and safety measures."
In a security message for US citizens, the US
Embassy in Port-of-Spain said local authorities con-
firm that there were sexual assaults and attempted
sexual assaults against women were on the rise.
"These reports have been verified by the T&T
Police Service, and they confirm an increase in such
assaults in areas around the savannah, Chancellor
Hill, and Chaguaramas. Most of the incidents are
taking place during daylight hours. According to the
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, these attacks
appear to be random, indiscriminate, and opportunist
in nature," the statement said.
The message said attackers target women who are
walking/jogging by themselves, regardless of dress,
age, or other factors.
"All the women were wearing headphones and lis-
tening to iPods at the time, which may be a con-
tributing factor to them being targeted. While US
citizens are not being specifically targeted, we strongly
urge that you employ intelligent security measures."
The advisory suggested:
• Joggers should avoid walking or running alone.
• Refrain from wearing headphones when walking
• Be prepared by being aware of your surroundings
at all times. Never be worried about being rude when
you remove yourself from an uncomfortable situation.
It is far better to appear to be rude than to become
a victim of sexual assault. It is better to be distrustful
and remove yourself from a situation than have to
regret not doing so later.
• Always tell someone where you are going, be
extremely vigilant at all times.
• If at a party or nightclub, never leave your drink
• Carry a cellphone with you in case of emergency.
• Never be afraid to ask someone you trust for a
security escort to your car.
• US citizens travelling to or residing in Trinidad
and Tobago enroll in the Department of State s Smart
Traveler Enrollment Programme (STEP) at http://
www.travel.state.gov/or trinidad.usembassy.gov and
for travellers to regularly monitor the State Depart-
ment s Web site.
In wake of sexual attacks on women...
US Embassy, CDA
warn visitors to Chag
There are a little
more than 90 days left
before Carnival Monday
2014 (March 3-4) and
the National Carnival
Commission (NCC) is
yet to launch next year s
Checks with the NCC
and heads of special
interest groups indicate
that much consultations
have been taking place
behind closed doors, and
the results are to be
revealed on November
13, when the NCC
launches Carnival 2014
at the Grand Stand,
Queen s Park Savannah,
NCC member Don
Sylvester said there was
no need for worry or
"We have been meet-
ing with stakeholders
and work is in progress.
Several board meetings
are planned, the first
being Thursday (tomor-
row)," he said.
"What I can tell you
is that we have been
working, and are holding
discussions with stake-
holders. These discus-
sions are currently in
(NCBA) president David
Lopez said on Tuesday:
"The Parade of the
Bands committee has
been formed and meet-
ings are in progress. We
are supposed to have a
final plan soon about a
route. We are satisfied
that plans are progress-
ing at a pace."
President of Trinbago
Lutalo "Bro Resistance"
Masimba, also an NCC
commissioner, said, "In
terms of Tuco, we have
been ahead of the game
as far as planning is con-
cerned. We are making
some changes to the
national agenda for
"A shortage of funding
and certain indecisions
slowed down preparatory
work for next year s fes-
tival. As far as I know,
with the chairman hardly
getting sleep, things are
back on stream, so it s
full steam ahead. We are
fast-tracking things over
the next few weeks.
Returning calls made
to her mobile phone ear-
lier on Tuesday, NCC
chairman Allison Demas
also said all is well for
next year s Carnival.
She said: "All financial
problems of Carnival
2013 are being resolved.
On November 13 we shall
disclose everything about
Carnival 2014." (PRB)
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