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Chemical engineer Darill Pow-
der still wants to change his guilty
plea to a drunk-driving charge to
His attorney Cedric Neptune
made legal submissions on Monday
and the State has to respond on
Friday before Magistrate Natalie
Diop gives her ruling.
Powder pleaded guilty to the
charge on November 11 in the Point
Fortin Magistrates Court.
He was one of the drivers
involved in an accident in La Brea
on November 10 which claimed the
life of Andrew Edwards.
The facts were read. Powder
accepted the facts and a plea in
The magistrate granted Powder
$50,000 bail and adjourned the
matter for sentencing.
However, when Powder returned
for sentencing three days later,
attorney Neptune said he wanted
to change his plea.
An attorney from the office of
the Director of Public Prosecutions
asked the magistrate to stay the
sentence as the DPP was moving
to charge Powder with causing
death by dangerous driving. The
matter was adjourned.
On Monday, Neptune argued that
the court had a discretion to allow
the accused to change his plea any
time before sentencing. However,
he admitted that discretion had to
be exercised "sparingly."
In the event that the court reject-
ed the application, he asked it not
to stay Powder s sentence. He said
what the State was asking was
inappropriate, since the court,
police and DPP were supposed to
operate independently and the State
was asking for them to work
State attorney Sarah de Silva will
respond on Friday.
on changed plea in
Members of the Tabaquite-based Los Reyes perform during the Parang Festival 2013 at the Brazil High
School, Brazil, on Saturday night. With the Christmas season in full swing, parang bands have been
taking the culture across the country. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
Plans are in the making to establish an air and
sea ambulance and a mobile hospital, says Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan.
The initiatives, he added, were yet to be approved
He was speaking at the launch of a two-day
Caribbean workshop on disaster management and
risk reduction plans to address nutrition and food
safety issues at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain,
Referring to the recent typhoon disaster in the
Philippines, Khan said it should serve as a wake-up
call for everyone in the Caribbean region as countries
were still developing with limited resources.
"In light of disasters experienced by Jamaica,
Grenada and Haiti, we know that we should not
underestimate our vulnerability here in the Caribbean
"In most cases, disasters, such as the ones expe-
rienced in those islands, result in compromised public
health conditions due to interrupted and contaminated
food and water supplies," he added.
Khan said any type of disaster would disorganise
transportation systems, communications and social
and economic routines and even though food stores
may exist, the population may not have access to
them. Emergency food interventions, he added, thus
played a key role in saving lives.
Saying that most interventions to prevent nutri-
tional problems during emergencies were designed
as part of the immediate response, the Health Minister
said what was also needed was a knowledge of the
population, including those at risk and the preparation
of adequate guidelines to maintain food supply.
"Nutritional needs in terms of quantity and safety,
including food rations for those who depend on food
assistance, must also be covered," Khan said.
He said when developing a response to disasters
there were certain groups which must be given special
attention, namely those from the lower socio-eco-
nomic brackets, who may already be suffering from
malnutrition, pregnant women and children.
A food aid programme during a national disaster
should also address issues of food stocks, trans-
portation, storage and distribution, he added.
Khan wants T&T
Air/sea ambulance, mobile hospital in works
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