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The aviation tracking Web
site flightaware.com reported
yesterday that the blizzard that
swept over north-east United
States had forced the cancel-
lation or delay of 376 flights
from and to John F Kennedy
International Airport, New
The winter storm, which has
been affecting the north-eastern
states since Thursday, left as
much as two feet of snow in
some areas, prompting the
shutdown of major highways in
many cities, including New
York, whose airport was closed
between 6.12 am and 8.30 am
yesterday because of the severity
of the storm.
The Associated Press yester-
day reported that about 2,200
flights were cancelled nation-
flightaware.com, and most of
them were in New York,
Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago
and Washington, DC. Governors
in New York and New Jersey
declared states of emergency
and urged residents to stay at
home. Hundreds of schools
were also shut down in Boston
and New York, extending the
holiday break for tens of thou-
sands of students.
Head of corporate commu-
nications at Caribbean Airlines,
Clint Williams, yesterday con-
firmed the delays of several of
the airline s flights.
They included: flight 521 from
JFK to Piarco International at
6.45 am; flight 524 from Piarco
International to JFK at 9 am;
and flight 010 from JFK to
Montego Bay, Jamaica. He also
mentioned a delay for flight
BW0600 from Piarco to Toron-
to.Contacted by the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Williams
said: "We had three flights that
were scheduled to depart that
were unable to depart because
of the closure of the airport
(JFK) by the port authorities
due to rapidly deteriorating
"I can report that the airport
reopened and our flights are
being boarded and scheduled
to operate any moment now."
Williams said none of the air-
line s other routes were affected
by delays and cancellations
because of adverse weather con-
American Airlines, however,
had to cancel several of its
flights between JFK and the
Laura Masvidal, communi-
cations representative for its
Mexico, Caribbean and Latin
America division, said flights to
and from St Maarten, Antigua,
St Thomas and Barbados had
been cancelled until further
notice. She was unable to iden-
tify any delays or cancellations
affecting flights between JFK
and Piarco International.
She urged affected passengers
and those expecting family or
friends who are travelling to
check the status of flights on
the airline s Web site.
Williams also recommended
that passengers review their
Caribbean Airlines flight status
online, as there could be a long
wait for the delayed aircraft
when waiting to leave Port-of-
376 flights cancelled or delayed as...
US blizzard wreaks havoc
Passengers stranded at New York's JFK International Airport rest on cots in the American Airlines
Terminal yesterday, after their flight plans were interrupted by a winter storm. Hundreds of flights
were cancelled at New York's three major airports due to poor visibility and blowing snow. AP PHOTO
Thorton Marcus Garcia, the
T&T Guardian s former circu-
lation manager and trustee of
the Guardian s Neediest Cases
Fund, has died.
Garcia, 83, the father of
three, who worked with the
Guardian for 33 years, died on
December 30 at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital.
Garcia s wife, Charmaine
Sahadeo, said he had suffered
from chronic leukaemia for the
past two years and his blood
count was low.
In an interview yesterday,
Sahadeo said she had lived with
him for the past 25 years and
she was saddened by his death.
"I took care of him for the
past four years and he was in
the clinic two weeks ago and
needed an appointment, but
the nurse didn t make one," she
"We went to the hospital on
Friday because he was breathing
hard. I stayed with him whole
day in the hospital and they
said they didn t have a bed for
him until that night.
"The next day the doctors
said he needed blood and they
gave him one pint, which was
not sufficient. On Sunday, they
said he needed donors, when
everybody drink that weekend.
Where were we going to get
"Monday he was dead. The
doctors and them is something
else. They know he needed
blood or he might still be alive."
Barry Gill, former circulation
manager, described Garcia as a
"circulation guru and mentor."
"When I joined Guardian,
Tom was circulation manager
and I was hired as marketing
assistant and then went to cir-
culation. He asked me to come
to the department and I under-
studied with him for years and
became his assistant," he said.
"We worked a long time
together and I learned a lot
from him. He was a guru in
circulation. He was a good man
and he was good to me. He
loved hockey and was a player
in his days at the Harvard
Gill said Garcia was also a
lover of mas.
young old man. He used to have
his shirt unbuttoned and gold
chain on his chest. Everybody
was like a close-knit family. He
was a good mentor to me," he
Former colleague Paula Chow
said she worked with him for
"We worked as colleagues
and I was a junior person. He
worked with Ms (Therese) Mills
(then Guardian editor-in-chief
and later Newsday founder who
died on New Year s Day). He
was from that era and he was
an old worker, stalwart and
founder of the Guardian. I came
and met him here," she said.
(See Page A12.)
Garcia s funeral will take
place on January 7 at St There-
sa s RC Church, Woodbrook,
followed by interment at the
Lapeyrouse Cemetery. A col-
lection will be taken up for
Friends of the Blood Bank.
In light of the complaints
made by Sahadeo, the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital s com-
munication department said
yesterday it would make
inquiries into the matter.
Ex-Guardian circulation boss passes on at 83
Thorton Marcus Garcia, T&T
Guardian's former circulation
manager and trustee of the
Guardian's Neediest Cases Fund
A new unit to deal with tourist-related crimes,
more resources and increased security at the
main entry points were some of the new initia-
tives to be taken by the Police Service in Toba-
go.Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams
said so yesterday after a meeting with Chief Sec-
retary of the Tobago House of Assembly Orville
London and National Security Minister Gary Grif-
fith at Mt Irvine Bay Hotel, Tobago.
He said additional police officers, a Tourism
Police Unit, a fleet of new vehicles, a Canine Unit
and scanners would be installed at the air and sea
ports within the upcoming months to assist in
crime-fighting on the island.
Despite the bloody start for 2014 with nine
murders in three days, Williams said there had
been a decrease in serious crimes in the country.
He said: "In 2013, we recorded 12,800. Between
1964 to 2013 we have not recorded a lower number
of serious crimes in T&T.
"Therefore, the issue of losing the battle against
crime could never be correct. What we have seen
is a situation where violence has continued to
plague the country and we have to address the
issue of violence.
"So for 2014, the Police Service is pursuing vio-
lence-reduction strategies, all geared towards
ensuring that we have a major impact on the levels
of violence in the country."
With one murder recorded in Tobago for the
year, the top cop also assured Tobagonians that
a greater effort would be made to secure the island.
He said officers in Tobago would be provided with
the necessary resources to combat crime.
"There is a clear assurance to the chief secretary
that the needs of Tobago in the context of policing
will be specially looked at.
"We are committed to providing necessary and
adequate resources to deal with policing in Tobago.
"We do know that Tobago is an island in which
the economy is heavily built around tourism and
tourist-oriented policing is critical, so we are pro-
viding the necessary manpower and the mobility
and all the necessary support in the context of
policing in Tobago."
Police tourist unit
coming to Tobago
After a month-long Christmas break, the
House of Representatives is expected to meet on
Leader of Government Business, Housing Min-
ister Dr Roodal Moonilal, said legislators are expect-
ed to resume debate on the Bail Amendment Bill,
which was started in December last year.
One of its provisions is for repeat offenders for
certain violent crimes to be denied bail for 120
The Procurement, Land Development and Bev-
erage Container Bills are also expected to be among
the priority legislation to be brought by the Gov-
ernment to Parliament this year, Moonilal said.
Parliament set to
resume January 10
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