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Former national security minister Jack
Warner says his two sons, Daryan and
Darryl, are in T&T.
Warner confirmed this in a brief inter-
view with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
after news circulated overt the weekend
that Daryan had been seen at the wedding
of United National Congress financier Ish
Galbaransingh's son, Syam, in Tobago on
There had been several reports last year
claiming that Daryan could not leave the
US because of his involvement with the
FBI Fifa bribery investigation.
Reuters news agency published a report
in March 2013 saying Daryan Warner was
a witness assisting the FBI in a matter
involving alleged corruption in football's
governing body. Jack Warner is a former
Fifa vice-president. He resigned in the
wake of damning allegations against him
by the regional body for the sport, Con-
Yesterday, Warner was not prepared to
comment on the claim that Daryan was
still assisting the FBI, saying only "let
the media write what they want."
He did confirm, however, that Daryan
returned home to attend Syam Galbarans-
ingh's wedding. He said Daryan will be
returning to the United States on Thursday
and Darryl was to leave at a different date.
Meanwhile, Warner also expressed con-
cern over the high murder rate for the
After a record 12 murders in the first
five days of the new year, Warner said
the country was in "darkness" and an
SOS must be sent to all institutions,
including the judiciary and families, to
join hands in the fight against crime.
Warner said while he was minister, in
January last year, there was only one mur-
der for the corresponding period. Warner
said for 35 consecutive days there were
also no murders, with not one bullet being
fired in Laventille.
"The nation is in darkness, it is engulfed
in a wave of crime that no one individual
can get a handle on," he said, adding,
however, that he had "no tabanca" about
not being in office.
Warner said National Security Minister
Gary Griffith, the fourth to hold that
portfolio in the past four years, was his
He said it was time for all the agencies
such as the police, judiciary and the people
of the country to unite in the fight against
"We have to send an SOS to save our
country," Warner insisted, adding there
was a critical role for families to play in
addressing the crime problem.
It s going to be a long road
to recovery for the people of
St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gon-
But Gonsalves is hoping Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
will again help him to assist his
compatriots on their road to
He made the comment on
Saturday during a tour of several
areas in his South Windward
constituency, after burying his
second cousin Raymond Gon-
salves, who was one of the peo-
ple killed in the flooding disas-
ter.Standing in front of the badly
damaged home of his cousin,
Gonsalves said nine people had
been confirmed dead while three
remained missing following the
disaster cause by the Christmas
Eve rain storm.
"Its now nearly two weeks so
we have to presume them dead,"
he said of those people who had
still not been found.
Gonsalves said his govern-
ment had to relocate at least 350
houses, which he estimates will
cost at least $100 million.
The country suffered major
damage following disastrous
rainfall on Christmas Eve which
was caused by a trough. At least
250 people remain in shelters
having lost all their valuables in
Gonsalves said he would con-
sider naming a village after Per-
sad-Bissessar if she helps him
relocate some of the affected
people. He said he had already
passed this information on to
the T&T PM's personal repre-
"I would like to see the Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
help us," he said.
"If they help us in relocating
a certain number of people, I
see no problem in calling it
Kamla Village in appreciation."
There is already a village called
Manning Village in St Vincent,
after former T&T prime minister
Patrick Manning helped to relo-
cate people there in 2010 after
Hurricane Ivan hit the island.
Gonsalves said the country
was still in need of a lot of items,
ranging from clothes to building
materials, in the wake of the lat-
The St Vincent prime minister
said a total recovery would cost
hundreds of millions of dollars.
"It will be probably in excess
of 150 million US dollars, so
what you are talking about is
over four hundred EC, almost
a billion TT dollars," he said.
President of the Organisation for Abused and
Battered Individuals, Sherna Alexander-Ben-
jamin, yesterday said enough is enough on the
issue of domestic violence in T&T.
A former victim of domestic abuse, Alexan-
der-Benjamin told the T&T Guardian via Facebook
that education was the key to the prevention and
reduction of domestic violence and abuse.
Educating families, the victims and the general
public, she said, was key.
"Many victims are fearful to come forth because
of fear of the perpetrator and also fear of being
judged negatively by society," she stated in the
wake of yet another case of domestic abuse which
had allegedly led to a killing over the weekend.
Alexander-Benjamin, whose organisation is cur-
rently in St Vincent and the Grenadines, distrib-
uting aid to the families affected by the recent
devastating floods, said domestic violence and
abuse were not new social issues, but social ills
which are now coming to light because of the
increasing number of cases and crimes associated
with domestic violence and abuse.
She added it was not an issue which legislation
alone could solve, but it will take a collective
effort from all groups and organisations, the Gov-
ernment and especially the family and the com-
From late last year into early 2014, there have
been three reported cases of domestic violence
in which lives were ended.
The latest incident was the stabbing death of
a 38-year-old man on Saturday morning in
Chaguanas. The victim, identified as Shedrick
Toppin, was stabbed by a relative who is alleged
to have been acting in self-defence. (See Page A6)
On Boxing Day, Angel Persad, 21, of Siparia,
was also shot in the chest by her uncle, PC Lutch-
mansingh Pooran, who then committed suicide.
And in Sangre Grande on December 28, 44-year-
old Steve Bain is believed to have committed sui-
cide after trying to poison his wife.
"We need a divine intervention to stop this at
whatever cost, because abuse and domestic vio-
lence has a domino-like effect; everybody in that
family suffers including the children who are least
able to protect themselves," said Alexander-Ben-
Chairman of the Child Protection Task Force
and head of the Coalition Against Domestic Vio-
lence, Diane Mahabir-Wyatt, echoed Alexander-
Benjamin's sentiments when contacted yesterday.
"We are living in a very violent culture. People
are under a lot of stress in society and many do
not know how to deal with their issues," Mahabir-
"We need to have educational programmes
about domestic violence and abuse, conflict res-
olutions and anger management in our schools
from the primary to secondary levels. And these
programmes must be actively available to these
She noted the existing domestic violence and
abuse drop-in centres in T&T were all under-
utilised not because people do not want to seek
help, but because most of these centres operate
on a one-day-a-week basis.
She stressed many domestic violent incidents
that end in death could be avoided if when previous
reports of threats of violence or abuse are made,
some form of action is taken immediately.
She said the police victim support unit, which
exists under the Ministry of Justice, has actually
been very good in responding to victims and
remaining consistent with follow up visits, but
was dreadfully under-staffed with just 28 offi-
Jack's sons back home for short stay
'Education the key
to curb domestic
violence in T&T'
'I'll name village
Gonsalves wants more help from T&T...
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister
Ralph Gonsalves shows some of the damage
sustained by residents in his South Windward
constituency from a hillside road over the
weekend. PHOTOS: CHESTER SAMBRANO
INSET: The home of Raymond Gonsalves, cousin
of St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister
Ralph Gonsalves, in Manning Village. Raymond
was one of nine people who were killed during
the Christmas Eve flooding disaster.
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