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One woman has been killed and two injured in
an accident along the Churchill -Roosevelt Highway
near the Maloney turnoff.
Reports indicate that 27-year old Kersha Tanner
was driving a Black Toyota Corolla car west along
the highway when a Silver Nissan Frontier Truck
struck the Corolla from behind.
Tanner reportedly lost control of the vehicle. The
car mounted the median and slammed into a utility
pole, killing her on the spot. Fire officers had to use
the Jaws of Life to free two passengers who were left
pinned in the car. Toni-Marie Salina and Kristy-
Marie Salina were taken to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex where they remain warded.
The driver of the Frontier, a 25-year-old man from
Chase Village, allegedly did not stop after the collision.
However officers were able to intercept the vehicle
and detain him.
ASP Joseph, Sergeant Greene, Corporal Mitchell
and Constable Thomas were on the scene. Corporal
Mitchell is continuing investigations.
Pupil knocked down while crossing road
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, Jenique
Charles, 11, a pupil of the Guaico Primary School,
was crossing the Eastern Main Road, Damarie Hill,
Guaico, Sangre Grande, when she was struck by a
car driven by Jensen Mohammed. She was taken to
the Sangre Grande Hospital where she was warded
for serious injuries to her pelvis and head. The driver
has been detained.
CHARLES KONG SOO
A new mas route under consideration
by the NCC (National Carnival Commis-
sion) could reduce congestion for the
Parade of the Bands on Carnival Monday
and Tuesday by 25 per cent.
Bandleaders, however, said they were
reluctant to consider such a major change
and consultations should have been held
with them much earlier. They, however,
said they were willing to address the issue
after Carnival 2014.
Bandleaders met to discuss proposed
changes to the Carnival route at the Grand
Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-
Spain, on Wednesday.
The meeting was convened by the
National Carnival Bands Association
(NCBA) and facilitated by the NCC. The
NCC had commissioned Transport Sys-
tems Engineer Dr Rae Furlonge and C&H
Associates (CHA) to identify solutions to
help address the "perennial problem" of
congestion on the road on Carnival days.
Critical data gathered by the NCBA over
several years was provided to CHA under
a confidentiality agreement to help the
firm devise solutions.
CHA Director Derek Hamilton suggested
extending the parade route to contain the
volume of bands. He also recommended
mas bands proceed clockwise to and from
the Savannah to optimise efficiency. He
said that they could not provide all the
answers in one year, saying progress would
Furlonge said there would be a 25 percent
reduction in parade congestion if the new
plan was implemented.
He said the route issue represented a
major challenge and that two types of
software had been used to model the sys-
tem, applying a scientific approach to a
traditional system. Furlonge said that if
all Carnival bands were lined up end to
end, they could not all fit on the existing
He used an animated simulation to show
the movement of 55 large, medium and
small bands moving along the proposed
new, extended route and crossing the
Savannah stage from the western end.
Furlonge said the new system would
provide more room in the lead-up to the
stage, easing blockages. Several bandleaders
objected to the proposed directional change
telling Hamilton this would require them
to go against the wind, posing a hazard
to costumes and masqueraders, particularly
Ag Assistant Commissioner Steven
Ramsubag said they had examined the
proposed route and found that they could
not provide the manpower to police an
He said they wished to support but they
had to provide security for the entire coun-
One more murder yesterday has raised the body
count in the country to 24 up to late yesterday.
According to the police, 43-year-old Mc Lean
Browne, of Carenage, was shot dead some time
around 8:30 pm on Friday while he was at a bar near
his home in Lans Mita. He worked at the bar.
Three men were reportedly at the bar looking for
him, and when he arrived they began shooting at
him. He ran out the bar and collapsed. He died on
arrival at the St James Health Facility.
According to police, Browne was not known to be
Police also said that a few days ago, however, there
was a dispute between a man operating the Lotto
booth at the bar and Browne. Browne beat the Lotto
operator. The matter was reported at the St James
Plan for new mas route to end congestion
Carenage man gunned down
1 dead, 2 injured
Marshall: "This is tied into social
problems of those on the lower end of
the income scale; the poor. Now if you
do that (proposal), you will prevent the
next generation of criminals from
emerging, but current criminals many
not be put back in the hole.
"I agree that Government should
commit not to downgrade Port-of-
Spain. That there should be nothing
that would remove the importance of
the city centre and amenities. Law-
abiding citizens should not be the vic-
tims of new policies to address crim-
inals because you now run into the new
problem it creates: this then admits
there is weakness in effectively dealing
with the criminal element."
PNM plan 9: We identified our confusion
over the two divergent positions of the Gov-
ernment on the anti-gang legislation and
agreed to look at any new proposals which
the Government may want to advance at
Marshall: "Both Government and
Opposition need to come together and
deal with the anti-gang legislation, and
work out the thing together! They can't
talk about partisan politics, the nation
voted for Government and Opposition
party. They both have responsibility to
country and to be bickering in Parlia-
ment... no. More focus needed on solv-
ing. Asking questions like what form
must the anti-gang legislation take to
reduce crime? And if there are different
views, don't throw out the baby with
bath water. You can still have legisla-
PNM plan 10: We strongly recommend
the acceptance of the Caribbean Court of
Justice (CCJ) as our final Court of Appeal.
Marshall: "That is a long way in
coming. (With) the culture in our coun-
try, especially in light of allegations of
corruption and reports of people
manipulating the system, you'd be
weary of having a court of appeal within
this jurisdiction; even though we talk
about cultural sovereignty, they are
removed from the various contesta-
tions. Therefore, people would have no
interest to the extent that they might
"I am not casting any aspersions on
the ability of our legal officers or the
justice system, but I am saying the cul-
ture in which we have, increasingly, is
one where there is a tendency toward
interference within institutions. Family
institutions, religious institutions and
so on. In people's minds then, there is
no difference. This is a peacemeal effort
done over time, so that the cultural
acceptance and confidence in our insti-
tutions is increased."
Govt, Opposition must stop bickering...
Focus on solving crime
PNM crime plan from Page A6
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