Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 29th 2014 Contents DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT
Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips,
Beloved and loving husband to Catherine (n e Hutcheon) and father of
Jennifer, Kevin and Sarah, died peacefully and suddenly in London on the
16th of January 2014 at the age of 80. He was born in Port of Spain on the
20th of April 1933, the second child of the late Henry Hudson-Phillips, Q.C.
and his late wife, Gilda (n e Archibald). His brother and wife, Dr Archibald
Hudson-Phillips and Mrs Angela Hudson-Phillips, and his sister Dr Margaret
Green also survive him. The youngest of his siblings, Edwin, pre-deceased
him in 1988. Much has been and will be said about this exemplary and
honourable man. To his family, friends and the staff of his Chambers in
Trinidad and the firm of Henry Hudson-Phillips & Co. in Grenada his death
was unimaginable and the loss is immeasurable. The book of condolence at
Hudson-Phillips' Chambers, 33 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain will remain
open until 12.00 p.m. on Friday the 31st of January 2014. The funeral
service will be held on the 1st of February 2014 at the Cathedral Church of
the Holy Trinity commencing at 9.30 a.m. The cremation of his remains and
the interment of his ashes will be an unpublicised private event.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The majority of the 12 fires in the
Beetham dump that enveloped sur-
rounding areas in pungent smoke,
posing a toxic threat, have been extin-
The smoke in downtown Port-of-
Spain had significantly cleared yester-
day but there was a lingering stench
in the air and inside office buildings.
The offices of National Petroleum,
very close to the site, was still badly
affected by smoke and remained closed
for a second day. Communications
specialist Rae Gilbert said workers were
sent home around lunchtime.
Gilbert said there were no complaints
of illnesses from staff but management
made the decision as a preventative
She said since the fires, NP had been
operating out of its Point-a-Pierre
bond and would continue until the
smoke left the Sea Lots headquarters.
T&T Unified Teachers Association
president Devanand Sinanan said from
reports he had received all affected
schools had resumed classes.
A Solid Waste Management Com-
pany Ltd (SWMCOL) bulletin yesterday
afternoon said work at the Beetham
landfill continued on a limited scale.
The release added: "We are pleased
to report that the majority of the fires
previously reported have now been
extinguished and our team continues
to press ahead in its efforts to put out
the final two affected areas.
"We are, however, unable at this
time to project just how soon we antic-
ipate this task will be accomplished."
SWMCOL communications special-
ist Alison Awai said the company s
efforts had significantly alleviated the
smoke problem in Port-of-Spain and
"We will continue to update the
public as progress is made towards our
ultimate goal," she added.
She said the first phase of air quality
testing by the Environmental Man-
agement Authority (EMA) had been
completed and a second was expected
to be done yesterday.
EMA communications specialist
Nicole Bachan said it had the results
of the first air quality test and promised
to send it to the media soon.
No EMA advisory
Efforts to get comments from EMA
head Dr Allan Bachan and other board
members about the authority s exact
role in the incident were unsuccess-
ful.Former CEO Dr Joth Singh said the
EMA s role was to test the air and that
involved working closely with SWM-
COL and doing site visits in the burning
areas to determine what compounds
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has been awarded a
"badge of shame" by members of
the Highway Re-route Movement
(HRM), which yesterday hung a
tyre with a red piece of cloth on
the front gate of her home at Philip-
About 20 protesters marched to
Persad-Bissessar s home on the SS
Erin Road to present her with the
"symbolic award", although she is
attending a Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States
(CELAC) summit in Havana, Cuba.
Leading the protesters, HRM
leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh said
the PM was guilty of misconduct in
public office by not adhering to the
Armstrong Report which called for
further studies to be done on the
The action came three days after
Brazilian contractor Construtora OAS
moved onto the disputed Debe to
Mon Desir leg of the $7.2 billion San
Fernando to Point Fortin Highway.
Kublalsingh also called on mem-
bers of the public to present "badges
of shame" if they also felt Govern-
ment was guilty of misconduct in
He said: "We have moved into a
different phase of the struggle. We
have moved into a phase of tyre
diplomacy. If it is tyre they want,
we ll give them tyre.
"We are not going to burn tyres
and we are not going to burn down
machines. We are using peaceful,
diplomatic and symbolic action and
any time you misbehave in public
office, we are going to give you a
"I appeal to the people, if you feel
your Government is misbehaving in
public office, send them a tyre on
their gates, outside their yards or
outside their compounds."
The group said next in line for the
tyre awards were Works and Infra-
structure Minister Dr Surujrattan
Rambachan, Finance Minister Larry
Howai and Nidco president Dr Car-
Although Persad-Bissessar s home
is heavily guarded, no security per-
sonnel came out to stop the group
from putting the tyre on the gate
and the police did not turn up at
Up to 30 minutes after the pro-
testers left, soldiers were seen walk-
ing around their station making
phone calls. Eventually they came
to the gate and removed the tyre,
which rolled down the driveway
before crashing into a plant pot.
The gathering attracted spectators,
with one onlooker asking: "They
working obeah?" on seeing the red
cloth. One driver got out of his car
to chase the protesters only to be
mocked and laughed at.
Before the demonstration, the pro-
testers spent the morning in Gandhi
Village where excavators had graded
close to a kilometre of land into the
Kublalsingh said despite the
movement s case being heard in
court in Port-of-Spain, Government
was continuing the work.
He accused the State of delaying
the start of the court matter by con-
tinually asking the presiding judge,
James Aboud, to recuse himself.
Aboud ruled two weeks ago that he
would not do so.
The State had made an application
for him to step aside from the case
on the basis of apparent bias after
his brother, environmentalist Gary
Aboud, was arrested at the Port-of-
Spain waterfront during protests by
the fishing community.
Badge of shame for PM
...from Highway Re-route Movement
Smoke still but Beetham fires under control
Soldiers assigned to the Prime Minister's home in Philippine remove a
tyre from the main gate after it was placed there by members of the
Highway Re-route Movement during protest action yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
In a statement last night, exec-
utive director of the National Oper-
ations Centre (NOC), Garvin Heer-
ah, said Minister of National
Security Gary Griffith had called
for an immediate report on the
incident, noting it was a breach of
security at the PM s residence.
"This incident has ignited a
cause for concern. The Minister of
National Security has demanded
an official report immediately to
identify the reasons behind this
breach, who would be held respon-
sible and to ensure that there would
not be a repeat of this breach."
He, however, commended the
police, under Insp Debulet, for their
quick response to the scene and
professional approach in dealing
with the matter.
"The NOC was in constant
monitoring and coordination of
the response via the TTPS liasion
attached at the NOC. The Minister
has also directed a thorough inves-
tigation be carried out to ascertain
who might have been involved and
responsible for this incident," Heer-
He said some kind of health advisory should have
been sent out to residents and people working in
Port-of-Spain and environs.
"The advisory should have stated whether they
should work shorter hours, whether air-conditioning
units should be turned off," he added.
Environmentalists have warned that smoke from
burning landfill sites could contain toxic cancer-
causing carcinogens but contacted for a response,
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said dismissively:
"It s just smoke.
"The smoke will irritate your lungs and chest and
people with high respiratory problems should stay
out of the area but there is no need for an adviso-
ry."Khan said the greater concern was why the fires
occurred all of a sudden like that, implying there
might have been an agenda behind it.
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