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Police are seeking the public s help in
identifying a man whom they believed
was knocked down in Curepe yesterday
morning and left at the side of the road
According to police reports, the man
who is believed to be in his mid 50s was
found in a ditch off the Churchill-Roosevelt
Highway, near Kay Donna Drive-in, wear-
ing only a pair of blue jeans.
The man is slim built and of mixed
descent. Police said the man s body was
found around 4.30 am yesterday at the
side the east-bound lanes of the highway,
In an unrelated accident, four people
escaped with minor injuries after a car
slammed into the back of another and
flipped over near Queen s Royal College
Eyewitnesses said a green Almera was
heading north around the Queen s Park
Savannah, near the school, when the driver
pulled away from a maxi that stopped
abruptly to avoid a collision. Another car,
a blue Toyota, slammed into the back of
the car and flipped over.
All three occupants of the overturned
car received minor injuries. The occupants
of the car included two Holy Name Con-
vent pupils and their mother, while the
other car had a female occupant. The acci-
dent occurred just before 7 am eyewitnesses
said. The accident caused a major traffic
pile up around the Savannah.
And in yet another incident, a man who
had moments before dropped off his
daughter at the Holy Name Convent, Port-
of-Spain, succumbed to a heart attack and
crashed into a pillar at the main gate.
Police cordoned off the scene which
added to the morning rush-hour traffic.
Four men are assisting police officers of the
Central Division in connection with a suspected
case of fuel bunkering.
Police said the men were detained on Sunday
night after officers from the Las Lomas Police
Station, including Sgt Nash, Cpl John and con-
stables Sammy, Ramsingh and Orcho, visited
Ghandi Trace, off Madras Road, St Helena, and
found several fuel tanks and tankers with diesel
When the T&T Guardian visited the scene yes-
terday four tanks were being examined by National
Petroleum (NP) officers. One of the tanks was
inside a 20-foot container ready to be transport-
ed.The empty piece of land where the tankers were
found is owned by a central businessman who
told officers that he was leasing part of the land
to another man.
The tenant, police said, was believed to the be
the mastermind involved in the diesel racket.
Commenting on the issue yesterday Minister
of Energy Kevin Ramnarine during an interview
with i95.5 FM said the discovery was a "significant
raid" when compared to recent raids. He added
that the Finance Bill which is to be brought to
Parliament soon would significantly increase the
fine for the illegal export of diesel under the Cus-
Unexpected delays in the completion of
water main works along the St Ann s River,
Sea Lots, caused massive traffic gridlock
for commuters leaving Port-of-Spain yes-
The project involved relocating a 36-inch
transmission main along the Beetham High-
way. The Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA), in a release sent yesterday after-
noon, said the work was expected to be
completed by midnight on Sunday but took
longer than expected and was only finished
almost nine hours later.
"The workers encountered complications
during the project causing it to be delayed,"
WASA s head of corporate communications
Ellen Lewis said.
One of the issues Lewis identified was a
National Gas Company (NGC) pipeline
which runs alongside the water main.
She said the water supply to several com-
munities in and around Port-of-Spain was
partially restored by 1 pm yesterday and
was expected to be fully back to normal by
The affected areas were downtown Port-
of-Spain, Woodbrook, Cascade, St James,
St Ann s, Cocorite, Belmont, Gonzales,
Laventille, Morvant, Barataria and Aranguez.
The unusual traffic congestion began
shortly after midday and did not subside
until late yesterday evening. (DA)
Former president Arthur NR Robinson con-
tinues to be in a stable condition at the St Clair
Medical Hospital, his daughter Ann Margaret said
Robinson, 87, was warded at the hospital last
week Thursday after complaining of feeling unwell.
Sources said last Friday his kidneys were the
major concern but he was said to be rallying up
to yesterday and was described as "seeming to be
His daughter, who has been caring for him, also
confirmed he continued to be in stable condition.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar and Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan visited
Robinson, who was said to be "responsive," squeez-
ing the PM s hand in acknowledgement of her
presence. Persad-Bissessar said he was alert, though
Both Persad-Bissessar and the Inter Religious
Organisation have called for prayers for Robinson.
In recent years, the former president and prime
minister s health has deteriorated, including visual
and auditory impairment, and difficulty in walking.
He was in and out of medical facilities up to last
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
left at 12.30 pm yesterday for Ft Laud-
erdale, United States, on private business
to attend the funeral of a family member,
according to the Office of the Prime Min-
The release did not reveal the identity
of the relative.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dook-
eran is acting as Prime Minister until her
return on Thursday evening, the release
Before flying out the Prime Minister met
with several of her ministers and parlia-
mentary colleagues at the diplomatic lounge
at Piarco International Airport.
Gridlock over Beetham water works
Traffic snarls along the east-bound lane of the Beetham Highway yesterday near the site of the WASA pipes which were relocated.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
PM off to Florida for funeral
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