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With the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s
advisory that T&T should be on high alert for the
deadly Chikungunya virus, San Fernando mayor
Kazim Hosein has started to remove derelict vehi-
cles from the city.
Accompanied by municipal police and public
health officers, several vehicles parked on the road-
side were lifted onto trucks and disposed at the
San Fernando landfill. After a survey of several
communities, the corporation identified and issued
more than 55 notices for the removal of old and
Before yesterday’s exercise, Hosein said 40 vehi-
cles were removed by their owners. However, 15
more were still parked on the road side accumulating
water and grass, making it a haven for mosquitoes
“When this new council took office in November
we embarked on a consultation process between
citizens, the council and the administration. We
decided on a few projects and one of the projects
was the removal of derelict vehicles because of the
unsightly and public health issues that goes with
“I must say this morning, though, that a lot of
citizens adhered to our call. Since November, there
had been a public notice is all the media, that we
would start this exercise from January 1. This is
almost the end of April and enough time was given
to owners of the vehicles,” Hosein said.
With the threat of Chikungunya virus and dengue
looming, public health inspector Jameel Mohammed
said it was one of a few preventative measure the
city was taking. The Chikungunya virus is an insect
borne virus, which is passed on to humans by virus-
carrying Aedes mosquitoes.
In terms of dengue preventative measures, chief
health inspector John Ramkhelawan said the public
health department has been able to maintain its
mosquito index at a level of five per cent, which
he said is the threshold level for the transmission
of the dengue virus.
“So we have remained in pretty good shape and
we have just completed a ULV (Ultra Low Volume)
spraying exercise city-wide and with the current
dry season, we have it under control. We have had
very few reports of dengue in the city for this year,
“There are a couple hot spots. Coincidentally,
they appear to be coming, more out, of the affluent
areas where we have many locked houses because
our perifocal operators cannot access these premises
to do inspections. When we knock on the doors,
they are all locked and those premises are the ones,
invariably, where we will find mosquitoes breeding,
especially the aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are
the vectors of yellow fever of yellow fever and
dengue,” Ramkhelawan said.
While removing a 1968 Toyota Mark II off Shah
Street, Hosein said it was parked there for over one
year and despite the issuance of a notice, no one
had claimed it. It was discovered that the vehicle
was a mere shell with the engine, transmission and
other vital components missing.
One resident told the T&T Guardian the vehicle
was parked there by an auto-electrician in the area.
The electrician was seen in his yard while the vehicle
was being removed.
Not all 15 vehicles marked for removal were taken
yesterday as Hosein explained that some vehicle
owners had requested and were granted more time.
He said the city corporation will bear the cost
because it was necessary for the public’s health.
Mayor takes measures
to prevent dengue, virus
Pressroom inserters from the Daily Express Newspaper protest out side Express House on Independence
Square Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
T&T's population is still not fully
aware of the dangers of online sex
crimes against minors says Deon
Olton, CEO of Caribbean Cyber
“Based on what I have heard today
and what we have seen across the
region, the level of awareness in T&T
is the same across the region which
is not good. What our organisation
does is go to schools and other areas
to sensitise people across the
Caribbean about the dangers of sex
crimes against minors,” he said.
Olton said in an interview yester-
day after a presentation at the LAC-
I Road Show held at the Hilton
Trinidad and Conference Centre, St
He said statistics show that 82 per
cent of online sex crimes are com-
mitted using social media like Face-
“These criminals use Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter and other social
media to commit crimes against
minors. There are 750,000 registered
sex offenders in the United States.
We are seeing victimisation and an
increase in the exploitation of kids
because of the Internet.
“We now have a group of kids
more susceptible to exploitation
because of their instability. Predators
pressure kids to get into sexual activ-
ities,” he said.
He advised parents to ensure that
their computer and online systems
“Parents should have good anti
virus up-to-date on their computers.
Make sure they know who their kids
talk to online, teach their kids about
privacy settings about Facebook.
“Ask their kids not to place per-
sonal content online, which includes
pictures, your address or your age,”
He also warned against minors
who give their parents' credit card
information and other personal secu-
rity information to predators online.
“Our kids engage in risky behav-
iour. All of this goes back to old fash-
“The hackers appeal to our senses
so that we give them our personal
information. The internet provides
a level of anonymity so people can
pretend to be anyone they want to
be. For example a 41 year old man
posing as a 15 year old girl,” he said.
He said Caribbean Cyber Security
Centre has started a campaign across
the Caribbean to warn people about
the dangers that exist online.
“So far we have started in Curacao,
St Kitts, Jamaica and Barbados in
2013 and in the near future we are
coming to T&T.
“The campaign is a vehicle so that
we try to raise awareness,” he said.
Social media cause of
most online sex crimes
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