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The site of the new Chaguanas
library, under construction at the
corner of Railway Road and Laing
Street, is close to two rumshops.
It is also a stone s throw from the
Chaguanas Police Station and
courthouse where prisoners go in
President of the Greater Chagua-
nas Chamber of Industry and Com-
merce, Richie Sookai believes these
are two good reasons why the library
should be relocated to the more
serene Divali Nagar site, Chaguanas,
where tertiary education buildings
are to be constructed.
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal
Karim said his ministry s offices and
the College of Science Technology
and Applied Arts of T&T would be
constructed north of the Divali
Sookai, during an interview with
the T&T Guardian, said the present
location of the library is unsafe for
young students and users.
He was also making a case for the
conversion of the library building
near the end of the Chaguanas Main
Road, past the market, into a judicial
complex housing the Chaguanas
Plans to build a judicial complex
at Carlsen Field have been stalled,
reportedly because no financing is
Sookhai is backing the hastily
formed Chaguanas Association of
Lawyers, headed by Richard Sirjoo,
which is calling for Government to
convert the library to the complex.
He said the chamber was in talks
with Planning Minister Dr Bhoe
Tewarie over the "intelligent devel-
opment" of Chaguanas.
Lawyers, magistrates and admin-
istrative staff at the Chaguanas
Court are in despair over horrid
working conditions and all but
stopped attending court. They are
backed by the Public Services Asso-
ciation, headed by Watson Duke.
Several cases at the court are being
postponed and hearings begin nearly
three hours after the scheduled time
because there is usually only one
When the T&T Guardian visited
the court recently, Magistrate Brah-
manand Dubay had to divide his
time between the First, Second and
Third Courts, resulting in dozens of
people waiting for hours for their
cases to be heard.
Sirjoo said: "The construction of
a library next to the existing court-
house represents a misdirected allo-
cation of resources. We need a new
court more than a white elephant
In September 2011, Winston
"Gypsy" Peters, then Minister of
Arts and Multiculturalism, turned
the sod for the library.
Fatima College past student, Keith Simpson, left, Joel Latiff and Justice Malcolm Holdip celebrate after
placing first in three categories---Best Dish, Most Original Sign and Best Sea Food dish---during the Lions
Club of Port-of-Spain Central's Caribbean Gourmet Flavours Chefs' Cook Out at the Lions Cultural Centre,
Fitzblackman Drive, Woodbrook, on Saturday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Chaguanas Chamber calls on Govt to relocate library
Sirjoo listed some of the problems
at the Chaguanas Court:
Dilapidated and outdated
No washroom facilities for
No briefing room.
Pigeon droppings everywhere.
Outdated services, notes still
taken in long hand.
Sirjoo said a letter was sent to the
Chief Justice in February over the
matter but no action had been
JENSEN LA VENDE
A pregnant teen was shot in the leg,
buttocks and abdomen by her neigh-
bour on Sunday afternoon when the
two got into an argument over a parcel
of land. Police say the teen, 19-year-
old Akida John, is five months preg-
Police say the two got into an argu-
ment just after 4 pm at their Alleyne
Road, Tabaquite, homes and during the
quarrel, John s 50-year-old neighbour
picked up a shotgun and fired at her.
After shooting her he ran off into the
Central Division police were called
and together with villagers went in search
of the man, who was found in the nearby
forest with a cutlass.
Head of the Division Superintendent
Johnny Abraham commended his offi-
cers and the villagers for the arrest of
the man, who is expected to go to court
later this week.
In an unrelated incident, a 35-year-
old flight attendant was shot twice after
he wrestled with an armed intruder at
his La Florissante, D Abadie, home.
Andrew Hall reported to police that
around 10.45 pm on Sunday, he returned
home and was confronted by the gun-
man who was waiting for him.
Hall was shot in the left hand and
arm. The screams of a relative startled
the gunman, who police say ran off and
Hall was taken to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, where he is
currently warded in a serious condition.
Pregnant teen shot by neighbour
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