Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 2nd 2014 Contents DEREK ACHONG
A lime to a nightclub ended in
tragedy for one group of friends,
after their 24-year-old designated
driver died in a car crash on her
journey home on Saturday morning.
Narissa Field had just dropped
friends home in Diego Martin after
a night at Aria Lounge at Ariapita
Avenue, Woodbrook, when the acci-
Police said around 2.10 am, Field
was driving her Subaru car south
along the Diego Martin Highway
when she lost control shortly after
passing the intersection at the KFC
Field's car reportedly swerved vio-
lently and flipped several times before
coming to a stop.
Her boyfriend, who was following
her in another vehicle, immediately
stopped to rush to his girlfriend's
assistance. He managed to remove
her from the mangled wreck and
drove her to the St James District
Field was stabilised and transferred
to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
but died while receiving treatment.
Her death marked the 57th road
fatality for the year and the third for
the long Indian Arrival Day weekend.
On Thursday, Jheron Emmanuel,
22, of St Lucien Road, Diego Martin,
was struck and killed while he was
attempting to cross Wendy
Fitzwilliam Boulevard in Diamond
Vale. Emmanuel was a graphic arts
student at the College of Science
Technology and Applied Arts of T&T
Almost 24 hours later, 32-year-old
Sarran Lutchman died after he
crashed his pick-up truck into a utility
pole near his home along the Napari-
ma/Mayaro Road in New Grant.
Meanwhile, three police officers
escaped with minor injuries after a
driver crashed into their vehicle while
they were on patrol in Barataria on
Investigators said around 11 pm,
the officers---Cpl Etha Browne and
PCs Richard Forbes and Daniel Ott-
ley ---were driving east along the Pri-
ority Bus Route (PBR) when a Nissan
Frontier heading north along Sixth
Avenue crashed into their vehicle.
Investigations are continuing.
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With the internal elections
of the Congress of the People
(COP) due next month, political
analyst Dr Winford James
believes neither Prakash
Ramadhar nor Winston Dook-
eran is fit to lead.
James added that the party
was also politically dead.
Ramadhar, the MP for St
Augustine and the Minister of
Legal Affairs, announced his
intention to contest leadership
for a second term. Dookeran
meanwhile has been asked by
some COP executive members
to consider contesting the elec-
tion, scheduled for June 29.
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Dookeran said he was in
London and was aware of the
issue, but said he had not made
up his mind about contesting
the post he walked away from
a couple years ago.
"I am aware of the situation...
that people have been calling for
me to take back leadership of
the party, but it is something I
need to think about," Dookeran
James, who described the For-
eign Affairs Minister as a "tepid
leader," noted that he voluntarily
gave up the leadership position,
paving the way for Ramadhar
to take over. But he pointed out
that both men were facing the
same issues as leader.
"Both Dookeran and Ramad-
har are unfit for the position of
leader. When Dookeran gave up
the leadership position, one got
the impression at the time that
he himself felt he was incom-
petent given all the noise which
was taking placing in the party,"
Ramadhar, James said, often
showed he was endorsing issues
occurring in the People's Part-
nership Government either by
remaining silent or by using
carefully selected words.
"It seems Ramadhar is more
was even expressed from within
the COP," he said.
"The issue with Anil Roberts
has been a slap in the face for
the COP, because up to now they
have not been able to have a real
conversation with Roberts about
Accusations have been hurled
at Roberts after a video surfaced
featuring a man resembling a
government minister rolling a
marijuana cigarette in a hotel
room with two women.
Finance Minister Larry Howai says
the ministry has identified numerous
inconsistencies in claims being made
by contractors for monies owed to
them and as a result, now need to
sort these out before proceeding with
He made the comment in response
to protests last week by a group of
contractors who claimed they were
owed for work on some 57 government
"We have been able to agree pay-
ments for about 25 per cent of the
contracts, although, in some cases, for
sums much less than requested, as
the work that was verified was less
than the amounts claimed to have
been done," Howai told the T&T
He said the payments would be
made by the Ministry of Works and
Infrastructure and should commence
for those amounts verified by Friday.
"The process of verification is dif-
ficult. For example, if a contractor
claims that he cleared an area last year
but over the past year the grass grew
back, it's hard to say whether he did
the work or not and we have to consult
with villagers and farmers to determine
what, if anything, was done. But the
work continues and should take several
weeks to be completed."
Faced with rising debts, inability to
care for their families, threats from
employees and repossession of equip-
ment, contractors protested outside
of the Ministry of Finance last Friday,
having also protested outside Parlia-
ment days earlier.
With at least one person said to be
contemplating suicide, the men and
women said the nearly one year wait
on Government to settle payments
has gone on long enough.
Contractor Danny Persad and a
group of contractors who worked for
the Unemployment relief Programme
last year held placards calling on Howai
to administer payments to 289 con-
The contractors have been waiting
for payment since last July and are
even more agitated after about eight
audits with little progress made.
They are blaming Works Minister
Suruj Rambachan for the delay, saying
he has disregarded the audits.
Terrence Hypolite, who built drains
and did work for farmers in Felicity
last year, said in addition to owing his
ten employees, he also owes a signif-
icant sum to the bank.
"My wife's gratuity went into this
project. My son had money for a house
and he put it into this project and now
I don't know what to tell them."
The contractors are owed almost
$116 million collectively for the proj-
ects, which included clearing land for
roads, building man-made ponds, box
drains and clearing land.
They last met Howai on May 5 and
were told that payment would begin
in two weeks.
Dookeran weighs calls to fight Prakash
fit to lead COP
On whether the COP could be
revived, especially with the general
election around the corner, James
said the public has heard little or
nothing about the party's plans.
"How do you go about doing
that? I have heard nothing about
matters of revival. They are
holding on to the idea of morality
in public office and honesty and so
on, but what has the COP done
that we could remember?
"They have not shown their
independence as a political party,"
On what was the alternative, he
said this was difficult, as it was
not known who were the other
contenders wanting to throw their
hats into the ring.
Another political analyst,
Mukesh Basdeo, said it was a
"wait and see game" as to
whether Dookeran would contest
But he warned that if Dookeran
were to return it would create a
scenario within the party.
"Members have lost confidence
in Mr Ramadhar, but if Mr
Dookeran decides to come back it
would mean he would be
challenging Mr Ramadhar, who he
identified as leader in the first
place," Basdeo added.
dies in crash
Members of the St Ann's Hospital team "France" participate in the clothes line balloon competition during
the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) Sports and Family Fun Day 2014 at the St James
Medical Complex grounds yesterday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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