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Lord Krishna said, "Don't conduct yourself like a beast,
not even like a human being. Know that you are the
spark of the Divine. You are ancient, eternal and
essentially Divine. Mamaivamsho Jeeva Loke Jeeva
Bhoota Sanatanaha." Being the sparks of Divine, you
must have the sacred qualities of Truth, Righteousness,
Peace, Love and Nonviolence. Instead of behaving in
accordance with these noble virtues, people submit
themselves to evil qualities like lust, greed, anger,
jealousy, hatred and avarice which does not befit a
human being. These changes are due to one's food
habits and behavior. The food you take and the water
you drink must be pure, and timely. Lead a well
regulated human life and realise the Divine within you.
- My Dear Students, Vol 2, Ch 13, Jun 7, 2007.
Why and how
should one control
explains to us
Man is a spark of the Divine; you must
manifest this Divinity in every act of yours -
The Port-of-Spain city
police officers who refused to
work last week, moved from
working from below the steps
of City Hall yesterday to a
space at the back of the audi-
The police officers were
asked to return to work today
by Mayor Raymond Tim Kee,
while renovations to their head-
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, after a tour of the offices
with Local Government Min-
ister Marlene Coudray, Tim Kee
said city police had been
instructed to return to work.
Coudray arrived at City Hall
around 10.15 am and Tim Kee
arrived at 10.35 am. They met
for approximately an hour and
then called for union represen-
tatives of the 85 officers to come
into an hour-long meeting.
Neither Tim Kee nor
Coudray addressed waiting
reporters. They went on a tour
of the building but did not allow
the media to accompany them.
"They are working, but not
100 per cent. But we will see
what happens tomorrow," Tim
He said renovations to the
city police offices had begun
last week after a walkout by
police and public health offi-
Tim Kee deferred answering
further questions until he could
meet with several corporation
The walkout happened after
Public Services Association
president Watson Duke accom-
panied media and city police
on a tour of the premises last
The tour revealed a cramped
working space, inadequate
room for detainees and falling
ceiling tiles among other health
and safety violations.
Public health warning...
Officials from the Ministry of Health are con-
cerned that members of the public are not taking
on warnings about the Chikungunya virus.
While other Caribbean territories continue to
battle the spread of the virus, local health officials
have sought more information about the treat-
ment and prevention methods being used in the
With 18 deaths reported in the Caribbean so
far, local officials are hoping to stem the spread
of the virus in T&T and prevent it from becoming
There were three deaths recorded in the
Dominican Republic, three in Guadeloupe and
12 in Martinique.
Dr Clive Tilluckdharry, principal medical officer,
environment, at the Ministry of Health, recently
visited St Lucia to witness firsthand how it was
dealing with the epidemic.
He observed elderly people, pregnant women
and children experiencing seizures being treated.
However, he said, the cases were not severe,
although he had witnessed some people unable
to do simple tasks, like using their wrists, hands
and feet, as their joints remained swollen.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Tilluckd-
harry said T&T was "naive" about this virus.
Pointing out that the entire population was sus-
ceptible, he said in St Lucia, the epidemic began
after imported cases were diagnosed.
T&T has confirmed three imported cases from
people returned from Dominica and Bequia.
Tilluckdharry urged people to heed the min-
istry's call to reduce mosquito breeding sites.
• SEE EDITORIAL ON PAGE A26
On its Web site, the Caribbean Public Health
Agency (CARPHA) urged travellers to avoid
being bitten by mosquitoes.
Among the precautions suggested was
wearing long pants and long-sleeved tops; using
repellants containing DEET, picaridin or lemon
eucalyptus oil; mosquito nets; air-conditioning
when indoors and screening windows and
Chikungunya is an illness caused by a virus
that spreads through mosquito bites. The
symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness,
nausea, vomiting, rash, swelling of the joints and
muscle or joint pains.
The symptoms can last for a few days or even
a few weeks but has been known to leave some
tired for several weeks.
ABOUT THE VIRUS:
• Bahamas: 1.
• Cuba: 11.
• Turks and Caicos
• Haiti: 14.
• Dominican Republic:
18, with three
• Puerto Rico: 20.
• British Virgin Islands:
• Anguilla: 33.
• St Kitts/Nevis: 28.
• US Virgin Islands: 7.
• Antigua/Barbuda: 4.
• Guadeloupe: 1,328,
with three deaths.
• Dominica: 141.
• Martinique: 1,515,
with 12 deaths.
• St Lucia: 30.
• St Vincent and the
• Barbados: 4.
• Grenada: 5.
• T&T: 3.
• Venezuela: 28.
• Suriname: 17.
• Guyana: 16.
• French Guiana: 601.
COUNTRIES WITH CASES:
City police back on the job today
The city police have been fac-
ing these issues for several years
but reached their limit when a
ceiling tile fell and struck one of
them last week.
But yesterday, they said they
had reached a compromise after
meeting with Coudray and would
return to work from today.
They denied renovations had
begun last week and pointed to
the locked doors of their head-
quarters, which they said had re-
mained unopened since last
The action follows a month of
celebrations of the city's 100th
anniversary, which included a
grand ball at the Hyatt, a Miss
Port-of-Spain pageant and steel-
band street parades. Renova-
tions to City Hall, which included
brand-new offices for the mayor
and deputy mayor, were com-
pleted earlier this year.
City police refused to return to
their "inadequate and unsafe" of-
fices, but have temporarily relo-
cated to a small room at the back
of the building's auditorium
"We are using parts of the hall
until August 1 when we will use
the entire public hall to house our
officers," said one of the officers.
About 16 to 20 police officers
are expected to use the space on
a daily basis.
The T&T Guardian was told
work on the current offices could
take a little over two weeks.
"The minister asked that we
return to duty and gave instruc-
tions that the city corporation
renovates the premises so that it
would be acceptable for officers
"As long as the administration
is willing to meet us halfway, we
are willing to come out to work,"
said a spokesman for the police.
While the building is being ren-
ovated, detainees will be taken
to the nearest police station, as
the temporary space has no
room for them.
Mayor of Port-of-Spain Raymond Tim Kee accompanied by
Minister of Local Government Marlene Coudray during a tour of
the corporation offices yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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