The life lesson taught to Sham Maraj by his father on disaster evacuation is likely what saved his life on Tuesday, when heavy rains and winds swept across parts of South Trinidad on Tuesday afternoon.

Maraj, 52, of Ibis Circular Road in Rousillac said he was home when the downpour began just after ­midday.

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When the winds picked up, ­Maraj said he knew something was wrong, which prompted him to ­immediately leave his house.

Within minutes, the galvanised roofing sheets blew off and his home collapsed.


THE Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has joined the chorus of voices criticising the Sedition Act under which Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke has been charged.

AS calls continue to be made for a review of the country’s colo­nial-era sedi­tion leg­is­la­tion, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the age of the Sedition Act is not the problem. Rowley, who was speaking at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Independence Day celebrations at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain yesterday, questioned whether other old laws should be thrown out as well.

THE return of the Canine Unit, the display of new national security technology and a disobedient horse were the highlights of yesterday’s 57th annual ­Independence Day parade at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

THE United National Congress (UNC) is forging ahead for change. If residents’ feelings in the Tabaquite constituency are a gauge to go on, then change may be welcome. The area’s Member of Parliament, Surujrattan Rambachan, recently announced that he will not be returning to electoral politics.

PRESIDENT of the Republic Paula-Mae Weekes was absent from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Independence Day celebrations yesterday. Instead, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley moved the toast to the nation with members of the Police Service in Weekes’ place.