Cops issue Divali fireworks warning

OFFICIALS at ­Emperor Valley Zoo, Port of Spain, lamented that this year’s Independence Day fireworks were “significantly louder than previous years”.

President of the Zoo­logical Society of Trinidad and Tobago Gupte Lutchmedial confirmed this yesterday, stating he felt helpless as the newly arrived kangaroos were seen nervously hopping around their cages, even after the fireworks had ended.

“It was really a traumatic half an hour at the zoo, and even today (yesterday) we were contemplating closing the zoo for the animals to get a rest this morning as they were still a little traumatised, but we decided to open because it was the last days of holidays for the children,” he said.

He said: “Our birds were fluttering whole night and some even lost their feathers, and the kangaroos were galloping around for almost half an hour after the fireworks had ended, and I feel ­really guilty bringing them in ­because, yes, we are bringing in animals who were tempered and hand-raised but nothing could have prepared them for this noise last night.”


The Red Kangaroos at the Emperor Valley Zoo

He said prior to Saturday’s military parade, the zoo was told by the Regiment what time their cannons would go off and zoo staff were able to prepare the animals for this.

Lutchmedial said, however, he was impressed by retired cricket star Brian Lara, who hosted an event at his home nearby on Saturday night but personally checked in on the zoo to ensure the music was not too loud.

“That was magnani­mous of him,” said Lutchmedial.


A dispute over 16 acres of north coast land is believed to have led to yesterday morning’s double homicide in Blanchisseuse.

Nigel “Garbu” Dedier, 51, and Mitchell “Frist” Evangelist, 31, were ambushed and shot dead shortly after 10 a.m. as they worked on the construction site of a house off the Blanchisseuse Main Road.

The site is located opposite the Blanchisseuse recreation ground and community centre.

A FAMILY of nine, which includes four children, is seeking help after a fire destroyed their home.

A lit candle is believed to have been the cause of the blaze.

Mitchum Rawlins yesterday pleaded for assistance for materials to be able to rebuild the home in Harmony Hall, Gasparillo.

“I don’t want no money in my hand. If anybody willing to donate anything and they willing to go to the hardware and pay for it for themselves, I would be gladly appreciative,” Rawlins said while speaking to reporters at the site where there was burnt debris.

A CHAGUANAS man was killed on the highway in Charlieville early yesterday.

Jesse John, 32, of Bagna Trace, Chase Village, was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle.

Around 1.20 a.m. officers of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Unit in Freeport responded to a road traffic accident on the northbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway in the vicinity of Charlieville walkover.

MORE support has been thrown behind Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, for whom a petition was launched, this week, seeking signatures for her removal.

St Augustine MP Khadijah Ameen, in a statement yesterday, said there were “a few persons out, fuelled by emotion, responsible for spreading propaganda on behalf of the PNM (People’s National Movement)”.

TRANSPORT Commissioner Clive Clarke says snaking traffic around the San Fernando and Caroni Licen­sing Offices is a direct result of public procrastination to seek vehicular inspection prior to the expiration of a two-year moratorium in December 2022.

Over the past week, the Express was told that hundreds of motorists ventured to both these offices to await inspection, some arriving as early as 3 a.m. in an attempt to receive service.

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