Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 21st 2014 Contents with the bill and had indicated they will
not support it without amendments.
"I am heartened that on this occasion
the Government did listen."
She also commended Lambert for the
way in which he handled the session, say-
ing without his considerable skills in medi-
ation the results could have been different.
The amendments will widen the pool of
criminal activity for which the State can
confiscate assets and make money laun-
dering a stand-alone offence.
The amended bill will also refine the
existing provisions which relate to the
Seized Assets Fund. The Senate was
adjourned to August 26 when debate on
the controversial Constitutional Amend-
ment Bill will resume. SEE PAGE A10
There are people calling my colleagues
and asking them for information about
me all the time.
"Probably he doesn t know this or
isn t aware of this but I hope he will
apologise to this nation and understand
"This is August and the election has
not even gotten going. Imagine what
will happen next year. They will be
burning down the town.
"It now becomes easier for people
walking the streets to feel that it is easy
to use some kind of violence against
me so I am calling on the MSJ to apol-
ogise for that kind of statement.
"This is a violent nation. Everyday
we have two or three people being killed
or murdered and we can t have more
images to support those things.
"For a political party to come out
and make that statement, it is a crying
shame in this country," Douglas added.
Describing the protest as violent, he
said people could draw on those images
when they were ready to riot and fight.
He said such protests could escalate to
the violence being experienced in
"If you announced over the radio or
on the TV, people squashing cock-
roaches, or calling other groups rats,
then you would have created a mindset
that makes it easy.
"This is not Good Friday, this is living
people that we are talking about, active
people who are walking the streets,"
Thursday, August 21, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln
Douglas says T&T is a violent nation. He said so
in response to receiving several threatening phone
calls at his home and office.
He added his colleagues have been contacted by
people seeking information on him, leaving him
In an interview yesterday at Radisson Hotel, Wright-
son Road, Port-of-Spain, Douglas said since the
public airing of protesters burning an effigy of him
on Sunday, it was easier for people to target him.
He also condemned a statement by the Movement
for Social Justice s party organiser Akins Vidale that
destroying effigies was part of T&T s culture.
He said: "I feel threatened. As a matter of fact, I
am threatened. People have called me, they have
called my house and they have called my friends.
Douglas: T&T is violent RHONDOR DOWLAT
Employees at the Treasury Division of the
Ministry of Finance and the Economy will
resume their full eight-hour duties on Monday.
This was confirmed yesterday by president of
the Public Service Association Watson Duke.
"This came after we did a walk through at the
Treasury Building. We recognised the efforts
made," he noted.
Duke also took issue to claims of attack on
employees by senior officials at the Judiciary and
the Sugar Industry and Labour Welfare Committee.
He said the attacks violated Section 20 (2) and
Section 20 A of the Occupational Health and
He promised to fight on behalf of the workers
for equal rights for justice.
Yesterday, the Law Association of T&T (LATT)
condemned the ongoing disruptions at the Board
of Inland Revenue (BIR).
It called for an immediate intervention by the
Minister of Finance, Larry Howai, to ensure its
full operations be returned.
The association s president Seenath Jairam, SC,
said in a statement yesterday the ongoing impasse
had put the public and the financial and banking
sector at great risk of financial loss.
"This disruption in service poses a serious finan-
cial risk to the public by hindering the ability to
stamp and register deeds and preventing the finan-
cial sector from processing loans, mortgages and
bills of sale in an efficient manner with the atten-
dant imposition of fines and penalties for delays
in stamping and registration of deed and other
security instruments," he noted.
Jairam also expressed disapproval with the daily
closure of the BIR offices in Port-of-Spain by 10
am, skeletal service of no more than ten people
by number a day and the arbitrary imposition of
limits on the daily number of transactions to four
deeds a person.
On April 17, the Law Association met with the
permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance
when discussions were held with the hope that
the full operations of the BIR office would have
resumed on or about May 1.
On March 18, BIR employees walked off their
jobs, citing occupational, safety and health rea-
"Instead, the situation has continued unabated
and has substantially deteriorated since the very
first interruption in service on March 19," the
Duke, commenting on the issue, said they were
having meaningful discussions with the permanent
secretary of the Ministry of Finance.
"The discussions are most likely to bring fruit,"
on job Monday
Police arrested 11 foreigners, believed to be prostitutes,
at a house in Woodbrook on Tuesday. Police said they
were searching for a missing Chinese national.
According to reports, members of the Counter Traf-
ficking Unit and the Western Division Task Force received
a report that a Chinese national had gone missing earlier
The police went to the house in Woodbrook where
ten Chinese women, including the missing woman and
a Japanese man, were found. The foreigners, three of
whom were found to be in T&T illegally, were handed
over to the Immigration Division as the investigation
continued up to late yesterday.
11 held in search
for missing Chinese
Described as a historic event, the Miscellaneous Pro-
visions (Proceeds of Crime, Anti-Terrorism, Financial
Intelligence Unit Bill 2014 was unanimously passed in
the Upper House late yesterday.
All 30 members of the Government, Opposition and
Independent benches present in the Senate voted in
favour of the bill after it was amended during several
hours in the committee stage.
None voted against the bill and there were no absten-
The session was presided over by Senate Vice-President
James Lambert in the absence of Senate president Tim-
othy Hamel-Smith who announced Monday he was
going on vacation.
Debate on the bill began in the Lower House last year
and did not receive the support of the Opposition who
had concerns with certain provisions.
Amendments were made which won the approval and
commendation of the Opposition.
Leader of Government Business in the Senate Ganga
Singh said it was a "very historic day."
He gave special thanks to Finance Minister Larry
Howai who he said piloted a bill that was not within
his normal profession.
Singh said a group of competent professionals, all
women, helped Howai accomplish the task.
Opposition member Camille Robinson-Regis said
members on that side did have some serious concerns
Members of the
Branch go through a
at the Queen's Park
Spain, ahead of this
parade on August 31.
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
All senators vote for Anti-Crime Bill
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