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The son of acting Senior
Superintendent Michael Roban
was killed by two gunmen yes-
terday, in Laventille.
Magdial Roban, 25, was shot at
La Pena Drive, Laventille, in the
presence of a six-year-old boy.
Roban, who lived with his
common-law wife Isha Steele and
their three-month-old son, was
on his way to get some rubber
bands from a nearby neighbour
to make a sling shot when two
men, allegedly from Rock City,
approached him and said, "Who
is you?," before shooting him.
A distraught Steele said after
the six-year-old, who was her
nephew, witnessed the shooting,
he ran to tell his grandmother what
Roban was lying face down on
an incline and she could not say
how many times he had been shot
or why because her nephew was
too traumatised to talk about the
Steele said she was at the hard-
ware collecting building supplies
for their home when she received
a call about the shooting.
Steele said Roban was an "inno-
cent man" and not a "limer" or a
"thief," so she was puzzled as to
why he was gunned down in front
of her nephew.
She said both she and her
nephew were distraught by the
tragedy, so much so that she was
feeling "sick with a headache" and
had not been able to breastfeed
Police are investigating the mur-
der but up to late yesterday no one
had been arrested.
CHARLES KONG SOO
Geriatric psychiatrist Dr James
Bratt says that at present there is no
cure for Alzheimer s, which affects
nearly 36 million people worldwide.
However, with more research and
advances in medicine there is hope.
He was speaking at a seminar hosted
by the Alzheimer s Association of T&T
(AzATT), to mark Alzheimer s Month
in September, which has as its theme
"Dementia: Can you reduce the risks?"
at 15 Nepaul Street, St James, yesterday.
Bratt said, "There is no cure for
Alzheimer s. There is a lot of research
being done around the world looking
for a cure at the moment.
"All we have is medication that can
slow down the progression of the dis-
ease and we also think that increasing
mental activity and socialisation will
also help to slow down the disease.
"With age being the biggest risk
factor for developing dementia, we re
seeing more people in T&T with the
disease because people are living longer,
we re healthier and medicine is getting
He said the risk factors for devel-
oping Alzheimer s included age, since
the older you are, the more likely you
are to get dementia; gender, females
being slightly more likely than males
to develop the disease; genetics; and
medical conditions which affect the
cardiovascular system such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, and high choles-
Bratt said risk factors were modi-
fiable through lifestyle changes, diet,
and healthy eating. AzATT recom-
mends a Mediterranean diet, 30 min-
utes of exercise five times a week, no
smoking, use of alcohol in moderation
and social activities which are also
thought to slow down the process of
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Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod
says the People s Partnership
Government will maintain a sen-
sible course of action in dealing
with the sensitive issue of
increasing the minimum wage
which is now $12.50 per hour.
Speaking to the Sunday
Guardian on Friday at a reception
to welcome Julian Henry as the
new CEO of the National Enter-
prise Development Company Ltd
(Nedco), held at the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad on Dock Road in Port-
of-Spain, Mc Leod said the Kamla
tion would not employ reckless
tactics in dealing with this major
The trade union movement and
civil society groups were calling
on Minister of Finance and the
Economy Larry Howai to factor
in a minimum wage hike in
tomorrow s 2014/2015 budget
While he had not received any
formal proposals that called for
an increase in the minimum wage
from $12.50 to $20, Mc Leod was
aware of the efforts of campaigners
lobbying for such an adjustment.
Asked if he had any such dis-
cussions with the Minister of
Finance on a new minimum wage
ceiling that would be reflected in
the budget, Mc Leod said he and
the minister continued to talk.
"The call was made in 2010
when we were on the election
campaign and we sought to
address it. As you would know,
effective the first of January 2011,
we affected a minimum wage that
moved from $9 to $12.50 an hour
and we have had the Minimum
Wages Board working assiduously
to address the question where
should we peg the minimum wage
given the cost of living and every-
thing else in T&T.
"We are guided by a most
important principle: the minimum
wage should be set at a level that
seeks to deal with the high cost
of living and so on, that seeks to
deal with the question of decent
wage and all of that but that it
must also take into consideration
that the minimum wage must not
adversely affect employment levels
and we are dealing with that.
"I anticipate that the Minister
of Finance will make a most
appropriate statement in that
regard in the budget statement,"
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Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod gets into the groove as Xavier String violinist Janine Xavier plays at
Friday's welcome reception for the National Enterprise Development Company Ltd's CEO Julian Henry
held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Dock Road, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
'No reckless tactics by Govt
to hike minimum wage'
Senior cop's son
killed in Laventille
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