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Social Justice (MSJ)
leader David Abdu-
lah is calling on
to be honest about
the decline in the
price of oil will
have to the econo-
Warning that the
decline could have
a ripple effect, Abdulah said it could have "a huge
implication" for the economy.
He was speaking at a news conference at the
MSJ's headquarters in San Fernando about the
minister's statement in Parliament on Friday that
the sale of natural gas was offsetting the loss of
"If the energy sector was to collapse, then gov-
ernment itself will not have the revenue to spend
and therefore, Government's contribution to GDP,
our national income will decline.
"All other individuals, businesses and so on
that depend on the energy sector providing serv-
ices they will also be affected, and therefore the
services sector will also decline very significantly
if the energy sector goes into decline and we can-
not therefore mess about with our energy sec-
With a decrease in revenue, he said Government
in order to meet its recurrent and capital expen-
diture would have to borrow more money, putting
the country in further debt.
Abdulah predicted that the foreign exchange
issue in the country would get worse.
"If the oil prices are higher then there will be
more money flowing into the country in terms
of foreign exchange, lower oil prices means lower
Other prices would fall, he said, adding: "In
the past where natural gas prices has fallen, prod-
uct prices has fallen with it and so while there
may be a lag of falling oil prices and the falling
of gas and other commodity prices, it is quite
possible that we could see a fall in those prices
Despite this situation, he said he did not think
the Government would reduce its expenditure,
especially since the general election was close.
Abdulah also warned employers about retrench-
A Laventille pensioner was raped and
killed at her home yesterday after returning
from her routine church service.
Her killing drew outrage from residents
who saw when the killers escaped.
The victim was identified as Norma Hold-
er, 74, a live wire in the community, who
An eyewitnesses said he noticed two men
pacing in front of her home, located opposite
a gas station operated by the T&T Police
Service Social and Welfare Association, along
the Eastern Main Road.
"One of them was actually seen in her
yard. Mrs Holder's neighbour asked him
what he was doing in Tanty's yard but got
no response. The men just disappeared after
that so maybe that is why we thought they
had left," the witness, who spoke on con-
dition of anonymity, said.
The man said about 10 am, Holder drove
into her garage and was later seen walking
to the upper floor of her house.
"We heard nothing. We saw no strange
activities at least when she came home. It
was only a while after we noticed one of
the two men we had seen earlier jump the
wall on the eastern side and the other man
ran across the road in front of Tanty's house
and dashed through an alley."
"That was when we suspected that some-
thing had happened. One of her neighbour's
began calling out to her but she did not
answer. Other people around came out but
no one dared to go across to her house, so
I decided to go and check to see if she was
The man said as he approached the steps
of the house he saw a broken Guinness bot-
"I know for a fact that Tanty don't drink
alcohol so I knew something was fishy. I
called out to her several times after that
and still there was no answer."
He added that as he entered the main
part of the house he heard water running
so he again called out to her and again, no
"I walked to a bedroom and that was
when I discovered Tanty lying on the bed.
She still had on her church clothes but her
dress was rolled up. Her face was covered
with a cloth, soaked in blood. I watched
closely and saw that he throat was cut open.
She was not breathing and that was when
I ran out and shouted for the neighbors
around to call the police."
Holder, who was slender built and brown
in complexion, was described as a friendly
woman and one who always practiced safe-
"Living on the main road, she was always
careful whenever she drove her car in and
out of her yard. She was always seen doing
yard work as well. She was a very pleasant
woman," one neighbour said.
Holder was also described as a woman,
who loved God and was full of life.
She was said to be an active in the Senior
Activities Centre at the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association (YMCA).
Officers of the Besson Street Police Station
are continuing investigations.
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throat slit at home
Abdulah calls on
for 07TH NOVEMBER, 2014
On Friday, Salim Dalzell, 17, was gunned
down by two armed men, as he walked
out of the compound of the
Success/Laventille Composite School at
about 2.45 pm.
That incident occurred in front of
teachers and pupils.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was swarmed by a group of Girl Guides at yesterday's Memorial Day ceremony at
Memorial Park, Port-of-Spain. See page A7. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
GIRL GUIDES AND PM
Come clean on
impact of oil
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