Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2015 Contents Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 1, 2015
Slow sales for New Year's-strap
Falling oil prices
dampen party mode
The tradition of ringing in the New Year with a bang
is fading with many preferring to have a quiet night
at home with family.
With not one Happy New Year hat or banner on dis-
play, store owners, street vendors and consumers are
all saying the same thing---there will be no big celebrations
The Guardian took to the streets of San Fernando to
find out what preparations were being put in place for
the start of 2015 in the Southland.
However, the streets were mostly clear, with stores
empty for the most part, despite discount prices and
President of the San Fernando Business Association,
Daphne Bartlett, said the lack of a festive spirit was evi-
dent as consumers have begun to wise up about falling
"Sales are still down, people are shopping cautiously
now as they have become aware of the falling oil and
gas prices," said Bartlett.
"Consumers are holding on to their cash, even though
most stores still have unusually high discounts."
She said business owners would now have to find
ways to improve their practices including embracing
"Its not all doom and gloom, once you can diversify
your business you will survive. Putting part of your
business online could be a viable option."
She called on government to move decisively to diver-
sify the economy as well.
Street vendors also complained of slow sales.
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Vice president of Animals Alive, Jowelle De
Souza, expressed hope that the tradition of
bursting fireworks is a dying culture.
"I think the public is becoming more aware
and much more concerned of the effects
fireworks have on our pets," she said.
De Souza offered up some advice to pet
owners to keep their pets calm during noisy
"Keep your pets indoors and it helps to turn
on the television really loud, so they don't get
too scared by the noises."
The Guardian spoke to people on the street
to find out how they would be bringing in the
Shenelle Dabreau, from Princes Town, said
she would treasure the time with her family,
even though there would be no big celebration.
Fareed Hosein, of South Oropouche said he
was looking forward to spending the night
with his children at church.
Contractor Alana Goodridge-George,
expressed her wish for 2015.
"I am hoping for work. I run my own
business and government is not giving out
contracts like they used to. I hope it picks up
because if it doesn't, I'll have to start letting go
Fanah Graham of Tunapuna is accompanied by her niece, six-year-old Naemma
Lyons, as she shops for fireworks at Fire One Fire Works at their compound in
Macoya for last night's old years celebrations. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
National Security minister on Venezuelan immigrants
National Security Minister
Gary Griffith says improved secu-
rity arrangements would make it
more difficult for Venezuelans to
enter the country illegally at the
Griffith was asked to comment
in the wake of Venezuela going
into a recession.
He listed the upgrade of this
country in its handling of human
trafficking by the US State Depart-
ment and the revival of dormant
security cooperation arrangements
would effectively prevent any major
influx of South Americans here.
Over the past year, he said, there
have been several meetings with
Venezuelan security officials here.
He said Colombia s Defence Min-
ister was also in Port-of-Spain for
a security meeting.
Griffith said the T&T military
"has been involved in dialogue,
training and a good working rela-
tionship with our South American
counterparts, Venezuela and
He said that has resulted "in a
proper relationship that we never
had before." Griffith said there have
been no major incidents between
T&T and Venezuela in last 12
"Within the last 12 months how
often have you heard of any inci-
dent that has taken place with the
Guardia Nacional," he added.
According to Griffith that was
because of "the security cooper-
ation agreements being reignited."
Griffith said since the agree-
ments have been revived "there
have been joint military training
and co-operation in proper infor-
mation gathering and real time
information being passed on from
Venezuela intelligence agencies to
T&T and vice versa."
He said that has played "a big
part in monitoring illegal entry
from Venezuela into T&T."
(See page A17 and A32)
Harder to get into T&T
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