Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 10th 2015 Contents YVONNE WEBB
The family of T&T s first
Olympian, the late Rodney Wilkes,
wants Government to acquire his
memorabilia just like they did the
Mighty Sparrow s (Slinger Fran-
The proposal follows an incident
that has left the Wilkes family trau-
matised after thieves attempted to
steal the set of his prized barbells
and weights which earned him the
The barbells were placed on a
stand crafted by the Wilkeses in
front of his house at Bertrand Street,
San Fernando, as a memorial to his
historic moment many decades ago.
One of his daughters, Grace
Wilkes, said on Monday suspected
scrap iron thieves tried to remove
the legacy items from their resting
place. However, she said, they
proved to be too heavy for the
thieves who dropped them on the
The items have since been
removed to a secure place. A report
was also made to the Mon Repos
"I was at home when this hap-
pened, but I did not hear anything.
Had I seen them, I would have said
something and this could have
resulted in an altercation or some-
thing worse. It could have been a
robbery gone wrong. They almost
obliterated such an important part
of our sporting history," Grace said.
She said she was traumatised that
people who did not know or under-
stand what the sporting items rep-
resented could destroy her father's
legacy for a few dollars.
"I am sure they wanted to steal it
to sell it for scrap, not caring about
its history. They are pulling down
the nation when they do these things.
They do not understand that this is
part of the country's rich resources,
that it represents my father's legacy,
She had a word of advice for ban-
"I want to tell bandits there are
alternatives to earning a living than
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FAITH GONE WILD
Scrap iron thieves target Olympian's treasure
Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee is appeal-
ing to masqueraders, bands and spectators to come
into the city to participate in the corporation s Down-
town Carnival events.
At a press conference at City Hall on Thursday, Tim
Kee said the corporation's intention this year was to
get spectators and revellers to return to the greatest
show on earth in Port-of-Spain.
"This is why we have themed this year's Downtown
Carnival: Port-of-Spain, the Home of Carnival'."
Last year the National Carnival Bandleaders Asso-
ciation (NCBA) had changed the route for the junior
parade of the band, causing bands to bypass the down-
town judging point.
Tim Kee said he was aware the overriding fear of
crime had prevented many people from venturing into
the city, particularly for J'Ouvert.
"Many spectators crowd the other judging points
to view the mas, leaving the downtown area an easy
venue to view the big bands on both Monday and
Tuesday," he added.
He said the strictest security would be observed by
the police at City Gate, similar to other years, as people
entering on Carnival days from various points would
be searched, creating a barrier for those carrying
He added: "Further to that, there will be a heavy
police presence unformed and plainclothes, throughout
downtown to ensure that activities run smoothly with-
The mayor said he was appealing to everyone to
come into the city to participate in the schedule of
events which councillor Wendell Stephen has rolled
The NCBA's junior competition, which was the con-
tentious competition last year, is again set to return
on February 14.
One route is proposed to start at the Queen's Park
Savannah for children under six years, coming down
St Vincent Street and finishing at South Quay, Port-
of-Spain, while the second, for children six years and
older, will start at South Quay and finish at the Savan-
The Downtown Junior Carnival Committee com-
petition takes place on February 15 at South Quay from
Stephen, who said J'Ouvert celebrations in the city
had been dying, said the corporation proposed to bring
it back to the city.
Despite the Met Office s discon-
tinuation of its rough seas bulletin
yesterday some fishermen said they
intend to keep their recent increase
in fish prices up.
The price of fish increased signif-
icantly over the past few days because
of rough seas. Since the year began,
the fishing industry has encountered
difficulty staying afloat as many fish-
ermen have been unable to go out to
On Thursday afternoon the Met
Office said sea conditions along the
coastlines had shown gradual
improvement and appealed to small
craft operators, sea bathers and all
other marine interests to continue to
exercise caution when venturing into
Yesterday, in an update the office
discontinued the bulletin but still
appealed to small craft operators, sea
bathers and all other marine interests
to continue to exercise caution.
At the Cocorite Fishing Facility on
Thursday morning several fishermen
and fish vendors spoke about the chal-
lenge they encountered both buying
and selling fish.
"One or two fellas have been taking
a chance and going out, but overall
sales have been very slow," said Jordy
Williams, a fish vendor of 20 years.
Williams said usually the boats
bring back approximately 500 pounds
of fish, but now they are only getting
about 100 pounds.
"Carite has been selling for $40 per
pound and that normally sells for $25
per pound. King fish now goes for
$45 though it usually sells for $30 to
$35 per pound. Right now things are
really slow. Normally the boats bring
back 500 pounds worth of fish, but
now all we are getting are 100
pounds," Williams said.
On December 27, the Met Office
issued its first rough seas bulletin.
Since then, fishing boats had been
unable to safely go out to sea.
However, the latest bulletin on
Thursday said sea conditions along
the coastlines have shown gradual
Williams said on average 20 boats
go out to sea to fish from the Cocorite
facility, but recently only three boats
have attempted to brave the rough
seas to fish.
He said usually the facility gets
approximately 50 to 60 customers per
day. However, since the rough seas
bulletin has come into effect they
have had about ten people interested
in buying fish per day.
"Right now it is real pressure. Peo-
ple think we are robbing them, but
that is not the case. The amount of
fish we get is so bad that we have to
raise the price," Williams said.
Michael Jerry, a fisherman from the
facility, said Thursday was the first
day boats from Cocorite ventured out
"Three boats have gone out today
(Thursday). This is the first time any
of our boats have attempted to go
out. These days we have just been
getting fish from fishermen from Las
Cuevas," Jerry said.
While Jerry was yet to go out to
sea for the year, his colleague Kahiam
Ali, a fisherman for 26-years, said
Wednesday night was the first time
he tried to fish on the North Coast.
"Last night (Wednesday) I went out
and the weather wasn't all that bad,
but there was plenty wind. I was able
to bring back about 20 pounds of fish,
but that is not enough. Normally
when I go out I bring back about 100
pounds to 200 pounds of fish," he
Responding yesterday to the Met
Office's advisory that the rough seas
bulletin had been discontinued, Jerry
said Cocorite fishermen ventured to
sea on Thursday night but their catch
was low. He said therefore the price
increase remained in effect.
A woman, who identified herself
as Jenifer, was the only patron at the
Cocorite facility buying fish when
T&T Guardian visited on Thursday.
She said, "I haven't come here in
a long time, and now the price of
carite is $40 a pound. I thought that
was pretty ridiculous so I only bought
a small one." She left the facility with
carite weighing one pound five ounces.
high fish price
Met Office discontinues rough seas bulletin...
"Right now it is real pressure.
People think we are robbing
them, but that is not the case.
The amount of fish we get is so
bad that we have to raise the
Come back Downtown
Mayor to masmen, spectators:
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