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Minimum wage still to be reviewed --- McLeod News --- Page A6
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 28TH AUGUST, 2015
As the nation celebrated its 53rd anniversary
of independence, the families of four men
who were killed yesterday were in mourn-
While police did not release the identities
of two victims whose bodies were found
dumped at the side of Mc Bean Local Road,
Couva yesterday, relatives believe they are Jason
Lightfoot and Andy Maharaj, who were reported
missing since Friday.
Lightfoot and Maharaj, a father of one, were
last seen after they left their Hasarath Road,
Cunupia home to visit Maharaj s brother-in-
law in St Mary s, Freeport.
According to police reports, around 6.45 am
yesterday, Central Division officers received
information about two bodies lying at the side
of the road, in Couva.
Officers of the Couva CID, lead by PC
Flaviney responded and found the men, one
of African decent and the other of East Indian
descent, with their hands and feet bound.
They both had gunshot wounds to the head.
District Medical Officer Dr Indarjit Birjah
visited the scene and ordered the bodies be
removed to the San Fernando Mortuary.
Relatives of the two missing men visited the
mortuary yesterday but were told today to view
And in separate incidents, Homicide officers
were called in to investigate the deaths of two
men in Barataria yesterday.
Police said Kevon Smith was liming outside
a house party at Sixth Avenue around 2 am
when gunmen walked up to him and opened
The gunmen then escaped into a waiting
vehicle, a report said.
In the second incident, residents at Third
Avenue, Upper Barataria, said they heard
screams around 5.30 am.
When they checked they saw John Godfrey
lying on the roadway with multiple stab
wounds. He died on the spot. Police said they
are still working on the motive for their deaths.
Their bodies were viewed by the district
medical officer who ordered them removed to
the Forensic Science Centre for an autopsy.
The latest murders have taken the toll to 279
for the year.
Four murders mar
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
yesterday defended her decision to award
politicians and former Members of Parlia-
ment Winston Dookeran and Errol McLeod
the nation s highest award---the Order of
Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking to members of the media after
the Police Service Independence Day function
at the Police Administration Building on St
Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, Persad-Bisses-
sar said that Dookeran is a long standing
politician, an economist, and McLeod is a
dedicated labour leader, both of whom have
contributed tremendously to the nation.
Dookeran, the founder of the Congress of
the People and McLeod, a former founder
of the Movement for Social Justice, were key
figures in forming the coalition People s Part-
nership which came into office in 2010.
When asked about the criticisms she has
received on social media about giving two
politicians the Order of the Republic of T&T,
Persad-Bissessar said, "There are some people
always on social media who find everything
I do very odd. I think they are very deserv-
She stated that as a long standing econ-
omist Dookeran has served in public life, in
academic life and at the Central Bank, and
that he has given back a lot to the country.
"Mr Dookeran has served in public life,
academic life and at the Central Bank, he is
a well known economist and I think he is
very deserving. He is no longer a Member
of Parliament and that is important to note,"
Addressing McLeod s achievements she
said that McLeod, a former president general
of Oilfields Workers Trade Union for 21 years,
was a hard-working trade unionist who
fought for the rights of workers. She also
reaffirmed that as an outgoing MP, and like
Dookeran, he will not be contesting this year s
general elections on September 7.
"Minister McLeod is no longer an MP as
well, and will not be an MP, as Dookeran
will not be an MP. He too was a great trade
unionist in all the decades that he has served.
He is well deserving of that order. One an
economist and one a person standing up for
the rights of workers; I think they are both
well deserving," she said.
Former head of the public service Reginald
Dumas said yesterday he was not disagreeing
with giving Dookeran or McLeod the award,
but there must be a reform in the way that
people are selected for the national awards.
He emphasised that there should be an
independent process adopted to ensure that
the award is a national honour and not award-
ed because of nepotism.
"People get awards, I regret to say, who
do not deserve awards, because they have
done some favour or service to the party, or
to the Prime Minister personally," Dumas
Opposition leader, Dr Keith Rowley, said
yesterday that he had nothing to say about
the awards and he will not comment on the
awards. (See Pages A5 & A7)
PM: They are deserving
The Order of the Republic of T&T was
installed as this country's new highest
national award 2008, replacing the
Trinity Cross for Distinguished and
Outstanding Service to T&T. The name
change arose after complaints from
Hindu and Muslim religious leaders that
it was not representative of all faiths.
Some of the former recipients of the
Trinity Cross include: Dr Rudranath
Capildeo for his contribution in the
sphere of Science, Sir Ellis Clarke, QC
who drafted the Constitution of
Independent T&T, Sir Solomon Hochoy,
the then Governor General and Ex-
Officio of T&T, and Sir Hugh Wooding,
for his contribution to Justice as he was
the then Chief Justice.
Last year former prime ministers
Basdeo Panday and Patrick Manning
were offered the Order of T&T, but they
The National Awards Committee is
chaired by Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
ABOUT THE AWARD
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