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Police officers do not seem as dedicated
or committed to the job as their counterparts
from years ago, even though their salaries
are much more attractive today. The com-
ment came from retired police officer and
founding member of the Police Retirees Asso-
ciation of T&T Daniel Thomas. A vibrant
looking Thomas made the comment as he
celebrated his 101st birthday on September
22.Thomas, who followed in his father's foot-
steps and joined the force shortly after com-
pleting his formal education, retired in 1965,
at age 51.
Thomas recalled being first assigned to
Police Headquarters in Port-of-Spain, and
then to the Besson Street station, where he
was instrumental in forming the Retirees Asso-
ciation. Thomas, though, shared the credit
for the organisation with fellow officers "West-
on, John Remy, Munroe and Fortune," whom
he said had brainstormed and birthed the idea
of the association.
Thomas, originally from Buenos Ayres, was
joined in celebrating his milestone by caregivers
from the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership
Programme (Gapp) at his home in Tunapuna.
Born in Puerto Grande Road, Buenos Ayres,
the third child of Reynold Adolophus and Cla-
ressa Thomas (both deceased), he survived
his three siblings, Donald, Cleo and Petty
"The secret to long life is a kind heart, prayer
and a relationship with God, and staying sweet
as you are," he jokingly told a young female
A smiling Thomas reminisced about attend-
ing classes at the Buenos Ayres Government
Primary and the Rosary Boys' RC schools after
his parents relocated from south Trinidad to
He recalled leaving his mark at Rosary upon
entrance to the school under the tutelage of
then "head teacher Mr Sherry and class teacher
Mr Joseph." He was the envy of his classmates
when in Standard Two, he topped the class
in his first test at the school.
Thomas said as a young boy he idolised
police officers and knew he would follow in
his father's footsteps. He did just that and
dedicated 50 years of his life to the Police
Service, until his retirement. This did not
hamper him from being a good husband to
his wife, Theodosia Hamilton-Thomas, and
father to his three children, Don, Hayden and
The sprightly centenarian remembered
spending his latter years as a humble farmer
on his estate at Flanagin Town, where he
would cultivate crops such as cocoa, coffee,
citrus and others.
A former member of the Citrus Growers
Association (CGA), Thomas sold his crops to
a dealer in Mamoral, who would in turn sell
to the CGA.
Business, he recalled, was lucrative for a
number of years, until the prevalence of predial
larceny forced him to sell off the estate at "a
From this deal, Thomas was able to build
his home at Ford Street, Monte Grande, Tuna-
puna, where he still resides.
Thomas expressed gratitude to the Gapp
caregivers assigned to his home through the
programme. Surrounded by Gaff staff mem-
bers, friends and relatives, Thomas was also
presented with an Award of Achievement and
a hamper for reaching this milestone.
...says police officers today are not as dedicated to the job
Retired cop turns 101
A smiling Daniel Thomas, retired police officer,
poses with his Award of Recognition. He
celebrated the milestone with caregivers from
the Ministry of Community's Geriatric
Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP),
relatives and friends. Thomas was also
presented with a hamper.
One of Thomas' GAPP caregivers gives him a hug. PHOTOS: VALDEEN SHEARS-NEPTUNE
The secret to long life is a kind heart,
prayer and a relationship with God,
and staying sweet as you are.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is ban-
ning Apple TV from his e-commerce
site---just in time for the holidays.
Critics called it a hardball move,
but Amazon insisted in a letter to
third-party sellers this week that
it wanted to "avoid customer con-
fusion" that would result from
selling Apple TVs, as well as
Google's Chromecast streaming-
The problem, according to the
Seattle-based Web giant, is that
Apple TV and the Chromecast aren't
easily compatible with Amazon's
Prime Video streaming service.
Roku's streaming box, Microsoft's
xBox and Sony's Playstation won't
be affected by the ban, Amazon
"It's important that the streaming
media players we sell interact well
with Prime Video in order to avoid
customer confusion," Amazon said.
Sales of Apple TV and Chrome-
cast will end October 29.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter
called Amazon's statement an
"especially weak" excuse for a "not-
so-veiled attempt" to favour its own
products over rivals at the expense
of customer choice.
(New York Post)
Amazon to ban sale of Apple, Google video-streaming devices
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