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BSc (Honors), Dip. Ed., Dip. Sup. Man
Late Principal of Chaguanas North Secondary.
Son of: Lackpat Lakhan and Lakhan Seecharan (deceased).
Brother of: Indar, Gaulin, Bhano, Keshore, Veera, Ganpat,
Hemawattee, Yasodra and Mahadeo.
Husband of: Ria Roopnarine ?Seecharan.
Father of: Ryan Seecharan, Priya Seecharan.
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufactur-
ers Association (TTMA) is saddened by
the loss of sitting Director and former
President of the TTMA, Paul Quesnel,
who passed on, on Monday of a heart
attack, while engaging in business in
The TTMA said he worked hard all his
life to improve the business environment
In a release yesterday, the Association
extended its deepest condolences to the
family and friends on Quesnel's passing.
He died at age 64.
"Mr. Quesnel untimely departure would
be profoundly felt at the TTMA, the wider
business community of T&T, and the entire
CARICOM region, where everyone fondly
referred to him as PQ'. Paul always gave
of himself to the business fraternity and
never hesitated to go beyond the call of
duty' to assist any one in need. He was
very compassionate, possessed a big heart
and was like a father to all of us at the
The release also said Quesnel not only
served as a Director and Past President of
the TTMA, where he presently sat on a
number of committees, he was also Group
Corporate Relations Manager at the
Bermudez Group Limited, a Director at the
Kiss Baking Company and Director at Spe-
cialist Chemicals Limited.
The TTMA said Quesnel worked "excep-
tionally hard" to enhance the business envi-
ronment in T&T and the wider region.
"Specifically, his desire was to create an
enabling environment for the business
community in T&T. It is therefore no sur-
prise that his passion was to resolve trade
facilitation issues as they relate to Port,
Customs, Bureau of Standards, Chemistry
Food and Drug as well an enhancing the
trading relationship among the CARICOM
region. One of his unfulfilled goals would
have been to realise a united CARICOM
region where there can be a harmonisation
of trade and economic policies. He had a
deep desire for local content and procure-
ment legislation and the TTMA is extremely
grateful for his invaluable contribution in
In a release to the media yesterday, the
Ministry of Trade called Quesnel an "avid
friend and partner" of the Ministry.
"He served as a liaison between the pri-
vate and public sector, for as long as we
can remember. Known as a frank and forth-
right individual, Paul was an active par-
ticipant from the business community that
helped shape trade policy in T&T."
The Ministry of Trade also called him a
"champion of business."
"He was passionate about trade and
actively pursued the collaborative agenda
of trade within the Caribbean, particularly
between Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.
He often fondly recalled his December
trips' to Jamaica, encouraging us to try it
sometime,' regaling for us the fun jaunts
that can be had, while doing business.' "
According to the Ministry of Trade, he
served the Ministry of Trade and Industry
on various Committees, including the
Standing Committee on Trade Facilitation
in Food and Drugs, and the Standing Com-
mittee on Trade and Related Matters; Paul
was a Past President of the Trinidad and
Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA);
and served on the Management Team of
Kiss Baking Company and Bermudez Group
Paul Quesnel dies
Michael Annisette, General Secretary of the
National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) has said
that the laying off of workers must be a "last
resort" in a bad economy.
His comments follow the retrenchment of 600
workers at the steel manufacturing company,
"Laying off workers must come as a last resort.
On the backdrop of bad economic circumstances,
sending home workers will only lead to a deeper
recession," he told the T&T Guardian by phone
He argued that companies retrenching workers
would lead to a situation where parts of the middle
class and working class did not have disposable
income to purchase goods from businesses and
would hurt everyone in the economy.
Roughly 600 workers of Point Lisas steel man-
ufacturing company ArcelorMittal were laid off
this week because of poor economic conditions.
A month after the company stopped steel pro-
duction citing global and local economic conditions,
it informed the representative Steel Workers Union
of T&T, that the workers would be laid off.
In a press release, the company said: "Following
the inability to reach an agreement with the Steel
Workers Union of Trinidad and Tobago (SWUTT)
on a proposal from the management of Arcelor-
Mittal Point Lisas for workers with accrued vacation
days to proceed on paid vacation, while workers
who do not have vacation leave to engage in alter-
native functions on a temporary basis outside of
their normal duties, the company has had no
option but to begin a process of laying-off work-
must be last resort
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SAN FRANCISCO---Facebook CEO
Mark Zuckerberg is offering words
of support for Muslims who fear
retaliation for the recent violent
attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris
and San Bernardino.
In the wake of those attacks,
Zuckerberg wrote on his personal
Facebook page Wednesday that he
wants to assure Muslims they are
welcome on Facebook and that
"we will fight to protect your
rights and create a peaceful and
safe environment for you."
Republican presidential candidate
Donald Trump has proposed bar-
ring all Muslims from entering the
Other political leaders have con-
demned Trump's proposal as dis-
Zuckerberg did not refer specifi-
cally to any proposal, but the co-
founder of the world's biggest
social network said: "As a Jew, my
parents taught me that we must
stand up against attacks on all
Facebook boss promises to support Muslims on social network
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