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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 7, 2016
Point chamber on
La Brea protest:
The Point Fortin South Western Chamber of
Industry and Commerce says although Monday s
protest in La Brea resulted in productivity loss, it
cannot support tardiness in dealing with poor road-
In a response to the fiery roadblocks which caused
a massive traffic gridlock, chamber president George
Alexis said it was ironic the worst part of the road
was within walking distance of the La Brea con-
He added: "The protest action certainly impacted
on almost everyone living and or working in Point
Fortin and its surrounding districts.
"Commuters were stranded for hours, business
suffered as employers could not get to work and
some schoolchildren were late for their examina-
"The cost in lost productivity, if it can be calculated,
must be high indeed.
"While the chamber cannot condone action which
leads to the loss of productivity, we also cannot sup-
port the lack of action or tardiness in treating with
the deplorable condition of the road."
While short-term repairs to the Southern Main
Road have begun, he is also calling on La Brea MP
Nicole Olivierre to take note of the quickly deteri-
orating connector road between Sobo Village and the
Solomon Hochoy Highway extension.
In late 2015, Government repaired Grant Trace and
Neranthar Trace, Rousillac, to facilitate traffic to and
from part of the highway. However, heavy use of the
road caused potholes, depressions and slippages.
Alexis said the chamber looked forward to a speedy
resolution in the short-term while the authorities
developed a long-term solution.
The Ministry of Education and police are
investigating the theft of ten laptop computers
from the Princes Town East Secondary School
According to reports, school was in session when
a security officer noticed the Information Technology
classroom had been broken into.
The T&T Guardian contacted the Ministry of Edu-
cation yesterday for a response but, up to late after-
noon, there was no reply.
Police said that around 11 am, estate constable
Ryan Ramsingh was doing his routine walkabout
when he noticed several cupboard doors in the class-
He alerted school officials who did an inventory
check of laptop computers which were usually stored
in the cupboard. The check revealed that ten were
Princes Town police were called in and PC Ali
interviewed Ramsingh. It is not yet known the value
of the stolen computers as police said they were
awaiting that information from the Ministry of Edu-
cation. It was just last August that former education
minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh reopened the refurbished
school located in Petit Bourg, which was plagued
with problems, including students falling ill due to
faulty air conditioning.
There has also been a history of indiscipline at the
school as last October, police were called in to deal
with a fight between two students, one armed with
Tuesday night turned sour for a La Brea man
and his female companion when they were
robbed at gunpoint while hanging out near the
Solomon Hochoy Highway.
Police said Richard Lewis, 52, of Coffee Village,
La Brea, and Simone Simon, 37, a clerk of Ste
Madeleine, were seated in a blue Nissan Sentra
at the Corinth Overpass.
Around 7.20 pm, they were approached by a
gunman and Lewis was robbed of $4,500 cash
while Simon was relieved of her Samsung mobile
phone valued at $1,600. The gunman then ran
off towards Ste Madeleine.
A report was made to the Ste Madeleine police
but up to yesterday no one had been arrested.
Cpl Burke is continuing enquiries.
Meanwhile, Point Fortin police are investigating
the beating of a Guapo man who was also robbed
of $16,000 in jewelry.
Reports stated that around 10 pm Saturday,
Anthony Seetaram, 20, of Vance River was at
Elton Street, Cap de Ville, Point Fortin, when
he was pulled out of his vehicle by a resident
known to him.
He told police that the man began beating
him and shortly after a group of men joined
in. One of the men robbed him of his gold
chain valued at $10,000 which was attached
to a gold ring valued $6,000. PC Francois
is continuing enquiries. (KF)
La Brea MP Nicole Ollivierre
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