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Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley said each consumer in
T&T had the power to choose
what they placed in their food
baskets. He was responding to
questions about the food items
removed from the zero-rating
list, which may cause the aver-
age citizen to pay more for food
Speaking to the media in
Tobago yesterday, he said the
food items that were removed
were not essential and may very
well foster a healthier nation.
"If you look at what has been
removed from zero-rating, you
would be hard to convince me
or anybody that those are essen-
tial items in the diet of Trinidad
In fact if it is that there are
difficulties with those items in
the diet, then there might be a
silver lining behind that cloud,
that it may push us to a more
proper diet involving the kinds
of foods that made us who we
are when we were strong.
"You do have some respon-
sibility for what goes into your
food basket and if you begin to
exercise that responsibility, you
would be surprised how this
impossible price that can t go
down, finds its way down, and
what the Government is going
to try to do is encourage con-
sumer power, consumer power
is what is going to give us some
assistance and some relief to
some of the fears that you may
have," Rowley said.
In light of the perceived
increase of grocery items in the
country and impending impact
on Tobagonians who pay higher
prices for groceries, Rowley also
commented on the issue of
supermarket owners in Tobago
who placed exorbitant mark-
ups on their food items although
Value Added Tax was reduced
to 12.5 per cent.
He said: "We acknowledge
that there are certain things that
happen with respect to Tobago.
Tobagonians who supply goods
in Tobago, justified on the basis
of the transportation issue,
because the people in Point
Fortin has the similar issue.
"They have over land trans-
port, Tobago has sea transport
but the sea transport is heavily
subsidised and I think there is
a certain level of double counting
in Tobago and the fact that
something goes on a boat, does-
n t mean that you have to double
the mark-up, especially when
the person who is buying it
already has paid for the boat
trip" he said.
Meanwhile, in response to the
same issue Chief Secretary
Orville London said he held an
opposing view. He said the
Tobago House of Assembly did
a study years ago comparing
transportation costs between the
source market and various parts
of T&T and prices were com-
parable to some establishments
"I think if you check it out,
in fact there are some of our
supermarkets in Tobago, whose
prices are better than many areas
in Trinidad because of the rel-
atively low cost of transportation
and the fact that some of them
are chains and they are able to
buy in bulk and get the benefits
from that," London said.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Officers of the Professional
Standards Bureau were up to
late yesterday holding identi-
fication parades in connection
with a spate of robberies in
Six of these were police offi-
cers assigned to the North East-
ern Division and alleged to have
participated in two separate rob-
beries in St Helena and Caroni
Three of the lawmen --- Spe-
cial Reserve Police officers ---
were being questioned in con-
nection with the robbery in St
Four of the officers, which
included an acting sergeant, were
held on Sunday and while the
other two were arrested on
Monday. Four police officers
were identified while on iden-
tification parade and questioned.
Senior officers confirmed yes-
terday that the officers were
assigned to the Morvant Police
Station. Investigators said over
$100,000 was stolen from sev-
eral Chinese nationals and other
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old
constable remains in police cus-
tody after he stole a quantity of
money from a woman.
Police said the officer,
assigned to the Guard and
Emergency Branch, advertised
that he had an X-trail for sale
The officer reportedly took
the money from the woman and
agreed to meet with her at the
Licensing Office on Wrightson
While attempting to transfer
the vehicle he said he had to go
and "check something" and
drove off. Up to late yesterday,
the officer remained in police
custody at a station in Port-of-
6 cops on ID parades after Central robberies
Jason Thomas, who fled to the hills of Maracas
Valley, St Joseph, was hounded by those seeking
to end his life yesterday morning and was killed.
The body of the 27-year-old man from Second
Caledonia, Morvant, was found in bushes near his
car. Police said Thomas was seeking refuge in the
area and was living out of his car, a Hyundai accent.
According to police, around 2 am residents of
Waterfall Road, Maracas Valley, St Joseph, heard
a volley of gunshots but no one ventured outside.
Villagers on their way to work and school around
6.30 am yesterday found Thomas car off the road-
way and his body in some nearby bushes. Police
said over 20 spent shells from high powered military
weapon were found at the scene.
Officers of the St Joseph Police Station, including
Sgt Rene Katwaroo, visited the scene and conducted
preliminary inquiries before officers of Homicide
Bureau Region 11 took charge of the investigations.
Police are labelling the killing as gang related.
Thomas murder is the 18th for the year while for
the same period last year 12 people had been killed.
Investigations are continuing.
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and killed in
Commissioner Carlton Alleyne
said officers who were
abusing their powers would
be dealt with.
"One of the good things is
that the PSB is taking action
and the public can't say they
not making an effort against
those who are committing
these and abusing their
"When you do wrong there
will be an investigation and
whatever the consequence
and you will be deal with in a
fair manner," he said.
Director at Police
Complaints Authority David
West said the PCA recently
completed its annual report.
He did not want to divulge
"We take all reports
seriously and to the best of
our ability once we complete
the investigation we send the
recommendation to the office
of the Director of Public
Prosecutions or the Attorney
General for disciplinary
action," he added.
ALLEYNE: OFFICERS TO BE DEALT WITH
PM: Aim is consumer power
Dr Keith Rowley
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