Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 17th 2016 Contents Health facilities were put on alert for
possible gunshot victims yesterday after
a senior police officer shot at three men
who attempted to rob him of his car.
Police said Supt Robin Nanan, who heads
the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms
Bureau (OCNFU), was in Preysal, Couva,
yesterday afternoon when he was
approached by the men.
After the men attempted to steal his car,
Nanan took out his service weapon and
fired several shots at the men. The men
ran off but it was believed at least two of
them were wounded.
Couva police were searching for the men
up to late afternoon with aerial assistance
from a national security helicopter.
Two teenaged boys were denied bail yester-
day in connection with a Valentine's Day rob-
bery in Gulf View in which $65,000 cash and
a quantity of jewelry were stolen.
Hakeem Ifill, 18, of Tarodale, and a 17-year-
old from La Romaine appeared in the San Fer-
nando Magistrates Court on three charges
of armed robbery.
It is alleged that they robbed a
roadside vendor who was selling
flowers along Gulf View Link Road,
Gulf View, of $65,000, on February
14.It is also alleged that they robbed
two customers, a couple, of cash and
jewelry worth over $10,000. The
charges were laid by WPC Roxanne
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington read the charges to them
but they were not called upon to
enter a plea.
Wellington pointed out that under
the legislation they were not entitled
to bail since it was alleged that an ille-
gal firearm was used in the commission
of the offence.
Attorney Frank Gittens appeared as
duty counsel for the 17-year-old while
the other accused was represented by
attorney Subhas Panday.
They were remanded into custody
and advised of their right to apply to a
judge in chambers for bail.
The matter was adjourned to March
A member of the Economic Development
Advisory Board is predicting a significant
increase in T&T's unemployment rate from
four per cent to 15 per cent this year. Pro-
fessor Karl Theodore explained that the
country's employment is aligned to the
energy sector and he drew a comparison
to the last major recession in 1982 when
unemployment went from 11 per cent to
22 per cent.
Theodore, who spoke at the first meeting
of the T&T Bipartite Forum at the Kapok
Hotel in Port-of-Spain yesterday, said:
"The country has to make up its mind
that it will not link its employment
levels...its current standard of living is
not to be linked with those energy (sector)
"If earnings are clipped with the energy
earnings then what you are saying is
when the earnings go down, we are pre-
pared to go down with it."
He also suggested that T&T follow
its Caricom counterparts and implement
an unemployment insurance scheme,
but warned that if not implemented
properly it could threaten the entire
system. He said, however, that there
is no harm in "starting the conversa-
"If you know for sure that there will
be people without a job...we have to be our
brother s keeper...We have to be smart as to how
to set up an unemployment scheme in this country
that does not put the National Insurance Board
in trouble," he said.
A Gasparillo man accused of unlawfully
killing 71-year-old pensioner Glenroy Barclay
was granted $90,000 bail when he appeared
in the San Fernando Magistrates Court yes-
Raphael Forbes, 54, did not have an attorney
when he appeared before Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Mark Wellington in the First Court.
It is alleged that he had an altercation with
Barclay at Rama s Mini Mart, Caratal Road, on
February 11, resulting in Barclay s death.
Forbes was subsequently arrested and charged
on Monday by WPC Janelle Ramsome of the
Homicide Bureau of Investigations South Region
3. When the magistrate inquired how Barclay
died, prosecutor Cleyon Seedan told him he
choked on his dentures. Forbes told the mag-
istrate he was unemployed and lived at Caratal
He was granted bail with clerk of the peace
approval to return to court on March 15.
$90,000 bail for
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