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ANSA McAL brings
Rienzi medal home
The ANSA McAL Group
is bringing trade union
leader Adrian Cola Rienzi s
Order of the Republic of
T&T (ORTT) medal back
home, after its bid on the
e-commerce website, eBay,
was accepted yesterday.
The conglomerate had bid
US$25,000 for the medal,
which was posthumously
awarded to Rienzi and put
on a seven-day auction by
a Canadian company on March 4, and was still
chosen although there were higher bidders.
In a release yesterday, the group's chairman and
chief executive, A Norman Sabga, said: "Despite
the incidence of higher bids on the eBay site, ANSA
McAL secured the agreement of the store, Crawford
Coin Stamp Militaria in Vancouver, British Colom-
bia, to pull down the auction and recognise our
initial bid. This move has ensured that the historic
piece will be duly returned to our nation in preser-
vation of its bestowed honour and dignity."
Sabga said Crawford's agreed to close all other
bids given the historic significance of the medal.
"We came to an agreement with the owner of
the store that given the historic significance of the
medal and in consideration of ANSA McAL's noble
intention to reclaim the award on behalf of Trinidad
and Tobago, all other bids would be closed," Sabga
He added: "I am filled with pride and joy that
we were able to ensure that this cherished national
award will soon be on its way back to T&T. There
are many moments in my life when I have felt we
have done something really worthwhile but nothing
can outmatch this by the sheer significance of its
national patrimonial value and meaning."
The was awarded posthumously to Rienzi by
the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration in 2012
and collected by his son, Robert Abidh-Waugh.
Unconfirmed reports state Abidh-Waugh died on
Mother's Day 2013 and the medal was passed on
to his wife Lori Abidh-Waugh.
The seller also included the original award doc-
ument, signed by former President George Maxwell
Richards and stamped with the presidential seal.
On Tuesday, hours after President Anthony Car-
mona issued a statement saying he was distraught
at the prospect of someone peddling the symbol
of our national honour and pride, ANSA McAL
announced its decision to bid for the medal.
At 11.28 am yesterday, the medal had a total of
nine bids placed by five different bidders and the
countdown clock had a total of one day, ten hours
and 28 minutes left. The bidding war had sent the
price of the medal up to US$31,300 by March 9.
However, after Crawford's made the agreement
with ANSA McAL yesterday it closed the bidding
on eBay and the bid was marked as "won" by the
chairman A Norman
In the midst of a police
investigation into the rape of a
29-year-old autistic woman,
her saviour, who rescued her
from a home where she was
attacked, is also calling for her
caregiver to be jailed for failing
to report the incident.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
of Goodwill Industries of the
West Indies, Barbara Alleyne,
made the call yesterday after
relating the story of how the
woman, who has the mental
capacity of a seven-year-old
child, was raped by a man after
she was left alone at the Arima
home on February 29. The care-
giver then kept the incident
secret until she was exposed.
Alleyne also called on Gov-
ernment and those in authority
to do their part to ensure that
the disabled are properly pro-
tected and that perpetrators face
the full brunt of the law.
It was reported that the care-
giver is not registered and looks
after disabled people "from
time-to-time," for which she is
paid by the families.
"This lady takes in people
who can physically help them-
selves more or less but does not
have the mental capacity to really
relate," Alleyne said.
Alleyne, who runs a school
which caters to children with
special needs, said she was hor-
rified by the victim's ordeal.
Alleyne said she got a text
message from the victim's
mother, who lives in England,
informing her about the alleged
rape. She said when she called
the caregiver she denied knowl-
edge of the incident and insisted
no one come to the home.
Alleyne when she arrived in
Arima that afternoon she parked
a short distance away from the
home because she did not want
She then drove to the Arima
Police Station where she was
told to go to the Maloney station
instead, as there was a special
unit there to handle such mat-
ters. She then drove back to the
caregiver's home and parked a
short distance away.
It was only after other people
who also heard about the inci-
dent began calling the caregiver
and telling her that "police com-
ing" that she handed over the
victim to Alleyne.
But the victim was put in fur-
ther distress after being threat-
ened by the caregiver.
"When the victim was in the
back seat of my car the woman
(caregiver) told her in my pres-
ence, If you say anything the
police will lock you up, they
would not come for me.'
"The poor woman, who had
already gone through hell, now
had more fear instilled in her,"
Alleyne told the T&T Guardian.
She said that on the advice
of the police the victim was
taken to the Arima Health Facil-
ity to be medically examined but
because of victim's limited
speech capability an interview
with the police was challenging.
Alleyne also knocked the District
Medical Officer (DMO) for a lack
"The police don't even know
how to interview her. They
brought a DMO to examine her...
that can't even be considered
an examination," Alleyne relat-
ed.The victim has now been
placed in another home at Mt
Lambert and is expected to
undergo an HIV test today as
ordered by the DMO.
Saying the incident had left
her "despondent and fed up,"
Alleyne questioned the effec-
tiveness of the law when it came
to such victims.
"Through what kind of eyes
are they looking with it? What
kind of assistance would they
give? They must revisit what
they have for children with dis-
abilities," she said.
"They keep saying they have
Children's Authority and all of
that and they have nothing to
give you to deal with these prob-
"You say you have psychol-
ogists and psychiatrists and you
don't. You have psychiatrists
over medicating children... you
can't have little children walking
around like zombies," she added.
She said far too often lip-ser-
vice instead of action was meted
out to society's most vulnera-
ble.But Alleyne said her confi-
dence was boosted after head
of the Victim and Witness Sup-
port Unit, Margaret Sampson-
Browne, got involved in the mat-
ter after being told of the
incident by the T&T Guardian.
Sampson-Browne assured the
incident would be fully probed.
"Once the matter comes to
us we will be addressing it with
full force... in fact double force.
Rape is rape no matter what,"
"I have investigated a matter
where the girl was 17 and she
was operating in the mind of an
eight-year-old. There is a system
where we were able to get the
relevant specialist persons to
come and give the evidence and
were able to get a conviction
based on that," she added.
Foreign call alerts of rape in caregiver's home
plant at Point Fortin
is owned and operated
by Seven Seas Water
and not Desalcott as
stated in an article
published on Page
A10 in yesterday s edi-
The plant currently
produces 4.6 million
gallons of water a day
Fired ArcelorMittal workers celebrate outside Industrial Court on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday,
after winning their case against the company. The court fined the company $24,000 and ordered it to pay
their salaries for the period when they were laid off. See page A7. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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