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Children do the Gangnam Style dance at the bmobile Just Dance tent during the We Beat Treat for Kids at
the St James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
DANCING TO 'WE BEAT'
Secretary general of the Commu-
nications Workers' Union (CWU)
Joseph Remy is calling on the Gov-
ernment and Telecommunications
Authority to prevent the acquisition
of Flow by Cable and Wireless.
Remy made the call at a press con-
ference at the CWU Hall in Port-of-
Spain yesterday, as he made reference
to a recent report by the Caricom
Competition Commission relative to
the deal, which noted that such an
acquisition would not be beneficial
to the region.
The report, Remy added, had also
launched an investigation into the
"The commission has decided, as
preliminary investigation, that there
is enough evidence to launch an inves-
tigation into the acquisition because
of the impact that it is going to have
on the competitive forces in the
Caribbean region, particularly in the
eastern Caribbean countries," Remy
"We want to make a call to our local
regulators, the Telecommunications
Authority, particularly now that there
is a new board...to review its permis-
sion it would have given Cable and
Wireless over several months now."
He said for the past two to three
years CWU has been condemning the
acquisition because it was deemed a
conflict of interest by the union.
"While T&T may be seen as an area
of competitive forces in the wider
Caribbean region, we were going to
return to a monopolistic style of oper-
ation," he said.
"What has happened by the com-
mission s call vindicated the CWU
and we were on target in challenging
that acquisition. In the face of that
investigation there should not be any
regulatory approval for anything to
do with that acquisition, particularly
as it relates to the T&T market."
He alleged there was a certain indi-
vidual who had free reign in the
telecommunication sector in the
region, saying there was also a "dec-
imation of the workforce" throughout
the eastern Caribbean.
"What has happened is there has
been a massive job cut throughout
the region and it has also returned
some of the islands to a monopolistic
style of operation, because what you
have now is Cable and Wireless alone
and we are demanding some sort of
intervention by the regional govern-
ments, particularly now, because we
are convinced there was a blatant con-
flict of interest with respect to the
acquisition," Remy said.
Saying that telecommunications
was critical to any country s economic
survival, he said it was the nexus of
the diversification and modernisation
of any economy.
Remy said this country s telecom-
munications space must not be
manipulated for personal interest by
those who were not regional people.
In fielding questions from the
media, Remy said the approval has
not yet been completed and main-
tained there was room for the
Telecommunication Authority to
review the acquisition. He warned
that if the transaction was to be com-
pleted the country would have to brace
for more job losses.
"The social conscious does not exist
with those companies. We don t want
another ArcelorMittal to resurface in
T&T," Remy said.
He also alleged that multinational
companies had the capacity to tap
into data, resulting in possible breach-
es in national security.
"It is easy to manipulate something
if you are in total control of it," Remy
Remy warns of job cuts; begs Govt
of Flow by CW
Fire officers were called in
to help cool down a leaking
furnace at Carib Glassworks
According to reports, around
10 am, workers at the company
contacted the Fire Service after
a furnace at the Champs Fleurs
property developed a leak.
While the workers were able
to shut the furnace down they
needed assistance to stem the
flow of molten glass leaking out.
Fire tenders and water trucks
from fire stations as far as
Chaguaramas and Chaguanas
were summoned to the scene
and dozens of fire officers spent
several hours spraying the liquid
glass, which has a temperature
of over 1500°C.
In an interview with reporters
as his officers were still at work,
assistant Chief Fire Officer Sie-
unarine Ramsaran said they had
managed to bring the situation
under control before it spread
to the nearby Carib Brewery.
"We are in the process of
cooling it down so that the glass
would seal the furnace on its
own," Ramsaran said.
He said after the leak was
fully plugged the company
would have to wait for over a
week for the furnace to cool
before a maintenance team
could assess the damage and
No one was injured in the
Investigations are continuing.
Firefighters help cool
furnace leak at Carib Glass
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