Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 30th 2016 Contents RHONDOR DOWLAT
The nation of T&T needs to be
fixed from its head straight down
in light of its poor judicial sys-
These were the words of Pastor
Kelvin Bhagwandeen yesterday, as
he delivered a fiery, dynamic and
"real" message to the scores of
mourners who turned up to pay
their last respects to slain MTS
security guard Carlene Grant at
the Carapichaima Community
Grant, 45, was on night duty at
the Waterloo Community Centre
on Tuesday night when she was
confronted by a man who stabbed
then beat her with a sledgeham-
In delivering his sermon yes-
terday, Bhagwandeen, pastor of
the New Beginning House of
Praise, said it was a sad thing
where "straight forward" cases
enter the justice system and are
faced with many obstacles, includ-
ing long trial periods.
"Cases like this (referring to
Grant s murder) should not have
to go through no trial when there
is all the evidence and witnesses.
It is a sad thing when the courts
will decide to send them (accused
people) to St Ann s for evaluation
to determine if the person was
crazy or not. But they surely knew
how to premeditate on it," Bhag-
He questioned how many peo-
ple ever got prosecuted for their
crimes, adding in most cases years
pass and nothing comes out of the
matters, while grieving families
are not be able to get the justice
they truly deserve.
"When they write up that the
person is crazy, they will get a good
lawyer to get the person out. But
I tell you today, it is the act of the
Devil. I believe in when you do the
crime, you pay the time. I believe
in touch not the Lord s anointed.
We don t have to take revenge,
God will," he added.
Bhagwandeen said that it was
time for the country to get a wake
"The laws of the land are slack-
ing, but the laws of God are still
operating and they will never
People who tote the Holy Bible
and go to church also got a shake
up from the pastor. He said car-
rying a Bible in their hands and
dressing up to go to church will
not get them to heaven.
"What makes you a believer and
a child of God is your lifestyle.
Develop a praying relationship with
God. Your heart must be pure and
your mind must be fixed on God.
God will teach you not to hate
your neighbour but to love them,
so the more you pray in this coun-
try the less crime it will have,"
"There is no more sweet T&T.
The nation is crying and there is
need for a change, a turn around
of the country. No new political
party or new government can do
that. Humility is everything."
Bhagwandeen, who knew Grant
very well, described her as the
perfect example of how a parent
"She worked hard for her chil-
dren and encouraged them to pray
and go to church," he said.
In delivering the eulogy, Grant s
mother, Ingrid Driggs, said her
daughter always wanted to see her
Grant s daughter, Milikka,
meanwhile said the situation was
a hard one to face but promised
to always remember that special
joy that her mother had and gave
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The Ministry of Energy intends
to do an investigation into the
true state of the financial viability
of T&T s gas station industry, says
Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre.
Her statement comes on the
backdrop of a claim by president
of the Petroleum Dealers Associ-
ation, Robindranath Naraynsingh,
that 170 of the T&T s gas stations
were on the verge of collapse due
to poor profitability margins from
the sale of fuel.
"We certainly need to do an
investigation to determine the
extent of the problem and from
there we will decide what action
to take, if any," Olivierre told the
T&T Guardian in a telephone inter-
"I did in fact see a letter from
them indicating challenges with
the current margin, which has not
been changed for several years, but
it is something we have to discuss
with the Ministry of Finance."
Naraynsingh, who made the
comment while delivering the fea-
ture address to a small group of
dealers at a special meeting at
Kampo Restaurant, Chaguanas, on
Thursday, said he has pleaded with
Energy Minister to meet with the
association before the situation
Naraynsingh said over the last
two years over 20 gas stations had
closed down because they had been
operating at a loss.
When asked if she was surprised
by the state of the industry,
Olivierre repeated only a full scale
investigation by the Energy Min-
istry would determine what course
of action will be taken.
"I certainly need to verify if that
applies to all the players," she said.
Olivierre eyes probe of gas station industry
Pastor decries judiciary at slain guard's funeral
Nation is crying
cries as she
views the body
Planning and Development Min-
ister Camille Robinson-Regis is
insisting that the $57 million grant
from the European Union will be the
final payment to former Caroni
(1975) Ltd cane farmers, as compen-
sation for the closure of the sugar
industry in 2007.
Robinson-Regis said the farmers
were free to take legal action, adding
the Government will do what is had
to do also. The farmers are not expect-
ed to accept the money when it is
presented in a few weeks.
Robinson-Regis made the state-
ment at a conference at her Eric
Williams Finance Building, Port-of-
Spain office, in response to claims by
the former workers lawyer, Gerald
Ramdeen, that the Government had
betrayed them by promising to pay
only $57 million because they were
owed over $100 million.
Robinson-Regis said the leaders of
the four major unions representing
the workers had signed an agreement
in 2007 for the transition out of sugar
production with the then government.
She said that agreement resulted in
a restructuring expenditure of more
than $7 billion for the former workers
between 2007 and 2010 and the for-
mer workers received more than $82
million in 2007.
She said the former People s Part-
nership government, in January 2015,
"reopened the matter and came up
with another plan of action" and said
" that they will pay an additional $130
According to Robinson-Regis, the
cane farmers have already received
just over $24 million and the new
People s National Movement Gov-
ernment can pay what the EU had
deposited, which is a further $57 mil-
lion and that would be the final pay-
She said the initial agreement with
the EU contained no provision for
cash to be given to the former workers,
but for the funds to be used for other
objectives, including the retraining of
the former workers.
"The decision is to pay the cane
farmers in full and final settlement,
the sum of just over $57 million,"
Robinson-Regis added, noting she
did not think the Government was
being unfair to the former workers.
She said at the end of the day, the
former cane farmers would have
received a total compensation package
of more than $167 million. Just over
3,000 workers are to benefit from
this payment, she said, and the EU
will not be providing any additional
funds to the Government.
Earlier, Ramdeen said he will be
filing for judicial review in two weeks
to ensure Government pays the farm-
ers in full under the agreement
between the PP government and the
EU.He knocked Government for
"going behind the backs" of attorneys
to contact farmers privately, saying
on Thursday they were told Govern-
ment would pay them $57.9 million
on condition if they agreed to accept
this it would be a final settlement
and they would have to forego the
other $45 million owing. They were
also asked to put their confirmation
Ramdeen said the farmers have
instead told Government they would
accept the money without conditions
and were prepared to pursue their
claim for the other $45 million.
"So the farmers are standing their
ground," he emphasised.
No more $$ for ex-sugar
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