Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 21st 2016 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
One day after National
Reforestation workers protest-
ed for the second time over
unpaid salaries, Agriculture
Minister Clarence Rambharat
is promising they will be paid
by August 26.
Responding to queries from
the T&T Sunday Guardian,
Rambharat said pay
sheets for the workers
are being processed.
Some 2,300 workers
have not been paid for
six consecutive fort-
On August 12, after
one group of workers
sent out an appeal to
Rambharat for their
monies, he said the pay
sheets were being
Yesterday, he reiterat-
ed this, stating: "Pay sheets
are being processed by the
ministry. I have assured the
workers that all payments will
be completed by August 26,
Asked whether the salaries will be paid in a lump sum
or in increments, Rambharat said: "After each payroll is
processed, payment will be sent to the bank, so it's in
"Reforestation workers have different pay dates. All are
not paid on the same fortnight...so payrolls for each fortnight
are processed and payment sent to the banks for distribution
On Friday, approximately 30 of the workers staged a
protest on San Fernando Hill calling for their salaries to be
They complained that they were unable to buy food for
their families, pay utility bills, or buy books for the upcoming
August 21, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Scores of people braved rain yes-
terday and turned up at Lions Civic
Centre in Port-of-Spain for the T&T
Strongman Contest and Health Expo.
In the spotlight were 12 contenders
vying for $10,000 first prize.
Ingrid from Arima said she came
mainly because of the health aspect
of the event.
She said Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley's recent appeal to men to take
care of their health ought to be heeded,
as good health does not necessarily
mean having a six pack and muscles.
"It's just an added bonus seeing
those strongmen flipping tyres and
pulling trucks, people going to the
booths and asking questions. I think
be healthy, rather than just look good,"
Ian Francis said he had booked his
appointment with the T&T Cancer
Society just last week.
He urged men to let go of their
reservations over the nature of the
tests, and look instead at its benefits.
The tests include results determined
through blood tests and a physical
examination of the prostate gland by
"Any test that will help my health
and offer me longevity, I would do and
encourage my family and friends as
well," he said.
Booths included a range of health
and wellness distributors, gyms from
across the country, as well the
Alzheimer's Association of T&T, the
Voice of Lupus Foundation, the North
West Regional Health Authority and
Of the 12 competitors, four were
from the neighbouring Caribbean
island of Grenada.
By half-time, Grenadian Calvin
Romain was in the lead competing
against fellow Grenadians Marcus
Alexander, Raedon Gill and Dominic
Pierre, as well as T&T's Roger Lakhan,
Roodal Satraj, Amrit Ramlogan, Krish-
na Lutchman, Vishal Singh, Viroon
Lutchman and Jean Claude De Gannes.
The men amazed spectators with
their endurance and strength in events
which included the Truck Pull, Tyre
Flip, Dead Lift, Farmers Walk and a
The show was co-hosted by North
11 Concepts and SICL, a consultancy
The manager of a mobile phone outlet is due to appear
before a Sangre Grande magistrate tomorrow charged
with embezzlement of $145,000.
The female suspect, of Brooklyn Settlement, Sangre
Grande, was charged on Friday evening after police received
instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions. It
is alleged that she could not account for $145,000 from
the week's sales to the managing director of the store who
reported the matter to the police
Detectives from the Sangre Grande CID led by Sgt
Christopher Fuentes and including Ag Cpls Ashook Mootilal,
Randy Castillo, WPCs Ria Timothy, Leslie-ann Dominique
and Joanne Jackson conducted investigations which led
to the arrest of the 40-year-old woman.
Sangre Grande store
"Pay sheets are
being processed by
the ministry. I have
assured the workers
that all payments
will be completed by
August 26, 2016."
salaries will be paid
"After each payroll is
will be sent to the
bank, so it's in
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