Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 10th 2016 Contents A "PH" taxi driver was robbed by two pas-
sengers in Montrose, Chaguanas, early yes-
At around 12.20 am, Rennie Ramnath was
hired by two men who asked to be taken to
Chaguanas and said they would pay $80 for
In the vicinity of De Verteuil Street,
Chaguanas, one of the men pointed a
knife at Ramnath and ordered him to
hand over his valuables, which included
$1000 and his Nokia cellphone.
The men they forced Ramnath out
of the vehicle and drove off in it.
Investigations are continuing.
Despite an economic recession and other
challenging circumstances, Professor Ann
Marie Bissessar, dean of the Faculty of Social
Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI),
St Augustine, yesterday encourages graduates
to keep on fighting to make society a better
"You have done your part. This is the gen-
eration we look upon. Devaluation, when you
go out there, will be a thing of the past. Reces-
sions will be a thing of the past. Poor work
ethic will be a thing of the past. Why? Because
you are there and have learnt and know what
to do," she said.
Bissessar spoke yesterday evening at the
award ceremony for the Faculty of Social Sci-
ences. Guardian Media donated awards for the
event and B.Sc. Psychology students Dominique
Reverand and Therese Wong received prizes
for being the most outstanding students.
Guardian Media was also sponsored the
special prize for marketing which was awarded
to Anna Persad.
Bissessar urged then students to "blaze
the trail" and to put into practice what they
had learnt at UWI.
"We want you to remember proudly who
you are. You are the chosen ones. You will
forge the path of this country. I hope you
blaze the trail and say that you are a former
student of UWI and of the Faculty of Social
Sciences. We want you to be our
"We want you to be the best our
society and region could have," she
She said the Faculty of Social
Sciences has over 5,000 students,
one third of the UWI population.
A 53-year woman was killed and her hus-
band is in serious condition at hospital fol-
lowing an attack at their Munroe Road,
Cunupia home on Saturday night.
The assailants slit the throats of Jenny
Ragbir and Dexter Springer and left them
Police said at around 9.40 pm, a relative
of the victims saw two men leaving Ragbir s
apartment. The relative went downstairs and
one of the men pointed a firearm at her
before jumping over a wall on the northern
side of the house.
The relative found Ragbir and Springer
lying on the floor in a room. They were both
taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where
Ragbir succumbed to her injuries. Springer
was taken to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex where he remains ward-
ed in serious condition.
Sgt Corbette, Noel, King, Cpl Ramoutar
and officers from the Cunupia Police
Station visited the scene.
The body was removed to the San
Fernando Mortuary and an autopsy
will be done today at the Forensic
Science Centre in St James.
Officers from Region Three Homi-
cide are continuing investigations.
The illegal tobacco trade continues to hurt
the legitimate tobacco industry as well as
Government revenue, says Sir Ronnie Flana-
gan, former chief of Northern Ireland Police.
"The problem in T&T has grown over the
past five years. Sometimes this can be linked
to the economic health of a country. Sometimes
when an economy suffers, the incentives to
ordinary people to use illegal products, those
incentives are increased.
"The United Kingdom Government loses 2
billion British pounds annually in taxes through
the illicit tobacco trade," he said.
Flanagan served as chief of Northern Ireland s
Police from 1996 to 2002. After the United
States invasion of Iraq, he served as an advisor
to the newly formed Iraqi police service and
was also appointed to the International
Cricket Council s Anti Corruption and Secu-
rity Unit in 2010.
He spoke to the T&T Guardian in an
exclusive interview at the Trinidad Hilton
Hotel and Conference Centre, St Ann s,
about the transition from trafficking
drugs to the illicit trade in tobacco.
"Many serious organised crime
groups have moved away from dealing
in drugs to dealing in illicit materials,
including tobacco," he said.
"We must stop them from thinking
that dealing in the illicit trade is high
Flanagan gave the example of tobacco
being manufactured in Asia and illegally
brought into the Caribbean.
"Sometimes it is a legitimate product that
has been smuggled and other times it is illicit
material made in factories for the purpose of
being sold illegally.
"The legitimate tobacco industry does not
want people under 18 smoking. The criminals
do not care what age people are, who use these
products," he said.
Earlier this yea, West Indian Tobacco Com-
pany Limited (Witco) chairman Anthony Phillip
spoke on the issue at a release of the company s
financial results. He said there is a trend globally
toward "commoditisation of tobacco products,"
which has opened the door to the rise in illicit
"Illegal cigarettes are estimated at 23.77 per
cent of total consumption in the Central Amer-
ican and Caribbean region and generates losses
of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes which
should accrue to the region s governments," he
Phillip called for steps to be taken to avoid
breaches in border control which contribute to
this illegal activity.
While he acknowledged that the tobacco
industry was a controversial one, he said Witco
operated in a responsible manner and ensures
compliance with business and guiding princi-
ples, as well as the laws of T&T.
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