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FORMER STEEL WORKERS
STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
On March 11, 2016 ArcelorMittal
shut the doors on its steel operations
in T&T throwing 644 workers on the
Garcia Mary: Trinidad need to go
back to cocoa and coffee production.
Even aloes and peppers. Great need
for these products in America. Mex-
ico is doing good selling avocados to
America. Plant food, people. Trin-
idad should have made a trade deal
with Popeye's and KFC, to use locally
grown chicken and potatoes for true
foods. Ppl are saying the chicken is
so small does not always look like
Ryan Steinberg Jr: Here is an
educated man willing to go into di-
versifying his job but nothing to help
him. All oil producing over the world
have been impacted and I agree
with that. But these countries have
benefits to help the people that are
affected by layoffs. We have nothing
in place to help people. In 1986 af-
ter the economy crash government
said this would never happen again
they will prepare for such downfalls.
Thirty years later still nothing is
done. We are a small nation with lots
of wealth but have seen government
squander away the wealth, both
present and past. They live only for
today never tomorrow.
Kelvin CB Ramnath Jr: No em-
ployment is being created.
Arielle Holdip: Its just like the
coal workers in the US bawling. The
world is changing. The energy in-
dustry had their time, now people
are more climate conscious. We all
need to adapt and evolve, not com-
plain and bawl.
fined for illegal entry
Two men, a Chinese and a Guy-
anese, were each fined $5,000 yes-
terday after appearing on separate
charges of illegal entry into the
country and possession of a tam-
Gerald Mejias: Only two?
Pamela De Costa: ... and they are
being deported when?
Derick Bhupsingh: So they are
still allowed to stay?
Charmaine Carvalho: Only
$5000? What a joke.
Visesh Lall: What about the flood
of Venezuelans? Or are they here as
part of the gas deal?
Nicole Caesar: Charged then
what? Released into the general pop-
In a strange twist, Yousuf Hosein,
whose eight-year-old son was in-
jured by an alleged bully at a denom-
inational school in Carapichaima,
is now pleading for leniency for the
Alana Adriann Offei: Well done
dad, although your son was injured
you still found time to forgive the
child. Wish a lot of parents had a
forgiving heart like you. May God
Muslimah Hijabi: True example
of Islam and what it teaches. With
everything that is happening today,
this dad makes me proud to say that I
am a Muslim...this is our way. Kudos
dad, well done.
Shahida Phillip: You are sure
right. I am not a Muslim but what
he did was definitely because of the
principles Islam teaches.
Harry Ramharack: Do you fix a
problem by creating a bigger prob-
lem? The bully needs healing at a
level deeper than the victim. For-
giveness, mercy and compassion are
the qualities that make you human.
Andrew Gioannetti: You think
the bully really cares for forgiveness?
Probably leniency but not forgive-
ness. The victim's parent should not
have a say in how the bully is disci-
Mahadeo Sookoo: Religion has
nothing to do with it. If the bully is
not made to accept responsibilities
for his actions then we should stop
Malti Ramnarine: Great you are
sir, for if it was me, I don't think I
could've been this forgiving.
Lydia Salazar-John: Kudos to
you dad...let's assist this young lad!
Penny coin drive soon
The Central Bank will soon launch
a coin redemption drive to give the
public an opportunity to redeem
their one cent coins in preparation
for elimination of the coins.
Derick Bhupsingh: Several
countries have done similar, good
Gregory Jordan-Cooper: It
costs more money to make a one cent
piece than it's worth. Don't give me
sentimental reasons for keeping it:
walk on any street in T&T and you'd
find at least $0.50 in one cent pieces
on the ground after a few minutes.
Luisa Deonarine: So, no more
9.99 in the supermarket or any-
where? Because without the penny I
can't have a dollar.
John Mandu: This will save the
bank cash. How's it saving consum-
Carla Noel: Can't wait cause as
a cashier when I run out and have to
wait for Almagamated to come, them
customers does get on stupid and
demand it. So good riddance, can't
wait. I feel I throwing a party. Let me
see them get on for a cent now.
Natasha Douglas: I have sooo
Flashback February 2016: Retrenched ArcelorMittal workers protest at the Point
Lisas Roundabout. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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