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lots or be
Property owners are being urged
to use the national clean up
campaign as an opportunity
toclearvacant lots and discard
derelict vehicles,or face stiff
and Local Government
Minister Kazim Ho-
sein issued the warning
as the campaign moved
into Siparia over the
"We have demolished
a lot of dilapidated build-
ings, removed more than
500 derelict vehicles. In
Laventille alone we re-
moved 200 vehicles. We
have cleaned endless water
courses and Cepep came in and
cleaned several vacant lots," the
"But I keep asking owners of
cles to come
out and be
part of the
their lots on
said if by the
end of cam-
paign there are
lots and derelict
vehicles creating health hazards in commu-
nities, their owners will be charged.
"I will be mandating the public health inspector
and litter wardens to go out there to ensure that
the job is done," he said
Hosein, who spoke at the Irwin Park Sporting
Facility before the start of the clean-up exercisein
the area, called on Siparia Regional Corporation
chairman Dr GlennRamadharsinghto collab-
orate with education stakeholders, business-
es and other interested parties to launch an
outreach programme in schools on proper
"We see people throwing KFC boxes out
ofcars and dumping mattresses, old stoves and refrig-
erators in rivers," he said, as he called for an end to that
type of behaviour.
Among those supporting the Siparia leg of the clean
up campaign were Fyzabad MP Dr Lackram Bodoe, La
Brea MP Nicole Olivierre, Oropouche West MP Vid-
iaGayadeen-Gopeesingh, among with volunteers from
the police youth group, the Civil-
ian Conservation Corps, re-
and several NGOs.
$15,000 lost on Avenue
Day on Aria-
pita Avenue on
Friday night, one
woman was fran-
tically searching for
her makeup bag con-
It was the luck of the
Irish for Tamica McKnie,
who was able to recover
the bag which fell out in
front of an establishment
called The Factory.
Her boyfriend, a lotto
booth operator, had closed
up the business for the day
and handed over approxi-
mately $15,000 to Mcknie
for safekeeping when they
stopped on Ariapita Ave-
nue to purchase gyros
around 9.20 pm.
Mcknie said she put
the cash into her makeup
bag when they parked and
assumed the bag was safely
hidden inside their vehicle.
However, when they got to
their Santa Cruz home she was
unable to find her makeup bag
containing the cash.
The 27-year-old began fran-
tically searching the vehicle and
recalled the last time she saw the
bag was right before they came
out of the the vehicle on Ariapita
She insisted they return to the spot
where they parked, hoping her make-
up bag would still be there.
On reaching the Avenue, Mcknie
recognized some patrons from The
Factory who were there earlier.
"I ran inside and began asking them
if they saw a makeup bag on the ground
or anything, but they couldn't under-
stand what I was saying,"she said.
She was then was directed to floor
manager Ronald Maraj who told
Mcknie they had recovered a make-
up bag from a homeless man earlier.
Maraj said: "We were working the
floor when we saw a homeless man
standing in front of our business place
He had what looked like a purse and
we saw him pelt it into the air.
That was when makeup and money
began falling all over the place."
Maraj thought the bag was stolen
and immediately instructed one of his
workers, Malik Pierre, to retrieve the
purse from the homeless man.
Pierre said he waited for the home-
less man to turn his back before picking
up the cash and purse.
On inspection, Pierre and Maraj
found a large sum of cash inside the
bag and entrusted it to their supervisor
as they made plans to make a report at
the nearby Woodbrook Police Station.
That was when Mcknie ran in ask-
ing if anyone had found a makeup bag
Maraj said he asked Mcknie for
her identification card as well as to
describe the bag and its contents to
ensure she was the owner.
He was then able to hand over the
bag with $15,000.
Thanking the staff for their kindness
and honesty, Mcknie said she was ex-
tremely grateful to find the bag.
"At a time when this country needs
some good news, I feel happy to know
there are still very good people in Trin-
idad," she said.
Floor manager Ronald Maraj said:
"I honestly thought the bag was sto-
len and wanted to ensure we did the
right thing. I feel good that my mother
brought me up the right way."
Money recovered PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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