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Claxton fishermen yesterday
refuted claims that the fish in
the Gulf of Paria is unsafe for
In what they described as a fish
war, the fishermen said they strong-
ly believe that the environmental
group, Fishermen and Friends of
the Sea's (FFOS) call for a "state
of emergency" on the Gulf of Paria
fisheries is over exaggerated and
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday at the Claxton Bay Fishing
Bay, fisherman Sheldon Beepath said
the fish they catch on a daily basis
in the Gulf is very healthy and very
safe to eat.
"We eat the same fish that we
catch on a daily basis and none of
us aint end up in the hospital yet
with any kind of sickness. I don't
know what some people are up to,
trying to meddle in our business,"
Another fisherman, Deosaran Bas-
deo, 53, said he has been fishing in
the Gulf for almost all his life and
said he has never known the fish
there to be unhealthy in one way
or another, "this is just not true.
Maybe people have agendas but we
have been fishing here for decades
and eating the same fish."
Earlier this week, FFOS corporate
secretary, Gary Aboud, in a media
release, said that the number of dead
dolphins discovered in the La Brea
area recently was unusually high.
Aboud said that the Mosquito
Creek and point Fortin areas in the
Gulf of Paria was heavily impacted
by the 2013 oil spills and added that
the chemical Corexit which was used
to clean the spills caused thousands
of marine animals to wash ashore
He noted that the fish from the
affected areas must not be caught
or sold until the cause of death of
various species are determined and
the area cleaned up.
Aboud called for continuous test-
ing to ensure that fish from the area
are safe for human consumption.
on car theft charges
An eight-month preg-
nant woman yesterday ap-
peared in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court charged
with stealing a Mitsubishi
The defence attorney repre-
senting Sharice Joseph, 23, who
has a pending firearm and am-
munition charge, asked that she
be granted her own bail because
she had no relatives in court.
The request was denied.
Instead, Senior Magistrate
Nanette Forde-John granted
her $75,000 bail with clerk of
the peace approval and a cash
bail alternative of $15,000.
Joseph, of Waterloo Road,
Arouca, was not called upon to
enter a plea to the charge which
alleged that she stole the car val-
ued $89,000, belonging to Pre-
manth Samjahawan on March 19
at Rahaman Development, Gulf
View Link Road, La Romaine.
She was arrested in St Joseph
on April 1 and charged by WPC
Rajkumar on Tuesday.
Court prosecutor Cleyon
Seedan could not assist the court
on whether she had a criminal
record because the police were
unable to conduct a fingerprint
trace on her.
However, her lawyer, Chantal
Paul, said she had no conviction,
but a pending matter for posses-
sion of a firearm and ammuni-
tion in the Arima Magistrates'
Court. The lawyer said in
that matter Joseph was ar-
rested along with an entire
Paul asked the magis-
trate to grant her own bail
or bail with an "open name
surety" as no one was present
to produce their identification
card to the court.
The magistrate said she could
only grant her surety bail in
someone's name if that person
is in court.
The matter was adjourned to
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Principal of the Mayaro
Government Primary School
Andy Paul has not been sus-
pended from duty.
The Ministry Education said
in a statement yesterday that
Paul had been instructed by the
Teaching Service Commission
(TSC) to "cease to report for du-
ties while an investigation into
the circumstances surrounding
the injury suffered by the stu-
dent, is being investigated."
This is in accordance with
provisions of Regulation 88 of
the Public Service Commission
Regulations Chapter 1:0.
The T&T Guardian was told
that on the basis of a report by
a school supervisor, Paul was
written to by the TSC and told
to proceed on immediate leave
pending an investigation.
This followed a bullying inci-
dent at the school on February 1
in which a Standard One student
suffered a broken arm.
The ministry said it has no au-
thority to "make appointments
or promotions and transfer, nei-
ther to confirm appointments,
or to remove and exercise dis-
ciplinary actions over members
of the teaching service."
The statement continued:
"This responsibility has been
reserved to the Teaching Ser-
vice Commission according to
Section 125 of the Constitution
of the Republic of Trinidad and
The ministry further ex-
plained: "Suspension is a form
of disciplinary action that is
taken against an officer who
has been found guilty of mis-
Paul will be given every op-
portunity to state his position
on the incident at the school and
at this time no guilt has been
attributed to him, the ministry
Sources said there is a con-
cern that the TSC acted hastily
and there should have been a
Primary school principals
are wearing black in support
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