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Camille: UNC trying to
woo Marlene to Opposition
Stop inviting Marlene McDonald for
tea!The warning was issued by Plan-
ning and Development Minister
Camille Robinson-Regis to Opposition
members who she are accusing have
been desperately trying to court the
Port-of-Spain South MP to get her on
the Opposition bench.
Delivering her budget contribution
in Parliament on Thursday, Robin-
son-Regis, the Arouca Maloney MP
,said she just wanted to remind Op-
position MPs that despite their var-
ious calls to McDonald "to have tea
with them she is PNM, PNM, PNM,
PNM. So don't bother to call her to
Robinson-Regis said she wanted
the United National Congress MPs to
know that the PNM has "tea, cocoa,
juice, coffee and everything that is
needed. We even have zebapique. So
Madame Speaker she is safe on this
Robsinson-Regis said McDonald is a
PNM and will remain a die-hard PNM.
"Let me also say that the Mem-
ber for Diego Martin West (Dr Keith
Rowley) was also removed from a
Cabinet, if some of you remember...
and you see where he is now. Okay.
So stop calling her for tea. She doesn't
In July, McDonald was ired for the
second time from the Rowley's led
McDonald was sworn in on Fri-
day, June 30, at President House, St
Ann's, but became the subject of con-
troversy as she was accompanied to
her swearing in ceremony by Cedric
Burke, who was in 2011 arrested and
charged under the anti-gang law.
Crackdown on illegal
vending in PoS
Vendors in downtown Port-of-Spain are complaining
of the actions of the Port-of-Spain City Corporation
in clamping down on them.
Hours after the vendors complained of the action
during a T&T Police Service (TTPS) town meeting on
the Brian Lara Promenade on Wednesday night, of-
icers of the corporation's independent police force
held an exercise targeting illegal vending the next
In an interview, Bernadette Cornwall, a newspa-
per vendor, who has been operating at the corner of
Henry Street and Independence Square for over 26
years, claimed she was unfairly targeted.
"I turn my back and they just pick up everything
and throw everything in the back of the truck. If they
had told me to move it, I would have," Cornwall said.
Cornwall said because of the move she is not sure
if she could continue selling over the weekend as she
was now forced to pay a $1,150 in order to get back
her stall, stool and unsold newspapers.
"Right now I'm stranded I have no money to buy
papers in the morning," she said.
She also claimed that in the past newspaper ven-
dors were exempt from action taken against illegal
Speaking at the meeting, president of the Down-
town and Independence Square Vendors Associa-
tion, O'Neil Benjamin questioned the release fee.
"They just seize our stuff and charge us this tax. It
is not like they are locking us up and charging us for
illegal vending," Benjamin said.
Describing the fee as arbitrary, Benjamin said
many times vendors refused to pay it as their items
such as stands and coolers were not worth as much.
Head of the Port-of-Spain Division Senior Supt Flo-
ris Hodge-Grif ith said she could not respond to the
action and fee as it was within the purview of the
corporation and its police force.
When contacted, Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Mar-
tinez explained that the move was based on a deci-
sion by the corporation's council to crack down on
"I don't know what would have been the previous
mayor's position but vending in the city has gotten
out of hand and we are trying to regulate it," Mar-
He went on: "Order has to occur and we are try-
ing to clean up the streets and make Port-of-Spain a
better city. Yes we are going to tolerate some vending
but at the same time, the vendors need to be mindful
Martinez stated that the Port-of-Spain Market had
been renovated to accommodate additional vendors
but many refused to relocate.
Responding to the fee for release of the vending
apparatus, Martinez said it was another decision
taken by the council.
"The fee is imposed by the corporation because
there is a cost to the police in picking up the items
and impounding the stuff. Just as with wrecking
there is a fee, the council has imposed one for this,"
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