Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 15th 2017 Contents news A5
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Shortly after he finished his day's work,
Deryck "Chicken" Hinds was ambushed by
a bandit who shot him dead for his gold
A report said Hinds, 40, a father of one,
left his Thomas Street, San Fernando,
home around 7.15 pm to take a walk.
While walking along Medine Street, he was
approached by a man who demanded his
gold chain and cash. As Hinds lay bleeding
on the ground, the bandit ripped the chain
from his neck, took his wallet and ran off.
A relative said Hinds was a vendor along
High Street in San Fernando by day and
worked as a street cleaner with the San
Fernando City Corporation on afternoons.
They said that within a minute of leaving
home, they heard several gunshots and
saw someone running along the street. A
neighbour then ran to their home, informing
Hind's brother of the incident. Hinds was
taken to the San Fernando General Hospital
where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Mon Repos police and San Fernando CID
responded and processed the area but up to
yesterday, but no one was held.
Brandon Stephens, 25, was standing along
the Eastern Main Road in Valencia, around
2 am yesterday when two gunmen exited a
maxi taxi and opened fire on him.
The gunmen fled the scene and Stephen,
of Robinson Circular, Damarie Hill, Guaico,
Sangre Grande, succumbed to his injuries.
Around five hours earlier on Friday night
Godfrey Alexander, 25, was found dead,
slumped against his steering wheel car
of his car near the Santa Rosa Race Track,
Alexander, from Diego Martin, appeared
to have been shot several times about the
man in Penal
A man identified as Travis Ali was shot
in Penal by police officers on Friday night.
Police said they responded to a report that
the man was seen with a gun along the
road. When officers responded and called
on the man to drop the gun, he trained it
towards them and they opened fire.
The suspect was struck three times in his
stomach and was taken to the San Fernando
General Hospital where he remained
warded under police guard up to late
Marty the Zebra
dies at Zoo
Less than three months after being brought
into this country, Marty, one of two Zebras
residing at the Emperor Valley Zoo, has died.
The Zebras arrived in Trinidad from a Safari
Wildlife Conservation Ranch in Texas at the
end of July.
The male and female Zebras were just
under one year old when they arrived.
Yesterday, in a news release, the Emperor
Valley Zoo announced that the male Zebra
passed away at 2.30 am.
Marty, the zoo said, had been under
intensive care for the past two days and was
being monitored continuously by the zoo's
A necropsy is being undertaken over the
weekend to determine the cause of death.
In an attempt to protect "prob-
lem gamblers" from themselves,
the Government has proposed
the creation of a "self-exclusion
programme" where any listed
person who is found inside a
gambling facility can be charged
People who place their names
on the list also forego their
right to "collect any winnings
or recover any losses from any
gambling activity as a gambling
establishment for the duration
of the exclusion period".
The minimum length of the
exclusion period is six months
and comprises other brackets
including a lifetime ban.
To some this may seem a dras-
tic measure but according to ex-
perts dealing with individuals
trying to overcome gambling
addiction, these are the types
of initiatives that need to be un-
dertaken to help those seeking
help to have a ighting chance.
The Government is also pro-
posing the creation of the "Of-
ice of Responsible Gambling"
which is expected to assist
"problem gamblers and prevent
These initiatives are listed
among the existing regulations
related to the Gambling (Gam-
ing and Betting) Control Bill,
The Gambling (Gambling and
Betting) Control (Responsible
Gambling) Regulations 2015
is "intended to offer individu-
als one means to help address
problem gambling behaviour
or deter an individual with fam-
ily, religious or other personal
concerns from entering the
gambling area of a gambling
establishment or any area in
which gambling is conducted in
Trinidad and Tobago".
So what exactly is a 'problem
Well, according to the Gam-
bling (Gambling and Betting)
Control (Responsible Gambling)
Regulations 2015, a "problem
gambler" is "an individual who
believes their gambling behav-
iour is currently, or may in the
future without intervention,
cause problems in their life
or on the loves of their family,
friends, and/or co-workers".
While the illegality of casinos
and the shortage of tax revenue
are worrying to some, the issue
of gambling addiction is of a big-
ger concern to others.
There are currently no real
statistics with respect to the
number of individuals battling
gambling addiction in this
country, but according to those
dealing with individuals battling
addictions there are now more
people coming forward begging
for help to overcome gambling
rather than alcohol and drugs.
According to the University
College of London's Global sta-
tistics on addictive behaviours:
2014 status report, "Global esti-
mates of problem gambling are
not possible but in countries
where it has been assessed the
prevalence is estimated at 1.5
for help coming mostly from
Sherry Smith-Pierre, the ex-
ecutive director of the T&T Na-
tional Council on Alcoholism
and Other Addictions (TTNCA),
said the majority of requests for
assistance they have gotten over
the last two years have been for
gambling addiction rather than
alcohol or drugs.
"Over the last two years, I
have noted a trend and the
trend has been in terms of the
requests for information and
help it has been more for gam-
bling addiction," Smith-Pierre
Smith-Pierre said with the in-
crease in the requests for help
for gambling addiction coming
especially from Central and
South, the TTNCA has begun
reconsidering its approach to
Smith-Pierre said the irst step
was to get the person assessed
professionally to determine the
extent of the situation and also
help identify the "triggers".
"A lot of people who have
some sort of addiction do not
believe that they have an addic-
tion, they believe 'okay, I gam-
bled now, listen I can lay off of
this for a couple months and
start again'," she said.
Smith-Pierre said the prolifer-
ation of gaming and amusement
machines in the country was
fuelling the gambling addiction.
Members Clubs, bars with
gaming machines not
supervised by Govt
Speaking at the House of
Representatives on Thursday,
Finance Minister Colm Imbert
said there are between 20,000-
30,000 amusement gaming
machines, and 1,000 amuse-
ment roulette machines in bars
The amusement gaming ma-
chines have a maximum payout
Apart from these bars with
amusement machines the Fi-
nancial Action Task Force's
(FATF) 2009 report titled Vul-
nerabilities of Casinos and Gam-
ing Sectors noted that "while
there are no legal casinos oper-
ating in Trinidad, 72 registered
Private Members Clubs were
identi ied that operated like ca-
sinos" and that these establish-
ments are not supervised by the
"Because it is now right in
your face it is a temptation,"
Smith-Pierre said as she also
pointed out the increase in
draws for Play Whe.
On Wednesday night I won $223
dollars playing the slot machines
at a casino. By Thursday lunchtime,
I lost that money playing the slot
machines at a casino.
This week the Guardian on Sunday
looks at the issue of gambling
addiction, so I decided to go to a
casino to see exactly what is the true
It was just after 7 pm on
Wednesday when I walked into
a casino in Central thinking I was
probably too early. I was wrong, as
there were at least two dozen people
in the casino already. I made up my
mind that the most I could afford
to lose was $500. So that is all the
money I would bet for the night.
It was a bit unnerving seeing
all the machines. So after walking
around a bit I went to a slot machine
called Hoot Loot with the picture of
win money, so Hoot Loot it was.
I had no idea what I was doing and
lost my first $100. Then after putting
in a second $100 bill, I somehow
managed to get $400.50.
I cashed out with my $200 profit
and walked to another machine. I put
a $100 bill in Joe's Yard Games and
after playing a bit and cashed out
when I had $4 profit.
On the third machine, Pyramid
of the Kings, I put in another $100
bill but lost it in no time at all. Then,
with my final $100 bill for the night,
I played Jade Monkey and won
In all I spent $500 and won
$723.70. A difference of $223.70. In
less than an hour, I had made $200
So the next day at noon, I walked
into a casino in Port-of-Spain. There
were about two dozen people there
despite the fact it was a work day.
I saw a Jade Monkey machine and
hoped that my luck would continue
from the previous night.
I lost the $200 I won the night
before in less than 30 minutes.
(See Page A6)
The payouts received during a visit to a casino in Central on Wednesday.
PICTURE JOEL JULIEN
Man shot dead
for gold chain
EASY COME, EASY GO
gamblers from bad bet
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