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The Vice-President of the Inter-Island
Truckers Association Samuel Applewhite
says the conditions for truck drivers
using the inter-island cargo vessel the
Cabo Star have been “degraded.”
He now plans to compose a calypso
to highlight his concerns about what is
happening in the hope that those in au-
thority will realise what they are going
Speaking to the T&T Guardian, Apple-
white said he was concerned that the
Government was paying more money for
the Cabo Star than what it paid for the
Superfast Galicia, “but this boat that we
using now has reduced us to vagrants.
There is no sleeping accommodation
and we are being forced to sleep on the
ground, there is nothing to eat on the
Applewhite said he is hoping that his
calypso will get airplay and “bring atten-
tion to the situation. When you go on the
boat you have to sleep on the ground.
How could the Government bring some-
thing for the people and you have to sleep
on the ground as the accommodation?”
Applewhite said the trip which took
four hours on the Galicia “is now seven
and eight hours, you have nothing to eat
and no place to sleep, when they bring-
ing a vessel it should have these basic
amenities. It is a call for the government
to let the vessel go and whatever they
bring should come with proper accom-
The first three verses of the calypso, he
said, were written in 1986 and the fourth
in 2017. But he said he believes that the
entire song holds as true today as it did
in 1986 when he wrote it, “every month
you hear people going home, what they
supposed to do to make a living?”
The additional money the Government
paying for a vessel “they could have saved
and used it to save some jobs,” he said.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in lo-
cating a Dominican Republic national wanted for
attempted murder and arson.
According to police, the suspect, Juan Morales
has been on the run after a violent domestic in-
cident on December 5.
He is being sought in connection with the
chopping of Rosey Saunders-Morales and the as-
sault against Saunders-Morales’ twin daughters
Shamaryah and Shemaryah Saunders at their St
Saunders-Morales told the T&T Guardian she
remains concerned about her safety and that of
She said Morales has been spotted in various
parts of Trinidad, even showing up at her church
in Arouca on three occasions looking for her.
The Police Service is asking anyone with infor-
mation that may lead to the arrest of Morales to
Two men suspected of being involved in a num-
ber recent bank burglaries have been released by
The suspects who were arrested last week and
spent a week in the custody were released last
Friday because police had insufficient evidence
to charge them with any offence.
The string of burglaries began on July 16, when
the Cunupia branch of Scotiabank was targetted.
The thieves stole an ATM vault containing an un-
disclosed amount of cash.
On September 24, as burglars broke into First
Citizen’s branch at Montrose, Chaguanas and
with the aid of a blow-torch they were able to
gain access to the vault where they stole approx-
imately $3.5 million—which mostly represented
One week later, a similar incident occurred
at the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR)’s office in
Chaguanas, with thieves escaping with $117,000.
On October 19, two men attempted to break
into First Citizen’s ATM in Caparo but were
caught red-handed by a police officer, who vis-
ited the machine to make a withdrawal. One of
the men, Rohan Ramnarine, 35, of Valencia, was
arrested and charged.
The most recent break-in took place on No-
vember 27 sat FCB’s Arima branch. However, the
burglars left empty-handed as the ATMs which
they were targeting were empty of cash.
On December 19, Hadarath Solomon, of Mis-
sion Road, Freeport, was charged with the bur-
glary at FCB’s Montrose branch in September.
Senior Supt Ajith Persad is heading the investi-
gation into the burglaries.
Two held for bank
Tobago truckers forced to sleep on ground
for arson suspect
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