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Chairman of the T&T Cancer So-
ciety George Laquis says his or-
ganisation is willing to sign an
agreement accepting $1.5 million
from the Government but will not
forget the $6 million which the
Government owes the society.
Laquis said the Government has
not contributed any funds to the or-
ganisation for the past three years
and was currently owed some $6
million. In an interview yesterday,
Laquis said he was “disgusted” by
the outcome of events.
“We are going to accept the
money which is just a subvention
from the work we do and this is a
“They (the Government) said
they can’t pay us what they owe us
and we will accept that but we are
not forgetting the payment. They
saying forget it. “
“They have a problem. We (refer-
ring to the Government) continue
to build buildings we don’t know
what the hell to do with,” he said.
He added: “I don’t know what
the hell we doing with the build-
ings and there should be lifestyle
changes to prevent diseases and
Cancer Society chairman
Oropouche cops donate
hampers to needy families
Officers of the Oropouche Po-
lice Station yesterday showed a
softer side to policing when they
distributed 25 food and cleaning
supplies hampers to needy fami-
lies in the community.
The initiative, done at the po-
lice station in collaboration with
Neighbours Inc, a communi-
ty-based group, brought smiles
to the faces of recipients, many
of whom were women.
Senior Supt Neville Adams said
at the Oropouche Police Station
there is a station council led by
Sgt Anslim George. It is com-
prised of representatives from
community and religious groups.
He said the station council
meets once a month, decides on
a community event or project.
He said: “We recognise polic-
ing is gone from what it use to
be which is just the punitive side
where we arrest people and put
them behind bars, we see people
in need, we want to bridge that
gap between the police and the
public so we decided this is one
way by which we do that.”
Urging the community to part-
ner with the police, he said: “You
see something, you say some-
With regards to reports of do-
mestic violence, he said the po-
lice officers in the division have
been treating with those reports
in a timely manner and “we have
not seen anything untoward
where this is concern.”
He boasted of a good detection
rate in the south western divi-
Felix Logie, of Neighbours Inc,
said the police and his group
collected funds to purchase the
hampers and was hopeful their
efforts will help the families.
“We know things are tough but
we will try to help as much as
possible,” he said.
The 25 hampers were donated
by H&R Drugs in Point Fortin.
Senior Supt Neville Adams, right, presents Crystal Dick with a hamper during distribution at the Oropouche Police
Station yesterday. Looking on are Sgt Anslim George and WPC Jennice Jeffrey.
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Laquis said it cost the society
when a man gets cancer and dies
which in turn costs society to lose
25 years of productivity.
“Their focus is wrong. None of
them understand healthcare deliv-
ery. It is simple as that. They don’t
understand, they think putting up
buildings cure disease.
“I am very disgusted, we have
patients to see about. We can’t
have pride and ego in this things.
The politicians priority are differ-
ent from ours,” he said.
Laquis stressed that the Govern-
ment is more considering buildings
because buildings make them look
“They have a million roads with
pothole and building roads. The
politicians want to win the next
election. They do not know how
to govern a country. Its all of them
not only PNM,” he said.
He said the Cancer Society will
be accepting the $1.5 million funds
by next week and start the new ar-
rangement which began from Jan-
“It is a three-year agreement.
We are grateful because we need
the money and lived off the private
sector for the past 48 years and our
support was always good from the
general public or individuals. That
is how we survived.
“The subsidy from Government
helped us keep our prices low. Its
all about early detection and pre-
vention. That’s the game its a sim-
ple formula,” he said.
Laquis said the Cancer Society
told the Government that they
could not forget the $6million
owed to the society and we would
not try to collect it at the moment.
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