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Family appeals for help
as ire destroys home
The Diego Martin home of T&T
Guardian's newspaper sellers,
Nicole Edwards, 32, her brother,
Nigel and ive other family mem-
bers has been destroyed by ire.
Edwards' 14-year-old son was
at home when he heard a loud
explosion on Friday.
The incident occurred at
about 11.15 am.
"I was working when I got the
call. I was so shocked. We be-
lieve that it was deliberately set
because there was an ongoing
family dispute not with my fam-
ily but another family that we
live close-by too," Edwards said.
"He just ran outside and
within seconds the front part of
the house was already on ire. I
already told them if anything is
to happen don't study nothing,
just run. Thank God he wasn't
Edwards' son is a Form Three
student of the Morvant/Laven-
tille Secondary School.
Her other child, age nine, is a
Standard Three pupil of the Nel-
son Street Boys' RC School.
Edwards said all their belong-
ings, including the children's
school uniforms and books were
"I have nothing. I will like to
get any sort of assistance I can.
The structure burned down to
"Nothing was saved or sal-
vaged. It's not to say like I can
put up a roof. Everything burn,
down to the children's school
books." Edwards has been sell-
ing Guardian's newspapers along
the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway
at Macoya for the past six years,
while her brother, Nigel has
been selling for the past four
years at the Curepe intersection.
n Anyone willing to assist
Edwards can contact her at
FAREWELL, NORMAN: Gerry Brooks, chairman of the NGC Group of Companies, left, shares a light moment with Norman Christie, outgoing regional
president bpTT when bpTT hosted a farewell celebration in his (Christie) honour at the Savannah Terrace, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, on
PICTURE ANDRE ALEXANDER
Doubles vendors absorb
hike in channa price
Hundreds of doubles vendors across T&T have
been paying higher prices for channa (chick peas)
during the last six months.
However, they have been absorbing that cost
and not passing it on to the consumer by rais-
ing their prices. There are assurances today that
wholesale and retail prices will be reduced in the
coming weeks. Of icials at one of T&T's largest im-
port grain operations said with the recent price
hike, which was estimated to be between 30 per
cent and 40 per cent, "businessmen including
doubles vendors have been taking the hit for the
last six months."
Customers moved from paying between $4 and
$4.50 per pound for the small-grain channa, to
paying between $5.50 and $6.50 per pound. Oper-
ating for more than 40 years, of icials at the St Au-
gustine-based company said the last major price
increase in doubles occurred in 2015, two days
after Finance Minister Colm Imbert presented the
2015/2016 budget. Doubles moved from $4 to $5.
The senior manager of the company, which is
importing all edible grains and other produce in
bulk to be repackaged and sold locally, said over
75 per cent of our chick peas comes from Canada
Although they purchase chick peas from pro-
ducers in the US and India as well, the of icial
admitted external market influences sometime
determined the price at which channa and other
grains would be sold locally. Chief among them is
He said "if the crop in Canada and Argentina
was good and the yield was as they initially antic-
ipated, you will ind that local prices will remain
stable or even drop."
Over the last six months "the crop in Canada
failed so that drove up the prices internationally
and locally," the of icial said. He con irmed this
was responsible for the increase in the price of
channa in the local market during the last six
Estimating that by mid-April, "prices will drop,"
the of icial revealed that business owners had a
particular pricing structure they utilised when
purchasing goods which included minimum and
maximum base igures.
He said doubles vendors had something to look
forward to, "as they will soon start to bene it as
the prices are set to fall."
Along with channa, red beans was also said to
have cost consumers about 20 per cent more dur-
ing 2017. The of icial said the price of red beans
was also expected to fall in the coming weeks.
Consumers can expect savings on other grains
Guardian Media Ltd newspaper vendors Nigel Edwards and his sister
Nicole look at the ruins after their home at Bagatelle, Diego Martin, was
destroyed by fire on Friday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
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