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Opposition MP Dr
Amery Browne in
response to Khan s
intent to write to the
DPP against the false
claims said he would
support "a responsible
approach to dealing with
the explosion of cures
Browne highlighted Khan s intent to write to
the DPP to take action against herbal practitioners
who claim to cure illnesses.
In an e-mailed response to the T&T Guardian,
Browne said: "But in the midst of his Don Quixotic
tilting at windmills, the minister has managed to
touch on one critical issue: The issue of how some
herbal products are marketed to the public. I have
seen people die after taking unproven chemicals
for weight loss, heart disease, diabetes and many
other ailments after being persuaded by false mar-
Browne said the ministry must inform the public
of products proven to be unsafe as well as monitor
"the public promotion of medical cures and reme-
dies and work with other agencies to help curtail
false and potentially dangerous advertising."
He said it is the ministry s responsibility to
ensure that people do not endanger their lives
because of the claims of some advertisements.
"Almost a year ago I told Minister Khan that
I would support a responsible, evidence-based
approach to dealing with the explosion of adver-
tising of cures for all," he said.
"The best tool in his arsenal would always be
to properly inform, educate and empower the cit-
izens themselves to make informed decisions and
choices related to disease prevention and treatment.
I hope he finds the wisdom to do this."
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for 10TH MAY, 2013
Angler Brendan Bernard
shattered the Southern
Caribbean Billfish Circuit
(SCBC) with a massive
1,005.9lb marlin catch at the
Tobago International Game
Fishing Tournament off Char-
lotteville, Tobago, yesterday.
Bernard, who reeled in the
heaviest catch at last year s T&T
Game Fishing Association s
Wahoo Tournament did it again
onboard the Predator with a
catch almost unheard of any-
where in the world.
It is a new record recognised
by regional governing organisa-
tion, SCBC. Aboard the Predator
were Bernard, Michael Rostant,
Peter Reid, Simon Bernard and
skipper Brendan Farfan. The five
anglers will receive a Mercedez
Benz B-class (valued at
$300,000), which was long
awaiting an angler to break the
The previous national and
SCBC record of a 890lb catch
was held by then 15-year-old
junior angler Sean Mendonca in
The competition, which was
established in 1995, has never
witnessed a catch over 1,000
pounds, or otherwise known as
This year the event attracted
18 international teams, with
anglers arriving from the other
Caribbean islands, as well as
South America and Europe.
Forty-one local teams also con-
tested the tournament.
The crew of the winning ves-
sel was set to receive $50,000
for their efforts. Up to press time
last evening, the results were
Environmental Management Authority
CEO Dr Joth Singh has ruled out poisoning
in the death of hundreds of fish found in
a section of the La Pastora River, Santa
Cruz, on Friday.
Singh said EMA s investigation showed
the fish kill was caused by the silt in the
water, because of the construction of a wall
near the site. He said EMA investigators
who went to the site found approximately
50 different species of dead fish.
"Based on our investigation, we connected
it to a development occurring in the La Pas-
tora area, by a contractor acting on behalf
of the Drainage Division of the Ministry of
Works," he said.
He explained that the contractor was
engaged in preparatory work to strengthen
the river wall. He said the activity created
a high turbidity level (of silt) in the water.
"We recognise a fair amount of silt was
being generated by the operation (construc-
tion) itself that led to high turbidity levels
in the water in the vicinity of the construc-
tion. We expect the fish kill was associated
with the high levels of turbidity in the
water...There was no episode of poisoning.
"What the contractor should have done
was to block off the area to prevent any silt
from entering the water column."
He said he did not think there would be
any work stoppage, as a significant portion
of the work has already been completed.
However, the investigators have been liais-
ing with the contractor to ensure that he
takes precautionary measures to prevent a
reoccurrence although a significant part of
the work has already been done.
The EMA was alerted to the situation on
Friday by one of the directors of the Papa
Bois Conservation Marc de Verteuil.
The matter was also reported to the Insti-
tute of Marine Affairs.
EMA on dead fish in La Pastora River:
Silt from wall construction,
not poisoning, responsible
Bernard reels in
record 1,005 lb
marlin in Tobago
Angler Brendan Bernard, left, stands the 1005.9lb marlin which he
hooked during yesterday's Tobago International Game Fishing
Tournament. PHOTO COURTESY DELLA DE SILVA, TOBAGO GAME
FISHING TOURNAMENT CONTROL
must inform public
on unsafe products
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