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The July 29 Chaguanas West by-
election which falls in the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan, from July 9 to
August 7, will not affect the Muslim
vote, says political scientist Dr Indira
"Chaguanas West is a largely Hindu
community," Rampersad told the T&T
Guardian on Thursday, hours after
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
announced the date for the highly antic-
Rampersad said in any case, the Gov-
ernment had the support of the Muslim
community over the timing of the elec-
She said the election had to be called
90 days after the Speaker of the House
declared the seat vacant and was con-
The seat was declared vacant after
incumbent Jack Warner resigned as MP
and also gave up his portfolio as Nation-
al Security Minister and UNC chair-
He is now seeking to recontest the
seat, but it remains unknown whether
he will be selected as a UNC candidate
or go up as an independent.
The Government has six weeks to
name its candidate.
Warner s action came after public
calls for his resignation in the wake of
a damning report on Concacaf during
his tenure there as vice-president.
Asked about the possible outcome
of the by-election, Rampersad said: "A
loss for the UNC will not put the party
in a good light.
"The UNC s fortunes will depend
on voter turnout (there are around
20,000 voters in Chaguanas West),
who is their candidate and their election
Rampersad said Chaguanas West was
traditionally a UNC stronghold and the
Opposition PNM would not be a major
split factor. It would be interesting to
see the party s mobilisation strengths,
Warner started his campaign in early
May, but Rampersad is not sure this
will augur well for him.
"Campaign tempo usually builds up
two weeks before. His supporters can
suffer from burnout and fatigue and
may run out of rhetoric."
won't affect Muslim
The two women who stole
$700 worth of cosmetic items
from Pennywise last Thursday
have been fined a total of
Patrice De Castro, 23, and
Sarah Noel, 26, reappeared
before Magistrate Melvin Daniel
in the Port-of-Spain Fourth
Court on Tuesday, when they
were ordered to pay $800 each.
If they fail to pay the fine
within six weeks, the women
will each serve three months in
De Castro and Noel were rep-
resented by attorney Gordon
Before Daniel ruled, Laming
appealed for leniency for Noel,
a sales clerk, and De Castro, who
runs her father s mini mart.
Laming said the two were
"young housewives" who
deserved a second chance.
The two were arrested by
Estate Constable Richard
Brankar around 2.40 pm on June
6, at the Pennywise branch on
Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain,
after they were seen shoplift-
During their initial appearance
on June 7, Laming said their
actions had been as a result of
bad judgment, as he claimed an
evil spirit caused them to behave
in such a manner.
The cost of the stolen items
was estimated at $767.
Women fined $1,600 for theft
Political scientist Dr Indira Rampersad
CHARLES KONG SOO
Director of the School of Veterinary
Medicine Prof Abiodun Adesiyun has
urged new vets to pursue their pro-
fession with passion and not just be
in it for the money.
He was speaking at the Faculty of
Medical Sciences 20th oath-taking
ceremony for the graduates from the
School of Veterinary Medicine, at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Com-
"Being a veterinarian doesn t just
mean being in practice. There are so
many opportunities now, in academia,
in research, and the problem is most
of the recent graduates are not aware
of this," Adesiyun said.
"All they want to do when you ask
them what they plan to do after five
years study is, I m going to join this
clinic or this facility. That s all I hear.
"That s not good enough. You must
have a passion, you must know what
you want to do. Don t just go there just
for money, that s not going to last."
He said a person could have all the
money in this world and not be happy.
Adesiyun told the graduates they
must love what they do. He said many
graduates just wanted to go into com-
panion-animal medicine in the cities
where it was more lucrative, whereas
farmers in the rural areas were not
receiving the veterinary services they
were supposed to.
He urged the graduates not to neglect
the rural areas because there were also
job opportunities there.
Young vets told work for passion
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