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Ernie Ross, whose agency Ross
Advertising produced the satirical
"Dear Jack," ads which appeared in
newspapers and on television this week
issued a stout defence of the ad yes-
terday, saying there was no legal stand-
point for the ad to be banned.
The advert, a spoof letter from Keith
Rowley (signed "The Raging Bull") to
Jack Warner thanking the interim Inde-
pendent Liberal Party leader for splitting
the UNC vote and securing the People's
National Movement's local election vic-
tory, was pulled from the T&T Guardian
and the Express where it had previously
ran as a full page spread, after the Adver-
tising Agencies Association of Trinidad
and Tobago (AAATT) declared the ad
in breach of its rules.
AAATT president, Ronald Murray
issued warnings to all media houses
reminding them that political ads should
not be carried unless the name of the
advertiser was clearly printed on the ad
itself. The ad ran in all three daily news-
papers on Tuesday with no attribution.
On Wednesday, Newsday was the only
paper carrying the ad which had been
modified and was now signed "A mes-
sage from the concerned citizens of
Murray also wrote to all members of
the AAATT (including Ross Advertising)
and Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and
Broadcasters Association asking them
to greater vigilance in the run up to next
week's St Joseph by-election.
Ross, in a telephone interview, told
the T&T Guardian, "Freedom of expres-
sion supercedes anything else. This is
a piece of political satire and makes a
valid point. My job is to get that point
across on behalf of my client."
Asked who the client was that com-
missioned the ad campaign, Ross
declined to answer except to say that it
was "the concerned citizens of Trinidad
Told that it was still essentially an
anonymous political advert, Ross replied
that many ads of the same ilk had
appeared in the newspapers, citing an
example during the Tobago House of
Assembly election in which a series of
ads appeared under the banner "in
defence of democracy", criticising prime
minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
"Why is this ad being pulled now
when the same types of ad appear all
the time?" Ross asked.
There is evidence of undocu-
mented citizens of this country
working at ice-cream distribution
factories in Venezuela for low
wages, long hours and under
This was revealed by Venezuela's
Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez
as he responded to questions dur-
ing a joint press conference with
this country's Minister of Justice
Emmanuel George and National
Security Minister Gary Griffith.
The conference took place at
the Ministry of Justice, Tower C,
International Waterfront, Port of
Rodriguez said in Venezuela
there were incidents where T&T
citizens would arrive and work in
ice-cream distributions companies
without documents and under
conditions of slavery.
He said though his delegation
did not have specific statistics, it
was one of the issues soon to be
addressed under new security
arrangements made with this
Delegations from the two coun-
tries met yesterday to discuss col-
laborations on security operations
on issues ranging from human
and drug trafficking to border
patrol and prisoner transfer issues.
Both countries would work
together on security issues, con-
duct operations and exercises
jointly in an effort to decrease
crimes between the nations.
Both this country and
Venezuela are transshipment
points in the international drug
Trinidad is also a destination
for illegal immigrants from South
America, with the majority being
women coming from Colombia,
The agreements included shar-
ing of intelligence between the
borders, more immediate access
to information to security issues
and joint military and police oper-
Rodriguez said in addition to
this country's citizens working
and living illegally in Venezuela,
his ministry had also identified
Venezuelans who were being
tricked into coming to this country
and forced into prostitution.
"Venezuelan citizens have their
passports taken away by the mafia
after they come to Trinidad and
are forced into staying and end up
in jail as a result," Rodriguez said.
Griffith described a situation
where Colombians were being
"lured" to this country via
Venezuela and held against their
will under conditions similar to
He said the joint agreements
would ensure the reduction of
human trafficking between the
shores of the two countries.
Griffith believed that if human
trafficking was curtailed, there
would be a similar effect on drug
There is already an agreement
for border security, between the
T&T Coast Guard and the Guardia
Nacional to curb the trafficking
of illegal drugs and arms called
Operation VenTri but Griffith said
there had been a lull and it was
time for the agreement to be reac-
The delegations also discussed
the protection of fishermen from
both countries following reports
of T&T fishermen being attacked
by Venezuelans while fishing.
George said the meeting was in
response to a mandate by Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
and Venezuelan President Nicolás
Maduro when the two met at a
Caricom meeting last July.
"They had identified areas to
rekindle a bilateral relationship
which had slowed down between
out countries," George said.
He said discussions surrounded
border security and detention of
nationals from both countries.
The Venezuelan delegates could
not provide a figure for the num-
ber of T&T nationals detained in
Griffith said 13 Venezuelan
nationals were being held in the
maximum security prison for drug
Another key issue discussed was
the transfer of prisoners between
Venezuela and this country do
not currently have an agreement
regarding transfer of prisoners
since sentencing was different in
Illegal Trinis working
as slaves in Venezuela
St Francois Girls' College scholarship winners, Art and Design, Maisha Richardson, left, Science Dominique
Smith and Chelsea Mc Kain, pose with their awards during their school's achievement day at Queen's Hall,
St Ann's, on Tuesday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Nothing wrong with
Residents of East Port-of-Spain are
to blame for the delay in the opening
of the South East Port-of-Spain which
was scheduled to reopen on Monday.
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh said yesterday that the con-
tractor on the job was threatened and
materials stolen, including scaffolding,
by members of the community who
were demanding work.
This, he said, interrupted the repair
work leading to delays.
Gopeesingh said there were problems
and the police had to intervene.
"My understanding is that Monday
the work was completed in the school,"
he said in an interview yesterday with
I95.5, "the contractors had to remove
the remaining material from the com-
pound and there was some difficulty in
terms of being able to remove it because
of some behavioural problems in the
"And I believe the police was called
in and, eventually, the situation was
dealt with," he said.
He said it was something in which
there would have been difficulty and
the contractors must have taken all steps
to prevent those things.
This comes after parents, students
and MP for the area Donna Cox protest-
ed outside of the Ministry of Education,
St Clair on Tuesday afternoon. The
school, closed for five weeks, parents
claim is infected with mold that has
been making the students and teachers
ill. A teacher and student fell ill after
coming in contact with a fungus on the
Air quality tests were conducted at
the school but the results would not be
available for a month.
A T&T Unified Teacher's Association
(TTUTA) representative said that erro-
neous information has been in the public
that tests were done and teachers aban-
doned their classes. She said that CARIRI
(Caribbean Industrial Research Institute)
officials visited the school for the first
She said teachers have asked in the
interim for an alternate school.
Gopeesingh said a team from the Edu-
cation Facilities Company Ltd is visiting
the school to see if there is any mold
infestation. The school has been closed
School opening delayed by theft
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