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Although street vendors
were given designated areas to
sell for the Christmas season,
downtown San Fernando was
tranformed into a flea market
with stalls partially blocking
store entrances, pavements and
As a result, says San Fernando
Business Association president
Daphne Bartlett, stores suffered
a 30 per cent decrease in sales
for the Christmas season, ten
per cent more than they had
"Sales for the year 2013 has
been very poor. It is the worst
since I have been in business,
which is over two decades. It
has seen a 30 per cent drop over
last year s sales, and one of the
problems we ve been having
over the last few days is the con-
version of High Street into a flea
market," Bartlett said.
"We have to look at the influx
of people outside of the city
who come to San Fernando,
High Street, to ply their trade.
"What I have been told by
vendors is that a lot of people
who do not live in Trinidad
come to the country to ply a
trade for Christmas. So those
are things that we have to look
at."This comes on the heels of
an agreement between the SFBA
and the San Fernando Street
Vendors Association that vend-
ing would be done only at three
allocated areas along one side
of High Street.
But when the Guardian news
team toured the busy street on
Christmas Eve, there were many
new faces selling on the pave-
ments and road on both sides.
Many last-minute shoppers
were busily grabbing the bar-
gains on the outside, while
stores, especially those inside
malls, were sparsely patronised.
Barlett explained, "Whatever
is available in the stores is avail-
able outside on the streets, so
it is easy buying. For the shop-
pers who would usually come
to the city to buy things once
a year, they would find it very
congested and would not want
to enter the city.
"We did not agree to this, we
did not agree for a flea market
on High Street. We agreed for
a part of High Street to be given
to the vendors.
"This is telling you that the
law was not upheld, and who
is responsible for that?"
In response, San Fernando
mayor Kazim Hosein said there
was a problem in policing street
vendors over the past week.
He said when he called last
Saturday to ask for an increased
presence of municipal police on
the streets, he was told there
were only two officers on duty,
and a request to the Ministry
of Local Government for
increased manpower for the
Christmas season was not met.
In addition, he said many of
the street vendors who set up
stalls outside the designated
vending areas were unauthorised
While store owners on High
Street, Mucurapo Street and St
James Street struggled to sell
their goods, hundreds of last-
minute shoppers flocked to Gulf
Sando businesses being
strangled by street vendors
Cedros police are investigating the death of
a seven-year-old boy who was crushed by a
falling gate at his Cedros home on Monday.
Anthony Ali, of Bonasse Village, Cedros, died
of multiple internal injuries and head trauma
at the Point Fortin Area hospital shortly after
Around 10 am on Monday, Ali was playing
with a the metal gate in the front yard when
it came off its hinges and pinned him to the
On hearing the noise, his parents ran outside
and he was taken to the Cedros Health Centre,
where he received emergency treatment.
Police including Inspector Jagroop, Cpl Blanche
and WPC Mayers visited the scene and are con-
at card game
A 16-year-old labourer remains warded in a
critical condition at the San Fernando General
Hospital after he was shot on Monday night.
There are conflicting stories about how
Christoff Grendille was shot in the chest, but
police said the teenager, from Tarodale Gardens,
Cocoyea, was struck by a 9 mm bullet during
Reports stated that around 11.30 pm, Grendille
arrived at Thompson Garden to collect payment
from a Barataria contractor whom he had recently
The 31-year-old contractor was at the home
of a relative and was with another worker.
When the argument broke out, Grendille s
co-worker allegedly pulled out the gun and fired
one shot. The bullet penetrated his palm and
became lodged in his chest.
He was taken to hospital where he underwent
emergency surgery at the Intensive Care Unit.
Ag Insp Banwarrie and Ag Sgt Roget led mem-
bers of the Southern Division Task Force and
Ste Madeleine police to the scene, where they
arrested the suspect and recovered a revolver.
Relatives, however, said Grendille was liming
with friends at Thompson Gardens when a gun-
man walked into the yard and shot him once
before running off.
Police are continuing investigations.
Boy killed by
Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal, centre, with some of his helpers and Santa before distributing gifts
to the residents of Cuchawan Trace, Penal and environs, as part of his Christmas treat on Tuesday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Sajeeda Mungalsingh, of Precious Gold Designs, shows off discounted gold rings to customers Leah
Benjamin and Tineisha Cobham on Christmas Eve at High Street, San Fernando. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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