Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 19th 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 19, 2014
With one trade union
already pulling out of
today s Labour Day march
in Fyzabad, Labour and
Micro Enterprises Minister
Errol Mc Leod is reminding
the People s National
Movement (PNM) that
workers will not easily for-
get the suffering they
endured under its regime.
The PNM, led by Dr Keith
Rowley, has said it will be
joining workers in the sym-
bolic march from Avocat
Junction to Charlie King
But yesterday, on the eve
of the commemoration,
Public Services Association
(PSA) president Watson
Duke, who initially suggest-
ed his union would be part
of the march, pulled out and
says he will not participate.
Yesterday Mc Leod,
addressing the weekly post-
Cabinet media briefing at
the San Fernando Teaching
Hospital, Chancery Lane,
said he would not be par-
He scoffed at the PNM s
plan to walk with workers
as he expressed confidence
workers would have reser-
vations about the PNM s
participation, given their
experiences under the for-
mer PNM government.
"I doubt very much they
will very easily forget the
trials and tribulations they
would have undergone, to
fully accommodate the
PNM in their march tomor-
row. I do not wish to say
much more on that," Mc
Leod told reporters.
He said contrary to alle-
gations against him and the
People s Partnership Gov-
ernment, he remained com-
mitted to the "workers
agenda" and all manifesto
promises made to the work-
ing class would be deliv-
Mc Leod pointed to the
number of achievements
under his tenure as Labour
Minister, including the set-
tlement of the Petrotrin
That, he said, was one of
the outstanding matters that
remained on the Oilfields
Workers Trade Union
(OWTU) agenda when he
retired as president general
of the union.
He said as minister he
had addressed that issue,
which affected seven classes
of employees and former
Shell employees and all
areas listed under the Gov-
ernment s 120-day plan
Mc Leod said work was
still ongoing on the Indus-
trial Relations Act and
amendments to re-classify
domestic employees, gar-
deners and chauffeurs as
workers covered by it.
He reported on his atten-
dance at the high-level
United Nations meeting on
poverty eradication through
full employment held last
month in New York.
He said T&T came in for
praise, was re-elected to the
International Labour Orga-
nization s (ILO) governing
body and would represent
15 Caricom countries.
PSA pulls out of
Mc Leod scoffs at PNM's plan to take part
All children, ages three and four,
will now have an access to early
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh made the announce-
ment at yesterday s post-Cabinet
He said Cabinet approved the
provision of universal early child-
hood education and there also were
plans to partner with private Early
Childhood Care and Education
(ECCE) centres to accommodate
all pupils in T&T.
Gopeesingh said some 38,000
children, ages three and four, will
be given access to early childhood
"No child aged three and four
will be left behind and will be in
a formal system of education in
acceptable ECCE centres through-
out T&T," he said.
While he admitted that public
ECCE centres would not be able
to accommodate the 38,000 pupils,
Gopeesingh said the ministry would
partner with private sector centres
to fill the gap and provide education
for the pupils.
He said the Government would
foot the bill to the tune of $3,600
a year for the pupils being accom-
modated at the private ECCE cen-
The minister unveiled plans to
construct at least 100 ECCE centres
nationwide by next year at a cost
of $7 million each.
He said some 53 ECCE centres
have been constructed to date and
with the additional 126 centres "we
will have 7,000 places" for pupils.
The 7,000 spaces from the
planned centres, Gopeesingh said,
"will satisfy the spaces that we
need for the provision of universal
early childhood education by 2015."
He said 522 ECCE centres have
been deemed acceptable, based on
their infrastructure, the teacher-
to-student ratio and the qualifica-
tions and skills of the teachers.
Those centres, he said, could
provide spaces for 7,200 students.
He said 285 of the providers of
early childhood education have
indicated their willingness to part-
ner with the ministry and would
provide 30,555 spaces.
Gopeesingh said approval had
been granted for the continued
construction of more schools,
including 44 new primary schools
and 15 secondary schools.
Each major primary school with
a proposed 600 pupil population,
he said, would cost $25 million
Cabinet, he said, had also
approved the construction of six
special needs schools, five of which
will be constructed in Trinidad and
one in Tobago.
The minister also announced that
SEA results would be released dur-
ing the first week of next month.
Just a month after being
released from prison, a Mara-
bella labourer was killed exe-
cution-style while liming out-
side his friend s home on
The murder of 24-year-old
father of two Sylvester Anoop
took the murder toll to 200 in
just six-and-a-half months.
Police said Anoop, of Riverside
Road, was sitting on the roadside
at the nearby Jack Street with
his sister. Around 10.45 pm a car
drove by and one of the occu-
pants opened the window and
fired several shots at him.
His sister escaped the gunfire
and those around ran for cover.
After a few minutes, his friends
went looking for him and found
him lying on the ground bleeding
from the head and chest.
Anoop died at the scene before
an ambulance and police, includ-
ing Insp Gaffar, Insp Mohammed
and Sgt Mc Intosh, arrived.
Marabella police patrolled the
area, searching for possible sus-
pects but up to late yesterday,
no one had been arrested.
No clear motive was estab-
lished but police believe it was
a revenge killing linked to his
An autopsy by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Valery Alexandrov
showed Anoop had been shot
four times in the abdomen, chest
and head with what appeared to
be .38 calibre, copper-jacketed,
Alexandrov said the killer
made every effort to kill Anoop.
He explained that the gunman
shot Anoop in the right side of
the abdomen and as he turned
and crouched to protect himself,
he was shot in the chest.
He was again shot in the
stomach and after running a
short distance, he collapsed. The
gunman stood over him and fired
another shot to the back of the
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited the community yesterday,
those close to him refused to
At his home, a woman said
none of his relatives were there.
At the house where Anoop was
shot, his friends also declined
comment and a woman who was
said to be his girlfriend also
refused to speak.
Police described Anoop as a
"pest" with a long criminal
record who had matters pending
before the court and had been
convicted of assault in the past.
In May 2012, three weeks after
Anoop was released from prison,
he was again sentenced to 12
months by Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Rajendra Rambachan for
cuffing contractor Martin
Thomas in the face, fracturing
his eye socket.
Ex-prisoner shot dead while liming
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Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, left, and Minister of Labour and Micro Enterprises
Errol Mc Leod speak during yesterday's weekly post-Cabinet media briefing at the San
Fernando Teaching Hospital, Chancery Lane, San Fernando. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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