Hindus cutting back on Divali spending

LONSTANDING vendor at the Chaguanas Market, Vijay Hoyte, sprayed water over his vegetables Thursday to keep them fresh, a sign over bags of unsold pimentos stating, “$10 for 100”.

He said he could not say why he was selling 100 pimentos for $10. Hoyte said fewer people were visiting the market. “Last week, market was harder than this week. This week running better. People just didn’t come out to shop last week.” Hoyte said the noticeable absence of customers surprised him. The Chaguanas Market, usually bustling in the run up to Divali, with shoppers complaining about high prices was a near ghost town after midday. Divali is due to be held on October 27 this year,


Royal Bank of Canada is committing Can$150 million (US$111 million) to racial diversity initiatives and aims to increase the proportion of non-white executives hired to 30 per cent from 20 per cent, Canada’s biggest lender said last week.

Mabe, through Unicomer (Trini­dad) Ltd donated five aeroboxes to the Tobago Regional Health Authority on Friday at the Scarborough General Hospital.

Dr Victor Wheeler, acting medical chief of staff, received the donation from Unicomer’s regional manager of Tobago Operations, Shaun Aleong.

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is promising to reopen the Petrotrin refinery at Pointe-a-Pierre, even as she blames the ruling People’s National Movement administration for the closure of several operations on the Point Lisas Industrial Estate.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has told members of the Community Recovery Committee that in the context of addressing the problems of at-risk urban communities, it would encompass the problem of the Afro-Trinidadians who make up the bulk of the people in these specific communities.