Pork on sale at the market

“I personally went and removed a pork vendor from selling for the day on Friday. I warned him before I went down there. He was selling pork among dry goods and vegetables. It is an affront to people who don’t eat pork. I am sure even Local Government minister (Kazim Hosein) would respect my decision. Hosein does not eat pork.”

That was Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation chairman Paul Leacock’s response to an e-mail about vendors alleging they were threatened and forcibly removed and prevented from selling at the Tunapuna Market last Friday.

While vendors claimed conditions at Tunapuna market were also “unsanitary,” Leacock also said the market “was not unsanitary, and, Public Health Officers (PHO) often visit the market.”

An excerpt from the e-mail said: “There was no letter given. They don’t want us selling outside because all meats are to be sold inside. But inside there is no space for us and it is unsanitary. Members of the Corporation accompanied by over three jeeps of police ran the innocent citizens of this country and prevented them from getting money to feed their children today again!”

It added: “Vendors, some who have been there over 30 years and never missed a payment, were removed from their place of work. Market vendors claim the market is too unsanitary. They will lose out on sales if they stay because people won’t buy food from a place that is unsanitary.”

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Shedding some more light on the Friday removal, Leacock said: “Alderman Ishmael, who is a member of the Opposition, warned him and another gentleman about selling pork. They moved the pork vendor for one day. On the next available market day, they moved right back. When they had registration for market day, I spoke to all vendors. I told them they had to comply with the by-laws.”

Leacock added, “By resolution of Council, I went with the police and removed him. We put the pork vendor out of the market for one day. Not permanently. I am quite prepared to speak to the media or minister to justify what I did.” Efforts to contact Hosein proved futile since he was at a meeting.


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Former judges have begun to ­receive their enhanced pensions. But former ministers are still waiting on theirs. Former judges, including former chief justices, began to receive their increased pensions in their bank accounts late last week. The amounts paid were arrears which dated from June 25, when the measure was passed in the Parliament.

Four suspects are in custody following the brutal murder of a 19-year-old in Carapo on ­Saturday night. This killing, along with the murder of Bryan Felix and Alim Khan, who left their homes to cut logs (see story at right), on Saturday night have pushed the murder toll to 421.

A tropical wave is passing over Trinidad and Tobago tonight and it will result in partly cloudy to cloudy conditions and scattered showers and the medium to high chance of isolated thundershowers. Gusty winds, street and flash flooding may occur. This was the forecast for today given by Piarco duty meteorologist Paula Wellington yesterday.

Police are trying to determine a motive for the killing of two men who left their homes to cut logs on Saturday night. The deceased have been identified as Bryan Felix, 40, and Alim Khan, 50.