The economic cost to T&T of non-communicable diseases such as cancers, diabetes and hypertension is $8.7 billion annually, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says.
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South chamber: Lawyers could be in state of panic
President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) Richie Sookhai has expressed shock at the killing of SC Dana Seetahal. In a statement yesterday, Sookhai said the gruesome and premeditated killing underscored the unsatisfactory state of crime in T&T.
“The Chamber hopes, like with all other tragic killings, that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to justice and we pray that the soul of our respected Senior finds peace. The Chamber also calls on the Government and Police Service of T&T to continue and further intensify efforts to fight the plague of crime in the country regardless of who are the victims of the crime.”
Sookhai also expressed concern that, “lawyers who are prosecuting these criminals have now been thrown into a state of panic and uncertainty out of a fear for their own lives and who may be next.” The CCIC extended condolences and prayers to the bereaved family. The Chamber is also calling on wider T&T to come together in the fight against crime.
Sookhai also said Seetahal was fearless in distilling her duties as an attorney and was a lead criminal prosecutor and reservoir of knowledge on that area, but at the same time, was a humble and kind human being to those around her. Also expressing concern yesterday was Peter O’Connor, who urged the public, through social media site, to join him in a silent protest in the vicinity of the murder scene in Woodbrook.
“I saw people posting on Facebook that they were in despair and they did not know what to do, so I posted come down here and show in strength, if you have it.” Despite his plea there were only four people who showed up for the event. O’connor said if it were another country there would be 10,000 people in attendance.