Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 28th 2014 Contents Government is looking at imposing a
penalty on defaulting passengers on the
Tobago airbridge who cancel their tickets.
This measure was proposed by a dele-
gation of Tobago House of Assembly offi-
cials, led by Chief Secretary Orville London,
during yesterday s meeting with a central
Led by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, the team included acting Attorney
General Prakash Ramadhar, Transport Min-
ister Stephen Cadiz and Trade Minister Vas-
The meeting, at the Office of the Prime
Minister, St Clair, was the first between the
sides in over a year.
In a media conference afterwards, Per-
sad-Bissessar said the THA delegation
expressed concern over passengers booking
flights and cancelling, resulting in Caribbean
Airlines (CAL) running flights that were not
She said Bharath was instructed to discuss
with stakeholders, including CAL and the
Civil Aviation Authority, the possibility of
introducing a cancellation fee.
"A cancellation should result in some
kind of penalty to be charged, something
to be looked at, to ensure we fully utilise
the aircraft," the PM said, noting it may
also be considered for the seabridge.
She said a method was to be explored to
avoid duplicate bookings by passengers who
later cancel. London, she said, told the meet-
ing he had no difficulty with such a penalty
being imposed, noting that the situation
occurs while scores of passengers waiting
on standby are denied those empty seats
from the cancellations.
Persad-Bissessar said the Cabinet is to
meet in special session next month in Tobago
and all members of the People s National
Movement-controlled THA will be invited
to discuss issues affecting the island. She
said the way forward for internal self-gov-
ernment should be advanced at the meeting,
scheduled for mid-November.
London said he suggested all stakeholders
should meet to advance the matter and no
one should stake a claim.
"We should stop operating in silos, which
is what has been happening. The THA does
something, a political party does something,
the central Government does something
and we end up competing against each
other," he said.
"Once we do it together no single entity
could claim it."
Secession not an issue
In response to a question, London said
the issue of Tobago seceding from Trinidad
was never an issue for consideration, and
the internal self-government process was
being developed on the basis that "the sov-
ereign, democratic state of T&T must remain
island on the issue of secession, "You would
find that maybe less than five per cent of
Tobagonians even consider that as a serious
During the meeting, London also told
Persad-Bissessar the Tobago Development
Minister had been operating in breach of
the THA Act.
He said the ministry, which is headed by
Tobago West MP Dr Delmon Baker, "is oper-
ating way in excess of its mandate and the
schedule given to it by the Prime Minister.
It is undermining the authority and integrity
of the THA.
"The process is becoming more and more
strident as we speak and is creating serious
challenges for us in the THA."
In response, the PM said she would inves-
tigate, saying she "would not condone ille-
gality and we d be bound by the law as con-
tained in the THA Act."
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A local man who was said to be fighting with
the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(Isis) in Syria, is now back home and fearful that
his family is in danger.
Ashmead Mohammed last night told CNC3 news
he has no connections with Isis and has never even
been to Syria, noting his passport will provide evi-
dence of his travels.
He said he had been on a visit to Canada and
Morocco when the newspaper report erroneously
fingered him as a foreign Isis fighter with Trini
links. Mohammed said he was shocked when he
saw the article, headlined "Another Trini discovered
fighting in Syria for Isis, noting it was "full of lies".
He said contrary to the article, which claimed
he left for Syria earlier this year, he travelled for
the first time this year last month. He said he and
his family left for Canada in September, spent two
weeks there with his sick mother, then went to visit
his in-laws in Morocco. He said it was on his way
back from the African continent that he got news
of the article.
Mohammed said as a result of the article he and
his family were stopped by immigration officials at
the Piarco International Airport when they returned
home on Sunday. After he, his wife and children
were interrogated they were finally allowed to leave.
Saying the media house should have verified the
information because of the sensitivity of the issue,
Mohammed said he wants an explanation and is
weighing his legal options.
The report came as local media also reported on
several Trinis with Isis links who had appeared in
videos on social media and even in a CNN report.
One of the videos featured a man identified as
Abu Abdurahman al-Trinidadi, in an apparent ref-
erence to his Trini heritage, who urged other Muslims
to join the fight. Al-Trinidadi was standing next to
another man also believed to be Trinidadian and
both men were fully armed while carrying children
on their shoulders.
Another of the videos featured Shane Crawford
bathing in the Euphrates River with other Isis fight-
ers. Crawford, 28, of Enterprise, Chaguanas, was
one of the 16 men held during the state of emergency
in 2011 in an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime
Minister and other Government ministers. However,
they were all subsequently released without charges.
Crawford s mother, Joan, subsequently confirmed
that he sold all his possessions and left here last
year to join Isis.
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GETTING IT RIGHT
A story in the Sunday Guardian (pA6)
mistakenly reported that the Planning Ministry
had chosen developers for land at Invaders Bay,
Woodbrook, after a sole selective tendering
In fact the ministry published a request for
proposals on August 31, 2011, and ten
proposals were received.
Our apologies for the error.
Man fears for family
after bogus Isis story
for 27TH OCTOBER, 2014
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CAL: Penalties normal
Airline sources said yesterday that such
a fee was common in the industry, and
CAL may be the only airline that does
not have such a penalty.
They suggested that a $50 penalty
could be charged for cancellations.
DANCING THE BELE
We must utilise aircraft fully
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