Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 22nd 2014 Contents A t the recent Divali Nagar, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
related (in less than joyful
tones) how she had to stand up in the
Parliament and answer queries which
Opposition MPs posed, in the new agen-
She noted, however, MPs had agreed
to it as part of the new Standing Orders.
Accountability apart, the weekly Q&A
has arisen within the general election
year in time to to supply voters with
snapshot insights into the political
prowess and leadership skills of both
incumbent PM and aspirant.
At Wednesday s sitting, Opposition
leader Keith Rowley lost no time topping
queries with the e-mail which Works
Minister of State Stacy Roopnarine had
sent the PM about alleged interference
by her boss, Suruj Rambachan, in the
urepe interchange bidding. It remains to
unfold how much division---or other
effects---this may cause among the PP
crew following the PM s defence of her
senior minister and handling of her jun-
ior.Persad-Bissessar s statement that con-
cerns "arose" and "were addressed to
my satisfaction," and Rambachan s
refusal to speak on it, leave the issue
open to speculation despite their position
that no award had been made.
The e-mail was the buzz at last Fri-
day s PP Tobago retreat, where general-
election planning headed the agenda
until 9 pm and continued yesterday at
the Diplomatic Centre. PP officials said
leadership concerns included internal
Cabinet tiffs. Brainstorming sessions
continued up to yesterday.
Persad-Bissessar s declaration that polls
aren t "around the corner" would have
been the prompting factor behind PNM
leader Rowley s lobby at last Sunday s
PNM convention for elections to be held
While attracting a respectable num-
ber---without visible excess---convention
attendence wasn t 10,000, as chairman
Franklin Khan had called for at the Hyatt
convention. General secretary Ashton
Ford says the PNM put out 7,000 chairs
and the crowd size was 7,500.
With plain, subdued stage decor and a
traditional PNM Afro-T&T profile (minus
major transformation, or many youths),
the low-energy gathering was at odds
with Khan s announcement that it was
the final convention before the election.
Questioned on Monday, PNM PRO Faris
Al-Rawi said it went exactly as planned,
since he d wanted focus on policy dis-
A new PNM Government, while
offered as the antithesis of the PP, bears
certain PP stylings. The theme of Row-
ley s governance plan (according to his
speech) was "people-centred develop-
ment". That the PNM recognises election
2015 will be a battle of leadership was
also reflected in the rest of the slogan:
The PNM s election attack will also
focus on PP misdeeds, judging from the
adoption of the tenet of morality in
public affairs. How he deals with the
retort on that point where the PNM is
concerned remains to unfold.
Also ahead lie ground responses to
signals that a PNM Government will be
a tighter, leaner (PP supporters say,
"meaner") machine, decrying dependen-
cy, cutting expenditure and overhauling
social-services delivery. Recognising the
repercussions of the cultural shift, Row-
ley has left discussion time for proposals
to refine the plan for the election. He
also pitched play to COP supporters
"with the right set of principles."
Among those present, former
Express/OCM board member Richard
Young---who chairs the Government s
Economic Development Board---sat with
John Jeremie, Howard Chin Lee, Martin
Joseph, Eddie Hart and Andre Monteil,
watching his son Stuart (PoS North can-
didate) speak. On his presence, Young
said briefly, "I m worried about the
Others included MATT president Curtis
Williams (the THA s Tourism Division
communications officer, the division
confirmed) Louis Lee Sing, Hedwige
Bereaux, Gary Hunt, Noel Garcia and
While Lee Sing, who is seeking the
PoS South candidacy, has fielded numer-
ous complaints from constituents about
lack of representation, Rowley s reap-
pointment of PoS South MP Marlene
McDonald as deputy leader has led some
to believe she ll be returned to contest
Al-Rawi launched cottage meetings
last Thursday at a Gulf View residence,
supported by his mother Diane, a former
MP, and Junia Regrello. Those who
attended said concerns were expressed
about how he d cope, since they had an
MP who didn t live in the area. They
added he sought commitment from
them and appeared to get a positive
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 22, 2014
Most people seem to prioritize
physical strength, health or
beauty when it comes to
investing their time.
Bhagawan clearly explains
how this is a mistake.
The supreme virtue in every human being is to
forget their individual differences and move with
everyone in a spirit of harmony and equality. What
lends beauty to sports and games is this spirit of
unity. Unfortunately many people today derive only
physical fitness and strength from sports and
games, not the spirit of love and unity! Fulfillment in
life can never be attained from physical health and
strength alone. Even if your stomach is full, you can
be happy only when both your body and mind are
healthy. Young people must understand this truth
and not be focused only on physique and beauty.
The Divine has endowed everyone with physical,
mental and spiritual potencies of many kinds. Your
mind is the source of infinite powers. A subdued
mind can help you realize the Divine. Recognize the
magnitude of your internal powers and leverage
them in your daily lives.
When your heart is filled with good thoughts and feelings,
all that comes out of the senses - your speech, your vision,
your action - will naturally be pure. - Baba
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I hope you will publish this so WASA can realise
what a ridiculous charge this is, or at least justify it to
Today I received my latest WASA bill. I therefore
decided to pay it online as this service is offered. I
worked my way through their registration page and
managed to register. Then I went to the pay page,
where I was horrified to see that to pay my bill online
I was being charged a $2 service charge.
Please can you ask WASA why I should pay extra
because I want to pay my bill online?
I will not be paying my latest bill till they can justify
to my satisfaction what this charge is for!
This issue with the President, Mr Anthony Car-
mona, an extremely decent human being, is an ab-
solute disgrace. He should be in President's House.
Our governments have allowed this beautiful, his-
toric building to fall into disrepair, because of their
own ignorance. Because they are absolutely incapable
of maintaining anything. All you need to do is look at
every single building that government works out of.
The majority are in a terrible state.
Why? Sheer ignorance! There appears to be no one
able to institute proper forms of sustainable mainte-
nance. Once a building is put up, there should be a
maintenance plan for its future.
As far as I'm concerned, President's House should
be fixed, immediately. Use the so-called Green Fund.
What else is it being used for? Find the funds. This
witch hunt is an abomination.
Once more an innocent child has been raped, this
time in Tobago.
When will the lawmakers In this country wake up
and change the law so that if convicted by DNA evi-
dence the rapist should be given a long sentence and
should be surgically castrated. If this were done we
could guarantee that the rape of a minor would be-
come a thing of the past.
Of course the bleeding hearts in our country will
say that this infringes on the rights of the criminal.
They conveniently forget about the rights of the vic-
tim and the permanent damage it does to them.
PP RETREAT CONTINUES,
PNM PROMOTING PLANS
Ambushed by WASA's
online service charge
A new PNM Government, while
offered as the antithesis of the PP,
bears certain PP stylings. The theme
of Rowley's governance plan
(according to his speech) was
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