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December 28, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Over the last 12 months, politics
has proved to be a race with no
clearly defined winner.
As the country edges closer to the
2015 general election, however, polit-
ical analysts agree that 2014 was bet-
ter for the People s Partnership than
the year before, despite many internal
upheavals. Nevertheless, politics is a
tricky, fickle business and the tide
of voter favour can turn at any time,
they believe, particularly as the pres-
ent political climate and the upcom-
ing general election are set against
the backdrop of spiralling crime and
a steep drop in oil revenue.
Economists are also agreeing with
the political analysts, warning that
unchecked spending customarily
used to sweeten voters may leave a
sour taste in people s mouths instead.
Global oil prices have dipped to
US$60 a barrel.
At the same time, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar distributed
thousands of dollars in toys to chil-
dren across the country, disbursed
$55 million to churches, $2 million
for Sparrow s museum, left the allo-
cation for Carnival unchanged,
increased PSA wages by 13 per cent,
and increased teachers wages by 14
The two political analysts, Dr Indira
Rampersad and Maukesh Basdeo,
along with four economists---Dr
Lester Henry, Dr Ronald Ramkissoon,
Mary King and Dr Roger Hosein---
weighed in on the two biggest issues
facing the country: crime and the
economy in the build-up to the gen-
The economists believe there must
be strong leadership in the face of
falling incomes, and tough measures
must be taken to succeed in the polls.
"Crime is a major issue and anoth-
er issue is the economy because of
the fall in oil prices. It will be inter-
esting to see how that is handled and
which party can manage that drop
in oil prices," Basdeo said.
(See Pages A5, A6, A7)
2014 year in review---politics
'Unchecked spending could leave sour taste'
Violence continued over
the long holiday weekend as
a 46-year-old woman was
killed by an irate motorist,
who rammed his car into her
and two other women fol-
lowing an argument in
Up the late yesterday, police
were at the scene along the
Naparima Mayaro Road, Bris-
tol Village, where Darlin
Arjune was killed. Police said
the argument happened after
the car the women were trav-
elling in was involved in an
accident with three other cars.
The cars involved were a Mit-
subishi Lancer, a Nissan
Sunny B11, a Nissan Sunny
B14 and a Toyota Corolla.
Initial reports stated that
around 4 pm, the driver of the
Mitsubishi Lancer was head-
ing south when he collided
with the other vehicles.
All occupants came out and
began arguing. Police said the
man became so enraged that
he got back into his car and
reversed into the women.
They were taken to the
Mayaro District Health Facility
where Arjune was pronounced
dead on arrival. Another vic-
tim, Victoria Arjune, was
transferred to the Sangre
Grande Hospital after she was
thought to have sustained two
broken ribs. The third victim
was receiving treatment at the
Police said the driver of the
Lancer was in custody and
was being questioned.
Arjune s violent death fol-
lows the murders of Kern
Samuel, 20, of Redhill, Petit
Valley, and Arthur Noel, 59,
of Arima, on Boxing Day.
Samuel was shot several times
outside a bar party at Cocoa
Jah, along with Jervon
Mosegue of Church Street,
Petit Valley. Noel, a homeless
man, who lived at the Mickey
Grounds, was chopped on his
head and shoulder.
Police officer held for rape
A Southern Division police
officer is being investigated
for sexually assaulting a 42-
year-old woman during a
According to reports, the
officer was at the woman s
house in Penal when, around
3 am Friday, they got into the
officer s car and drove to a
lonely road off Clarke Road.
The woman claimed that
the officer began touching her
inappropriately against her
wishes. She reported the
attack at the Penal Police Sta-
tion. Investigations are con-
Woman killed in
road rage in Mayaro
Hundreds of frustrated passengers
up to late last night stood at the
Caribbean Airlines domestic counter
demanding answers as to why they
were left stranded at Piarco Interna-
Some of them had been waiting on
standby flights to Tobago from 3 am
A Caribbean Airlines supervisor on
duty at the airport at about 6 pm
addressed disgruntled passengers say-
ing that she unfortunately could not
bring them any relief and suggested
that they leave the airport.
A Caribbean Airlines representative
explained to the Sunday Guardian that
it was the first time in her eight years
service with the airline that she had
experienced such a situation.
"This is the worst ever and I cannot
do anything about it. Many Christ-
mases before it was very slow but I
don t know what is happening this
Many passengers shouted and
begged for the airline to organise a big
aircraft to take them to Tobago, as
done in the past.
CAL s representative said in order
to do that they would have to get the
greenlight from the "ones above."
Passenger Kanhai Ramdial said he
came to the airport at about 10 am
and purchased a one-way standby
ticket and at 7 pm he was still waiting
to get on a flight.
"I am very disappointed in the serv-
ice. All these years and they can t get
it right with the airbridge. It s Christ-
mas too and all this frustration we are
forced to be faced with."
Another passenger, Venisha
Baboolal, said, "I have been here since
midnight on Friday and could not get
on. No explanation was given. I went
home at 3 am and returned a few hours
after and 7 o clock tonight I still here.
This is utter nonsense and very ridicu-
Efforts to reach line Minister Larry
Howai for comment proved futile.
However, National Security Minister
Gary Griffith said he would contact
Howai as well as Minister of Transport
Stephen Cadiz to see what could be
done to bring relief to all who were
No standby flights to Tobago
Stranded Tobago passengers at the Caribbean Airlines domestic counter at Piarco International Airport last night.
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