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In making financial decisions on
a national level it must be noted
that investments that bring in real
money---money from foreign
sources---are more beneficial than
local investments. Local invest-
ments are important where they
reduce the need for foreign ex-
change like in agriculture.
Apart from taxes on foreign
companies in the energy sector
there is not much in T&T that
brings real income. Tourism is one
area where real income is earned. It
must be noted that apart from the
attraction of Tobago, no other
product attracts as many
tourists---and consequently real in-
Additionally, there is real income
from the export of locally produced
goods and services. In this area our
major markets are our Caricom
Each Carnival, our hotels are
filled, our car rental companies are
booked up, mas bands are booked
up with as much as 40 per cent
foreigners in some cases, and local
businesses like restaurants, small
breakfast and lodging units are
utilised by foreigners.
All of this leads to earning real
income (foreign exchange) for T&T.
In such light any forward-thinking
government will invest in Carnival.
To those who are so clouded by
their myopic vision and prejudices
that they choose to see Carnival as
some sectoral thing I say that con-
trary to their view, Governments
have not invested enough in Carni-
val.A properly packaged Carnival
that is well marketed can increase
our present foreign exchange from
Carnival by as much as 200 per
cent. So in other words, what is
needed is more and not less invest-
ment in Carnival.
More investment needed in Carnival
I am appalled at the news report
that T&T has removed the visa
requirement for Pakistani citizens.
Pakistan is widely regarded as a
state sponsor of terrorism in India,
Afganistan and elsewhere. They
also have been suppliers of illegal
weaponry to terrorist groups
everywhere---Iran, North Korea
among other places.
With what has just been hap-
pening in Europe there is going to
be serious scrutiny of all travellers.
Apparently, from March 2015,
T&T is going to be allowed visa-
free access to the European Schen-
gen Area, a privilege we have been
lobbying for, for years.
Let s not lose this opportunity.
Pakistanis could now easily come
here, buy a T&T passport and get
extraordinary access to the region,
the UK and Europe.
We have been trying to get
Canada to drop visa requirements
for us...forget it.
Only six countries in the world
allow visa-free travel for Pakista-
nis, four of which are in the
Caribbean: Haiti, Dominica, St
Vincent and the Grenadines and
Even Saudi Arabia, Iran and
Zimbabwe require visas. Pakistanis
need a visa to visit neighbouring
This development is going to put
native Trinidadians under unde-
served scrutiny. We do not deserve
We need to revisit this mistake.
Dr David Salinger,
NO VISA REQUIREMENT
I would like to express my disgust
once again with this Government and
this time particularly with the health
I am a diabetic in my late 50s with a
neurological illness called Myasthenia
Gravis. The symptoms are loss of mus-
cle use, weariness, etc.
I depend on a medicine/tablets called
Mestinon which I am supposed to take
three times daily. Sadly, for the past six
months I have been unable to get any
through the CDAP programme at any
hospital in Trinidad. I believe that I am
entitled to get my meds through the
programme as I pay health surcharge
every month to this "caring" govern-
I am being told by hospital pharma-
cists that these tablets are unavailable
as the Government has not been bring-
ing them into the country for whatever
reason and there is no alternative tablet
that I can take for my condition.
Funny though, I can and have had to
buy the very same tablets at the drug-
store on Charlotte St, the drugstore at
Massy Stores in St Ann's and in the past
at a pharmacy in Westmoorings at exor-
I have been unable to afford to take
my dosage so I have to reduce it to
sometimes one or two tablets daily and
now my condition is worsening.
My million-dollar question is: How are
these private drugstores able to bring in
these tablets and sell them and this
"caring" Government cannot do so in
order to save citizens' lives?
I await an early response from you, Dr
No CDAP meds making me sick
The West Indies cricket mad-
Leon Johnson is not a member
of the WI World Cup squad for the
tournament that follows the cur-
rent tour of South Africa. Lendl
Simmons is a member of the
World Cup squad. Simmons played
one T20 and scored 49.
He was not selected in either of
the first two ODIs. However John-
son has been selected, and he duly
Do the tour selectors know
what is going on or is Lloyd con-
trolling that too? Messrs Lloyd and
Cameron have brought West In-
dies cricket to its knees.
We are now the laughing stock
of the world.
Poly Stephen Romany
Employees of the Traffic Management Branch paint a zebra crossing sign on the Eastern Main Road
and Pasea Rd intersection, outside the Tunapuna Police Station, on Sunday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
CAUTION: ZEBRA CROSSING
West Indies cricket on its knees
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