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PM sets up internal
team for Tobago
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday
announced the establishment of a joint team, at
the request of the Chief Secretary of the Tobago
House of Assembly, to further examine the issue
of constitutional legislative reform with regard to
internal self-Government for Tobago.
THA Chief Secretary Orville London had issued
an ultimatum to the Prime Minister while she was
away last week to reply on the issue or he and other
Tobago parties---minus the Tobago organisation of
the People (TOP)---would proceed on the self-gov-
ernment issue without Government. He said the
THA was seeking international assistance in formu-
lating plans on the issue.
Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar wrote to London reaf-
firming her Government s commitment to internal
self-government for Tobago and expressing her agree-
ment to the establishment of a joint team to look at
this important issue.
Persad-Bissessar has mandated Environment Min-
ister Ganga Singh, Arts and Multiculturalism Minister
Lincoln Douglas, Food Production Minister Devant
Maharaj and Tobago Development Minister Dr Delmon
Baker to work with the THA in this regard.
The PM also informed London that he can expect
"a carefully deliberated response" from the Attorney
General regarding the issue of reported incursions
into areas devolved to the THA. London has com-
plained that the Tobago Development Ministry had
made such incursions and produced information on
Four people, including a pensioner, are homeless
after an early morning fire ravaged an apartment
building in Vistabella on Tuesday.
Recounting the incident, tenant Jennifer Quinton
said she was asleep when the fire started around 2.55
"I was sleeping when the girl from upstairs starting
knocking on the window and woke me up. I just got
up, grabbed my handbag and ran," Quinton said.
Quinton, 68, said the cause of the fire was a mystery,
as the room where it started was unoccupied and
had no electricity. The other tenants, a young woman,
her husband and their five-year-old son, were also
able to escape unhurt.
"We have no idea what happened. There was no
one in that room, there was no electricity there, so
for now it s a total mystery."
Firefighters from of the Mon Repos station respond-
ed but by the time they arrived the building was
Quinton said she started living in the apartment
three months ago, when she was given notice by her
previous landlord. The building is owned by her rel-
ative, Rawle White, who lives abroad.
"I had nowhere to go and he let me stay here, but
now I have nowhere to go," she said.
"I lost almost everything, I don t know what I will
do."Quinton, a grandmother of three, said she was
grateful that none of her grandchildren were staying
with her at the time of the fire.
"My grandkids stay over a lot, they love my cooking
and baking. I am so grateful they were not here when
She said she applied for a house from the state
over three decades ago and with her current circum-
Jennifer Quinton salvages a piece of furniture from her apartment, which was
destroyed by fire at Lambie Street, Vistabella, on Tuesday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
stances she is hoping her application will be approved.
"I applied for a house over 35 years ago. I could
really use somewhere to live now, otherwise I have
nowhere to go."
When contacted on the matter, newly-appointed
Minister of the People and Social Development Chris-
tine Newallo-Hosein said she would look into the
matter and offer whatever assistance her ministry
Four homeless after
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