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The Joint Trade Union Move-
ment (JTUM) yesterday stepped
up its call for Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar to call
the election on or before May
24, while at the same time urg-
ing her to take responsibility for
the numerous allegations of cor-
ruption plaguing her Govern-
The call was made by JTUM s
general secretary Ozzi Warwick
during an ole mas demonstration
on the Brian Lara Promenade,
It was against the backdrop of
the JTUM effigy, fondly referred
to as "Mother Goose"
, which was
dressed in a copy-cat outfit of
the one Persad-Bissessar wore
last weekend when she attended
the Heatwave all-inclusive fete
at the Queen s Park Oval.
The printed billboard attracted
more attention than the protest-
ing union executives, as members
of the public traversing the capital
city laughed at the headline: "I
Have The Most Corrupt Govern-
ment Ever But Ah Partying Like
Pointing to the effigy, Warwick
said it was in keeping with the
tradition of ole mas as Canboulay
was used to depict the colonial
authorities by oppressed workers
who would dress and imitate
them as a form of protest.
Warwick said although the
country was in the midst of the
Carnival season, it was important
to maintain the focus on the role
and responsibilities of the Prime
Minister as well as her failings.
Claiming that as many as 29
ministers were fired and or
removed under Persad-Bissessar s
tenure, Warwick said the list of
woes included Reshmi Ramnar-
ine, LifeSport, Section 34, pris-
ongate, Emailgate, the Debe to
Mon Desir section of the Point
Fortin Highway, the NP Gopaul
scandal, falsified qualifications
of persons in high office, the fall
of the Attorney General, witness
tampering, the plight of contract
workers, the lack of foreign cur-
rency, violent crime, amendments
to the Tobago House of Assembly
Act, the run-off bill and generally
"The Prime Minister is at the
centre of all that and must be
"The population will not tol-
erate it as they have had five years
during which they failed to
implement the workers agenda
and to demonstrate good gover-
nance," Warwick added
Renewing the JTUM s call for
the election to be called by May
24 as Government had lost legit-
imacy, Warwick also called for
all outstanding negotiations to
be settled before it demits office.
A similar call was made by the
leader of the Movement for Social
Justice, David Abdulah on
Wednesday, outside the Office
of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
Ozzi Warwick, secretary of JTUM, third from left, and others read a poster which was placed next to an
effigy of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at Cipriani Roundabout, Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
New call for
election by May 24
...as effigy of PM is placed on promenade
There is no ban on glass bottles for
the 2015 carnival season.
This is according to National Security
Minister Carl Alfonso and Port-of-Spain
mayor Raymond Tim Kee.
Both officials denied claims yesterday
that the sale of drinks in glass bottles
had been banned within Port-of-Spain.
Alfonso said, "As far as I am aware,
no such directive was given, at least not
by this office."
He said while there was some talk
regarding the issue, prior to his assuming
office, no such policy was approved.
Alfonso s predecessor, former minister
Gary Griffith, had expressed an intention
to ban glass bottles since they could be
used as weapons during the revelry.
However, no legislation was enacted
to support this, hence no directive was
given on the issue.
Alfonso repeated earlier statements
that such a ban was a "noble idea," but
added, "This is something that would
require far more consultations and dis-
cussions from all sectors of the socie-
ty."Admitting that the authorities would
need to act if there was a problem which
posed a threat to life and limb, Alfonso
said, "What we can do is to encourage
and appeal to people to refrain from hav-
ing too many glass bottles lying about
He also urged vendors to consider
serving drinks in styrofoam cups, instead
of bottles---which could minimise the
risk of them being used a as a weapon
during an altercation.
Expressing surprise over the claim
that glass bottles had been banned in
the capital, Tim Kee said he was "taken
aback" by radio reports suggesting this.
Vendors had already purchased stock
to be sold during the season, Tim Kee
said, and drinks manufacturers had not
been instructed to prepare any special
bottle or packaging to be used during
the carnival period.
He said many manufacturers had
begun streamlining products for the sea-
son since last October, and it would be
unfair at this stage to enforce such a ban.
Tim Kee said although there had been
several meetings with relevant stake-
holders in the run-up to this weekend s
celebrations, "There was no definitive
directive to suggest that bottles be
'No ban on glass bottles'
Contacted on the issue, managing
director at Carib Brewery Ltd, Gabriel
Faria said, "No one has informed us of
such a ban."
Faria said, "My perspective is that
bottles don't do wrong things, people do
He said although they had not been
informed of such a ban, the company
had exercised its discretion at events
during the season to offer more drinks in
cans than bottles.
Faria pointed out that there were
instances where the client had
requested more of one---for various
reasons---and they had complied.
"We have not seen significant
evidence that glass is more dangerous
than cans," Faria said, adding they would
abide by any decision announced by
Claiming that it would be "impractical"
to enforce such a decision on Carnival
Friday, Faria would only say that sales
had increased during the Carnival period.
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