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United National Congress cam-
paign manager Rodney Charles was
elusive yesterday when asked how
much money the party had so far
spent on the "NoRowley" election
campaign, saying the party will only
do so when the People s National
Movement reveals its financiers and
the amount of money spent on cam-
Charles was fielding questions from
the media as the UNC continued its
"NoRowley" campaign opposite the
United Nations building on Chancery
"I cannot give that figure," Charles
said on the issue of how much was
spent thus far.
As Charles was standing in front a
poster, a middle-aged woman in a
black car came out a short distance
away and shouted "PNM forever" sev-
eral times before driving away.
Pressed repeatedly about the spe-
cific cost of the continuing campaign,
which features posters of Rowley both
in public and online, Charles said:
"The cost of my gas was $20. The
poster...we use this all the time...this
cost about TT$400.
"My time I would say $50. I would
say the total cost of today (yesterday)
was under $1,000. That money came
from the campaign and where did that
money come from...from donors. And
who are the donors? I am not at liberty
to give out at this stage."
Charles also held a small globe in
his hand but could not initially say
what it signified.
When told he was the campaign
manager but was unaware of what
the globe represented, Charles said:
"It points out to international affairs...I
could see how we relate to the US,
Brazil, Panama, China. We are really
speaking about Trinidad s relation
with the global community."
Asked if he believed as campaign
manager it was his responsibility to
know where the campaign finance
was being sourced, especially in the
face of numerous corruption allega-
tions made against the party, Charles
said: "We are an organised party. We
are committed to campaign finance
"The Prime Minister has given
instructions that when the PNM
reveals their campaign finance we are
going to do the same.
"That is the end as far as I know.
I cannot speculate."
On why the UNC s screening
process has not yet been completed,
Charles said the party was operating
on a plan and schedule.
"There are a number of people who
want to be part of Kamla Persad-
Bissessar s vision...young engineers,
doctors, lawyers, self-made business-
"For example, in one constituency
we have 28 to 30 people wanting to
be the candidate and that tells me
that people, and particularly young
people, want to be involved. But to
bring them into the process of decision
making...that takes time."
Asked whether the UNC s incom-
plete screening process thus far may
be to the disadvantage of the party,
Charles said that once a candidate
was announced that person could
"start the ground running."
Regarding the UNC s negotiations
with the Congress of the People (COP)
for seats, Charles said it was proceed-
ing, adding that he (Charles) was
expected to meet with COP leader
Prakash Ramadhar yesterday on the
"We speak at least three times a
week in terms of co-ordinating our
policies and plans. They have
announced candidates and we have.
Obviously discussions took place. So
things are happening on the ground
even though there is no formal
announcement," he said.
On speculation that the UNC
intended to drop the COP leading up
the general election, Charles said this
was not true as the PP Government
was a component of partners who
each had something to contribute.
Regarding the police probe into Jack
Warner s allegations that Persad-
Bissessar accepted $8.3 million from
party financiers in exchange for leg-
islative protection against extradition,
Charles said this was not the first
time allegations have been levelled
against the PM.
"She has been accused of smoking
weed, she has been accused on e-
mails and at every instance she has
come clear," Charles said.
Claxton Bay residents are now
calling for proper recycling prac-
tices to be implemented at the
Forres Park dump, in the wake
of a fire that burned through
most of Saturday and left the
area covered in smoke.
Secretary of the Springvalle Vil-
lage Council, Nisha Whiteman,
told the T&T Guardian yesterday
that for the past few years fires
at the dump have been a regular
"Every year for some reason
the dump starts to burn and
smoke and fog cover our village,"
"Last year we had spoken about
moving the dump, but that
doesn t seem like an option any-
more. We want proper recycling
practices to be put in place, so if
a fire starts we won t be getting
the fumes of burning plastic and
rubber in our homes."
According to Whiteman, smoke
was seen emanating from the
dump around 8.30 am on Satur-
day but it is unclear who was
responsible for the blaze.
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited the dump around 2 pm that
day, the fumes of burning waste
and debris clogged the air and
even hundreds of vultures and
other birds frantically tried to
escape the smoke.
Solid Waste Management Com-
pany (SWMCOL) employees in
excavators tried to contain the
blaze, pushing refuse aside in an
attempt to create a fire trail.
Although SWMCOL represen-
tatives usually meet with residents
when there are fires, Whiteman
said no one had contacted resi-
dents up to noon yesterday.
"Usually they come in and
speak to us, I think because Sat-
urday was a holiday we didn t see
them," she said.
She said during the day the
smog lifted but residents were on
the alert should it descend again
"It was foggy early this morning
(Sunday) but it cleared up quickly.
We are waiting to see whether it
will get back like that tonight."
In a statement to the T&T
Guardian on Saturday, Couva Tal-
paro Regional Corporation
(CTTRC) councillor Fazeeda
Khan-Mohammed said the cor-
poration and SWMCOL were
working together to quell the
"The corporation has been
working with SWMCOL and the
fire is under control," Khan-
She said SWMCOL and the
Authority would also go in to do
air quality testing to ensure the
residents in nearby communities
are not at risk.
However, she could not say
when these tests would take place.
She said the landfill has also been
closed while site visits are taking
A 52-year-old Bar-
rackpore woman is in
serious condition at
hospital after being
chopped and stabbed by
a male relative in the
early hours of Sunday.
According to police
Claxton Bay residents seek action after dump fire
The Claxton Bay community
is covered in clouds of smoke
from the Claxton Bay dump
following a fire on Saturday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH Party mum on
source of $$
UNC continues 'NoRowley' campaign
Woman chopped during argument
reports, Eileen Forbes, of
Sumani Trace, Barrack-
pore, and the man had
an altercation around 1
During the altercation,
she was attacked with a
cutlass and dealt several
chops and stabs to the
head and body. Her
attacker left her bleeding
on the ground and ran
away. Police were con-
tacted and Forbes was
taken to the San Fernan-
do General Hospital.
Although her condi-
tion had stabilised up to
yesterday evening, doc-
tors said she was not out
of danger yet.
Police said they antic-
ipate Forbes attacker will
be arrested soon.
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