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P All persons with
"Sale of Agreement"
Comprising 17 acres of Land
situated at 2 mile mark
Penal Rock Road
Kindly contact Mrs Rookmin Nandlal
with 'Sale of Agreement " documents
at # 39 Clarke Road Penal'
or call 647 7634, 355 1508, 333 9465.
Deadline day to bring documents
on or before 31st December, 2015
Pipeline operations by MVs Michael M Kathy
M, Kenneth O and barge Winston B, towing
pipelines of up to 2000 feet in length in
progress between La Romaine Bay Area and
Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st
A wide berth and caution is advised
25th February 2015
Beverly Phillip Director of Maritime
Services Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport
In a scenario where one has to choose
between the PNM and the UNC which
is the best option for 2015? That is the
question that every undecided voter has
The UNC has made the campaign out
to be one of Kamla versus Rowley. In so
doing they have taken some decisions
that say implicitly that they are not
relying on the PP government s track
record or the performance of the minis-
ters as a basis for making their case for
It seems that their strategists have
decided to maximise the female attrac-
tion of Kamla and position that image
against Dr Rowley who, they hope, will
emerge as so tainted and unattractive
that voters will gravitate to the UNC
regardless of performance.
For the strategists there seem to be
nothing sacred in unleashing their anti-
Rowley campaign. He is no longer
referred to as Dr Rowley; for the UNC
he is Rowley.
The undecided voter can either be
caught up in the Rowley vs Kamla cam-
paign or choose instead to focus on who
is likely to improve the quality of life for
the citizens of T&T.
There are more than enough indicators
to determine which political party and
leader is best suited to manage T&T for
the next five years.
Let us examine: The PP government
has been in the service of T&T for the
last five years. One of the most impor-
tant and common impediments to
progress for most governments is
finance. That was not a factor under the
PP government. The government has,
during the last five years, spent more
money than any other government in
the history of T&T.
What is the impact of that spending?
There have been contractors, lawyers
and business people who have been
supporters of the government and who
have emerged as multi-millionaires dur-
ing their reign. In the meantime, there
continues to be a shortage of drugs in
the hospitals, patients complain about
no access to beds and critical surgery is
subject to lengthy delays due to inade-
quate access to healthcare.
The wealth of sectors of our society
has allowed an average of 30,000 new
cars being added to the roads each year
without a corresponding addition of new
roads or an alternative transport system.
The Beetham highway is perhaps the
most unsightly major roadway in the
Caribbean as tall grass grows uncon-
trolled along the sides of the roads
among the mounds of garbage and scrap
metal. Our capital city is a haven for the
homeless, rats and criminals as faeces
and garbage mingle in flooded streets
after any heavy rainfall.
At almost every pronouncement of
progress the members of the Govern-
ment point to box drains, the Children s
Hospital and the highway to Point
Perhaps it is wise to look at what
another UNC government did with
much less money available to it to
determine whether this PP government s
performance has compared with any
other government in service to T&T.
The UNC under Basdeo Panday was
faced with major infrastructural chal-
lenges especially the distribution of
power and water. With limited finances
they built a new power plant (Incogen),
they facilitated the construction of a
desalination plant to augment the water
supply, they built a new airport, resur-
faced most of the nation roads, built
bridges throughout Trinidad, instituted a
"water for all" project that allowed
communities access to water for the
first time, they formed a national steel
orchestra and built major sporting facili-
ties in many communities at a standard
that allowed for international competi-
tion, and was the first to introduce low-
cost access to tertiary education through
the "dollar for dollar" initiative that
became the antecedent of the GATE
Their list of achievements can go on
and on. Critical to the sustainability of
the economy was the initiative regarding
the emphasis on gas rather than the
reliance on oil.
An evaluation of the Manning PNM
administration will indicate similar levels
of achievement among which were
major construction initiatives like the
waterfront project, NAPA and SAPA cul-
tural facilities, industrial complexes and
major lighting initiatives for the high-
way, streets and sporting grounds.
It is the evaluation of the performance
of the PP government that must be the
determining factor as to whether Kamla
is more palatable than Dr Rowley.
There are advantages to being a
woman. Almost every commercial
advertisement is headlined by women;
from power tools to cars the image of a
woman is powerful.
It is that image that is foisted upon
the electorate against that of Dr Rowley.
One wonders whether any other male
prime minister could have had any pop-
ularity after the failure of so many Cab-
inet ministers and allegations of mis-
To those who will determine the out-
come of this 2015 general election, it
may be wise to note that the fate of our
nation lies in your ability to look beyond
the hype and evaluate the substance of
those seeking our votes.
God bless our nation.
WHO'S BETTER FOR T&T
KAMLA OR DR ROWLEY?
A message from the
Secretary General of
the United Nations
Today, August 12, marks International Day of
Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting
political conditions, economic turmoil and social
transformations are combining to heighten the
challenges facing the world's young people. No one
knows better than them the issues at stake or the
best way to respond. That is why I am calling on
young people to speak out---and I am urging lead-
ers to listen.
As the world changes with unprecedented
speed, young people are proving to be invaluable
partners who can advance meaningful solutions.
Youth movements and student groups are chal-
lenging traditional power structures and advocat-
ing a new social contract between states and
societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh
ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilised
through social media as never before.
I applaud the millions of young people who are
protesting for rights and participation, addressing
staggering levels of youth unemployment, raising
their voices against injustice, and advocating global
action for people and the planet.
In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to
adopt a bold new vision for sustainable develop-
ment, the engagement of youth is more valuable
than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on
young people to demand and foster the dramatic
progress so urgently needed in our world.
Volunteerism is an ideal way to improve soci-
ety---and it is open to virtually everyone. Youth can
also join forces with the United Nations as we
move from forging the new sustainable develop-
ment goals to implementing them. That spirit of
action is embodied in the theme of this Interna-
tional Day: Youth and Civic Engagement.
I stand with the world's young people in calling
for measures to secure human rights, economic
progress, environmental stewardship and social in-
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the
United Nations Charter and the 20th anniversary of
the World Programme of Action for Youth. In sup-
port of their aims, my Youth Envoy is helping to
mobilise this largest generation of young people in
history. As he says, youth engagement can help
turn the world we want into the world we deserve.
Let us all support young people in creating a fu-
ture where our planet is protected and all people
live in dignity.
The Democratic Party of T&T
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