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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged
citizens not to heed the "spoilt ballot" lobby from
Third Force Movement leader Timothy Hamel-
Speaking at a United National Congress Diego Mar-
tin North East constituency meeting, at Massy Express
stores in Maraval on Thursday night, she said "Go
out and vote, that is your democratic right...you have
a right to vote. When you go to vote do not spoil any
"If you don t want to vote, stay home and those
of you who go out to vote---put your X by the PP
The crowd didn t completely fill the car park, but
featured a strong local Diego Martin North East pres-
ence, mainly supporters of UNC Diego Martin North
East candidate Garvin Nicholas and many youths.
Persad-Bissessar who arrived at the meeting around
10.38 pm, after appearances at other locations including
another Maraval Town Hall meeting, opened her
address with the comment that she had also visited
Sangre Grande and that area had "gone clear---the
energy is there."
She said she went to San Juan/Barataria and that
too "...has gone clear---PP victory."
The PM said she was sure Nicholas would become
the next Diego Martin North East MP.
Persad-Bissessar said a multi-section bridge would
be built to transport commuters between Diego Martin
and the Chaguaramas peninsula. She said the first
stages involving environmental assessments and other
work would be completed in 180 days and five min-
istries would coordinate work with the Chaguaramas
Congress of the People (COP) leader Prakash
Ramadhar said the PP felt the winds of change were
blowing in the East-West corridor and the margins
were getting wider. But he said this shouldn t be taken
He said People s National Movement (PNM) leader
Keith Rowley lacked respect for women and had made
remarks about the PM concerning "dogs and animals."
"How can a leader speak like that? That sort of
attitude would make the society degenerate," he said.
"He has no plan to save the economy...Forget the
hype and gripes of the PNM, they feel they can fool
people with propaganda but we re more experienced
than that. The PP will not return the PNM s property
National Joint Action Committee s Kwesi Mutema
warned PP members not to be overconfident and to
triple their efforts and bring out every vote.
Nicholas pledged to keep Maraval s health centre
open 24 hours a day. He outlined what he d done for
the area so far, claiming incumbent MP Colm Imbert
had not told the truth about a primary school in the
area and that the primary school would be opened
on September 8. He also said Imbert had said spring
water in Paramin wasn t safe, but this had been tested
by Water Resources technicians and was found to be
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Principal of the University of
the West Indies, Professor Clement
Sankat, says the handing over of
teaching facilties at the San Fer-
nando Teaching Hospital to UWI
will help in clearing a backlog of
over 200 students trying to get
Speaking at the handing over cer-
emony on Thursday at the hospital,
Sankat said every year more and
more students were trying to get
into the highly competitive medical
"We have 200 students with
straight A s waiting to come into
the Faculty of Medicine, so what
that means in any year is that stu-
dents who have just gotten their
CAPE results, some of them will
be put on a list," he said.
"That is why it is extremely
important that we expand the fac-
ulty, to deal with this backlog."
Sankat said many parents called
him asking why their children had
to wait so long to begin their stud-
"I feel the same way they do, I
am a parent too. They call me and
say professor, my child has straight
A s, but when we have no space
what can I do? This facility is going
to allow us to increase our intake."
However, Sankat said, the UWI
medical faculty faced another prob-
"We are fixing one side of the
coin today with this exceptionally
world-class physical space and we
are on the path of becoming a
world-class faculty but we have to
fix the staffing challenges. We have
to ensure we have a very high
staffing to student ratio."
Sankat sent out a plea to doctors
to give back to the university now.
"We need to bring in more staff,
more clinicians in particular. I am
appealing to all my colleagues in
medicine that as you move on in
your careers, you have done very
well. You could think about giving
back a little right now. We need
your help badly."
Sankat welcomed doctors both
locally and regionally.
"I am appealing to the doctors
both in T&T and in the region who
want to come back and those in
the diaspora, to come back and help
us train world-class doctors."
PM rejects 'spoil
for help to train
UNC supporters at the party's Diego Martin North East constituency meeting at Massy Express stores,
Maraval, on Thursday night. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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