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I would like to congratulate all mem-
bers---both past and present---of the
Young Shotters Cricket Team on our
recent achievement of ten years as an
organisation. We have stood the test
of time and have done well against the
odds. Some of our achievements are:
• 4th in Discipline Sports Windball
• 2nd in Discipline Sports Windball
• 3rd in Discipline Sports Windball
• Champions in Vega Windball
• Champion in Rossi Home Centre
Best of the Rest Windball Competition
• Champion in Guaico Tamana Best
of the Rest Cricket Competition 2011
• Most Discipline Team in Riverside
Complex Night Cricket 2007
• Most Discipline Team in Rossi
Home Centre Windball Competition
While I take the opportunity to
thank all those who have been part of
the team, I single out for mention both
Stephen and Deon Maraj, especially
Stephen who has been vice captain
for nine out of the ten years. He gave
support to me as I rallied the troops
for the past ten years as captain. Finally,
I thank my mother, Paula Mongolas
who has served as manager and guided
us on our journey.
Captain, Young Shotters
Chief of the Santa Rosa First People's Community Ricardo Bharath attends to the offerings during
the annual Amerindian Smoke Ceremony, at the Hyarima Statue in Arima, last Wednesday.
The slogan of the PNM during the election cam-
paign, Let s do this together can be applied to
our present economic condition. Everyone must
realise that the economic picture is not that good.
We need to tighten our belts to ensure the ship
of state reaches to shore. At present, most people
are not aware of the gravity of the state of the
Contractors need to stop over invoicing on jobs
according to Minister of Public Utilities Ancil
Antoine. Over invoicing is costing the Government
millions of dollars. In addition, contractors are
varying the job without approvals and billing the
State. Rousillac Presbyterian School is a case in
point---two-storey school originally, is now a three-
story school. The taxpayer pays the bill.
Contractors must also stop giving the State
shoddy work. We pay top dollar for substandard
work. Who is held accountable?
The Clico investors and speculators and not
policyholders have to take a number and stand in
line. The Minister of Finance is a no nonsense
person. He is not going to buckle under pressure
by head of the Policyholders group, Peter Permell.
Mr Permell must understand when you invest in
a Ponzi Scheme you have a legitimate expectation
to expect nothing.
Then the trade unions must exercise restraint.
The Government cannot afford to pay high wages
and salaries in an environment of low energy prices.
Mr Roget, you might have to take a close haircut.
The manufacturing sector must also be respon-
sible. They must get into joint ventures with the
Government. In fiscal 2016, I see over $54 billion
in revenue will be coming from the business sector.
This is good news.
Senior counsels must reduce their legal fees.
They must abide by the fee structure of the Chief
Justice. The AG would now be using in-house
attorneys to fight serious cases. It s a very good
cost saving measure.
The citizens must stop their unnecessary protest-
ing for paved roads and drainage. They must use
the correct channels of their councillors and MP s.
We are all in this together.
As a single mother of two, I am deeply
concerned and disheartened by the 2016
budget by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert.
My first concern was the increase in gas.
This immediately raised a red flag with me.
The very first thought that resonated in my
mind was the cost of transportation, the
raising of food prices came next. Did the
minister take into consideration the effect
this budget was going to have on single
mothers? I cannot even say the poor, because
the poor still get benefits in the form of food
cards and various grants etc. Once you are
employed and considered to be making a
certain amount of money these "gifts" does
not apply to you.
I kept thinking about my salary which
scarcely meets my monthly demands and
wondered how I was going to cope with this
sudden change. I know changes were to
come, but not the way in which it came.
I heard the Minister of Finance say that
he applauds the Maxi Taxi Association for
not raising their fees and he is pleased with
that. So in his mind its all well and good,
The minister seems to be out of touch
with reality because clearly he does not know
that maxi taxis are not the only means of
transportation in this country. Taxis in my
area have now increased their fares by $1.
Is the minister going to applaud that too?
One dollar may not seem like much to many
people, but when you earn basic wage, one
dollar is much to be desired.
Without even blinking an eye, some super-
markets have already raised prices on some
items. They think you may not notice the
price increase, but when you watch every
dollar you spend, nothing is invisible to you.
I am not even going to stress on the point
that my salary remains the same as prices
go up, because everyone knows that once
your salary goes up its like the budget all
over again. So an increase in salary is not
my main concern right now.
As a single mother I am truly disappointed
with this budget. There is nothing indicating
a better way of life nor does it give me hope
for a better five years.
There is nothing in this budget that
screams WE CARE.
on ten years
in the game
Citizens need to
tighten their belts
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