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Chief Secretary of the Tobago
House of Assembly (THA) Orville
London has once again made it clear
that in seeking autonomy, Tobago
does not want to split from the state
of Trinidad and Tobago.
London made the comment during a courtesy call
by over 30 students from the College of Science,
Technology and Applied Arts of T&T (Costaatt) at
the THA s Administrative Complex, Tobago, on Mon-
He said Tobagonians only wanted a greater say in
managing the island s affairs.
"If it s one way to get a relationship to fail, it s for
one party to determine the rules," Lon-
The Chief Secretary shared a brief
outline of the history and structure of
the THA, including the union between
Trinidad and Tobago in 1889 by the
British government, and Act No 40 of
1996, which gave the THA "devolution
of power" over 33 areas of responsi-
London said autonomy would remain
an important discussion between Tobago
and the Central Government until a consensus was
found on the way forward.
When the group of students---including members
of the Defence Force, Police and Prisons Services---
arrived at the Office of the Chief Secretary, London
welcomed the students, joking that he felt "well pro-
tected" in their presence.
The visit was part of their Public Sector Manage-
ment class and allowed them an opportunity to
engage the THA leader in a question-and-answer
session about autonomy.
"Sessions like this help us to understand one anoth-
er better, to get rid of some of the suspicion and
false information. We want the views of all of Trinidad
and Tobago," London said.
Officers of the Arouca CID seized five
guns in separate locations during the
past week in San Juan, Arouca, Mal-
oney and Cunupia.
Police officers said in the past two
weeks seven guns were recovered.
The exercises were co-ordinated by Sgt Joseph
and headed by Supt Hendron Moses and Snr Supt
Officers said that was part of the commitment for
making T&T a safe place and thanked members of
the public for their trust and confidence.
UNC leadership contender Vasant Bharath
has said he is sending a list of concerns to
UNC s election team since his name and MP
Fuad Khan s name was omitted from the
list.He said teammate Prakash Williams
name was also placed on it in two different
Bharath, who said he continued recon-
necting with the community "and not
just UNC membership," acknowledged he
was receiving "some cuss here and there"
from people who were angry and frus-
trated with the UNC for losing the general
He added: "They don t know why we
lost and squandered all the goodwill the
PP had." He holds meetings in Dow Village
today and Sangre Grande tomorrow.
Leadership challenger, Roodal Moonilal,
held a public meeting on Monday night.
Incumbent leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has
focused her campaign on going to "the ground" to
consolidate support rather than public meetings.
The latter aspect will become prominent from next
week, the last week of campaigning, her team con-
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea
(FFOS) president Gary Aboud says he
has launched a video in response to two
videos made by bpTT concerning the
use of seismic surveys and the Alicia
The videos, made by bpTT, show
Gargee, a marine engineer, and her accomplishment
using seismic survey to discover oil and gas.
Currently, the Environmental Management Authority
is engaged in a court battle with the FFOS and is awaiting
a judgment next month.
Aboud said it was subjudice to bring the argument
At a news conference yesterday at Woodford Square,
Port-of-Spain, Aboud said: "BpTT came out with a
campaign with the Alicia Gargee story where she says
it is only a picture. If we didn t have it we would not
have discovered the oil and gas that we are experiencing."
He said Gargee s story was running day
and night on TV, radio and Internet and
was paid for by bpTT and they were trying
to sway the public.
He added: "We have done a response
to her story and put it on the Internet
which is to simply speak the truth and
quote one of the professors on seismic
surveys which he said is conscientious
and it is not just a picture.
"What Alicia Gargee is doing is immoral and what
bpTT is doing is unethical, disrespectful to our court
and the laws of T&T and we want our story to be
told. If they can tell their story and say it is a picture
then it is destroying our livelihoods and we have
launched this video," he said.
Luis Araujo, bpTT s corporate communications
officer, said he could not comment on the matter
until he was aware of what Aboud said.
FFOS replies to
bpTT with 2 videos
UNC internal elections:
Cops seize 5 guns
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