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I think it's the opposite. We pay
too much in VAT and taxes as
citizens and do not get enough in
No, not at all, as citizens that is
our entitlement and the
Government's job is to provide
goods and services to us.
No, we have to pay taxes on
everything and still have to wait
ridiculously long for healthcare
and other services. You work
your entire life and when
you are old, the Government treats you
like you are nothing.
Yes, people are definitely
too dependant. For too long
people have been complaining
that they need this and that. It's
time to get up and get.
Providing healthcare, education and
infrastructure is the job of the
Government, so I don't think people
are too dependant on them for it.
They have to do those things. But
with the social services, I think the problem is the
wrong people are dependant on it and those who
really need it are not benefitting.
A decision to cancel four sailings on the
lone cargo vessel to Tobago next week
has triggered major concern from the
main business lobby groups on the
Members of the Interisland Ferry
Committee of the Tobago Chamber
of Commerce say they are disap-
pointed with the treatment meted
out to them by the Port Authority
of T&T and the T&T Interisland
Transport Company Ltd after they
were informed that sailings for
the lone cargo vessel, the Superfast
Galicia, would be cancelled for
four days next week.
Speaking at a news conference
in Tobago on Tuesday, chairman
of the Inter-island Ferry Committee,
Dianne Hadad, said the Galicia would
not sail from October 9 to 12 to accom-
modate the 12th Conference of Defence
Ministers of the Americas at the Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, during the period.
She said Tobago businessmen stand to
lose millions and the occurrence was a
"Four days is a lot of days to miss cargo
coming in to the island as well as it s going
to have other issues.
"We are already without the Warrior
Spirit, which was sent back at the end of
August, so we are back to one cargo vessel.
There s no make-up vessel in this. We are
already having problems with the con-
tainerised goods because the facility does
not accommodate the containerised goods
very well so I am not sure we have moved
forward and this is really a backward move,"
Chairman of the Tobago Chamber of
Commerce Demi John Cruickshank said
the form of communication was unaccept-
able as businesses were unable to stockpile
goods. He also called on the authorities to
utilise other ports during the period.
"The Port Authority erred in this manner
not inviting us to a meeting and even dis-
cussing. There are alternative ports in
Trinidad... Point Lisas anywhere else. You
can dock the vessel there and we will take
our trucks there and load the boat but
without any consultation, arbitrarily you
send a press release and say that you are
taking the boat off the route for four days.
That is not good enough," Cruickshank
In response to the claims, Public Relations
Officer of the Inter-island Transport Com-
pany Ltd, Velma Lewis Cockburn denied
that there was little or no consultation with
the group, stating that acting Chief Exec-
utive Officer of the Port Authority Leon
Grant has been communicating with mem-
bers of the Tobago Chamber.
She said the port provided an
alternative of sailings on October
8 and October 15, which she
expects would accommodate
lighter goods and vehicles.
Port officials are scheduled to
meet with members of the cham-
ber today to discuss the matter.
Is society too dependent
on the Government for
goods and services?
Sumintra Samai, who was impaled by a
protruding steel rod from an unfinished box
drain project at John Peter Road, Chaguanas,
was cremated at the Felicity Cremation site
yesterday after succumbing to her injuries.
Samai, who was in her late 50s, was warded
in the Intensive Care Unit at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, after the
steel rod went through her shoulder and exited
in the area of her neck. She was reportedly
crossing the wide drain, which had several
protruding rods, to get to her vegetable gar-
den opposite her home when she fell.
Upset residents of the area called on the
relevant bodies to finish the project
which they said was started under the
last administration and abandoned when
the new Government came into power.
Contacted yesterday, Chaguanas Mayor
Gopaul Boodan said the project was under-
taken by the Programme for Upgrading
Roads Efficiency (PURE) unit in the Min-
istry of Works. He said there were
several similar unfinished projects
scattered in the Munroe Road,
Longdenville, Felicity and Montrose
areas. Boodan said the borough had
registered several appeals with the
Works Ministry for the projects to
Woman impaled in
box drain fall dies
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