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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The trade show allowed for us
to see what our true picture is
globally, what the challenges are
for Tobago and how we need to
position ourselves to address
these issues to position our
island as destination Tobago."
Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation
NADINE PHILLIPS -- STEWART, after returning from
this year's ITB, Travel Trade Show in Germany.
What's Next PATT?
The recent resignation of the Port
Authority of Trinidad and Tobago's
(PATT) board and the announce-
ment of a new one soon after is
the latest debacle in a series of
missteps by PATT.
For instance service on the inter-
island ferry over the last weekend
was full of woes and many passen-
gers swore they will never venture
to use the service again.
Passengers on both ends of the
island who were waiting on the ferry
were left stranded without any com-
munication from the port. Of course,
the lack of communication fuelled
speculation and rumours swirled
about an emergency with the ferry
on Sunday morning as it was seen
leaving the Scarborough harbour
with only its crew on board. Its
subsequent hasty return to the port
led passers -by to suggest that it
returned because it was unseawor-
t hy.Later, the media was told that the
trip was simply a dry run to deter-
mine the suitability of the vessel to
take passengers, vehicle and cargo
Interestingly, one of the vessels
was to be placed on dry docked but
was originally allowed to service the
route for three days per week. But
that changed without the public
being properly notified.
Essentially, what this lack of com-
munication is doing is killing domes-
tic tourism. What worse is that it
is happening at a time when island-
ers depend on local tourists to make
up for the shortfall in foreign tour-
Add that insult to the injury
resulting from the current situation
with regard to the designated cargo
vessel, the Galicia, not being given
a contract to continue servicing the
route and a pattern of neglect and
haphazard management emerges.
Already, the cargo situation is
frustrating the Tobago business fra-
ternity and also crippling the
island's economy. Businessmen
have repeatedly pointed out that
the lack of predictability has dealt
several blows to their already
weakened economic state occa-
sioned by the downturn in the
This entire situation is sad as
although PATT is not ultimate-
ly responsible for the service as
they follow the dictates of the
political administrators governing
the country they have been
blamed for the services.
However, in many cases, they
are at fault, especially in the area
od communications. PATT has
been responsible for the inter-
island route for decades and has
undergone several challenges it
is easier to blame the authority.
It follows that institutional
knowledge within the organisa-
tion would have prevented them,
to a large extent from making
That being said the way the
interisland route is treated speaks
volumes about the kind of
emphasis being placed on the
importance of the service to the
development of the country, par-
Seeing that a large portion of
the island's economy depends
on the tourism industry which
relies heavily on the route is it
amazing that the prevailing sce-
nario is one of chaos and that
is is allowed to continue.
New Jersey man gets wish, returns to work on 100th birthday
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jer-
sey man wanted only one thing for his
100th birthday: to return to his old job.
Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cool-
ing in Cherry Hill made Bill Hansen's wish
come true, and on Monday welcomed back
the retired permit coordinator. There was
a birthday cake and a standing ovation
before Hansen got back to work.
CEO Fred Hutchinson agreed to pay him
$1 and organized a complete day of assign-
"He took off about 15 minutes after we
signed that agreement to get to work,"
Hutchinson told WCAU-TV.
Hansen, of Haddon Township, retired at
the age of 97 after working 32 years for
"I hate being retired," he said.
Hansen went from job to job. His former
co-workers wished him a happy birthday
throughout the day.
Carl Canfield, the man Hansen trained
to replace him, said he only hopes he can
aspire to be "half the man" Hansen is.
Hansen, who spent nearly four decades
working for other companies, including
Exxon, said he was "blessed."
"I never had a job where I didn't want
to go to work in the morning," he said.
Hansen attributes his love of work, his
wife and family for his happiness. They're
also the motivation for his newest goal.
"To live to see my youngest granddaugh-
ter graduate," Hansen said. "That'll be in
Representatives of NCOISBOTT. from left: His Grace
Archbishop Frank Garraway; Bishop Phillip Placide;
Bishop Ray M.S. Brathwaite; Bishop Patrick Roberts;
Bishop Carlye Elie; His Eminence Patriarch Stephen
Julien; Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Secretary of
Health, Wellness and Family Development; Bishop
Roger Lewis pay Courtesy Visit to Secretary of
Health, Wellness and Family Development
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