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Loss of Angelin,
The loss of the construction of the BP Angelin Platform
in T&T and the super fast Galicia to the sea bridge be-
tween the two islands spells disaster for future investment
and tourism says Member of Parliament for Tabaquite
Dr Suruj Rambachan.
Rambachan said the decision not to construct the platform
at the La Brea Industrial Estate could affect future investment
decisions by major investors.
The opposition MP said the decision to have it constructed
elsewhere is a major loss,that goes beyond the loss of jobs and
income for the country as ithas the potential to negatively
impact on the image of TT and its attractiveness as a
destination for foreign investment.
"The situation is a terrible one given the precarious
nature of the T&T economic environment and the urgent
need to create jobs both short and long term as well as earn
foreign exchange. The international investment community will no
doubttakea hard look at the experience and decision of BP in
making their own decisions to invest here,"Rambachan said.
He also noted the difficulties being experienced with the
Mitsubishi plant and called upon the government to stop
being a silent spectator to what is happening but to make
the required strategic interventions expected of a responsible and
responsive government alert to the dire consequences of a deteri-
orating industrial climate and economy.
Rambachan also weighed in on the loss of the super
fast Galicia to the sea bridgewhich he said threatens the
already fragile tourism industry.
He said, "As an act of gross incompetence and
mismanagement, the situation regarding the
threat to the continuity of reliable supplies of
foodstuff and other materials to Tobago as a
He defended the former People's Partner-
ship administration, on which he served as a
Cabinet minister, saying no amount of blam-
ing the PP or excuses that the Government was being
blackmailed"can take away from the gross failure of
the Rowley led PNM government to put in place the
mechanisms which would have averted this
Rambachan said the Dr Keith Rowley ad-
ministration had 18 months to correct the sit-
uation but neglected the responsibility to the
people of the two islands.
"In 18 months we have seen so much mis-
management including the closure of Arcelor Mittal,
two methanol plants, the loss of the Angelin platform
as well as a decline in the economy described as the
worst in 33 years."
Rambachan also sought an explanation as to why the
Cabinet rejected the recommendations of the man-
agementof the PATT even in the face of no clear plan
to ensure that the current dilemma did not occur.
"The bungling of the Government has placed the
security of Tobago in jeopardy and has further threat-
ened its already fragile tourism industry. "
40 hours of
prayer ends with
rally at QPS
The Movement for Non-Violence is hop-
ing to have a "tsunami of non-violence," to
replace the "wave of violence plaguing the
country. This as first public initiative titled
'40 Hours of prayer and 40 days of action,'
comes to an end on April 17 with a Peace Rally
at the Queen's Park Savannah.
Director of the Living Water Community,
Rhonda Maingot, noted that the initiative
"was aimed at creating awareness in citizens
that violence is deep-rooted in our culture
and each one of us contribute to it, in some
way all through the day."
Maingot said in this country there is a
population of 1.4 million people "but how
many of them are involved in crime and
People, she said, needed to make a
choice to live non-violent lives. The 40
hours of prayer and 40 days of fasting was
meant to create an awareness among the
population, but organisers admit that there is
no quick fix to the problem.
Although the initial project ends on Easter Mon-
day with a rally, it is not the end of the initiative.
October is being declared non-violence month
and organisers plan to continue their work
throughout the year visiting schools and other
places to stimulate a culture of change, "we want to
stimulate interest across the country so that peo-
ple can get active in the quest for non-violence."
In early March the Movement hosted an inter-
faith service to pray for a culture of non-violence
in the country.
Asim Abdullah, of the Trinidad Muslim League,
who spoke at the event, described the non-vio-
lence begins with me campaign as "a powerful
strategy for personal and social change".
He said Islam sought to create a society in
which peace and non-violence were the norm.
The word "Islam" he said was the Arabic word
He said the Holy Quran taught that God
would not change a person's condition unless
the person changed his/her inner self.
"We cannot call others to non-violence if
we don't start ourselves," he said.
Reverend Annabell Lalla-Ramkelawan,
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, said
it was God's will that people should live in
a non-violent world but each person must
do his or her part.
Maingot said T&T could become the first
country to live non-violence because of its
small size and the fact that there were so
many persons of faith in the nation.
Organisers said the rally will be held
on the Eastern Side of the Savannah
behind the North stand. The producer
of the event is Brian MacFarlane.
The Rally will feature Argrow "Kit" Ev-
ans-Ford from the United States. "Kit"
is a peace activist, trainer, author and
survivor of a violent assault, who will
share her story and also practical
ways to live a non-violent life.
Brief messages promoting non vio-
lence are expected to be delivered
by representatives of the Christian,
Hindu, Muslim faiths and the First
Peoples, in what organisers expect
will be a "seamless event."
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