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PORT BOARD LED ASTRAY
The People’s Partnership Cabinet ap-
proved $56 million ($56, 343,000) to lease
the Super Fast Galicia in 2014, nine days
before it received board approval by the Port
Authority of Trinidad & Tobago.
Tracy Jagerssar: Oh okay, we gonna get a new
boat or not? Anybody in authority care to come
up with solutions or are u guys gonna never grow
Pamela Jagdeo: Port board led astray? LOL,
no they work by the political party in power as
Jamilia Wallace: Hmm, the question must be
asked, how did the local agent for the Super-Fast
Galicia get the contract when they were never on
the tenders list?
Jamie Pandohie: So this boat worked perfectly
for the last few years...how come all the bobol
now? And all ah sudden?Is it that sombody close
to the government have a vessel and seeking the
sea-bridge contract? For so many years this boat
has been doing the job and I can’t remember
hearing about anything on the news over the years
about issues surrounding the vessel.
Azard R Mohammed: What’s the point? It
had a running ferry at that point.
Joseph Mohammed: Banana Republic that
can’t even ship bananas.
Ronald Bruffle Musgrave: Whatever it is no
one will be held accountable. Fed up of all ah dem,
Devika Balkaran: Don’t study the damage to
the Hyatt, its mother earth ready yo come back.
You all back-back the sea, I know sooner or later
that would have happen, cause growing up as a
little girl I know all there was water and on my
return home I see big buildings. So I said where all
the water gone? Also in Point Fortin, wait, u will
see the same thing.
Ryan Steinberg Jr: All this bluster—will it cre-
ate a new vessel for the people in Tobago?
Barry Sookhoo: They had all this information
but yet the boat was still operating and the gov-
ernment did not replace it more than a year after
the original lease expired. Why? Only when the
boat terminated the relationship miraculously
that they found impropriety.
Afiba N A Robinson Waw: I’m not a civil en-
gineer but An “ocean” vessel causing mini earth-
quakes? Is Hyatt Regency TT telling us their hotel
is built poorly and not to stay there?
Reshma Dookhan: Lawd! When you think
you’ve heard every excuse in the book!
Annie Rampersad: Well, doesn’t matter who’s
at fault, engineers or decision makers where the
vessel is concerned, guess who’s paying their in-
competence? Yep that would be the tax payers.
Sammy J Sosa: The earthquake feel is actually
resonance from the boats engines on start up... I
have felt it myself...it pulsates through the struc-
ture of the buildings. Also those buildings have
stood through many earthquakes without issue.
Sherry-ann Judy George: Lack of poor
foundation. The hotel is built on water what they
Harry Ramharack: Would a replacement do
the same to the Sandals when it is built?
Job loss can rock one’s
Losing a job affects family life, social interac-
tions and physical and mental health with a spiral
effect on all parts of life, says secretary of the Psy-
chiatric Association of T&T Varma Deyalsingh.
Real Bishop: Tell our trade union leaders
who live in an alternate not true reality that they
should be focusing on job security rather than
badjohn-ism and mashing up de place.
Amanda Iona Jaglal: Just a week ago I lost my
job and...not everyone can take this, especially
mee. So true...I have been through this too many
Canari Bay: A hideaway
When we were invited to visit Canari Bay
as part of our local tourism series, the Sunday
Guardian team did not imagine we would find a
modern day recluse living along the coastline.
Dalip Jairam: Nice too bad.
Garcia Mary: Hope it’s not ruined now that
it’s no longer a hideaway.
Nerissa Dqueen: Some things should just not
Savitri Seunarine-Hosein: My family has
been visiting this place since I was a child, before
anyone lived there. It’s a beautiful place.
Melissa Laura: Canari Bay was known and
visited by hikers for many, many, many years. It is
not an easy find if you do not know where you are
going and it’s not just somewhere you can drive
to. It’s a fair hike and you can get lost quite easily
if you are not familiar with the exact trail which
gets overgrown in the rainy season. So no, it is not
“ruined” or “exposed”. It still takes skill and effort
to get there and most Trinis will opt for a Maracas
instead. So calm down.
The inter-island cargo vessel, Super-Fast Galicia.
“If you view all the
things that happen to
you, both good and
bad, as opportunities,
then you operate out
of a higher level of
— Les Brown
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