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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The Minority Leader of
the Tobago House of
Assembly finds the
prime minister's travel
to Tobago vexing."
Minority Leader, WATSON DUKE--THA responding
to Prime Minister's Keith Rowley's trip to Tobago
onboard the fast ferry during the sea bridge crisis.
ONE STEP FORWARD...
Tobago-born prime minister Dr
Keith Christopher Rowley's ferry ride
to Tobago last Sunday struck respon-
sive chords with his political party
supporters and opponents. The for-
mer group applauded the act while
it drew the chagrin of the latter.
But for whatever the trip was worth
at least it gave the PM the opportu-
nity to gain experience firsthand of
some of the problems on the sea
Clearly, did not have to stand in
line to purchase the ticket and meet
rude counter clerks or wait in line for
his vehicle to be shrugged aside for
port employee friends and family to
be spirited to the front of the line or
deal with rude passengers placing their
bags on seats to secure a place for
However, his ride showed that he
was prepared to go the extra mile.
The prime minister realizes the sig-
nificance of the Seabridge to Tobago-
nians and has met with the Tobago
Chamber Industry's Board and other
important stakeholders to get their
input on the way forward.
Of course, like everything else,
things have not gone as planned and
there seems no end to the current
The present administration of the
current administration of the Tobago
House of Assembly has also recognised
the importance of the sea bridge.
In a recent op-ed titled "The Eco-
nomic and Social Value of the Sea
bridge," they noted that: "Delays in
shipment or the inability to ship goods
across the sea bridge means direct
financial losses for businesses, which
also has a wider economic effect even
if service is interrupted for a few days."
The article added: "It can also ham-
per events, construction schedules,
road repairs, and yes, tourism."
Of course, the latter area-tourism
sector- is taking a heavy beating from
Man flashing money on Facebook live arrested on drug charges
JACKSONVILLE---A Florida man
joyfully flashing money live on the
internet got a sudden surprise when
police officers barged in and arrest-
ed him for allegedly selling drugs.
A man identified by the Jack-
sonville Sheriff's Office as
22-year-old Breon Hollings went
on Facebook Live to show friends
a handful of money, saying, "It
don't stop, man, it don't stop."
He then retrieves more money
from another room and starts
shuffling it when he hears Jack-
sonville officers warning over a
loudspeaker they are about to raid
the house. A stunned Hollings
runs out of the room. Seconds
later, officers barge in. Hollings
was arrested off camera.
Hollings faces numerous drug
charges and was being held on
$425,000 bail Saturday. It could
not be determined if he has an
all of this. What's worse is that
the situation is happening at a
time when the sector is experi-
encing low occupancy rates.
Like the government, the
members of the Minority Coun-
cil led by Watson Duke are also
making efforts to highlight the
plight of Tobagonians as they
relate to the sea bridge.
To this end, Duke has led sev-
And while all efforts are big
made to resolve the situation
what has not been clearly stat-
ed is the loss in gains, from any
strides, the recently elected
THA administration may have
Perhaps, the greatest casualty
of all of this is the erosion of
confidence in the current admin-
istration and strides made by the
current Tobago administration
will be negated.
And in spite of the work done
by the Kelvin Charles' adminis-
tration, his administration will
be judged by what it did during
the interisland sea bridge crisis.
Secretary of Settlements,
Urban Renewal and Public
Utilities Clarence Jacob,
left, presents Kirtis
Thomas with a cheque
during home improvement
ceremony on May 26 at the
Division in Rockley Vale.
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