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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Man who bought lottery while
changing tyres wins $1m
BALLSTON, N.Y. - A New York man who
stopped at a convenience store to put air
in his tires and ended up buying a lottery
ticket has won a $1 million jackpot.
State lottery officials on Friday introduced
19-year-old Anthony Iavarone as the winner
of the jackpot on a $1 million Cashword
Iavarone, of Clifton Park, says he recent-
ly stopped at a Stewart's Shops store in the
Saratoga County town of Ballston to put air
in his tires. While there, he decided to buy
a lottery ticket.
Iavarone says he chose the $10 Cashword
scratch-off because it's the one his aunt
always plays. He says he at first didn't believe
he won the jackpot, so he had his father
Iavarone will receive a one-time lump sum
of $661,800 after taxes. (AP)
"Gaps that prevent the destination
from reaching its intended targets will
be identified and the best alternative
platforms will be used to bridge these
Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation
NADINE STEWART-PHILLIPS explaining that
Tobago's tourism industry will be driven based on
data. June 28th 2017.
Shaping Tobago's Future
Our island is shaped by who leads
it. Without realising it our collective
opinions shape how, where and when
and give direction to policy and
actions by those who govern.
Perhaps the best example of this is
prime minister's Keith Rowley's deci-
sion to fire Marlene McDonald less
than 48 hours after she was rehired
as a minister following her exodus
from the top echelons of government
more than a year ago.
Interestingly, the public outcry
which greeted a picture of her invit-
ed guest rubbing shoulders with those
in our nation's highest seat of gov-
ernment contributed to her firing.
The question is whether an absence
of public outcry would have resulted
in her being fired.
Simply put, if there was no outcry
over the image of a 'community lead-
er' with her, at the President's house,
would she have been fired? Pictures
of both of them together in her con-
stituency have surfaced but it did not
raise public outcry.
What this means is that public
opinions matter to those who rule us.
It holds their actions up to scrutiny
and attempts to hold them account-
This fact was not lost on former
British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill who said there was "no such
thing as public opinion. There is only
published opinion" and former USA
President Abraham Lincoln's who
noted that "Public opinion in this
country is everything".
And Lincoln later said a country
is for the people, by the people and
of the people. The part of the state-
ment which says "of the people" refers
to the general public getting the kind
of government it wants, most likely
through the voting process. It suggests
that people will vote for others based
on shared opinions.
Our existing system of government,
unlike some in developed countries,
caters to politician remaining in office
as long as he or she likes. The
individual just has to be reelect-
ed.Assuming that, to a large extent
people, vote based on their views
of issues and circumstances then
it is easy to believe that politicians
care enough about the masses'
opinions to want to appease
them. A pleased voting popu-
lation will reelect their leaders.
The advent of 24-hour news
and various social media plat-
forms allows not just every angle
of a story to be covered, but every
person with a trending story, to
shape publics' opinions.
This fact is not lost on the
USA's current president Donald
In the Tobago's scenario, the
leaders react to the population's
opinions even if it is to discred-
it their credibility.
So far the newly elected Chief
Secretary Kelvin Charles has not
spoken much on many issues
perceived as pertinent to this
island's development . The pub-
lic is judging his actions.We have
been told, by Councilor Kwesi
Des Vignes that Charles prefers
to use the pen.
To conclude, public opinion
will shape this island's future- so
102 year old, Margaret Ursula George-Moore,
also known as Mother Lucille, poses with
Secretary of Community Development Enter-
prise Development and Labour -Marilyn Mel-
ville-Jack following a celebration at the cen-
tenarian's Patience Hill home last month.
Moore is a member of the Mt. Paran Spiritual
Baptist Church at Bethel, and mother of 11
102 and still
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