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T&T Sunday Guardian's column-
ist, Mickela Panday, quotes the ag
PS, Ministry of Works and Trans-
port, as con irming a payment
of $18 million to Intercontinental
Shipping Limited (ICSL) for the MV
Superfast Galicia "while the Galicia
was docked for months". The col-
umnist also says that the Galicia
"enjoyed an extortionate relation-
ship with the State in operating the
ferry service until the State could
take no more". It is obvious that Ms
Panday has based her comments
on hearsay and on unreliable
media and has done no research to
support her statements.
During my testimony at the JSC
meeting, I made it very clear that
this so-called statement regarding
the $18 million payment was incor-
rect, it was misinformation and it
bordered on being mischievous.
Senator Franklin Khan, it appears,
was attempting to cast aspersions
on the Ministry of Transport and
the PATT. At the JSC meeting I
asked Senator Khan where he got
his information from and he sim-
ply replied, "from his research".
His information was wrong as the
following facts reveal.
The facts are:
• First Charter Party Agreement
with the Galicia was signed on May
• First payment for mobilisation
and upfront rental was on May 13,
• The MV Superfast Galicia ar-
rived at the port of Port of Spain on
June 7, 2014 at 0800 hrs.
• Droughers Certificate issued by
the Maritime Services Division on
June 9, 2014.
• Cabinet Minute authorising the
waiver of VAT Liability was done on
June 16, 2014.
• License to Navigate Coastline is-
sued by Customs and Excise---June
• Bunkers and water on standby
to sail on July 5, 2014.
• The MV Superfast Galicia’s first
commercial sailing to Tobago was
on July 7, 2014. This was 30 days
after her arrival in Trinidad.
These are the facts and all dates
can be corroborated by the PATT
ships' log; the SF Galicia's own
ship's log; by the various agencies
giving the necessary approvals;
and by statements made by then
THA Chief Secretary, Mr Orville
London, who welcomed the SF
Galicia on her arrival in Tobago on
July 7, 2014.
Senator Khan's statement is mis-
leading as is the Prime Minister's
statement that the MV Superfast
Galicia was in the country for a
period of seven months before she
The payment of $18 million was
held in an escrow account and only
dispersed as per the Charter Party
Agreement for the leasing of the
The Superfast Galicia made 1030
voyages to and from Tobago. Over
the Charter Party Agreement she
remained in port for six days due
to mechanical issues giving her a
reliability of over 99 per cent. The
six days of stoppage was refunded
to the PATT.
Why the continuation of misin-
formation? This is anybody's guess.
Fmr Minister of Transport
Cricket has great
Cricket is not just a game in the
West Indies, it is a way of life. No
West Indian can afford to under-
estimate the power this game has
in uniting a nation.
When Frank Worrell, Clive
Lloyd and Viv Richards led West
Indies to a position of dominance
in world cricket it built our stat-
ure as a people. The breath-tak-
ing performance of the West
Indies cricket team in the his-
toric Test match played against
South Africa reminded the peo-
ple of Trinidad and Tobago and
the rest of the West Indies of the
supremacy of cricket as a force to
be reckoned with and an inspira-
tion that we can achieve positive
things together and leave a leg-
Coaches need to identify talent
in as many of our young people
as possible at an early age and
get them involved because it will
have a bene icial effect in getting
youngsters to stay away from
When the West Indies cricket
team was in their glory days
they served as catalysts for social
cohesion. West Indian cricket
needs to be revived as soon as
possible since it contains tremen-
dous crime-prevention potential
because it connects positively
within the social fabric of groups
Instead of allowing outside
forces to breed young criminals,
our coaches need to aggressively
scout for young talent and men-
tor them into future Desmond
Haynes, Gordon Greenidges and
Brian Charles Laras who all pos-
sessed a will to win and a sense
that they were playing for some-
thing more than themselves. And
more than just money.
Why am I not surprised? Their
captain correctly predicted they
would play their opponents four
times in the tournament. Again
he was right.
The venue was illed to capac-
ity. Somebody must have laughed
all the way to the bank. The same
one person who would have
signed all the individual cheques.
People who never kicked a lime
in their life were there.
I am a dirty old man, the one
your mother warned you about.
I absolutely enjoyed looking at
the scantily-dressed women win-
ing while allegedly advertising
certain products. What does that
have to do with cricket, I know
not, but who cares?
We celebrated Halloween early,
dressing up from captain to cook.
While we were in a modern day
version of The Emperor’s New
Clothes, England won the Test se-
ries beating a second-string West
Winning these fete matches
does nothing to improve West In-
dies cricket, sorry to say.
Look at the batting techniques,
all wrong, hitting across the line.
Is this the type of cricket we
want? Fete match cricket?
For what it is worth, congrats
T&T. Brings back memories of
Kerry Packer's circus in the 70s.
Not only Trini know crime.
We may soon
by City Gate
It only took less than 20 min-
utes of rain in Port-of-Spain on
Saturday and the place was under
water at City Gate and surround-
ings. This flooding continues to
get worse and the water levels
even more threatening.
On Saturday it was scary as
I watched people struggling to
cross the water. If something is
not done about this massive sea
of water which gathers in our
capital city after just a few min-
utes of rain the possibility exists
that we can ind ourselves in
What do I mean by this? Well,
lives can be lost when people,
attempting to cross, ind them-
selves in dif iculty. That is some-
thing we should take into serious
We may need, for the sake of
our citizens, to put lifeguards in
our capital the way things are
going. I am appealing to the rel-
evant authorities, citizens have
suffered enough with this flood-
ing issue in our capital, let us do
something about this, it has now
Over the years we have only
been getting promises whenever
this issue surfaces, how about
some real action?
into PoS and not have to deal with
flooding after a heavy shower.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Perennial problem: Members of the public wait for waters to recede while others took the chance to go through the flood outside City Gate, South Quay,
Port-of-Spain, after heavy rains on Saturday
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