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Sunday, September 24, 2017
T&T and V'zuela
hold talks at UN
Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis
Moses met Venezuela's Foreign
Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza
on Friday to discuss relations
between the two countries.
According to Venezuelan state
run news, they met during the
current session of the United
Nations in New York to discuss
the strengthening of dialogue
and peace for countries of the
region. Both T&T and Venezuela
have offered aid to Caribbean is-
lands hit by hurricanes over the
last few weeks.
Among the topics discussed
was the latest round of sanc-
tions against Venezuela from the
administration of US President
According to the Twitter ac-
count of the Venezuelan Foreign
Affairs Minister, the meeting is
part of the diplomatic agenda
of the Minister Arreaza in the
framework of the 72nd session
of the United Nations General
Chaguanas teenager missing
Chaguanas mother is ask-
ing the public to help her
ind her 17-year-old daugh-
ter who disappeared from
their Enterprise home on
The teen, Destiny Jo-
seph, was at home up
until shortly after 9 pm on
Friday when her mother
noticed she was missing
and all the doors of the
home were open. Her
mother, Yvonne Primus,
said the teen has no his-
tory of leaving home.
Frantic with worry, the
mother shared photos of
the teen on social media
and contacted the Chagua-
nas Police Station, who are
investigating her disap-
In between putting together sup-
plies to assist his hurricane-rav-
aged birthplace of Dominica,
former St Joseph MP Herbert
Volney is also working on putting
together something for his T&T
It's a political movement called
We The People (WTP) whose sym-
bol, featuring an X and a flame,
was registered with the Elections
and Boundaries Commission a
few months ago. The group in-
tends presenting third force op-
tions to the electorate in the 2020
And Volney will be among them
seeking to contest his former St
"Our work is to give citizens
hope that in 2020 there'll be op-
portunity for real change as op-
posed to exchange between the
PNM and UNC," he said.
It's coincidental he's speaking
now since today marks the fourth
anniversary of his removal from
the Parliament in 2013 following
the Section 34 iasco for which he
took responsibility and had been
dismissed. Volney resigned from
the UNC on whose ticket he won
St Joseph in 2010 and was later
removed from the Parliament by
then House Speaker Wade Mark.
A by-election was held for the seat
and the UNC lost to the PNM.
Despite the removal, Volney
had been on UNC's fringes for the
2015 general elections but that re-
lationship is over.
"After Kamla refused to step
down after a ifth consecutive
loss I told her I'd not be rejoining
because the people rejected her
and once she remained leader
and continued with the old heads
from her last government, she'd
never see the corridors of power
again. I'm not about backing a
loser," he said.
According to Volney, the WTP
movement is different.
"We're working on a platform
of agreed policies that will come
from the people and not be im-
posed by any party. While not
necessarily the promulgation of a
new political party, we're shaping
a common platform whereby peo-
ple of standing and potential who
share the desire for real change
will be offered under a single
symbol representing commonal-
ity of interests and visions."
"I cannot disclose at
this time because it could
predjudice their jobs."
Any UNC members? He wouldn't
"In politics everyone is wel-
come but it doesn't mean you'll
be a candidate. Someone with
baggage from a failed administra-
tion is unlikely to be chosen," he
"My role currently is to organ-
ise the platform for development
of the movement. The people at
the appropriate time, will decide
WTP's leaders," he said.
Volney expects to win St Joseph
"I live there, I've always con-
tinued working the area. People
knew I was never absent---I know
how to win the seat back."
Volney said his fellow Domini-
cans, now struggling to rebuild,
are strong resilient people who
"So too are my fellow Trinbago-
nians. It makes no sense sitting
idly by complaining. One has to
get up and do something when
needed," he said.
Missing teen Destiny Joseph.
4 YEARS AFTER REMOVAL
Views on the major parties
PNM: The PNM sold the electorate
a campaign slogan that it had a
plan when in fact it had no plan.
Unforgivable, given that the PNM
Government has failed in every
aspect of governance to protect the
people and advance our well being.
They'll pay the ultimate political price
of loss of office.
UNC: The memories of alleged
corruption, bid rigging and cronyism
is a still a very fresh wound and
electors are unlikely to leave their
homes and return Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and the same group of
people to office. They had their
chance and they blew it.
for Republic Day
Tobago will join the rest of the
country in celebrating Trinidad
and Tobago's 41st anniversary as
a republic today.
A parade will be hosted by the
Of ice of the Prime Minister Cen-
tral Administrative Services To-
bago (CAST). Chief Secretary of
the Tobago House of Assembly
Kelvin Charles will take the pa-
The procession will begin at 10
am from the Ar yle Community
Centre, and continue along the
Windward Main Road, Roxbor-
ough to the Pirates Boat yard.
The Tobago House of Assembly
will host its Republic Day Cultural
Extravaganza and Fireworks at
the Cyd Gray Sporting Complex,
Roxborough at 6:30 pm. This
event is free to the public.
"I live there, I've
working the area.
People knew I was
know how to win
the seat back."
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