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Jack Warner says he plans to file his nomination
papers with the UNC as a candidate for the
Chaguanas West seat some time this week. How-
ever, Warner said he will first hold a media con-
ference at the Centre of Excellence on Tuesday
to reveal the advice he received from three top
lawyers on the Concacaf report.
Warner said he will officially write to the Prime
Minister and the Attorney General and send them
copies of the report before going public. He was
speaking with reporters at his Caroni Savannah
Road office yesterday, where he was attending to
members of the public seeking help.
Warner said he believed the crime rate was esca-
lating and remains appalled by the recent senseless
killing of Police Corporal Terrence Abraham, who
was gunned down on Thursday at Milton, Couva.
Warner said if this country did not take imme-
diate measures to deal with the crime situation
we will slip back to where we were a few months
ago. He said he was willing to sit with the present
Minister of National Security and discuss some
measures he came up with when he held the post.
"It s either we sink together or we swim together.
I am not willing to discuss in public these measures
but instead to sit one on one and have a chat with
Warner will continue his walkabouts throughout
the constituency and predicts the Prime Minister
will announce the date for the by-election around
July 1. He said this date should fall out of Ramadan,
the fasting month for Muslims.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
No government has betrayed
the farmers in this country more
than the People s Partnership
So said Diego Martin Central
MP Dr Amery Browne on Friday
during his contribution to the The
Sugar Industry Control Board
(Repeal) (Validation) Bill, 2013.
He went on to say no govern-
ment had "deceived" farmers more
than the current one and destroyed
more crops. He then referred to
the Oropouche West MP but was
stopped by Government MPs, cit-
ing Standing Order 36 (5).
The word deceived raised an
alarm but House Speaker Wade
Mark rose only to say, "Yeah,
Browne read from a column
written by Anand Ramlogan in
January 2010---before he became
Attorney General---titled Black and
Browne quoted Ramlogan s col-
umn, "Although I was pilloried
and vilified in the last general elec-
tion for saying Panday was respon-
sible for the closure of Caroni,
Kamla has now made a similar
"It is a fact, Panday mishandled
"The closure of Caroni was
started by the Panday government
which was ready to dismantle it
and sell it off."
Browne read extensively from
the column, which dealt with the
closure of the sugar company.
He said his message for farmers
or anyone involved in the sugar
cane industry was that the Gov-
ernment could not be trusted at
all.He said Caroni (1975) Ltd was
the most precious opportunity for
Browne said, "When they want-
ed to crush and destroy Mr Panday,
that was the weapon against him.
"They said he was the one...his
adminstration...the UNC under
Mr Panday, who started the
destruction of Caroni (1975) Ltd.
"Now that they are in govern-
ment, Mr Speaker, they have erased
that memory and are now trying
to use the same Caroni closure and
pin it on the People s National
"Mr Speaker, that is political
In 2003, when the last administration
closed down the operations of Caroni
(1975) Ltd, there were "millions and bil-
lions of dollars in assets," but three years
later PricewaterhouseCoopers was only
able to show less than $1 million in assets.
"What happened to the assets in three
years, Mr Speaker?"
This was the question asked by Caroni
East MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh on Friday
during his contribution to the The Sugar
Industry Control Board (Repeal) (Validation)
Gopeesingh asked, "Who plundered the
assets? Who were the assets given to?
Who took care of the houses? Who took
care of the machinery all through the
country which Caroni Ltd owned?"
He said the assets were supposed to be
shared among the workers of the company,
and called on the Opposition to explain
where they all went.
He said, "Where was the transparency
and accountability in that? And so, this
bill here brings about the naked fact that
after billions of dollars held by Caroni Ltd
(1975) Ltd up to 2003, 10,000 workers
could get $889,000 in assets.
"What a shame and disgrace."
Gopeesingh said everyone needed sugar
and that ready markets were available but
the former administration made a "flimsy"
excuse and had an agenda to close down
He said world sugar prices in 2005/2006
increased by about US12 cents a pound to
over US18 cents a pound because of the
increased use of sugar cane for ethanol
production in Brazil.
He said, "The yearly average price went
up from US18.7 cents a pound in 2009
and increased to US27 cents a pound in
2010 and increased further to US32 cents
"So it moved from 2009 to 2011 by
US14 cents, multiplied by 2,240 pounds
"One tonne of sugar cane would be
astronomical at this time had we continued
Warner to file nomination papers this week
Dr Tim to PNM:
It's PP who betrayed farmers, says Browne
Dr Amery Browne
Staff at the Sunshine Publishing Company listen as Jack Warner gives the feature address at the launch
of the paper at Kantac Plaza, Arouca, on Friday evening.
Warner said the paper will celebrate champions who carry the brand of T&T with dignity and pride. He
said it will valorise innovators and nation builders. He said journalism must never be the vehicle for
profitable decadence and the ruination of personalities.
The complimentary copy is expected to hit the newstands on May 24---the third anniversary of the
People's Partnership. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
JACK LAUNCHES PAPER
Couva South MP Rudranath
Indarsingh says former agricul-
ture minister John Rahael "bul-
lied and intimidated" workers.
Indarsingh said Rahael failed
to adhere to good industrial rela-
He said, "The government at
that time did not want to meet
and treat with the union.
"The union had to go to the
Industrial Court of Trinidad and
Tobago and when the full quo-
rum of judges ruled in favour of
the All Trinidad Sugar and Gen-
eral Workers Trade Union at that
point in time, minister Rahael,
when interviewed by the press
within minutes of the ruling
handed down by the Industrial
Court...minister Rahael s
response was we do not care
about the Industrial Court; we
as a government will retrench all
the workers in Caroni."
Indarsingh was speaking in the
Parliament on Friday on the The
Sugar Industry Control Board
(Repeal) (Validation) Bill, 2013.
He said such was the con-
temptuous and arrogant behav-
iour of the People s National
Movement (PNM) in dealing with
the stakeholders of the sugar
He said, "Mr Speaker, it was
not any enhanced offer to ex-
employees of Caroni (1975) Ltd,
in fact, Mr Rahael threatened the
very workers through the elec-
tronic and print media and went
beyond the call of duty to
become the human resource
manager of Caroni (1975) Ltd in
that actual process."
Indarsingh said Rahael held
several meetings and told the
workers if they didn t accept the
Voluntary Separation of Employ-
ment Plan they would be force-
"That is the track record of
the PNM in terms of their whole
meeting and treating with the
labour movement in this coun-
try," he said.
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