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MP for Tobago East Vernella Alleyne--
Toppin says she expects to emerge victorious
as she takes on the current chairman of the
Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP)
Lionel Coker in the upcoming internal elec-
Alleyne--Toppin said while Coker has made
a noble contribution she believes she can
make a better input.
Speaking on a Tobago television pro-
gramme, Alleyne-Toppin, also Minister in
the Ministry of the People and Social Devel-
opment, said the entire executive of the TOP
should have resigned after the embarrassing
defeat at the THA polls.
"When I look at the present chairman and
I looked at the 12-nil results, I said to the
executive I think as an executive we should
all demit office and allow people to make a
fresh choice, because we have not delivered,"
"We have not delivered that election that
was so critical, so crucial to us, I looked at
the current chairman and I thought pound-
for-pound, I think I would be able to make
a better contribution than he has made."
Alleyne--Toppin said the TOP needs to
go back to the drawing board to decipher
what different could be done to regain rel-
evance among Tobagonians. She said she is
the best person to spearhead the initiatives.
"I am quite committed to the organisation
and I think we need at this time to regroup,
rebrand and come again so that we can con-
vince the electorate in Tobago that we are
the best choice as a party to run the affairs
of Tobago," she said.
"I am very confident about our chances
and about my chances of emerging as the
chairman of the party."
of Police Stephen
Williams says he is
unable to comment on
reports of any Iran ter-
ror sleeper cell infiltrat-
The report published
by Fox News Latino on
Thursday said the claim
was made by Argentine
prosecutor Alberto Nis-
The report said Nis-
man accused Iran s for-
mer cultural attaché in
Buenos Aires Mohsen
Rabbani and a suspect in
the attack that killed 85
people, of working con-
tinually over the last two
decades to develop an
intelligence network in
T&T, Guyana, Suriname,
Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay,
Chile and Colombia.
According to the
report, he said Iran has
sought to infiltrate the
countries of Latin Amer-
ica and install secret
intelligence stations with
the goal of committing,
fomenting and fostering
acts of international ter-
rorism in concert with its
goals of exporting the
"These are sleeper
cells. They have activities
you wouldn t imagine.
Sometimes they die hav-
ing never received the
order to attack," Nisman
When asked for com-
ment on the claim yes-
terday, Williams said he
was "not aware of what
was featured by Fox
News and I cannot speak
about issues relating to
any terror cells." (See
CoP silent on Iran
terror cell report
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The letter said the
party s wider members
were not aware of what
voting system they
should vote under if the
election was held
tomorrow as scheduled.
It further stated that
several attempts were
made by TOP members
"to stop the election."
The members are say-
ing if the election was
held tomorrow it would
Members are claim-
ing the announcement
of the one-man, one-
vote system was made
too close to the deadline
for them to regularise
their status in the party.
Members said they
would be prejudiced as
The letter said many
supporters of the TOP
would be deprived of an
opportunity to partici-
pate in the election as
the matter has not been
Vernella confident to take TOP chair
RICHARD LORD and SEAN NERO
President of China Xi Jinping and his
wife Peng Liyuan arrived in Trinidad at
6.56 pm yesterday to a 21-gun salute.
Xi will be in T&T for a three-day official
visit. He and his wife arrived under a brisk
heavy shower which prevented them from
disembarking Air China for a few moments.
On arrival he was met by President Antho-
ny Carmona and Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar after which he was given a
21-gun salute. He and his wife were then
introduced by Persad-Bissessar to Govern-
Xi then inspected the guard of honour
after which he witnessed the Defence Force
Steel Orchestra s rendition of Black Stalin s
Ah Feel To Party. He is expected to have a
busy schedule during his short visit.
President Xi will pay a courtesy call on
Carmona today at 9 am at the National
Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-
Two hours later, he will visit Persad-
Bissessar at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann s,
for bilateral talks. That meeting will be fol-
lowed by a news conference at the same
venue and a luncheon. He is to attend a
state banquet at the Hilton Trinidad and
Conference Centre, St Ann s, this afternoon.
Tomorrow, the last day of his visit, the
Chinese leader will meet with heads of
Caribbean nations with which his country
has diplomatic relations. At 4 pm he and
Persad-Bissessar will unveil a commence-
ment stone at the site for the Couva children s
hospital and multi-training facility.
In a brief interview last night at the diplo-
matic lounge of Piarco International Airport,
Persad-Bissessar said during Xi s visit China
and T&T will be dealing with matters which
included climate change and energy issues.
In an interview earlier in the day, Energy
Minister Kevin Ramnarine said energy would
feature prominently in bilateral talks.
Ramnarine said Xi s visit signals a signif-
icant and positive shift in relations between
both countries. Ramnarine said it was the
first by such a high-profile leader since
diplomatic relations between both countries
in 39 years.
"Energy is set to feature very prominently
in the bilateral meetings...I will be part of
those discussions," he said.
"One of the issues that, of course, will be
raised is China s dependence on energy. It s,
of course, growing as their economy grows.
China is now the largest consumer of energy.
The second largest consumer of energy in
the world is America. Most of that energy
in China is coming from one source, coal.
"China is also the largest producer of coal
in the world and they are also the largest
consumer of coal in the world. Coal, of
course, as you know is not the cleanest fuel
and this has impacted on the environment
"During the Beijing Olympics there was
talk about the smug in Beijing. That has a
lot to do with the fact that they burn so
much coal. So there is a strategy in China
to move the country away from coal and
towards natural gas and renewable energy."
The minister said US Vice-President Joe
Biden on his visit earlier this week made in
clear that the US was no longer energy
President Xi gets 21-gun salute...
Energy high on today's
bilateral talks agenda
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