Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 7th 2013 Contents Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets Cpl Shurland John of the Police Guard and Emergency Branch unit as she thanked the
public servants, whose participation in the recent visit by China's President Xi Jinping and US Vice-President Joe Biden helped the event
to be a success, at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, yesterday. Also in photo from left are Army Col Archillus Phillips and Warant
Officer Micheal Fough. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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Parillon said she was "most satisfied with
the work done by the individuals who were
tasked with this responsibility in organising
these important events.
Former head of the public service Reginald
Dumas was one of several people who raised
the issue of protocol breaches during Xi s visit
in particular. He highlighted Xi having to hold
an umbrella over his wife s head on arrival at
Piarco, President Anthony Carmona walking
behind Xi at the airport and Persad-Bissessar
speaking after Xi at a media briefing.
Chinese Ambassador to T&T Huang Xingjuan
has since pointed out that Xi had refused to
accept aid at the airport and wanted to hold
the umbrella over his wife, Peng Liyuan.
Persad-Bissessar, in her address, made no
mention of the protocol issue. She also did not
take questions from the media afterwards. In
her address, she said the visits were very suc-
cessful and the entire nation should be proud
of their roles.
"Thanks for your invaluable contribution.
Sometimes, when the light goes out it takes a
spark from another person to rekindle it," she
"I thank each one of you for fanning that
spark to create the flame that lights the way
to a better future for all of us at home and
"Thank you for your selfless dedication to
our country. Thank you for your hard work and
Persad-Bissessar said at the end of the two
visits,"T&T stands as equals among the nations
of the world...and we have become an attractive
diplomatic hub for diplomacy in the region and
in Latin America."
She also spoke of the recent signing of an
"This landmark treaty establishes common
international standards for the transfer or trade
in conventional arms, including small arms and
light weapons and their ammunition," she
She told Foreign Affairs staff her government
was "grateful for the work you did to allow us
to present a united Caricom position at the
United Nations on the issue of regulating arms,
which is so important to us as we confront the
scourge of crime."
She said T&T would seek to quickly ratify
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Jack Warner is insisting he got value
for money when the State paid $6.8 mil-
lion to pull out a firetruck after it went
over a precipice in Blanchisseuse.
In fact, Warner says he would pay the
sum again if another such incident
Warner made the declaration yesterday
in response to questions about why millions
of dollars were paid to Sammy s Multi-lift
Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Junior Sammy
Contractors, to pull out the fire tender after
it went over the precipice on November
17.Asked whether he got value for money,
Warner said: "The fact is you did. When
a fire tender goes down a precipice, 300
feet, do you do a valuation first to know
if you should take it out or not?
"The fire tender went down 300 feet
with five men. They were taken out and
we brought up the tender, which was block-
ing a ravine and damaging the environment.
"So it s not only the cost of the tender,
but what it would have done to the envi-
Warner was at the time visiting the
newly-constructed $61 million Tarouba
Link Road, which he oversaw as works
Asked why the tender was not scrapped
on the spot and the parts used for other
appliances, as was recommended by acting
deputy chief fire officer Dana Roach, Warn-
er said: "You could say that now, from
where you stand, but I couldn t say that
in November, when the truck went down.
"I stand here fully and absolutely con-
vinced that if it happened tomorrow, I will
do it again," he said.
"What I did back then, I did firmly
believing that it was right, and it is still
"That decision was based on the col-
lective wisdom of the Cabinet. If the Cab-
inet now wants to disassociate from it,
then okay. I have nothing to do with that."
He also denied being involved in cor-
"One thing I can tell you is: nobody
could accuse Jack Warner of any kind of
sleaze or corruption since I came into gov-
ernment to now. Nobody!" he said.
"So if they want to fabricate something
hoping to find some mud before the
Chaguanas West by-election then go ahead,
I have no problem.
"I see people making a big hullabaloo
about that but if there were not a by-elec-
tion in Chaguanas would that have ever
Warner said he was not surprised by the
report and was convinced that other "red
herrings" would be brought against him.
He also said he was not an accountant and
his job was not to go through figures.
"There are officials to do those things
and they do their job. My job as a minister
is to see what is viable and what is good
and the technocrats will do the rest. I am
not worried by this," Warner said.
On Tuesday, the T&T Guardian reported
exclusively that $6.8 million was paid to
retrieve the firetruck. An initial quote of
$10, 189,155 was taken to Cabinet, but the
quote was rejected twice. Cabinet later
agreed to pay $6.8 million.
Two other companies gave the T&T
Guardian estimates for the job of $25,000
SEE PAGE A5
Jack on $6.8m firetruck deal:
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