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Comments made by Pennelope Beckles
on the non-appointment of a female to
the Senate by President Anthony Car-
mona is being viewed as "petty" in some
quarters, given that the President recently
appointed a woman as head of the Public
Services Commission (PSC).
"For the first time in the history of our
country we have a woman, Dr Marjorie
Thorpe, holding the position of head of
the PSC, and in the face of that someone
comes out and wants to give the President
flack for not appointing a woman to the
"But more than that, the deputy chair-
man is also a woman, Zaida Rajnauth," the
Thorpe replaced Ambassador Christo-
pher Thomas who held the post since
Under section 121 of the Constitution,
the PSC acts as a "buffer" to insulate public
servants from undue political influence. It
is responsible for appointments, promo-
tions, transfers and disciplinary action.
"You now have a woman in charge of
promotions in the Coast Guard and the
Army. Where else in the world will you
find that?" the source questioned.
The source went on to say that the Pres-
ident in his "retooling" of the Senate was
not considering gender, but was looking
at engaging the expertise relevant to the
economy, particularly to financial and ener-
gy issues. He felt he could not have a Senate
without an energy expert included, the
The Sunday Guardian was further
informed that President Carmona met
individually with each member of the Sen-
ate for two hours each, engaging them on
"Which other President do you know
to have been that meticulous about his
appointments?" the source questioned.
August 4, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
The Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
will be going after the Tunapuna Piarco
Regional Corporation and the Chaguanas
Borough Corporation aggressively for
the local elections.
This announcement was made by ILP
leader Jack Warner when he spoke with
reporters yesterday at his Chaguanas West
office. Warner said any postponement of
the elections would only spell more trouble
for the Government.
He said the ILP has plans on capturing
the Point Fortin and Sangre Grande cor-
porations and others, either entirely or in
Warner said the ILP would be setting
up shop in Bon Accord, Tobago, on August
15 since he believes that most of the island
has gone green.
Warner said he was also receiving pos-
itive responses from some government
ministers. He said Finance Minister Larry
Howai has promised to assist a woman
who came to him in tears seeking assis-
tance on a matter involving the HCU.
'T&T calling out for service'
Warner said, however, he was disap-
pointed that members of the cabal were
still victimising people who supported the
ILP. He said Fitzroy Beach and a delegation
visited him around 3 am yesterday and
launched a formal complaint.
He said President Anthony Carmona s
speech must not fall on deaf ears. Warner
called on all MPs to get up early to serve
"I am where I am because of represen-
tation," he added.
Warner said his victory should be a wake
up call for other MPs to hit the road and
represent their constituents. He said many
of them only wanted the luxuries of offices
such as fancy SUVs but do not want the
substance of office such as working for
"T&T is crying out for service," Warner
He was most disappointed with AG
Anand Ramlogan and Moruga MP Clifton
He said De Coteau had been his friend
for 50 years but threw it all away.
"I am not bitter, I am disappointed."
Warner also said his lawyers started
legal action against Sir David Simmons
after the by-election.
"Win, lose or draw, I will sue."
He said he plans on making an agree-
ment with himself and Concacaf public
The Congress of the People (COP) has congrat-
ulated president Anthony Carmona on his "forth-
right address" at the ceremonial opening of the
Parliament on Friday.
COP political leader Prakash Ramadhar said Car-
mona was most deliberate and insightful in bringing
to the attention of all parliamentarians his obser-
vations of the shortcomings in the practice of the
Parliament itself and of those who conduct the
nation s business in both its Houses.
In a statement, Ramadhar said: "The call of the
President to all who engage in the business of the
politics of Trinidad and Tobago, in and out of the
Parliament, to put the interests of the country and
the people above the interests of parties is a stark
reminder of the purpose of all politics which is
really to serve the improvement of society and the
needs of the population."
Ramadhar said as political leader of the COP,
he s had cause in the course of the recent by-election
to make a public call for observance of the highest
standards of conduct by all participants.
He praised Carmona s call for the State to use all
resources available to unearth the scourge of ill-
gotten gains by those in politics and to appropriately
deal with those who commit such abuse.
The Ministry of Finance said yesterday that the
Government approved the establishment of Atrius,
the successor company to Clico, more than nine
months ago and the company has had a board of
directors since May.
The ministry was responding to a report in another
newspaper, which claimed the story was exclusive,
that Cabinet had approved the transfer of Clico s
good business to a new state company called Atrius.
The ministry said the intention behind the estab-
lishment of Atrius, which was set up on December
5, 2012, was so that selected assets and liabilities of
Clico could be transferred to the new company.
The use of Atrius to house Clico s traditional insur-
ance portfolio of life insurance and annuities "remains
under consideration and no new decisions regarding
this matter have been made" recently, according to
While the use of Atrius for Clico s traditional insur-
ance portfolio "remains under consideration," Clico s
parent company, CL Financial, is proposing that the
portfolio "be divested for commercial value."
The Government spent $16.4 billion to buy out
the short term investment products of Clico and its
sister company, British American, as well as on recap-
A July 8 Ernst & Young analysis presented for
Cabinet s deliberations indicated that Clico has assets
estimated at $24.33 billion and liabilities of $10.41
The analysis excludes the $4.9 billion in preference
shares that the Government pumped into Clico to
recapitalise the insurer.
The Government made a claim of $23.3 billion
against CL Financial and its subsidiaries as the total
amount of money spent on bailing out the group.
CL Financial has acknowledged and accepted $18.33
billion of the Government s total claim.
A proposal before the Government recommends
that CL Financial sell assets with an estimated value
of $31.4 billion and use the proceeds to settle the
group s third party liabilities and the Government s
debt, in that order.
Under the proposal, CL Financial gets to retain
assets with a value of $1.6 billion, which will be used
to pay back any shortfall owed to the Government,
after all of the group s assets have been disposed.
Jack: Putting off local polls
will spell more trouble for Govt
Mark Taylor, Guinness football freestyle Caribbean champion of 2013, pays a courtesy
call to Jack Warner at his ILP office in Chaguanas, yesterday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Govt approved Clico
nine months ago
'Pres picked a woman to head PSC'
ABOUT THORPE Thorpe's career includes service as Dean of the Faculty
of Humanities and General Studies at UWI, Head of the
Department of English, and Co-ordinator of the Women
and Development Studies, in addition to being lead
consultant for the establishment of Costaatt's Division of
Humanities. She has served on UWI's Strategic and
She has been a member of several constitutionally-
appointed boards including the TT Defence Force
Commissions Board (of which she was the first-ever
female chairman), Police Service Commission, Salaries
Review Commission and Judicial and Legal Services
Commission. Thorpe is a former director of Republic Bank
Ltd, and a board member of Cabinet's 2012 Youth At Risk
She also served as T&T's Ambassador Permanent
Representative to the United Nations, helping establish
the International Criminal Court (ICC) mooted by former
President Arthur NR Robinson. Thorpe was deputy
director of the United Nations Development Fund for
Women (Unifem); was a top executive at the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and was
T&T's Resident Representative of the UNDP. Dr Thorpe
has been regional co-ordinator for the Commonwealth
Writers Prize, chairman of the Fulbright Scholarship
Awards Screening Committee and vice-chair of the
judges panel of the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
Dr Marjorie Thorpe
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