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Patriotic supporters, the young and old, were present during the T&T Red Steel's Limacol CPL T20 match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors at
the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on Friday night. The Red Steel won the match by three runs to revive their hopes in the competition.
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Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
leader Jack Warner might possibly
be "colour blind."
This was the assumption yester-
day of several People s National
Movement (PNM) and United
National Congress (UNC) parlia-
mentarians, as they disclaimed
Warner s recent declaration that
their respective constituencies have
flipped their support to his new
party and "gone green."
Warner made the claim on the
platform last Saturday that La Brea,
Point Fortin, Princes Town, San Fer-
nando and Sangre Grande had
Asked by the T&T Guardian yes-
terday how the ILP had determined
people from the various constituen-
cies had "gone green," ILP chairman
Robin Montano said:
"While there s no scientific study,
we are gauging the extent of the
ILP s reach by the many applications
we have been receiving from many
of these constituencies.
"The membership application
form states where the person is from
so this is how we know how many
people from each area are applying
to join us.
"While a lot of applications do
come from UNC members in UNC
stronghold areas, we are also receiv-
ing applications from persons across
the board and recently this has
caused a spike in membership to
However, PNM Point Fortin MP
Paula Gopee-Scoon yesterday struck
down the ILP claims, saying: "Pt
Fortin gone green? Absolutely not!
Maybe Mr Warner has a problem
and he is colour blind.
"Born and bred, Pt Fortin will
stay PNM. Our people have seen
that Jack Warner has done nothing
for this constituency," Gopee-Scoon
said, adding that Point Fortin s PNM
units are working the "ground."
PNM La Brea MP Fitzgerald Jef-
frey, agreeing that Warner had it
wrong, added: "La Brea is firmly in
the arms of the PNM. Mr Warner
is merely trying to create a percep-
tion that he has widespread support
and that should not be bought
wholesale and swallowed.
"A group from his party was going
around the constituency last week
before they had their (Tunapuna)
meeting last Saturday but they are
not getting anywhere.
"Any support he might have in
our area would be from UNC sup-
porters, of which there is a small
amount... so, no green."
Jeffrey added: "La Brea people
have not forgotten the legacy Jack
left, that includes projects which he
promised while as Works Minister
and which were either done in
patchwork operation or not at all.
I can recall the road paving from
Oropouche to Point Fortin, which
was not done.
"He promised Sobo Village a $5
million project to deal with landslips,
which was to have started at the
time in two weeks and that was not
"We had the road from Siparia to
Erin project also and landslips in
Erin which we needed him to do.
He might have done a lot for
Chaguanas West but nothing in La
Brea, so people here are upset with
UNC s Princes Town MP, Nela
Khan, said:, "That (going green) may
be Mr Warner s claim but the UNC
remains strong. I am working with
our activists on the ground and UNC
in Princes Town is solid."
PNM San Fernando East MP
Patrick Manning, back from Wash-
ington, declined comment on Warn-
er s assertions.
Chairman of the PNM s San Fer-
nando East constituency Kenneth
Prescott, however, dismissed Warn-
er s claim saying: "He could say
anything he wants."
Toco-Sangre Grande MP Rupert
Griffith was unavailable but PNM
Sangre Grande activist Eric Taylor
said: "Mr Warner should know this
isn t about traffic light business.
"Grande went from (PNM) red to
(UNC) yellow before and they have
learnt from their mistakes the hard
way, so there s no switching to
another colour like green.
"The area is now mature enough
to understand the politics and ready
to give the PNM another chance at
governance. A lot of people are
readying their red jerseys for the
Local Government campaign, willing
to give PNM another chance.
"They were promised goodies in
Tobago, they took it and voted PNM.
Chaguanas West was also promised
goodies they took it and voted for
who they wanted. So it s clear people
are for their communities first and
the PNM understands that."
Opposition parties knock ILP support claims...
Jack must be colour blind
Jack Warner s Independent
Liberal Party will soon be woo-
ing the labour sector.
This was the signal yesterday
from ILP chairman Robin Mon-
tano, who said the new party
recognised it needed to deepen
its connection with labour since
that was an important sector in
He projected that the ILP would
move towards deepening that
connection in the coming "weeks
On whether the ILP intended
to link up with other smaller par-
ties on the political landscape,
such as the Movement for Social
Justice or the Roundtable, which
had been formed last year and
has been confronting Government
on various issues, Montano said
he personally felt the MSJ, which
had dropped out of the People s
Partnership coalition, was a "total
waste of time with probably 50
votes maximum... but that s only
my own personal opinion."
He also said the DNA, which
contested the Chaguanas West
by-election, proved it had "34
more votes than I thought it had."
Montano, at last Saturday s ILP
Local Government launch, had
said the party was "scrambling"
to put itself together in time for
local government polls.
The ILP executive was sched-
uled to meet last night on dis-
cussions to solidify its principles
and philosophies. (GA)
ILP set to
A 32-year-old man was wound-
ed in a shooting at a basketball
game in Morvant on Sunday night.
According to reports, around 8.45
pm, Maurice Joseph, of Chinapoo,
Morvant, was leaving a basketball
court in his community after a
game, when he was approached by
a gunman who shot him several
The gunmen then ran away.
Joseph was rushed to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where
he underwent emergency surgery.
He was warded in a critical but
stable condition up to late yesterday.
Investigators said the shooting
was witnessed by more than a
dozen people who managed to give
police an accurate description of
Joseph s attacker.
Investigators said the suspect was
well known to police and his arrest
Man injured in shooting after basketball game
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