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"I will talk more about that when I come
home...I have to concentrate on the task
ahead," he said.
Gordon is now in London but will leave
for Germany on Monday, where he will
meet with officials at Adidas before trav-
elling to Belgium on Tuesday. Sources say
that a contract with Adidas is imminent.
Gordon is expected back in Trinidad on
Roberts said Gordon and Hypolite will
both receive their awards at a function
when they return home from their current
stint. He said he was pleased that Cabinet
had accepted his recommendations,
describing Gordon as a student athlete who
has proven that sport and academics could
mix and produce champions.
"What we have given Jehue is just a token
of our appreciation of what he has done
for the people of this country," Roberts said.
"It could never fully compensate for what
he has achieved. The people of T&T have
every reason to be proud of this young
man---a role model, who has retained all
his humility in spite of the success."
"I am particularly proud of the fact that
he was home grown, and produced right
here in T&T, because you all know I am
also a local coach."
Roberts described the gold medal success
as only the start of Gordon s career.
"This is just the beginning. This is a
young man, confident, disciplined, and one
who understands what he needs to do to
"More than that, he retains all the qual-
ities to suggest that he can only get better.
We are excited about his future because
we feel he can only get better."
He said he was also pleased that Cabinet
had agreed to recognise Hypolite.
"He had faith in the young man, but
more importantly, the young man had
enough faith in him, and they proved to be
a winning team. It can t get better than
Gordon became only the second T&T
athlete to win a gold medal at the World
Championships, following in the footsteps
of sprinter Ato Boldon, who won the 200
metres in 1993.
Friday, August 30, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Local govt elections set for October 21
for 29th AUGUST, 2013
Insisting she is not a coward
and not afraid of the voice of the
people, Prime Minister Kamla
announced that local government
elections will be held on October
21.At the same time, she also
declared that a new ground-break-
ing system will be introduced in
time for the elections---proportional
Persad-Bissessar made the
announcements to the media dur-
ing yesterday s post-Cabinet press
"Since the expiration of the life
of the local government (on July
26), there has been widespread
public speculation that this Gov-
ernment would seek to postpone
local government elections.
"Today, I confirm to you that
although it remains open to the
Government to pass legislation to
postpone any elections, the local
government elections shall not be
Persad-Bissessar said in addition
to councillors who had requested
a postponement of the local gov-
ernment elections for reform pur-
poses, several Cabinet ministers
also had concerns about calling
them this year.
Asked to elaborate, she said: "I
do not want to disclose that. But
we agreed to do the right thing
because it is the right thing to do."
The PM said she is on record as
having condemned the former Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM)
regime for suppressing the voice
of the people by postponing local
government elections for four con-
secutive years between 2006 and
She said the PNM had also post-
poned local government elections
on three occasions between 1962
and 1968 and 1974 and 1977.
Noting that the right to vote
must never be taken for granted,
Persad-Bissessar said the post-
ponement of any election which
is constitutionally due must only
be countenanced in the most
exceptional and extreme circum-
stances, such as war and famine.
Recalling the People s Partner-
ship s election manifesto promise
of people-centred governance, the
PM also noted she is a patron of
the Local Government Forum of
"I am at the forefront of the
international movement for the
reform and strengthening of local
government to give greater power
to the people," she said.
"I will not follow the precedent
set by some of our predecessors
and use the burning issue of local
government reform as an excuse
to avoid facing the electorate.
afraid of the voice of the people.
On the contrary, I draw my political
strength and inspiration from it."
Asked about the PP s readiness
for the local government elections,
the PM said the Government is
engaged in an ongoing process of
looking at candidates. She said they
have enough time to prepare for
the October 21 elections.
Asked if her proposed reshuffle
of the Cabinet was also discussed
at yesterday s meeting, the PM said
it was not.
"And you can appreciate why,"
(See page A5)
not a coward
Gordon sets sight on Belgium meet Model Soowan Bramble portrays the costume
Zulimar at the launch of Island People Mas
2014 at the National Academy for the
Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday
night. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar
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