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Opposition Member of Parliament
for La Horquetta/Maloney Alicia
Hospedales yesterday called for an
"urgent investigation" into the oper-
ations at the Ministry of the People.
Hospedales claimed that her own
investigations into that ministry
uncovered a monthly bill of $17 million
for the short term employment facility.
She said under the People s National
Movement, that figure stood at
$75,000 per month.
"Look at that big difference,"
Hospedales, during her contribution
to the budget debate, repeatedly asked
whether the People s Partnership Gov-
ernment could be trusted and each
time answered her own question in the
"The Ministry of the People and
Social Development got an allocation
of over $3 billion and should be brought
under scrutiny. The so-called people s
arm of the ministry is a total illusion,"
"There is nothing different that this
arm is doing to resolve citizens problems
that cannot be done across
She described the new arm as noth-
ing more than a "co-ordinating arm
for direct effect walkabouts in the coun-
Hospedales said it was clear that the
Government was using that arm and
staff to facilitate campaigning efforts.
"There is clear abuse of authority
and improper use of staff resources for
campaigning. Why is the money allo-
cated to the ministry being used for
political campaigns?" she asked.
She accused Minister of the People
Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh of using min-
istry staff in his constituency office on
Tuesdays. She also called for another
investigation into the recruitment
processes at the ministry citing improp-
Hospedales referred to members of
the ruling party as "false-hooders," a
term which had the Government mem-
bers snickering and laughing outright
during her one-hour-and-15-minute
She touched on the lack of proper
hiring practices and pointed out that
the mother of a sitting minister, one
Claudette Ramnarine, was appointed
the regional co-ordinator of the TT
Card programme in Sangre Grande.
"These things need to be investigat-
ed," she said.
The PNM MP claimed there was food
card abuse at only one office in the
Hospedales also called for more infor-
mation on the planned postal service
reform project. She questioned whether
that meant a complete restructuring
of the existing TT Post.
"What is that all about? A total of
$6 million is allocated for this purpose.
What do they have planned for the
future of TTPost? I understand that
TTPost continues to struggle and is in
dire straights. Are employees going to
eventually face retrenchement? Is there
going to be a cut in the number of
staff?" she asked.
PNM MP calls
for probe at
A scintillating performance
from North West Laventille Folk
Performers was not enough to
save Friday s Pantastic Friday
produced by ten-time National
Panorama champion Witco Des-
peradoes Steel Orchestra from its
Desperadoes was on stage before
a captive audience eager to hear
the band render its much loved
arrangement of Super Blue s
Rebecca. However, law enforce-
ment officers did not allow a ten-
minute extension at the event held
at the Paddock Area at the Grand
Stand, Queen s Park Savannah in
The police pulled the plug on
the show a mere ten minutes past
1 am, when it was officially sched-
uled to end. The cultural showcase
could not have witnessed a better
cast, but poor stage management
on the part of the promoter
accounted for delays.
Reigning National Panorama
champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan
Groove, Caribbean Airlines
Invaders, Neal & Massy Trinidad
All Stars, as well as joint Interna-
tional Soca Monarch and Road
March Monarch Austin
"SuperBlue" Lyons, as well as
North West Laventille Folk Per-
formers all took the spotlight.
But somehow, the stars did not
align. Performers, it seemed, failed
to read the audience and delivered
repertoires that were more self-
styled, than people centred.
By the time SuperBlue took the
spotlight culture lovers had become
so overwhelmed by the inconsis-
tency in the performances that not
even the champ could move them,
in spite of his hits.
It was the drumology unit from
North West Laventille that injected
new life into the night s presen-
tation with their contagious well
thought out patterns.
The dance troupe was on fire
but could not deliver its perform-
ance with the intensity required
because the stage was too small,
in addition to being unsteady.
MC Jemma Jordon had to cau-
tion the dancers on the worthiness
of the stage ahead of them taking
Stars fail to align at Despers show
...police pull plug on performance
Brian Charles, leader of Witco Desperadoes plays as the band brings down the curtain on Pantastic Friday.
Janessa Baptiste, top bassist with reigning National Panorama champion Petrontrin Phase II Pan Groove is
full of energy during the band's musical offering. PHOTOS: SEAN NERO
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