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December 1, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Another question which party insiders
raised was where did Beckles get the
funds which she handed out to the
women s arm during the local govern-
"Isn t that something the office should
know about? When we try to get on to
her, we hearing she at Balisier House.
Well we here, she wasn t," one key party
Rowley s blank comes as no surprise
to party watchers, who have already
noticed and discussed the rift developing
between Rowley supporters and those
Beckles has also made it public that
she intended to contest the internal elec-
tion for the leadership post.
Party insiders, in a interview on Friday,
said while the party s internal election
was now constitutionally due in 2015, it
was Rowley who called for an earlier date
so as not to clash with the next general
election in the same year.
Though no date has been set for the
leadership election, one party source said
it must be held before September 2014.
The Sunday Guardian understands that
Beckles behaviour during the local gov-
ernment elections and the St Joseph by-
election added fresh fuel to the strained
relationship between Rowley and Beck-
"She is a non-performer," one party
This, they contend, is just the latest
in the list of Beckles actions that has
raised questions about her loyalty to the
The party insider said Beckles had
support from two older members of the
party, both of whom were not happy
with the more "inclusive and democratic"
nature of the new PNM. Both were
staunch supporters of former leader
"They went so far as to say Rowley
has an (East) Indian cabal around him,
what nonsense is that?" one insider said.
to replace Penny
Camille Robinson-Regis has been
tipped to replace Beckles.
In a brief telephone interview on Friday,
Robinson-Regis said she had not yet
been approached but was ready to serve
the PNM "in any capacity."
The delay in the announcement
stemmed from a clash in schedules
between Rowley and Beckles who have
to meet to discuss that decision and also
name the new senator to replace St
Joseph Member of Parliament Terrence
Deyalsingh. The Sunday Guardian under-
stands that party member Christine
Sahadeo has been tipped for that post.
No comment from Rowley, Beckles
Both Rowley and Beckles refused to
comment on the matter.
Beckles responded to one of several
text messages on Friday night saying,
"Sorry I am now seeing ur txt what is
ur story about."
The details were texted to her moments
later on Friday night, however there was
no response up to late yesterday.
...Robinson-Regis, Sahadeo in line-up of new senators
Music composer, arranger and pannist Ray Hol-
man will bring the production, "A True Trini
Christmas 111," to the stage, on December 7 and
8. The show will run at the Little Carib Theatre,
Woodbrook each night from 8 pm and 6:30
Patrons will be treated to parang and Christmas
carols and in addition to Holman s band, they will
be entertained by his musical friends, including
Gerelle Forbes, Raymond Edwards, Andre Mangatal,
Skiffle Bunch Junior Pan Ensemble, Holy Name
Junior Choir and Luces Brillantes Parang Band.
When asked why do a show at the end of the
year, Holman said, "The previous two were so thor-
oughly enjoyed by audiences, many people were
inquiring whether we were going to have the show
again this year.
"In addition, we, the musicians involved, love
performing Christmas music and giving that special
Christmas feeling to the audience."
Tickets for the family-friendly concert are priced
at $250 and available for purchase at the Little Carib
Theatre s Box Office from noon to 6 pm, Monday
For more information please contact 762-1456 or
visit the Facebook page and join the event.
Continued from Page A1
Dr Keith Rowley
Ray Holman set to
thrill with 'A True
Trini Christmas 111'
Former political leader of the United National
Congress (UNC) Basdeo Panday and attorney
general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj will mount
one stage next Sunday, to address the plight
and concerns of former sugar workers and cane
The former sugar workers and cane farmers are
known as the UNC s base supporters.
The meeting will be held at Rienzi Complex,
Couva, at 2 pm.
The duo will discuss benefits promised to the
farmers and issues that are affecting them.
Other speakers will include Nirvan Maharaj,
president general of the All Trinidad General
Workers Trade Union, Thomas Sotillio, secretary
of the former Cane Farmers Association of T&T,
and Mickela Panday.
The former workers argued that the policy of
the UNC has always been that former sugar work-
ers and cane farmers should be compensated fol-
lowing the closure of Caroni 1975 Ltd.
The former leaders of the sugar estate and fac-
tory workers union, and the former Cane Farmers
Association have asked Panday and Maharaj to
address them, and to assist them in getting the
present Government to honour the UNC policy
for sugar workers and cane farmers.
Panday publicly stated that he had been inun-
dated with calls and requests from party supporters
to intervene in the UNC "to restore the party to
its pristine glory."
He also admitted that if UNC supporters want
him to contest the UNC s upcoming internal elec-
tions as chairman. he would do so. Panday said
that he considered it his duty as founder of the
party, to assist in rescuing it.
Maharaj, who said he has no interest in electoral
politics, is in the process of launching a non polit-
ical organisation called "Democracy Watch," which
will be involved in educating the population on
to address UNC
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