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A member of the Shiv Shakti Dance Group performs during the 33rd
anniversary in memory of the late Dr Eric Eustace Williams at the heliport in
Chaguaramas yesterday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
IN MEMORY OF DR WILLIAMS
This is a matter of life and
death. It is not accidental
that Corexit is banned in 18
countries around the world.
Fishermen and Friends of
the Sea (FFOS) urges the
public to view this YouTube
"60 Minutes" programme to
see for yourself:
In this "60 minutes"
YouTube video, you will see
that the Corexit disaster will
continue to impact on our
fishery and on the exposed
residents and citizens for
years to come.
FFOS members have dived
and uncovered "tar balls" all
the way to Gasparee Island,
and in numerous areas in La
Brea, and we are issuing this
public "No Swimming"
warning in the absence of
any transparent and inde-
pendent analysis, and the
absence of any credible state-
ment from the numerous and
FFOS has issued unheeded
Corexit warnings from the
beginning of this disaster in
December 2013 and our reck-
less administration has only
this week given an approxi-
mate quantity of how much
of one of the dispersants was
FFOS does not trust that
data and is calling for an
urgent and independent audit
of Petrotin data.
Remember, the Gulf of
Paria water moves in a gyre
(clockwise motion); therefore
the Corexit contaminated
water will continue to move
in a circular motion in the
Gulf of Paria.
"60 Minutes" is a credible
This is no joke.
We urge you to run this
video on the air. The public
has a right to know that this
cover-up must stop.
1. FFOS continues to call
for "No Playing/Swimming"
signs to be put on all Gulf of
Paria recreational areas,
including and especially the
recreational beaches in South
2. FFOS again calls for
detailed and thorough testing
to determine exposure and
damage of all of the residents
and especially the "oil spill
clean up" workers.
3. FFOS continues to call
for testing of the Gulf of
Paria fish to determine
whether and which Gulf fish
are safe to eat.
The precautionary principle
is critically important in this
matter. "Do not do if you are
We urge you to
publish/broadcast this public
warning! This is a matter of
life and death.
FFOS: DO NOT SWIM IN
GULF OF PARIA OR
'DOWN DE ISLANDS'
While we await the report from
the Minister of Finance on what
really happened with the pur-
chase of the FCB shares during its
recent IPO, we now have daily full
page advertisement by the board
of FCB on the allocation process
for employee share purchase.
I ask, what is the real purpose
of this advert? I recall the chair-
person, Ms Nyren Alfonso, making
a public statement that she saw
nothing wrong with the purchase
of the shares by high ranking offi-
cials. Was this statement also the
view of the rest of the board? I
find it distasteful that the board
are now willing to clarify points
and distance themselves from
knowledge of the allocation
process. We put you first!? It may
be a horse of a different colour,
but I find it strange that the Min-
ister of Finance who moved with
the speed of a Samurai warrior to
sever the tenure of the CAL board
when he accused them of poor
corporate governance, now dillies
and dallies with respect to action
about this board. We ask why? Is
this good corporate governance
In the meantime the share
price has fallen by over $2 in the
last week, and we still have no an-
swer as to how and why senior
bank officials were able to acquire
such large shareholdings.
As they say, while Rome burns,
K R Sookoo
Is the FCB board untouchable?
Recently there was a call for the
media in general to publicly declare their
political interests. I think that there is
some merit in that position. Every week-
day morning there is a late morning talk
on 95.5, where listeners are subjected to
an unparalleled ranting, raving, and dia-
tribe against the Government.
To them, they and their callers con-
sider the members of the Partnership to
be all criminals, crooks, rapists, degener-
ates, and the worst Government ever.
Even when the Government does some-
thing right, they find fault. Some callers
are even advocating the violent over-
throw of the Government. They, as well,
have on two PNM activists every week
on the programme.
My question is this: is the PNM paying
for these programmes, and if not, why
not? I hold no brief for this or any Gov-
ernment, but the previous PNM adminis-
tration was far worse than what we are
experiencing now. This constant govern-
ment harangue is doing our country no
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