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NOTICE is hereby given that the Forty-Second (42nd)
Annual Meeting of the National Association of
Administrative Professionals of Trinidad and Tobago will be
held at nSa House, 15 Fitzblackman Drive, Wrightson Road
Extension, Woodbrook at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 28 June
2014 for the following purposes:
1. To confirm Minutes of the Forty-First (41st) Annual Meeting.
2. To receive the Reports of the Board of Directors and
Committees for the year ended 31 March 2014.
3. To present the unaudited Financial Statements for the years ended
31 March 2013 and 31 March 2014.
4. To appoint an Auditor for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
5. To elect members of the Board of Directors for the Term
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
While the People s National
Movement (PNM) welcomes the
consideration of the removal of
visas for Chinese nationals enter-
ing T&T for the first time, they
are calling for full disclosure on
the "visa deal."
So said PNM public relations
officer Faris Al-Rawi in a tele-
phone interview with the T&T
Guardian. Al-Rawi was responding
to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar s statement on Sunday
that her Government was consid-
ering removing the visa require-
"We are pleased to note the
Government s acceptance of reality
and their recognition of China as
a significant friend of T&T," said
Al-Rawi. " But the PM, as she is
wont to do, hardly ever gives
details of anything and it would
be important for us to see the
details of her proposals with
respect to the visa restrictions that
may be listed by the Government."
Al-Rawi said the details of the
proposed agreement were very
important as Persad-Bissessar was
in political survival mode.
"The PM has got to give us
details. She is in political mode
for her very survival. It is impor-
tant we pay attention to the details
of policy and proposals."
President general of the Oilfield
Workers Trade Union (OWTU)
Ancel Roget, however, said the
country was not ready to handle
such a deal.
"There is currently no policy on
migrant labour. This decision will
impact our local employment lev-
els, driving the unemployment
rate up," said Roget. "We wish to
remind them (Government) that
they had condemned the impor-
tation of Chinese labour under
(former prime minister) Patrick
Roget slammed the Government
for "spin-doctoring" unemploy-
ment rates to show a decline,
when in fact they were high.
"They boast of these figures,
but it s another part of them spin-
doctoring these figures," he said.
President of the San Fernando
Business Association Daphne
Bartlett said the proposal could
have both negative and positive
consequences for the business
"Trinidad business people are
going directly to China, to cut out
the middle man," she explained.
"If the terms of this agreement
are reciprocated, it could make
things a lot easier for us."
Bartlett cautioned, however,
about the open-door policy this
arrangement could encourage.
"We should not be too happy
to open doors to everyone who
wants to come here. Business peo-
ple are already complaining that
foreign establishments like super-
markets and restaurants are taking
Bartlett also said the PM needed
to take a closer look at Chinese
nationals already living in T&T.
"They set businesses here, but
they are not providing employ-
ment to locals. Even the money
they make here does not stay
PNM wants details on visa deal
Participants compete during the T&T Cancer Society's second annual Men in Heels obstacle race at the
Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday. The event is staged annually to raise awareness
of cancer in men. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
DIGGING IN THEIR HEELS
The Ministry of Works and Infra-
structure says the opening of the west-
bound lane of the Priority Bus Route
(PBR) to the public, from Barataria to
Port of Spain from 6 pm to 3 am daily,
is no longer in effect.
In a statement yesterday, the Ministry
said motorists were allowed to use the
PBR during the Beetham Highway
(westbound) milling and paving proj-
ect.It said only drivers who are in pos-
session of a valid PBR permit will be
allowed to access the facility now.
The ministry said it thanked the pub-
lic for its usual co-operation.
For further information, please view
the Ministry of Works and Infrastruc-
ture s Web site www.mowt.gov.tt or
call the PURE Unit at 638-2350/2256.
Priority Bus Route
restrictions back in force
Fed sharply cuts forecast for US
economic growth---Page A26
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