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Anil dumped from Mt Pleasant Goat Races

By Opoku Ware

Parochial island politics has raised its ugly head in the lead up to the ever popular Easter Monday Mt Pleasant Goat Race Festival.

When Chairman of the Games Committee and former PNM THA candidate Carl Alleyne appeared on a radio interview last Tuesday to promote the event, he made some stunning observations, exposing the political divide of the planning committeee.

Alleyne, a former fire officer and Mt St George resident who has been living in the community for some time now, revealed that the organisers of the event had invited Sports Minister Anil Roberts to attend the event to punish the THA for not finishing construction of the Pavilion at the Mt Pleasant grounds. He continued to shock the listening public when he further revealed that the Pavilion was finished and there was no need for the Sports Minister to attend.

The Mt Pleasant Goat Race event has had a tradition of national Sport Ministers being invited to attend the event. Among the former Sports Ministers who have attended the event were Pam Nicholson, Jean Pierre and Roger Boynes. However, for some time now the PNM led THA has been complaining about 'disrespect' in relation to Government Ministers operating in Tobago. It also appears that with a THA election on the horizon the combatants are becoming even more 'jumpy'.

Pam Nicholson, a former Sports Minister under the NAR Government and parliamentary representative for Tobago West in a call to a local radio station commented on the issue and wanted "to know if Tobago has seceded from Trinidad". She made the point that Anil Roberts was the Sports Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Tobago News has been reliably informed that a well known PNM activist/supporter has been saying that if Anil Roberts is invited to the event the THA would withdraw sponsorship of the sports meeting.

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Desuperman said on Friday, Apr 6 at 12:02 PM

It seems like Opuku has been "elevated" to journalist for the T.News, but his articles always written like one of his usual articles in his column, slanted in a particular direction, just like the other so called journalist name Adamson Charles. But who cares if Anil Roberts come here or not? Right now he's probably one of the most disliked Ministers in office because of his stupid attitude and behaviour, he's no statesman and has no class. Gary Hunt didn't come to open any Sports Meeting, did anyone complain? And he's PNM. This same Anil Roberts came to Tobago and promised to get the refurbishment of the Dwight Yorke Stadium started just after entering office and UP TILL THIS DAY nothing has started. And Sister Pam is a blasted hypocrite to now realize that Roberts is the Sports Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. She was NOT that hospitable to anyone PNM coming to Tobago during her NAR days, because of her hatred for the PNM (which she help to spread among her supporters).

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Appalled said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 4:30 AM

I thought it was an editorial....disgraceful!

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 7:15 AM

Cleaverly done Tha.good that THA GAVE Indian girl AN awareNESS of this understanding, on what it takes to run a country independently.wisdom.THANK YOU THA.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 10:25 AM

This headline jokey too bad....

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BULLPISTLE said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 8:02 PM

"Indian Girl", tribalism is more rampant among the Indians who support and worship the very ground Kamla walk on, not here. Anil is not a man of class, none whatsoever and he's better off where he is. He is probably much more hated in Trinidad than he is in Tobagofor exactly that reason.

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BULLPISTLE said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 8:37 PM

More for Indian Girl, if you have evidence that "kickbacks" and dishonesty in Assemblymen take it to the DPP or the Integrity Commission. But there is also an Assemblyman PRESENTLY,in opposition, who is yet to account for a million dollar mansion that all his jobs past and present combined CANNOT afford him. And there is no "Ministry of Tobago Affairs" for the first time in government, but instead a ministry was created (BY KAMLA) for a lying dishonest woman to run. The only thing she could "develop" is a credit card bill for $68,000 in only 6 months, and is condoned by her prime minister. So if you want to talk dishonesty and kickbacks, look at those you support first.

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Desuperman said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 9:08 PM

Tobagonians hate Trinidadians? Tobagonians appreciate Trinidadians more than Indians like Black people and that's a fact. Anil is not needed here to open any Sports Day, me must first start the refurbishment work he promised 2 yrs now for the Stadium. It is for this reason the annual Falcon Games were held in Trinidad for the first time. So why should anyone worry about him coming here to "punish the THA" (according to Opuku) for not finishing a pavilion? He has no moral authority to criticize anybody or the THA.

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tobago care said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 7:28 AM

the earth is the lord and fullness thefore the and they that dwell therein for he hath founded it upon the seas and established it uponthe flood.own no man anything but one another as you love yourself.

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 6:39 AM

Indian girl what does you beign a hindu have to do with,you beign a human beign..

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 17 at 12:12 PM

well done Tobago,he should be dumped

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