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PNM hits back at Minority Leader for 'race card' comments

The PNM Tobago Council officials were in a fiery mood on Tuesday as they launched a scathing attack on the TOP leader Ashworth Jack and his organisation.

They were speaking during a media briefng held last Tuesday at its Scarborough headquarters.

The PNM Council representatives, Tobago Party Chairman Neil Wilson, Tobago East Chairman Wendell Berkely, Tobago West Chairman Stanford Callender and PRO Denise Tsoi-A-Fatt all sought to clarify the Tobago PNM position on a number of issues.

It was the well groomed Tsoi-A-Fatt who threw the opening salvos when she condemned the recent assertion by TOP leader Ashworth Jack who accused the PNM of using race politics.

Tsoi-A-Fatt described Jack's statement as "deliberately misleading and downright malicious." The Tobago PNM PRO noted that "all right-thinking Tobagonians will be aware that over the past 15 months since the UNC-led coalition took over the reins of Government, the PNM Administration in the THA and the Tobago PNM Council have been focused on protecting the autonomy of THA."

She cited blatant efforts to disrespect the Tobago institution, Tobago leaders and Tobago people as part of the attack from the Central Government.

Tsoi-A-Fatt chided the TOP leader for cowering in the THA and not giving support to the PNM on matters concerning the Senior Citizens Grant, the plight of the fishermen and the blatant attack on the THA.

The PNM PRO reminded the media that "It was the THA which was in control of Health and Carnival. These have been two contentious areas between the THA and Central Government recently, and the PNM PRO wanted to know if "it is racial politics when persons elected by Tobagonians to protect their interests and enhance their lives raise these critical issues." She reminded all present that the PNM was "now standing up for the very issues which ANR Robinson, Hochoy Charles and Lennox Denoon stood up for and no one branded their politics as racial."

Tobago East PNM Chairman Wendell Berkely congratulated the Orville London-led THA for introducing the fast ferries, the cargo boat, the 600 million dollars power plant at Cove, the acquisition of Pigeon Point, Little Tobago and a number of estates.

Berkely, a former THA Assistant Culture Secretary also mentioned the 17 health centres built by the THA and the construction of the Shaw Park Sports Complex, the Mt Irvine Fisheries, the Buccoo Integrated Facility, the Mt Grace Pavilion and a number of hard courts in different parts of the island. He also mentioned more to come for the PNM THA such as community works at Louis D'Or, Belle Garden, Charlotteville, John Dial, Mt Irvine, Mt Pleasant, Betsy's Hope and Calder Hall.

Berkely also noted that the problems faced by the mega projects were now over and rapid progress is being made where these projects are concerned.

Chairman of the Tobago West PNM Council Stanford Callender recalled his time as a PNM representative on the Tobago County Council in 1977 and said he appreciated and respected the struggles of Robinson and others to get the THA established. He bashed the TOP and its association with the UNC-led Partnership Government.

"Jack and the UNC are trying to disrupt the THA," he said. He also predicted that Jack would get all the same bad experiences which Charles and Robinson got from associating with the UNC. "Do not give up your fight for what is right," the former government minister added.

Meanwhile, Tobago Council Chairman Neil Wilson announced the plans of the Tobago PNM.

The long serving and calculated Wilson announced that on September 1st, walkabouts will begin. On September 11, there will be a 'Feeling The Pain' meeting at Signal Hill Comprehensive School with main speaker Fitzgerald Hinds and Orville London and testimonies from those who are feeling the pain.

On September 24 there will be the Tobago West Family Day and September 25 Tobago East Family Day.

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The Truth said on Saturday, Jun 16 at 2:38 PM

Angus if I was getting paid 65000 a month from the THA and they protect my pyramid MLM skeem. I will do anything and say anything.

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Snatty said on Saturday, Sep 10 at 2:00 PM

Well the truth hurts, and i guess you´re affected..Gues you´re wearing one of those caps.. ahhhhhhh ha ha ha ha ha

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Scratch Line said on Thursday, Sep 8 at 9:31 PM

Ok Snatty you don't get it. I think that you don't know that you are being foolish.

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snatty said on Thursday, Sep 8 at 1:15 PM

Who that cap fits.. Have you ever heard that assumtions is the M.O.A.F-UPS?

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Scratch Line said on Monday, Sep 5 at 6:30 PM

@ Snatty...Apparently you don't get it. It's always degrading to refer to people as "you people". It assumes that you think you are better than those you're referring to.

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Snatty said on Monday, Sep 5 at 11:54 AM

Daga, i work for mine, and have always been i an honest was.

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Daga said on Friday, Sep 2 at 10:00 PM

You people? then who are you snatty?

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Snatty said on Thursday, Sep 1 at 12:17 PM

You people are just as bad as the politicians. Once they can give you stuff to fill your pockets, all is good you´ll vote for them and their empty promises. Be the change that you want. Stop wanting and go out there and achieve what you want honestly.

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CONSCIOUSTRINGONIAN said on Saturday, Aug 27 at 11:37 PM

THE THA NEEDS TO REALISE THAT BUILDING A FEW COMMUNITY CENTRES IN THEMSELVES IS NOT DEVELOPMENT.!!! THEY NEED TO REALISE THAT , UNDER THEIR LEADERSHIP; THEIR WAS AN!!!1 INCREASE IN CRIME, NO PROPER HEALTH FACILITIES, (WHEN TOURISTS GOT ILL) AND NO EFFECTIVE POLICING. THERE ALSO NEED TO BE EFFECTIVE AGRICULTURAL AND TOURISM POLICIES, PROPER BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN EACH VILLAGE; EFFECTIVE TRANSPORT SYSTEM, REVENUE FUNDING INITIATIVES, PROPER SECURITY AND GOOD LEADERSHIP, BEFORE YOU CAN SPEAK ABOUT AUTONOMY. WE CAN ONCE AGAIN DEVELOP PRIDE IN TOBAGO BY: STARTING WITH THE CHILDREN THROUGH HIGHLIGHTING AND INSTILLING DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PATRIOTIC. (IN OUR SCHOOLS).THIS WILL THEN BECOME INFECTIOUS IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

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BklynBago said on Saturday, Aug 27 at 10:21 PM

@ Al...We would have to secede (which most,I included, don't want) from Trinidad to become an independent country but with Autonomy we will run our own affairs while still being united with Trinidad - just like any state in the USA.

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Al said on Saturday, Aug 27 at 6:55 PM

What does autonomy mean?? Please explain. Are we talking about independence??

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BklynBago said on Friday, Aug 26 at 10:13 PM

@ katrina... separation is obscene language in T&T

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BklynBago said on Friday, Aug 26 at 10:06 PM

@ Think outside the "island"!...You would have to compare Barbados with Trinidad & Tobago and not just Tobago. Tobago cannot do its own bidding for NA companies to outsource there. Nevertheless, you have delivered very good food for thought.

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BklynBago said on Friday, Aug 26 at 9:57 PM

@ bigjeeze... We are not talking independence, we are talking Full Autonomy for Tobago. Need an explanation? then keep blogging.

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Think outside the "island"! said on Friday, Aug 26 at 4:05 PM

For any country to progress, it must let the people unleash their creativity and inginuity. A country that tries to grow by goverment programs or any foundation in government cannot and will not get very far. Look at Barbados... that country is doing well. Tobago cannot rely on tourism. I have to travel India, Argentina, China, etc because companies have placed call centers and outsourced to these places. Why not the Caribbean that is only a few hours away? Why South Africa that takes 18 hours to get to? When I asked the head of the group I was visiting why not the Caribbean as a location of choice, he responded, "not sure... Is that region stabel?" Tobago or any Caribbean island should be bidding for North American companies to outsource there, but they can't seem to get people to think outside the box! I guess you guys will eventually get it together. I guess I will get used to my long plane flights!

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bigjeeze said on Friday, Aug 26 at 12:50 PM

I have been visiting Tobago since 1978 - and I will probably not bother any more. As usual all anyone does is talk - Independence - what are you talking about? with what money, what industry - Tourism? who? no one is coming to Tobago any more because of the killings rapes and robberies - Stop those and the busainess will return

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katrina said on Friday, Aug 26 at 12:11 PM

Why couldn't Tobago separate & become a Republic? Then build their own sugar & flour mills, demand passports from Trinnies when visiting & offer bids to other islands/countries for produce that costs Tgonians an arm & leg to buy now? This would take the franchise for everything from T'dad. Then the tourism economy would truly stay in Tobago & with this money kept at home, many wonderful things could happen. By staying tied to T'dad would mean more crime & less justice than you have now - which is pitiful!

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set up said on Thursday, Aug 25 at 8:41 AM

Vernella Toppin is a fraud

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reltih floda said on Tuesday, Aug 23 at 7:05 AM

'never let the truth get in the way of a good story!' situation still leaves a lot to be desired however and so does this paper, according to your good self. see they have re-named the 'vanguard' which never opened thus; it's a wonder this island hasn't moved with so much 'hot air' circulating. why doesn't it come to terms with problems?

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Aug 23 at 12:53 AM

@reltih floda - that list with pigeon point and crown point included in the state of emergency was bogus. Express is known for printing erroneous stories quite often (though I am not sure if other dailes carried the same thing). Tobago was not included in the State of Emergency.

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reltih floda said on Monday, Aug 22 at 5:31 AM

my 'dictatorship' referral really means finding a sincere leader in a genuine party that really does want to see a better tomorrow; that's gonna be difficult because the police force is nigh on useless, everyone is scared stiff of reprisals and wont accept that drastic measures are needed. sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind! chips might be extreme but identity cards/passports are no major problem and efforts in these directions should and have to be made. now we read there is a state of emergency, both pigeon point and crown point mentioned which means 'we' are not being alerted to how many crimes are in fact being committed in those areas. if it aint reported it aint happening and the unsuspecting tourists will come in their droves, eh? come on, get real, firm discipline and example from the very top is the way. clear off orville london and your useless colleagues, you've had more chances than robbie keane!

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Canaanite said on Sunday, Aug 21 at 6:21 PM

Anonymous, just because you said something outrageous doesn't mean it will help Tobago! A dictatorship will cripple Tobago in a week. We already have serious migration issues, dictatorship will make it worse. Inserting chips will provide minimum value but will cost us lots of foreign currency (which we don't have BTW, since fewer tourists are coming). I agree increasing discipline is very important though, start with the kids and in a generation we would have an orderly society, but that has to be tied to educational incentives. We need thinking minds to develop. Only an educated and thinking mind can create all the things we covet from developed countries, and qualify our leaders properly. Autonomy can help by making life less easy, and encouraging us to seek out new alternative income sources. Independence might be too far however, and could lead to increased brain drain again.

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BklynBago said on Saturday, Aug 20 at 6:13 PM

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots - Marcus Garvey. Tobago's greatest asset is its people. For the island to move forward, we must strive develop the historical and political consciousness of the people but understand that it won't happen overnight. We should focus heavily on education. Few may clamor for autonomy but as long as the masses are ignorant, unconcern and asleep we can forget about it. What we have in Tobago is what the educational institutions and parents to a lesser extent turned out. So Anonymous, a lot of physical development will take place in Tobago but my major concern is the education of the people. Let's build a library; have mobile libraries back in the villages as before; have a curriculum structured to educate children about their history. Let's deal with the root of Tobago's problem.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Aug 20 at 11:07 AM

BlyknBago...'madness'...there is a fine line between it and truth! this life of mine started right at the bottom, we had nowt but parents worked hard, taught me right from wrong and discipline was firm, for all us kids. tobago would be put under dictatorship with emphasis on getting the economy and 'feel-good' factor right, it's desperate now and desperate measures need to be implemented. I'll take the lead and will never cause hardship for those prepared to back a genuine movement. have you any better ideas? please let 'us' know and don't be soft with your intended approach. come on. by the way london and his colleagues will have to be removed and found jobs they can be useful in.

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BklynBago said on Saturday, Aug 20 at 10:45 AM

@ reltih floda... Autonomy is the answer - agreed. The rest of your post is madness and I think you know it.

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reltih floda said on Saturday, Aug 20 at 5:46 AM

autonomy is the only answer; all passports to be shown at airports, etc and, if possible, every inhabitant to have a silicone chap inserted to help police this small island. such drastic measures are an absolute necessity and would be the FIRST issues on my agenda. also chain gangs (prisoners) to effect work on bad roads and help clean tobago, thus making it an attraction for tourism. 'we' have to be authoritative and keep firm discipline and get local economy buoyant again. any school children found with a weapon will spend THIRTY-SIX HOURS in the black hole. let's start today to make tobago great, tomorrow!

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BklyBago said on Saturday, Aug 20 at 2:46 AM

This PNM THA didn't achieve Autonomy for Tobago when the central gov was PNM, so good heavens how the hell could they under the PP. Autonomy for Tobago have to be demanded by it's people because politicians in the THA can't deliver it. They aren't mobilising the people, so they aren't concern about autonomy but about their big fat pay cheque. PP, PNM, TOP, UNC are all about money and power. Jack, London, Kamla are all about politics, not people. The average Tobagonian don't care about autonomy. Too bad.

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