Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Question of Origins and Indian Arrival

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
May 31, 2011

Dr. Kwame NantambuIn the aftermath of the celebration of Indian Arrival Day on 30 May 2011 in T&T, this article focuses on certain origins and the historical dynamics of Indian Arrival. These origins include the Asian-Chinese Dynasty, “Ganges” River, Indian Originality and the label “Indentured Servants.”
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Jack Warner cleared of bribery allegations made by Lord Triesman

Four Fifa executives accused by Lord Triesman are ‘in the clear’

By Matt Scott in Zurich
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 29 May 2011

Jack WarnerThe four Fifa executive committee members accused of corruption by Lord Triesman have been cleared by a Football Association inquiry, according to the world governing body’s interpretation of a 200-page dossier it was handed last week.

The FA commissioned Paul Dingemans QC to investigate the claims raised by Triesman under parliamentary privilege this month. Triesman, the former FA chairman, alleged that four Fifa executives asked for favours in return for voting for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
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Prime Minister Stands by Jack Warner

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
13-15 ST. CLAIR AVENUE, ST. CLAIR
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE “PROVISIONAL SUSPENSION” OF JACK WARNER

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-BissessarIt is a fundamental tenet of the rule of law that a man is innocent until proven guilty.

This right is enshrined in the constitution of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is an important pillar in our system of justice.
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I arrived in 1946

By Raffique Shah
May 28, 2011

Raffique ShahWHEN discussions on Indian Arrival Day first surfaced sometime in the 1970s, United Labour Front (ULF) founding ideologue Lennox Pierre insisted that I should intervene in the debate over a public holiday to mark the Indian presence in Trinidad. At the time, the Indian Review Committee, led by Ramdath Jagessar, vociferously argued in favour of marking the arrival of Indian immigrants in 1845.
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FIFA Suspends Warner, Bin Hammam

Blatter cleared, Bin Hammam and Warner suspended

Jack WarnerFIFA has suspended executive committee members Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner after investigating accusations they bribed voters in the presidential election campaign. FIFA cleared its president Sepp Blatter of ignoring the alleged bribes.
Full Article : forbes.com

Jack in bribe probe, Blatter too

FIFA summons its vice-president to Zurich following allegations
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Does She or Doesn’t She?

By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
May 25, 2011

Dr. Selwyn R. CudjoeAlmost invariably, nations, parties and individuals possess different narratives of themselves some of which they present to the world; others that they keep quietly to protect themselves from the world and others. Some of these narratives are wrapped in perfumed sweetness while others are left to petrify, hidden from the public gaze, until their stink pollutes the nation and the self.
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NACTA: PP still leads PNM after one year

People's Partnership supporters vs PNM supporters

Trinidad Guardian
May 24, 2011 – guardian.co.tt

The findings of an opinion survey conducted by NACTA over the last week show the incumbent People’s Partnership (PP) Government has lost support while the PNM has managed to hold on to most of its support, just a year after the coalition won office by a landslide. However, if an election were called now, while the PP is likely to lose several seats, it will still retain office though by a narrow majority. Voters do not see any threat to the Government and they do not view the PNM as a viable alternative. The poll also shows Ministers Jack Warner, Roodal Moonilal, Glenn Ramadharsingh, and Vasant Bharath leading their colleagues in ratings for performance as well as in other measurements.
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So much to do in T&T

By Derren Joseph
May 23, 2011

Derren JosephLast week, I was trying to get to Anguilla for a meeting, only to be told while transiting through Antigua that the Anguilla airport was closed. Apparently the air traffic controller was not feeling well that day. Thanks to LIAT’s excellent customer service however, passengers were put up in a fairly decent hotel and treated to dinner. Thank you LIAT. The next morning we flew out to St Maarten, to catch the ferry across to Anguilla. While on board the ferry I looked around at the bankers from Barbados tapping away on their BlackBerry smartphones while the French tourists took lots of pictures, and then it struck me. What a resource we have in Trinidad with our inter island ferries and our Water Taxis! I look forward to seeing links on airline/tour operator/travel agency Web sites that allow incoming visitors to buy ferry/Water Taxi tickets while booking their flights/hotels. Those of us who use the local Water Taxi may take it for granted but for a visitor to our shores, that ride would be an amazing and memorable experience. The view alone is incredible. Added to which, our ferries are among the more modern boats in this part of the Caribbean, making for a much more comfortable experience than other islands.
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The PNM and the politics

By Michael Harris
May 23, 2011 – trinidadexpress.com

PNMLast week I sought to examine how the People’s Partnership Government had fared in its first year in office and to assess its current and future impact on the politics of the country. Today I turn my attention to the People’s National Movement, the official Opposition (which is also observing, if not celebrating, an anniversary of sorts), to examine how it has fared in its first year in opposition following a most comprehensive defeat at the polls.
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PM vows to make T&T a better place

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-BissessarPM vows to make T&T a better place
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar wrapped up a national day of prayer at Rienzi Complex, Couva, last night by extending a branch of hope to the citizenry saying, “better days are coming.” Speaking with reporters last evening after handing out gifts to scores of supporters, Persad-Bissessar commented on recent polls which showed that her Government had a decline in its performance ratings for the past year. According to recent polls, including last Sunday’s ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre’s poll in the Sunday Guardian, Persad-Bissessar’s rating has fallen over the last year. The PM said that despite the setbacks, she was committed to making T&T a better place.
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