5th Summit of the Americas News: April 16, 2009

The Fifth Summit of the Americas in pictures

The Fifth Summit of the Americas in pictures

» Castro and the Summit of the Americas
Cuba, and in particular its former President, Fidel Castro, is already a player at the fifth Summit of the Americas which takes place Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. That much is evident from information coming out of Havana, Moscow, Santiago de Chile and La Paz in recent days.

PoS Red zone takes effect 6 am

Red Zone lockdown starts at 6 am today

Michelle Obama not coming

US president, delegation to stay at Hilton

Obama at the summit

Obama, Caricom meet tomorrow
A meeting between US President Barack Obama and all Caricom leaders is being organised “tentatively” for tomorrow night…

Clinton: US ready to listen
Washington-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the Obama administration is reviewing a US policy of deporting undocumented Haitians and left open the possibility of expanding travel to Havana beyond the families of Cuban exiles in the United States.

Immigration detains six foreign protestors
Six professional protestors from Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela were detained at the Piarco International Airport last evening by immigration officers who also seized their passports.

People’s Summit participants detained

26,000 wait for accreditation

Tight security in place for summit

Elite security for UN head
AN ELITE team of security officers comprising American Special Forces soldiers, Special Anti- Crime Unit of TT (SAUTT) and Special Branch police officers will be guarding United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon…

Obama’s ‘Beast’ arrives
A UNITED States Air Force C-17 transporter arrived at Piarco International Airport yesterday at about 4 pm carrying on board, United States President Barack Obama’s official State car, dubbed “The Beast”. Two other decoy vehicles were also on board.

US fighter jets land in Grenada

Activist takes to the streets
CHILD rights activist Verna St Rose Greaves yesterday chose to take her lobby outside the Hyatt Regency, instead of attending the Civil Society forum, which was taking place metres from where she held her one-person demonstration, outside the Carnival Victory cruise ship.

Watch who donates to you
CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs) must be careful from whom they accept donations, warned a Canadian scholar/activist at the civil society forum onboard the cruise-ship, Carnival Victory, which is docked at Port-of-Spain.

No invitations yet for backbenchers, Opposition

Don’t blame average joe
THE VOICES of union leaders throughout the western hemisphere all echoed with similar sentiments yesterday at the Workers’ Forum of the Americas, that the average person should not be the ones to pay for a crisis they did not create.

The Summit – what makes news
I have heard a few Trinis complaining about the foreign media, here in vast numbers during the Summit of the Americas, showing TT in an unfavourable light. Apparently teams of news and current affairs crews have been wandering around Port-of-Spain, camera lenses and eyes focused on what our proud citizens do not want them to see. My question is what else do you expect?

Problems still plague summit organisers
SUMMIT officials yesterday admitted that the evacuation procedure at Tower C of the International Financial Centre, which houses the Secretariat for the Fifth Summit of the Americas, was not followed according to regulations set by the Fire Service, when the alarms went off in the building, on Tuesday.

Frustration as badge machine breaks down

Official: Only 25 reporters for each event

Crowds pack Waterfront

Let calypso monarchs sing for summit—NACC

PBR off limits to maxis tomorrow

Vagrant removal still ongoing

6 Responses to “5th Summit of the Americas News: April 16, 2009”


  • Has anyone else noticed that with all the cleaning and removing of vagrants from the city, that the statue of Captain Cipriani on Independence Square has not been cleaned? It’s covered in pigeon dropings and dirt. Take a closer look!!

  • What do most of you want to see transpire at the end of this summit? I want to see prosperity for everyone in the region. I want to see normalized relations between Cuba, Venezuela and USA. What about you?

  • Trinidadians and Tobagonians must take a stand against the tyranny and exploitation being experienced in our country. While the government attempts with all their might to put on the biggest carnival of deception to the world since our independence, we must respond! We must send a strong message to the world that all is not well in Trinidad and Tobago! We are a broken nation, constantly living in fear from the rampant crime, economic depression and corruption plaguing us. The time is right to rise up and come together. It is now up to every one of us to take back this beleaguered country from contempt and corruption. Join and support us fully in our attempt to change all this… We can do it with the help of God Almighty… The alternative to doing nothing is living in this abyss that is Trinidad and Tobago…

  • I felt like I was in a communist country this weekend. I felt I had no rights as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. Can not you people see that Mr. Manning is already a Dictator? No longer is the police independent. The police service (that is the Mr. Philbert) does what Mr. Manning wants them to do. We could not demonstrate this weekend. Please people look at the bigger picture.

  • No. All is well in Trinidad and Tobago.We don’t have any protest a,d our summit was the best show on Earth. Unlike the Olympics where a foreignor died from a violent assault, we only killed our own and it didn’t even make the news because we were to busy pandering and shucking. We wer so happy to display the cultures of all who compose the national populace while failing to identify anything specifically Trinibagonian so that our masters would think that we are free of the problems that our neighbors deal with.
    Lisa I say to you that we are perfect as long as we keep the maqurade going. Our Prime Minster is out to prove that Mobutu Seso Seko has nothing on him.
    Now please don’t start any trouble because we may not get any roads fixed if you do. It is a known fact that civil protest causes tourist to stay away and ruins our drunken buzz. If you start talking all of that citizens rights stuff I won’t be able to lime, shake arse, or do anything else thats not productive.
    As long as we fake it it will be our reality.

  • i think the summit was a great way to bring in some foreign investments and it will benifit us in the future but i also think that what was done in preparation for the summit eg. [the removal of the socially displaced people of the streets]. i dont think the government should have waited until the summit to make that initiative

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