5th Summit of the Americas News: April 21, 2009

Spouses of the visiting Heads of Government Retreat to Point-a-Pierre

The Fifth Summit of the Americas in pictures

What a Summit!
PRIME Minister Patrick Manning has succeeded, perhaps beyond his wildest dreams, in his goals of giving regional leaders a safe and amiable forum to talk, and in showcasing Trinidad and Tobago on the world stage.

PM: Economic crisis not dealt with properly

Haiti, one we can’t be proud of

Canadian media blast ‘overzealous’ security
As Jamaica recovers from reports in the Canadian media about the vulnerability of one of its airports to breaches in security, following the recent hijacking of a Canadian airplane, Canadian reports have emerged about clashes between officials from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s entourage and local security officers during the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port-of- Spain.

Chavez’s gift book climbs to best-seller status
The big winner out of this week’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad may be a decades-old book about the exploitation of Latin American people throughout history. Eduardo Galeano’s history book enjoyed a 466,378-per cent increase in popularity on Amazon.com.

Obama to tackle deportees
CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington yesterday disclosed that US President Barack Obama has promised his government will look at how criminal deportees from the US are affecting the levels of crime in the Caribbean.

Summit questions for Govt in House Friday
The Opposition will call on the Manning administration in Parliament, on Friday, to list all who obtained government contracts to handle work for the Summit of the Americas, Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday says. Parliament was adjourned two weeks ago to facilitate the summit activity.

What did TT get for spending $1.5B?
THEY may be divided on issues of party politics, but both UNC political leader Basdeo Panday and his one-time Chief Whip, Tabaquite MP Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, were united in their criticism of the recently concluded Fifth Summit of the Americas with both men describing the Summit as a billion dollar “talk shop”.

Browne denies summit cost $1 billion

DOMA: Stage Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Tobago
PRESIDENT of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) Gregory Aboud yesterday suggested Government host the November Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Tobago.

President Obama meets ‘Michael Jordan of cricket’

Prince Lara meets President Obama
The “Prince of Port-of-Spain” Brian Lara gave United States President Barack Obama a free batting lesson at the newly re-named Obama Terrace, Hilton Trinidad, St Ann’s, on Sunday.

Summit sticking point
Only one paragraph on financial crisis

It was a success
“MORE agreement than disagreement,” was how chairman of the recently concluded Private Sector Forum, Angela Lee Loy, described the staging of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, despite failure by Heads of State to fully sign the Declaration of Port-of-Spain.

Boycott MacFarlane’s Carnival band next year
Calling on Indo-Trinidadians to boycott bandleader Brian MacFarlane’s Carnival production next year, the Indo-Trinbago Equality Council (ITEC) said yesterday that the masman had failed to include Indian cultural items in the cultural programme of the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

Social activist freed
ENVIRONMENTALIST Michael Parris was yesterday freed by a magistrate on a charge of erecting placards on a TTEC pole protesting the Fifth Summit of the Americas. Harris, 24, of Temple Street, Couva, who is a social activist, was arrested and charged on Thursday night by police officers of the Gran Couva Police Station.

Trinis ahoy! Summit ships sail off with nearly 3,000

Summit done, back to work
VARIOUS labour movements are hoping Government would place greater emphasis on people, now that the Fifth Summit of the Americas is over.

4 thoughts on “5th Summit of the Americas News: April 21, 2009”

  1. I am glad that it went off so well from many points of view. If Canada complains about too much security, it coud be jealousy because they too have had their protesters and bomb explosions in recent times. For all the naysayers, complainers and general bellyachers, we should be trini-proud. We carried this off like a First World nation, without the tear gas and police dragging people through the strees that we saw in London, or the head bashing one sees at protests in India and Pakistan.

    I for one, am very proud of my country, proud of the fact that the first handshake between Chavez nd Obama took place here. Proud of the fact that Pres.Obama, in the words of Sprangalang “lorn someting”, that the Cuba, much despised by the Amerians,sends medical teams to poor hemisphere countries to work to help improve health care. He learned too, how deep is the distrust of Latin America of US intentions, based on former administrations, and how much he could do to change this.

    He learned also, that we have our own heroes, our Brian Laras,and that some of them look like him.
    We learned that we can do project management, create deadlines, and get the product delivered without a hitch. We also learned that Pres. Chavez is not a blowhard as his opponents, mostly whites in Venezuela portrayed him, but a man who can outsmart quite a few, when it suits him. No wonder he has been elected so many times.

    But for us, stuck in North America, with no real reason to go home, and unable to afford it,the images were fantastic, especially the open air press conference Pres. Obama had on the rooftop of the Hilton, which we all know is really the front yard of the hotel.

    We did it! We did it, we did it, Yes Lord, we pulled it off. Every trini should hold his or her head up and smile at the world. My money at a certain investment firm is probably all lost, but, we pulled off the Summit. Priceless.

  2. What’s real Summit cost?
    RESPONDING to Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday’s call for Prime Minister Patrick Manning to come clean and tell the nation the true cost of staging the Fifth Summit of the Americas, Trade and Industry Minister Mariano Browne yesterday said Government will give a full account to Parliament about total expenditure to host the summit.

    Panday: Manning’s figures don’t add up

    PM: Summit, CHOGM will not exceed budget

    Hazel likes beautification team
    TEN STATE agencies engaged in the beautification exercise prior to the staging of the Fifth Summit of the Americas and did so without request for additional funding, Local Government Minister Hazel Manning said in answer to Opposition claims that the conference cost in excess of $1.5 billion.

    Imbert: Luxury buses to be used for charters
    The 30 luxury coaches used in the Summit of the Americas effort will be offered to the travelling public on the North/South route particularly for charters and excursions, Works Minister Colm Imbert said yesterday.

    Cops complain of rats, bad food during summit

    Papa Lugo
    PARAGUAY President Fernando Armindo Lugo, 58, who attended last week’s Fifth Summit of the Americas at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, now faces claims in Paraguay that he fathered three children while Bishop of San Pedro.

    Commonwealth head comes to TT in May
    COMMONWEALTH Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma arrives in Trinidad early next month to continue discussions with Prime Minister Patrick Manning about the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which takes place in Port-of-Spain from November 27 to 29

    Venezuela embassy awaits report on visitor

  3. i love the opening ceremony of the fifth summit of americas on the offecial station cnmg with the culture dance and the singers sing it was the best summit i have ever seen please continued the excellent job

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