Georges recent suggestion about a seabridge to serve Trinidad
and Tobago is a good suggestion.
like to build on it. Though younger folks of the backpacker/hostel
demographic dont mind last-minute booking and leaving things
to chance, others prefer to have a ticket, preferably e-ticket,
for a confirmed booking/seat on transport between countries. Here
is where Tobago Express falls down.
family members of mine were taking a chartered flight from London
to Tobago, presuming it would be easy to book flights to Trinidad
using Caribbean Express.
their surprise when they found they could not. After selecting flights
online when they got to the payment page the only option was to
hold the booking for 24 hours until someone goes in to pay at one
of four locations in Trinidad and Tobago!
is no information on the Web site on whether the ticket is an e-ticket
and there were no responses to e-mail requests for further information.
Tobago Express allows you less luggage weight compared to other
international carriers. In the end, my family opted to use the fast
ferry insteadsince both travel options require someone in
T&T to pay for the ticket beforehand, why choose the option
that charges me for weight allowed on the international flight?
enterprising group offers to take Internet bookings on your behalf,
for an extra TT$35 per ticket; but how can I trust them if theyre
not related to Tobago Express?
the increased amount of chartered passenger traffic stopping off
in Tobago, what a missed opportunity for Tobago Express to offer
seamless Internet booking for tourists/returning nationals!
there is the issue of the exorbitant ticket prices Caribbean Air
Lines charges to get direct flights to Piarco.
talking double the cost of chartered operators, which is a helluva
lot of pounds sterlingif my family gets decent service on
the chartered flight, CAL will be lucky to ever get my family to
travel with them again.
Express management gave the impression that restrictions on its
ability to set ticket prices caused the bad service but I disagree.
There is so much room for them to improve employee productivity
and process efficiency, as well as widen its potential market by
making simple Web site and policy changes, that I think what Tobago
Express needs is new management thinking and courage.
this new management thinking, they can implement new suggestions.
Segregate the market into those who want confirmed seating and those
whore willing to show up at the last minute.
For those who want confirmed seating, as well as post and cargo/freight
business, get rid of the small planes in Crown Point, so they could
honour the international weight allowances.
e-tickets and paper tickets at a charge of $400 one-way (please,
dont insult Internet customers by wanting to charge extra
for using credit cardsthats abominable in this day and
For the others, buy a fleet of four seaplanes and charge $200 one-way
from Scarborough to Port-of-Spain to give the fast ferry/government
a run for its money.
still have restrictions on how much luggage is allowed (only hand
luggage), but it should be good for some tourists, business folk
or students returning home/going to school in Trinidad.
good maintenance management they should be able to provide two to
three flights per hour. For $275, let the planes travel from Pt
Lisas so they could miss the traffic to Port-of-Spain.
would leave the fast ferry for car/van/truck transfers plus those
with large freight needs such as market produce, building materials
or other goods (or tourists who want to take pictures of our beautiful
north coast). When it links with the governments water-taxi
services, seaplanes could be very viable.
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consensus is that the much-touted Crime Commission,
as advocated by Prime Minister Patrick Manning, will be an abject
failure in fighting crime. Indeed the opinion is that commissions
do not work.
have had so many commissions before in this country, so many crime
plans, that the whole thing now seems like a joke.
most popular among them was Howard Chin Lees plan Anaconda.
It too failed to create any impact. Crime even escalated under the
plan and the Anaconda seemed to have quietly migrated to the Amazon,
not long after it was introduced. The net effect was that Chin Lee
lost his portfolio as Minister of National Security.
why does it take the PNM regime six whole years to introduce a crime
commission and in an election year? The psychology is clear: to
give the impression the Government is serious about fighting crime.
What about the last six years? Was the PNM serious?
is now enmeshed in the national psyche. Law-abiding citizens have
grown to expect crime; in fact, they now anticipate crime in its
most sordid forms.
shocking kidnap and murder of Vindra Naipaul-Coleman has hardened
this nation to such an extent that it has grown accustomed to crime...and
are surprised when it does not occur.
criminals cannot refrain from crime. It is ingrained in their psyche
and they strut around knowing they will not be caught.
many murders have been solved? So, the lawful expect it and the
criminals cannot refrain from it.
how will a crime commission stop crime? How will people sitting
down in an office keep the criminals at bay? What will they and
can they do to keep the criminals on the side of the law?
a change from this failed regime, which will lead to the revamping
and de-politicising of the police service, will reduce crime.
a transformed witness protection programme, which will protect witnesses
from being killed before they testify in court, can ensure that
criminals are put behind bars and, therefore, have an impact on
if the judiciary is not politically tainted (white colour crime)
and not arbitrarily striking out cases will there be a dent in crime.
if drug and gun courts are established to deal with these two important
elements in the work of criminals, will crime be reduced.
it is, there is a serious backlog of cases in the present system.
is blaming the Privy Council, but the UNC regime succeeded in hanging
Dole Chadee and his gang while the Privy Council was there. Blaming
the PC is a ruse being used by Manning.
reading Anand Ramlogans article I cant help but agree
with him 100 per cent. I would just like to add places such as Petrotrin,
TCL, Unit Trust and all the other government agencies in this country.
another note, how many of you, my fellow citizens of this beloved
country, have checked the prices of foodstuff in the grocery and
the market recently?
morning last week, I went to the Tunapuna Market and the price of
onions was $6. I was told the importers have advised the wholesalers
that the price of potatoes will increase within the next two weeks.
And Kiss has increased the price of its bread by 50 cents.
What is the minister in charge doing about this situation?
answer to this question seems to be a big fat NOTHING!
importers in this country are raping the public, you do nothing
to protect us.
is a saying: There is a God. You hear me Honourable Minister...there
is a God.
the president of Gopio, Devant Maharaj, is serious about political
change and transformation in Trinidad and Tobago, then, he must
abandon his views about mixed races living in Central Trinidad.
Trinidad is not the birth right of East Indians and the government
has every right to integrate communities. The integration of communities
is healthy for the socio-economic health of the country. Maharaj
is operating on the premise that Trinidadians of African descent
are all criminals, kidnappers, good-for-nothing and
lazy. He only has to look to history and see that Central Trinidad
had a violent past when the P brothers terrorised various
neighbourhoods there. Moreover, he has only to look at the various
communities where Africans and Indians have lived together over
bogus view that Africans will corrupt people of Hindu faith must
be exposed and laid to rest. Miscegenation will always occur whenever
different races co-mingle. We must face up to the fact that Douglas
will one day be a majority in T&T and will demand their space.
Just as the Latinos are becoming a force, Douglas in T&T will
become a force in the USA.
this occurs, the racial bogeyman will take a back seat. Maharaj
knows this, and he is afraid it will become a reality when the communities
show that he is serious about real unity, Maharaj should build an
organisation that embraces both races.
COP succeeds in its bid for the government, whose interest will
Maharaj serve? Will it be Gopio? Will it be the Sanatan Dharma Maha
Sabha? Or will it be all the people of Trinidad and Tobago?
Morgan State University
is a sample of PNM promises:
Crime commission to fight crime
Prime Minister Manning vows to elevate and develop Laventille
Monorail to ease traffic on the nations roads
Sea ferry from San Fernando to Port-of-Spain, also to ease traffic
Programme for high-risk youth to develop skills in operating heavy
equipment and driving buses.
The creation of 5,000 small businesses annually.
all of these remain unfulfilled. Why hasnt the PNM addressed
these over the past six years it has been in power?
seems the PNM only thinks about the people during election time.
The question is: will the people allow themselves to be fooled again
and fall for the obvious political/election trap?
no people of T&T! Send a message to Mr Manning and his government
that our political culture has changed. We have become more educated,
sophisticated and we analyse the scenario before we vote. Show the
Government we are not anybodys playthings.
advice for Kamla
a woman who also has gone through a breast cancer scare, which the
leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is now going through,
I just want to tell her, through your newspaper, that I know what
it is like and that I am praying for her.
hardest thing in the world is waiting for the results, and although
you put on a brave face and a strong front, I know the fear she
must feel inside.
those who have gone through this would really know what it feels
like. The threat of cancer is not an easy thing to face, and I am
proud of her as a female leader for sharing what she is going through
with the nation.
broke my heart to see the insensitivity displayed by certain people
with respect to her ordeal.
advice to her, sister to sister: cling to your faith in God, because
that was the only thing that got me through my nightmare.
statement by the Central Bank of T&T that it has a special programme
to hire children of its staffers for vacation employment is one
that warrants an immediate head-rolling exercise.
far as I know, Central Bank is owned by the State and not by a private
citizen, who would have the right to implement recruitment policies
designed to sustain family ownership and control!
then, under the current administration, anything, except said current
administration, goes, ent?
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