jack defends tobago minority leader on controversial work done on private property PORT OF SPAIN — National Security Minister Jack Warner has come to the defence of Tobago Minority Leader Ashworth Jack saying that no crime was committed if in fact the same contractor who did extension works on the Prime Minister’s house also did work on Jack’s multi-million-dollar home. The Sunday Express reported that there was a new twist in the controversy surrounding Jack’s $2 million house in Hillsborough, Mt. St. George, Tobago as investigations showed that Super Industrial Services, the construction firm that did extension works on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s South Philippine house, also did work on Jack’s house. Jack is the political leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People and a partner in the People’s Partnership coalition. In a telephone interview yesterday, Warner, who himself has been under scrutiny for allegedly not declaring a credit union account of some $611,126.23 to the Integrity Commission, said that there were elements working against the People’s Partnership government. Asked about reports of the same contractor who did work on the prime minister and Jack’s house, Warner responded: “If it is, what is the crime in that? What is the crime in somebody building a house? I don’t know if by chance the contractor is the person who allegedly did work on the prime minister’s house but if it is, then so what? “Because he did work on the prime minister’s house he’s not to work on anyone else’s house? I don’t know the facts but even if the contractor is the same, what of that is value?” said Warner. Warner said there was “political mischief” in the making in the run up to the Tobago House of Assembly elections on January 21, 2013 where the TOP led by Jack will be fielding a slate of candidates against the People’s National Movement led by Tobago chief secretary Orville London. Warner said a mountain is being made of a mole hill with respect to Jack’s house. “I sometimes reach the stage where I get like so many people in this country, I get turned off by the kind of attempts being made at different levels to try and create political mischief. Mr Jack was never in charge of the treasury in Tobago at any point in time. Mr Jack was never guilty of any cost overruns or any projects in Tobago, Mr Jack was never guilty for inflicting any budgets or any expenditure so as to of course to squander any money. Mr Jack,” said Warner. (Express) National Security Minister Jack Warner. citrus pest fears growing in antigua ST. JOHN’S — Government might soon be forced to seek outside assistance to combat yet another pest, which appears to be affecting the country’s agricultural sector. Over the past few months, home owners and farmers have been reporting symptoms of Citrus Greening – one of the more serious diseases of citrus plants, but according to head of the Plant Protection Unit, Dr. Janil-Gore-Francis, “this is yet to be confirmed via test.” The plant protection officer said with citrus greening, the leaves of the affected tree turn yellow, and the fruits dry out. Citrus Greening is a bacterial disease that significantly reduces production, and can kill trees. It is spread primarily by insects from infected trees to healthy trees as they feed on the plant. The disease is primarily spread by two species of psyllid insects. The bacteria itself is not harmful to humans but the disease has harmed trees in Asia, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Brazil and countries in the Caribbean. In recent years, officials in the Ministry of Agriculture have been battling a number of pests and diseases, including lethal yellowing, bud rot, the giant African land snail, and the Cuban tree frog. Francis believes some of these are due to natural spread while others are the result of movement of plant-associated materials to the island. (Antigua Observer) “We have not really tested our plants as yet, but we suspect this based on the symptoms that we are seeing and the reports we have received from persons with citrus plants,” Francis said. “We would have to do a laboratory test to identify the presence the pathogen that causes the disease,” Francis added. She further explained that the symptoms are island-wide and not concentrated in any particular area. The sister island of Barbuda has not yet reported any symptoms. of HAMILTON — New Progressive labour Party leader Marc Bean today pledged: “We’ll be back.” Bean, elected to Parliament in a by-election just two years ago after former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown stepped down, added: “We will come back and rebuild the party from the grassroots up via the branches and we’re going to focus on economic empowerment under our philosophy of ‘doing for self’. “And we’re going to seek to make every organ of the party functional and relevant.” Bean said the party would take a break over Christmas and the New Year to “relax and use it for a period of reflection”. Bean was speaking after he beat off a challenge from veteran Terry Lister to take the top PLP job. He said: “We will certainly have a post- mortem on this last election cycle to see where we can improve and where we went wrong. “We will learn from our mistakes and not repeat our mistakes. “No doubt about it – we will be back, not just for the sake of winning power back, but to take our governance to a much higher level and meeting the expectations of our people. “Even though we lost, we are convinced that the Progressive Labour Marc Bean. Party represents the best political vehicle to achieve these goals of economic competition and social cooperation.” (Bermuda Sun) Firefighters scramble to free a young girl who was trapped inside this mangled motor car which was involved in a twovehicle collision at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and Industrial Terrace in Kingston on Saturday night.
KINGSTON — Motorists who opt to drive drunk or break the speed limit this holiday season will face the full onslaught of the Traffic Police and the National Road Safety Council’s revved up road safety drive for the 2012 Christmas season.
A day before Christmas, traffic police have cautioned motorists to brace themselves as the authorities flood the streets to keep road fatalities to a minimum.
“The holidays are here, police will be stepping up their clampdown on all those motorists who are planning to go to parties and drink, and to others who feel that they do not have to follow rules and regulation,” said Radcliffe Lewis, head of the Traffic Department.
“Let this be a warning to motorists that the next few days the police will be out on the road like never before,” warned Detective Inspector Collin Milanese of the Traffic Department as he led his team out on the streets Saturday.
This warning came less than 12 hours after two men were killed and six others injured in two separate motor vehicle crashes in Kingston.
In the first incident, Reynaldo Pike, 25-year-old truck driver of Cockburn Gardens, Kingston 11 was killed and another man injured in a motorcycle accident on the Temple Hall main road in St Andrew.
The Stony Hill Police say Pike lost control of the cycle, fell, and was run over by an oncoming motor car. His pillion also sustained injuries and was taken to hospital. The driver of the motor car was unhurt but has since been warned for prosecution pending the outcome of further investigations.
In the second incident, 55-year-old Sylvester Staple was killed while a woman and five children – ages ranging from two to 15-years-old sustained injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and Industrial Terrace in Kingston Saturday night. (Observer)
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