The Honourable Patrick Manning

September 30, 2008 at 5:12 am (Misc, Politics, Trinidad) (, , , , , , )

Well in researching about the Minister of Finance, I realized the Parliament’s website is cool in terms of its graphics and layout of information. While idling there I couldn’t help but click on “Prime Minister” for kicks…there’s a short biography about Manning there, no surprise..but the ending paragraph to me was LOL-ass funny :

“Mr. Manning is married to Senator the Honourable Hazel Manning (current Minister of Local Government) and they have two sons – Brian and David.”

They seem to cutely suggest they got married while in Parliament as senators…if only it were that cute. The Undisputed Truth however is :

In 2001, Mr. Manning led his party’s campaign against nepotism as claimed to be exhibited by the now opposition party, the United National Congress (UNC). In an unbelievably hypocritical move, Manning promptly after winning the election appointed his wife of 29 years, Hazel Manning, as a Senator.

Believe or not that is the truth. Not to mention that Manning re-appointed her as Minister of Local Government in 2007. Demockcracy.


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2008/2009 Trinidad and Tobago Annual Budget Summary

September 27, 2008 at 4:44 am (Politics, Trinidad, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Trinidad is doomed. We are in the age of darkness, i.e. the political lifespan of Patrick Manning and Basdeo Panday. The oblivious fool of a Finance Minister by the name of Karen Nunez-Tesheira, who possesses absolutely no qualifications in finance or economics reminded the world of this fact and delivered the most ridiculous budget in the history of the country. Here are the highlights :

“To reduce traffic congestion (and the resultant road rage and stress), Nunez-Tesheira increased the motor vehicle tax on imported private vehicles according to engine-size as of today in a move that would raise $525 million in revenue.”

What a fucking idiot. As if we need to kill people with taxes to increase revenue given the current price of oil. The majority of the country relies on the ever so unreliable public transportation system. How about improving it so that people who rather not act like uncivilized brutes and animals to fight for a seat in an old shitty Nissan Urvan with no seatbelts at City Gate are not forced to buy their own car? How about improving the fucking road and transport infrastructure to accommodate more vehicles? Are we now being punished for wanting to escape being at the mercy of taxi drivers who arbitrarily hike their fares and other stresses of the public transportation system? Are we being punished for working hard and buying a personal motor vehicle? Where is the “rapid rail” transport??

The price of premium gasoline used by “high end” cars will be raised from $3 to $4 per litre bringing “savings” of $200 million, while retaining the old price for diesel and super- unleaded so there would be no fare-hike by maxi-taxis and other public transport vehicles.

Asshole. A 1994 Nissan B13 Sentra uses premium as well as pretty much every other car, so moot rationale of this price increase. Also, you assume all taxi drivers will be honest enough to say “oh well that doesn’t apply to me because I don’t use premium”….what a dunce.

The disability grant rose from $1,110 to $1,300 at a cost of $40 million. The public assistance grant from a current range of $650-to-$1,250 up to a range of $850-to-$1,450, to benefit 21,000 people at a cost of $50 million.

That whopping $200 in each case should really help with a 12% inflation rate, and funny the name of the grant is the “public” assistance grant as its only given to “private” party hacks.

The senior citizens grant increased from $1,650 to as much as $1,950 (to help 80,000 people at a cost of $240 million), the same new level of the retired public servants pension which benefits 27,000 people at a cost of $70 million.

Fair increase, but thats still only $300 with a 12% inflation rate that will get worse this year.

Water taxis start POS/San F’do service early December with a 45 minute travel time.

You said this last year and we’re still waiting. You (your political party) also said that the rapid rail system is to come on stream soon as well.

Free ferry passes for people 65 years and over for travel between T&T from October 1.

Nothing special.

Increase in stamp duties. For example, properties valued over $850,000 but less than $1.2 million will have stamp duty of three per cent and those over $1.7 million will have a stamp duty of seven-and-a-half per cent.

Its already so expensive, why? As if the middle class needed more problems.

Public service vehicles to be converted to CNG usage.

Don’t believe it, and with only like…10 CNG-equipped gas stations in the country or something, it wouldn’t make sense anyway.

Scholarships for honours students at local/foreign institutions.

Oh fuck it, second class honours is good too.

The Interchange’s Phase Two overpass comes on stream in early 2009.

Hard to believe since it was already delayed like 2 years and the workers are currently on strike, evidenced by me witnessing noone working on it when I passed by today.

A restructured National Lotteries Control Board will use its wide network to process Government transactions including selling bus, ferry and water taxi tickets.

Don’t believe it. Just a random insert of something good similar to the promise last year to fix the 5-10 minute waits for some of the traffic lights on the highway.

Pension reform recommendations being considered include introduction of employee contributions for public servants

Nothing special, its standard all over the world.

Review of a “reverse mortgage” system for Government housing sector.

“Review” in public service terms means long process and nothing done at the end of it.

Tucker Valley mega farm on stream by year end

Downright lie I am in strong disbelief it will be completed anytime soon.

Construction of Alutrint aluminium smelter starts in first quarter of 2009 costing (US) $600 million.

You mean the smelter the population is strongly against? The one all the marches and protests were about? The one for which the public is denied information about concerning the price of gas Alcoa will be buying from us? The one numerous independent studies showed will be totally destructive to the environment and is not for a country as small as Trinidad? Downright insulting to even mention that.

University of T&T and Natural Gas Institute of the Americas to partner in (US)$1.2 billion methanol project with the opportunity for virtual pipeline to supply energy to other Caribbean islands.

Doesn’t mean a fucking thing to the average person.

Establishment of T&T Revenue Authority merging the Inland Revenue Division and Customs Division

Oh, even more bureaucracy? Interesting to see if this happens.

Hyatt Hotel becomes profitable in 2009, four more hotels in the works.

Noone cares. Do we benefit from this profit in any way whatsoever?

$2.46 billion in Heritage/Stabilisation Fund for 2008.

Could have been used for a new highway or maybe some hospitals

Unemployment level at 4.2 per cent, external reserves of (US)$8.5 billion.

No meaning

Government aims to reduce inflation to six per cent increasing government spending via numerous mega-projects and doing nothing about the price of food, incidentally those are 2 strong factors which increase inflation but I guess lawyers never did Intro to Economics I.

Between 2002-2007 there has been a 65 per cent decline in AIDS cases

Well with the murder rate at the 10th highest in the world, which incidentally you did not in any way address in the budget there’s pretty much a decline in everything.

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Postmortem of England vs Trinidad International Friendly

June 3, 2008 at 2:34 am (Football, Sports) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What can I say more? Since the day the date of the match was first announced I’ve been saying it : You can’t beat England with a local based ‘C’ team. Should I cite myself? Great international embarassment. Undisputed Truth (2008)? Some quotes from the English announcers during the match :

(T&T 0 – Eng 2)
Announcer 1 :
“A score to settle they’ve been calling this match…so called ‘revenge’ for the World Cup, hahaha”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“This team…well certainly not this personnel..this country
drew with Sweden at the World Cup”

(T&T 0 – Eng 1)
Announcer 1 :
“The right back…Keon Cupid..he hasn’t been applying any pressure at
all…(replay shown)look at him there…he isn’t even running with
Ashton he’s just been…”

Announcer 2 :
“Ball watching”

Announcer 1 :
” Yes!….and he’s the rightback!”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“There’s Dwight Yorke…expected to come on maybe for the next 20

Announcer 2 :
“..probably telling the manager “make it 10, make it 10”

Announcer 1&2 :

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“Well we’ve come to the end of a poor display by Trinidad and
Tobago…. it must be said”

Me : Absolutely pathetic. The “score” still isn’t “settled”…T&T needed about 5 more goals for their rank lackluster, shitty, embarassing performance. From Kern Cupid unnecessarily kicking the ball out of touch to give England a corner, to Khaleem Hyland’s slow, sloppy uninspiring “debut”…to the 1,000,000,000th time Stern John has been caught offside (because it wouldn’t be planet Earth if Stern John wasn’t caught offside) to the unfortunate injury and 7th minute exit of Kenwyne Jones, to England having like 70% of possession and running circles around the was just a total train wreck.

Good performances were there however, like diamonds buried in mud in a pigsty, from Carlos Edwards, Aurtis Whitley, Dwight Yorke and to some degree Daryl Roberts. Clayton Ince did his job despite the scoreline, but it doesn’t matter because he’s about to be 36, seems unfit and every dog can have their day once in a while.

Bottom line : I hope it woke up the TTFF that they’re making a mistake by SNUBBING foreign-based, obviously more talented players for so-called “homegrown” players who happen to play in the karate/wrestling with a ball most inferior of all time league they call the Pro League (hilarious)..recent feedback has shown otherwise however, as most people seem to think that the scoreline just indicates how “good” England is. Its funny though that that was the scoreline for England without 7 of their Man. U and Chelsea stars, and with a virtual walkout of most of their players in the 2nd half, where they used 6 substitutions…including the goalkeeper for goodness sake..

“Don’t worry” “Not disappointed” says Technical Director Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips..

Such a display is cause for worry, regardless of it being a friendly. We can only hope they can get it right before the start of the World Cup qualifiers in 2 weeks..

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