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Why did Alison resign?
Why did Port Authority CEO Alison Lewis resign, and why is she the second CEO to do so in just about one year? Eight months into the job the well-known public servant—described at the beginning of her stint by her line minister as practically dogmatic in her approach to best practice—told the T&T Guardian that she has “done her work with integrity, fairness and professionalism” and that “the port is a very challenging place that needs to be transformed.” Lewis obviously opted for the high road, confined by convention and experience, she chose not to go into more descriptive details. But it was the exact lack of details that has led to even more questions about Port matters, including the procurement of vessels to service the inter-island sea bridge. Whatever was happening on the Port, the fact that her line Minister Rohan Sinanan could not get her to rescind her resignation, means for Lewis, whatever battles were in front of her must have either not have been worth it, or been unwinnable.
Was Lewis simply fed up of the never ending ferry fiasco, or the never-ending drama about selection processes, vessel worthiness and perceptions of corruption? Or was she aware that no matter what she did or said and regardless of the backing from her line Minister, that perhaps there was always the risk of her being made a scapegoat?
PS At the time of the writing, all sailings on the sea bridge have been cancelled.
HIV still a real problem
The statistics presented on HIV in the Caribbean are both startling and disheartening. Media reports this week confirm that one in three people in the Caribbean with HIV don’t even know their status. Experts are telling us that the region is behind the times in testing, and late diagnosis compounds the challenge. Add to that, just about 80 per cent of people who are aware of their diagnosis, actually access treatment. There is a real problem here. Every sexually active person must take ownership of their health. Regardless of what you believe in or who is in your bedroom, it’s time to wake up when it comes to risk and exposure to HIV.
Being careless is not an option.
Relief is finally in sight for those who use the Naparima Mayaro Road. Repair works are finally about to begin. It will no doubt take a few months to get it right, but we are hoping that whatever remedial works are done, are done well, as the Agostini landslip has affected thousands of motorists.
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