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A perfect sea bridge storm

Friday, March 30, 2018

The series of mishaps, breakdowns, acts of vandalism and persistent bunglings that have combined to make a complete mess of vital transportation links between Trinidad and Tobago is an unprecedented fiasco for which someone must be held accountable.

On one of the busiest weekends of the year for travel between the two islands, passengers who may have been planning for weeks and months have either cancelled their Easter plans or are taking a chance on somehow making it from one island to the next, even with the high risk of being stranded.

Under normal conditions, Easter travel demands put pressure on inter-island air and sea links. Long lines for the ferry and CAL flights, passengers being bumped off, tempers flaring, are not unusual—and that is with all vessels functioning and CAL putting on extra flights.

Events over the last few days suggest it could be much, much worse than that this year. In fact, it might be easier—and faster—to get to London.

Independent probe needed

The presence of Cambridge Analytica and SCL in T&T was not exactly a secret. That fact was well known for more than a year, well before the current data leak controversy that is now at global proportions.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi was not “bussing a mark” when he raised the issue in Parliament and announced plans to probe the extent of alleged illegal data mining of citizens by Cambridge Analytica and its affiliates.

Of course, the claim has already been denied by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, whose People’s Partnership administration was in office at the time of this development in 2013.

Given the potential for this issue to become bogged down by politics, it might be better that any investigation be carried out by independent entities with no interests in this country. The full truth, without any partisan spin, needs to be known.

Still inspiring positive change

Five years ago, Malala Yousafzai was fighting for her life following a failed assassination bid by the Taliban. Now a globally recognised advocate for positive change, she has made a visit to the country of her birth, not intimidated or silenced by her attackers.

Malala is just 20 years old but her message resonates with people of all ages.

What an inspiration!


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