T&T’s US Ambassador slammed for comments on East Indians

(Trinidad Guardian) Dr Neil Parsan, T&T’s ambassador to Washington, has been reported on an official Web site as saying the local East Indian community is the “most well-to-do and culturally strong and progressive ethnic group in the uniquely plural society of T&T.” The remark, contained in a speech, posted on the embassy’s Web site, www.ttembassy.org, and delivered in New York, has caused offence both at home and abroad.

Neil Parsan

Parsan said he was addressing members of the Indian diaspora at a function by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin on November 7 in New York. With the exception of Sat Maharaj, secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, those interviewed by the T&T Guardian, including Selwyn Cudjoe, president of the National Association for the Empowerment of African People, disapproved.

PNM MP Dr Amery Browne and Khafra Kambon of the Emancipation Support Committee also did not agree with Parsan. In response, the Washington DC envoy said the offending lines in his speech were from a first draft and were deleted. He said in the speech he delivered, those lines were left out.

He added: “Usually, I would sit and edit my speech before I deliver it. It is the first draft with the lines in question that was posted on the T&T?Embassy’s Web site.” Up to yesterday evening, it was still online. Parsan said the only part from the paragraph that he kept was that East Indians were “the largest numerical representation in the entire Caribbean.”

Christine Lagarde

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PARIS, (Reuters) – France’s highest appeals court ruled yesterday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400 million euros ($440 million) state payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie.

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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh

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Al Miller

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Cheaper power coming soon for Barbados

(Barbados Nation) Barbadians longing for cheaper electricity will start getting an ease now that Barbados Light & Power Company Limited (BL&P) has completed its ten megawatt solar farm.

Naresh Persad shows some of the dead fish that washed up Wednesday on the Mosquito Creek, La Romaine.

Aboud blames 2013 Petrotrin spill for fish kill

(Trinidad Guardian) As more dead fish continued to wash ashore along the Mosquito Creek yesterday, president of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, Gary Aboud, put the blame squarely on Petrotrin’s shoulders.

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