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No time for mamaguy

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

In a move that took almost the entire nation by surprise, the press statement announcing a reshuffle of ministerial assignments by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was released shortly after midnight, so the majority of citizens only discovered that there was a new National Security

Minister when they woke up yesterday morning. While there were other ministerial reassignments, the change over from Edmund Dillon—who has held the portfolio from the start of the Rowley administration—to Stuart Young remains a major talking point. Dillon now takes on the Housing Ministry, while Young adds the crucial National Security Ministry to his weighty portfolioof Minister of Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.

The timing of this change alone seems strategic, given the official announcement from the Police Service Commission of the appointment of Gary Griffith as Commissioner of Police and the July 18 launch of the National Crime Prevention Programme (NCPP).

Interestingly, NCPP’s public outreaches start this week, with the first of those engagements scheduled for this evening at the Canaan/Bon Accord Community Centre in Tobago.

What this all boils down to is that in the coming days and weeks, there will be two new faces at the helm of T&T’s national security infrastructure. Mr Young, an attorney by profession and already the main spokesperson of the Rowley administration, will as minister be guiding policy relating to public safety and security.

Mr Griffith, who held the national security portfolio in the previous political administration, will be responsiblefor the activities of the T&T Police Service, filling a position that has not been occupied full time for more than six years.

Government should be aware that the interesting juxtapositioning of all these key developments and appointments increases public expectations of a coordinated and more concerted anti-crime effort. If that is the case, it’s about time!

But they should also be mindful of the fact that measurable results must be delivered within the short to medium term, or this latest effort will be seen as more of that Trinbago thing we call mamaguy.

From T&T to the world

This country, which has already produced two Miss Universe titleholders and one Miss World, is again setting sights on another global beauty title.

At the Miss World TT Pageant held at NAPA on Sunday, Ysabel Bisnath, a 25-year-old Oxford-trained attorney, was chosen as T&T’s delegate to the 2018 Miss World pageantm which takes place in Sanya,  China, on December 8.

All the best to Ysabel as she embarks on rigorous preparations to do this country proud in the international pageant.


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