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TAJ News Talk: 19th April, 2017. Patching the holes

Welcome back to a short week Taj fans!

We hoped you enjoyed the Easter weekend and took full advantage of it spending time with friends and loved ones.

It was a beautiful, perfect weekend and the numerous beaches around our island were well populated with families and communities alike enjoying the weather.

First of all, congrats on making it through Tuesday.

This Tuesday was as difficult as all the Mondays in a year rolled into one!

Over the Easter weekend, Caribbean Airlines reported over 19 thousand persons using the air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago.

The Trinis went Tobago to lime, because, well why not?

And according to all reports, despite some delays CAL handled the influx well. Kudos to them.

But it casts a light on some serious potholes in Tobago’s infrastructure.

Head of the Tobago Chamber of Commerce Demi John Cruickshank said Tobago used to have 100 thousand international visitors a year.

The number now is closer to 20 thousand.

And Cruickshank placed the onus on Government to give the sister isle an international standard airport. Cruickshank added this was a major reason as to the drop off in international tourists.

The businessman added the super fast ferry, Galicia, was also the island’s lifeline to Trinidad.

With that boat now out of commission, Tobagonians continue to suffer as miseries pile up.

Cruickshank said the matter was drawn to the attention of the Transport Minister long before the lease was up.

Nothing happened.

The public has access to free healthcare. Hospitals have equipment that need servicing regularly.

Yet these scheduled maintenance works are never done.

Hence the MRI machine is down. Or this machine. Or that machine.

Unless we patch these holes that our society depends on, we will continue to flounder and falter as a nation.

A.C. Chan
A.C. Chan

Andrew is first and foremost a writer. Since he was seven and realized this, his life’s pursuit has been researching and understanding all the specific elements and genres of his craft. These genres include creative prose and poetry, to journalistic, copywriting, blogging and academic writing. As the News Editor and Presenter for TAJ 92.3FM, Andrew gets to pursue a number of passions: reading, writing and talking to people! He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications with a Minor in Literature at the University of the West Indies. Andrew is an avid West Indies and Liverpool FC fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, swimming, reading and of course, writing!

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