Saturday, November 17, 2007

Manning ends Salybia retreat

Juhel Browne
Saturday, November 17th 2007

Prime Minister Patrick Manning and several of his Cabinet members and Parliament backbenchers ended their five-day retreat at the Salybia Resort and Spa, Salybia, yesterday, but many of them will not leave the resort until sometime this morning.

The orientation sessions, which had been the main focus of the retreat, ended yesterday just after 5 p.m., as the new Cabinet is set to hold its first meeting on Monday from 9 a.m. at Whitehall, Port of Spain.

The Express understands that there was an informal event scheduled for those who stayed overnight and Manning and his wife, Local Government Minister Hazel Manning, were scheduled to leave the resort sometime this morning.

The only Government members the Express observed leaving the resort before 7 p.m. were Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Lenny Saith. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Keith Rowley left the resort on Thursday night, in order to be on time for a hearing of his legal matter against the Integrity Commission. (See Pages 4 and 7)

Several Cabinet members emerged from the main building at the resort just after 5 p.m. yesterday, signalling the end of their five-day orientation exercise, but walked in the car-park to another building where their rooms were apparently located.

They included Agriculture Minister Arnold Piggott, Social Development Minister Amery Browne, Legal Affairs Minister Peter Taylor, Information Minister Neil Parsenlal and Minister in the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs Donna Cox.

None of those who emerged after the end of the orientation sessions spoke to the media.

The media waited for several hours to see whether Prime Minister Manning would come out and offer any comments on the retreat, but as of 7 p.m., this did not happen.

For many in the new Cabinet, such as Attorney General Bridget Annisette-George, Taylor, Browne and Minister of Public Administration Kennedy Swaratsingh, Monday will mark their first official day of work in the respective positions.

How fockin sweet life is for the PNM eh!

They take ah retreat from all the fockin bandit that terrorising poor citizens all over this fockin country.

Eating knife and fork whilst the rest of the fockin place only deteriorating into a fockin cesspit.

Now that the fockin waste of taxpayers ting done.

Is more headaches for citizens, especially when dat cont Fartin Dotish come back as Minister of National Security.


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