“To suggest the issue of privatisation or any other option without first examining in thorough detail and discussing with the union about its plans for PETROTRIN’s turnaround…to suggest that you want to put in other options before thoroughly examining that, we think that it is premature.” – Ancel Roget, President of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU)  urging the Trinidad and Tobago government not to privatise the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN.

“I believe we now can confirm that the basin is an active one that shows potential for more discoveries,” Trotman said, adding “whether they would be very large or not is a matter that we need to wait to see but, I think we can now say that we’re heading into an oil and gas industry”. – Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman welcoming the latest discovery of oil in Guyana’s territorial waters.

“I will not give in to political operatives who will use the most disgusting tactics in order to malign my name or to scare me into submission. I will trust in the Court system and in the Almighty God.” – The Minister in the Ministry of Finance Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, saying he will not be bullied into silence after an 18-year-old female college student was released on bail in St. Lucia charged with seeking to blackmail him.

“There is no settlement …with Tommy Lee Sparta. The situation is as it was previously reported to the media which is that there were discussions ongoing between legal representatives of Tommy Lee Sparta and the government of Dominica…which was being conducted…through the Office of the Attorney General in Jamaica.” – Dominica’s Attorney General Levi Peter denying media reports that it had reached an agreement with the Jamaican dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, who was prevented from entering the island in February 2014.

“The Office of the Prime Minister makes clear that while the US courts have upheld the awards, those courts have no authority to overrule the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) “and that the companies involved “can never collect on those awards in Belize”. – Belize government saying it will not honour a United States court ruling that declined to hear petitions for review of two judgments originally handed down by London Court of International Arbitration.

“The person who should be fired is David John-Williams. They should fire him now. The guy has poor judgement, he doesn’t understand football. He believes football is of course like Nescafe – quick fix. He doesn’t know that in football there is no quick fix.” – Disgraced former CONCACAF president, Jack Warner, commenting on the decision of the Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Saintfiet to resign after just five weeks on the job.

“At this point in time we are no longer called the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) but Cricket West Indies and we have also formed a company to deal with the commercial matters of West Indies cricket and this is called Windies.” – West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, on his plans to revive West Indies cricket.

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