Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Magdalena ready for debate


HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The scene at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Tobago yesterday, where the first ever political debate will be held tonight between political leaders of the three parties contesting the THA election. —Photo: ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

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The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is ready for today's debate. The 500-capacity ballroom has been made ready.

General Manager of the Magdalena Grand, Vince Angelo, said yesterday he was proud to be a part of the  historic occasion. 

Angelo  said the Debate Commission of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce contacted him about a month ago on hosting the debate.

"We do look forward to the debate, approximately 30 chairs have been set up for the event, and the Magdalena Grand is ready to host. It was fun working with the Commission and in addition, event coordinators attached to the hotel have rendered assistance in making the debate a reality," Angelo said.

Angelo said his staff has been fully trained to facilitate in the process.

 "It must also be said that the ballroom has the capacity to be subdivided into three separate sections where different meetings can be held, sessions can be conducted and adjacent is the Osprey meeting room," Angelo said.

Angelo said the parking area has been arranged to facilitate technical equipment for media houses as preparations continued into the night yesterday for the event.

All three political leaders have confirmed their attendance.

PNM  Tobago Council  Leader Orville London said he welcomes the debate but was a bit disenchanted with the process. TOP Leader Ashworth Jack said the debate is a reminder of what brought him into politics, in the first instance.

"The issue of internal self-government is what brought me into the politics as an 11, 12- year-old, and I feel very good now that is coming into fruition to me. The debate is just another opportunity for us to discuss how we see Tobago in the future," Jack said.

The Platform of Truth Leader Hochoy Charles has also agreed to the debate, and accepted when initially asked if he would attend. See Page 12 Opinion. 

—Elizabeth Williams