car park not safe
was with great interest and sadness that I noted that several
people lost their cars at the Divali Nagar site. They were
parked on the road and anticipated police protection of their
I wish however to bring a warning notice to the members of
the public who park their cars at the public car park at the
airport. All visitors to the airport must use the car park.
There is no other legal place to park.
On September 21, I parked my vehicle around 12.30 pm at the
car park and proceeded to Tobago. I carefully chose the spot,
to be opposite to the chair under the tree on the eastern
side of the car park where the security guards
When I returned to my car at 8 pm, the four wheel-caps were
missing. On complaining to the manager of the park and the
security co-ordinator of the airport, they were as dismayed
as I was.
Further investigation and a report to the area police station
revealed that this was not an isolated occurrence.
On trying to get compensation for my loss, I received a letter
signed by the corporate secretary of the authority reminding
me of the disclaimer... prominently displayed... at
the entrance of the car park.
So public, be warned! The compulsory car park may in the end
cost you more than the $5 an hour. Taxi to the airport! Get
dropped and picked up by a friend! The presence of security
guards does not guarantee that your car will not be
Enjoy the season.
Mayaro benefits from bpTT funds
HAVE been noticing over the years the tremendous financial
contribution Amoco, now bpTT, has been making towards social
and voluntary organisations, and providing basic and essential
amenities in Mayaro.
In December the company opened a $12.5 million privately-funded
public education facility which will serve as the nucleus
for university education in the Mayaro area. bpTT has recognised
the intrinsic importance of
An educated citizenry is one of the greatest assets of any
In addition, the chairman and chief executive officer of bpTT
said that the Mayaro Initiative for Private Enterprise Development
(MIPED) will offer loans for faster business growth and to
Mayaro residents should be thanking their lucky stars for
this super generous corporate citizen.
I wish bpTT every success in all its operations. May the company
continue to develop, grow and expand so that it will be in
a better financial position to continue to assist the less
I fervently wish and pray that the recipients of loans will
prudently manage their
Harry PT Charlie
Send Cepep to help Asia victims
dynamics of international relations dictate that we assist
the countries devastated by the cataclysmic tsunamis in South
Asia. At least five of the countries are members of the Commonwealth
to which Trinidad
Manning wants to project an image of a benign, altruistic
leader so he should immediately mobolise Cepep to head to
India and Sri Lanka, etc.
India, by the way, has gievn T&T a lot of assistance over
the last few years.
Go Manning, go! Go Cepep, go!
cannot stop health campaign
we begin the year 2005, and as I continue my campaign for
improved public healthcare, the following must be noted:
The Prime Minister created a commission of inquiry into the
health service due to persistent complaints.
The public sector poll showed that the greatest dissatisfaction
was the public health service.
The Ansa-McAl survey showed that the public believes that
doctors are not delivering the level of healthcare that they
should (you cannot build a skyscraper using scaffolding).
For the last five years, I have campaigned to bring the health
sector into the spotlight. Together with the San Fernando
Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) and the Medical Professionals
Association of T&T (MPATT), the majority of the members
of the public are now aware of the dismal state of the health
service being delivered by the Ministry of Health and the
Regional Health Authorities (RHA).
Unfortunately, we have many detractors who criticise the healthcare
workers. One such detractor stood up in Parliament and called
doctors mercenaries. He later said he was not
aware of the conditions of the health services but was willing
to tour the facilities. He even tried to retract his statement.
Then there are the columnists. Donna Yawching got fed up,
lost hope and decided to leave T&T, I understand. Kelvin
Baldeosingh should note the above headlines, for I was speaking
the truth while you were writing filth. And the other columnists,
who never even ventured into the public health facilities
but chose to criticise people who decided to highlight the
And one must not forget the reporters who believe that their
job is to sit behind a chair with a telephone and write stories,
be they true or false. And worse yet, the radio stations who
only want a sound bite to add credibility to their
story. I will forever remember the young man who claimed ignorance
about the relationship between Watergate and the power of
A small bit of credit must be given to Shelly Dass for her
three-part series on conditions within the San Fernando General
Hospital. But it must be noted that it was done after she
was appalled at the conditions whilst visiting a relative.
If she had not visited a relative, there would have been no
It is a known fact that the people who criticise me and my
colleagues are people who never even ventured into a public
health facility. They may have never used the facilities.
Let it be known that government ministers, including the Prime
Minister, seek their healthcare in foreign countries. Wonder
It is rather comical to hear retired doctors, now popularly
called senior doctors, openly criticising the
present doctors for demanding improved standards of healthcare
Some of these senior doctors now want an opportunity
to guide the present doctors, in other words, shut them up.
One wonders what they were doing during their 25 and more
years of service or non-service.
And despite the detractors and others, especially the senatorial
one, I continue to highlight the pitfalls of the public health
service. The poor and the downtrodden who use the service
are supportive of my campaign.
And so I will continue.
Seasons greetings and a brighter New Year 2005.
called him Sheriff.
He had no gun. Just a stick; no book, no pen,
but you couldnt drop your defence.
He was quick to draw the line
between mistake and offence;
he had no time to show pretence.
And so he got his name;
walking the streets of Port-of-Spain.
Breaking up games of wappie,
even at nights,
challenging real bad men for a fight.
Of course, after he had read
to them their rights.
Beneath the facade of his smile,
was a tear he had buried,
long ago in his childhood.
In a city, he would then call,
town without pity.
have to be ready,
he would say
the law is your duty.
Today Sheriff is not alive
to tell his tale to this country,
Where to drop your defence, now,
could be the end.
Where life is so cheap,
You could call it, the creeps.
Where on many days,
what is next around the corner.
In the present,
in these tense times now,
I write these lines,
Where anger is the trigger of a gun,
where guns can become
grenades and bombs.
And I think about Sheriff.
Long before his fame spread
in and around Port-of-Spain,
the movies had begun.
In those days it was really
more about fun.