Healthcare a 24-hour service
is there a problem with doctors, whether they be senior or
junior, specialist or general practitioner, working beyond
the so-called regular workday of 8 am to 4 pm?
This idea of paying doctors overtime for working
after 4 pm or for working on weekends is utterly ridiculous.
The modern world works 24-hour days, seven days a week. It
is time that we in T&T get out of the old colonial way
of doing business (8-4) and get into the 21st century.
Healthcare is a 24-hour service, as illness or medical emergencies
can happen at any time and as such should be provided on a
shift basis, with a night differential paid to those who work
after 6 pm or on the graveyard shift (midnight to 8 am). That
is the fair thing to do, but overtime after 4 pm? Come on!
I know we have always done things so and nobody
wants to change (especially with doctors and other highly
skilled professionals), but the country cannot afford to continue
down this path. People have to bend and change. New thinking
and new methods must be introduced for doing things; not just
to save taxpayers money, but to make things run more
T&T will never move forward with its Vision 2020 plan
if it continues conducting business in these archaic ways.
Kelvin C James, Sr
In Support of the Unborn Child
must protect the unborn child
Abortion we cant forgive
Innocent souls so meek and mild
Own their right to live.
Come forth lets replenish this earth
Be fruitful lets multiply
We must fight abortion for all its worth
Life we must not deny.
As abortion slaughters natures will
Stop to think awhile
No treasure on earth is worth the thrill
Of your babys toothless smile.
Her sacred castle we must respect
Blessed is the mothers womb
The heartbeat within we must protect
From foetus to the tomb.
No circumstance can ever mitigate
Child abortion is a scorn
We are no dictators of the unborns fate
Please, let that child be born.
Vic Dolan Clarke
at Arima Licensing
goes on at the Licensing Office in Arima is nothing short
of disgusting. It happens on a daily basis, much to the distress
of people who transact business there.
I spent four hours to renew my drivers permitan
ordeal in itself. The space in which people are herded is
approximately 12 by 48 feet, the seating is inadequate and
people are forced to stand in this crowded room, sometimes
spilling out into the yard, regardless of the weather.
The attitude of some members of staff leaves much to be desired.
One has to shout through a small hole and very often is shouted
to by the staff behind the one-way glass partition.
The workers dont seem to enjoy performing their duties.
However, lunch time seems to be the highlight of the day,
when they saunter out, loitering and chatting , oblivious
to the waiting public.
Clearly the staff is inadequate and some untrained. Interpersonal
skills are lacking as some staffers seem to be unaware of
how they must deal with the public.
The Prime Minister has assisted neighbouring countries and
for this we are happy. But what about citizens of T&T
who suffer in every aspect of life from day to day? What is
the Licensing Authority doing with our hard-earned money?
one-sided and unconvincing
a poll were taken of the opinions expressed by commentators
and the general public on the issues of player remuneration
and individual sponsorship rights, following the radio and
television broadcast by Teddy Griffith, president of the West
Indies Cricket Board, last Friday evening, it is likely to
show that the first round of the fight to shape public opinion
went to the WICB.
I take the opposing view, since in my humble opinion the information
coming from the WICB was one-sided and unconvincing. I take
issue with the board in four basic areas:
Though I welcome the WICBs candour about the sustained
deficits that it has been running, Griffiths statement
gave me no confidence that the board is adequately addressing
its perilous financial position.
If the board has displayed similar shortcomings in its contract
negotiations with the players, will the players not be justified
in believing that they are unreasonably expected to bear the
brunt of expenditure cuts, when at the same time the WICB
shows an absolute lack of imagination and creativity in its
quest to increase its revenues and reduce expenditure in other
Griffith detailed the payment demands of WIPA and the offer
of the WICB.
The logical questions are: were these initial positions? Has
there been a process of negotiation? Have parties amended
their initial positions? What are the current positions? Have
negotiations broken down?
Is the dispute to be referred to the meeting with the chairman
of the Caricom sub-committee on cricket, which was previously
scheduled for March 7?
If the matter is to be referred, is the WICB not aware that
those discussions could be compromised by their prejudicial
public statement of Friday evening?
The logical conclusion to be drawn from the broadcast is that
there is a widening rift between the players and administrators
and that it has been exacerbated by Griffiths statement.
This seems to be the classical case of cutting off your
nose to spite your face.
When the president of the WICB takes the extraordinary step
of holding the most attractive players up to public ridicule,
I think that this shows a total lack of judgment on the part
of the administrators.
Nobody goes through the turnstiles to see the members of the
It is Lara, Sarwan, Gayle and company that we can be persuaded
to pay sums to see. It is not in the interest of West Indies
cricket to have the players publicly denigrated by their employers.
The broadcast may have succeeded in casting the players in
a very unfavourable light.
However, to the discerning observer, it also served to highlight
the glaring deficiencies of the boardfrom deteriorating
finances, to low international cricket standards, to declining
interest in cricket in the Caribbean, to deteriorating relations
between the board and the players.
Unfortunately, nothing said on Friday would instill confidence
that the current guardians of the noble game in the region
can reverse plummeting fortunes.
Ramdeen right to voice opinion
is for animals in human form. People who attend church every
Sunday and partake of the Eucharist, surely, would not spit
on another human being.
I clearly heard Leela Ramdeen on the TV6 Morning Edition say,
among her many valid points on the Chief Justice issue, words
to the effect that if the CJ is guilty of misconduct he should
not walk away scott free.
But of course the hypocrites and the blind supporters of the
Government, and Archbishop Gilbert who wants to be the next
local archbishop, conveniently did not hear this, or it went
through one ear and out the next.
As head of the CCSJ and a public figure, Ramdeen has the right
to voice her opinions publicly, especially if she is invited
to do so, in this case by TV6.
Finally, I have lost all admiration for Archbishop Gilbert.
Maybe he should apologise to the Prime Minister a few more
times, publicly, and on his hands and knees.
Ramdeen has proved that she is a woman of substance and conviction.
As for me, I hope I am not spat on for writing this letter!
Before debates reach the tele...
we get parliamentary debates broadcast live on TV, let us
make some changes to normal procedure.
For instance, banning obscene gestures, or mouthing of silent
Let us change the seating to tall backless stools so we do
not have the dubious pleasure of watching big men, sprawling,
mouths open, fast asleep.
Finally, let us restrict it to CCTV and we would have a good
chance of having it blanked out like so many other sporting
events that we wish to see, pay for, but are denied!