PM not father of naive nation
Mr (Patrick) Manning, in his self-termed status of father
of the nation, may consider himself to be something
of a deity, he must be made aware he is not the omnipotent
father of infants but of a modern nation composed of at
least a modicum of intelligent people. He cannot, therefore,
expect us to blithely accept his utterances without statistical
or scientific fact to back it up.
That this has been his approach thus far is undeniable,
from his denial of the existence of a crime
problem to his latest, that the citizens have nothing to
fear from any proposed aluminium smelter plants. Where is
his backing for this statement? That of Alcoa and Alutrint?
What research has Mr Manning conducted into this matter
before acceding to their requests to open business there?
To add insult to injury, our senators, operating on our
behalf, have been blatantly ignored; denied the opportunity
of questioning the pertinent authorities at the last Joint
Select Committee meeting.
Perhaps he could explain why the USA is not permitting any
new smelter plants and is phasing out the old? When that
super nation adopts a policy like that, watch
outthey do not give away a dollar.
Whilst not being completely aware of all the implications
of the proposed taxation for greenhouse emissions,
the word taxation is sufficient to underscore that nations
will be penalised for production of the same. This will
obviously, however, be taxation against rather than for.
We make the bulk of our income from taxation from oil revenue,
why then would we suddenly want to start working from the
opposite end of the spectrum and be taxed for producing
carbon dioxide in a project utilising our natural gas (cheap?).
We can earn sufficient revenue from the sale of same to
the developed countries of the world. Natural gas is, and
will continue for some time to come, at least, to be in
The citizens of T&T have to stand shoulder to shoulder
on this one and let Mr Manning know in no uncertain terms
that we do not intend to have our ecology and the health
and welfare of present and future citizens face such abuse.
Who wants to be smothered by carbon dioxide? If it will
damage plant life, what makes you think human life will
Mr Mannings plans for altering the skyline with tall
buildings are sufficient for now. Please do not alter the
entire topography of our little island paradise and the
welfare of our citizens at the same time with production
of noxious elements.
Let Alcoa and Alutrint take their plants elsewherewe
do not want them, thank you. And Mr Manning may find that
even his PNM people are against him in this one. They are
not all the sheep he may take them to be.
to pay more for better service
battle continues between the two providers of GSM services
locally with attacks in the daily press comparing
But one thing is certain and that is there is a definite
improvement in the quality of service with the new provider,
Digicel. Same old problem remains with TSTT system: poor
reception and quality of service.
I really dont care if I pay more, I really dont
care if the handsets are $50, $25 or free. Whats the
point of cheap handsets if to make a call you have to go
out into the yard, the street or as one colleague put it
climb the water tank tower for a signal?
Now with Digicel, the problems my family, friends, associates,
and co-workers once experienced with TSTT no longer exist.
The noted benefits are:
* Crystal clear reception in areas that had either poor
or non-existent reception (from Charlotteville to Cedros
* No more dropped calls or network busy signals.
* No more problems dialing out.
* No more missed calls.
* Batteries last longer since the handsets arent desperately
searching for a signal.
They do say you get what you pay for. Evidently, for us
it is a higher quality of service.
shortage is a real problem
refusal of the House Speaker Sinanan to debate the water
crisis in the country as raised by MP Roodal Moonilal is
no big surprise, really. After all, the PNM ministers all
have an abundant supply of water so it does not concern
In any case, under this PNM Government, water shortages
have always been the norm so, as far as they are concerned
there is no crisis, so why debate it.
congrats from Govt
probably missed the event, but I do believe neither the
Prime Minister nor the Minister of Sports extended congratulations
to the twice victorious national cricket team under the
astute leadership of Daren Ganga. No motorcade, no national
celebration, no spirited promises to upgrade facilities,
no nothing! Jack Warner might be advised to seize this opportunity.
Maybe, neither the PM nor the Sports Minister wanted to
politicise the cricket victory (proliferated with boundaries),
against Barbados, since we have already secured a maritime
boundary victoryso the AG says.
In the latter case, I do hope the umpires decision
at the Hague is final.
access to Gulf View
been meaning to write this letter for a while but I was
waiting to see whether it was a job awaiting completion.
More than a year ago, some work was done on the San Fernando
Bypass at the entrance to Gulf View, La Romaine. The roadway
was widened to allow for an entrance for drivers entering
Gulf View from the northern and eastern side of the intersection,
and those entering from the southern side, a filter entrance.
Drivers exiting Gulf View and heading east or south have
a lane controlled by a traffic light and those heading north
can filter onto the Bypass. These lanes are divided by narrow,
low concrete barriers.
It was a good idea to make the roadway wider and allow the
filter lanes, because it certainly allowed a faster and
smoother flow of traffic. The problem however, is the entrance
lane for those entering Gulf View from the East or North
is narrow to navigate. If one is unfamiliar with the flow
of traffic, it is actually easy to enter the exit lanes.
This situation is made worse at night. There are no street
lights, the dividers and roadway remain unpainted and the
entire area is deficient of cats eyes.
Im appealing to the kind people at the San Fernando
City Corporation to look at this busy intersection both
in the daylight and at nighttime and see what can be done
to make this place safe.
justice system here
the criminal justice system in T&T really doing what
it is being paid to do? Are they serious about prosecuting
hardened criminals who do the crime?
As a citizen of our beloved country, I personally feel justice
is no longer a priority.
The current Government has failed to provide security for
its citizens. Once again they have managed to focus the
spotlight away from the high statistics of the crime rate
in the country and instead on the highly publicised conviction
of a former prime minister; a man who does not deserve to
spend his last days sitting in a jail cell serving time
as a hardened criminal.
Where is the justice in that Mr Attorney General?
I think the Government should focus on prosecuting those
drug lords who are wreaking havoc on our beloved country.
When a man such as Basdeo Panday is forced to go to prison
for failing to declare his assets, it leaves one to wonder
if the justice system is labelledis there a blue collar
for some and a white collar for others.