I was helping promote the premiere of the Da Vinci Code
as, thanks to the kindness of the owners of MovieTowne,
a portion of the money raised from ticket sales was to
go to a home for abandoned children in Grenada.
For my efforts, I was subject to what I can only call
a barrage of religious hate mail from Catholics,
many of whom I know and considered as friends.
They hadnt seen the film, but they were quite vitriolic
in their condemnation of it. I really thought our people
of all races and creeds were above that sort of extremism,
but I was wrong.
People with degrees were condemning something they hadnt
seen, because they had been told to condemn it.
I saw the film and, if anything, it helped with the choice
intelligent people have to make between believing something
that is difficult to believe in and having faith.
The cinema was full of Catholics, and I doubt any of them
will give up their faith. So is all this noise by the
Catholics just a diversion to take the heat away from
far more serious matters inside their church?
Interestingly, many of the indignant writers said they
would happily give to the orphanage, but not this way.
I asked each of them to send me a donation and havent
seen a red cent yet!
Have you ever heard of a rum called 10 Cane
from, and I quote from the bottle Trinidad, Kingdom
of Rum? Go to the Web site www.10cane.com to learn
more. It sells for US$35 a bottle, which is more than
the worlds best rum, El Dorado from Guyana. On the
bottle it says it is a product of Trinidad &
Tobago. But let me quote from the label, Rums
Redemptioneach bottle is crafted with the finest
handpicked canes, grown from rich Trinidadian soil.
from the first pressing of virgin cane, individual canes
handled ever so carefullyto bring out their natural
flavour, a decadence unachievable with molasses
and so on. Between you and me, it tastes just like the
Rhum Agricole from the other islands, which
is their cheapest, and most lethal, rum. Is our countrys
name being used to con foreigners into buying inferior
Knowing we have a fancy Telecoms Authority to ensure we,
the citizens of T&T, get treated fairly by the telecommunication
providers, you rush off and buy your prepaid Digicel phone
only to learn that it cant roam in America
because Digicel is still negotiating with the cellular
providers there. How long has Digicel been in the Caribbean?
So you back track and check with TSTT and they say, Sure,
we have roaming in America, but only on a postpaid phones
with a two-year contract.
Come on, Khalid Hassanali, and all the other top executives
whose salaries and allowances we pay. Why didnt
you say to all telecoms applicants something like:
phone, pre or postpaid, must be able to roam worldwide
or no licence?
Not only has our Government made sure we were one of the
last countries in the world to liberalise, but now we
learn they have done nothing to make sure the telecommunication
providers are providing a state of the art service.
And you wonder why our country keeps dropping in the world
rankings for competitiveness, etc. What a shame they dont
have a competition for the number of tower cranes building
government projects per million people.
We would be bound to win!
My first 2020 award goes to Estella Frederick of WASA,
for wonderful service when the water main serving our
Within hours, she had ensured a crew had made the repair
and restored service.
My second 2020 goes to Amco in Chaguanas for putting the
customers parking slots nearest the front door.
Even the directors came second to customers.
My final 2020 award goes to Wendy Ann Jackson and Walda
Dottin-Matthew of Camille Robinson-Regis Ministry
of Planning, who both replied the next day to an e-mail
I sent out, trying to raise funds for Bel Air Orphanage
Not one other ministry responded, so it seems only Robinson-Regis
staff are on track for 2020.
I thought you might be interested to see some data from
Table 6 of the UN HDR Report for 2005, which shows Contraceptive
Prevalence Rate for various countries. Check out the graph.
Even Grenada, with far less income than T&T is doing
a better job.
Just a thought.