not the place for smelter
addition to the earthquake and flood-prone disposition of
land throughout Trinidad, the southern peninsula and sea-bed
band is a volcanic construction that stretches from Icacos
to the Moruga forests, Poole and Piparo.
The areaand, hence, the rest of the islandis at
risk in parts and in whole to weaknesses and threats from
topography (drainage/weather/erosion), climate (storm/hurricane/tornado),
plate tectonics, and seismic activity, aggravating those in
the volcanic geology indefinitely.
Physical events can happen randomly, separately, as a result
of one another, cumulatively, in rapid succession, in one
pervasive convulsion or many small catastrophes, in any combination
not-so-drastic and drastic.
In the South, eruption can occur anywhere, eg, rock island
off Chatham driven up from under the sea-bed, even right beneath
a smelter, or land could just collapse, or both.
The effects in the sub-structure of extracting asphalt, gas
and oil over the long-term will only worsen risks and dangers
(likelihoods of occurring and consequences).
Changes in site and area geology can take place irrespective
of todays tests assurances. Unlike the situation
where the smelter is built on a continent, in T&T leaks,
disasters and what have you will impact the entire people
and land, as well as other countries. It is simply not a place
for a smelter.
This is not alarmism, dramatic rendering, irrationality, emotional
handicap or cloak-and-dagger imputation. It is not even a
position or an opinion. It is reality. It has been ignored
in the development of Pointe-a-Pierre and Point Lisas.
As with linking cancer to the smelter, admission has moral,
legal and political ramifications and all are being avoided.
Instead, the oncology unit has been prioritised while participation
is reduced to a controlled debate and an election result,
adolescent-appeal style. In other words, the Government has
no alternative vision.
Just when a clear choice would win the election, the Opposition
splits. It signalled to everyone that if the election went
running back to the former Leader of the Opposition, there
would be no choice then either.
Meanwhile, illegal security commitments and lock-down arrangements
have been made and the country is being handed into freedom
of information, ICT and sunset
networks, ensuring it a determined place in US economic security/insecurity,
no matter who wins. That is a system of protection that is
a government unto itself.
So, will they get uranium from asphalt pyrolysis or just research
Chickens could bring bird flu
see the powers that be have decided to encourage chicken importation,
when every other cautious government has imposed restrictions
on imported avian products.
So in the rush to get cheaper prices we are willing to jeopardise
our health and the local poultry industry by importing chicken
with the deadly bird flu virus coming to the Americas next
I am no expert but viruses tend to be fairly hardy things
and they can hibernate. Freezing doesnt kill them. I
dont understand why the Government cannot eliminate
the taxes on corn instead and let the birds be grown here.
If there isnt clear labelling on frozen chicken, for
my own and my familys safety I am going to take to buying
fresh chicken. At least then I will know, since they cant
hide birds dying from the news for long.
However, I was wondering if they have actually looked at the
proportional cost of packaging for basic products. Apparently
the resin used for making all things plastic is in fact imported
and not locally produced. So the plastic bottle is about a
third of the cost of the soft drink. Can we not revert to
glass bottles or introduce refill stations in supermarkets?
Would the makers of household cleaners also consider this?
Or is it imported pre-bottled?
Also, flood damage seems to be getting worse and poorly maintained
drains are a breeding ground for vermin.
How much of what is imported is lost due to spoilage? Maybe
if there were grants to improve warehousing facilities, what
is imported would be fully utilised.
Remember, no matter how much money you have, you cannot buy
a cure that does not exist.
Why T&T seen as third world
I was asked why is T&T called third world when the country
is blessed with tons of oil and gas money etc. I explained
* We have a Priority Bus Route that is traversed by more maxi-taxi
and private vehicles than buses.
* Our public utilities carry out repairs in the public domain
and months later traces of their presence can be seen, ie
debris and holes in roads not resurfaced.
* We the people throw paper cups, bottles etc out of our cars
onto the public roads etc.
* We drive for miles and dont see a police officer.
* Large trucks, construction vehicles, garbage trucks adding
to, if not causing, traffic jams.
* We blame the Government when it floods after heavy rains
for natures work (90 per cent) and Gods doing.
* We throw old shoes over electrical cables on the main byways.
* Politicians preach and encourage recession on public platforms.
* Our people stroll across the road when a courteous driver
gives them a chance to cross, instead of stepping briskly
out of the way.
* We park in No Parking areas, causing unnecessary
* Citizens do not form proper lines and await their turn to
board buses or taxis.
* Citizens blast music out of their cars, disturbing all and
* Workmen paint roads during peak hours and add to the gridlock.
* We have to go to Parliament to announce we can play Carnival
through the streets of Port-of-Spain, although we slaves were
given permission years ago to do so.
These are the reasons we are considered third world.
UNC shown up by COP
after mistake. Will the UNC ever learn? Or is it so caught
up in its own implosion to care?
First Panday, found guilty of not declaring a bank account,
is reinstated as chairman. Now the no-support position on
the bail bill.
To make matters worse, they were shown up by the politically
infant COP, who demonstrated political maturity by supporting
Did the UNC think that the public would appreciate any perceived
stance alongside kidnappers in society? Did its leaders think
about how their non-support action could be perceived as sending
the wrong message to their core supporters, who they claim
are under siege and who statistically bear the brunt of kidnappings?
The UNC appears to be doing everything conceivable in its
power to remain political untouchables.
vow to stop tower
for a Better T&T (CBTT) is warning that people could take
matters into their own hands if cell sites continue to be
constructed without proper consultation with affected residents.
Last Saturday, there was a heated exchange between the landowner
who leased his property at Pond Street, La Romaine, to a cellular
company and demonstrators protesting the construction of a
cell tower near their homes.
All this could have been avoided if the Town and Country Planning
Division had taken action. Instead it chose to ignore the
situation, even though it received a letter from over 100
residents objecting to the tower.
Town and Country should explain to residents why their concerns
One demonstrator said they would do all in their power to
ensure that work on the cell tower was stopped.
CBTT was there to lend our support to the residents. We were
disappointed that no support came from the community council.
We commend those people who came out to lend their support
to the affected residents.
No difference in UNC, PNM govts
Minister Imbert, the people want trains, just as we wanted
the UNC government to build us an airport.
Well we got an airport in our rookukutungkung and all those
who complained about the simmy-dimmy in the awarding of contracts
were described as sour grapes.
Now I see you are describing those who telling you trains
yes, corruption no as being sour grapes.
Tell me, what is the difference between your Government and
the one that built the airport? Other than race, I cant
tell the difference.