of power, true criminals
an ordinary citizen of Trinidad & Tobago, would like someone
to explain what independence of the judiciary means.
To me, some members of the judiciary themselves misuse the expression
and continue to confuse the public with a tirade of foolish utterances.
main function of the judiciary in terms of its interface with the
public is to adjudicate in legal matters. Its role is to interpret
the laws and use this interpretation to determine guilt or innocence;
right or wrong. It is entrusted with the responsibility to be fair.
It has to acquire an acceptable level of understanding of the law,
and the system in which it is applied.
these people have to be trained to acquire and develop a certain
level of competence and acumen, which will determine how successful
they are in carrying out their function. It is also requisite that
they be men/women of integrity. This goes towards determining how
respected they become, this being important for the acceptance of
their decisions and conclusions, in legal matters. They can be helped
of the judiciary has to do with the functioning and decision-making
aspects with regard to the laws of the land; with regard to cases
before it; with regard to interpretation of the laws; with regard
to court awards, penal decisions and the like; in other words, the
work of the judicial system.
propose that financing of the judicial system, for example, has
nothing to do with the independence of the judiciary.
then, can the Prime Minister be accused of interfering in the judiciary,
because he seeks to initiate proceedings against the Chief Justice,
who is accused of trying to pervert the course of justice. What
the PM did has nothing to do with the decisions of the court.
that the CJ resign or face judicial censure is not interfering with
the independence of the judiciary.
is a tragedy that some lawyers hold on to that view, or are they
trying to hoodwink the public! Writing a letter to the Director
Public Prosecutions or Attorney General seeking information or clarification
on a legal matter is not interfering with the independence of the
citizen has the right to do so. Or, are the holders of that view
indicating that our judicial personnel are so stupid that they are
negatively influenced by anything they read or hear, and are incapable
of making informed, independent, fair decisions based on evidence
presented. If that is so, they should not be lawyers, judges, etc.
a judge or magistrate what his/her decision in a court matter should
be IS interfering with the independence of the judiciary.
among the CJ, the DPP, the AG, the Chief Magistrate and the PM did
am becoming more and more convinced that it isnt the thieves,
kidnappers, drug lords, and other criminals of that nature that
we in T&T should be most afraid of. Primarily, they are not
the ones who are leading the country down the path of destruction.
people doing that are in the top echelons of the societyjudges,
lawyers, politicians, etc.
has to wake up to that reality.
excuse for $6 doubles
a recent television interview, Mr Anand Daniel, CEO of the Trinidad
and Tobago LOC, repeatedly defended the ridiculously high prices
of the food and beverage items at the warm-up games.
claim is that prices are expected to be at such a level at the third
biggest sporting event in the world.
think that there are a few things that Mr Daniel needs to bear in
Warm-up games, though part of the build-up to the actual event,
are not in themselves part of the World Cup competition.
There is no doctrine in economics that says that a 700 to 800 per
cent mark-up (eg $6 for a doubles) on food and drink is warranted
purely because of the magnitude of the event. This is normally dealt
with in the price of admission.
Almost all of the food and drink on sale are produced here in Trinidad
and Tobago, with relatively low costs of supply and delivery.
While one does expect that vendors will have had to pay more than
usual for selling concessions, the limitations placed on the spectators
on bringing food and drink to the ground would have greatly widened
the vendors scope for sales and profits. Concession costs
can be easily covered.
would be good if in the early stages of the local games, the spectators
can see a way to boycott the vendors booth to the extent that
the prices will be reduced, and more of a win-win situation would
living by Public Service time
me to write an open letter to Ms Angela Lee Loy, Dr Amery Browne
of the National Aids Co-ordinating Committee, Minister of Health
John Rahael and Joe and Joan Public.
by the great advertisement and promotional campaign put on by the
National Aids Co-ordinating Committee letting citizens know where
they can access free testing, I decided to have an HIV test done
at my nearest STI Clinic.
must commend the NACC for its continued commitment to prevention,
testing and awareness in Trinidad and Tobago. Great job.
it cannot stop at just advertising. It has to extend to customer
went to the STI Clinic in Princes Town, and went ahead of 3pm, which
was the advertised end time for testing. I got there at 2.20pm and
was directed to speak to a particular nurse. Though not openly hostile,
the nurse was quite aloof and informed me that they were done for
it was not yet 3pm, I thought we had more than enough time for the
test itself and the requisite counselling that they have been mandated
sourly informed me, while fixing her lip-gloss that they had finished
for the day and no, they did not work until 3pm.
permit me to say that if your staff members are insistent on leaving
well before the advertised end time, then you should let the public
know so that we do not waste our time.
is often a difficult decision for people to go and ask for an HIV
test in a society such as ours where HIV/Aids is still heavily stigmatised.
would hate to think that someone who may be turned away because
of a busy nurse or doctor, may never build up that courage
a second time to come get tested.
am quite used to this Third World public service behaviour, but
I must admit I was quite disappointed to realise that even in the
important business of HIV management, we have become so laid back
trust that you would advertise the correct times (that is, the times
when we, the public are not keeping your nurses from their busy
private lives and activities) so that we may feel free to go again,
without fear of being turned away.
you can ensure that the clinics stay open up to the advertised times,
so that we can safeguard our personal health and the health of our
family life attention, now
December, no less a person than President George Maxwell Richards
spoke publicly about the importance and necessity of the family.
Now, three months later a Government minister, Christine Sahadeo,
is quoted as saying that Family life is at risk and
that the recent upsurge in crime is perhaps the result of erosion
of family values.
family values and family life are not things that can be produced
overnight or at short order. They have to be cultivated over a period
of time and may even require generations. But a start has to be
made, and the time to do that is now.
groups and people concerned about this question must come together
to devise practical ways and means of tackling the problem.
Arthur Lai-Fook, CSSp
St Marys College
listened with keen interest to commentary on one of the local radios
after the opening ceremony in Jamaica of the ICC World Cup Cricket
tournament. The callers were most displeased and hurt about the
exclusion of Afro-Trinidadian culture displayed during the ceremony.
complained about the lack of respect when Boogsie was playing the
pan and reggae music could be heard in the background. It seemed
that our Afro-Trinidadian culture was not really presented to the
world and the world would think that the West Indies was Jamaica.
You would never imagine that there are Indo-Trinidadians living
in the West Indies and are sometimes selected on the West Indies
same can be said when the Government hosts international shows here,
you would not have a clue that half of this country is Indo-Trinidadian,
with a rich cultural background. We are excluded in every aspect.
It even extends to the composition of the staff members that are
posted at foreign embassies.
guess now our Afro-Trinidadian brothers now know how it feels to
be excluded in your own home.
there any solution to crime? Bandits contemplate methods of terminating
your life for personal gain throughout your years succeeding birth.
and figure-heads of influence such as dismissed UNC Senator Harry
Mungalsingh contemplate methods of terminating your life before
you even get an opportunity to be born.
cricket, love children
love cricket; look how quick we did it.
we love the cricketers of tomorrow, implement the childrens
authority act now!
Verna St Rose Greaves
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