welcomes budget plans
Association of T&T Insurance Companies (Attic) welcomes Governments
initiatives outlined in the 2008 budget to increase retirement savings,
promote safer driving and compensate the innocent victims of uninsured
proposed increase in the ceiling of the aggregate deduction that
may be claimed for pension plans and annuities from $12,000 to $25,000
will promote long-term planning for retirement for middle income
retirees are finding their savings levels inadequate to cope with
current levels of inflation and the increased limits will encourage
current earners to plan a better financial strategy for their own
has been advocating the establishment of a mechanism to compensate
the innocent victims of uninsured motorists for well over 20 years
alongside the now established Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme
and commends the Government for taking the decision to pursue and
fund this course of action.
the same time, Attic wishes to strongly encourage the Government
to mitigate against the real possibility that the establishment
of such a compensation scheme could further entrench the present
lawlessness and encourage more uninsured vehicles on the road.
therefore repeats the urgent call for the increased policing and
enforcement of existing laws as well as stiff increases in the penalties
for law-breaking such as driving without insurance, driving unregistered
PH taxis and private rentals, prior to the establishment
of such a fund.
do otherwise will jeopardise not only the proposed funding mechanism
but the entire basis of compensation that now exists if there is
a perception that there are no real penalties to driving without
advocates that we should follow what currently obtains in the UK
where the police can impound vehicles that are driven without insurance
and, if unclaimed by their owners, the vehicles can be disposed
of or destroyed after a relatively short period of time.
proposed changes in legislation to restrict the use of communication
devices whilst driving as well as restrictions on television-type
monitors that can be viewed from the front seat of vehicles is a
welcome first step in what we trust is a series of initiatives to
promote safer driving practices.
estimated 4,000 people suffer bodily injury from vehicle accidents
annually. Assuming that ten per cent of vehicles are driven without
insurance, then approximately 400 people remain uncompensated every
large motor insurance companies are now in liquidation and the potential
increase in the numbers of innocent victims who would remain uncompensated
should they be involved in an accident with these former policyholders
is a pressing concern.
proposed fund can meet a significant proportion of the claims of
innocent victims and can be set up so that the fund can itself pursue
a court judgment against the negligent party, sending a clear signal
to other drivers of uninsured vehicles that there are financial
consequences for acts of lawlessness.
looks forward to working with the Government and the Central Bank
to set up an efficient mechanism to administer the proposed vehicles
accident fund and looks forward to further initiatives by the Government
to arrest the spiralling increase in lawlessness on our nations
Crisis days are coming
gas running out in 12 years and there is no clear plan by the Government
to take this country forward.
a country which depends on this natural resource so much, what are
we to do? Brazil, China and others have already begun using alternative
methods of fuels, but I have not once heard our Prime Minister utter
such words. Is he really a geologist?
is going to happen to our people? What is Plan B?
which depend on tourism are far better off than us. I predict mass
migration to better lands where people feel safe, food is cheaper,
you earn more for services rendered, and discrimination is not meted
out to anyone because of his or her colour, class or creed.
the budget relies heavily on revenue derived from energy, my crystal
ball shows mass retrenchment in the private and public sectors.
This will lead to social unrest and the devaluation of the dollar.
energy experts have been stating the facts on our reserves for a
number of years now, I realised in the past week that the chairmen
of these big oil companies have avoided direct questions from the
media on the future of the industry.
financial crisis looms!
instead of Guyanese flocking to this country for something better,
Trinis would have to go to Guyana for land, food and maybe a better
way of life. Who knows?
Give budget for Laventille, LFL
Laventille For Laventillians political initiative should deliver
its own budget for the development of Laventille and surrounding
constituencies. This approach would not only provide a comparative
analysis with the national budget but will elucidate the thinking
of the movement.
LFL will do well to indicate to residents its plan for infrastructural
development, the utilities, social welfare delivery, poverty reduction,
unemployment, and crime reduction.
are the challenges the Government has failed to meet at the end
of its tenure in office. These are the challenges this new force
must positively confront.
believe that within the folds of the LFL there is the collective
experience, expertise and resourcefulness to adequately meet these
Smith has time and time again demonstrated his prowess in these
matters. In fact it is readily accepted that there is none more
adept and informed as to what is required for a viable transformation
of the area.
intellectual and ground knowledge of the issues involved are probably
incomparable to any other past or present. His personality is amenable
and accommodating. Qualities that will be indispensable in this
righteous fight for justice, the levelling of the playing field,
and a better quality for all residents.
must have a chance to do on the PNM as they had us do onto others,
that is, eat them out and vote them out. No amount of
goodies and empty bribery can wash away the evictions, threats of
bulldozers and dictum of buying the entire Laventille hill.
Root out those al Qaeda seeds
recent terror threat to JFK International Airport in New York reminds
me how real the threat of terrorism is.
rogue seeds of terror are planted on the unsuspecting. The danger,
or should I say the threat, is that these seeds grow, cluster, and
soon dominate where conditions allow.
left unattended, these seeds grow deep roots, run wild, and finally
overrun what is good and what is right.
who love Trinidad cant just sit back and watch this happen.
Now is the time to root out these foreign seeds of al Qaeda. They
do not belong there, neither will they just go away.
responsibility is ours, the opportunity is now, to be active and
deliberate in not providing seed-plots for these rogue organisations,
whose power and terror grew from some seed never rooted out.
Passing of two literary icons
obituaries of August 21 announced the passing of two gems
whose contributions to the literary community is sincerely appreciated.
Ian Ali and Doreen Hamilton Sealy both contributed, in no small
way, to the advancement of our citizens.
in the sphere of art, education and television presentation, and
Doreen, the relict of my good friend and colleague, JC Sealy, patron
of the foundation and co-founder of The Bookshop.
lives have been shaped by these two marvellous individuals who gave
unstintingly of their time, talents and resources to ensure a better
and brighter nation.
supported Cliff assiduously in the venture from Marli Street to
Frederick Street and also at the UWI St Augustine campus, arranging
book talks, book launches and extending hospitality to overseas
delegates whenever they came to Trinidad for training at our bookshop
on the other hand, always hosted book programmes and introduced
many budding authors, poets and artists, both at AVM Channel and
its successor Channel 4, as well as storytelling at TTT in the Rikki
Tikki programme and at our bookshops in Port-of-Spain and Diego
behalf of the local book trade I express our gratitude to these
two wonderful citizens who shared the gifts God gave them and who
in their own vision and dedication moulded the careers of our people.
eternal rest unto them, O Lord.
Metropolitan Book Supplies Ltd
Another one lost to the West
again we have lost out to the West for one of our national activities,
ie, the Independence Day parade.
parade previously came down Frederick Street and turned into Park
Street to the joy the citizens from the surrounding communitiesBelmont,
Gonzales, Laventille, Downtownamongst other areas.
of people with their children lined the route to cheer on the marchers
as they passed along. This being the last day of the school vacation,
many families then spent the rest of the day picnicking in Memorial
Park, with visits to the nearby National Museum, etc.
which was born behind the bridge, is now housed in the
West, with almost no activity taking place on the greens.
which has its origins in Gonzales, then Hell Yard, had its main
activity this year in the West with no appearance in its traditional
again the wild wild West is becoming the capital of the city.
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