look on in silence as a rising tide of ignorance threatens to engulf
the island people. The promise and potential of an Athens of the
New World is being blindly devoured by petty tribal rivalries and
insecurities of skin and hair, ancestry and religion.
bright illuminating spark of true Caribbean culture, its hybrid
brilliance aglow before Independence, is put out, sold out to a
cult of greed and power at any cost.
cancer of corruption corrodes the body politic, a corruption of
spirit, a primitive, barbaric immorality of soul. The beautiful
island TAPESTRY is being torn to shreds. A monument to enormous
gaudy crassness replaces it, casting a dark, dangerous and murderous
look aside in shame. I feed the birds. I water the plants. I engage
the company of the dogs and the cat with love, respect and wonderment.
seems the fishermans friend
know that in the past seven years, the PNM has been disastrous for
the fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago.
PNM Minister John Rahael granted approval for 80 more foreign long
liners to catch, unregulated, any quantum of any fish, at any time,
anywhere in our offshore waters. Local fishermen and consumers lose.
There are no benefits.
Minister Narine granted approvals to oil companies to conduct seismic
surveys in Tobago and on the north, east and west coasts of Trinidad.
Flying fish disappeared; catch rates of all species collapsed nationwide.
studies show that these seismic surveys cause a 60-kilometre displacement
of all fish and diminishment of catch rates by up to 70 per cent
for some commercial species for more than six months. Yet, these
surveys have continued unabated.
the minister announced cultivating Tilapia farming was the way to
the PNM leader announced a water taxi, which will deprive our vessels
of a large pathway with its big wake and which will run over our
nets and ride roughshod over our San Fernando community.
date there is no right of way on any of our coasts, even though
industrial traffic has escalated. Must citizens die first?
PNM announced it is building a $153 million, 300-metre causeway
and fishermans island off Moruga even though less than $10
million has been spent in its seven years on fishery upgrades in
all of the 55 landing ports in T&T put together.
the PNM, fishery mismanagement has caused inflation of 25 per cent
per annum, while falling catch rates has benefited no one.
has never been real consultation under the PNM, only condescending,
dismissive lip-service. On the eve of the general elections, we
have noted that only the Congress of the People has even mentioned
the fishery in its campaign.
all of the candidates, Wendy Lee Yuen, deputy leader of the Congress,
is also the only professionally qualified applicant for the position
of Minister of Agriculture Land and Marine Resources, regardless
of which party wins.
memories may be short but we remember, too, that she was the president
of Namdevco and resigned because she objected to the corruption
and mismanagement of our nations resources and was not permitted
to stop it.
and Friends of the Sea urges all of our members to vote carefully
and wisely, for our future.
Fishermen and Friends of The Sea
is sometimes useful to stop and translate the numbers
the public is fedespecially now at election time.
are some interesting numbers to crunch on:
full employment means only five per cent unemployed, that number
means 65,000 people are without jobs.
poverty levels dropped to 16 per cent of the population
living on less than $700 a month, that number means 208,000 people
are living on an oil-rich island, in filth and squalor.
$1million is approved for a youth improvement band called Divine
Echoes, that is the monthly income of 14,000 of those people living
below the poverty line.
the very least the Divine Echoes should have earned its pay by playing
at the PNM Youth Rally, heralding the start of its mission to convert
our youths away from the music of Sizzla and the likes!
that same million dollars, we could have had flood assistance of
$3,500 paid to 285 of the people recently affected in Beetham, St
Joseph and elsewhere.
the best crunch of all is the figure of $184 million paid for a
are some equivalents:
is the cost of 592 houses at $250,000 each. Which really is a large
village of comfortable homes!
it is the cost of 1,480 self-help homes at $100,000 each
it represents the monthly salaries of 29,600 employees at $5,000
per month. Which would be the lifetime income of 82 people at the
same monthly income.
puts things in their right perspective.
it doesnt explain what will happen to poor President Max,
holder of the highest office in the land (the president is higher
than prime minister) on November 6 when the prime minister moves
into his palace, leaving Max living in the coop in the yard because
his roof is still leaking.
sincerely hope when all the campaigning is over that the political
parties make a clean sweep of their posters and banners.
have endured sufficient rubbish for this political season,
let us not have to endure eyesores as a daily reminder.
is amazing how the COP fails miserably to expose and attack the
PNM. Is there a hidden message here?
attacks are launched at the UNC, in particular, Basdeo Panday, Jack
Warner and Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj. The UNC is not yet in government
and is not responsible for our third world status even though the
price of oil is US$90 per barrel, yet the COP spin doctors, programmed
as they are, leaves Manning off of the hook.
this an indication of an illogical mindset, or a coward, or self-emasculated
UNC Alliance must be greater than its real existence for being responsible
for all of Trinidad & Tobagos problems, while not even
yet in power!
call on the robotic COP membership to leave the UNC alone (you have
resisted calls for unity from the UNC Alliance) and attack the PNM.
leader fumbles on the issue of unity much to the nations chagrin
The PNM holds the reigns of power. The UNC-A is in opposition just
like you COP. Why blame your brother? Do we control the public purse?
the real enemy COP and that is the PNM .
the last election when I voted (THA elections) the candidate for
my area won by two votes! The number of voters in my household was
exactly two... this is all the proof that I need to know my vote
can and does count.
cannot know what the final result will be until after the votes
are cast. Do not let anyone discourage you from your right to choose
who you want to speak for you.
out and votethat is all you can do. Then on the night after
your vote is cast, you will know who will speak for you.
only thing you will be until you die, is alive. And if someone else
thinks your vote is going to split the vote so they
will not win, then tough luck. That is their problem. Your problem
is choosing someone to represent you in Parliament for the next
out on election day. Vote. Your vote will make a difference regardless
of what anyone says. Choose who you want. It is your right.
embattled and yet ambitious wannabe maximum president has embarked
upon a dangerous course of public instigation to communal violence.
for the first time he has sought to divert attention from his administrations
failures by ascribing escalating criminality to irrelevant origins.
seemed clear enough that refusal to pay protection money to local
thugs in his own party stronghold, whether politically sanctioned
or not, was the face cause of the attack on David St Clair. No one
charged that this was a political attack.
can only conclude from Mr Mannings irresponsible statement
that he believes a blood feud exists between his supporters and
those of the COP.
1995, Mr Manning in a similar less veiled appeal, asked his party
supporters to go home quietly after its loss at the polls. Why he
feels it necessary at this time to incite a T&T blood letting
by open instigation is ominous.
is even more ominous is his assertion that the security forces have
been given the appropriate instructions. What instructions has he
given to the security forces?
is an increasing imperative that Mr Manning be stopped in his tracks.
can start to acknowledge his errors by apologising to the nation
for his most recent appeal to criminal elements by suggesting the
false flag of blood feud for criminal cover.
enemies no threat
have been observing the propaganda and insults being waged by certain
forces against the UNC-A.
UNC-A is being placed at the lowest end of the political ladder
and is being described as a party of washed-up has-beens who dont
have a chance in the electoral fight. Well, if this is the case,
why bother to launch a massive attack on a dead political entity?
few examples make it clear that the UNC-A certainly poses a political
threat and some are becoming desperate.
new talk in town is that Jack Warner wants to buy-out T&T, while
the man is taking money from his own pocket, helping people and
talk in town is that Panday is too old for politics and is corrupt.
Yet the Privy Council has exonerated the man. The man moves around
like a 40-year-old and looks younger than most politicians.
are saying the UNC-A are having fetes, not meetings, but little
do they know that times are changing and it is always a good idea
to have a mix in your presentations: variety is the spice of life.
even though thousands are turning up at UNC meetings, the polls
rank the party last and describe it as a spent force.
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