Parang! Parang! the conglomerate cry of the multitudinous from the
dawn of October to January, a rich, pavane artform whose spirited,
seasonal presence traditionally gave the entire country a heady
rush of excitement as it once again imbibingly announced to an eagerly
awaiting audience and an interlocked mosaic of music-loving cultures
that Christmas was here once again.
inertia has stultified this copious, didactic art form and the paranderos,
the harbingers of wonderful Yuletide and religious greetings
experts such as legends like Papa Goon, Paul Castillo, Elario Britto,
Gloria Alcaza, Henri Perreira, Daisy Voisin and Cyril Fuentes etc,
all extolling the religious importance of the birth of Christ and
the annunciation have been replaced by the surreptitious,
surrogate and antithetical sound and strident lyrical content of
of the soca parang songs are even delivered with hubris and indecorousness,
some are cacophonous or bitterly hostile, compounding the already
insalubrious atmosphere now endured by the peace-loving, tax-paying,
responsible citizenry of a besieged T&T.
respect to our radio stations, all 36 of them, there is a general
consensus of opinion and trend of thought that in the absence of
the well-trained, illustrious radio announcer, the desultory and
unschooled disc jockey has become a venal sycophant, a microcosmic
representation of a society in sordid decline.
it is too difficult for our radio stations, their management and
disc jockeys to understand that they are contributing to the chaotic
imbroligio that now exists in the music industry and in the country
as a whole by not censoring the nefarious music and lyrics of soca
parang (Christmas calypsoes) and by not exposing the rich, traditional
heritage of our alternative music at Christmas time to our young
eager minds, so that our traditions can live on copiously through
the music of our legends, Los Muchachos Del Agua, Universal Serenaders,
the Lara Brothers, Carib Santa Rosa, San Jose, La Familia and others.
Not all bad at
had to get my passport renewed and was quite surprised at the extent
to which I and my countrymen have to suffer to obtain a very necessary
attempted two days prior to submit my documents, I arrived at the
passport office on Frederick Street at 7.30 am, only to be told
that all the numbers for the day had been given out. I was advised
to return much earlier, say around 4 am.
did this, only to find that I was number 13 in the line. I got a
cardboard box and proceeded to make myself as comfortable as possible
to await the offices opening.
were no security patrols, even though by 5 am there were approximately
40 people with at least $300 each to pay for the passports, making
this an uncomfortable situation. Added to this was the verbal abuse
we were subjected to by party-goers heading home from Club Zen.
This, however, was the worst of it.
I found the immigration staff quite professional and empathetic
to our plight. The officer to whom I spoke expressed his concerns
for people forced to sit on the street. He revealed that an appointment
system was coming and I was pleased to hear this.
would like to thank the staff of the Immigration for their understanding
of our situation and I hope that the system is upgraded soon.
air on protests
articles have referred to protests by residents to the newly opened
PriceSmart facility at Mausica.
a more detailed explanation one may be led to believe that these
protests were either whimsical or of an ideological bent, ie against
the concept of such a facility.
protests by residents centred around maintaining the integrity of
their community against then-existing and proposed intrusions that
were threatening their health and security. There was also the perception
of broken promises.
is now history that we have since forged an agreement with the developers
that addressed our major concerns. We now look forward to living
in harmony with our corporate neighbour on the basis of mutual respect
for the interests of each other. We are also pursuing mechanisms
where we can continue to solve some of the problems which are likely
to ensue in the future.
residents of Crescent Gardens take this opportunity to highlight
the role played by the Environmental Management Authority in addressing
our concerns in a positive manner. Its willingness to sit down and
talk to us and invite feedback was a welcomed breath of fresh
air in contrast to the approach adopted by other agencies
with which we had to relate during the ordeal.
also thank the management of PriceSmart for the positive way it
has responded in keeping to the terms of our agreement.
Crescent Gardens Residents Association
Time for people
to tackle crime
ask when is enough enough. If anyone can answer this question, then
be ready to do something about it.
young people are dying, innocent mothers are being murdered, leaving
behind their husbands, children and close families to mourn. Murders
have not only become an everyday occurrence but they have become
a way of life (oxymoron) for the people of T&T.
mother once said that God taps you on the shoulder, then He taps
you again, and finally He shoves you over to bring you to your senses,
to change what has to be changed and to do what is necessary to
is time that we realise that these beautiful and powerful islands
are no longer what they used to be. We have succumbed to the criminals,
we have made it a way of life and this should not be.
I said that being in Trinidad was like playing Russian roulette
and someone said to me, Why go back there? My response:
because it is my homeland, it is where I dreamed my dreams, it is
where I left some of my family and it is where my parents are buried.
Trinidad is where, no matter how many years I have been away, I
still call home.
there was a murder in my family, a wicked and unnecessary murder.
This is the second time that a murder has occurred in my family.
I am supposed to feel compassion for the person who did this, I
am supposed to forgive because that is what I have been taught.
How many times must we forgive?
are living room critics; we vent to each other in our living rooms,
we stand on street corners and we watch the newspapers selling another
story on a murdered child, a beautiful young girl raped and stabbed,
a beautiful mother trying to make a living left to plead for her
life. We watch young men shooting each other and even they cannot
tell you why. Mothers fainting in grief, fathers wondering where
they went wrong.
am embarrassed when I see that people of England, Canada, the US
and as far away as Australia are being warned to stay away from
T&T. We are a proud people and should not lose our true identity
is time that the people of T&T begin to value what should be
valued and that is life itself. It is time that we speak out and
ask when is this going to stop? and demand the answers.
have allowed ourselves to become victims also.
can blame the Government, the police and in some cases we are justified
in so doing. However, let the parents now stand up for the lost
children, the lost mothers and fathers and all those who have died
your pleas be heard, make your children change, make your hearts
Panday trying to
seems that Basdeo Panday is cognisant of the fact that he has degenerated
into fossilised obsolescence and is trying his utmost to stave off
the unrelenting attacks of Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj for the ultimate
leadership of the UNC-A.
childish petulance at the ceremonial opening of Parliament was his
way of trying to gain the spotlight, even as Ramesh grinned at his
is a man who has led his party into seven defeats but is an untouchable
for all those who depend on him for a seat. Here is a man who is
intent on creating a Panday dynasty in the UNC. Here is a man who
wipes his hands with a handkerchief, and those who depend on him
will see no wrong.
has made a laughing stock of all those who supported him at the
last general election as they will now see that the UNC does not
have a clue to be an alternative government, and the party will
revert to blaming everyone for its mass incompetence as the money
illusion has come to an end. It has started to blame the Speaker,
the President, Winston Dookeran and the COP, Christmas, and even
must not only look in the mirror, but also over his right shoulder
and remember the words of Ramesh who warned that the PNM will not
last for more than two years in government. He should remember all
too well that this man is speaking from experience and, as happened
in the past, Panday will not be the victor.
fully agree with the content of the letter from Reynold Stone of
UWI. The climate on Earth has been changing since time began. Think
of the climate change that ended the Ice Age which happened without
any activity from man.
change is inevitable and will not be altered one way or another
by the effects of man. It is, however, being used by politicians
to try to excuse their shortcomings and to try and gain more control
over the people. Lets not be fooled into falling into their
Change army to para-military force
this juncture in our history, mention soldiers on our streets and
the population lets out a sigh of relief.
police need all the help they can get. Our situation is so bad that
any help is welcome, even though our army is trained to kill or
be killed, and not to be patrolling our streets against mostly petty
most citizens frequently ask what do our soldiers do every day to
pass the time, seeing that they are not out there fighting wars.
But then war against whom? Venezuela? We dont stand an iota
of a chance. Barbados? Are the Bajans going to take Caribbean Airlines
to get here?
is time our Government changes our army to a para-military force
or militia that will also be trained in policing so
the soldiers can be out there every day, all the time, and not just
at Christmas and Carnival.
the same time we will have a force to fight the scourge from within,
including any home-grown terrorists.
say you, Mr Minister of National Security?
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