us the facts on rainfall shift
his recent address to PNM party faithfuls at Constantine Park, Tunapuna,
Prime Minister Patrick Manning once again reiterated his intention
to proceed with the construction of water desalination plants.
Unfortunately, anyone familiar with the PMs modus operandi
would know full well that no amount of sound arguments, reasoning
and logic could ever dissuade him from frittering away the contents
of the national treasury on his grandiose pet projects and schemes.
It would seem that only organised mass protests and public demonstrations
could elicit a reasonable level of cognitive behaviour and intelligent
Nevertheless, two comments are worth making.
First, it is grossly unfair for homeowners to be punished with higher
water rates because of the inefficiency and incompetence at Wasa.
Second, some day the PM will be harshly judged for what seems to
be an infinite capacity for profligate and wasteful spending.
My main bone of contention, however, is the PMs insistence
on shifting blame for the critical water-shortage problem from poor
planning and management to climate change, or more specifically,
his unsubstantiated claim that rainfall has shifted from the catchment
areas in the East of Trinidad to the West.
Over the last few months, I have on at least two separate occasions
publicly questioned the PMs claim and requested that he, or
anyone else, provide the supporting data.
To date, my requests have fallen on deaf ears and/or have been completely
ignored. Surely, the PM must be receiving technical advice from
knowledgeable professionals at the Water Resources Agency or the
highly-paid consultants involved in the feasibility studies for
the water desalination plants.
However, based on my own statistical analyses and published results,
I have found that seasonal rainfall data at several representative
sites in Trinidad are both random and stationary, indicating that
they are free from deterministic trends or cycles. This implies
that the underlying processes that generate the data have been consistent
over the years of data collection.
Therefore, in the absence of suitable evidence, I am inclined to
conclude that the PMs claim is bogus, deceptive and therefore
misleading; a scapegoat used to avoid blame and a red herring used
to justify bad policy.
In spite of this, I am again kindly requesting the PM to advise
the folks at the Water Resources Agency, where the relevant data
are selfishly hoarded and zealously guarded, to make the data available
so that truth and accuracy could prevail in this matter once and
In the national interest, I am hereby offering to pay the customary
exorbitant fees charged for the data and to freely give of my time
and expertise to perform the statistical analyses without expense
After all, Im sure that every right-thinking person will agree
that sound public policy should be driven by sound science and not
on the irrational beliefs and fears of decision makers.
Death Penalty And Christianity
night wen ah turn on mih radio
Ah hear Short Pants wid a calypso
How he against capital punishment
And if yuh lissen to he argument
How life is not fuh man to take
How he cyar take wha he cyar make
Yuh have to agree, yuh cyar dispute
Like de death penalty rong in truth
Buh Short Pants, hear de other side
Wassen Christ we Saviour crucified?
So why pong de death penalty
Wen dat is how we get Christianity!
Emergency action needed
was one of the early voices calling for a state of emergency in
the fight against criminal activity (Feb 2002). Several voices have
since sounded the call.
The response of the Government has been to ask how would a state
of emergency help the situation and to state that the rights of
the citizens will be negatively impacted.
The State needs to be advised that the rights and freedoms of citizens
have been negatively impacted by criminal elements in our communities.
Citizens can no longer enjoy their property. We can no longer move
about freely. We can no longer speak out freely for fear of reprisals
from criminal elements.
Our Constitution provides for action to be taken in such circumstances
to have these rights restored through the declaration of a state
of emergency and the taking of necessary action to bring to heel
the activities of perpetrators who have curtailed our rights and
The legal system (courts) has been unable to do the job. Witnesses
are intimidated or eliminated. The police are unable or reluctant
to make arrests and gather necessary information. The Minister of
National Security and others know the gangs, their members and leaders.
Since they are not being convicted through the normal legal process,
emergency action is needed to take these gang members off the streets
and confine them to detention centres, where they cannot intimidate,
kill and maim. This action is needed for as long as it takes for
the crisis situation to be brought under control.
Additionally, the infrastructure that allows criminals to elude
capturepoor roads, squatting settlements, lack of adequate
numbers of police officers, stations and equipmentneed to
The education system that is producing failure needs to be overhauled.
Our female students need to be separated from young bad boys in
secondary schools. Police officers need to be in communities early
in the morning and at night. North Trinidad is in mourning.
Too many of our youth are being killed in the strongholds of the
ruling party along the east/west corridor.
Declare a state of emergency and clean up the mess. We can still
be free to party and go on river limes. Lock up the perpetrators
of serious crime.
David De Merieux
Pussyfooting by Govt on crime
The shameless pussyfooting antics by Minister of National Security
Martin Joseph, Commissioner of Police Trevor Paul and Prime Minister
Patrick Manning on the issues of crime and corruption expose the
PNM Governments incompetence and mockery of the countrys
Firstly, after hibernating for over six years, Joseph publicly confesses
on national television and radio that the Government has failed
to arrest the spiralling crime situation. A couple days after, the
ever-evasive Prime Minister apologetically says that Joseph did
not actually mean that.
And as if these statements werent insulting enough to the
peoples intelligence, the CoP has the audacity to say the
people are to be blamed for crime. How ridiculously stupid this
After the meeting of the minds at the Salybia Nature
Resort, one would have thought that a well-prepared, aggressive
and comprehensive plan was to be presented in Parliament. Contrarily,
Josephs regurgitated speech on the past PNM Government crime
plans only gives credence to the belief that there are no new plan
After a record-breaking 2007 murder rate with 20 so far in 2008
(at time of writing), the Speaker of the House, Barry Sinanan, still
keeps denying several motions by Opposition Chief Whip Ramesh Maharaj
to address the urgent crime problem.
Being aware of the Oppositions denial to speak out, the comical
and nonsensical remarks by Works Minister Colm Imbert that Maharaj
kept quiet in Parliament shows the ministers sarcastic and
insensitive attitude to the realities of crime.
The Governments continuous refusal to join forces with the
Opposition as a united front for the good of all of T&T clearly
shows the selfish PNM partisan politics for which it tries to hoodwink
all by saying this is PNM country. Well then, God help
Why single out those ministers?
sidebar carried along the Saturday Guardians story about Attorney
General Brigid Annisette-Georges fainting listed the name
of four female ministers under the sub-head, Ministers who
Should the sub-headline have been PNM female ministers who
Surely I can call out from public record men of the highest office
in different administrations who have fallen ill, including at least
three male Prime Ministers who had to deal with matters of the heart
and other major afflictions.
And I should be able to name at least two Presidents (of course,
both male) who had to have medical treatment while holding office.
I know too that the annals would show other female ministers of
other times who have been afflicted with illness that could have
been highlighted for more balanced reporting.
It may not have been the intention of the reporter, and while I
hold no brief for any individual, party or administration, I could
not help feeling a bit awkward by the selection of names singled
out in this story.
Caroline C Ravello
No lifeline from TSTT undertaker
is unfortunate that citizens of this country cannot hold TSTT liable
for its inability to provide a proper and effective telephone service.
Our telephone landline is used for keeping in touch with relatives
who have not joined the bandwagon of cell phone users and for accessing
For the past several weeks our phone line has simply been dead.
A report was made to the undertaker (TSTT repair section)
to resurrect our dial tone. However, unlike Lazarus our phone line
remains dead while TSTT fiddles about and gives us inane reasons
for it not being fixed.
Our Internet issue can be rectified by signing on for the Blink
service which we did, but it is more like sleeping since you have
a three-month wait for this service.
What developed country status? Whoever came up with that notion?
R Bernadette Shah
No reason for Shiv not to bat
Indies tried hard to save the third Test.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted very well during the series, but after
seeing his captains performance in the second Test it is very
difficult to understand why he failed to bat in the second innings
of the just concluded Test.
As far as I am concerned, there is no reason, apart from two broken
legs and/or arms, for him not batting. It was disgraceful to see
him lying down in the pavilion.
I think they should send him home.
David L Martin
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