the time for naked politics
read with great interest the May 27 editorial of the Guardian dealing
with the situation in Felicity and the brutal murder of a young
I live in Felicity and wish to say that not only was he a businessman
but he was a strong community builder and a community team player.
He sacrificed his best skills, time and resources for the people
of Felicity, especially the Divali committees.
It is for these reasons that the people of Felicity are angry. Their
space has been invaded. The killing of Nicky, as he was called,
is a killing of many young men all at once in the village.
I also marched and saw the naked politicking of Deputy Mayor Orlando
Nagessar who seemed to forget that a child of the village was killed
and instead saw it as an opportunity to advance his personal politics.
In this regard I must agree with your editorial:
it was generous of the acting mayor to support his constituents,
he may wish to take a second look at just what he is supporting
and getting involved with.
Nagessar was clearly not concerned about the pain of the family.
He was concerned about the spotlight. So too was Rasheed Karim,
a Muslim cleric.
On the night of May 25, Hulsie Bhaggan and Inshan Ishmael seemed
to care how much support and goodwill they could engender for COP
(for whom I voted) rather than truly identifying with the pains
of the family and the fears of the community.
As a Felicitian I reject (and so too do other Felicitians) this
naked politics of the deputy mayor and Karim, especially when the
march started on the evening of May 24.
I saw the visit of both Jack Warner and Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
to the deceaseds home but I saw real concern and not how much
they can get their pictures in the newspapers.
I also heard Karim accusing the mayor, Dr Rambachan and others for
not being in Felicity to support the family. I happened to be at
the familys home on the Sunday afternoon when Mayor Rambachan
arrived and met with the family.
I wish to urge Nagessar as a fellow Presbyterian who worships with
him at the same St Charles Church on Caroni Savannah Road to stop
such naked politicking.
To my brother Imam Karim, this is a challenge for you to provide
a leadership that secures the community and the people of Felicity.
That would serve the name of Nicky much better than the facade which
we witnessed that Saturday evening.
And to Sister Hulsie Bhaggan: what were you all about reminding
the people of how much you marched with them against crime etc some
years ago? Can you not be genuine and display real empathy for the
family and the community rather than seek votes from the unfortunate
death of a good man?
Afraid to walk Trinidad streets
am a student of Bishop Anstey High School and I think the crime
situation is out of control. I am afraid to walk the streets of
Trinidad and I am even afraid to go to the shop right down the road.
I am 14 years old, the same age of the little girl who
was kidnapped. Could you imagine what her family went through? No
family should have to go through that.
There are enough police officers and if there is not enough vehicles
for them, then Prime Minister Manning should stop wasting taxpayers
money on making life better for himself and try to make our country
a better place.
Those High Food Prices
price of food locally is rising sharply.
This has attracted comments from the government ministry,
Indicating that legislation will be considered if necessary
To establish control on food prices in the country.
Supermarket traders were warned about their illegal exploitation
Of the consumers by imposing certain purchasing conditions
To buy desired quantities of rice and flour
That they wished to purchase as a customer.
The traders who escalated their product prices unreasonably
Were also strongly criticised by the government authority.
There was no material cost increases to justify
Cost of their products being raised so high.
The general public should now have no doubt
About what the retail business is all about.
Merchants and traders are out to make money
And have no qualms about milking the society.
They increase the prices without any moral justification
Other than making more money from their operation.
They operate the philosophy of a laissez-faire society
Where consumers determine the price of a commodity
By deciding the price that they will pay
To buy any product they want that day.
The masses of working people do not understand
The trader business tricks of supply and demand.
And options they have to exercise and control
Their finances when purchasing goods to be sold.
Some people will buy goods at any price,
But workers may have to make a sacrifice.
When the commodity is something that they need,
They become the victims of the traders greed.
Lifestyle changes is something people should consider
To avoid being consumed by the inflation monster.
You dont have to eat meat every day
Consider other choices and let the meat stay.
Meat and fish will deteriorate if not sold
Traders must sell it to achieve their goal.
If prices are high you just dont buy
The traders will soon recognise the reasons why.
They must sell their goods to make money
And will have to price the goods reasonably.
Develop the option of consumer co-operative activity
For membership to control their food prices effectively.
Using the co-operative philosophy provides an effective solution
To reduce the crippling social effects of inflation.
Leslie C Lewis
Why make kids resit CXC exams?
Unbelievable! Amazing! Are the parents of 20,000 students just going
to stand idly by and allow their teenagers to be traumatised by
being made to resit two very important CXC subjects, English and
mathematics, without raising any sort of protest on their childrens
behalf? The majority of whom are already terrorised by anything
What was the Ministry of Education doing? The cancellation of CAPE
occurred May 11 after confirmed reports of a leak. The CXC math
and English exams took place on May 20 and 21, before which the
ministry knew the security had been breached.
Why didnt the minister stop the CXC exams and immediately
start an investigation instead of allowing 20,000 children to go
through this trauma? Wouldnt it have been wiser to stop the
exams for a week or two rather than this debacle that is now taking
So now that the exams have been completed, has anybody found out
the percentage of students who purchased these math and English
papers? Was it more than 50 per cent or was it just ten per cent,
five per cent or even one per cent of the total number?
Just remember that if it were merely 200 to 500 students, this would
be the one and only time that they would obtain a Grade 1 in those
subjects, and in the future would be no better off in jobs or further
studies involving those two subjects. So why the resit?
The cheaters are really the only people who will be harmed by having
cheated. Those who were top of the line are always going to succeed
in math and English, without cheating.
Please, Minister Le Gendre, these children, who you claim are the
reason you wake up every day yet you blithely agree to this horrible
solution, dont need your crocodile tears. They
have the real tears of their parents and grandparents.
Great care at Tobago hospital
is to acknowledge the excellent service received at the Scarborough
General Hospital on May 23.
My father fell extremely ill while on vacation in Tobago. Unaware
of any private institution on the island, I had no choice but to
rush him to the hospital.
The moment we entered Casualty, we were sent inside and they immediately
began checking his blood pressure and vital signs. He was hooked
up to drips and given several injections to stabilise his condition.
Blood samples were taken and he was sent for an X-ray. A short while
later an ECG was done.
All this was done within two hours of arriving at the hospital.
The doctor informed us that the blood tests were sent to the lab
and that things usually work a little slower in Tobago than in Trinidad
so we should have some patience.
Finally, the blood tests came back around midday, a diagnosis was
made and my father was subsequently treated for his condition.
I personally thank Dr Henry and all the nurses of Casualty who were
on call that day for the excellent service that was given to my
father and also the consultant that was on call.
I believe both Dr Henry and the consultant are Nigerian doctors
and I must admit that they went above and beyond the call of duty
to treat my father, given the circumstances and conditions under
which they work.
Things seem to be working better at Scarborough than at the Mt Hope
of PoS hospitals.
Advice for a football adviser
HAVE some advice for the T&T Football Federations (TTFF)
special adviser, Jack Warner and coach Francisco Maturana.
I want to tell these goodly gentlemen that they could kiss World
Cup 2010 (South Africa) goodbye if they dont play the pros.
It was glaring during the match England vs T&T match that the
Soca Warriors have plenty worries.
Babes were totally out of their depth. As a matter of fact
I make bold to say they were lost at sea.
The match itself was mush. For England it was a stroll
in the park.
The match showed that international football is all about professionalism.
Theres no room for experiment. Youve got to go at your
opponent with all guns (pros) blazing.
Someone should tell Maturana in Spanish that hes got to think
pronot Pro Leaguewhen it comes to team selection.
All the footballers in the TTFFs football jail
should be released forthwith. What has Brent Sancho, Chris Birchall,
Denzil Theobald, and others done but stand up for their share of
a reported £13 million.
Theres little time for Maturana to get his act right or the
vengeance of moko will again fall on the TTFF and its special advisers
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