Pres, ask Khan to recuse himself
reject President Maxwell Richards argument that Israel Khan
cannot be removed from the commission of enquiry into the construction
sector and Udecott. He could have kindly asked Khan to recuse himself
from the commission, having declared his support for the ruling
legal institution in any part of the world will tolerate such abuse
of acceptable best practices.
wonder why we are on the slippery slope to becoming a failed
state, Mr President, as you so correctly stated a few months
Proper parenting the answer to crime
can we be so naive and foolish? No confidence in the Prime Minister
because of a high crime rate? I am no PNMite but which government
in T&T has been able to reduce the crime rate? I feel even the
current and other governments have naively believed that they could
will continue to say fence the cliff! This upsurge in
criminal activity needs our urgent attention. No government can
solve the problem of crime. We the citizens are the ones who must
take a stand and do our part.
begins in our homes. Proper parenting is the solution. We need to
intensify our drive for parenting homes. We need to train
our children effectively. We need a clear standard for child rearing.
We need to instil proper values. If that slips we need to pump money
into and fully equip programmes like the churches, youth camps,
Mypart, CCC, the Cadet Force etc.
more money into the police, army, prison and blimps and not into
child and youth development is as foolish as placing an ambulance
down in the valley when we could simply fence the cliff.
lets do our part and stop looking for a scapegoat. Fence the
President right to put his foot down
Richards said he is unable to revoke the appointment of Israel Khan
as a member of the commission of enquiry.
am glad the President put his foot down and put an end to these
childish games for which Jack Warner has become famous. Over the
past few years it seems to me that Warner has become a sore loser
and confusion-maker, rather than a champion of the people.
President was right when he told Warner: You may wish to direct
your concerns elsewhere. Maybe he should try Roy Keane!
Great agriculture plan by minister
the increasing rise in food prices, I was pleasantly surprised to
read that the Minister of Agriculture was going to lobby for land
for the graduates of the Youth Apprenticeship Programme in Agriculture.
think it is great that the Government is encouraging the youths
to engage in agriculture, thereby adding to national development
by making ourselves more self-sufficient.
is time we as a country come to a realisation that we can sustain
ourselves and I applaud Minister Piggott and his ministry for the
good work. Keep it up!
and Patrick very much alike
on all that I have heard in the last few years, I have a picture
of our Prime Minister as someone who knows everything, takes no
advice, is arrogant, couldnt care less about what anyone says
about him, feels himself to be a demi-god, and surrounds himself
with yes men.
my picture of Jack Warner is pretty much as I have described above.
My conclusion is that Patrick is to politics what Jack is to football.
So much alike.
Theres a way out for abuse victims
reiterate that spousal abuse has reached an all-time high in this
country. Citizens for a Better T&T (CBTT) has been highlighting
for years that many homes are war zones and that family violence
is getting worse.
the perpetrators are politicians, lawyers, doctors, counsellors,
engineers, teachers, and other professional men and women. What
is shocking is that many of these educated citizens act like beasts
in their homes but behave like saints on the outside.
is a perception that educated people are able to handle problems
in relationships better than the average man. We need to change
this perception because this is not so.
emphasis must be placed on good family values if we wish to have
our children become exemplary fathers and mothers in the future.
Maybe the University of the West Indies can consider adding more
elective courses on family life.
a criminal act to physically abuse ones spouse. We should
preach this message with greater frequency to children from an early
age since there are so many people out there who believe that its
their right to own and abuse their spouse.
abuse has a serious effect on victims, yet many keep quiet to try
and save their marriage or to prevent further abuse. Perpetrators
need urgent help themselves because their violent acts, in most
instances, are a reflection of their past upbringing.
people are confessing that they feel imprisoned and unsafe in their
homes, yet they continue to protect the perpetrators. Some victims
also confess to still being in love with their abusive partners
even though they suffer great physical and psychological pain. This
is indeed sad and heartbreaking.
are far from winning the war against domestic violence even though
there are people and groups trying to put a dent on this serious
social ill. It seems we have to wage a relentless battle against
violence in the home and begin in earnest to point out to victims
that there is a way out of the violence.
perpetrators with a history of domestic abuse must be exposed, especially
if they refuse to seek help.
CBTT, La Romaine
RETURNING TO T&T OR FLYING CA AGAIN
of letter sent to Caribbean Airlines:
was scheduled to fly on CAs Flight 483 on August 25 at 9.35
pm from Trinidad to Georgetown. I arrived at Piarco via my connection
at 7.43 pm. I proceeded through the established protocol and cleared
Customs and Immigration along with other passengers bound for Guyana
on the same flight.
a first-time visitor to Trinidad, I queued at the nearest line marked
Caribbean Airlines. After not being acknowledged, I asked the clerk
if I could approach. She looked at my printed itinerary and said
she could not assist and pointed me to the line at the farthest
end of the terminal.
again queued and awaited service. At 8.20 pm the clerk told me that
the flight was closed because I was too late for check-in. I of
course pleaded with her that I was pressed to get to Guyana and
that I was not familiar with Trinidad. The clerk then pointed me
to another young woman who just wasted more time to the same result.
the middle of my dilemma, other passengers on the same flight, who
arrived at the same clerk just five minutes before me, informed
me that the flight was delayed and that they would not be leaving
until after 11 pmbut they were on the flight. At no time since
my arrival did anyone page me regarding the flight nor announce
that the flight was closed.
pleaded and even asked for assistance with locating something to
eat and a place to stay but no one responded. In the end, I slept
in the airport and barely got on as a standby on Flight 425 the
next morning. A male supervisor was able to assist me and I extend
my thanks to him.
an earlier conversation with a passenger who was able to fly to
Guyana aboard Flight 483 on August 25, I learned that an earlier
flight along the same route had been delayed and passengers had
to be shifted to Flight 483. This is information which should have
been disclosed to me instead of just bumping me off and leaving
the above circumstances, the usual practice would be that if customers
are inconvenienced, airlines provide lodging and meal(s). I was
severely inconvenienced in relation to my plans in Guyana and having
to sleep in the airport, which is an unsettling experience in a
the lack of courtesy and professionalism by your August 25 evening
staff convinced me that I should never fly on Caribbean Airlines
nor visit Trinidad ever again.
walked away from that experience with my health and strength and
I am glad to be able to express my thoughts on the situation. I
hope that your company will take the initiative to properly train
your staff to assist customers.
letter is also copied to your Ministry of Tourism who also needs
to consider this situation seriously. Your staff severely dimmed
my first impression of your country.
have also copied this to my local Department of Tourism because
it is imperative that our countrys frontline staff is trained
so that customers are not treated in similar manner.
hope that you will take the necessary steps to correct your customer
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
on, fix those pavements in PoS
commend the Government for repairing pavements throughout the country.
However, shouldnt it have started in Port-of-Spain by now?
It is the capital of the country and most people traverse it including
foreigners, so what is the hold up?
am aware of many cases where people have twisted ankles, fallen
into manholes, broken bones, busted toes and even damaged their
brand-name shoes on the rubble they call pavements in Port-of-Spain.
And dont even talk about high-heeled shoes in the city. After
two days my aunt from Europe began wearing sneakers.
wonder if it is possible to sue the Government for all these ailments
caused by these decrepit structures? I believe we should look into
also believe that any payout to people seeking compensation would
be enormous compared to the price of new, higher, pavements.
via post should be sent to the
St Vincent Street,
Trinidad Publishing Company Limited