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Think about the children

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

It is a crime to record sexually explicit depictions of a minor, including photographs, films, videos, or computer-generated images. It is also a crime to possess, distribute or access such materials online.

Suspected incidents of sexual abuse of a child should be reported immediately to the Child Protection Unit of the T&T Police Service.

Responsible adults can play an important role in keeping children safe from violence, abuse and exploitation, both virtually and physically. The aim should be to be part of the community around a child that protects against abuse and neglect, serving as mentors and providing enriching companionship and support to parents and guardians.

Children are most vulnerable, least powerful and least able to protect themselves from sexual predators, who in the majority of cases of sexual abuse is an adult well known to the child.

It is very important to stand on the side of the law in these matters because the data on child sexual abuse is disturbing: one out of six girls will be molested by age 18 and the typical sexual predator will assault 117 times before being caught.

Be careful with what you record, view and share.

Strong case for Petrotrin upgrade

It took eight days for Petrotrin personnel to stop a leak on a sub-sea clamp at Well #694 located in Trinmar’s North Field. Officials of the state owned energy company, who have been working with the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and at the leak site, claim that only one or two barrels of oil leaked into the sea.

This incident is another reminder of the poor state of Petrotrin’s infrastructure, onshore and offshore and underscores the urgent need for restructuring.

In recent memory, major oil spills along Trinidad’s south western peninsula inflicted severe environmental damage to coastal communities and cost the company millions of dollars for the clean up and compensation.

Much of the company’s facilities have outlived their usefulness and there just isn’t money available to Petrotrin to effect the necessary repairs and upgrades.

This is yet another incident that supports the case for transforming this debt-ridden, struggling company into productive, efficient entities that can be profitable.

Good news for the environment

The recent announcement by Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis of upgrades to T&T’s waste management and disposal systems is a welcome bit of good news. The replacement of landfills across the country—which are well past their expiration dates—with modern methods of waste capture, recovery and disposal can’t happen soon enough.


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