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When you walk on the road in an evening and sudden-
ly find a thick piece of long rope lying on the ground,
instinctively you think of it as a snake and get scared!
Where did this fear come from? How does it disappear?
Did the snake change into a rope for your fear to dis-
appear? No! The rope is still a rope, you mistook it to be
a snake! The hallucination effect you had is a result of
the worldly point of view. Realize that the whole world is
a manifestation of the Divine (Brahman). Your vision is
blurred by ignorance, illusion and hallucination, which
sees the world as material objects and not as Divine
Creations. Know that all you see in the world and think
as real is actually unreal and false. The spiritual point of
view clarifies your vision, and will let you experience
truth as truth and will remove any fear.
What is the torch we must
acquire to tread safely and
bravely through the dark spots
in our life's journey?
Bhagawan lovingly explains to
Purify your emotions, strengthen your mind to resist the
force of ignorance and the wiles of the senses - then you
are assured of peace and joy. - Baba
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People are at risk of being
injured at the old San Fernan-
do Magistrates Court due to
the possibility sections of the
roof, ceiling and guttering will
This was one of several health
and safety hazards listed in a
report submitted to the Judiciary
by Occupational Safety and
Health Agency (Osha) safety and
health inspector Mark Allen.
The report, obtained by the
T&T Guardian, was based on
Allen s inspection of the court-
house on August 8, three days
after administrative workers
walked off the job because of
health and safety concerns.
Most of the workers remain
off the job despite warnings by
the judiciary that their pay will
Some of them visited the
Public Service Association s
(PSA) doctor yesterday.
Allen found that workers,
including police officers, were
exposed to health and safety
The report stated that no fire
certification was available from
the Fire Services.
It said: "The roof of the build-
ing was in a state of disrepair.
There were several rotted wood-
en sections and guttering and
downspouts were in a state of
"Roof leaks were in evidence
within the courtrooms, corridors
and other areas on the top floor.
Building occupants and the pub-
lic are exposed to the risk of
bodily injury due to the possi-
bility of collapsing roof sections,
ceiling, guttering or roof sup-
The report also stated the
courtrooms were uncomfortably
hot and humid, particularly in
With regards to the toilets,
the inspector found that some
of the fixtures and fittings in
the public toilets were in a state
One of the two toilets pro-
vided for female workers at the
general registry becomes inun-
dated with water when rain falls,
The report also found that
workers were exposed to respi-
ratory hazards due to dust-cov-
ered, soiled and unclean metal
louvres and blinds.
With regards to the cellblock
area, where prisoners are
detained in the basement of the
court, the report stated that only
one toilet was provided for
males and females.
It said: "It was soiled and
unclean and in a state of disre-
pair. The urinals were defective
and there was inadequate col-
lection and removal of urine.
These conditions could result
in worker exposure to biological
"Two of the water closets in
the prisoners holding cells were
also in a state of disrepair."
The report stated that the
police quarters consisted of two
small rooms which housed the
toilet facilities and a general
There is no change room or
a suitable kitchenette/eating area
because the area gets wet when
rain falls and officers can slip
"A persistent disagreeable
odour was evident and this
appeared to be related to mal-
functioning sewerage," it said.
The chairs used by police offi-
cers were in a state of disrepair
and there were defective elec-
trical fixtures and lighting in the
cells appeared to be inadequate,
The report also found that
there was insufficient circulation
of cool, fresh air within the vault
and files were dusty, creating a
The lighting there was also
inadequate and the haphazard
storage of shelving units would
hamper a quick exist during
emergency situations, it was
Inadequate housekeeping at
the kitchenette, storeroom, dis-
used furniture and equipment
provide harbourage for rodents
and vermin, the report stated.
Allen stated that all non-con-
formances be addressed within
the shortest possible time and
a report be submitted to agency
within two weeks.
After receipt of the report
another inspection of the court-
room will be done by Osha.
Osha inspection of San Fernando courthouse:
An unidentified cyclist lies unconscious on the roadway after being knocked
down on Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. He was taken to
hospital for treatment. PHOTO COURTESY NICHOLAS ROBINSON
In a letter to PSA
president Watson Duke,
dated August 21, the
judiciary assured that
corrective measures in
relation to the Osha
inspector's findings had
already commenced as part
of its planned programme
of work at the court.
"We are committed to
submit the required report
on the status of corrective
action to the OSH Agency in
two weeks," the release
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