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NAVIGATIONAL WARNING 015/14
TRINIDAD - GULF OF PARIA
CHART BA 475
Pipeline operations by M
towing pipeline of 2000 feet in length in progress between La Romaine Bay Area
and Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st December 2014.
(1) 600 - Metre lengths of pipeline diameter 2" to 14" will be towed between
061 - 29.43 W
in the San Fernando bay area and the main Soldado Marine Oilfields area.
(2) Pipelines will be laid along the line joining
061 - 55.81 W
061 - 55-45 W
Anchor spread and safe zone area Max 350 m radius during the project activities.
Barge IMO#TTO 310103 ( Kenneth O.) IMO #8942474 ( Winston B.)
Tugs Reg. TL 420 (Michael M.) Reg. TT30001 ( Kenneth O.)
A wide berth and caution is advised
9th May 2014
Signed Beverly Phillip
Director of Maritime Service,
Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport 0604008
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#32 O'Meara Ind Estate, Arima
"Minsh, boy, whatever the
crescendo reached by this
high mas, you have to
bring ah big mas on it next year;
even if is a J Ouvert band, yuh have
to put this vision in front the
nation; in fact it should be on J Ou-
vert Monday when masqueraders
could play whole day without the
pretty-mas ting getting in the way.
"The mas that go be extra exciting
is the moving design for them
truckload after truckload of break-up
mountain going into the lagoon: one
load for the highway; one load for
the party; one load for this one; the
other for Mr So-and-So; one for
Man Crab; one for de Washer
Woman...boy, that go be a mas---
Give we a last thing nah, Minsh; we
have to see this mas on the street
and in black and white to believe it."
That is my take on Peter Min-
shall s YouTube depiction of the sins
of the highway construction and
suggestions as to who are the major
beneficiaries of the hundreds of
thousands of loads of mountain
material going into fill up swamp-
land and why the Government can t
turn back now, having sold their
souls to "pay de devil, jab jab."
There must be some logical
explanation as to why the Govern-
ment is intent on not listening to
reason, if they feel Dr Kublalsingh
and the Highway Re-route Move-
ment are just out to cause trouble
for them. Incidentally, the one-
minute radio announcements of the
HRM succinctly locate reason for the
Government s not paying attention:
truckloads of mountain. When there
is illogic and arrogant persistence,
there has to be a logical explanation
somewhere...perhaps this is really
"highway robbery," boy, Minsh.
One of the really disturbing and
dishonest elements of the response
of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and her government to the
life-threatening protest by Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh/HRM is the attempt by
the government to make the protest-
ers out to be completely against the
highway; that they are opposed to
modernisation, followers of some
backward philosophy to stand in the
way of the construction of a carriage
way for future generations.
This has been done quite deliber-
ately notwithstanding the fact that
Dr Kublalsingh and the HRM have
made it quite clear that no attempt
is being made to rob that part of the
deep south of a modern highway.
They have said, and illustrated it,
that their opposition is to the rout-
ing of the Debe-Mon Desir portion
of the highway through the swamp
and through a couple dozen com-
munities and this is based on social,
economic and environmental rea-
The Government has also refused
to respond to the contention that
carrying the highway through the
specified swamp area will cost bil-
lions of dollars extra, and most
recently the revelation that as
planned, the highway will tramp on
the sacred ground of our ancestors.
Allied to this is the focus of Dr
Kublalsingh on the fact that this is a
$7 billion project, the highest-cost-
ing single project ever pursued here.
And that the contract was awarded
not by open tendering but through a
selective process to a Brazilian firm.
"No police ent see," Cypher....
The Government s attempt to
blindside the country by its distor-
tion of the case against the Debe-
Mon Desir route is a way of not
acknowledging the fact that award-
ing contracts in such a manner facil-
itates kickbacks. In sticking to its
guns to await the court decision
without paying heed to the very
made, the Government sidesteps the
So too has the Government not
kept its promise to pay attention to
the Armstrong report, to which it
was a party, and which has said that
proper social, economic and envi-
ronmental surveys were not done
and need to be conducted while the
Debe to Mon Desir portion is halted.
Typical of the kind of political
hide-and-seek involved in the Gov-
ernment s charade is its hiding
behind the outcome of the court
case when in fact it had agreed to
the Armstrong review of the project.
Characteristic too of the political
strategy of damning the messenger
are the efforts that have been and
continue to be made to demonise a
man committed to a cause. There
are those who have reduced it to a
PNM-versus-UNC thing, with
Kublalsingh a PNM surrogate; that
he hides to eat and drink.
It is not surprising; they cannot
comprehend honest action based on
integrity and concern for the envi-
ronment and people.
Fr Clyde Harvey is right when he
says "truth, transparency and trust"
are missing from the soul of the
nation. We cannot trust the politi-
cians who are strangers to the truth;
there is no transparency in their
dealings with the national communi-
ty; they are always seeking to con-
flate and confuse issues while the
real reasons behind their actions are
hidden in the underbrush.
So falsely has the Government
engaged this matter that even if it
wants to extricate itself, it does not
know how to: is another review
going to be promised?
Ihave been reading with great concern in the daily press
about the system of recruitment in the T&T Police Service,
with particular reference to height and the presence of body
Let's deal first with the height factor which is very out-
dated where in the past it was a police force which dealt with
brawn and not brain. In modern-day policing, which is scien-
tific and more so technical, height ought not to be a hin-
drance. It is seen as discriminatory. Most of our respected
scholars were short. Note Dr Eric Williams: referring to
height, he would not have qualified.
Let us now refer to body tattoos, which are fashionable
throughout the world and worn by artistes and sports per-
sonalities who are role models to many and are not seen as
undesirables but world heroes.
The double standard in the T&T Police Service is that tat-
toos are not accepted when enlisting to be a recruit but ac-
cepted on full-fledged officers who are suitable for
The present ill-discipline in the Police Service is carried
mostly by those without body tattoos.
Proper screening is what is needed in getting quality police
and it ought to be noted that academics do not makes you an
accomplished police officer but special skills: being tall, short,
tattoos or not.
Mr Recruiting Officer, get on board. This is 2014. Our colo-
nial past masters themselves have adopted change.
A CASE OF 'HIGHWAY ROBBERY'
After I graduated from school in Trinidad (Fatima) I went
on to the U of South Florida and remained here ever since,
eventually becoming a citizen of the US.
My parents remained in Trinidad, where my dad passed
away a few years ago, and my mom recently passed away.
I felt obliged to comment on the medical treatment my
mom experienced during her illness.
My mom was diagnosed at Mt Hope with lung cancer
about a month ago, which by the time it was discovered, was
quite invasive. I spent an entire week at her bedside there
during visiting hours and was impressed. The medical staff at
Mt Hope were extremely professional---a very special thank-
you to Dr Rawlins and team.
Unfortunately, Mt Hope does not accommodate the termi-
nally ill, so she was moved to another facility. With much sup-
port from my extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles
and Mom's lifelong friends she was accommodated at Vitas
House, where the treatment and service is also first class.
With a heavy heart, I feel compelled to give a sincere thanks
to my beloved Trinis involved in the medical field, who are all
strangers to me, for giving me so much comfort during this
Police Service recruitment
system very outdated
Kudos to staff at Mt Hope
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