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Several years ago, I met with
Mrs Hazel Ward-Redman at
the then TTT on Maraval
Road. We spoke at length as I
sought information for an assign-
ment I was working on called "Total
To my mind, she was a total per-
son. Excellent command of the Eng-
lish Language, a unique accent, her
elegance, poise were attributes
which enhanced her professionalism
and all-round personality.
She spoke much about her inter-
est in bringing out the talent in
young people and emphasised the
importance of respect and the de-
velopment of young people and
their self esteem. No information
was too much to share. Her inspira-
tion, her vision and the focus on her
career was an indication of the seri-
ousness she had for life.
I was amazed that she spoke in
the same tone of voice as if on set. I
can still hear her saying "It's virtually
two minutes away" when offered a
lift to Picton Street where she was
heading to conduct auditions for the
popular Twelve and Under show.
This interview proved fruitful
since I was also awarded the title of
"Total Person" for the House of
Jacqui to which I am affiliated.
Thank you for a job well done, a
role model, an icon.
Indra Evelyn Sookdeo,
Apparently there was a town
meeting recently at which the Trans-
port Commissioner, among others, at-
He is reported to have said, when
questioned about bribery and corrup-
tion at the Licensing Office that, (I'm
paraphrasing), all such accusations
should be reported and that matters
would be dealt with by him according
to the law.
The authorities very well know
that corruption is rampant at that of-
fice. They continue to do nothing
Case in point. It took me almost
nine months and ten visits to have a
transaction completed. The fact is
that I could have paid $500 and got it
done in a day.
The place is a disaster and a na-
tional disgrace. The workers there
treat people like dogs. It was one of
the most dehumanising experiences I
have ever had.
Year after year, minister after min-
ister keep talking about a new system
by some Canadian company that will
allow you to be out of there within 15
minutes. I remember when Colm Im-
bert as he became a Minister, making
the same promises that Stephen
Cadiz is now mouthing.
Stephen Cadiz, the Transport Com-
missioner et al, should be ashamed to
preside over this monstrosity.
This has gone too far. Madame
Prime Minister, this has gone on for
way too long. My university colleagues
in the UK are saying that the Prime
Minister is heartless and cowardly be-
cause she refuses to engage in media-
tion with the HRM to bring a resolution
to this impasse.
This is very embarrassing for me
and a shame to our nation. If Dr
Kublalsingh dies, he will be remem-
bered as a hero, a man of principle and
integrity who fought against govern-
ments that threatened to destroy the
economic, social and ecological assets
of our country, and who fought for the
rights of poor, hardworking people in
My grandchildren will read about
him in their history textbooks. And you
will be remembered as the PM who
had the opportunity to engage in medi-
ation, in talks, to bring resolution to this
long-standing contentious issue of the
Debe to Mon Desir segment of the
highway, but refused to do so without
giving one good, logical reason.
You would be remembered as the
Prime Minister who made a promise to
the HRM, to put on hold and review
this Debe to Mon Desir highway, and
broke that promise. A broken promise
which led to the death of the hero.
Madame PM, you have a responsibil-
ity to do the right thing. The right thing
is to engage in mediation.
The Archbishop of the Catholic
Church, the Archbishop of the Anglican
Church, the head of the local chapter of
the Transparency Institute, more than
40 civil society groups, the trade
unions, youths, eminent people in the
media and public life, thousands of ordi-
nary citizens of T&T and abroad are
calling on you to engage in mediation.
You always say the voice of the peo-
ple is the voice of God. Madame PM,
this is the voice of the people and the
voice calls for mediation.
What are you afraid of? Is it that the
Government lacks the confidence to
answer the questions which will be
posed? Is it that it would not have logi-
cal, scientific, factual, evidence-based
This is the impression that you and
the Government are giving to all those
who are looking on.
Madame Prime Minister, citizens of
our country are looking on, the world is
looking on. I implore you to do the right
thing and engage in mediation with the
HRM and their representatives. It is the
only way to resolve this impasse and
find a viable, acceptable, practical way
THANK YOU, AUNTY HAZEL,
FOR A JOB WELL DONE
Licensing office still in a mess
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This bar on Store Bay Local Road in Tobago, not too far from the police
station, gets straight to the point with their "get drunk here" sign.
PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
I note the recent announcement that
Dwayne Bravo, captain of the West In-
dies One-Day cricket team and player
representative for the West Indies Play-
ers' Association, has been contracted to
play the upcoming 20/20 cricket tourna-
ment in South Africa.
This announcement and presumably
the negotiated contract underpinning it,
comes just a few days after Mr Bravo, in
defiance of the stated wishes and best
interest, both of his employer and his
union, leads a wildcat strike to call players
off the field of play in a tournament
which is being staged at roughly the
It is well known that the wages paid to
cricketers in South African tournaments,
especially of the 20/20 variety, far ex-
ceeds the wages offered to West Indies
players by their board for any format.
It is also well known that the WICB
cannot refuse a NOC (No Objection Cer-
tificate) for its players to play outside of
its schedule if the West Indies team is
not playing at the time.
Is it not "nice and fortunate" as has
now happened, to be in position of nego-
tiation where it suits me personally, as
assumed leader of one negotiating party,
and also the supreme influencer of a
team, where an early breakdown in nego-
tiation greatly benefits me financially, in
very short order, and with no threat of ef-
fective reprisal from anyone?
Or was Mr Bravo just playing a game
of "heads I win, tails you lose," with no
understanding of what a "pyrrhic victory"
Am I the only one who is being over-
powered by the smell of this scenario?
Isn't Bravo in conflict of interest?
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