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What is the easiest way
to attain the Lord?
explains us today.
Let us not relate to God as a hidden, invisible
entity. God doesn't live in a place foreign to
your dwelling. He is installed in you. He is with
you, in you, above you, around you and below
you. We have forgotten the easy way to reach
God. All sufferings will vanish in no time if we
sincerely call out to the Lord and sing His
glory. The Lord's Name is the only refuge to
cross all the difficulties. There is nothing
greater or mightier than His Name. The
moment one chants His glory and sings His
name, one attains bliss. Meditation and many
rituals were followed in many ages, but in Kali
age, chanting God's Name (Namasmarana) is
the only way to attain the Supreme.
Through prayer and contemplation on God, you
must try to control the evil qualities in you. - Baba
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Iam reacting to the uncaring situation regarding the
healthcare system when dealing with patients diag-
nosed with prostate cancer.
As a current patient diagnosed close to one year ago,
I am of the understanding, because I was told from ad-
ministrative sources at the St James Radiotherapy Cen-
tre, Port-of-Spain, that radiation therapy treatment is
not available to any patient through government fund-
ing at this time because no monies are available
through the health ministry budgeting.
Dozens of citizens' lives are threatened; patients
from level one to level three biopsy analysis' lives can be
saved only if the health ministry can fund the radiation
It's a crime to deny citizens of this life-saving therapy.
Mr Jack Warner has described both
President Carmona and the media
as two of the biggest failures. I suppose
Mr Warner ascribes success to his dodg-
ing of cases rife with corruption or find-
ing new ways to say "I have evidence
against the government but wait, I really
And I guess his newspaper, The Sun-
shine, was created to fill the void that
local media seemingly cannot.
His anti-government rhetoric is solidi-
fied (as expected) in his obviously unbi-
ased newspaper and I am also sure that
the awards his tabloid has been receiving
for the quality of journalism are over-
whelming. I would have thought by now
Mr Warner would focus instead on tak-
ing a course of action that could truly
benefit himself and the nation: retire-
Come on Jack, stop grasping at straws
in your attempts to stay even remotely
The West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) has con-
sciously and continuously
rejected the call for the restruc-
turing of West Indies cricket,
and at the level of governance,
as the PJ Patterson report,
which now lies somewhere in
the dust halls of their board-
room, had suggested years ago.
Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr
Ralph Gonsalves advocating for
the assembling of a three-
member panel to help resolve
the ongoing contract dispute
between the WI players, their
union, WIPA and the WICB.
Dr Gonsalves proposes, and
the name comes up again, for-
mer Jamaican PM, PJ Patterson
as a member of the panel.
We can safely bet our last
penny that the WICB members
will not venture into these
waters, since they have already
appointed a task force that they
themselves have hand-picked to
initiate exactly what Dr Gon-
salves is advocating.
This carefully-selected task
force, we assure you, will
apportion blame for this deba-
cle to everyone, the players,
WIPA and WICB. But our bet
is that only the players will be
Witness the pronouncement
of the T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB) long before the task
force even asked its first ques-
tion! Their telegraphed punches
have already begun knocking
Former WIPA Head, Mr
Ramnarine has quite rightly
deemed the TTCB position as
Restructuring of the gover-
nance of WI cricket would
involve making the Board
accountable to a higher author-
ity; something unfortunately,
the Board will not wish to
Power that is in the hands of
descendants of a people who
were once drawers of water and
hewers of wood and cane,
where the workers were always
wrong and must be punished,
is a whip that will continue to
be held high, visible in the
master s hand.
The handover of power,
therefore, he feels, makes him
non-functional, lays him bare
and reduces him to the ordi-
So while they are holding
their meeting with "relevant
stakeholders" in the absence of
the captain "protagonist" and
which they described as "fruit-
ful" and "cordial," their agents
are busily calling players of the
WI "A" team in Sri Lanka,
enquiring of the players
whether they would be willing
participants for the up-coming
tour of South Africa. Well, here
is some news for the WICB.
While they threaten the
BCCI, who threatened to court
martial them financially, not to
take them to court, the South
Africans are wondering whether
they should threaten the WICB
if they decide on sending a
second-string WI team on
South African soil as they
attempted to do in the Brian
A second-string WI team
certainly should not be the
beneficiary of the South African
cricket fans hard earned dol-
At least not in this day and
age where money for ordinary
folks is not easy to come by. It
is therefore your call, South
Africa. The cricket ball is now
in your hands.
We here in the West Indies,
in these tiny isles of tiny the-
atres and large egos, certainly
do not have the fortitude to
bring our Board to book.
Maybe you or the BCCI can
assist us in this regard. Thanks
The simple truth is that the Armstrong Committee
has identified several deficiencies in the planning
process leading up to the construction of the Highway.
It was as a consequence of this historic and unprece-
dented convention of almost two dozen experts con-
vened to study the most-costly piece of infrastructure
to date, that the playing field has been extended be-
yond the its original boundaries.
The fact that eight days past the point at which the
Government was to have submitted a detailed list of
their "consideration" of the Armstrong Report, is in-
dicative of an unwillingness to engage in the accounta-
bility that this country needs.
The country must now reboot its thinking with re-
spect to this project.
Whilst Mr Raymond has clarified the issues raised
with respect to the selection process he has also as-
serted that the Government did not produce the OAS
contract for the scrutiny of the Armstrong Committee.
More disturbing is the contention that this docu-
ment was not forthcoming during the court proceed-
ings, which to my mind, would indicate a flawed
judgment handed down by the courts.
BRING CRICKET BOARD TO BOOK
Mr Raymond has also correctly pointed out that in
the absence of the contract no commercial considera-
tions could have been entertained, which points to an-
other area in this ever-widening playing field which the
country needs to focus on, and that is the issue of
transparency in the conduct of the public's affairs.
Whilst the issues for the HRM remain focussed on
the environment and the relocation of the residents,
the country needs to focus on getting to the truth of
Country needs real, unadulterated truth
Save us from this suffering
Two men row a makeshift boat along King's Wharf in San Fernando
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Hopefully, in the fullness of time...
Has our Savannah become a shanty
town? It certainly looks that way. Va-
grants sleeping on benches and, for the
past six weeks, a couple has boldly set
up residence under a makeshift tent.
Shameful, to say the least.
Savannah now a shanty town?
The impact of our West Indian cricket
team, in abandoning the tour of India,
has many lessons to teach us here in
T&T. How are we, as a team, performing
in the development of our nation?
Are we ready to sacrifice our own par-
ticular plans and prejudices for the good
Within any team, every creed and race
exist and is accepted in the drive for ex-
cellence, and no one player is considered
indispensable. The same should apply to
us all as we struggle along towards First
All of these protests and demands for
individual betterment must be put to one
side in the interests of us all.
The cricket team certainly did not act
in the interests of all when they quit
Lessons from abandoned tour of India
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