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What is the immense potency
that each one of us is blessed
with? Bhagavan reveals to us
the power latent within and the
best way to employ them.
You have immense potency within you. Like the light
that illumines, your vision must be pure, sacred and
pleasing. Do not taint or pollute the blessing of sight
by looking at undesirable objects, or by looking with
bad thoughts. A magnetic energy circulates in you.
Although this energy is present throughout the body,
its presence is conspicuous in the hand. Hence the
hands should be employed for good purposes. They
should never be used for harming others. The ears
listen to gossip, slander and evil talk. The result is
that the power of hearing gets polluted. Also the
power of speech. This power finds expression in
sound waves and it has to be used with great care.
The words one utters should be examined to see
that they do not excite, irritate or anger others. Bad
words come back to the speaker with double
strength. Hence one's speech should be soft and
Parents have the primary responsibility to mould the
character of children. Out of excessive affection they
should not give too much freedom. - Baba
Lecturer, Caribbean Institute
for Security and Public Safety
The home is a place where
one lives, shares love and
feels welcome. It s the sanctuary
one looks forward to at the end
of the day, providing that sense
of comfort, safety and stability.
It s quite natural to think of the
home as the safest place one can
be. After all, that is where one
escapes the cares of the world
and the pressures of work.
However, many incidents,
painful injuries, disabilities and
even deaths can be the conse-
quences of having unsafe home
environments. Home safety is of
utmost importance and becomes
a heightened concern with the
presence of children, the elderly,
people with special needs and
pets. Fortunately, there is much
one can do to improve and pro-
mote safety in the home.
Too many people underestimate
the importance of fire safety,
simply because they do not think
they are at risk. But home fire
safety should always be a top
priority. It is almost entirely
about prevention, an activity
which can keep the home and
Some of these preventative
measures to ensure maximum
safety include the installation of
a working smoke or heat detector
in each room and the presence of
appropriate fire extinguishers
throughout the home. In addi-
tion, flammable and combustible
substances should be properly
stored. Exits are to be easily
accessible and known by all fam-
ily members. A fire evacuation
plan should also be established.
Children and the elderly should
also have a clear understanding
fire. Regular training of family
members should be done to
maintain the awareness level
should a fire arises. These safety
measures function not only as
preventative, but also as prepara-
tory in the likelihood of a fire
emergency. By practising these
techniques, families are more
likely to survive home fires and
Chemicals are used on a daily
basis in homes; such products
may range from bleach, oven
sprays, toilet cleaners, paints,
glues, oils, insecticides and medi-
cines. Most aren t dangerous
unless they are not used properly.
However, some chemicals need
more careful handling than oth-
ers. Awareness is needed in using
a chemical that may cause harm.
For example, certain household
cleaning fluids can irritate and be
a sensitiser to one s skin.
All users of chemicals must be
able to read the labels, take note
of the hazards and follow the
instructions and advice given by
the manufacturer. Most chemical
products carry hazard symbols
explaining the harmful effects.
One or more symbols may be
present on a single product.
Sometimes, labels will give details
of the supplier so further advice
can be sought if needed.
Medicines are specialist chemi-
cals. They won t carry the sym-
bols above, but can be harmful if
taken in the wrong quantities by
any family member.
By carefully reading chemical
labels, injuries can be greatly
In any given day an injury can
occur at home. Whilst most of
these injuries are nothing more
than scrapes, bruises and cuts,
more serious injuries, such as
burns, poisonings and even suf-
focation, may occur. Lack of
basic knowledge of the safety-
proofing of homes can be the
contributing factor to many com-
Would you know how to treat
a severe burn? What would you
do if suddenly a family member
experiences difficulty in breathing
owing to an allergic reaction?
These situations can be treated if
people have the proper training
and awareness in basic first aid.
The most important investment
a home owner can make is to
learn first aid. Learning first aid
may not only save a person s life
but also prevent serious damage
such as the loss of too much
blood or even a limb. Learning
first aid does not require a great
investment in terms of time and
it is something the entire family
can learn together. Once first aid
is learnt, it is important to keep
taking refresher courses every
couple years, so one can easily
administer these skills when the
occasion arises. First aid classes
are widely available and are a
worthwhile investment as a price
cannot be attached to a human s
Keeping your family safe and
out of harm s way is priority
number one. By investing in
some simple, life-saving preven-
tative measures and techniques,
the contribution and promotion
to a safer and happier home
environment is enhanced. After
all, as the saying goes, there is
no place like (a safe) home.
PROMOTING A SAFER HOME
Accommodating the President
D ing he la co ple of eek
he e ha been a lo of con o e
in he p in media, TV, adio and
alk ho on he P e iden
ho ing allo ance.
A lo of high- o nding name
and la e ha e been commen -
ing and ki ing he i e .
A k an o dina ci il e an
and o ill be ad i ed ha he e
ho ing accommoda ion i p o-
ided, he e hall be no ho ing al-
La e and o he pe on
ha e been pla ing i h he o d
" i able al e na i e accommoda-
ion." If he accommoda ion i no
i able, he pe on ill no accep
i . In he p e en ca e, f om he in-
fo ma ion a ailable, he P e iden
i ho ed comfo abl and accom-
moda ion i al o p o ided fo aff
and ec i . Thi i onl empo-
a n il he official e idence i
ead fo occ pa ion.
"S i able" i onl ac i a ed if he
P e iden ha o pend addi ional
mone in e pec of aff, ec i
and inciden al .
F om he info ma ion a ailable, I
concl de ha he ho ing al-
lo ance m no be paid.
In e pec of he P e iden ha -
ing o ef nd he ho ing al-
lo ance ecei ed, I concl de ha
he ho ld be e emp f om making
an ef nd beca e he a no
a a e ha pa men a illegal
and he had no pa o pla in i .
Thi a a ma e handled b he
acco n ing office ho ecei ed
ong ad ice f om he Chief Pe -
onnel Office .
F he , he P e iden ma ha e
pen ome o all of ha mone
fo a io p i a e ma e .
Retired civil servant
Lessons in diplomacy for Govt
One of he ba ic eq i emen fo
he holde of he office of he P e i-
den i pe io accommoda ion
he e he can comfo abl di cha ge
hi d ie a he head of a e. No one
can den hi .
Sadl he i a ion ha de eloped
ha hi imple eq i emen ha been
allo ed o de elop in o a le be-
een he Oppo i ion and he Go -
e nmen , in hich he P e iden i he
n illing ic im of poli ical in ec i
of he Oppo i ion and he Go e n-
men lack of p oced e and de ail.
The oof of he P e iden ho e
collap ed in hile he PNM a
ill in po e b on i la leg . Al-
mo fi e ea ha e elap ed and e
ha e no been able o e o e he
Thi i a c ing indic men again
he en i e co n ha af e 5 ea
of independence e ha e p od ced no
a i an ho co ld ha e effec i el e-
o ed he b ilding o i o iginal
bea . Thi i a c ing hame on he
hole ed ca ional em.
The a he hole me ha been
handled indica e o me ha he a -
ho i ie a e nable o handle an -
hing like he p o i ion of i able
accommoda ion fo o P e iden
i h ac and diplomac i ho
d agging he p e iden ial office in o
odi m and idic le.
I i clea ha Pa liamen i inhab-
i ed b a e of o ng ine pe ienced
indi id al ho need o ha e le on
in he p ope manne of handling im-
ple b en i i e i e .
Pe hap he P e iden ho ld mo e
o hi o n e idence in he o hland
and cond c he b ine of a e
f om he e.
Dr Clifford Ramcharan
The Ca ibbean In i e fo Sec i and P blic Safe offe a f ll
ange of co e ha deal i h indi id al, home, and o gani a ional
afe incl ding fi aid, fi e ponde and OSH- ela ed p og amme .
Con ac a : 3-6 , info ca ibbean ec i in i e.com and
.ca ibbean ec i in i e.com fo f he info ma ion.
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