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Most people seem to prioritize
physical strength, health or
beauty when it comes to
investing their time. Bhagawan
clearly explains how this is a
There are many Nobel laureates. How many remember
them? But the great benefactors of mankind, the men of
noble qualities, are cherished by all mankind. For
instance, Kolkata produced many great intellectuals,
who after a time are not remembered at all. But
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a noble soul from that city,
even though he was illiterate, is enshrined in the hearts
of millions all over the world. Is education responsible
for it? Likewise if many noble persons are instilled in the
hearts of people, what is the reason? They have earned
their good name by their faith in God, their character,
magnanimity and spirit of sacrifice. This means that
together with concern for worldly things, there should be
devotion to God as well. Together with education
Samskara is essential. What is the meaning of culture
(Samskara)? Refinement of action is true culture -
Samyak Kriti Iti Samskara.
The world's prosperity or otherwise is dependent on
the character of the youth -- its men and women. -
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Long said she believes that the highway
officials underestimated the dramatic impact
that closing the turnaround would have on
residents. And after all, she said, the turn-
around has existed for decades without
being considered a problem. Why should
it suddenly be deemed unsafe?
But things are different now, Ganesh
said in his memo. He explained that chang-
ing traffic patterns had made it significantly
riskier to make a U-turn at that location.
Because of the Diego Martin Highway
expansion project, lanes on the road are
wider, and people feel more comfortable
speeding. When they merge onto Western
Main Road, they re driving much faster
Highway director defends safety
concerns at Cocorite bow-tie
than they did years ago.
Additionally, when the turnaround was constructed
in the 1970s, traffic volumes were lower---fewer cars
on the road meant that there were larger gaps in
which to merge. Now, with more cars zooming by,
there is a smaller margin of error.
To make matters worse, many of the people who
use the Cocorite turnaround seek to make an imme-
diate left turn onto Cocorite Terrace and Powder
Magazine Phase 1. They must cross several lanes of
traffic in a very short period of time, and that has
made the turnaround more dangerous than before,
said Trevor Townsend, senior lecturer in transporta-
tion engineering at the University of the West Indies.
The left turn comes up so quickly, it feels less
like merging, and more like cutting straight across
several lanes of high-speed traffic, Townsend said.
"It s almost a diagonal cut," he said.
Ganesh said the highway division will hire con-
sultants in January to assess potential alternatives
to the turnaround. One option could be the con-
struction of an overpass, though that would likely
be an expensive choice.
Long said she hopes any further studies or plans
for the turnaround would involve discussions with
Cocorite representatives and residents. "We know
change will come, but you don t spring change on
people like that," she said. "You do what it most
feasible and what is most flexible."
Ganesh maintains that the highway division offered
advance notice of the traffic changes in newspaper
advertisements earlier this month, as well as in
August. He said the plan was also publicised through
the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure s Facebook
page. However, the most recent post related to the
project currently on the Facebook page occurred
A public meeting was held in January 2013 to
discuss the closure of the east-to-west turnaround
on Western Main Road---that U-turn was closed
earlier this year---but did not focus on the west-to-
James Boxhill of Petit Valley, who sells vegetables
outside the Falls at Westmall, said he uses the turn-
around almost every day.
"I find it is vital for the people of Cocorite and
other users, too," Boxhill said. "I don t mind it risky,
but you have to be cautious and everything will be
OK, because ever since it has been so."
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