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The 'Women Soca Warriors' conduct a training session Saturday at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Winning is everything
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014,
at 1800 hours our female Soca
warriors will engage Ecuador at
the Hasely Crawford stadium.
The prize? A chance for glory---
qualification for the women s
world cup which will be held in
Canada in 2015.
A victory here on home turf for
the ladies will do two things:
firstly we will qualify for the
world cup, and secondly it will
erase the painful memories of the
gents on November 19, 1989
which have caused us some seri-
ous "foufourou" which is
advanced tabanca over the years.
November 19, 1989 must be laid
to rest now and forever. We can-
not and will not have a repeat.
The sequel ends here and now.
The first game in Ecuador ended
0-0, a good result for us in spite
of the high altitude. The return
game is on home turf. Please
know that "all dogs bad in their
Away from home, Ecuador will
be under less pressure. T&T s
game plan must be to win by
three clear goals. The best form of
defence is offence. The best way
to defend is to attack. Any goal
scored by Ecuador in Trinidad will
count as double, a 1-1 or 2-2 draw
will benefit the visitors. Any scor-
ing draw is out of the question.
We cannot and must not be
holding on to a one-goal lead; it
is too risky and will not suffice. If
they equalise it will be all over.
The stadium must be packed to
full capacity. The crowd must be
the 12th player for us. Financial
rewards must be paid for all goals
scored in a winning effort. Here is
a great and unique opportunity to
unite the nation via sport.
We are going to win this one!
Ladies, the crowd is cheering,
the ball is at your feet. Put it in
the back of their net.
No one remembers who came
Winning is not everything, it is
the only thing.
Help us in the fight against Aids
Yesterday was recognised worldwide as World Aids
Day. Published in the press were statements made by
Mr Clifton De Couteau, Minister of Gender, Youth and
Child Development, and Mr Errol Mcleod, Minister of
Labour, outlining the achievements by this Govern-
ment in minimising the spread of HIV and in educating
the masses on safe sex. To the forefront of the national
battle against this scourge is the Medical Research
Center (MRC) situated at the corner of Queen's Park
east and Jerningham Avenue, with a staff of 16, who
have been having their own administrative battles with
the Ministry of Health as it relates to their monthly
salaries. For the past three years staff has been paid
late and last month, November 2014, was no exception.
Excuses are always that the cheque is on the PS' desk
awaiting signature, and that will continue for days.
Simple drugs like Septra, Lomodire, fluconazole, and
iron tablets are in shortage though we are called upon
to attend patients in the figures of 120 daily. I am ask-
ing if this is fair to the employees or patients?
The staff have financial commitments like any other
citizen and patients are concerned about their health.
Minister of Health, please make this wrong right.
Was anybody really sur-
prised at businessman
Alfred Galy s move on Sunday
Even if we were prepared to
give him the benefit of the
doubt when we first learned,
back in August, that he had
bought the historic Greyfriars
Church building, surely that
goodwill evaporated when he
tore off the roof of the church
hall in early November.
Back then he said the roof
was "toxic," the T&T Guardian
reported. Galy was prepared to
listen to suggestions for the
rehabilitation of the historic
building, he said in the same
story, dated November 13.
Galy also complained that
despite public outcry over the
building s fate, nobody had
approached him for a meeting
up to then. He can make no
such claim today.
Citizens for Conservation is
one of the groups alarmed at
the sale of the church and lob-
bying for its preservation. The
Guardian quoted its executive
secretary Michele Celestine as
saying on Sunday morning that
"the notice of intention to list
this property as a historic site
has been served on Mr Galy
over three weeks now," and
that he had been in meetings
with the group and other
stakeholders for two weeks.
Yet on Sunday without a
word of warning he sent heavy
machinery to tear down the
church. Minister of National
Diversity and Social Integration
Rodger Samuel also said the
Town and Country Division had
been in talks with Galy about
preserving the church and that
"no demolition approvals were
granted by the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation" for the
But again I ask, are we really
surprised? Last week the Prime
Minister reportedly chastised
members of her Cabinet for
their arrogance---her word, not
mine. The public, she said,
found the members of the
Cabinet distant and "shut
down." Evo Morales, the Boli-
vian president who cut his own
salary by more than half when
he assumed office, is a fluke.
As our own MPs have proven,
people entering into positions
of power are far more likely to
raise their pay than cut it. Why
not use your flashing lights and
police escort to run the traffic
gauntlet? Why not put on the
darkest tint on your car and
drive as though the traffic laws
didn t apply to you?
And so we have Alfred Galy,
who talks a good game in the
press and seems open to dis-
cussion, while at the same time
hiring a backhoe to do the real
talking for him.
"Notice of intention" to list a
building is not the same thing
as listing a building.
Greyfriars never had a
chance. The ennui surrounding
the preservation of our national
heritage sites goes far further.
For example, UWI s Archaeolo-
gy Centre calls Banwari Trace,
a site in South Trinidad, "the
oldest pre-Columbian site in
the West Indies." This hasn t
stopped it from being treated
with scorn and allowed to fall
into disrepair. Banwari Trace is
also a couple hundred metres
from the proposed and con-
tentious Solomon Hochoy
Highway extension and the
archaeological site could be
compromised by the project,
according to a recent newspa-
commentator the other day
talking about how development
has a price and we should be
aware of that. Sure, develop-
ment has a price. But the price
of development depends heavily
on the kind of development we
want to have.
I ve said before in this space
that tall buildings (or whatever
it is that Alfred Galy wants to
build in Frederick Street where
Greyfriars still stands, for the
moment at least) represent only
one kind of development. There
can be development that
respects the past and the envi-
ronment. We can have develop-
ment that doesn t tear families
apart as the highway project
will; and that doesn t destroy
an already neglected historical
treasure. We can also have
development that respects a
200-year-old building, one of
the relatively few historical
structures we have remaining in
T&T. During my recent trip to
Glasgow, Scotland, I saw old
churches repurposed into the-
atres and coffee shops, and the
old cheese market in the his-
toric Merchant City turned into
a space for art and artists.
These things don t happen by
accident. They require concord
between the government, busi-
ness and civil society to agree
on what is important, what
should be preserved, and how.
That in itself requires compro-
mise and investment, and
above all, humility. Alfred Galy
isn t an anomaly. And in the
absence of the implementation
of a concrete plan to preserve
historical sites, this will not be
the last time a backhoe rips
down a piece of our heritage.
NO SURPRISE HERE
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
What must we overcome
and conquer to be
successful in life?
explains to us today.
All of you have a whole set of animals within: the dog,
the fox, the ass, and the wolf. You must choose to
suppress the tendencies of all these beasts and
encourage the human qualities of love and friendship
to shine. Above all, begin the cultivation of virtues;
that is more important and beneficial than mere
book-learning. This will give real Ananda (bliss); that
is the essence of all knowledge, the culmination of all
learning. Treat everyone as your own and even if you
cannot do them any good, desist from causing them
any injury. Light the lamp of love inside the niche of
your heart and the nocturnal birds of greed and envy
will fly away, unable to bear the light. An unbending
person is infected with egoism of the worst type;
Love (Prema) makes you humble, it makes you bend
and bow when you see greatness and glory. Use that
capacity and derive the best advantage out of it.
Causing harm to others is displaying animalistic
behavior. The real sin is to regard what is spiritually
one as manifold and diverse. - Baba
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