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To: Engineers Registered with the Board of
Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago and members
of the public
The offices of the Board of Engineering will be closed for busi-
ness from Monday December 22nd , 2014 to Thursday
January 1st, 2015 inclusive. We will reopen to the public
on Friday January 2nd 2015.
The Board takes this opportunity to wish you a safe and joyful
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I would like to make an appeal to the
powers that be to have street lights in-
stalled along Exchange Road in Couva.
There are electricity poles along the road
in question and wires have been run with
There are several reasons for my ap-
peal, the most serious is that this road is a
link between Orange Valley and the South-
ern Main Road, linking Couva with Chagua-
nas and San Fernando. There is a jetty in
Orange Valley where strange boats do
come up from "the main" and other areas
with strange cargo. If vehicles take this
route to get onto the Southern Main Road
they can head north or south and avoid po-
The police station is located along the
Couva Main Road which runs parallel to
the Exchange Road.
Apart from the illegal activity along this
dark stretch, it is also a very dangerous
road for both motorists and pedestrians as
nefarious activities such as robberies, as-
saults, rape and hooliganism can take
place without anyone seeing what is going
on.Finally, there are some very unscrupu-
lous litterbugs who dump their garbage
along this road just because they cannot
be easily seen at night. The dumping of
household garbage, dried leaves and
branches, spoilt appliances and chicken
and fish parts are a most disgusting activ-
ity.The Cepep gangs assigned to this area
are indeed trying their best to keep the
scene clea' but it has proven to be quite a
challenge with the unscrupulous litterbugs
thwarting their good work with increased
Authorities, please have this problem
rectified with greatest urgency.
Give us street lights in Exchange
T hat would have been my
headline had I been the
news writer for a media house
reporting on Caribbean Airlines
(CAL) decision to charge econ-
omy class passengers for a sec-
ond or third piece of checked
luggage in the new year.
Instead, they all simply parrot-
ed CAL s statement on its Web
site that CAL had instituted a
fee of TT$160 (US$25) for the
second piece on some of their
routes. True enough.
However, almost as an after-
thought in the fine print, did
one read that the fee for the
second bag on the London
route was 50 GBP (pounds),
normally equivalent to TT$500
or more? I do not know how
airlines arrive at their baggage
fees but it seems reasonable to
assume that a longer flight
may cost more. But so much
The flying time from
Trinidad to Toronto is about
six hours and Trinidad to Lon-
don is about eight hours. So if
the fee to Toronto is TT$160
then pro-rating the fee for
London comes to about
TT$213. Of course, other fac-
tors may play a part but, on
the surface, $500 seems a bit
much to pay for a second piece
of luggage. In any case, instead
of downplaying the fee, CAL
should be forthright and tell us
why it is so much more than
the other routes.
CAL TO CHARGE $500
FOR SECOND BAG
Jerrel Gordon of La Horquetta takes advantage of the empty street to
practice his stunts along St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
as oil price drops
The Government must now budget
with a price of crude at US$45 a barrel.
Not to do so would bring tears to thou-
sands of citizens with mortgage, debt
Knowing that oil fluctuated from $13
to $110, the budget should have been
balanced, but greedy politicians can be
predicted like the prevailing winds.
Secondly the bailout of Clico, except
for the $75,000 offer, should not have
taken place. Even now the Govern-
ment must drastically cut payouts
claiming inability with oil at half of
price when commitment made. This
could begin in one year, avoiding shock
The Government should expedite
the growth of agriculture, tourism and
entrepreneurial industries. Partnership
with foreign agricultural companies
should be sought because the local in-
dustries like sugar have failed repeat-
edly with corruption, inefficiency and
All contracts by government greater
than $10,000 should be scrutinised by
a business, legislative and people-per-
manent committees, for the greatest
loss in the budget is from corruption---
the oxygen of politicians.
Saudi Arabia produces oil at $10 to
$15 a barrel. It is trying to destroy
American oil industries to preserve its
monopoly on cartel mafia price oil, so
we may have to wait for some years
for oil to resume $100.
The people and government must
be prudent. Carnival expenditures
should be limited.
Roopnarine Singh, MD,
What say you, JCC?
It is wonderful that some members
of the JCC have encouraged Dr Kublals-
ingh to end his fast, acknowledging the
legacy he has already left and its bene-
fit to our democracy in the future.
Some believe that a conscious decision
was made by the hunger striker and
since his mind is lucid, he cannot be
forced to end the fast.
However, the JCC (Joint Consulta-
tive Council) is silent with its feedback
on the Nidco report of its adjustments
on the contentious highway from Debe
to Mon Desir. Have they not had
enough time to absorb and regurgitate
Did Nidco comply with the recom-
mendations of the experts in the Arm-
strong Report? Was 10, 15 or 50 per
cent accomplished? In the meantime,
the hunger striker is becoming more
and more emaciated as he awaits
some sense of objectivity from this
Dr Kublalsingh must know that
change is not always instantaneous
and all the great leaders of the century
had to bide their time to get the de-
sired results. That still does not war-
ranty what seems like a delay in the
response from this body.
Gina J George,
All crimes are 'serious'
It really is annoying when the police
and politicians try to convince our citi-
zens that serious crimes have fallen.
I wonder what they consider as "se-
rious" crimes. Aren't murder, assault
and burglary not considered "serious"
With the annual murder rate head-
ing yet again to the 400 mark, the in-
crease in assaults and burglaries in
places like Cascade and Maraval, and
the high rate of discoveries of corrup-
tion, I find it rather strange for politi-
cians, the police and any other people
of status to make such statements.
I can only conclude that they are liv-
ing in a make-believe world and can't
tell the woods from the trees.
Moreover that they must be consid-
ered part and parcel of our problems.
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