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Perfect for the festive season
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That "Christmas feeling" is hard to come by
because lurking in the shadows of my mind
is the nagging question: what will it be like
in January? 2014 will be remembered as the year
of giveaway and freeness.
Come 2015, the pensioners will have spent
their extra $5,000 Christmas gift; the prices of
staples would have crept up beyond their pre-
Christmas-gift level; the price of oil and gas
would be even lower and the "Kamla promotion-
al giveaways" would be laying around the house.
In the world of marketing, branded promotion-
al giveaways are sometimes called consumables.
The Communication gurus behind the UNC s
political campaign have invested their entire
spend in the notion that good brand visibility
signifies the ability of your products/services to
attract the attention of your target audience and
therefore stimulate re-sale.
In this case, the more you see of the Prime
Minister and the UNC, the more likely you are to
vote for them at the appointed hour. The litera-
ture also suggests that there is a saturation
point---that point at which the audience becomes
numb to the message.
There is no formula to prescribe that point.
The decision is informed by data and a good
dose of common sense. All that is happening in
this Yuletide season can be summed up as "voter
inducement" and the society is paying a signifi-
After the dust settles on the 2015 general elec-
tions, some leader will be responsible for chang-
ing the way we do business in T&T and that
culture change is probably the single biggest
headache that will be experienced for years to
How will we move away from an attitude of
entitlement? How will we recalibrate the society
into remembering that work precedes success?
How will we get our leaders to live the value that
people do what you do and not what you say?
How will we inspire our people to give a fair
days work for their pay?
These are complicated questions with no silver
bullet answers. Our single assurance is that these
questions must be answered and provision made
to ensure that they are answered in a way that
will benefit our society.
Iheard a radio interview this
week on the latest topic, the de-
portation of a few Africans. In
general the views expressed
were that the Government was
discriminating against Africans.
The point was emphasised by
singling out the Chinese. It was
also expressed just how easy it
was to identify the Chinese sim-
ply by their build and the ques-
tion was asked how come the
authorities could not catch these
This week also, a daily newspa-
per carried a front page photo of
a bloodied Chinese woman who
was robbed on her way to the
bank. Is this a coincidence? Or are
the politicians, in their despera-
tion to "play politics," losing sight
of the bigger picture are they pre-
pared to destroy T&T in their des-
peration to win cheap points.
Why the Chinese? I am a fifth
generation Chinese and I nor any
of my ancestors have ever been
before a court to defend our-
selves in a dishonest or violent
matter. Why the Chinese? These
people come here to make a new
life, they work hard, they create
jobs. They provide a needed serv-
ice.They don't come here to com-
mit crime and terror. When is the
last time you have heard of a Chi-
nese in court to defend against a
wrong doing? These people are
the most hard working and caring
and T&T can learn from them.
They don't know how to hate.
They have been turning the other
cheek before the bible was writ-
ten.So yes, politicians want power
but they must be concerned
about country before self.
Increase NIS pension too
While I am happy for the pensioners that they will
be receiving an increase of $500 from January, it
seems to me that it is not fair to those who receive NIS
benefits which remain at $3,000.
I know many people who have worked hard all their
lives, with NIS charges deducted from their salaries.
These people do not receive pensions from their em-
They may have been domestic workers, gardeners,
store clerks or government workers in non-pensionable
positions. For these people, they receive their NIS pen-
sion every month, so they are not entitled to a govern-
How can it be fair that an elderly person, who got up
every morning and reported for work for decades and
had money deducted from her salary monthly, ends up
in her advanced years, getting less than her neighbour
who never worked a day in her life, but is now receiving
Angels in the
season of goodwill
On behalf of my father and
my siblings, I would like to
express our sincere thanks to
the members of the public who
lent a helping hand, the officers
of SWAT and the staff at Acci-
dent and Emergency at the
Arima Hospital who all assisted
our father in his time of need.
Our 83-year-old father, who
was taking a walk in Arima,
slipped on the sidewalk near to
the Dial and fell headlong into a
handrail which sliced open the
top of his head leaving a gaping
As blood spurted out, Tenille,
a young lady from Sangre
Grande, and a gentleman, whose
name we did not get, rushed to
his assistance. We understand
someone bought some towels
to try to stop the bleeding.
When my brother arrived on the
scene, the officers of SWAT,
who were nearby, observed
what was happening and went
into action. They stopped the
traffic to allow my brother with
the help of others to put my fa-
ther in his car and they then es-
corted them to the Arima
At the Arima hospital, he was
taken into the trauma room and
immediately attended to by the
doctors and nurses on duty.
They were efficient and ex-
My father is alive today be-
cause of all of these people, all
strangers to him and to each
other but persons united and
defined by their humanity. These
are the kind of people who are
the backbone of our society.
We are all extremely grateful
to these people for all of their
assistance when our father
needed it most. May God bless
WHAT WILL IT
BE LIKE COME
Chinese continue to make vast contributions
A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk during lunch hour on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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