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NAVIGATIONAL WARNING 015/14
TRINIDAD - GULF OF PARIA
CHART BA 475
Pipeline operations by M
towing pipeline of 2000 feet in length in progress between La Romaine Bay Area
and Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st December 2014.
(1) 600 - Metre lengths of pipeline diameter 2" to 14" will be towed between
061 - 29.43 W
in the San Fernando bay area and the main Soldado Marine Oilfields area.
(2) Pipelines will be laid along the line joining
061 - 55.81 W
061 - 55-45 W
Anchor spread and safe zone area Max 350 m radius during the project activities.
Barge IMO#TTO 310103 ( Kenneth O.) IMO #8942474 ( Winston B.)
Tugs Reg. TL 420 (Michael M.) Reg. TT30001 ( Kenneth O.)
A wide berth and caution is advised
9th May 2014
Signed Beverly Phillip
Director of Maritime Service,
Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport 0604008
Christmas is all about children;
children are all about the most
popular toys. But Christmas
should also be about maintaining
traditions and spending time with
family and friends...at least that's
how it used to be.
While today's children have their
pick of brand name toys and elec-
tronic gadgets, children who grew
up four to five decades ago were not
so privileged. Those children were
contented with toys that were
handcrafted by their innovative par-
ents, and made with love.
Old-fashioned toys: Parents en-
sured their children were never de-
prived of a gift. Choices ranged from
cash pans made from brightly deco-
rated milk tins with a slit at the top
to fit the coins; wooden cars with
crown corks for wheels; sling shots
from perfect Y-shaped branches of a
guava tree and old bicycle tubing for
Other popular choices were trac-
tors made from wooden thread bob-
bins held together with soap, rubber
bands and broom sticks; or bean
bags made from scraps of cloth
sewn into a square bag and filled
with tamarind seeds.
Old-fashioned menu: None can
forget the aroma of baked ham and
turkey on Christmas Eve served
with homemade breads. Or,
pastelles, sweetbreads and fruit
cakes baked from scratch with fruits
marinated in cheap wine months in
advance. To accompany these tradi-
tional foods were traditional drinks
such as homemade ginger beer,
eggnog, wines, ponche de crème and
sorrel usually picked fresh from our
own back yard.
Old-fashioned traditions: In those
days curtains material was bought
and sewn every year and everyone
loved the smell of apples and grapes
that were imported only at Christ-
mas time. It was also common for
families in the countryside to select
a black sage bush as a Christmas
tree. It was secured in an old paint
bucket filled with sand and the
branches covered with foil paper and
decorated with handmade orna-
ments made by members of the
Old nylon stockings were hung
near windows or doors to ensure
that Santa didn't miss them, while
children stayed up late hoping to
catch a glimpse of the fat guy in the
red suit. Newspapers or brown
paper were decorated and used to
wrap gifts that were opened under
the Christmas tree.
Old-fashioned culture: Parran-
deros went house to house serenad-
ing families in the neighbourhood
with their traditional parang songs.
Group members who didn't have a
cuatro, mandolin, chac-chac or gui-
tar, compromised with a bottle and
spoon. They were rewarded with
food and drinks from their hosts.
Christmas is fast losing its pur-
pose as it becomes more commer-
cialised and focuses on gift-giving
and merry-making. As we prepare to
welcome the new year, let us make
this a time for reflection as we
spend quality time with our family
and friends, and choose the gift of
love as we remind our children
about the real meaning of Christ-
Ihate to be the bearer of bad tidings in
this festive season when we all should
be celebrating, but then that is life.
We must not be like ostriches that hide
their heads in the sand oblivious of what
is transpiring around them. Or Nero who
fiddled while Rome was burning.
The current crude oil price is $55.84
USD, a barrel West Texas Intermediate,
WTI. This is our benchmark. Brent Crude
can also be used as a benchmark. One
barrel contains 42 gallons of oil.
The most important factor that con-
tributes to the worldwide oil price is the
demand from expanding economies like
India and China.
The supply has been artificially cur-
tailed through the Opec oil cartel. Yes, you
heard me, I said cartel. This is what "fuels"
and drives the price of oil.
In Trinidad we have been spilling oil like
milk but not crying over it. We are damag-
ing the environment, people's lives and
causing grievous health concerns. The
union and the company are constantly at
war, failing to appreciate they are on the
same team. Each one is integral for the
other's survival. Like a parasite and a host.
Come on people, this is one spill too
many. The time for mistakes is long gone.
What is your excuse this time? Get your
act together now. Someone must be held
Oil in the tank, not in the environment,
is money in the bank.
My forecast for 2015: I will not be a
prophet of gloom and doom. It is going to
be all good; it is going to be all gravy.
I predict oil prices can rise to $100 USD
a barrel and even surpass that figure.
The most expensive barrel of oil is the
Unnoticeable to the ordinary eye, Trin-
bagonians are presently moving at
blinding speed on our different journeys:
(1) In our latitude, land at sea level
makes its daily twirl around Earth's
tilted axis at about 1,600 kmph;
(2) We are circumnavigating the sun
at 108,000 kmph;
(3) As part of the solar system, we're
hurtling through space at 792,000
kmph, to orbit the Milky Way galaxy
every 225 million years; and
(4) As part of the Milky Way, we're
surging through space at a mind-bog-
gling 2.5 million kmph, due to the un-
ceasing expansion of the universe.
Inexorably, where we are today is
never where we trod before and never
where we will be tomorrow.
Therefore, our fleeting life is meant to
be an uninterrupted series of ground-
breaking experiences undertaken to-
gether, without stepping on the brakes.
Innovation is consequently the key to
self-fulfilment and species immortality;
being stuck in the mud, the surefire
route to extinction.
Sadly, too many "movers and shak-
ers" confuse innovativeness with cre-
ativity. Creativity and innovativeness
aren't the same.
Innovative people don't merely come
up with ideas: they are proactive and
daring in that, like Noah, they quickly
discern whenever old ways, old systems,
are about to become obsolete, then ig-
nore swirling derision as they set about
fashioning the only workable new real-
ity.Trial and error, pushing the envelope,
persistency bordering on stubbornness
are the paradoxical DNA of the innova-
tor breed. Complacency isn't. Hence, in-
novators are never afraid of taking the
plunge for the good of all.
The recent plunge in oil (and gas)
prices provides another opportunity for
T&T to unleash the innovative capacity
of our education system and public serv-
ice. Self-sufficiency born of patriotism
has to take paramount significance in
Local manufacturers who claim to
have been sent into a tailspin by escalat-
ing online shopping, will realise their
predicament is due to their consistent
failure to innovate, particularly in the
Speaking of advertising, it's rather
amusing to read of the objections to
those billboards portraying the Prime
The children of Palmiste Village in Chaguanas woke up to a wonderful surprise on Christmas morning
when Mr and Mrs Claus along with their elves and other helpers, rolled in on the Partyland Express
carrying presents and other goodies. Children and their parents lined the streets to collect toys and snack
bags. Some were eager to hop a ride in the red, blue or yellow cabs which added excitement to the treat.
PHOTO: VASHTI BOWLAH
BRING BACK THE OLD-TIME CHRISTMAS Billboard critics will follow suit
It pays to advertise, if
it catches the eye, for one
doesn't light a candle and
put it under a barrel.
Coca Cola sells because
Coca Cola spends hugely
on innovatively promot-
ing its brand, even though
it's the number one brand
in the world for many,
Given time, those in a
tizzy over these Kamla
billboards will try to out-
trump her by following
suit, for they know bill-
boards comprise a very
effective way of deliver-
ing a message to a very
Let them ask the peo-
ple in Tobago about the
great effectiveness of the
crude one in Canaan if
they realistically wish to
be as innovative, or as na-
tionally popular as Kamla.
Richard Wm Thomas
Five Rivers, Arouca
One spill too many
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