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Minister of National Security
Gary Griffith said he would be
further intensifying the "demo-
lition and onslaught against the
criminal gangs" in the wake of
the reportedly bloody start to the
In a media release on Saturday,
Griffith said he was putting together
a multi-agency collaborative
approach involving the Police Service,
the Defence Force, intelligence appa-
ratus and the National Operations
There have been 10 murders in
the past four days.
"We will continue to intensify the
ground war against all those who
flout the law," he said.
"It is an atrocity of epic propor-
tions that these acts of violence were
not only allowed to take root but to
As Minister of National Security
with the mandate to defend this
nation, I renew my promise to esca-
late the offensive until the battle is
won and will commit all the neces-
sary resources available to dismantle
and annihilate organised crime and
criminal gangs operating in the
underworld," Griffith said.
He said that 2014 recorded a "his-
toric 31 year old drop in serious
"It is anticipated that in the next
12 to 15 months, the country will
witness a drying up of illegal guns,
ultimately making this country a
hard target for those persons who
are bent on operating the criminal
enterprise," he said.
Griffith recalled that 2014 began
with a "similarly unacceptable
bloody start", but ended with a
lower homicide rate for the corre-
sponding period of the previous
There were 403 murders last year,
four less than the previous year.
At the turn of a year, instead of making resolutions,
I often designate my personal year ahead (à la United
Nations) as "The Year of ------------------------" I then fill
in the blank with the word I want the coming year
Curious to see what the UN s designation for 2015
is, I search on Google. "International Year of Light"
"Wow!" I think, impressed that the UN is dedicating
a whole year to Light. Clearly they understand the
importance of us, as human beings, being encouraged
and empowered to strengthen our inner light and
project it into this world that many increasingly
perceive as being so heavy, dark and negative.
Further Googling reveals the full phrase: "The Year
of Light and Light-based Technologies" and "The
Year of Soils". So, while the UN didn t mean light
in the way that I did, they have inspired me to use
my perspective of "Light" as my personal 2015 theme.
I decide to interview random people to see what
word each will use to fill in the blank ... "The Year
The respondents are all travelers. Some are here
for the first time. One, a Chicago resident, visits
Gabriella Jangfeldt (Sweden):
"I've been very inspired being in Tobago, seeing
different races and religions mixing. So I would like a
Year of Equality. It means going beyond our skin
colours and religions, beyond being men and women.
We all have the same chance to do whatever we
want and reach our goals. All of us are strong."
Erica Hogsborn (Sweden):
"I want this to be The Year of True Relationships.
It includes true communication ... a year of
communication through the soul, more than
communication through the words and things that
you see. You have to have the meeting of the soul to
really meet the other person. "The other person is
you" is my theme of the year. What you hate in the
other person or what you love in the other person is
in yourself. It doesn't matter who or what you are.
When you meet others in that way, true
relationships can grow."
Ruth Long (Chicago):
"I would like to see happen in this new year ... I
think of my friends and the challenges and struggles
they are going through... and that they will be
successful in achieving what they feel that they
need to do. And that it will be in God's will that they
have success in doing it. Health! And that those who
are challenged know they have God's guidance. And
Katharina (London and Zurich):
"The Year of Contentment"... because that can be
happiness and joy at a more stable level. I never
make plans or resolutions, I take things as they are
and I run with it so there are no regrets. It is what it
is. I think contentment is a good place to be because
you can go with the flow and something will always
come of it. Take it as it comes, make the most of it,
enjoy. And whatever it is it will be good even if it
doesn't feel like it at the time."
The collective message I get from the above respons-
es, I now extend to everyone reading this article:
In 2015 may we experience greater equality as we
relate more truly to each other from a soul level---
beyond who and what we appear to be in physical
form. May we be content, knowing that when we
flow with God s guidance, all will unfold for the greater
2015: The Year of ...
Griffith warns of new approach
...Ground war to quell 2015 murder surge
Two of the respondents---Erica Hogsborn and Gabriella Jangfeldt from Sweden.
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