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Fatima College Open Scholarship winner Marvin Mc Kenzie, third from left, pose for a picture with Additional Scholarship winners from,
left, Eithan Lue Chee Lip, Adrian Koo, Colin Joseph and Jonathan Edwards after the school's annual distribution of prizes and
certificates at the College Hall, Mucurapo Road, St James, last Thursday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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On the front page of the Daily
Express (January 7) was the life-
less body of a young man killed by a
Telecom Security Services officer.
This type of news has become a
norm for citizens. Meanwhile, the
National Security Minister continues
to boast about a decrease in serious
crime for 2014 as compared to 2013,
which is a great travesty on his part.
It is rather hypocritical and ludi-
crous for Gary Griffith to compare
2013 murder toll to 2014, as the
number of murders for 2013 was 407
and last year closed with a murder
toll of 403. If you do the math, there
was four people less murdered.
Four hundred and three murders to
me is definitely not a decrease in
crime when for each one of those
murdered individuals a family was
plunged into mourning, whether it
was the criminal who died or a per-
son(s) killed by criminal elements.
On what statistical evidence is the
Minister of National Security making
such absurd statements, when the
Crime & Problem Analysis Branch
(Capa) has yet to publish the crime
statistics for August-December 2014.
Clearly, Gary Griffith is in a state of
disillusionment and sleepwalking
because evidence has shown that
criminals are migrating to different
parts of the country, as in the case of
the dead man who is from Nelson
Street, Port-of-Spain, but was rob-
bing a roti shop in Barataria, hence
the decrease in serious crimes in PoS
Gary s conjectures only exacerbate
the disbelief and hopelessness citizens
have in the protective services and
legislative makers and processes.
Crime is no longer hidden but
instead is being committed brazenly
with citizens having to run for their
lives in broad daylight, whilst crimi-
nals and police engage in shoot-outs
like scenes from an action packed
Perhaps the Minister of National
Security should take a course in Soci-
ology to better understand the
dynamics and concepts of crime and
gain insight to learn that crime is a
social problem and not a political
game and instead of adopting a bad-
man persona and engaging "war
talks" on criminals instead unravel
the "why" there is an exponential
increase in criminal activities and
how to weed out the "real" criminals
behind these criminals.
Can anyone in authority in the
Ministry of Works please do some-
thing to alleviate the suffering of
commuters using the Mosquito Creek
on a daily basis! We understand a
major road network to Pt Fortin is
being built. However, there are several
craters on the creek that cause traffic
to back up for miles.
The entire road does not need
paving, just the major craters!
A little work here will go a long
way in making life a little easier for
Also, the road to Pt Fortin has sev-
eral large holes that need to be filled
The wreckers, as most of the driving pub-
lic know, are considered a nuisance, particu-
larly as they make up laws and regulations
on the fly as to where and when parking is
legal, referring specifically to parts of the
cities where there are no No Parking or any
other signs stating that parking is either reg-
ulated or not allowed.
When confronted with this knowledge,
they make up even newer laws or excuses
to justify their cause, purpose and presence.
Oh, and at the very least, they chuckle at
pictorial or other proof you may have to jus-
tify your case.
Much like the (I am sure at times) laugh-
able tint laws that are still in place, proper
regulations need to be place in situations like
this, whereby if a car is parked in an area
with no signage alluding to issues about
parking, that cars are not illegally wrecked.
Citing a recent quote:
"We are not advocating that cars be
allowed to park anywhere and everywhere,
absolutely not, but the public is being
deceived due to the lack of signage.
It is intentionally left without the sign, in
hope that you be entrapped. If you saw a
sign that said you would be towed if you are
parked in this zone, then you would not park
your car there."---Gregory Aboud, Doma
Scott Soo Chin
Citizens must play part
as soldiers against crime
This crime scourge has been an affliction
on this country for too many years.
In my view, the solution to this problem is
beyond the police service and the Govern-
This problem belongs to each and everyone
of us, and it will take us all to solve it.
We the citizenry should face this issue
frontally and play our part as soldiers against
crime in order to reclaim our country from
the grips of criminal elements.
Every crime committed should be viewed
as a crime against you because if you have
not been subject to a crime, I can assure
you, you are standing in line.
A good place to start is to be our brother s
keeper and do away with the attitude
"Thank God it s not me."
We must be very observant, take note of
our surroundings, feeding the police with the
information. Forget about "I don t trust the
police." You cannot afford the luxury of that
You must help and take some risk without
putting your own life at risk.
The Minister of National Security Senator,
the Honorable Gary Griffith, said "crime is a
product of opportunity." Let s learn how not
to provide that opportunity.
I m sure, fellow citizens, you may have
many more suggestions as to how we can
overcome this affliction.
Fix craters at Mosquito Creek
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