Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 11th 2015 Contents Great article on processed foods, Dr
I've always made it a point to buy as
much fresh foods as possible, giving the
children fruit and a green vegetable every
day. No sodas (sweet drink) but I'm guilty
of pack juice for lunch. That's my fault as I
got them fed up of sorrel and mauby
through overdoing it everyday for years.
It helps that my mom cooks everyday
for the kids to carry lunch---I can't thank
her enough for that (she finishes cooking
at 6 am.) This means there is little or no
bread or, worse case, once per week if
I do however have "cereal" which I
know isn't the healthiest thing. We do this
on weekends only.
It would be great to have your views,
Dr Bratt, in maybe a follow-up article, on
organic foods and fruit such as apples
which we import. Also as I find even get-
ting fresh whole foods at a supermarket
I'm however wary about organic stuff
from supermarkets---that is, if they are re-
ally organic or just a hoax perpetrated on
On Sunday March 8, about 10 am,
there was a massive bush fire at Para-
dise Gardens, Tacarigua. The Fire De-
partment was called numerous times,
but they never came. I myself called and
was told by an officer that Tunapuna
Fire Station did not have any fire appli-
ance so I will have to get one from San
Juan but that one went out on another
bush fire. Also, the Arima tender was on
another bush fire as well. And when
they are finished they will come to at-
tend to the fire at Paradise Gardens.
What! This is preposterous. This fire
was approximately 20 feet away from
my home. My roof is covered with a tar-
paulin because of on-going renovations.
If one spark had gone upon that tarpau-
lin do you know what could have hap-
I am not blaming the Fire Department
because they are working with what re-
sources they have. But what I want to
know is if this bush fire was at Glencoe
or Westmoorings or any of the rich peo-
ple area, would they have got the same
response or treatment that we the peo-
ple of Paradise Gardens got? I am sure
that fire trucks from all over would have
reached to those areas on time.
This fire was out of control, and my
two sons with some neighbours with a
garden hose and buckets, had to fight
this fire. I was so furious, but thankful to
see that they controlled that fire with
water from my tank.
The fire department came 45 minutes
after the fire was put out. This is not ac-
ceptable. Something must be done
about this. There is too much money in
this country for these things to happen.
So Mr Minister of National Security,
you've got to fix this problem now. Let
all fire stations have more than two ten-
ders; give them the equipment that they
need. Imagine they came with a leaking
hose to put out a fire, hence the reason
they cannot save people's properties.
They usually reach late and they do not
have proper tools to do their jobs. Over
to you Mr Minister, the ball is in your
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Tend to this fire emergency now
Kenny Anthony, the prime minis-
ter of St Lucia, has, among the pon-
tificators and analysts, come closest
to diagnosing the crisis in West In-
dies cricket. It mirrors, he says, the
crisis in the Caribbean Community
(Caricom), the region's economic in-
Our view, not far removed from Dr
Anthony's, and as we have in the
past shared in these columns, is that
the region's cricket reflects a crisis
deeper and wider than Caricom's. It is
a crisis of contemporary West Indian
society---and its failure to transition
from colonies to modern, decently
managed and economically viable na-
tion states. In that regard, West In-
dian cricket bears, in its broadest
definition, the failure of leadership---
not only in the politics and adminis-
tration of the sport.
It is unlikely to be lost on serious
students of the regional game that
its periods of ascendancy have,
broadly, been in tandem with impor-
tant social movements. Constantine
and, more so, Headley were contem-
poraries of the social ferment of the
1930s, the Frome and oil field labour
riots and the Moyne commission.
Worrell, Walcott, Weekes and their
group were contemporaneous with, if
not children of, that first flush of
West Indianness and the possibilities
of a West Indian federal identity, fol-
lowed by the fracture of that ideal
and of the team of the 1960s.
The great teams of the 1970s and
'80s were concurrent with the rise of
the Black Power liberation and new
world/Left theology movements, out
of which Dr Anthony and his Vincent-
ian counterpart, Ralph Gonsalves,
were spawned, and of which Ja-
maica's Michael Manley was a leader.
It perhaps says something important
that the greatest of that era,
Richards, Lloyd, Holding, Roberts, and
Garner, didn't succumb to the bland-
ishments of apartheid South Africa
to betray Mandela's movement.
The point is that something in
these periods that was inspirational
to people from whom the region's
cricketers sprung and to whom they
belonged: that they and their islands
could be greater than their immedi-
ate circumstance; and, perhaps, that
West Indian cricketers were more
than itinerant troubadours.
Dr Anthony is right. Caribbean
leadership lost the plot. But not in
the sense of the trite analysis that
places every disagreement into the
realm of insularity and sees systemic
problems through prisms of person-
ality. Blame Dave Cameron, or Julian
Hunte, or their predecessors.
Faced with a changed world and
new circumstances, public-private
and institutional leadership has
foundered, incapable, it seems, of de-
signing governance arrangements
that engender trust and public buy-
in. In the circumstance, perception of
corruption and abuse of power is per-
vasive, worsened by the failure of the
West Indies, as collective or individ-
ual states, to achieve economic
breakthroughs. They appear only to
lurch from crisis to crisis.
Ultimately, West Indies cricket
won't be fixed with new presidents
of the board, or implementing un-
wieldy management systems de-
signed by former politicians and
bureaucrats. It starts with open,
frank leadership, at the level of the
game and at the state. People must
believe they have something to hold
on to and in which they can believe.
Cricket: anatomy of a crisis
Is 'organic' food in T&T really organic?
After dedicating my grocery shopping
to a supposedly reputable chain of su-
permarkets for the past 14 months, I find
myself in a predicament where I have
been waiting for three months for my
"gift" of a step ladder that I selected
based on the number of points that I had
In December I selected the item and
have been waiting until this day only to
be told every time I check, "Nothing yet,
they say soon." And I'm supposed to con-
tinue shopping at this establishment
while I wait for this gift indefinitely? I
don't think so. There are other less ex-
pensive groceries, that while they do not
offer items that they cannot deliver, they
offer savings on items that I can under-
I now have no choice but to shop else-
where in lieu of my "gift."
'Nothing yet, just keep waiting'
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