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It's wonderful to see the improvements made to
the Chaguaramas boardwalk area and the
planned vision of a family-friendly environment.
What needs to happen next is a commitment to
that family-friendly atmosphere ideal, something
which I have observed may be threatened.
On a number of occasions I have observed peo-
ple and their groups enjoying themselves with big
coolers filled with alcoholic beverages.
Admittedly, I have not observed any signage and
I don't know if the Chaguaramas Developmental
Authority (CDA) has a policy on the visible use of
alcohol in this so-called family-friendly environ-
ment and I have no objection to its use by adults.
But I do object to people taking seating space
and making it a "temporary bar" visible to all. I find
it in poor taste and propose that the CDA should
make this boardwalk area a no-alcohol zone before
things get out of hand. Let us set the example for
the children and families who use this area.
As an option, the CDA could designate a specific
area for "public consumption of alcohol" and en-
sure, through patrols or video surveillance, that it is
confined to that area.
We know that for some irresponsible adults
who are under the influence of alcohol there is a
tendency for violence, argumentation and lack of
attention of their charges, which can have dire con-
sequences. Therefore, having a "no public con-
sumption of alcohol" policy would make for a
practical, forward-thinking, family-friendly policy in
our public space.
Public safety should be the number one priority
and alcohol, drugs and a lack of decorum have no
place in family-friendly environments.
Impressed with service
at Legal Affairs ministry
Iwish to express my appreciation to the Minister,
Permanent Secretary and staff of the Ministry of
Legal Affairs, Registration House, South Quay,
Port-of-Spain for the service I received.
On April 9, 2015, I went to that Ministry in order
to apply for a machine-readable marriage certifi-
cate. I had prepared myself to spend at least half
day to partly complete the transaction and maybe
come back to collect the finished product.
However, I was very impressed at the efficiency
I observed at that Ministry. The clerk in the infor-
mation booth received my application form and as-
signed a number with the letter A and asked me to
have a seat.
I noticed in that waiting area there were people
who were accessing other services and they were
also given numbers and other letters to identify
the different services. The waiting area was well
The electronic monitor not only displayed the
unique number of each person but also a micro-
phone announced the numbers being served and
the booth to which you were required to go for
The officer who took my form accessed all my
information on the computer and verified what
was on my application with information on her
system and in ten minutes I had a machine-read-
able marriage certificate in my hand.
I was truly impressed with the efficiency dis-
played. Yes people, the Ministry of legal Affairs is
fully computerised and I wish the rest of the public
service can follow the trend set by that ministry.
Iwas pleased to read that the Ministry of Ter-
tiary Education will be holding consultations
prior to the development of a programme to
call back retirees from the workforce (T&T
Guardian, April 10). These consultations are
necessary because there are several critical
issues that should be addressed.
I would like to query the assumption that
there is a labour shortage in T&T. A labour
shortage is when people (potential workers), are
unavailable. However, we continue to engage
thousands of people in "make work" pro-
grammes, showing that we have a supply of
On the other hand I do recognise a skills
shortage in T&T, in that the people available for
work lack the necessary knowledge, skills and
attitudes required for optimal performance in a
modern economic sector.
I can attribute this to lethargic leadership in
the National Training Agency (NTA) which takes
a very narrow interpretation of its role in pro-
ducing a competent workforce.
Has there been independent evaluation of the
many local programmes aimed at preparing
young people for the workplace to find out why,
after all these years, we need to recall retirees
or to have foreign workers dominating the con-
struction and security sectors? Are these pro-
grammes achieving their purpose? If not, why
not? Wake up NTA.
The national planners should consider
whether the returning retirees have been keep-
ing abreast of the rapid developments in work
processes where Information Communication
Technologies have today radically changed work
routines in every occupational area.
Certainly, costly updating training will be
required to assist these returnees to function
effectively in the current work environment.
In addition, these returnees will be adding to
the payrolls of organisations which means that
more people will be required to maintain the
same level of production. Is this wise? Think of
the impact this move will have on the motiva-
tion of young people who are following courses
of studies that are expected to help them
FUN IN THE SUN
Beach-goers enjoy themselves at Williams Bay, Chaguaramas on Thursday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
a no-alcohol zone
CONSULT CAREFULLY BEFORE
CALLING BACK RETIREES
progress in an organisation?
We all recognise that in T&T,
there has been for many years a
culture of low productivity, so that
many employers deem the local
workers to be lazy. We have also
witnessed the decline in the quality
of some local products, including
"killer gates." Is it advisable to
recruit people who were part of
that culture to teach, train and
mentor the young workers? Have
we evaluated the true worth of the
retired nurses who have been
brought back into the health sys-
tem? Have they added value to the
We should also take note that
many workers who retire, engage in
entrepreneurial activities to mone-
tise their abilities by becoming
self-employed, or initiators of
By bringing back this cadre of
possible job-creators into paid
employment we could be stifling
economic growth and national
We should be aware that this
move can worsen the dependency
syndrome that plagues T&T.
I should warn our leaders that
some of the ideas you get from the
Internet can be destructive to T&T.
We need to thread carefully here,
and consultations are in order.
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