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The public is hereby
proposes to apply to the
(EMA) for a variation in
accordance with the
Noise Pollution Control
Rules 2001 for
Date of Event/Activity:
January 9th 2016
#3rd Reserve La Baja
Maracas, St. Joseph.
The Public is invited to
submit comments within
5 working days of the
publication of this Notice
to the EMA. 1029053
Pipeline operations by MVs Michael M Kathy
M, Kenneth O and barge Winston B, towing
pipelines of up to 2000 feet in length in
progress between La Romaine Bay Area and
Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st
A wide berth and caution is advised
25th February 2015
Beverly Phillip Director of Maritime
Services Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport
Afull moon is a glorious sight, round
and shining brightly, sometimes
golden, sometime pale yellow other
times almost white. Hanging there in the
sky, it emits its glow over the night sky.
Full moon nights were times for filling
the minds of children, and some adults,
with stories of headless horsemen,
soucouyant, La Diablesse, douens,
jumbies and duppies. They were times
for lovers to stroll, arm in arm, bathed in
the moonlight while staring lovingly into
each other s eyes.
Little by little, full moon nights are no
more; the moon is disappearing and we
are losing the moon. The loss of the
moon is not occurring region-wide but
in certain islands. However, that loss is
slowly spreading throughout the region
and soon it may be that full moon
nights are no more in the Caribbean.
Now you may ask what this astrologi-
cal phenomenon is and how it is that
you have not heard of it. You may be
tempted to rush to your computer or
smart phone and Google "loss of the
moon" to find out what is causing it.
Alas you will not find the phenome-
non through your search engine.
Full moon nights were events to be
enjoyed, shared with family and friends.
But now no more. Now everyone stays
inside, locked away and there is no
enjoyment of the pale silvery or golden
Why are we all inside? Some will say
it is the pressure of modern living, so
many things to do, and there may be
some truth to that. But what are those
things to do? Checking the latest post
on Facebook? Spending time in front of
a television watching the latest revela-
tions about some reality TV star? Can
those not wait while you find your real
self in the glow of the moonlight?
For others, the moon is lost because
they are afraid to come out at night.
Crime, they say, is everywhere and they
are not taking any chances so they lock
themselves in at night and to them the
moon is lost. However, is crime truly
everywhere? Does it really strike all who
venture out at night?
Certainly that cannot be true as the
actions of many show that it is not so,
especially at Carnival time. Certainly it
cannot be true in Trinidad at Christmas
time as we traverse the land to listen to
Crime statistics clearly show that most
categories of crime, especially robberies,
have reduced. Crime is not everywhere
striking at everyone. What is everywhere
is a fear of crime; a fear that over-
whelms rational thinking and robs us of
the quiet enjoyment that nature provides
to restore balance in our souls.
Is that fear of crime justified? For
many the fear is an unjustified one. It is
a fear of the unknown. It is almost the
same type of unknown that in the past
made us believe in and afraid of the
soucouyant, La Diablesse, douens,
jumbies and duppies. It is a fear driven
primarily by newspaper headlines of
Crime certainly cannot be everywhere
otherwise all those enjoying the
Chaguaramas Boardwalk at night or the
Brian Lara Promenade or the Queen s
Park Savannah paved area or the San
Juan Promenade or the Waterfront in
Port-of-Spain would all be robbed and
Yet that fear pervades the minds of
many and so they are in fact robbed---
but robbed of the ability to enjoy the
gentle night breezes and of looking to
see the face of the man who lives on the
Now we would never suggest that
people should recklessly venture to lone-
ly places at night, nor would we suggest
that individuals should go at night to
locations that have a reputation for
crime or violence.
There is, however, no reason to allow
the fear to so overcome you that you
will not go in the early evenings to the
places frequented by others.
There is no reason to so allow the fear
to seize you that you cannot sit at night
in your yard or porch and watch the
moon rise, especially if you have fol-
lowed our advice given in earlier articles.
So act now and let us all stop losing
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Since I do not have the finances to make my ideas
a reality, I have decided to share some with the
world with the hope that our world would be a bet-
ter place because someone with the means took ad-
vantage of my idea. Here are some ideas that can
make great impact internationally:
First, the electric car and natural gas-powered cars
are generally accepted as better than gasoline and
diesel-powered cars. The problem has been the
length of time taken for charging batteries and filling
up compressed gas tanks. The solution is simple:
have as many recharging stations throughout the
country as there are gas stations. The difference is
instead of charging the cars they should be changing
When a car pulls up the attendant should simply
take out the discharged battery and replace it with a
fully-charged one. That should take less time than it
takes to fill up a gas tank.
The needed inventions are safe, reliable terminal
connections that snap in place. With quick-release
terminals and clamps the batteries should be able to
be removed and replaced with little effort.
The same idea will work for compressed gas cars.
Rather than fill up the tank at the station, simply
change the tank. With safe snap-in-place gas cou-
pling similar to that of LPG gas cooking cylinders,
one simply has to drive up and have the empty tank
replaced with a filled tank in a fraction of the time it
takes to fill up a standard gas tank.
My super great idea for today, however, is mass
transit. The cost of rails for trains, roadway for cars
and jetties for boats make travelling very expensive
and slow. The future must be by air using the same
technology that is used in today's drones. The multi-
ple motors of drone technology allow for stability,
vertical takeoff and landing and the ability to lift
heavy loads. These "drone buses" can transport ap-
proximately 60 people per unit, similar to a bus load
but without the complex mechanisms associated
with rotary units like a helicopter.
The cost saving for roadway, train stations and
ferries should spur every major transportation com-
pany to do the research and develop "drone busses"
that can support mass transportation and change
the way we travel within our boundaries forever.
Remember you heard it here first for free.
God bless T&T.
In an effort to alleviate the increasing traffic
woes currently plaguing workers and students
on their daily commute, organisations may con-
sider the option of flexible working hours as a vi-
able solution. Increased urbanisation and
economic development has led to a steady rise
in vehicular congestion on the nation's roads
thereby causing menacing traffic from Port-of-
Spain to San Fernando.
The demands of daily professional and per-
sonal commitments has made the work day for
an average citizen particularly tiring with exces-
sive traffic, caused largely by persons making
their commute to offices, schools and jobsites
for the same arrival time.
Research conducted by varied institutions
throughout North America and Europe suggest
that the adoption of flexible working hours and
alternate working arrangements not only in-
creases long term productivity for an employee's
respective company but also contributes to their
overall quality of life.
As our nation strives towards further eco-
nomic development, meaningful and cost effec-
tive solutions must be explored to ensure the
social impact from this development is produc-
tively absorbed into our citizens' daily lives.
MBA, Chairman, CISPS
WE ARE LOSING THE MOON
Time to consider flexible working hours
'Drone buses' the way to travel
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