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The public is hereby notified that
Proposes to apply to the
Authority (EMA) for a variation in
accordance with theNoise
Pollution Control Rules for the
Event/Activity described below:
Date of Event/Activity:
December 26th, 2015
Name and Description of
Event / Activity: Party
Location / Address of
Event / Activity: 7F Eastern
Main Road, Sangre Grande
Duration of Event /
Activity: 7 hrs
Start time: 10 p.m.
End time: 5 a.m.
The Public is invited to submit
comments within five (5) working
days of the publication of this
Notice to the EMA
The public is hereby
proposes to apply to
(EMA) for a Variation in
accordance with the Noise
Pollution Control Rules
2001 for the Event/
Activity described below:
Date of Event/Activity:
Saturday 28th November
Red Army Jourvet Band
Centre of Excellence
10.00 p.m - 5.00 a.m
The public is invited to
submit comments within
5 working days of the
publication of this notice
to the EMA. 1029112
CALL 3570927 to register
LEARN TO COOK
5th, 6th and 7th November
9am to 1pm
Saturday 14th November 2015
Saturday 21th November 2015
Dear TTFA presidential prospects,
It is with great despair and utter frustration
that we, the Parent Support Committee for the
T&T Women's National Under 17 Football team,
desperately seek your assistance.
It has been 20 long and arduous months of
preparation, dedication and personal sacrifice from
the parents, players and dedicated volunteer
coaching staff. It has been 20 long and trying
months of families depleting personal financial re-
sources for the routine supply of "ice and water."
It has been 20 long months of co-ordinating
training sessions at fields throughout the length
and breadth of Trinidad.
In less than 20 days we are hopeful, despite
the current odds, that our youngsters will have
an opportunity to compete in the Caribbean
Football Union qualifiers, secure a place in the
Concacaf finals and hopefully a berth in the FIFA
Women's Under-17 World Cup Tournament in
Jordan in 2016.
Trinidad is currently the defending CFU women's
U17 champion, however, we will most likely not
even be given an opportunity to attend and partici-
pate in the tournament carded for November 12
through November 23, 2015 in Puerto Rico, for
which our young ladies braved not one but two
tropical storms and fought so admirably. This may
be due to the following:
1. Lack of funding for US visa processing fees.
(As of Tuesday appointments are filling up quickly
given the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays in the US.)
2. No payment and booking of flights to/from
Puerto Rico for 25 players and coaching staff
We are out of time and your urgent assistance
would be greatly appreciated.
WNT U17 Football Parent
An ordeal to
My husband has recently been given blood trans-
fusions at the General Hospital. We have always un-
derstood the unwritten rule that if you take blood
out from the system, you try and put it back for
someone else who needs it. This seems almost im-
possible to do.
On Monday, October 12 at 2 pm, my son, a regis-
tered donor, went to give blood at the Blood Bank. He
was told that they had their day's quota and he was
given a stamped slip of paper and told to come back.
On Tuesday, October 13 at 9.45 he tried again, and
at 10.30 was told once more that they already had
their day's quota of donors. He was informed by the
NWRHA nurse that she was the only qualified nurse
able to do the procedure and therefore they were tak-
ing no further blood donations for that day. She also
said that if she had been unable to work that day, the
Blood Bank would have been forced to close.
Surely this highlights a lack of suitably qualified
health care professionals at the Blood Bank.
On Friday 16 at 9 am, my son telephoned the Blood
Bank before making another trip, and again was told
that they already had their quota and were taking no
more blood. This is ridiculous. The opening hours
stated on the door are from 8 am to 3. pm.
The Blood Bank is (literally) the lifeline for thou-
sands of people. As such, it is shocking to know that it
is presently "drastically understaffed" and apparently
has only one available nurse qualified to take blood. If
indeed the health service cannot find one or two more
qualified staff to put in place some sort of rota sys-
tem from among it's hundreds of doctors and nurses,
it is a sorry state of affairs. I cannot believe that this
Also, there needs to be telephone or online access
to basic information for the convenience of all donors
who make the generous decision to give freely of
themselves and their time. It is disrespectful and in-
considerate not to keep them updated. And it would
prevent this whole process from being the inefficient,
time-wasting ordeal that it presently is.
Is the trend of celebrating Hal-
loween in Trinidad a trick or
treat? The world is a global vil-
lage, there's no doubt. With
cable, social media, immigration,
expats and Google, we are ex-
posed to most cultures and
whilst it is fascinating to learn, is
it necessary to partake?
For many of us identity, cul-
tural that is, continues to be an
axe-grind. Thus it is dishearten-
ing that whilst we continue op-
erating in the quagmire of who
we are, we are still stuck (some
of us) in the "white is right"
scheme of things.
I am appalled by constantly
being bombarded by the Hal-
loween ads. I must ask why have
we jumped on the Halloween
bandwagon? How is it relevant to
our cultural history? How does it
add to our sense of identity and
Many are busy teaching their
kids about Halloween but would
they teach them about our folk-
lore? The soucouyant, La Diab-
lesse? So much fuss and effort is
being put into a celebration that
has nothing to do with us!
Don't get me wrong, I too,
enjoy the shows on TV but that's
where it belongs. It should be left
there: watched, marvelled at and
left in the village it belongs.
We are always ready to carry
on with the idea our "foreign
used cultures." I can never under-
stand why we are so bent on
adopting other people's social
Is Halloween a "trick or treat?"
I think it is a trick! A trick to keep
us in a stupor of neo-colonialism.
A trick to keep us in that space of
chameleon culture. Come on T&T
we have our own celebration of
costume, it's called Carnival!
Desperately seeking assistance
NIB workers protest outside the Eric Williams Financial Complex on Monday to highlight their ongoing negotiations for a wage
increase and terms of employment between the period January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Halloween treat or trick?
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