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In April, 2014, the Arima Fire Station
was relocated from the heart of the
town to the outskirts in the vicinity of
the O'Meara Industrial Estate. This relo-
cation was due to the station building
being deemed unsafe, with several
health and safety factors posing threats
to the lives of those working there iden-
tified. The business community of the
borough was displeased and their dis-
pleasure heightened when fire destroyed
several landmark business places over
the past months.
General elections were held in Sep-
tember 2015. On the campaign trail, the
issue of getting the fire station back in
the town was a "trump card" for the
politicians as promises were made left
and right to appease the voting masses.
For more than a year, the "closed
down" station provided a haven for some
of the town's vagrants and homeless
which caused further deterioration to the
structural integrity of the building.
A promise is a promise and it was no
surprise when in October/November
2015, hasty works began in desperate at-
tempt to achieve the Christmas deadline.
The ground floor area was given facelifts
with some of the work crews working
throughout the night as the deadline ap-
The upper floor presently cannot be
occupied due to risks and outstanding
health and safety factors. No works were
done to the roof, the upper floor of the
building along with other areas of the
compound with these areas still being
The main concern of those in control
was the station had to be manned by all
means necessary; the people of Arima
had to see fire personnel return to the
old fire station despite and totally disre-
garding all the pre-existing health and
safety factors. It's like putting a plaster
on an untreated wound or what we will
call a "bobo."
Lo and behold, we now have a refur-
bished "safe" station complete with fire-
fighters...but, where is the fire truck,
where is the ambulance? We've been
hearing over time, complaints from the
Fire Service Association about the short-
age of fire trucks and fire fighting equip-
ment for fire fighters to perform their
This situation has been affecting fire
stations throughout T&T.
As I write, lots of stations are without
trucks with certain fire stations having
to cover their own station grounds as
well as those of one and two other fire
You might see a fire truck parked in a
station today and tomorrow it's gone
probably for weeks and at times month.
Gone to replace a defective truck in an-
We are already in the dry season with
the forecasters predicting a very dry one;
you know what this means---lots of bush
Time to stop playing games and fool-
ing the masses!
In a letter to the editor Tuesday, Ram-
subhag Singh of Debe extended an invi-
tation to PM Dr Keith Rowley and his
family to attend the wedding ceremony
of his son today.
The host was most gracious to extend
a special invite explaining all the prepara-
tions he will make in the Prime Minister's
honour even though he knew that the
debate on the Finance Bill was already
earmarked for that day.
We are now informed that this very
important bill, which is vital to economic
stability of the country, has been post-
poned and will now be debated on Mon-
Since Friday has now become a free
day, the nation can therefore assume
that Dr Rowley and family are now free
to attend the wedding, no doubt decked
in full Indian attire.
We can expect special appearances
from Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi,
who is seldom seen in the countryside
since the general election, and Minister
Marlene Mc Donald who would welcome
the expansive traditional menu.
All roads lead to Debe for fun, food
and frolic; we will worry about the coun-
try's woes another time.
Chris Gayle s comments to
a female TV reporter in
Australia has been
deemed to be disrespectful
and inappropriate in that
country. However, many locals
feel that the matter was blown
out of proportion.
I believe that this incident
and the substantial fine
imposed on Gayle should pro-
vide a point of reflection on
the way females are regarded
in the Caribbean.
In this region, females have
to contend with obscene,
unsolicited and personal com-
ments from any loutish male
that happens to be near.
Construction workers often
stop working to direct these
insulting comments to passing
females. Some male patrons of
diners and restaurants may
even go further to touch or
Some people excuse this
kind of behaviour as being
part of the Caribbean culture.
But cultural norms are
learned, and can therefore be
unlearned by bringing perpe-
trators to bear undesirable
legal consequences for their
lack of consideration.
This type of behaviour that
includes catcalls and sexual
innuendos was referred to by
the President of the Industrial
Court of T&T, Deborah
Thomas-Felix as "street
harassment" in her opening
remarks at a conference on
sexual harassment last year.
It is to be noted that the
2005 Offenses Against the
Person (Amendment) makes it
a criminal offence to harass a
Harassment includes "mak-
ing contact with the person,
whether by gesture directly,
verbally, by telephone, com-
puter, post or in any other
However, local perpetrators
take comfort in the fact that
in T&T, those who are
entrusted with enforcing the
law often fail to take action.
This action taken by the
Australians can send a wake-
up call to local males that can
very well lead to a new
sophistication in the way we
treat females in T&T.
We must be grateful.
This is an example of the state of some of the cars stored at the Marabella Police Station. Vines and
wild bushes have overgrown these vehicles providing a haven for who knows what type of vermin.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
GAYLE DEBACLE A WAKE-UP
CALL TO LOCAL MALES
Playing politics with Arima fire station
PM now free to attend wedding
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