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I am very disappointed, but not surprised
that someone in power, or anyone who could
influence those in power, is willing to grant
Oliver Camps a reprieve.
Camps is about to lose his home and all his
life's savings because of debts incurred by the
T&T Football Association (T&TFA). This debt
was never guaranteed by Camps, nor was he
the owner of the association.
Ollie was the president of the T&TFA and
it appears that he alone is charged by the
courts with the responsibility of settling a
judgment debt owed to a foreign coach who
had been dismissed by the association back
I have no doubt that the association's debt
is valid, but I am at a loss to understand that
the former president becomes solely liable for
its settlement. However, that is water under
the bridge. The local courts have apparently
ruled that Ollie must pay several hundred
thousand US dollars to the fired coach, and
the courts of the land will seize everything
Ollie has ever owned to settle this debt in part.
And we, the people, the State, the business
community, sporting bodies, our own foot-
ballers, are just sitting down waiting for a life's
savings and work to be seized from a humble
man who is now in his eighties.
Ollie Camps has served this country and
served us well over many years. He received
no wealth for his service, but he was at the
forefront of some of our great sporting
moments. Ollie was team manager of the out-
standing football team which was robbed in
Haiti of the right to play in the 1974 World
Cup in West Germany. He was team manager
of the famous Strike Squad of 1989, the team
which so lifted our country's pride as they
almost qualified for the 1990 World Cup in
Italy. He, as a member of that team, was
awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold).
Ollie became president of the T&TFA around
1994. He did not seek the responsibility, he
was asked to take it. He, as president, helped
to take T&T to the World Cup 2006 in Ger-
The T&TFA incurred huge debts in getting
to the World Cup. They also saw our Under-
20 and Under-17 teams qualify for World Cups,
and our various women's teams almost qualify.
Various governments have settled all, or almost
all of these debts to date. Why not Ollie's?
Ollie certainly had no personal financial gain
from his service to us.
Shame on all of us if we let them seize
Oliver Camps' home!
I do not subscribe to Cable TV, I
always watch CNMG because of its mix
of programming. Within the last two
years I have noticed the station's pro-
gramming content drastically decline.
I am saddened that the one station I
had trusted has gone to this level.
My problems with CNMG program-
• Programmes advertised for a partic-
ular time never come on as scheduled
• Programmes are repeated several
• Adult content programmes are incor-
rectly scheduled (eg Criminal Minds)
• Carnival programming with lewd and
suggestive dancing at 9 pm.
The most troubling incident hap-
pened last Thursday, at 9 pm, during
a live broadcast on CNMG. A semi-
nude young lady was shown dancing
on stage with a male counterpart in an
exotic, sexual way, which was very dis-
tasteful in my opinion.
Criminal Minds has been criticised
about the level of violence presented
on the show for years now. The show
has gotten more and more violent yet
the programming people at CNMG (up
until a few months ago) have placed
the show at 8 pm, just after the evening
newscast. Perhaps the programming
team feels they need to push the enve-
lope in order to stand out from the
pack, but CNMG needs to be mindful
of the younger (impressionable) viewing
audience who is still up at this time.
To make matters worse, most CNMG
programmes that air after the news are
re-runs that have aired several times
Also, sometimes a promo will be
aired all day and at the scheduled time,
the programme is preempted or comes
on later than advertised. Doesn't anyone
keep a check on this?
Perhaps it is time for the CNMG to
return to proper programming stan-
dards. There are a several nationals
watching that would like to be properly
entertained. I would like to request that
the chairman at CNMG look into these
A worker from a business place in Tunapuna, adjacent to El Dorado Road and the Eastern Main Road, burns rubbish in a backyard, last
Wednesday. This practice is discouraged by the Fire Service and the EMA. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Shame on us if Ollie loses his home
The word 'poor' is not supposed to translate
to mean foolish. But then neither does the
word 'rich' make you any more sensible. The
unions, all of them, without fear or favour,
need to bear this in mind when they enter
into talks with the Prime Minister. There seems
to be a prevailing thought, correct me if I am
wrong, that every single union leader expects
to retain the services of every single union
member in a recession that is growing bigger
and deeper by the minute.
Moving on to the other foot, consider the
boldfaced behaviour of the business commu-
nity. The Supermarkets Association in par-
ticular, the local manufacturers and other pur-
veyors of essential goods and services, seem
unwilling to recognise that profit margins can-
not be as in the boom years. Both rich and
poor people can be fundamentally myopic.
Anyone privileged to be employed in this
sustained guava season, needs to stop showing
off and just work. To those employed in the
social programmes, please remember that the
taxpayers expect value for money.
In personal spending certain 'must-haves'
like a car, along with $6,000 cell phones,
must go. It is obscene to see school children
with expensive cell phones with parents talking
about the inability to find money for school
books. The free laptops that encourage forays
into pornography and game playing is another
vanity purchase that must be removed.
The property tax is coming because it is
imperative. The smelter project needs to be
looked at as a viable foreign exchange earner.
The health issues must be studied. The envi-
ronmentalists have to consider that humans
cannot eat grass and that it is illegal to print
either local or US currency.
Label me a People's National Movement
sympathiser if you will, a plain 'steups' to
farse and out of place people. Forget the accent,
I was born here. What is truly pathetic is the
intimation that Dr Rowley must not travel
further than Tobago. Is he expected to display
infinite gratitude for having won the position
of Prime Minister of T&T? In this recession
Dr Rowley must seemingly put on khaki pants
and rubber slippers and sit by his gate awaiting
Opposition words of wisdom about how best
to govern the country.
Here follows a long string of 'steupses' if
indeed 'steups' can come in the plural.
We need to tighten our belts
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