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March 6, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Dear Valued Customers,
Effective 1st February, 2016 there will be a 12.5 % added VAT
on the Soursop Drink, Peanut Punch, Pineapple Drink, Orange
Drink and Mauby Drink, the Cow's Milk will remain zero- rated.
Revised Price List
Effective 1st February, 2015
16 fl oz Pasteurised Cow's Milk (Z.R.) $6.50 $8.00
12.5. % Vat Products
16 fl oz Pasteurised Soursop Drink $10.13 $13.25
8 fl oz Pasteurised Peanut-Punch
16 fl oz Pasteurised Peanut-Punch $10.13 $13.25
8 fl oz Pasteurised Pineapple Drink $1.69 $3.25
16 fl oz Pasteurised Pineapple Drink $3.54 $5.00
8 fl oz Pasteurised Orange Drink
16 fl oz Pasteurised Orange Drink
16 fl oz Pasteurised Mauby Drink
We thank you for your kind co-operation for selling
at the above prices.
Fitness enthusiast Solomon Samuel of Laventille, does a handstand outside Nicholas Towers, Port-of-Spain, after his morning
workout last Friday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
I am a regular passenger on the PTSC
buses and for the most part it is reliable.
Thank you to the drivers who get to work
on time so that I can get to work on time.
What has me peeved about PTSC
though, is that on evenings the buses leav-
ing the transport hub for the east-west
corridor have PTSC employees already
seated before the buses get to the loading
bay. Paying passengers have to stand.
I see this as poor customer service on
PTSC s part. Added to this, children will
be children and they must be disciplined
in a respectful manner. The manner in
which PTSC employees speak to the school
children leaves a lot to be desired.
On one occasion a female employee
screamed at a schoolboy who got on the
bus with a drink. The PTSC employee
could have simply asked the schoolboy to
wait for the next bus while he finishes his
I do believe the boy s need to get home
would have made him close the bottle
without the verbal abuse directed at him.
On another occasion an employee stand-
ing at the back door of the bus while a
student tried to use it as an entrance
(sometimes the driver will open the back
door to facilitate loading), told the student
to "use the front door before I hit you an
elbow in yuh face."
And this is the kind of abuse other peo-
ple s children face from adults who should
know better. Abuse is a boomerang effect,
once you set it flying it comes back to you,
or someone else will face it for you. Other
passengers turn into bullies and attack you
verbally, sometimes it gets close to physical
Adults keep complaining about children
but don t see they are directly responsible
for their behaviour. And while I am not a
supporter of the Prime Minister, I have to
agree with him when he said we are breed-
ing monsters because if this is how adults
behave, what do you leave for the children
Teachers and parents don t have the sole
responsibility of bringing up children. Every
adult has to be a role model to every child
they think isn t watching them and more
so to the ones that are looking on.
Children are born as clean slates and
adults need to set an example. When the
PM said we are breeding monsters, he
wasn t talking about the children, he was
addressing the inadequacies of adults to
be role models for the most impressionable
in our society.
So not only to PTSC employees, but to
adults everywhere keep reminding yourself
that every time you deal with a child you
are getting an opportunity to leave an
impression not a mark.
Adults must set a better example
Our beloved country has become a killing field. As
each day goes by things are getting worse. Crime has
escalated to a magnitude that we cannot comprehend
and this is a fact.
Every morning, noon and night there is a murder
or several murders and other vicious crimes. Why are
we being forced to live with such madness? It s just
too much to bear. This escalation in crime is making
people sick and paranoid.
It seems that this country is destined to failure. We
have become a lawless society because the court
system is flawed; it is failing to uphold the laws of
the land because of unscrupulous law enforcement
officers, criminals and lawyers who bend the law.
Cases are taking too long to be processed. Even if,
God forbid, some citizen is brave enough to bear wit-
ness to a crime they are being killed mercilessly. No
wonder people can be shot in broad daylight and no
one sees a thing.
Honestly, I think we have all lost hope in the justice
system. If prisons officers and police officers are fearful
for their lives where does that leave the rest of us.
Are we going to have to continue to live with this
madness? Crime and murder have become a part of
everyday life. People are being gunned down like ani-
mals. No one feels safe anymore. Why should innocent
children and law-abiding citizens have to live in fear
for their lives?
The Minister of National Security needs to be more
proactive and work harder to make this country safe.
But it is clear from recent events, such as the killing
of schoolboy Stephan Singh, that building more prisons
is not enough. Crime has to be tackled at every level.
We need to figure out why young people in some of
these poor socio-economic areas believe that crime
is the only way out.
There needs to be consultation between the relevant
ministries for youth affairs and social work with the
National Security to come up with a sustainable solu-
tion to this issue.
I am praying and hoping that a solution can be
found so that we all do not perish. It is the duty of
the Government to make the citizens of a country
feel safe and secure. We should not have to worry
about whether we are going to make it to another
day. Life is of no value it seems.
M Hosein and J Stephen
Living in a
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