Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 21st 2016 Contents viewpoint A25
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Black smoke bellows from a vehicle along Chin Chin Road, Cunupia, last week. Drivers should be aware they have a responsibility to prevent emissions like these so as not to pose a health danger
to others. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Dangers of smoking
got pros and cons
Long ago T&T was the
Caribbean godfather. Our
portfolio has now expanded to
include the world. I am not sure
if this is a good thing.
Trespassing across the nation-
al borders in a way that violates
immigration laws is a reasonable
definition of "Illegal Immigra-
tion." Overstaying in a destina-
tion country is illegal immigra-
tion. Are we clear?
Let at look at the advantages:
• Boosts the economy. Illegal
immigrants buy goods to survive
and on all these goods. They pay
taxes. These taxes benefit the
• Provide inexpensive labour.
Check the supermarkets and se-
• Add cultural influence. They
bring a tremendous amount of
cuisine, cultural richness and
diversity. Try Jamaican jerk pork
• Hope for a better future. No
one runs from "good." There are
more opportunities in T&T.
• Legal process is arduous.
As with everything there are
both pros and cons.
Let us examine the disadvan-
• Abuse of Government pro-
grammes. Greatly overburdens
the welfare systems. You have to
wait whole day and night in the
hospital for attention.
• Some of these illegal immi-
grants can be criminals fleeing
their country. They are not reg-
istered or traceable. They bring
"new challenges" to our already
challenged police service. In-
stead of being tried and punished
for their crimes they go back to
their own country.
• They are susceptible to abuse
and poor work conditions. They
are exploited, in many cases
sexually, and advantaged. They
work hard for very little money.
They fear deportation. Employ-
ers, co-workers, neighbours
utilise this against them. Again
supermarkets seem to be the best
• Language barriers. They do
not have a full command of the
English language or speak with
heavy accents and are difficult
to comprehend. There can never
be proper communication where
both the sender and listener
comprehend the message being
• Overpopulation. This is very
real. T&T cannot accommodate
everyone. It is either them or we.
What is the verdict? Send
them back to their land.
Watson Duke next PM?
I view with interest that Wat-
son Duke is soon off to more
challenging pastures in a bid to
win control of the Tobago House
move anywhere unless it suits
him, Mr Duke must be pretty
sure of victory at the upcoming
THA elections. So certain is he
that he has already started train-
ing his successor at the Public
I may be accused of liking bac-
chanal but some few months ago
I can recall him saying on early
morning television that he would
be the next Chief Secretary at the
Tobago House of Assembly.
If Donald Trump could shock
the world stiff by becoming
President-elect against some
staggering odds, Mr Duke might
well have a plethora of Tobagoni-
ans just waiting anxiously to vote
him in. Is the THA just another
stepping stone to being Prime
Minister of T&T? Assuredly, an-
ything President Trump can do
Mr Duke can do better.
CoP must work on
The Commissioner calls upon the
population to keep faith with the
police after a number of officers have
been accused of robbing a business-
It must take a considerable amount
of courage to make such a call, but
just as importantly it shows how out
of touch the Commissioner is with
the views of the public.
In the present circumstances, does
the Commissioner believe that the
public has any faith in the police?
Any poll done today would show
that confidence in the police is at its
lowest and despite the recent devel-
opments in respect of police officers
facing the courts for a variety of
crimes there is little evidence that
this will change soon.
The Commissioner has to start the
process of creating an environment
which builds the confidence of the
public that police officers will behave
professionally and ethically at all
times and will face sanctions when
they do not.
This has to be an ongoing process
which will not lose steam as soon
as the public's attention is diverted
elsewhere. No promises or fancy lan-
guage is going to succeed without the
will to make this happen.
Take the necessary action and en-
sure continuity and over a period of
time it will happen. Anything else is
just spinning top in mud
Flexible working hours can
improve quality of life
In an effort to alleviate the increas-
ing traffic woes currently plaguing
workers and students on their daily
commute, organisations may con-
sider the option of flexible working
hours as a viable solution.
Increased urbanisation has led to
a steady rise in vehicular congestion
thereby causing menacing traffic
from Port-of-Spain to San Fernando
The demands of daily profession-
al and personal commitments have
made the work day for an average cit-
izen particularly tiring with excessive
traffic, caused largely by people mak-
ing their commute to offices, schools
and jobsites for the same arrival time.
The adoption of flexible working
hours and alternate working arrange-
ments not only increases long-term
productivity for a person and their
company but also contribute to im-
proving their overall quality of life.
As our nation strives towards fur-
ther economic development, mean-
ingful and cost effective solutions
must be explored to ensure the social
impact from this development is
productively absorbed into citizens'
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