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Stand up for your communities
The time has come for yet
another complaint re the
illegal renovations of homes,
turning them into businesses,
along the north side of Long Cir-
cular Road and into the tiny side
streets in Maraval.
These people do not have
permission to do what they're
I just don't know where to
For over ten years the residents
have been fighting, through the
"proper" Government offices, ie
Town and Country Planning, to
put an end to this madness.
No one, no one with deci-
sion-making power is doing his
job or considering the residents
who have been very vocal about
these issues for a long time.
Up to today, these new busi-
nesses are advertising for com-
mercial tenants with no permis-
sion for this change of use.
Renters beware: ask to see the
actual Permission of Use doc-
umentation; do not trust the
owner's word because we are
fighting all illegal businesses in
The Government has changed,
promises were made, meetings
with officials and a litany of let-
ter-writing to Town and Country
Yet no one has the backbone to
make the law-abiding decisions
nor use their power to enforce
the policies for residential areas
which already exist!
And before you say "This is
Trinidad, this is normal etc,"
just think if a business, school or
gym opened up directly across
or right beside your lovely com-
fortable, quiet home right now,
how would you like it? The noise
at all hours, the liming, the lack
of parking for your home... Just
seriously think about it before
you judge us, because this too
can happen to you---unless we/
you stop it now.
Where does it all end? Do we
the residents have to file an in-
junction citing the minister and
the Division for dereliction of
This is not happening to just
Maraval, this is happening all
over our country.
We the people have voted you
into your positions, do your jobs,
start showing your worth. And
we wonder why people like Don-
ald Trump become President?
People, stand up for your com-
Deborah Crooks Roti universal, not racial
Emerging from every debate comes
some good. The recent highlighting
of roti has prompted and motivated
me to do some research.
When I am offshore on a Thursday
and told, "AV, Roti," I reply, "Say it
again. This is not a drill.''
My grandmother, surname Francis,
made excellent roti. Roti originated
from the Indian subcontinent. It is
made from flour.
Roti is enjoyed in India, Pakistan,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Mal-
dives, Malaysia, Bangladesh, South
Africa, Fiji, Mauritius, Trinidad and
Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Jamai-
ca, Grenada and St Vincent and the
I have had good roti in New York,
Texas and Washington.
My mother-in-law makes the best
roti for me.
Roti basically is a bread wrapped
around a filling and eaten as a sand-
wich. The filling can be curried meat.
There are different types of roti.
For instance, sada roti, paratha roti,
dhalpuri, aloopuri, dosti, pepper and
Roti can be eaten with curries and
stews. Vegetarian options are also
available. Roti can be served with
chicken, duck, goat, beef, conch and
Rotis are time specific: my dad
makes a pepper roti on the morning
of a wedding; puris are eaten in Guy-
ana when a child is born.
All this talk about roti has made
me hungry. Man cannot live by bread
alone so I will buy roti. I am going by
a roti shop.
''What, no pork roti?''
Now that is discrimination.
Roti is not racial.
Roti is universal.
Licensing rainwater harvesting
a backward step in draft policy
The Ministry of Public Utili-
ties has released for public com-
ment a Draft Water Resources
Management Policy for T&T.
The draft policy is being pre-
pared by a Cabinet-appointed
The draft policy proposes a
system of licensing for the ab-
straction of all water including
In other words, a licence will
be required for rainwater har-
vesting, or as we say in local par-
lance, "ketching rain."
The idea is that abstraction
fees will be collected to cover the
cost of operating an Integrated
Water Resources management
Programme. This proposal to
license the collection and use of
rainwater is a backward step in
any attempt to properly manage
our nation's water resources.
There are several benefits to
rainwater harvesting. These in-
• The only treatment required
for human consumption is fil-
tering. (No costly treatment by
• Reduction in water loss
through run-off, especially in
• Flood mitigation.
Why seek to license rainwater
harvesting when other jurisdic-
tions are moving in the opposite
direction of repealing existing
rainwater harvesting laws (USA)
or making rainwater harvesting
There are other proposals in
the draft policy that are cause for
concern including the linking of
abstraction fees to administra-
tive costs, however, the proposal
for one to get a licence to "ketch
rain" requires immediate atten-
What do you think?
Mason Hall, Tobago
Members of Los
of El Dorado, Trinidad
and Tobago, walk
through the streets
of Old Havana, Cuba,
in April. Fidel Castro
died at age 90, on
Friday. He came to
power in 1959 and
ushered in a
revolution. He defied
the US for decades,
a trade embargo,
banning virtually all
US exports to the
island except for food
and medicine and it
ties on January 3,
1961. The embargo
on the island with the
result that many of
the majestic, now
historic, buildings fell
into disrepair. PHOTO:
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