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SOUND OF MUSIC
Children of Captain Georg von Trapp perform during Naparima Girls' High School's presentation of Sound of Music at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando on Thursday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Tourism never given attention it deserves
Tourism Management as
yet but I can tell you we
are facing a serious deficit
for Carnival 2017.
Let me congratulate
the Minister of Culture for
being an honest politician,
if such a person can exist,
and acknowledging same.
Confession is great for the
soul and the country. "Hon-
est politician" is the best
example of an oxymoron
that there is.
The goodly minister has
admitted a serious and
severe decline in tourist
arrivals for the so-called
"greatest show on earth."
Why do we have that
Tourism was never
given the attention it de-
serves. We had a former
leader who viewed tourism
as submissive and pander-
ing to colonial masters. In
hindsight that was not the
way to go.
Whenever I am abroad
and say I am from Trinidad,
I am asked what part of
Jamaica that is. No one
knows about us. Whose
fault is that?
Let us explore the
causes so we can find
where there is trouble,
where the crime rate is so
high. Carnival days are the
only ones when there is a
high police visibility. Aber-
cromby Street included;
• economic problems,
that is, a foreign exchange
• deterioration of tour-
ism facilities, for example
hotels, making them less
attractive. We have one
good expensive hotel.
Check if you dare the wash
rooms at our beaches;
• why are part-time Trin-
is not returning from the
USA? The US is very cold
at present. Is it that they
love their new president so
much or are afraid they will
not be allowed to return?
All of them are either man-
agers or supervisors;
• lack of basic survival
items, food and water. No
one goes where there is
difficulty to access same
or where they are not
readily available. Not ev-
eryone stays in the capital;
• poor health service;
• poor customer service.
Foreigners are murdered,
drugged, raped, abused
•cheating, dishonest taxi
drivers. I say no more.
• rude nationals, Immi-
• unfriendly natives giv-
ing wrong road directions
and laughing or demanding
money for pictures. Do any
of you all ever venture out-
Had we focused on
in addition to or in con-
junction with oil and gas,
we would not have been
caught with our pants
Every country has a
slump period. Nothing
lasts forever. Pan in dan-
ger. Carnival in jeopardy.
But don't stop we Car-
I was watching the Batman cartoon movie The
Killing Joke one Saturday when my daughter Jinaki,
who's three years old, came into the living room
and said she wanted to watch my show. And, as
she sat down, the Joker shot Barbara Gordon in the
"Daddy, why is there so much blood?" Jinaki
"Because the villain shot Batgirl with his gun," I
Jinaki propped her face on her hands and looked
at me. "Daddy, I should not be watching shows
with blood. I should be watching Peppa Pig, which
has no blood."
"Okay, sweetie," I said. "You're quite right."
Now I have no idea where Jinaki got this from.
My wife and me have already decided that we won't
censor what the children watch, although we don't
watch shows with cussing when they're awake.
And that's only because Jinaki and her one-year-
old brother Kyle won't know what words are
appropriate or not (although, interestingly,
she has heard me curse while driving
yet not once has she ever said
those particular words).
But as for TV socialising
my children, I don't worry
too much about that. This
is partly because all the
research which shows the
bad effects television and
other media have on chil-
dren are pretty alarmist and
unreliable. In his book Kill-
ing Monsters, writer Gerard
Jones refers to a famous 1998
study in the United States which
asserted that the average Amer-
ican child will have seen 6,000
violent deaths on television by the
time he's 11 years old.
"On closer examination that fig-
ure turns out to be the number of
violent deaths a child could see if he watched all the
violent programmes available to him--if he watched
Homicide instead of Rugrats," Jones writes. "When
children's viewing habits are taken into account, we
discover that most children probably see NO vio-
lent deaths through their first six or so years, then a
modest number when they start to take an interest
in more adult programmes and movies."
Moreover, there is little rigorous research show-
ing that such exposure has any long-term effects
on violent tendencies in children, or indeed any
other influence on their values.
Journalist Steven Johnson in Everything Bad
is Good for You writes: "I suspect we seriously
overestimate the extent to which our core values
are transmitted to us via the media. Most people
understand that the characters on the screen are
fictitious ones, and their flaws are there to amuse
and entertain us, and not to give us ethical guid-
ance. Parents and peer groups are still vastly more
influential where values are concerned."
It is possible, however, that this is not en-
tirely true for children under two years of age.
But, even if children's shows do influence
their values, so what? Children's shows are
all about empathy and fairness and all the
traits we'd like our children to empathise.
Doc MacStuffins even has a premise based
on figuring out solutions according
to evidence, which is certainly an
attitude I want my children to
My main concern about TV is
that it takes time away from
other activities. But Jinaki's
new favourite show is Straw-
berry Shortcake which, while
she likes it, is apparently not as
gripping as Princess Sofia, since
she does other things while
that show is on. Or maybe
she's already overcoming TV's
MAN & CHILD
A PARENTING COLUMN BY KEVIN BALDEOSINGH
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