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Priest calls for drastic action
An Anglican priest is calling
for drastic action to be taken to
fight the scourge of crime cur-
rently enveloping T&T.
Claiming that crimes being perpe-
trated against women and children
today were "unprecedented," - In-
terim Rector, Holy Trinity Cathedral,
Fr Carl Williams said murders con-
tinued unabated because society had
turnedawayfrom God andcontinued
to place material wealth above him.
Up to midday yesterday, the mur-
der rate stood at 54, while it was said
to be 50 for the corresponding period
Denying that he was advocating
for women to carry guns or knives,
Williams said, "The time has come
for women to protect themselves. I
am not telling women to go out and
buy a gun or keep a knife in their bag,
but find ways and means such as go-
ing to karate classes so that they can
better protect themselves."
Admitting that his congregation's
numbers had seriously declined since
Christmas, Williams said he was also
seriously considering pitching a tent
at the church in order to demonstrate
to parishioners that he was prepared
to spend the night there---after they
expressed concerns about getting
home early due to the crime situ-
Expressing the sentiments follow-
ing yesterday's Eucharistic celebra-
tion during which he addressed stu-
dents from eight primary schools in
the Port-of-Spain district at Candle
Mass, Williams told those present,
"Right now, people don't want to
hear about Jesus. They want to go
about doing their own thing."
Speaking afterwards, Williams
said T&T was lacking a sense of
He said, "I think what we need to
get back to in T&T soon, is spirit-
uality. There is too much of a party
spirit. It happens for 365 days a year
and if it's a leap year, it goes for 366
days from January to December. It's
a party atmosphere."
Recapping the ten command-
ments, Williams stressed on the
sixth which read, Thou Shalt Not Kill.
During his sermon, Williams said
people had lost respect for each other
and by extension, human life.
He said this was evident in the ease
and disregard with which murders
were being committed.
Urging the student to "Say no to
bad things," Williams advised them
to tell their teachers and parents
about things that made them feel
uncomfortable or filled them with
Returning to the issue of crime,
he said, "What is happening in our
nation and throughout the world is
that people are killing people indis-
criminately and mercilessly."
Williams told the congregation,
"Jesus has called us to love one an-
other,love God and to love our neigh-
bour as our self."
He said kind acts did not need to
be big or grand, but could include
visiting hospitals and turning back
a bed, or even volunteering to cut
somebody's lawn. Williams urged,
"Don't go to somebody's house and
rob and kill."
Referring to the murders of Shan-
non Banfield, Rachel Ramkissoon
and Nadia Simms, Williams said
killings did not necessarily mean the
end of the line for the murderers who
He said hope was always present
as a person could surrender their life
to God and experience a transforma-
tion and radical change as a disciple
of Jesus Christ.
Calling for Religious Instruction to
remain as part of the school curric-
ulum, Williams said, "A lot of these
men committing murder and so forth
can be rehabilitated, not only through
medicine. Those things could help
yes, but the only being on earth that
could help these men is Jesus Christ."
Aloes blames crime for
poor turnout at Revue
Five days after launching the cast
of Kalypso Revue, Michael "Sugar
Aloes" Osuna almost closed the
doors of his tent on Wednesday due
to the poor turn out of patrons.
Aloes said if ticket sales failed to pick
up in the next two weeks, he would have
"to call it a day. Why not? Sparrow closed
up his tent, so who is me?"
Yesterday, Aloes attributed the lack of
attendance at the SWWTU Hall,Wright-
son Road, Port-of-Spain to the spiralling
crime rate, as he called on the Govern-
ment to retain Jack Warner as an advisor
to the Ministry of National Security to
help reduce the escalating murder rate.
The tent, which has calypsonians such
as Chalkdust, Devon Seales, Baron and
Skatie, opened last Friday in Arima.
Aloes, who has been managing the
tent for the past ten years, admitted
that there were a lot of empty chairs at
his tent, stating that they were expecting
600 patrons, but only a few showed up.
"Yes things were not the best. There
was almost nobody. I almost close down
the show last night because it would not
have been able to pay my bill. That's the
worst I have ever seen."
The tent, which has a cast of 34 singers,
has been existence for the past 55 years.
Aloes said the tent was yet to receive
subventionsfrom the Government which
would offset the cost.
To keep the tent operational, Aloes
said he would have to fork out $800,000
"That is to just pay my cast, band and
back up singers. I am not going to make
a profit because I am sure there would
not be any."
Asked if his calypsoes which con-
demned the UNC's governance over
the years had contributed to patrons
not attending, Aloes said no.
He predicted that the other tents would
also feel the pinch with crime.
"Now it is out of hand. The solution
to the problem is that somebody in the
Government should retain Warner pri-
vately to fight crime.
"When he was around as national
security minister the country had not
seen a murder in 69 days."
Aloes, who also lost a son to crime, said
the Government needed to grab the bull
by the horns.
In the midst of criminals going on a
rampage, Aloes said he was surprised to
see eight police officers posted outside his
tent when they could have been targeting
"We have to be displeased with their
presence because the tent is not a place
where there is violence. We cater for a
mature crowd who don't disrupt the
Weston Rawlins aka Cro Cro, manager
of Icons Tent, said he believed that Kalyp-
so Revue did not have hard-hitting kaisos
to attract people and a tight programme.
"I don't think crime is the problem,"
Cro Cro said.
Cro Cro said he expected a packed tent
when he opens next Wednesday.
Dr Rudolph Ottley, manager of T&T's
all female tent Divas Calypso Cabaret In-
ternational which opened on Wednesday,
said it was the best attendance he had
seen in years, as his show was sold out.
Ottley, however, felt that crime would
deter the public somewhat.
Reverend Carl Williams lights St Catherine's Girls Anglican pupil
Rihanna Simon's candle as her classmates look on during the feast
presentation of Lord's Children's service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral,
Hart street, Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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