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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The sporadic and rapid develop-
ment taking place in Crown Point is
a product of unplanned urban devel-
The noise pollution of which so
many residents and tourists speak is
not confined to that area alone but is
a general problem experienced by
other communities within the coun-
try. It is also a symbol of the level of
lawlessness we are currently experi-
encing in this country. Not many know
that noise pollution is a crime.
No doubt similar developments have
taken place in many different parts
of the country including Woodbrooke,
St James and Diego Martin, as dif-
ferent kinds of commercial activity
encroach and seek a symbiotic rela-
tionship with residential properties.
But the Crown Point area is differ-
tourism activity but is the first and
last impressions of our tourism prod-
Additionally, seeing that tourism is
one of the mainstays of our economy
the problem of noise pollution in that
area must be addressed immediately.
We agree that businesses rely on
music to attract customers but they
must operate within the confines of
the law and keep the volume of their
noise within acceptable social and
The police play a crucial role in this
regard as they must enforce the law
without fear or favor.
Apparently this is not happening
in the area as letters to the editor
reflect the exasperation of tourists
and some property owners. They have
expressed outrage, at what they per-
ceive as, the lack of enforcement of
Some have vowed never to return
to that area or even to Tobago because
of the trauma they experienced. Let-
ters speak of "feeling noises in body
parts" and returning home from vaca-
tion worse than when they arrived.
This level of outrage coupled with
...Sometimes the most effective
way to learn, the most effective
way to prepare, is to do it
together. I hope these lessons are
not lost to us here in Tobago."
Former THA Chief Secretary Orville London
at the United States' National Bar Associa-
tion's Judicial Council event on Tuesday
(January 31, 2017).
Crown Point's big Dilemma
Binge Eater: Black Hole taking over decade to devour star
AP --- Scientists have detected a black
hole that's taken a record-breaking dec-
ade to devour a star - and it's still chew-
The food fest is happening in a small
galaxy 1.8 billion light-years from Earth.
University of New Hampshire research
scientist Dacheng (dah-CHENG) Lin said
that black hole feeding frenzies have been
observed since the 1990s, but they've last-
ed just a year.
At 11 years and counting, this is the
longest known one yet.
Lin and his team used data from orbit-
ing X-ray telescopes to study the mon-
strous munching. X-ray flares erupt when
a star gets swallowed by a black hole and
cooked millions of degrees.
Black holes clearly like their stars well
"We have witnessed a star's spectacular
and prolonged demise," Lin said in a state-
The X-rays coming from this black hole
surpass expectations in another way.
"For most of the time we've been look-
ing at this object, it has been growing
rapidly," said the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics' James Guillochon,
"This tells us something unusual - like
a star twice as heavy as our Sun - is being
fed into the black hole."
The binge eating by this particular black
hole began around July 2005. Based on
computer models, the feasting should taper
off over the next decade.
The discovery was reported Monday in
the journal Nature Astronomy.
Trinidad and Tobago,
is introduced to
Infrastructure and the
Des Vignes, right, by
THA Chief Secretary
Kelvin Charles during
her courtesy call at
the Office of the Chief
PHOTO: THA INFO DEPT.
the lack of hope expressed by
some property owners does not
augur well for tourism in Toba-
go. More so because this is hap-
pening at a time when the occu-
pancy level is relatively low we
need to deal with the issue imme-
Since the problem of noise
pollution in communities similar
to Crown Point's is not new one
would have expected the police
to have a firmer grip on the prob-
We fear that if this issue is not
dealt with urgently property
owners and residents will seek
legal redress again as one bar
owner has already been taken
to court. The owner still fails to
comply with the court's instruc-
In 2013, the residents of Dia-
mond Vale took fete promoters
to court for noise pollution and
won their case convincingly. Thus
the Crown Point community has
a legal precedent which they can
follow. But before it gets to that
stage we hope the problem can
be addressed amicably by all
concerned. Tobago's economy
and image depends on it.
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