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guardian.co.tt Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sometime ago, Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley called on the nation to
pray for a reduction in crime in the
country. The PM is not a Roman Catho-
lic, so he is probably not aware that
every weekend at all our Holy Masses
prayers are offered for our leaders. In
the privacy of their homes many Catho-
lics and members of other religions say
prayers for a better T&T.
So is he preaching to the converted? Has
he forgotten that old adage God helps people
who help themselves. Let him be assured
that a lot of prayers are offered up daily for
the salvation of this nation. The question
therefore is: Does his government, and to be
more precise, his National Security Council
have a plan to stem the tide of criminality
now overtaking the country?
In looking at the scenario, the PM would
see that prayer alone is not the answer. There
has to be some strategic plan by his govern-
ment to go after the criminals and at least
get some positive results. This is not now
It is quite easy to blame the police for their
low detection rate; you can blame the people
who are not coming forward to help the po-
lice. All that is well and good, but what must
be taken into consideration is that anyone
looking like a witness is not safe anywhere
in this country, so we stay silent.
The church does its part. Apart from
prayer, there are many ministries which
can impact on the crime situation in par-
ticular and the society in general. Let’s take
parenting for example. There are several
programmes which cater for parents and
even single mothers, but attendance at these
sessions are just not enough.
But more than that. Our society is
plagued with teenage single mothers and
lots of abortions, with most of them being
sanctioned by older mothers. The reason is
obvious, they are afraid to face the public
because of the shame they believe would
accompany their teenage daughters should
it be known. Further, how can a 13-year-
old responsibly care for a baby, when she
herself is a baby.
We see from this that the state of the
country today in caused by a combination
of factors; an absolute lack of proper par-
enting; an ill-conceived education system;
a myriad of abortions; and an abundance of
teenage mothers. These situations all con-
tribute to what makes this society, which
many call lawless.
That is why a recent news poll showed
that only a third of the population agrees
that the PM Conversations with the People
would shed light on what is happening in
the society today. It really a rehash of Dr
Eric Williams’ Meet the People of several
decades ago. Even then, it did make much
difference and the society was not as it is
All over the country there is protest—fire
officers have put their beds on the pavement
because the building which they occupy has
been considered uninhabitable years ago,
but we spent at least $90 million of the Brian
Lara Stadium; there is the closure of the
School for the Blind, an impasse that was
long in coming; wayward motorists; there
are several water protests and, again, the
list is long.
So you see, Dr Rowley, the prayers of the
faithful are not enough to transform this
land into what it was before Independence.
The various administrations, and to quote
one former prime minister, do not have the
guts to stop the rut. There is little or no en-
forcement of our laws. Therein lies our big
problem. All talk and no action.
Vernon Khelawan is a columnist for Catholic
Media Services Limited (Camsel), the official
communications arm of the Archdiocese of
Port-of-Spain. Its offices are located at 31
Independence Square. Telephone: 623-6720
The approach this year for wedding
décor is effortless glamour, coupled
with (as we saw with bridal fashion
trends for 2017) a return to the classics.
Although blush and muted tones will still
be a preference for many brides, 2017 brings
more of a movement towards lush colours
and themes which lend themselves well to
saturated pops of colour, such as the “trop-
ical-inspired theme”—featuring elements
such as tropical birds, ferns,
pineapples, and other Car-
ibbean flora and fauna.
The “rustic” movement
that was on trend for 2015
is increasingly becoming
dated. This is why we will
see more brides in 2017
turning up the volume on
basic “rustic” and giving
it a more glamorous and
for their weddings.
They will be replacing
the chalkboards and ma-
son jars with more mod-
ern alternatives—such as
laser-cut wooden signage
and place cards, luminaries,
candles, and vintage glass-
ware. Burlap elements will be replaced with
luxe linens or embroidered cotton with bo-
tanical details. Rustic-themed invitations
will be glammed up with the use of metallic
foil printing and crystal details.
Here are some other noteworthy décor
trends that will be cropping up this year:
Bohemian Touches–Reception décor
will see more bohemian-inspired elements
such as: macramé, crochet, fringe, tassels,
and tie dye.
Balloon sculptures –A far cry from
balloon pillars, these sculptures actually
look like art installations. This year, balloon
installations will be combined with paper
flowers, foil streamers, and real blooms for
a stand-out effect.
Stone work–Marble or marbling effects
and the use of geodes and crystals will be
incorporated into centrepieces or used as
edible cake embellish-
ments or place cards.
The use of succulents/
cacti and herbs (think
rosemary, lavender, mint,
and basil) in centrepiec-
es. Other trendy “green”
accents that will be used
are moss and wheat grass.
centrepieces are still
hanging from the ceil-
ing as they were in 2016.
This year we will still see
more hanging garlands,
blooms suspended from
lanterns, and geometric
Metallics—Once again, rose-gold, cop-
per and softer brushed metals will be “in”.
Many brides are even opting for a colour
scheme that includes mixed metals eg, silver
For more wedding décor ideas, please visit
the TrinidadWeddings’ Pinterest Board here:
Prayer alone is not the answer
Wedding décor trends 2017
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