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Appeal the result
Dear football patriots,
As a true supporter, I write with a very
heavy heart in the interest of natural justice
and especially because football is a medium
that brings T&T together as a united nation.
Fifa must be made to understand that the
teams---upon whom Fifa depends---should
not suffer because of officiating errors!
Like with cricket, Fifa must give teams the
benefit of instant appeals--- via TV video re-
plays---adjudicated upon by a fourth official,
so to speak.
Spectators, Fifa depends heavily on your
support, so let your voices be heard! It may
seem improbable what I suggest, but the
longest journey begins with one footstep. An
avalanche begins with one snowflake. And
faithfully, David slew Goliath! So let's take
the fight to Fifa, and protest, and go viral
with it! Let's move this mountain of injustice!
We can do it! Censuring the on-field officials
is a must, but it is not enough!
The referee should be banned, along with
the linesman who ruled our gem of a goal,
offside, from ever officiating another game!
T&T should not have lost to Mexico last
Tuesday. We demand justice for all soccer
NB, because of inept officiating, in Haiti,
1973, T&T was robbed of a World Cup finals
berth! This has robbed some of our most
outstanding players---a galaxy of superstars
actually---of the rare honour of playing at the
World Cup finals, in 1974: and they deserved
Maybe we should also fight the good fight
in honour of them?
Can the football federations of the world
unite and support this serious matter?
Can we appeal to the relevant Court of Ar-
bitration for Sport, as a matter of urgency?
We want our point(s)!
Messrs TTFF, may we hear from you
please! Fight for what is right!
Lord God, please help us fight and win this
battle; and Lord, we pray that we will still
qualify for Russia 2018, in spite of last Tues-
day's debacle. Amen and praise God.
What constitutes 'serious crime?'
As I read that "serious crime" is down by
24 per cent, I am also hearing of two mur-
dered in Arima 24 hours after two were also
murdered in Diego Martin. We are at 124
murders for the year---gone past last year
around this time. Right now there are more
murders than the days of the year for 2017.
By the way who, externally, verifies these
figures given by the TTPS? I am sorry, I need
to go with what I am seeing before my very
eyes daily. Crime is at its worse in T&T at
present and we need to work together to
Our leaders must understand that they
are dealing with a nation of intelligent people
who can analyse and are not prepared to
take things just so, without questioning.
They will measure it properly; it is the basic
instinct of any level-headed thinking indi-
Serious crime detection rate said to be
close to the bench mark of 30 per cent. What
caused that overnight miracle? Sorry, again
I am not convinced. How many have been
murdered and no arrests or conviction made.
Just for information sake, of the 124 murders
for the year, how many were arrested, con-
victed and are serving time? Please convince
These are things we will like to hear and
see---arrest, conviction and serving time.
Also, days without murders. That is what
good news is. Can you imagine an entire
week without a murder? What a blessing
it would be. I do not think it is wrong to ask
for a standard than just what is accepted as
norm. Let us work together to really bring
crime down in T&T.
Most people in T&T approve of
licks, but only for other people's
All surveys show that over 85 per
cent of respondents say that licks
should be used to discipline chil-
dren. When you take a closer look
at the surveys which show this,
however, it turns out that most of
the people who say this got little or
no physical punishment when they
were children, and hardly punish
their own children by that method.
A 2015 survey conducted by
the Citizens Security Programme
found that 26 per cent of boys and
18 per cent of girls got licks, and
this was a drop since the precious
survey in 2007. A 2011 Norms and
Values survey done by the ANSA
McAL Psychological Research
Centre found that, among 15- to
18-year-olds, 35 per cent had
never been slapped or hit by their
parents, while 25 per cent of 19- to
25-year-olds had never experi-
enced physical punishment. And
in 2009 survey by the UWI Family
Development Project found that
just a quarter of their respondents
had experienced any sort of violent
acts, from slapping to pushing.
So what all these surveys indi-
cate is that most adults have not
themselves gotten licks when they
were children, and the proportion
of children getting licks is drop-
Now some people make take this
as proof that less licks means more
violence and crime in the society.
But the data also indicate that licks
is actually more prevalent in com-
munities which produce the most
criminals. And research from more
advanced nations indicates that
beating children is correlated with
later delinquency and violence.
There is also some research that
indicates that beating children
reduces their cognitive abil-
ities--ie makes it more
difficult for them
to learn. The
27 per cent of
level and been
slapped or hit
often, as com-
pared to , 18 per
cent of tertiary
sons. Those who
had tertiary education
got less licks as children--61 per
cent of them had been slapped or
hit by their parents sometimes, as
compared to 47 per cent of persons
with just primary education. In-
terestingly, though, the percentage
of respondents who never been
beaten as children was virtually
the same at all socio-economic
levels: 26 per cent primary, 21 per
The assumption made by par-
ents who beat their children is that
such "discipline" is necessary to
ensure that the children in-
ternalise proper behaviour.
But the internalisation of
good values can only hap-
pen through self-discipline,
and children only become
discussion and example
by their parents and other
care-givers. After all, most
And, indeed, the CSP sur-
vey showed that 30 per cent of
parents hit their three- to seven-
year-olds but only 13 per cent hit
children who were over 13 years.
And when these parents can no
longer use licks to keep children in
line, they have no other method to
fall back on.
It therefore seems that, if there's
a difference between criminals
and law-abiding citizens, it's at
least partly because the former got
plenty licks when they were small.
MAN & CHILD
A PARENTING COLUMN BY KEVIN BALDEOSINGH
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