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Shemiah Clarke smiles as she sports her extravagant Easter Egg hat during FunStation’s 3rd annual Easter
Bonnet Parade held at FunStation, La Romaine on Monday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
BIR WEBSITE NOT UPDATED
With reference to an article titled
“Why No Tax Forms as yet?” that ap-
peared in the April 8, paper, please be
informed that the Board of Inland Rev-
enue has already started the distribu-
tion of the Individual Income Tax
Return Form for 2016.
However, for some apparent reason
the website has not been updated past
ONE WAY ON PANKA STREET CAN EASE TRAFFIC
I would like to suggest that Panka
Street, St James, be made one-way
heading west, between Vidale Street
and Ethel Street.
In that area you have a school and
there are always cars parked on the
northern side of the street, so cars trav-
elling east and west have to come to al-
most a standstill to allow one another to
My suggestion is to make Panka St,
between Vidale St and Ethel St a one-
way heading west.
Make Findland Street one-way head-
ing east between Ethel Street and
Vidale Street where you can turn right
on Vidale St, then turn left on Panka St
and continue heading east.
I hope the Traffic Engineer Depart-
ment at the Ministry of Works would
look into it and consider my suggestion.
WINDIES CAN’T BREAK
SHACKLES OF DEFEAT
It is another defeat for the WI
cricket team we have added to our re-
cord. Another loss in the final ODI
The visitors have won the ODI 2-1;
we are now on to the test matches.
For some reason,we are unable to
shake ourselves from the shackles of
defeat. The big question is what can
we do next to permanently enter win-
The way I see it, the past heroes of
West Indies cricket seem to have
taken a back seat. While they are
around, their great involvement is not
there. Is it that they, too, have lost in-
terest in the team after all the losses
over the years?
No one really wants take up that
heavy mantle of bringing the team
back to the top. While many may make
suggestions and give advice, that is as
far as it goes.
West Indies cricket, as the song
goes, “needs a hero” to get us out of
this rut of inconsistency. If this is not
done soon we will find ourselves in
every play-off to qualify for any world
series. Or just not even reaching that
Now I know that is not good news,
but the statistics do not lie, we are at
the latter end of the table when it
comes to world standing in all three
Yet, I am still hoping by some mira-
cle that our cricket will have a 360 de-
grees turnaround. That will be a great
NO LONGER TRAUMATISED
AT LICENSING OFFICE
I recently went to the new licensing
office at Caroni to transfer a vehicle
and was very impressed with the ser-
Reception was professional and
courteous. The entire system worked
There was even someone walking
around asking if anyone needed help.
The transfer was completed in just one
I actually sold my car to a relative
more than a year ago but was too
traumatised to go back to the office at
My last attempt to transfer a car
there meant suffering for the entire
day, and I still had to go back the next
day. I had to take two days off work
just to do that transfer. I then had to
take another to go back for the certi-
fied copy. There were insufficient
chairs, so I had to stand. Nothing
worked. It was all chaotic.
I must commend the manager of
the Caroni office. I understand that the
staff from the Chaguanas branch was
relocated to Caroni. This office sur-
passes expectation and gives us hope
that we can indeed have a custom-
er-friendly, efficient public service.
One can only hope that whatever
system is being used at this office will
be introduced throughout the public
service. We have been suffering need-
lessly, inconvenienced and wasting
productive hours for too long.
Thank you and please keep up the
great work. The public no longer has to
be in fear of having to go to the Port-
HOW MANY WAKE UP CALLS DO WE NEED?
T&T is in a recession. Prices are ris-
ing in supermarkets and everywhere
jobs are being lost. But workers are
protesting for more money, encour-
aged by the OWTU boss, who told BP
to take their Angelin gas platform and
Well, they did go, and the foreign ex-
change will be earned elsewhere.
T&T leaders do not seem to have
any common sense, because their be-
haviour is insulting to investors.
One would be tempted to think we
were turning away investments and
job opportunities daily because our
work force was sufficiently employed
T&T is so very small compared to
other gas/oil producing countries
around the world that are not as rude,
and are more welcoming.
We have no other industries to fall
back on. In spite of the economists
warning us even before the 1980’s, we
have not diversified our economy. How
many wake up calls do we need?
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