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DESECRATION OF TEMPLE MUST BE CONDEMNED
I wish to strongly condemn the van-
dalisation of the Temple in the Sea.
This is not the first time this has oc-
There should be no manpower is-
sues with respect to providing security.
Politics even affects the house of God.
Religious conflict is something our
country can ill afford at this present
time, believe you me.
When people have no respect for
others place of worship it is a sad day.
Are we aware of the history of this
Do we know of all the struggles
than had to be endured prior to its con-
This is not about Hindu, Muslim or
Christian, no church, temple or mosque
should ever be subjected to this dese-
cration. You hear me? None!
IRO where are you now? Speak up
loudly now or shut up in future.
Your function is not only to attend
parties and consume fruit punch.
Who would even contemplate per-
forming such a nefarious act? We need
to be protected from ourselves.
I am a Roman Catholic.
HUGE DIVIDE BETWEEN POLITICS, GOVT
The "failing state" statement of
years gone by still resonates today,
even more ominous than before. Dr
Bhoe Tewarie's then extreme charac-
terisation seemed harsh, but turn now
to the year of Our Lord 2017---where
are we today?
Systematic decay, institutional fail-
ure plague us at all levels, defined by
the lack of success, judged by its defi-
nition, results or failure.
The need for strong effective lead-
ership, promised faithfully on the cam-
paign trails, now blows like dust in the
wind; reality hits home---there is a
huge divide between politics and gov-
Theory is derived from political
views, ideologies, but the truth is that
running a country, which is gover-
nance, seldom accommodates political
theories, because societies are built
from the ground up.
POVERTY ON THE DECLINE?
NOT SO IN T&T
The Planning and Development min-
ister, providing "statistics," said that
poverty was on the decline; people liv-
ing below the poverty line of US$1 a
day declined from 24 per cent to 14.8
per cent. The statistics painted a pic-
ture that we are doing well in this area.
T&T is in the heart of a recession,
food prices continues to rise, hundreds
have lost their jobs and new job cre-
ation is at a standstill, but poverty is
on the decline? Who are we trying to
I often wonder if our politicians are
in touch with what is going on around
them? Many of them need to get
down to where the people live, see and
hear what is really going on.
There are children right in this coun-
try who have to go bed at nights hun-
gry because the main source of income
is no longer there, that person having
lost their job. I do not know who feeds
our politicians with this type of statis-
tics but I cannot accept this, being a
person who walks through communi-
ties and see how people live.
Poverty continues to grow in T&T as
far as I am concerned, and any lev-
el-headed person who is looking and
observing will realise this. What our
leaders should be doing is working
hard to change this for we are all
aware of its detrimental effects.
NO WATER SUPPLY
FOR OVER 10 YEARS
I am pleading with WASA to please
provide some sort of resolution to this
no-water situation. It is now over 10
years and the situation is bordering on
a human rights issue as our basic
needs are not being met, especially
when we pay for that need by way of
A letter was written to WASA's Di-
rector of Operations and delivered by
hand to the St Joseph Head Office on
April 6, with no response to date.
This was its content:
"I am one of the many residents of
Seaview Hill in Carenage. A village that
has had 96 per cent of its environs
with a vibrant water supply for many
years. Seaview Hill on the other hand
has not had a water supply in over 10
years. In September 2015, your con-
tractors installed quite a number of
new "blue lines", presumably to elimi-
nate illegal connections and to supply
legitimate WASA customers.
Since then there has not been a sup-
ply of water, giving false hope to cus-
tomers in the area and not to mention
the major concern of the possibility of
misspending and the lack of account-
ability for use of public funds for such
It can be estimated that this simple
project may have cost the state mil-
lions of dollars.
"There are over 200 residents with-
out supply and who are desperate for a
regular supply of running water. My
rental apartment where I reside along
with others, requests your free service
of truck borne water approximately
twice per week. I cannot imagine the
further expense to WASA for such a
service to customers that are inconve-
nienced by the rare case of no water
supply in comparison to customers
who have never had water.
"This is absolutely unacceptable for
customers' basic necessities and goes
completely against WASA's mandate,
corporate goals, vision and mission.
A copy of this letter along with a
signed petition would be forwarded to
the Chief Executive Officer and the
Regulated Industries Commission of
the Ministry of Public Utilities for a
reasonable explanation and a possible
speedy resolution of this matter."
This is extremely unfair. Where
there are desperate people, there are
people who would take desperate
measures to find resolve.
Parrots pearched on a tree off the Mount St Benedict Monastery in Tunapuna on Monday.
PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOOSINGH
PRETTY PARROTS PERCHED
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