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Dinesh Baldeo receives a hamper from Xtra Foods marketing manager Daniel Austin on behalf of his
parents Mendira and Robin Baldeo at their home in Caparo. The Baldeos' entire house was inundated by
floodwaters after the Tropical Storm Bret on Monday. Xtra Foods distributed over 300 hampers to flood
victims throughout Trinidad.
Amazing response by T&TEC
I would like to say a sincere thank you
to T&TEC for their amazing service and
response to a call for help after Tropical
Storm Bret, at La Horquette Villas on La
Horquette Valley Road, Glencoe on Mon-
day at approximately 5.30 pm.
The gentleman's response on the
trouble report line was, "I will send out an
emergency crew right away," and within
30 minutes I received a call from the
gentleman advising that the repair truck,
headed by Mr Cato with his work crew,
were nearing pole 29. I went to the road-
side and the truck had just arrived.
I explained the problem to Mr Cato,
who was very polite, and the problem
was resolved within an hour.
With everything being negative in our
beloved island it was so good to have had
a very positive, experience.
T&TEC, that was an amazing experi-
ence and it brought back memories of the
good old days when people cared.
Issue a US travel advisory
The holiday season is upon us, and
when I drive down Marli Street, New-
town, I see all these people lining up
for their US visas to allow them to go
shopping in the US. I wonder if they
realise that the social environment in
the US regarding Muslims and coloured
people, is at the very least, toxic, and
they run a very real risk of being sub-
ject to discrimination in different forms
and in ways which they may not be
aware of if they are not very careful.
The same way the US, through travel
advisories, warns their citizens when
coming here because of crime, our govt
should warn our citizens about what
is going on in the US under the Trump
Gordon Dalla Costa
History outside classroom just as valuable
For several years, one of the
attractions at the Piarco Inter-
national Airport has been the
informative historical exhibitions
that were displayed in the atrium
around the time of many public
holidays and certain months of
Unfortunately there were no
displays for recent public holidays,
including Indian Arrival Day and
I am suggesting that steps be
taken to resume the staging of
these exhibitions in an effort to
disseminate historical information
to the general public and visitors
to the country, and also to make
the airport more attractive.
Hopefully the Airports Authori-
ty, the Ministry of Community De-
velopment, Culture and the Arts,
and the Ministry of Works and
Transport may be able to address
this matter so that the staging of
exhibitions may be resumed.
In a related matter regarding
the promotion of history outside
the classroom, one wonders why
the Museum of the City of Port-
of-Spain and the Central Bank
Money Museum have remained
closed for so long.
It is indeed a consolation
Many years ago, as a teenager, I
trudged up Laventille Hill to attend
the Fatima Devotions, and heard
the then Archbishop, Count Finbar
Ryan, utter these words: "It is indeed
a consolation to be here."
That maxim has been a beacon of
hope and comfort to me throughout
the sixty-odd years since.
Father Harvey, it is indeed a con-
solation for you to have survived
your recent ordeal and to be now
appointed new Bishop of Grenada.
To all you folks who suffered loss
and hardships after Bret but are still
alive to face another day, remember
it is indeed a consolation to be still
Keep hope alive and think like the
Black Stalin predicted, "Better days
Isn't that consolation?
Corporate citizens must
spread the money around
It is with curious amusement that I
digested Mario Sabga-Aboud's apology
for his mild boast that the Syrian-Leb-
anese community of 5,000 in T&T is
small "but the most powerful, well
almost the most powerful."
The first thing all Trinbagonians
should note is that Mario Sabga-Aboud
is a born and bred Trinbagonian and a
man who built his coffee shop empire
from scratch with hard honest labour.
There was no need for Mario Sab-
ga-Aboud to apologise because his
mild boast is true---the Syrian-Leba-
nese community is "the most powerful,
well almost the most powerful in Trin-
idad and Tobago," and thus this com-
munity should be proud of this fact.
The few hundred thousand Trinbag-
onians who believe that they are enti-
tled to be parasites in that they really
believe that the Government of the day
and the society owe them the means
of their sustenance and livelihood
should take a page from this book.
Yes, all animals are equal but some are
more equal than others.
Having said the above, I am of the
opinion that corporate citizens who
have made it rich in Trinidad and To-
bago should have demonstrated their
humanitarian values to all flood victims
of the Tropical Storm Bret.
Thus I call upon Mario Sabga-Aboud
to donate 1,000 cups of coffee and
donuts/muffins to the flood victims. I
expect Massy Food Stores to donate
1,000 hampers. Also TruValu Super-
market, ExtraFood Supermarkets and
And what about the "building" estab-
lishments of Bhagwansingh and oth-
ers? Donate a few sheets of galvanise
and some plywood. And I note it is not
too late for the army to assist with the
much-needed clean-up of roads and
clogged drains---the flood is now over
and they can access these areas.
Israel B Rajah-Khan
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