Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 2nd 2017 Contents I’ve just witnessed another dismal per-
formance by the West Indies against
India. In addition to strange selections
by the selectors, we see the same players
being rewarded in spite of poor per-
formances—Lewis, K Powell, Carter
among the present lot, and Fletcher
and J Charles previously, immediately
come to mind.
The Darren Bravo incident continues
unabated, yet he is probably the best
Windies batsman outside of Chand-
erpaul in West Indies cricket. Appar-
ently, Chanderpaul is too old, or so the
Incidentally, when will N Pooran be
given an opportunity? In the words
of Ian Bishop, whose opinion should
count, Pooran is an awesome talent.
It is a sad state of affairs in Cricket
West Indies. Yet some diehard fans
continue to turn up to support our
players only to return home bitterly
disappointed again and again.
The obvious solution? The removal
of this current group of selectors or
even more importantly, a dissolution
of Cricket West Indies. \For this, the
media has to awake from its current
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POLITICIANS HAVE TURNED A BLIND EYE TO CRIME
It is fair to assume that Mr Hinds
is right when he says that crime
is not new to T&T. This could be
applied to almost all nations of the
world. I assume that Mr Hinds is
referring to the crime scenario as
it is now.
It is obvious that Mr Hinds was
not around during our colonial
days or early independence by his
modern-day statement. During
our colonial days, murders were
far and few between.
Perhaps one or two per year.
This trend continued during the
first few years of independence.
It was our political pioneers
during the early years of inde-
pendence that caused the increase
in crime here.
They began to dabble in cor-
ruption which soon became a
widespread activity here among
our politicians and those in po-
sitions of authority.
The local criminals soon caught
on that here was a government
planting the seeds towards crim-
inality and soon joined in to play
their part in the new and easy way
to become wealthy overnight.
They embarked on a kidnap-
ping spree which has now escalat-
ed into every-day murders caused
mainly by robbery of innocent
citizens. The criminals are still
in search of quick wealth.
The arming of our police only
added fuel to the fire. Mr Hinds
needs to be reminded that crime
here since our independence has
increased beyond the point that
it is out of the control of our local
police force, and this was caused
by our politicians turning a blind
eye to its development.
Politicians here relied only on
local recruited policemen to stem
the flow, which has so far failed
for over five decades.
The outstanding problem is
that despite all the money spent
on the police in supplying them
with modern equipment the
criminal still has the upper hand.
The police here have become a
useless force when dealing with
and catching our local killers.
Some even turn to crime to im-
prove their financial status.
Senior politicians must stop
accepting crime here as a nor-
mal event and deal with it in a
pragmatic and serious manner.
We need outside help now.
We cannot continue to have our
citizens living in fear of their lives
whilst politicians see and treat
crime here as acceptable and as
a normal process of every-day
events, and keep making useless
verbal statements to quell the
anxieties of the public to try to
resolve this problem.
This is a small nation with a
limited population and politicians
should be able to take the bull by
the horn when dealing with our
hardened local criminals. They
know who they are.
Where murders are concerned
it is essential that the death pen-
alty is restored and they start
hanging convicted killers im-
Not doing these two things
could only lead to the high rate
of annual murders we now expect
and have here.
G A Marques
MAN WHO MADE FB THREAT TO
PM’S FAMILY: I HUMBLY APOLOGISE
The Rio Claro man who posted a
Facebook message which threat-
ened harm to Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley’s family has apologised for
Shirvan Bhagwandeen: Others apolo-
gize and get away easy. So why not him?
After all every body makes mistakes not
Sharliza Sankar: This comment made
was extremely terrible. How can a per-
son wish that on another be it the PM or
whoever? And yes he should be charged
he showed no respect. An example should
be made so as to prevent this kind of cyber
crime in the future.
Jamal Peters: He did a stupid thing but
it wasn’t threatening. The police have
to be foolish to investigate this rubbish.
Their time and effort are better served
solving real crimes rather than jerking
around with this idiot.
Richard Mohan: Not condoning what
this man said but this is a direct result
of a frustrated population and a very
comfortable bunch of politicians (both
government and opposition). The crime
is out of control and no one is being held
while all politicians sit and rest very safe-
ly and comfortable in their homes with
Workers want nurse
removed from Sando hospital
after pepper spray attack
The safety of patients and employ-
ees at the San Fernando General
Hospital is being questioned after
a nurse reportedly assaulted a fel-
low employee with pepper spray on
Merlina Robinson: There’s more in de
mortar besides the pestle. Too much
disrespect going on in this place against
women and they must protect them-
Brian Joseph: And that’s why Pepper
spray and tasers are not allowed to or-
dinary Trinbagonians because we are
idiots and would use them indiscrim-
Kyron Browne: Despite this unfor-
tunate incident, I believe that pepper
spray should be legal when you compare
the murder rate and the detection rate it
leaves a lot to be desired. The ordinary
citizen is unable to protect themselves
against well-armed criminals with
guns etc. At least with pepper spray
you live to tell the tail.
David Leeds: So did he have a histo-
ry of posing a threat before? Was she
previously victimised by him or in gen-
eral and on high alert? I not even going
to ask if she was afraid of rape, every
single woman on earth lives with that
fear every day. So what’s the backstory
here? And can we get some security to
actually protect the people instead of
just watchmanning the equipment?
Top CoP at opening of new
station: Our good work
As the country continues to grap-
ple with violent crimes, acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Wil-
liams says the good work of the Po-
lice Service often goes unnoticed.
Richard Sant: I waiting too hear the
stats that violent crime is down. When
you go to make a report in the police
station and get raped thank god that
did not go unnoticed.
Patrice Lendore: It’s like we’re living
in 2 different worlds! Perhaps the TTPS
should have higher expectations of it-
self. Ok, so you find a few guns everyday
but everyday people still get murdered
in twos and threes. You find cocaine
& marijuana in containers but cannot
figure out who it belongs to. Get the
detection rate up and murders and
robberies down. Find some killers and
drug lords. Once we see something
really changing, you’ll get the praise.
But, don’t expect any praise two days
after another innocent child has been
Odin Thoor: It really does not...but it
is often over shadowed by the actions of
a very small minority of TTPs officers
Kiskeedee Bird: I know that the po-
lice are doing their best but as it seems
they are not quite able to remove these
monsters off the streets.
Relatives to killers at
The men who murdered Hafeeza
Mohammed and Videsh Sub-
ar should surrender to police, as
there is still chance for them to be
reformed. At least that is the be-
lief of Mohammed’s cousin Fareed
Shivam S. Ramoutar: May God reach
out to the innocent beings of this coun-
try , protect us almighty God for we
are weak and in need of your mighty
hands to help us defeat these ruthless
Dunstan Alexander: Sorry to say this
but that woman may not have been in
her right senses when she stated that
the killers still had a chance to be re-
formed. Madam, no such chance exists.
Allan Hercules: How would the killers
feel if that had happened to his mother
or son, a man who kills is a man with
Sally Joanna: Reform? Isn’t that a
village down south.
A good boss makes
his men realise they
have more ability
than they think they
have so that they
consistently do bet-
ter work than they
thought they could.
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In this 21st century, it seems to be a world-
wide problem that people who should
know better are so insecure, that they
need to boast.
President Trump of the USA, and the
Trade Unions Movement leader said
"take your platform and go," and again
recently, in our precious islands, the same
unfortunate behaviour is demonstrated.
I would suggest that these people
mentioned above take their wealth to
educate themselves to behave better,
and know better.
Our children and young adults are like
"sponges" absorbing the bad behaviour
demonstrated by their seniors, whether
it be parents, teachers or policemen etc.
In recent times, these examples are not
good enough. We have to pray for each
other and for unity, and for our beautiful
islands Trinidad and Tobago.
Putting your foot in your mouth
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