Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 26th 2017 Contents viewpoint A23
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Land grabbing unabated in Moka
Congratulations to the recent letter
writer who highlighted the never ending,
highly destructive and very illegal burn-
ing and clearing of our hillside forests.
Having resided in the picturesque Moka
valley for the past four years our family
looks on in abject sadness as this disas-
trous form of land grabbing takes place
on an almost daily basis, in full view of
the authorities, who appear to do abso-
lutely nothing to stop this horrendous
rape of our once verdant hillsides.
Surely, nothing illustrates the lack of
intestinal fortitude on the part of this
government better than their total lack
of action in the matter.
Need we remind those in power that
the destructive forces of the resultant
flood waters unleased by their inaction
here will only get progressively worse
Panyol invasion a distinct possibility
I must thank the Venezuela Ambassador
to T&T Coromoto Godoy Calderon for
her reassuring words that there will be
no "Panyol invasion to T&T." Of course
she is showing great loyalty to President
Maduro as is expected.
As a citizen I have been monitoring the
entire situation which has been going on
for the longest while. The information
coming out of Venezuela through all me-
dia is giving quite a different story. That
narrative says the people are having a
rough time, with aggression, protest and
lack being ever present.
Let me say most emphatically and with
great respect, that no one can say that
T&T cannot have a future problem be-
cause of what is taking place in Venezu-
ela, unless you are the Almighty Father.
You would really have to be naive to
believe this for it can go either way.
Humans, when pushed into the corner
and a crisis becomes too much to bear
there is no telling what they may resort
to. We may not want to openly admit it
but Venezuela is in a crisis that involves
millions of people including families, with
children in the mix.
The human survival instinct will kick
in and if running is the way out, the
possibility is there that we can have an
"invasion." It is simple as that. What is
important is that our leaders consis-
tently monitor the situation despite all
ongoing business dealing. Let us not
wait for a problem to develop but put
measures in place to deal with it should
it happen. The way I see it prevention
is always better than cure, and as we
are well aware Venezuela is right on our
Hunting our heritage into extinction
I am extremely concerned about the
fate of the red ibises, flamingo and great
white egrets at Caroni swamp. When we
first arrived in Trinidad we visited Caroni
swamp and were stunned by the awe-
some beauty of this very rare and precious
environment. We heard about Simon
Oudit Nanan's ceaseless efforts which en-
sured the protection of the swamps, and
about the respect Trinidadians have for
their national bird.
It seems that this respect has now
changed into a mere gastronomical inter-
est for some, as the birds are now hunted,
or poached to near extinction. Since the
beginning of the year the island where
they roosted every evening has been
deserted and they huddle in frightened
groups in the mangrove, scared by every
passing boat. The flamingos have com-
pletely disappeared and I saw one great
egret during my last visit in mid July. The
tour boats still poignantly moor opposite
the now deserted island and visitors scan
the skies for the few ibises who now try
and find refuge beyond the island.
I even read a report of shootings being
heard during visits by distressed visitors.
This is a very worrying state of affairs
which requires immediate action. Stricter
hunting controls (I understand a ban was
attempted a few years ago but has now
been reverted) as well as proper patrolling
of Trinidad's last remaining wilderness ar-
eas. We found several spent gun cartridg-
es when we visited Bush Bush at Nariva
earlier on this year.
The Caroni swamp are for me one of
Trinidad's most precious assets, they are a
priceless heritage. I hope they will remain
there for eternity and will not be sacrificed
to the short term pleasure or greed of a
Champs Elysees, Maraval
Dad: Gimme a kiss nah
Dad: Well ah doh love ya no more
Friend 1: May I have some please?
Friend 2: No
Friend 1: Well ah not ya fren no more.
Mom: May I have a kiss please?
Mom pretends to cry to get her way.
If any of these fall in your garden. Please
stop! I know it may sound a bit drastic
but those are the times in which we
live. For far too long we have trivialised
Let's explore scenario one and what
is the hidden message taught to the
daughter. If you don't kiss me I won't
love you. This programmes her from a
very young age, that not only is your
love not unconditional but also that she
must perform her way into love.
Imagine this mindset at age 16 when a
boy asks her to do something that she
is uncomfortable with. Can you see how
this can become a problem then? Can
you see how the fear of not being loved
can lead her to engage in actions against
her true desire?
After all, my own father has conditions
for loving me.
What about scenario three? No wonder
men melt when women cry. And no
wonder children cry to get their way.
Parenting is a really tough job. It means
being on your best game 90 per cent of
the time and to do that the basics must
become second nature to us.
The way we deal with situations must
become second nature. We must spend
the time to first analyse our current
words and take stock of them.
When a child does well, it's not "good
girl" or "good boy", it's "great job". One
action does not make them good or
bad. It's the action that is being judged,
not the child.
If you want a kiss and the child says
no, start by asking why. Then you can
explain why greeting you with a kiss
means that much to you. Engage them
in the decision.
Always respect their NO. NO should
never be part of a game or taken lightly
or ignored. Teach your son that NO is NO
by way of example. When your son says
NO, respect it. If you throw a tantrum to
get him to change his mind, then he will
grow up and throw big boy tantrums to
get his way with girls. After all, that's
what he was taught. Similarly, manners
are important, so take the time to ex-
plain why it's important to greet Grand-
mom with a hug.
Our children learn not through lectures
but through experiences. Through what
they see. Through our example.
Luis and I spoke about this topic last
Monday on the radio programme and
the feedback was incredible, so I decided
to base this article on it. If you were
listening in, then most of this infor-
mation would feel like Déjà Vu and for
that I apologise. I know there are many
out there who are still not tuned in on
Mondays from 5.15 pm on 95.1FM and I
wanted to pass on the information to all
our readers. I hope you will indulge me
This week I kept it short and sweet
because we're back again on Friday with
our second issue of CARE, The Mag-
azine. Be sure to get your copy in this
Friday's Guardian and don't forget to
drop us a line to let us know what you
would like us to discuss on our upcoming
Until next week, have fun on your par-
Marsha L Riley
Ah doh love yuh no more
Clarke steers his
go kart while
being pushed by
two boys during
the Games We
Used To Play
part of the
Hall, Tobago on
LONG TIME GAMES
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