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WEB CHAT ...from our Facebook readers
Now is not the time to ostracise
"In lust, in greed, in fraud, in
strife they specialise
Double deals, double deals they
If you brave enough to open
your mouth and criticise,
One time you are ostracised
and or victimised.
Still they go unpunished and
unaccused of any crime,
While on the backs of the
ordinary man these vultures
They use their riches and their
power, make a mockery of the law
And have the law protect them
And in a million different ways
they violate the law
It's the same good, no good
bastards who oppress the poor
They controlling bootlegging,
dope peddling, prostitution and
These good citizens are the
architects of economic slavery."
---Slinger Francisco, The Mighty
A very close relative of mine,
whom I love dearly, told me
recently that my writings offend
some people who can one day
make thing easier for myself or
members of my family. I told
him then and I say now, my
contributions are for a better T&T.
I write not to praise or criticise the
parasitic few whose wealth and
greed take away opportunities
for a better life from the many.
My contributions suggest a way
forward that can benefit all the
citizens of T&T.
I was pleased to hear the Prime
Minister address the concerns of
citizens regarding the CL Financial
imbroglio. Yet, there remains more
questions than answers. Why is
it so difficult for the Government
to sit with the stakeholders of
CL Financial shareholders and
together arrive at a consensus
that is best for T&T? In almost
every corner there is confrontation,
opposition, blame and complaints.
Our nation cannot grow in a
climate of hate and mistrust. We
are on the same ship sailing on the
same sea. While there are a few
who have life vests or life boats
the majority will perish if the ship
sinks. Those in the first-class
cabins may not feel the effects of
the turbulence now or may simply
ignore it. But the storm worsens
and all hands are required to steer
the ship to calmer waters.
Now is the time for charting
a new path forward. Business
personnel, government, labour,
personnel, our universities and
the construction sector must all
make a concerted effort towards
charting the way forward. Now
is the time to put aside our
differences, our hatred, our
bitterness, our biases and our
politics and work together towards
building a better T&T. Towards
that goal I pledge my service.
God bless our nation.
Cultural and natural
heritage under threat
The cultural and natural heritage
are increasingly threatened with
destruction not only by the traditional
causes of decay , but also by changing
social and economic conditions which
aggravate the situation.
On February 16, 2005, The
Government of T&T ratified their
agreement and participation in the
World Heritage Convention. This
Government agreed to identify and
nominate properties in their national
territory to be considered for inscription
on the World Heritage List. Preservation
of Build Heritage is therefore already
part of this Government's mandate.
The heritage site we fondly call
the Magnificent Seven is a single
heritage site...so designated by the
OAS/Carimos as a monument of the
greater Caribbean. If we destroy any
one of the seven, we risk losing this
prestigious international recognition.
These buildings together are also
"listed" by the National Trust (with
Cabinet approval) and so are supposed
to enjoy protection by the State from
It needs to be understood that
'demolish and rebuild' is not an
internationally accepted method of
preservation. Historic buildings are a
product of their own time. They are
living history and witnesses of the
building practices, technology and
social mores that existed at the time
of their construction. Demolishing and
rebuilding with new contemporary
methods and materials does not qualify
as historic restoration. The structure
becomes a simulacrum. It takes on a
Disneyesque quality, losing its prestige
as an historic monument.
Government restoration projects
can also be used to promote youth
education and training in much needed
preservation skills and create a cadre of
specialist artisans for the maintenance
of historic buildings.
Icomos, Trinidad and Tobago
Citizens for Conservation
The National Trust.
Dad killed in front mini-mart
At five and a half months pregnant, Yudee
Seepersad now has to find the strength to move
on after her boyfriend was killed near his business,
just outside the family's St Helena home.
Devin Maharaj: Just bring back the hangman
and I'm sure things will be a little better. Only
Anna Benedetti: Wow who next man? RIP
young man and I feel for the parents bless them
because the pain is for you forever and ever. It
never goes away. I don't think the people who take
these actions are fully aware, the punishment is
harsh for the family.
Ksha Superfinelady: "All we could do is cope
as we can" too many families coping as they can
what's going on TT?
Carol Nancoo: When will the ruling government
of the country recognise there is a crisis and it has
to be dealt with.
$.1m bail for 3 cops charged with
trying to cover up crash
Three female police officers accused of
attempting to cover up a traffic accident earlier this
year have been released on $100,000 bail each.
Neal Gokool: Oh boy and commissioner going
Australia for an award for women police officers,
Mark John: The Senior officers have no integrity
what so ever, and they should all be very ashamed
of themselves. If they could do that, what else
they will not do to cover up, and make up stories
to charge and imprison innocent people. The
constable should be given an award for doing the
right thing, and for setting an examples of what
being a good police office is all about in T&T in 2017
Laurence Tenia: I have great respect for the
officer who did not take part of this cover-up and
Riaand Rodney Arjoonsingh: No wonder they
Reis to Imbert on $99 Dalco share
deal: It's a private affair
For what purpose is Government ordering a
probe of a private entity such as Dalco Capital
Management and is this a witch hunt to persecute
people regarding the CL Financial issue?
Chris Collins: Forget the politics people but
these white colour criminals getting away with too
much. I give the government right it's time to go
Verson Elton Jeanville: Why complain if there's
nothing to hide? Once your company is not
involved in shady business dealings you should
welcome any investigation or audit.
Miguel Boss: Allyah (sic) notice that any
time PNM in power they does never investigate
anything internally so they aint fooling nobody.
Imbert you have a lot of poor people tears on your
Unions rally members for business
Members of the public are being urged to
carefully exercise their buying power in the coming
weeks by the Joint Trade Union Movement
(JTUM), who yesterday called for a boycott of 120
franchise stores and other business outfits owned
and operated by the "elitist one per cent."
Gillian Walters: Sounds like outright
discrimination to me. I will shop at any Trinidadian
owned business and support all workers in this
Nixon Benedict Callender: SHUT THEM DOWN?
If I encourage the boycott of 120 businesses and
as a result they shut down and each business has
a minimum of 20 workers? That's 2400 workers
and their families devastated. Would I have been a
defender or workers worst nightmare?
Emmanuel George: When the cash was flowing
why did these piranhas not ask for a boycott then.
Aspiring to be part of that 1 per cent?
Johnny Cage: All who kicking against Roget
really don't know what the struggle is about.
Damain Peter Ramsajan: This is a long over
due call, it doesn't matter who makes it, we need
to start scrutinising corrupt businesses and stop
is not growing is
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