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If the terror threat is, indeed, real and credible, Na-
tional Security Minister Edmund Dillon was right to
appear relaxed and happy as he walked past J’Ouvert
partygoers in Port-of-Spain early on Monday.
At least until the time we went to press, Monday’s
Carnival celebrations brought the usual—a good degree
of chaos, drunken behaviour and some crime—but not
a terror attack. Let’s hope today is the same.
It would be a double tragedy if terrorism were to
reach our Carnival—the mindless disregard for human
life terrorists display is bad enough but, additionally,
any such act would destroy the spontaneity and inno-
cence of our national party.
So far, well done to our security forces (with or
without help from afar) and let’s understand what has
actually happened, who ought to face our courts (as
suspects remain in custody without charge) and how
to prevent such plots in the future so that our Carnival
remains as free and open as possible for decades to
In the meantime, all of us ought to do our part, too:
remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to
It’s very disappointing to hear that only about 30%
of the nation’s students turn up for school on Ash
Wednesday, although officially it’s a normal school day
(it’s also troubling that about 15% of the school’s staff
don’t turn up either). The call by Education Minister
Anthony Garcia for parents to do their part and make
sure their children attend school tomorrow is laudable
but probably ineffectual.
As much as little support should be given to parents
who overdid the Carnival celebrations, at least the ed-
ucation authorities can be pragmatic here: perhaps it’s
time to throw in the towel and redraw the school cal-
endar so that Ash Wednesday becomes a day off which
can then be clawed back elsewhere in the year.
In our diverse nation, this week marks not only the
beginning of Christian’s Lent (preceded by excesses of
Carnival) but also Maha Shivaratri, in honour of god
Shiva and one of the most important moments of the
The Great Night of Shiva is marked by vigil and
prayers aimed at helping overcome darkness and igno-
rance, something we all desperately need to counter,
irrespective of our religious background.
For all our Hindu readers, we wish them a purposeful
and peaceful Maha Shivaratri.
Soca star Machel Montano
alongside his dancer
Michelle Bambaii of
Slovakia during his
performance at YUMAvibes
Saturday at the Soca Drome,
Hasely Crawford Stadium,
performance was Montano’s
first at a Yuma event.
PICTURE DION ROACH
not wear diapers. So where do the
babies poo poo? On the ground.
“Primitive” mothers, especially
those who breastfeed, are so in
tune with their babies that they
automatically know when the
baby is going to poo and simply
hold the baby up. Remember too
that the normal bowel pattern for
breastfed babies is once a week.
You really only need diapers for
urine and that is small stuff.
Could it be acquired behav-
iour? You know, “Keep up with
the Jones.” They have disposable
diapers so we must have too.
Could it be that they lack de-
tergent in Venezuela? They have
nothing to clean cloth diapers?
Diapers could represent mod-
ern life. We not “primitive” any-
more. Even as in, we real modern,
oui? We don’t use cloth diapers!
We use disposable diapers!
Most likely it represents part of
the speeding up of life. Disposable
diapers came into common use
after World War II when women
began to demand freedom from
washing diapers so that they
could work and travel.
The best thing about diapers,
however, is the saying “Change
diapers as you change politicians
and for the same reason.” Instead
of changing diapers, Venezuelans
might do better to remember
ezuela, and they love it.”
The article says, “The official
economy of Venezuela is in a
state of collapse, and the people
are starving.” But they running di-
apers, not food, from Cedros into
Venezuela. The smugglers say
that back home they’ll get three
times what they pay in Trinidad,
and demand is so high they main-
tain waiting lists. “I can trade the
diapers for medicine,” says one
Venezuelan woman, who shuttles
between Trinidad and Venezuela.
“Diapers are like bars of gold. Peo-
ple stash diapers as if they were
Waiting lists? Diapers like “bars
of gold?” Like money? Why boy?
What is the fascination? Are peo-
ple so entranced by stool? At the
other end of the gastrointestinal
tract, breastmilk sells for US$4
an ounce over the Internet and
breastmilk stool is being used to
regenerate abnormal intestinal
bacteria associated with formula.
The same hardly applies to
stool in general? Perhaps there is
baby’s bottom and the air around
us clean? But diapers, especially
the disposable type, are the main
reason why babies get diaper
rash. Nothing is supposed to be
in contact with that fine, smooth
baby bottom skin. In so-called
“primitive” societies, babies do
What is this fascination people
have with disposable diapers?
I can understand mothers. Not
only are they easy to change but
there is some evidence that the
act itself may make you feel closer
to the child.
But fathers? Even if, in the last
ten years, more and more fathers
are coming into the office and
changing their baby’s diapers,
they are still in the minority.
What about the press? Seems that
any article about young children
in the newspaper or on TV, must
refer to baby milk and diapers.
The father buss it but, as long as
he buying formula and diapers,
he doing his parental “duty!”
The house fall down and the
mother has nowhere to sleep?
Buy Pampers or Huggies and we
good. Hurricane in Dominica?
Quick, send plenty disposable di-
apers. Ah lil formula too, to stop
the mothers from breastfeeding
so they could buy baby milk when
The latest manifestation of
the diaper craze is Venezuela.
No disposable diapers in Vene-
zuela! Nothing else seems to have
brought home to Trinis how bad
things are over there. Imagine, no
There’s an article on Bloomberg
by a guy called Jonathan Frank-
lin, titled, “Venezuelan Pirates
Rule the Most Lawless Market on
Earth.” The subtitle is, “Their in-
dustry all but destroyed, former
fishermen now run guns one way,
diapers another.” It’s about the
two-way trade between Cedros
and Venezuela, complete with
pictures of local fishermen with
diapers who say, “We pay them
in dollars and diapers. Huggies.
It’s a brand they don’t get in Ven-
Dr David Bratt
This fascination with diapers
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