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Sunday, March 11, 2018
'All hope is not lost'
Last Sunday I took my kids to
play pha wa at Reform Recrea-
tion Ground. They came home
from school during the week with
fliers stating that the councillor
for that area was hosting pha wa
celebrations for the second con-
secutive year. But when I looked
at the name "Hosein", I thought
to myself, how can a Muslim per-
son be promoting a Hindu festi-
As it turns out, he did in fact
host quite a sizeable celebration
and I was left somewhat amazed
at the fact that we can live in such
a wonderful country where we
can join in each other's religious
beliefs without conflict.
Imagine for a second, it took
someone of Islamic faith to pro-
mote and preserve a Hindu festi-
val in a small, quiet village where
the people seemed to be just wait-
ing for opportunities like this to
come together as a community.
Trinidad and Tobago is truly a
blessed place and although there
are many problems that we face,
it's the little things like this that
gives me hope that someday my
children will grow up in a country
that I want for them. All hope is
'CJ lacks commitment'
The recent application by the Chief
Justice (CJ) to proceed on sabbati-
cal leave for a period of six months
just when there are serious pend-
ing matters hanging over his head
is clear evidence of his fragrant
flouting of the system. It is also a
clear indication of his lack of com-
mitment to the job.
The judicial system is in a mess
and citizens from all walks of life are
crying out for justice, quicker arbi-
tration time, unbiased treatment at
the hands of the law, and indeed
compensation when wronged.
What about the run-down state of
the courts in T&T? What about all
the corruption taking place in the
system where people are short
changed where justice is con-
cerned. Isn't the CJ even concerned
that a number of police of icers are
now being charged and convicted
for soliciting and accepting bribes?
It's as if the CJ thinks that the job
is a joyride and he has been given
permanent vacation when he was
appointed to the post.
The Law Association of Trinidad
& Tobago (Latt) is well within its
rights to call for an investigation
into the conduct of the CJ since the
governing body over all matters
concerning the State have taken a
back seat and refuse to do its job.
If someone does not do something
and do it soon, we will only sink
deeper and deeper into the mire.
Perhaps the 'selection' process for
this most important job in the land
needs to be carefully revisited. This
time around it was certainly a 'bad'
not suited to T&T
The following is an unsolicited, un-
paid comment from an interested
I am often scoffed at for believing
strongly in our two-party political
system. The Afro-based People's
National Movement (PNM) and the
Indo-based United National Con-
gress (UNC) are us. We are the peo-
ple and we are moving away from
Both parties are now being more
clearly integrated and all other
ethnicities have been subsumed.
The party that secures the 'fence
sitters' will see victory in 2020. The
secret is in the appeal to fair play,
political talent, and measurable
advancement for supporters. The
image in 2010 of seemingly attract-
ing suf icient citizens of all ethnic-
ities scored the UNC a resounding
political victory. Then, everything
turned old mas when the spectre
of naked, rampant nepotism took
over the UNC. It inevitably crashed
and burned in 2015.
So, what of the Congress of
the People? What about Timothy
Hamel-Smith's foray into third-
party politics? We now have the
Movement for Social Justice (David
Abdulah) vying for serious recogni-
tion. These three entities flatter to
deceive. Not any of them represent
a large enough interest to the man
in the street. The trade unions have
only enough members to cause se-
rious continuing disruption that
leads to severely diminishing ap-
peal for lucrative investments. The
struggle to control all wage agree-
ments is myopic, sel ish, and sick.
First-world labour movements
pride themselves in giving value
for money, our collective trade un-
ions are sorely lacking.
There is an obscene degree of
political sanctimonious hypocrisy
being expounded denigrating in-
dividual ministers/ senators who
are talented and of importance
to the life blood of their political
parties. Pot cannot call the kettle
black when senators who have out-
standing legal matters represent
their party in several forums are
not being removed. Only charges
of alleged sexual harassment and
murder should prevent representa-
tion until one is proven not guilty
of other offences.
We the people have no time to
argue over who has the most of-
fensive political cocoa in the sun.
The general election of 2020
is being eagerly awaited in T&T,
where image is everything and the
winner takes all.
What do you think parents and those with
parental responsibilities need to do to
raise well-rounded children?
Markel Marcano, NESC student
"There should be a child-friendly
environment with proper parental
guidance, offering room for emotional
and academic development.
Remembering not to push too hard,
letting them experience failure, and
ensuring security and love can allow a
child to feel competent and confident.
This may be the key to well-rounded
children finding a sense of purpose in
Sandra Badri, hairdresser and
"Discipline is one of the keys in
ensuring children grow up to be
upstanding citizens. Mannerisms,
speech, and attitude are the
reflections. If this is handled properly,
we will face less problems in society."
Lynn Singh, homemaker
"Healthy routines are important in
fostering children being well rounded
and versatile. They should be taught
early the fear of God and respect
for all around them. They should be
given chores as well and learn to be
independent and to make sacrifices to
Chamaylee Seegobin, retired
"Teach and nurture children you come
across, it is not about loving your own
alone. Guide them and give them the
skills to be the best they possibly can.
Communicate, educate, and impart
wisdom to cope with the challenges
Liza Meade, businesswoman
"There must be balance with
experience and what you know to be
right. The idealism of everyone having
an input to raise neighbourhood
children is being lost. Adults have
become afraid or reserved to correct
wrongs nowadays. Children have more
expectations and they have to learn to
appreciate what they have."
Kevon Darren Williams, residential
and commercial security consultant
"Those with parental responsibilities
should maintain strong family values
and ensure that there is sufficient
exposure to the teachings of the
Almighty God while keeping a good
balance with society."
Sharmila Ackaloo, teacher
"It takes a lot of love, patience, and
quality time. You also have to be
honest and respect your children
as individuals whose opinions are
important. Children thrive in a positive,
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Elizabeth B Rampersad,
"Identify the gifts, skills, talents,
and interests in children. Train them
formally so they can be the master of
those crafts and lead fulfilled lives."
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