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put di don to di key and turn
him inna donkey
---Ting a Ling, Shabba Ranks
The election bell ring. It
wake up Democracy from a
deep drunken sleep. She sit
up and watch the clock and ste-
ups. A long watery one. The
kind of special steups you save
for when you in government
office for an hour trying to do
something that should take five
Democracy put on the radio to
see who else dead in the night.
She listen to the bacchanal. She
switch and listen to the fear-
She smile and shake her head
at the callers. Near hysterics
with the latest piece of stupid-
ness that just get revealed.
She wonder if nothing else
going on in this forceripe little
island except for badjohns with
guns and badjohns with seats in
They coming for her just now.
They coming to dress her up
pretty and loud for a few weeks
and parade her about like a tro-
Democracy wish she could say
half the things that in her head
and heart to say. That could
turn things around and make a
difference to the lives of those
who need it the most.
The ones who depending on
the government or the opposi-
tion to actually represent them
and engage them in creating a
Democracy take a sip of her
coffee watching the clouds gath-
er on the hills. This is a sweet
time of the day when the light
The hills used to be so green.
But is development, nah. Is
development and the need for
housing that have less trees on
the hills and rivers on mud run-
ning down her street.
It had a time when she used
to try and make a difference.
She used to talk.
They say she is a trouble aker.
They say she trying to make
confusion. They say she trying
to stop people from eating a
Democracy, hush yuh
firetrucking mouth so I could
make a lil kickback.
They don t know who is me
or what? Like they forget the
meaning of my name. Like they
forget that is because of me they
reach anywhere in the first
She give up on fighting them
now. She give up because the
licks starting to take a toll. The
emotional abuse starting to
make her forget the meaning of
her own name.
Democracy is good at hiding
the bruises now. She learn how
to do that long time. She eat so
much licks in her time that she
know how to turn her face so
that when the lash pass it
wouldn t leave too big a mark.
Not too bad.
Democracy go on Facebook.
She watch her newsfeed and roll
her eyes at the political blogs.
She not really sure why she fol-
lowing them in the first place.
A set of idlers who like to hide
behind they computer and pon-
tificate about what wrong with
But if she were to call them
and ask them to come and help
her out, they woulda start to
stutter and well, ahm in her ears
and tell her how it eh really
have nothing she could do.
See? We re so free here. We
give you a choice between the
devil and the deep blue sea and
you should be grateful for that.
She going to spend the next
few weeks wining for rum and
Democracy watch herself long
and hard in the mirror. She not
looking too bad. She could still
smile and convince people that
she is beautiful. She could still
make a show that she matters
and is of value.
The money they paying her to
show up, well she could make a
good living on that. She could
go away every now and again.
She could buy nice things and
go on the Avenue and lime.
Democracy figure is compen-
sation enough for her pains.
They coming for her just now.
They coming to show her off in
the papers. On the hustings. She
getting some good gigs for the
next few weeks.
Is like Carnival time when
they does play local music on
After elections she going to
disappear just like soca. Until
The rain falling again.
The sky weeping tears on her
behalf. Endless tears. The sky
have more water than Wasa,
that s for sure. She can t cry
now. She smile at her face in
the mirror. She skin her teeth
and practise kissing babies. She
swallow hard to get rid of the
lump in her throat.
Now that the election bell
ring. How it go look if Democ-
racy looking bad?
PTSC Web site, customer
care need upgrade
I am a regular PTSC customer, utilis-
ing their services mainly within the
East-West Corridor. Observing the reg-
ularity of some of their services, I de-
cided to find information on alternative
Hearing that PTSC has a Web site, I
decided to log on to the URL
www.ptsc.co.tt to find out the various
I was shocked that the Web site has
not been updated since August 2010.
As such, some of the transport
routes listed are no longer used or have
alternate start-points, a situation I have
been caught in several times. I saw that
the Web site is out of date so I decided
to contact PTSC's customer services via
On June 13, I telephoned PTSC's
Customer Care to find out transporta-
tion options to Point Lisas and if there
would be any alternate routes so as to
make my commute easier. The call was
promptly answered by a kind operator
who transferred me to the relevant cus-
tomer information booth.
The customer service representative,
when I enquired about the bus sched-
ule, routes and regularity of service to
the Couva/Point Lisas area stated that
she "doh know about de bus schedule"
and that "I should sacrifice ah day tuh
go Sando bus station and fine out dat
Is this what my tax-paying dollars
are funding? I have to "make ah sacri-
fice" to travel from Piarco to San Fer-
nando to find out a bus schedule all
because the assigned customer care
representative, who is being paid to
provide this information, does not want
to do her job? Is this one of the PTSC
employees who benefited in October
2012 from a nine per cent pay hike?
PTSC employees are providing a
service. The commuting public is paying
your salaries, not the other way around.
We demand value for money! That
"sacrifice" is not for the public to make!
Over to you, management of PTSC
and Minister of Transport.
Frustrated tax-paying citizen
training lacking in schools
Sadly, the increase of school fights is
a realistic dilemma in T&T and it is very
distasteful when videos of such life-
threatening fights are uploaded on chat
sites and media forums. In some of
these videos chairs are seen being
launched to and fro and used as
"weapons of mass destruction," and
students are heard speaking fluent ob-
For this reason the Ministry of Edu-
cation must consider implementing
conflict resolution as a subject for study
in all primary and secondary schools
throughout the nation. By giving stu-
dents skills to express and resolve con-
flicts on their own, educators build their
self-esteem and their sense of respon-
sibility. Each student becomes more
aware of the unique qualities of other
children, thus reducing the likelihood of
Conflict resolution in the education
system should be a spectrum of
processes that utilise communication
skills and creative and analytic thinking
to prevent, manage, and peacefully re-
There are compelling, valid reasons
for every school to implement a pro-
gramme to teach conflict resolution; the
problem-solving processes of conflict
resolution (negotiation, mediation, and
consensus decision-making) can im-
prove the school climate. Conflict reso-
lution strategies can reduce violence,
vandalism, chronic school absence, and
Conflict resolution training helps stu-
dents and teachers deepen their under-
standing of themselves and others and
develop important life skills. Training in
negotiation, mediation, and consensus
decision-making encourages a high
level of citizenship activity.
Conflict resolution training increases
skills in listening, critical thinking, and
problem solving---skills basic to all
learning. Conflict resolution emphasises
seeing other points of view and resolv-
ing differences peacefully---skills that
assist one to live in a multicultural
world and negotiation and mediation
are problem-solving tools that are well
suited to the problems that young peo-
ple face, and those trained in these ap-
proaches often use them to solve
problems for which they would not
seek adult help.
Implementing conflict resolution as
a subject in all schools has the potential
to reduce student violence and conflict
in schools and it should be considered a
possible solution to the problem of
school fights and violence.
Mc Bean, Couva
It's Your Write
ELECTION BELL RING, MS DEMOCRACY
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