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A local teenager posted a video to
the social network Facebook. The
teen, who looks no more than 13
or 14, engages in very lewd dancing. It gets
more disturbing when she demonstrates her
dance moves in front of a toddler, who seems
to have been left in her care.
For ten minutes and 45 seconds, the unsu-
pervised young girl is wining, gyrating and
exposing her underwear in what appears to
be her living room, as she dances to Patrice
Roberts Slow Wine.
The video, to date, has garnered 1,125 likes
and has been shared 3,000 times.
It has also received numerous comments
from working professionals, parents and other
young ones. The comments varied widely, but
many felt society should be blamed for this
young girl s behaviour.
Why would a girl barely in her teens make
a video like this and post it online? Why did
so many viewers liked it? What does it say
The T&T Guardian contacted various
experts, groups and organisations, who all
viewed the video and made several points.
Counselling psychologist Anna-Maria Mora,
who strongly felt the video should have been
removed immediately, as it involves minors,
said this is what happens when teenagers/chil-
dren have no supervision.
"At birth our respiratory system, digestive
system and circulatory system become acti-
vated. However, at puberty, our reproductive
system becomes activated, and children are
sexual beings. Our children have to learn to
handle their sexuality, they have to learn and
have a healthy respect for themselves and
their reproductive abilities," said Mora.
She said that is why in their teenage years,
young people need to have activities which
will help them to divert their sexual energies
in socially acceptable ways.
"Sport, dance, music, chess, draughts, visual
art, craft, theatre arts, voice training, and all
such are absolutely necessary if we are to help
our young people to handle this time of their
lives. Our music culture, also, is not helping
in any way.
"Taking part in extra-curricular activities
is expensive and only the children of the haves
can participate. The children of the have nots
are left to entertain themselves, and that is
very dangerous," warned Mora.
She said with no supervision, the only thing
that is left is "focus on the sexual," the "urg-
ings" of nature.
"I looked around the room and saw that it
was a simple wooden home, and this child
had nothing to do. Is she in form one or two?
Is that the laptop that was freely given to all
first form children?" Mora asked.
Mora said the laptops should have been
pre-loaded with educational software, with
proper guidelines for their appropriate use.
Parents also needed to be prepared.
"Many parents are not aware of what their
children are doing with these laptops. Parents
need to be educated so that they will be aware
of the power of technology to be used for
either good or bad," said Mora.
She noted the young girl did not realise that
once it was posted the video would stay there
and makes the rounds "forever."
"These happenings cannot be allowed to
continue. We must work really hard to protect
our children and young people. If parents are
not, we must find out what is the problem,
and do something about this.
"Where was this child s parent? How can
this child be left to babysit? Did the parent
or parents have to go to work and had no
"I really hope that this family is now on
the National Family Services Register and a
social worker has been dispatched post-haste
to this home. This family should not be too
hard to find. Someone must know this child.
She did not hide her face," said Mora.
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What's happening to our society?
"We do not support any
inappropriate behaviour that
would reflect negative on any
youth of T&T. However, we
believe that parents, leaders
and role models in society
must be very careful about
the examples set to our
nation's youth. We believe
that in order to be the change
you want to see in society it
is imperative on each of us to
take the lead and set the
---National Youth Association
of T&T (NYATT)
This is not the young
lady about whom the
story is referring but
another teenaged girl
who posted a video on
the video-sharing site
YouTube. On the site
there are hundreds of
similar videos from girls
all over the world.
Opera singer Placido Domingo is
in the hospital after suffering a block-
age in an artery of the lungs.
Domingo s representative says the
72-year-old is expected to make a full
recovery but will have to miss several
appearances scheduled for later this
month. He was admitted to the hospital
Monday in Madrid.
Doctors say the pulmonary embolism
was caused by a blood clot.
The singer s representative, Nancy
Seltzer, says doctors have asked the
Spanish tenor and conductor to rest
for three to four weeks, but that healing
time varies. His return to the stage will
depend on how quickly he regains his
It s not the first time Domingo has
faced a serious medical condition.
Domingo returned to the stage just
45 days after undergoing colon cancer
surgery in 2010 and has maintained a
vigorous schedule and displayed an
uncommon vitality at an age when
most stars have stepped away from the
He is the most visible opera singer
in the world and has performed more
than 140 roles, expanding his repertoire
to include baritone roles in the past
Placido Domingo in Spain hospital
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