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trials that we encounter. The Bible says
sympathizes with our weakness-
es. died to free us from the sorrow of
sin and its effects.
is touched with
the feeling of our sickness, and situation.
has borne our grief and carried our
sorrow. He promised that whoever
believes on Him shall not perish but have
loves you and He wants to help in
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confronting you. Just allow Jesus to come
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Trinidad and Tobago Transparency
Institute (Transparency) has issues
a release reiterating its support of
freedom of the press.
The release stated that Transparency
recognises that freedom of the press
is an essential element in the fight
against corruption and that the recent
resignation of three senior journalists
"raises concerns that a fundamental
pillar of democracy, that is, freedom
of expression, appears to be threat-
"True democracy can only exist in
an environment where people can
effectively participate in decision-
making processes and there is pro-
tection of freedom of expression. An
independent media is constantly vig-
ilant against abuses of power, and
enables citizens to demand account-
ability from public institutions and
leaders. More than this, freedom of
the media equates to freedom of ordi-
nary citizens to access information
and express views without fear of
reprisal," the group said.
Transparency said it will continue
to work with other civil society organ-
isations to safeguard the fundamental
requirements of a stable, democratic
Trinidad and Tobago.
The cupola atop the Mille Fleurs building is falling,
but given the current arrangement between the two
ministries who share responsibility for the historic
edifice, there may not be any intervention in time
to prevent its collapse.
However, in a last-minute attempt to save the
109-year-old building and to secure the authority
to repair and restore government buildings and other
historical sites, including the Magnificent Seven (of
which Mille Fleurs is one) and President s House,
the Minister of National Diversity and Social Inte-
gration Clifton De Coteau is asking that the Restoration
Unit, which comes under the Ministry of Works and
Transport, be removed and placed under his min-
Information about the request was revealed during
an interview with the minister at his office last week.
Present at the interview was the minister s entire
team: permanent secretary Jacintha Baily Sobers,
adviser Carlene Sookoo, communications adviser
Alison Ali and heritage adviser Louis Homer.
De Coteau said the cupola was falling and while
he has the remit to preserve and restore historical
sites, it was the Works Ministry which had sole
responsibility for the buildings, "and reparation of
the buildings appear not to be high on the ministry s
The minister said the dichotomy of having one
ministry responsible for land and another for the
building situated on the land was working against
his ministry getting it s work done.
Sookoo said under the previous administration a
management plan was developed with architects to
repair and restore the Magnificent Seven through
Udecott. "It is now just a matter of roll-out, and it
is a roll-out that cannot happen without the Works
The Magnificent Seven is the name given to the
group of seven mansions located around the Queen s
Park Savannah. The mansions are: Killarney or
Stollmeyer s Castle, Whitehall, Archbishop s House,
Roomor, Mille Fleurs, Hayes Court and Queen s Royal
College. They were all constructed around 1904.
When the Sunday Guardian contacted Rambachan
yesterday and told him that the minister and his
team expressed concerns that the reparation of build-
ings seem not to be a priority of the Ministry of
Works, he said, "My ministerial colleague would
never say something like that," and did not address
wants control of
What is a cupola
Wikipedia says "cupolas often appear as small
buildings in their own right. They often serve as
a lantern, belfry, or belvedere above a main roof.
In other cases they may crown a tower, spire, or
turret. The chhatri, seen in Indian architecture,
fits the definition of a cupola when it is used atop
a larger structure.
The cupola is a development during the Ren-
aissance of the oculus, an ancient device found in
Roman architecture, but being weatherproof was
superior for the wetter climates of northern Europe."
Press freedom essential
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