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Ihave had the opportunity to visit, on
several occasions, both friends and
family in about five different senior citi-
zens' homes. While their surroundings
have for the most part been up to par,
the meals that are being served leave
much to be desired.
It must be stated that usually the
staff at these homes demonstrate great
love, patience and understanding, not
only to the residents under their care,
but also to their visitors. But, residents
are hardly served well-balanced meals.
Vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are a rare
sight. Plus, the mall portions can hardly
satisfy adult appetites.
Could the Division of Ageing:
• Make unannounced visits to these
homes at meal times, especially lunch
and dinner time, to see the quality and
quantity of the fare given?
• Make recommendations via the print
and electronic media as to what consti-
tutes a nutritious and inexpensive meal
for this ageing group?
Please, our seniors deserve better.
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Afew days ago a friend
expressed to me his con-
cern at the relevance of
Republic Day in the calendar of
holidays being celebrated in
T&T. His argument was that
this holiday was of no special
significance, was "empty," and
was among those holidays
which he wished could be dis-
pensed with immediately.
However he did say that as a
compromise he would be satis-
fied if, with imagination and
proper arrangements, recognition
of Republic Day were to be
included, as a separate adjunct,
to the Independence Day cele-
It was clear that my friend
saw celebration of Republic Day
as being by far of much less
significance when compared
with any celebration of inde-
pendence. Indeed, it was not
difficult to recognise the reason.
After all, independence repre-
sents that moment that T&T
was cut from the coat tails of
the British Whitehall Establish-
ment, its significance resting
upon the fact that thereafter all
decisions respecting T&T, were
to be made in T&T although
being carried out in the name of
the British Crown.
I told my friend that his
interpretation, though seemingly
sound was, nevertheless superfi-
cial and that in my view one
ought not to dispense in so
nonchalant a manner with what
I consider to be a most impor-
tant event in the national her-
itage---an event which not only
saw the cutting, formally, of the
last vestiges of colonialism but
also an event to which countless
sons of the soil had contributed
over a very long period of time.
Furthermore, in this regard, I
told my friend that in future,
events celebrating Republic Day
could be focusing on a recogni-
tion of all those patriots who, in
one way or another, had made
significant contributions to
advancing T&T to the position
of identity in which it now finds
itself. It did take some effort to
convince my friend. However, in
the finality, he did accept that
attainment of Republican status,
with T&T having its own native
president as head of state was
indeed an event worthy of cele-
My friend was therefore very
happy to accept my suggestion
that the name "Republic Day"
ought to be revised to "Republic
and National Heroes Day," in
recognition of the past nation-
builders of T&T. This, we
agreed, will instill into the pop-
ulation a sense of national pride
and re-dedication, patriotism,
and moreover, self-commitment
towards the nation.
Finally, as a crowning
moment, my friend recalled
how, as a little school boy, he
was made to gleefully march
and sing Rule Britannia and
Land of Hope and Glory on
British Empire Day.
Ihave had to turn to the media for assistance in getting
word out about the inaction that is contributing to the
flooding in the Petit Valley and Diego Martin areas.
I have tried without success to get the DMRC to take
action on the flooding issues.
We have had four floods from August, 2012, to Sep-
tember, 2013, and still no action is being taken to clear
the drains and make changes to alleviate the situation.
Every time it rains now the residents cringe at the
possibility of flooding along with the associated loss of
property value, life, possessions, vehicles, money to re-
place and repair, etc.
Since no action is being taken one can only assume
that the powers that be simply do not care. It is not
their problem and they rather deal with the issue by re-
acting instead of proactively resolving it.
Since sending the e-mails to relevant authorities, nei-
ther has any action been taken nor has any response
We the people need to know what is going on with
efforts to deal with the flooding issues here.
Mr Sammy, Chairman of the DMRC, needs to get
compliance from his people. We need leaders who can
On my daily journey to work via the
Priority Bus Route, I can't help but
notice that most of the CCTV cameras
that are positioned along the Beetham
Gardens are either broken or facing the
direction of the roadway when they're
supposed to be in the direction of the
These crime fighting tools are evi-
dently being tampered with and this is
defeating the purpose of them assisting
the law enforcement agencies to bring
down the crime levels.
Can the authorities please look into
this? One solution may be to put some
sort of burglarproof around these cam-
eras so that they are not easily accessi-
ble to the miscreants of society.
I really want our country to return to
sweet T&T rather than being known as a
small island that is climbing on the re-
gional and international crime index.
You see the ole talk "no one is above the law", well
that's just what it is, "ole talk."
I am 78-years-old and I can tell you there are many
people who are above the law right here in the Rich
Plain area in Diego Martin, where the roadside drug
pushers were allowed to graduate into drug barons and
drug lords, and have now become untouchable.
In addition to that, we now have the bold face whe
whe bankers on the scene.
I think the area needs to be cleaned up, but then
again, we don't have anyone to do the job.
NAME SHOULD BE CHANGED TO
REPUBLIC AND NATIONAL HEROES DAY
Errol OC Cupid
Still no action on Diego flooding
Rid Rich Plain of criminal elements
Seniors deserve better meals
Burglarproof Beetham CCTV cameras
Shannon Serrao poses with "James Bond," one of 15 living statues which
greeted commuters yesterday morning to mark the opening of the newly-
redeveloped King's Cross Square in central London. (BBC)
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