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The Open Lectures Committee of The University of the West Indies
(UWI) St. Augustine cordially invites you to a Distinguished Open Lecture
as part of the CARICOM Leaders Lecture Series
WHERE IS CARICOM GOING?
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
will discuss the status of the regional integration process and
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Thursday, October 3rd 2013 | 5:30pm | Daaga Auditorium, The UWI St Augustine Cam
Yesterday s newspaper
reports a middle-aged
pedestrian collapsed on a
Curepe footpath during the
broiling noonday heat. Appar-
ently he had suffered a heart
Curepe and environs are
chock-full of doctors offices
and other professional, medical
institutions; notable among
these would be St Augustine
Private Hospital, Medical Asso-
ciates and Mt Hope Medical
Sciences Complex, all of them
are a stone s throw away. The
Priority Bus Route neatly cuts
through the area; it offers traf-
fic-free access almost to the
doors of every one of these
places of refuge, in life-threat-
Yet, the gentleman was left
to die on the baking, concrete
slab. No one at the scene
measured him as a human
being worthy of being picked
up immediately and rushed to
any of the many nearby places
where lifesaving, professional
assistance was available.
So, he died...his vital signs
slipped away irreversibly on the
blisteringly hot Curepe con-
crete...under the cold glaze of
citizens who had done their
duty of calling the ambu-
lance...and idling till it arrived.
The newspaper headline mat-
ter-of-factly reported: "Man
dies after hour-long wait for
It s "the authorities" fault?
What manner of heartless
beasts have we become?
The more appropriate head-
line would have been: "No one
lifted a finger to help."
May he rest in peace and,
hopefully, the manner of his
passing may awaken the Good
Samaritan within us.
Reports have been circulating that the Betting Levy
Board (BLB) paid half of the cost to bring ace US-
based jockey, Javier Castellano, to Trinidad to ride at
Santa Rosa Park on Derby Day.
Leading up to the Derby, it was widely reported in the
media that jockey Castellano was coming for the pri-
mary purpose of riding Bigman in Town in the feature
In fact, the owner of that horse, who is a member of
the BLB board, is on record as stating that it was his de-
cision to bring the ace jockey to partner the horse.
At no time was there any mention of BLB involve-
ment. If that is the case, why should monies collected
by the BLB, which really belongs to taxpayers, be used
to assist an owner in satisfying a personal agenda?
After all, first prize in the Derby was a whopping
To further complicate the situation, jockey Castellano
only rode three horses for the day.
If the Betting Levy Board did in fact meet half of the
related expenses then something appears to be im-
proper with use of taxpayers' funds for personal gains.
If these reports are true, by no stretch of the imagi-
nation can this expense be construed to be used for the
development of horse racing---which is the primary
function of the BLB.
There were no lectures or workshops with the local
jockeys to assist in improving their skills or anything of
The BLB must therefore clear the air on this matter!
A man gets a high-paying job at the
Airports' Authority based on his tender-
ing a false document. He accepted over
$40,000 a month from the state for
many, many months. His scam is uncov-
ered and he is fired. Shouldn't he be fac-
ing a fraud squad investigation for
defrauding the state?
Instead, we hear that "following his
resignation, he informed the AATT that
he had 45 days' vacation leave and re-
quested that he be paid for them."
But hear the kicker, "Management at
the AATT gave the undertaking that his
claim will be looked at." Shouldn't man-
agement be trying to recover all the
monies paid to this man?
You mean, even after it's proven that
the man got the job under false pre-
tences, we still planning to pay him more
instead of bringing criminal charges?
Only in Trinidad!
Are government vehicles above the law? Apparently
every morning the traffic on Ariapita Avenue is too
much for some of them.
They come with their sirens blazing in unmarked cars
driving east on the westbound lane and putting the
lives of the drivers at risk who have to swerve to avoid
If that is not bad enough, police cars are parked on
Richmond Street outside the Police Administration
building during peak hours in the morning, blocking off
one lane and creating a bottleneck.
The Ministry of Health is no better with some of its
vehicles being parked on Park Street thereby converting
the three lanes to a single lane!
The Ministry of Public Administration should not be
left out! Their vehicles are parked outside the Ministry
(Lord Harris Court) on the eastern side of Pembroke
Street, regardless of the day (parking alternates on
each side of the street).
Where are the wreckers? Are they only meant to
wreck vehicles in Woodbrook? Why don't they wreck all
the vehicles parked on both sides of Park Street be-
tween St Vincent and Frederick streets which are re-
sponsible for traffic jams in that area every morning?
Where are the traffic wardens?
If there is no regard for the law by officials who
should know better, it is no wonder the present state of
lawlessness that prevails on our roads!
What citizens really want
Citizens do not ask for much from
politicians. We do have this silly notion,
however, that once we vote them into
office, they will ensure that our basic
needs are met.
Some of these basic needs are: that
community roads be paved with asphalt
that can be found right here in this coun-
try; that box drains be built where they
are needed; public health care is accessi-
ble; schools are not falling apart; crime
eradication is taken seriously; tap water
from WASA is clean and clear; flooding is
a thing of the past; and, that politicians
do not take us for fools.
It's nice to improve the country's
image by putting up skyscrapers, host
regional and international conferences,
host dignitaries, build new roads and
highways, and encourage business and
trade with other countries.
But then, when it's nearing elections,
the average citizen will ask themselves,
"What have they done for me? How has
my life improved? Do I feel safe in my
home?" And the answer is revealed
after the ballots are counted.
Prizgar Lands, Laventille
HOW HEARTLESS HAVE WE BECOME?
Wevellyn Antunes Rocha, from left, Maria Deusaunira Borges, Uyara Borges,
Nayara Borges, back, Daniella Klipe, Gisele Candido, and Ary Borges gather at
the breakfast table with tiger Tom, in Maringa, Brazil, yesterday. Ary Borges,
who cares for Tom, eight other tigers and two lionesses, is in a legal battle
with federal wildlife officials to keep his endangered animals from undergoing
vasectomies and being taken away from him. AP PHOTO
Betting Levy Board must clear the air
Are govt vehicles above the law?
Fraud squad should step in
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