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Iextend kudos to Catherine
Miller Miss T&T for doing
her best at the prestigious
Miss Universe pageant, placing
second in the national costume
Local franchise holder, Tribe
must also be credited for
ensuring that experienced pro-
fessionals in the various aspects
of beauty were at Catherine s
disposal prior to her leaving for
the competition in Moscow.
Still, Tribe fell short in its
responsibility of ensuring the
best quality representation since
the preparation time afforded to
Ms Miller was woefully too
short. She was crowned Miss
T&T on September 21, qualify-
ing to compete in a pageant
that started one month later.
This was an uphill fight for
Catherine from inception as it
was for Avionne Mark last year,
although she had several weeks
Miss T&T had roughly three
months of preparation when
the reality show for the local
title is included with the train-
ing subsequent to being
crowned Miss T&T. That late
organising/preparing for the
local and international pageants
appear to be a trend that works
against our delegates.
Imagine the rush to prepare
for a major event like the Miss
Universe pageant and only hav-
ing four weeks to work with---
totally unacceptable. Many peo-
ple got the impression that
T&T would not have sent a
representative this year due to
the seeming last-minute scram-
ble to put a show together and
send a girl to Moscow.
When we compare how
Venezuela organises its local
pageants and prepares its dele-
gates it s no wonder they win
as often as they do, including
this year. Venezuela has already
selected their representative for
next year s Miss Universe com-
petition. So that girl, as was
the case with the current Miss
Universe, will have an entire
year to prepare and refine all
aspects of beauty and skills
thereof. Put another way, "If
you fail to adequately prepare,
then you should prepare to fail."
If we are serious about T&T
delegates doing better at inter-
national pageants then at least
eight months of related train-
ing, preparation and fine-tuning
must be afforded to the lucky
Miss T&T before she departs
for the competition.
We were fortunate in the past
to have had exceptional talent
that required minimum training
and did wonders, ie Janelle,
Giselle and Wendy. But we
must realise that we have many
rough diamonds in this land
that may need significant pol-
ishing before shining their
So Tribe, please change your
strategy and take a page from
the Venezuelan book of beauty.
More preparation equals better
results and ultimate glory to
T&T by extension.
Iwould like to find out about how one goes about in apply-
ing for the use of the VIP express lane on the Diego Mar-
Quite frankly, I'm quite jealous of having to be stuck in
traffic every morning and watch these VIPs fly past on the
express lane on the extreme left, with their heads held
high. I too wish to have the privilege to honk and curse at
"unauthorised" joggers, Cepep workers and pedestrians
who have the audacity to be on the express lane when I'm
speeding on my way to wherever I'm going.
Not to mention having the right of way when re-enter-
ing regular traffic when the lane comes to an end, towards
the construction being done at the Four Roads area. I want
to be able to cuss up these idiots who don't recognise my
VIP status by not allowing me back into the traffic! How-
ever, there is one thing I don't like about the lane.
There is never any of the 200-plus Highway Patrol vehi-
cles around to make sure that the drivers using the normal
lanes don't interfere with the smooth flow of the VIP lane.
Imagine, I witnessed the person in front of me in normal
traffic have his side mirror knocked off from his car be-
cause he was too close to the VIP lane. I guess nothing
happened to the car on the VIP lane, as he never stopped.
Six persons have lost their lives and
newly-appointed Minister of National
Security Mr Gary Griffith is on every
radio station boasting about his plans.
Whilst the Highway Patrol was an excel-
lent move results can only be achieved if
the patrol officers are active and moni-
The lives of those six people could
have been saved. If only the officers on
patrol in those brand new vehicles would
actually stop parking and enjoying the
air-condition and actually monitor the
crazy driving, maybe things would im-
Cars whiz past them faster than the
speed of light and they make little to no
attempt to stop the vehicle or apprehend
Also, there is no radio communication
with the patrol vehicle at the next police
bay further up the road so they can inter-
cept the speeding vehicle or drunk driv-
ers.Drag racing, drunk driving and speed-
ing are the main causes of road accident.
Facing cars with inactive police officers
will not help save any lives.
There must be some supervision of
the officer to ensure that they are alert
and actually on active duty.
Perhaps we should start using the
CCTV cameras to see whether these ve-
hicles are actually being utilised.
The road fatality toll is now at 130. The
unrelenting rain mixed with speed
has now become the star of the show,
claiming six lives this past weekend.
It is sad that families constantly have
to mourn loss due to reckless driving.
The presence of the Highway Patrol is
felt but more infrastructure need to be
implemented so as to quell the speeding
The highway is designed to facilitate
speeds of 80-100 mph, so 200 mph and
up is quiet unnecessary. The suggestion
by Minister Griffith to purchase radar
guns is practical and may help in regulat-
ing the speeding issue we are now faced
Harsh fines for exceeding the speed
limit will serve as a deterrent and hope-
fully assist in reducing the road fatality
toll. More must be done before more
families shed tears.
Alvin K Daniel
The political commess and bacchanal at the Chagua-
nas Borough Corporation seems to perpetually in-
volve one man, Mr Jack Warner. Now the proverbial
table has turned for him, Karma has kicked in it seems.
Readers will remember how he undermined Suruj
Rambachan, the then mayor of Chaguanas and his ef-
forts to oust Basdeo Panday from the leadership of the
UNC. The turmoil he allegedly created to stay in power
at the TTFA and the emasculation of footballers in T&T.
Thus, it is not surprising that the events took place in
the manner it did.
As the saying goes, do unto others as you may have
them do unto you.
Councillor Faaiq Mohammed, please take a bow, you
will be remembered for a very long time.
Former County Councillor
DELEGATES NEED MORE TIME TO PREPARE
Residents push a shutter to open a small grocery to get food in Tacloban city,
Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday. The city remains littered with
debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and
no electricity since the Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. AP PHOTO
I want to use express lane too
Do so don't like so
Highway Patrol Unit just for show?
More must be done to stop carnage
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