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NAVIGATIONAL WARNING 018/13
TRINIDAD - GULF-OF-PARIA
Pipeline operations in progress by tug Micheal M, Kathy M, and bagder
Winston B and Kenneth O. will continue until 31st December, 2013.
(1) 600 - Metre lengths of pipeline diameter 2" to 14" will be towed between
061 - 29.43 W
in the San Fernando bay area and the main Soldado Marine Oilfields area.
(2) Pipelines will be laid along the line joining
061 - 55.81 W
061 - 55-45 W
Anchor spread and safe zone area Max 350 m radius during the project
Barge IMO#TTO 310103 ( Kenneth O.) IMO #8942474 ( Winston B.)
Tugs Reg. TL 420 (Michael M.) Reg. TT30001 ( Kenneth O.)
A wide berth of 600 M and caution is advised
4th April, 2013
Director Maritime Services
Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport 0816060
We all can clean up T&T
With regard to H Mark's letter in Sat-
urday's Guardian re the removal of
those election posters that litter not only
St Joseph, but the entire country, I
humbly suggest that if every concerned
citizen took say 15 minutes of their time
to remove ten of these posters, the envi-
ronment would be immeasurably im-
proved, while at the same time
impressing on them the type of inconsid-
erate candidates who seek support in
their various constituencies.
Could we citizens ever consider pick-
ing up ten or 15 plastic bottles from the
highways and byways on a daily basis
and depositing them in the convenient
bins that are strategically placed around
In this way we as a caring society can
contribute, at no financial cost, to im-
proving the general view of T&T.
The entertainment provided on the fast ferries can be
viewed as an insult to Trinbagonians and a total dis-
respect and disregard for our local cultural appetite.
We often hear those in authority speak about patri-
otism and of late multiculturalism, and when we look
around, the reality seems to be lip service at every turn.
For years I have been making an appeal to those sen-
ior officers on the ferries to show some local content
that would be more appealing to us as citizens, and
more accommodating to the tourists who come to
these parts to get a taste of what we have to offer.
We have calypso and steelpan, chutney tassa, stick
fight and limbo, Better Village, Mastana Bahar, parang,
comedy festivals, old local plays, movies and the list
could go on and on. Yet we choose to keep our minds
and that of the children travelling between the islands,
stuck in colonial mode. Why?
I believe that the entertainment on the ferries is the
best way to highlight our multiculturalism to the world
and satisfy our national appetite. We as citizens must
stop accepting the shortcomings of those we place in
authority, who should be leading by example. Maybe
our tolerance level is too high?
After over 50 years of Independence, and 37 years of
Republicanism, why are we still stuck in colonial mode?
Because the powers that be have no real respect for our
Come on board Minister of Multiculturalism, Minister
of Tourism, Minister of Transportation, the President of
the Republic, and all other patriotic citizens of T&T, let
us do the thing right because it is the right thing to do.
Michael L Joseph
Firstly, let me extend my
sympathies to all those
who lost loved ones in
road accidents on Sunday
morning. Six deaths in less
than six hours, one every hour.
The ages ranged from 21 to 33
years. The first accident
occurred at 1 am. Note the
time---poor visibility, tired driv-
What were the deceased
doing on the roads? Going to
work, church, hospital? Nega-
tive, they were liming. Does
one suddenly get hunger pangs
in the wee hours of the morn-
ing for some specific meal?
I always tell children they will
only understand parenting
when they become one. We are
not killjoys but we know the
dangers out there. We can talk
from now till the cows come
home but that will not change
the fact that we have lost six
lives. This is not acceptable, no
how, no way.
Do we issue permits at too
young an age? The people that
are charged with the responsi-
bility of issuing permits, are
they trained and competent?
Do qualified people receive per-
mits? Are the law enforcement
agencies strict enough?
It does not help when high-
profile people are found driving
under the influence of alcohol
and breaking traffic laws. We
must lead by example.
I believe every driver must
take a defensive driving course.
After I took one, it I was never
in a hurry on the road again.
We are an ageing population
and it is imperative the younger
ones survive to take on the
mantle of leadership.
Look at the down time after
an accident. Whether you were
right or wrong, is it worth it?
Life is great all the time. Col-
lectively we can do this.
My safety, your safety is our
Slow down T&T
Seat belts can save your life---use them
Leave early and arrive safely at your destination
Obey the speed limit always
Watch for roadwork signs and wet roads---slow down
Drive defensively at all times
Overtake with great caution
When changing lanes please indicate to fellow drivers
Never drink alcohol and drive
Traffic lights on red always indicate to stop
Notice the directions when using a roundabout
Try being more courteous to other drivers and pedestrians.
Is it any wonder that many Trinbagonians view acts of
philanthropy with suspicion, scepticism and cynicism?
It is because they dread making donations to seemingly,
worthy causes and then realise that the funds do not
end up in the hands of the needy but are channelled into
the coffers of the greedy.
My wife and I bought two "I support Akeem" T-shirts
with the firm belief that our total contribution, accord-
ing to media reports, would go directly to this worth-
It was with great consternation then, that we were
made aware that only 25 per cent would go to the
cause. Therefore, a whopping $150 of our $200 had
gone to an unknown account. Had we known this in ad-
vance we would not have parted with one cent of our
The reason for our false concept, given in very adroit,
spin-doctor styling, (a la true Trini politician) was mis-
We contend that we were scammed and or conned.
Tweet! Red flag! Off the field!
MAKE ROAD SAFETY A PRIORITY
Fast Ferries need to reflect local content
Philanthropy for profit?
A young survivor uses a plastic cover to protect him from rain as he passes
by a damaged Boy Scout statue at typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte
province, central Philippines yesterday. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest
storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday
leaving a wide swath of destruction. AP PHOTO
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