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Firstly, my condolences to
the family of Joycelyn
Marquis-Taylor who was killed
on the road in an accident that
could have been avoided. Negli-
gence on the part of the driver
in not securing the load was
the cause, but how can we
It is becoming more apparent
that in order to control lawless-
ness on the roads more police
motorcycle patrols are neces-
sary. Police in cars cannot con-
trol certain things like this or
catching people using cell-
phones while driving (and this
is becoming more prevalent as
the offenders realise that there
is little chance of being
caught); driving on the shoulder
of the road to avoid lining up
in traffic as civilised people do;
breaking traffic lights; driving
with unsecured loads; reckless
driving; driving vehicles that
are apparently not inspected,
and the list goes on.
I m sure if you ask the rele-
vant authority you will be told
that there are "X" (meaning
plenty) of motorcycle patrols on
the road, but how many of
them do we really see and,
what is their function?
A friend in the police service
recently told me that "police
fraid motor cycle" that is why
it is difficult to have more on
But what about bicycle
patrols in the traffic areas like
in the city? "They shame for
pardners to see them on bicy-
cles." I suppose that eliminates
roller skates too as potholes
and skates are not compatible.
The point is, different meas-
ures have to be used to control
crime as we clearly need
Some advice to our Minister
of National Security, if you
want to know how to control
crime go to Cuba and ask Cas-
tro. With 11 million people they
have no problems with crime.
Ask them why. We either seri-
ous or not.
It's Your Write
Prison rehab must
be taken seriously
There are three sides of a coin.
We've heard the police's side and the
Prisons Officers Association's side, but
why leave out the most important?
In a lot of previous articles, rehabili-
tation seems to be one of the major
concerns for the country's prisons, but
how can the inmates follow the foot-
steps of other inmates when what
they do is being hidden?
For example, my nephew, who is in
Remand Prison, is now an international
author with nine subjects including A-
levels, and as far as I know there is also
another inmate who has created a
youth comic book, yet still their applica-
tions for the public to know about
them are being constantly denied.
The judicial system keeps an inmate
nine or ten years in jail before a trial.
There is a difference between hard-
ened criminals and some of these in-
mates who are innocent and some who
also made a grave mistake.
Unfortunately they "do not have the
time" to separate the sheep from the
fox. In other words, once you're in jail
you're a criminal. How ridiculous!
In the prisons there are schools, li-
braries and rehabilitative programmes
such as self esteem, Raj Yoga, anger
management, religious programmes,
calypso competitions, and even other
individual programmes. So, rehabilita-
tive programmes are already in place!
What the prison officers do with
them and how they treat them is an
entirely different story.
NIB must step up on
service to the public
The Guardian Angel column regarding
the efforts of a person from Diego Mar-
tin in getting his NIB benefits has gal-
vanised me into writing, as this is
exactly the same treatment being
handed out to my wife in her efforts to
receive her retirement benefit.
January next year will be three years
since she applied for her benefit. In the
beginning there were queries such as
wrong contributions to her account etc,
which have been rectified. However, lit-
tle did we know, that was only the tip of
the iceberg as since then she has to
keep going to the NIB office every
month to enquire as to when she can
expect to get her benefit, only to be told
that the payments have to be signed off
by a manager and cannot be given a
date when she can expect payment.
Why must people go through this or-
deal to receive a benefit that they are
entitled to after having been mandated
to contribute towards it?
The penalties for late payment of NIB
contributions by employers are severe,
and rightly so, but there are no penalties
for the wonton disregard being shown
to thousands of citizens that must be
going through the same ordeal to get
what is rightfully theirs.
Maybe all citizens affected can write
to the Guardian Angel highlighting their
experiences in dealing with the NIB in an
effort to having that organisation im-
prove their service to the public.
Just a big pappyshow?
I notice with interest where our Min-
istry of National Security has taken
full-page, full-colour advertisements to
tell the public about a conversation "A
Country to Defend" with Mr William J
Bratton, former NYC Police Commis-
sioner, to be held at the Hyatt Hotel.
Interestingly, there is no mention of
the public being invited, so what's the
purpose of the ad?
One would have thought that na-
tional security, being a sensitive issue,
would have kept secret Bratton's visit;
and have him come to the country and
quietly meet with the relevant security
personnel, visit the "hot spots" and
eventually submit a crime fighting pro-
posal. Once accepted and implemented
and yielding results, then have a big an-
nouncement. But no, the national secu-
rity ministry had to announce, in
advance, its next big initiative.
I expect the next announcement, in
keeping with the number of acting po-
sitions in the public service, is to bring
the actor Sylvester Stallone, aka
Rambo, because of his on-screen suc-
cesses with crime fighting.
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