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Noise is noise,
not 'we culture'
Yet another Sunday goes by having
to endure the noise coming from a car
show at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
As residents living immediately
next to the stadium, we are con-
stantly having to endure the incon-
venience of these and other blaring
events at this venue despite our let-
ters to the management of the sta-
dium and the Environmental
Management Authority (EMA).
It seems that all of these entities
have no problem in abetting each
other in turning what should be a
peaceful residential area into a win-
dow-rattling ordeal for the residents.
Where on earth is it acceptable to
do that? We don't buy that rubbish
about our culture and music---no one
has the right to the disturbance of our
peace, regardless of the event.
This situation repeats itself during
the Christmas and Carnival seasons,
and continuously throughout the year,
and it is high time that the EMA, the
management of the stadium and the
local police clamp down on or prohibit
Why should we sacrifice our peace
for the sake of the promoters?
I hope the EMA moves with the
same alacrity and vigour for events at
this venue as they did at the Mannie
Ramjohn stadium some time ago.
There can be no justification what-
soever to allow these promoters any
latitude to hold any event that creates
such disturbance immediately next to
a residential area.
The EMA should also take proac-
tive action for the major events such
as the upcoming Chutney event on
March 1, and ban the use of fireworks
and the event itself.
To the management of the Ato
Boldon Stadium, the Environment
Management Authority and the
Couva Police, please record our objec-
tions and put an end to the nonsense.
Resident, Central Park,
It's Your Write
SEASON OF GIVING
Children line up to receive a Christmas gift from volunteers in Tacloban,
Philippines, yesterday. Mostly, Christmas is a celebration amid deprivation, in
tents, makeshift homes and damaged churches in the city devastated by
typhoon Haiyan on November 8. AP PHOTO
Ilistened with interest to the
"official" responses to five
oil spills in the south western
peninsula and none seemed
to involve any semblance of
culpability of the major play-
ers in oil production, only
speculation that with the
unprecedented number, it
could only be "sabotage"
around which the entire
effort to determine the cause
is now centred.
Now such an explanation is
not improbable, but to the
objective observer such spec-
ulation can hardly be satis-
factory, since there is no
forensic evidence to point in
that direction nor is there
any to eliminate the main
players in production in
terms of culpability.
What is needed is an inde-
pendent oversight body simi-
lar to the US senate oversight
committee that can conduct
hearings like the latter and
place the findings out there
for public viewing and let the
chips fall where they may.
The flour, rice and oil issue
is another such requiring
An official response on the
news claims that it has been
a huge success but some pre-
cursory statements from the
business side were saying
that it would be a logistical
nightmare to implement such
a gesture at such short
Again an independent over-
sight committee could have
done the research to deter-
mine the extent of its success
and point out to the initiators
the extent of the feasibility of
such a project.
We as a people cannot con-
tinue to accept "official"
explanations without the nec-
essary oversight especially
with issues that are in the
public interest as the two
above, and others of recent
vintage as the EMBA issue
and those involving sudden
deaths at the nation s hospi-
tals, inter alia.
This of course is easier said
than done, for there is a per-
vasive "you scratch my back
and I ll scratch yours" culture
in many areas of our national
life where accountability is
concerned, which has created
a serious credibility when
such explanations as above,
But no society can move
forward unless there is a
clear, unequivocal sense that
the "explanation" given is
forensic in character and not
intended to appease the
gullible and simple minded,
which only a "non-aligned"
organisation can give.
BODY TO GET AT 'TRUTH'
Dr Errol Benjamin
I can find no fault in the government compensating
the fisherfolk in dollars from the Treasury.
No amount of money can replace the loss of com-
fort and general ambience over the Christmas holiday
suffered by each family.
These one-off payments should not be begrudged.
Consider how much money is spent on yearly gifts of
lap tops to thousands of SEA students.
Money flowing from the Treasury in the millions to
pay for "foreign experts" to visit T&T for advice on
numerous missteps and mishaps has never been be-
grudged by the taxpayers. We are not asked, we sel-
dom bother to ask, and the beat goes on. So why ask
We can only hope that these massive oil leaks will
be a one-off for the nation.
What is really sad to contemplate is that some of
the fisher folk view the oil slicks as an avenue that at
last allows them to make some money for their fami-
lies.All they are asking for is a little piece of the action.
Ask yourself this: How much money will the govern-
ment be expending in their efforts to win the general
elections of 2015?
Payments made to the fisherfolk is money well
spent that may or may not be repaid in votes.
All who don't like the Govt compensating the fish-
erfolk in this small way, can, if they don't like it, get to
hell out of here, as they say.
That money might be the only bit of silver lining in
a life of drudgery and dwindling fish stocks and an
uncertain future for the T&T fishing industry.
Paying fisherfolk is money well spent
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