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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
It was with some dismay
that I learned of the ar-
rival of a pair of giraffes at
the Emperor Valley Zoo.
Undoubtedly, the idea was
well intentioned, but it
seems fundamentally ill-
conceived. Enough atten-
tion may not have been
paid to relevant elements.
These magnificent ani-
mals tend to roam tremen-
dous distances as they
routinely browse. The
Serengeti and similar habi-
tats provide them with in-
digenous trees and shrubs
which form their daily sta-
ple. What artificial substi-
tutes will our authorities
conjure up to replace their
Imprisoning these beau-
tiful beasts in their minia-
ture enclosures will be
tantamount to incarcerat-
haps worse. Indeed, this is
equivalent to cruelty. These
hapless creatures will pri-
marily be deprived of their
ability and opportunity to
Ultimately, through lack
of their regular customary
exercise, deficient diet, and
maybe, psychological claus-
trophobia, these creatures
will languish, atrophy and
eventually perish in their
cramped environment. A
dreary and sedentary exis-
Astatue in honour of the late Nelson
Mandela should be erected at a He-
roes' Park which can be situated in
Carlsen Field, Central Trinidad.
It would be a fitting tribute to the po-
litical, social and international work of
the late South African President and
iconic leader. This could be part of the
programme to honour him on the
planned Nelson Mandela Day next year,
and the prime minister must be com-
mended for this unusual initiative.
The Heroes' Park could house busts or
statutes or memorabilia of people of na-
tional and international significance, all
of whom have contributed tremendously
to the social, economic, cultural, political,
religious and spiritual enlightenment of
all mankind, especially those with whom
we have diasporic links, principally Africa
and India, but not particularly restricted
to these two geographical regions.
The establishment of this project
which could have international signifi-
cance. There is no doubt that T&T is a
land of diversity, as such this project
could also serve as another tourist desti-
Nelson Mandela changed course of
South African history, and by extension
the world, and T&T is no exception. It
was Lord Krishna, the Hindu God, who in
speaking to Arjuna in the Bhagvad Gita,
in the battle field urged him to fight
against all forms of discrimination or in-
justice, regardless of who are involved.
It is evident that Mr Mandela was
doing just that, not only for the blacks
and Indians in his homeland, but for all
mankind and for all generations.
Probably, there may not be enough
words in the English language or for that
matter any other language to do justice
to the life of Mandela, but suffice it to
say that he greatly influenced the lives of
all mankind by his selfless struggle for
human dignity, equality and peace and
Depending on where you
stand, this reduction in
the price of oil, flour
and rice for two days, together
with the "national" toy and
hamper distribution, must win
plaudits all around, and when
you tie in such charity into
the land and lease distribution
for some, and free housing for
those caught in "emergency
situations," the inevitable
impression among the recipi-
ents must be that there is a
great deal of caring involved.
This all the more if the said
recipients can appreciate the
flattering contrast between
such generosity and the 3,000
now on the bread line in Bar-
bados, once renowned for its
But if you take a closer look,
such a "welfare" approach
across the board gives rise to
some telling questions and
Can it, for example, give rise
to a dependency syndrome,
which if not satisfied on a
continuing basis can give rise
to a reversible reaction for the
benefactor in the long term?
Again, can the expectation
of "freeness" at every turn
undermine the work ethic and
drive a stake at the heart of
the tenet of "working for what
you earn" which is one of the
pillars of a progressive society?
Finally, how can true devel-
opment both for the individual
and the society as a whole, be
achieved, if individuals are
enticed away from managing
effectively their own resources
and using their own initiatives
to meet the varied challenges
of their everyday living by the
prospect of hand outs waiting
at every turn?
Make no mistake that to
help those in need is a noble
gesture, but to perennially give
a man a fish instead of teach-
ing him how to fish by pro-
viding the incentives and
know-how for him to do so, is
as retrogressive as you can get.
Iwould like to highlight the unfair
selection process adopted by the
Teaching Service Commission to fill
the post of School Supervisor I. The
interviews for the post of School Su-
pervisor I began on October 21, 2013
and ended on December 16, 2013.
The interview comprised two parts: a
written part (two essay type ques-
tions) and a face to face interview.
These interviews were conducted
on Mondays and Wednesdays only,
by a selected panel including the TSC
Chairman and two School Supervisor
III. This panel has been used for all
the interviews so far, suggesting that
they were specially handpicked. For
almost two months, interviews were
conducted by the same panel using
the same questions for both the oral
and written part.
How could this be fair? Especially
to the principals who would have
been interviewed earlier in October
and November? It is clear that the
people who were interviewed later in
November and December would
have had an unfair advantage over
those who went earlier since they
would be better prepared, having
knowledge of the questions been
This flawed process has clearly
demonstrated that the Teaching
Service Commission has lost its inde-
pendence, its credibility and is inca-
pable of performing its function with
integrity and transparency.
I believe that whether the inter-
view is for the post of school super-
visor or principal or senior teacher,
the same questions and the same
panel should not be used to conduct
all the interviews, especially when
the interviews are spread over a
two-month period. This is unfair.
Victoria Education District
CHRIST IN CRACKLAND
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BE CAREFUL 'FREENESS'
LEADS TO WELFARE STATE
On a general note, mod-
ern zoo keeping has
evolved into extremely ex-
pensive undertakings. Infra-
accommodation are very
costly. The basic trend in
design points to the elimi-
nation or reduction of bars,
cages, and similar enclo-
sures, imitating the natural
home of the species. This
clearly involves the avail-
ability of extensive areas
which facilitate the creation
of man-made islets, moats,
lakes, swamps, glades,
parks etc, where necessary.
We need to differentiate
between a menagerie and a
zoo. Are we capable of hav-
ing and maintaining the lat-
ter? Is the Emperor Valley
Dreary, sedentary existence awaits giraffes
Teaching Service interview process flawed
Erect statue to honour Mandela
Dr Errol Benjamin
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