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Undoubtedly the numero uno
news item today in T&T is
the recent drug bust, and
while the US and T&T authorities
are currently involved in nailing
the culprits, very surprisingly the
talk among a section of the
national community is who was
responsible for cracking open the
At this time, who did it is not
my concern, and I am waiting
patiently for when the facts are
completely out and I won t do as
some people who are apparently
suffering from an acute burst of
verbal diarrhoea and running their
trap---tra la lala.
On the street and on radio talk
shows in particular, you can hear
them talking about who tief the
drug, who the multimillion-dollar
shipment was destined for etc, and
all kind of dotish talk. What I do
know is that this is a serious one
and with the help of our American
counterparts we will get to the
bottom, or the top, of this scan-
I am also sure that at the end of
the day somebody or bodies, are
facing jail big time.
Until then I am saying to let the
people do their job, and for the
first time with this collaborative
effort a major breakthrough would
be made in putting a big dent in
the drug trade for which T&T,
because of its geographical loca-
tion, is a well known transship-
Meanwhile today I am dealing
with a topic dear to my heart:
calypso, which is one of the third
major ingredients in our annual
Carnival season and of course
almost every year we have had
some kind of controversy, this
time from a very unusual source,
namely Sugar Aloes, a former
calypso King, who has rejected a
budding kaisonian, Bodyguard
For those who came in late,
Sugar Aloes, Michael Osouna,
kicked the poor fella out of his
2014 tent for, would you believe it,
singing what he terms a "racist
number" as his major contribution
No doubt taking a leaf or two
from Sugar Aloes own book,
Mohammed thought he was on to
something good with his number,
Aloes, who together with his
PNM sidekick Cro Cro, was
known for stinging if not divisive
attacks on our East Indian broth-
ers and sisters especially when the
UNC was out of office, told a
dejected Mohammed: "Nah nah
boy, yuh cyah sing dat in my
tent...it too racial."
Stung by this unexpected rebuke
poor Mohammed rushed to the
media referring to what he
described as pot calling kettle bot-
tom black, and crying that Aloes
dealt him an unfair hand.
Some are saying that Aloes woke
up one morning and after getting
a spirit lash the night before, saw
God in every ethnic group and
decided to mend his ways, and
henceforth he would not be
unfairly criticising Indo-Trinis.
But me? I say Aloes has not
changed his ways, he is still a
PNM supporter (as is his right)
and his ban imposed on Body-
guard was simply a business deci-
And the day, if and when the
PNM gets back into office, you
wanna bet he would revert to
singing numbers pleasing to his
Balisier House political masters?
No longer would PM Persad-
Bissessar be royal or a queen. As
of now Aloes, calypsonian cum
businessman, knows where his
bread is buttered and it is not
from the PNM. You see how
swiftly one s political, moral or
other principles can go through
the door when one has to look at
the dollars for sheer survival?
Thanks to last week Wednes-
day s T&T Guardian I read the
lyrics of False Papers, and I think
it is a good composition and with
a little editing cutting out the ref-
erence to Indo-Trinis, the kaiso
written by GB can be given a
By the way, I saw where Cro
Cro is ketching his nenen to open
his tent this year. He is pleading a
lack of funds and somebody is
reported in the T&T Guardian as
trying to cough up some cash to
rescue the Buenos Ayres, South
Trinidad-based Cro Cro from his
Failing this he says he would be
riding a bicycle for the Carnival
this year. Hee hee.
I suspect he had better start
training from now.
On a happy note I am delighted
to hear this year some good social
and political calypsoes and even
though I was like the Indo-Trinis
who were chased from the tents
by attacks from you know who, I
am going back this year.
There are some good social and
political numbers from Kurt Allen
and soca numbers from Montano,
Kes and Bunji. I suspect 2014, will
be a good year for the art form.
Petrotrin has admitted that of 11 spills, one spill was of 7,800
barrels---approximately 400,000 gallons, but has not stated
the total estimated spillage from the other ten.
After weeks of questioning, Petrotrin finally admitted that
Corexit9500 was used for only "two days" and was used more
than a mile offshore as provided for in the National Oil Spill Con-
• On Boxing Day an FFOS delegation observed and pho-
tographed a Petrotrin vessel spraying noxious chemicals next to
the La Brea Jetty. That was ten days after the spills began, and
not as stated a 100 metres off shore.
• On January 6, 2014, a delegation of fisherfolk presidents, ob-
served aerial spraying of a pungent chemical approximately 400
metres from the shoreline of Carrot Shed Beach.
Can Petrotrin quantify, from verifiable records, what were the
exact amounts of Corexit applied to the oil spill during the admit-
ted two days, and what were the other noxious chemicals, aerial
sprayed, up until January 6, some 17 days after the spills began?
What were the quantities of the alleged "other" dispersants
used? The total quantity used would be a starting point for deter-
mining the residual toxicity of the impacted area in the Gulf of
Paria and will guide the nation as to the toxicity of the food chain
in the Gulf of Paria.
Has the EMA not investigated these critical concerns?
The lessons learned from the BP cleanup in the Gulf, showed
that using Corexit increased the toxicity of the spilt oil by 52
times, poisoned the food chain and seriously endangered the
health of workers and residents. Corexit removes the visible oil
from the surface and leaves it suspended in the water column, im-
perceptible to the naked eye but altering the chemistry of the af-
fected area, with serious long term implications for the fishery and
for human health.
Petrotrin, the EMA and the IMA have not indicated what sam-
pling regime is in place to determine the concentrations of Corexit
left in the fishery, and its residual toxicity.
• Where are they sampling for oil in the Gulf fishery?
• Are top, bottom and water column samples being taken?
• How will they sample for residual Corexit?
• Will the results be made public?
What was the sampling regime for air quality? What date did
the air quality sampling commence? Will the original air quality re-
sults taken in Coffee Village by Kaizen be shared with the affected
FFOS continues to insist that good public administration re-
quires that Petrotrin and the PP Government postpone the seis-
mic air gun explosions until the oil spill impacts are contained.
We propose that Petrotrin locate the FFOS reported and filmed
suspended and submerged Corexit oil and vacuum same from the
seabeds, find the multiple four square mile filmed oil slicks and
surround them (down current with booms and skimmers) in an
arc to contain their wake of death. Nothing less will suffice.
KAISO AND MEGA DRUG BUST IN T&T Will Corexit be left to
poison future generations?
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