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A car approaches a large pothole near the intersection of Sackville and Edward Streets in Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
I first learned of the fire at the
electrical sub-station in Westmoor-
ings when my daughter came home
about 6.30 pm from work and
showed her family the pictures of
I estimated that the height of the
flames at the station was about 20
to 30 feet above the walls, and I
knew the firefighters had a serious
job on their hands.
Electrical power went out at 6.10
pm and I told my family that
because of the nature/size of this
fire, we the residents of the western
peninsula were in for a long haul of
not having electricity restored to
our homes. I believed that this situ-
ation could have lasted for 24 hours
before restoration of power.
Lo and behold, having the family
settle down for the night by 8.30
pm, we were all awakened at 9.35
pm to the brightness of lights. This
was only three and a half hours
without electricity. What a blessing
it was to be able to see again and
Thanks to our T&TEC crew and
our T&T Fire Service. This was a
great feat that you accomplished
which saved the whole of the west-
ern peninsula's population from
millions of dollars in losses due to
the lack of power.
May God bless you all.
In support of all the other writ-
ers on the topic of shoulder driv-
ers, might I add that I used to try
the tactic of driving a little to the
left and blocking the shoulder
However, after a few close calls
and some choice expletives from
the drivers---which my daughter
was forced to hear---I decided to
stop trying to change lawless peo-
On a related matter: do we have
to move out of the way of black
SUVs with blue lights and sirens?
Or is it just marked police vehicles
and ambulances? I know some
police vehicles use their status to
escape the traffic, and then the
sirens come off and they go their
merry way. But I have noticed a
growing trend for the black SUVs
to do the same.
Can anyone tell me if I have to
move out of the way for them too?
Had it not been for the intervention of the US
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) fol-
lowing the $100 million US drug bust in Vir-
ginia, then this country's fight against drug traf-
ficking would have remained in a permanent
state of paralysis.
Billions of dollars in "dirty money" float
around the local economy annually, aided and
abetted by local and foreign syndicates.
Other Caribbean countries like Barbados, the
"little England," are facing financial crisis. Yet
money continues to flow like Niagara Falls
throughout this country.
Staying mum on this million-dollar drug bust,
the Acting Commissioner of Police has cried out
for "improved border protection."
Was there ever any "border protection" in the
first place? Perhaps the long innings of this par-
ticular "Mr Big" and those of his ilk has finally
The country is anxious to see the face of this
No doubt there are more "Mr Bigs" in the sys-
tem as caches of illegal guns and ammunition
continue to flourish in this country.
On a final note, I am reading that the Presi-
dent of the Customs Clerks and Customs Brokers
Association of T&T is stating that Customs only
deals with "documentation."
So all these hundreds of containers that pass
through the ports must be loaded with jello and
If that is the case, then it is high time that the
US DEA set up a local office in this country.
The reporting of a major cocaine
bust (a street value of US$100 mil-
lion) in Virginia, USA in T&T's
newspapers and social media makes
it sound like a victimless, big
money crime. I recommend the
media in its reporting should also
include the potential number of
persons (100, 1,000, 100,000, etc.)
whose lives would have been
harmed, or negatively impacted, to
give a true awareness of the ugli-
ness and deadly effects of illegal
PERHAPS WE NEED A
PERMANENT DEA OFFICE
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Thank you Fire Service, T&TEC
Do black SUVs with sirens have right of way?
Mention the true drug victims
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