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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
said the week of prayer now taking place
in the country is a demonstration of
T&T s belief in the supremacy of God and
that knowledge fills her with profound
She was speaking at the launch of the
National Week of Prayer organised by the
Ministry of National Diversity and Social
Integration and the Inter-Religious Organ-
isation of T&T.
The event was prompted by the shocking
level of crime and lawlessness pervading
the land. National Diversity Minister
Rodger Samuel told the gathering of Bap-
tists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and
other faiths that the preamble to the Con-
stitution states that T&T believes in the
supremacy of God.
"Therefore, it is essential to turn back
to God in times of trouble for supreme
guidance," he said.
Persad-Bissessar said the event was a
recognition of the value of prayer as an
important component in the lives of cit-
"At a personal level, prayer has always
been important to me. I urge every woman,
man and child, to commit to daily prayers
for this week, and beyond. Pray in whatever
way you know," she said.
"God, as our parent, knows us and
accepts our prayers when we do it with
love and sincerity. When you pray from
your heart, God listens."
The prime minister said T&T is going
through a difficult period caused by greed,
lawlessness, a lack of respect for elders,
the abuse of children and a focus on mate-
"These are symptoms of ungodliness,"
"I ask you to reflect on where this is
taking us and make a commitment to make
prayer a part of your daily family life.
"If we, as a nation, make that commit-
ment, we would suddenly see the effect
of prayer on our society.
Persad-Bissessar asked the gathering to
pray specifically for six things:
• A reduction in crime
• For families to live in harmony
• Protection of the environment
• National leaders
• Harmony in diversity
• The spiritual revival of all
The session began with Ricardo Bharath
Hernandez of the Santa Rosa First People
appealing to the "great spirit" to defeat
all the negativity and sorrow in the land
and to reveal its root.
Prayers were offered by representatives
of the Catholic, Bahai, Orisha, Hindu and
Clarification: A story on page A6 in yesterday's
paper on the multimillion-dollar drug haul in
Virginia reported that SM Jaleel "produces the
juice cans." That phrase is ambiguous and should
have read "produces the canned juice."
PM: Symptoms of
ungodliness in T&T
leader, Dr Keith
the party's 58th
• From Page A1
the West Indies
gy lecturer Dau-
rius Figueira said
the cocaine bust
T&T has been
infiltrated by the
He said: "That
shipment has all
the hallmarks of
a Mexican drug
cartel operation. Its fingerprints are all over
it. That is the wake-up call for T&T. The
Mexican cartels have already infiltrated the
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Eastern
Caribbean, Belize, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos
islands, US Virgin Islands. It s T&T s time
now, and Jamaica s turn is next."
Persad-Bissessar said she supported
National Security Minister Gary Griffith s
gag order on the matter until the situation
is locked down.
"With such sensitive matters, information
should be released only on a need-to-know
basis. I think it (the gag order) is a good
strategy," Persad-Bissessar said.
Griffith said investigations into the bust
are ongoing and said he had informed all
investigators, local and abroad, that infor-
mation was to be released only on a need-
to-know basis. He said not even Government
ministers need to know.
Griffith said local intelligence is working
closely with the US Drug Enforcement
Administration on the matter.
Persad-Bissessar, who will attend the Sum-
mit of Heads of State and Government of
the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States tomorrow, said she plans
to raise the issues of narco-trafficking trade
and regional security at that meeting.
Last month, US Customs and Border Pro-
tection officers discovered the 732 pounds
of cocaine concealed in cans of fruit juice
in a 20-foot container during an inspection.
The shipment was destined for New York.
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