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A homeless man sleeps on a broken bench on the Brian Lara Promenade, Independence Square, Port-of-
Spain, Thursday. The relevant authorities have two issues to address here. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
One of my uncles had told me of an incident
when he was on an official visit to the
British House of Lords.
It is like this: On being introduced to those in
attendance, my uncle was described as an
African Prince and one who, without doubt was,
a descendant of African Royalty.
This was in deference to the manner of his
deportment, good manners and cultural behav-
iour which could only have been obtained
through "good" breeding---qualities which he
would have obtained, in no small measure, from
his parents, more especially his father.
My uncle was, like the late Karl Terrence Hud-
son-Phillips, also a lawyer and it is within this
context that, without his knowing it, I had been
attracted favourably to the recently deceased.
The late Mr Hudson-Phillips had been blessed
with the best education which the colonial era
could have offered, both at the secondary and
university levels, as well as professionally.
Moreover, he was blessed with having as a
father, a gentleman with a level of education
which was perhaps not inferior to his own.
Most importantly, those who would have
known Mr Hudson-Phillips Snr intimately, speak
of his sterling qualities---qualities which he used
to ensure were being passed on and were prac-
tised by his siblings even after they had attained
the age of majority.
The late Mr Hudson-Phillips Snr is said to
have been an epitome of qualities which one
would expect in the British aristocracy.
So that when one observed the son, Hudson-
Phillips Jnr, one would have seen demonstrated a
replica of the father Henry Hudson-Phillips.
Some have surmised that with the passing of
Karl Hudson-Phillips, the era of a "special
breed" has come to an end. This I prefer to leave
to conjecture in the hope that the major lesson
of his life will serve to bring home to the citi-
zenry, the need to impart into the youth, such
qualities as are associated with "good breeding".
Finally, I am confident that his friend, the late
Lloyd Best would be pleased were I to place the
late Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips in the mold
of an "Afro-Saxon aristocrat."
Errol OC Cupid,
KARL, THE EPITOME
OF 'GOOD BREEDING'
Despite all these years spent politi-
cally active and many of them close to
the seat of power, I am still baffled
sometimes by the political response.
To me the solution to a problem is al-
ways the straightest line, yet in many in-
stances a combination of Murphy's Law
and the Peter Principle are allowed to
Take the fire in the city dump, com-
monly know as the La Basse or the
Beetham dump that has been raging for
three days now, for the life of me I can-
not understand why this has to be the
Clearly something else is at work here
that defies simple logic. Isn't this a mas-
sive garbage dump, toxic wasteland an
infertile place? Isn't it on the coast?
Doesn't salt water suppress fires far
more readily than fresh? Couldn't we
have deployed pumps to flood the
dump? What prevents that from being
In my wildest imagination I cannot pic-
ture a scenario where a flood of water
would not suffocate the fire, suppress
the smoke and bring massive relief. Yet
no one is saying to anyone what exactly
is being done and why exactly it is taking
this long to bring results.
Something isn't adding up, but then I
am willing to accept that there may be
much more here than I and others like
me are aware of, begging the question as
to why the conspiracy of silence?
If the fire cannot be put out tell us
that, explain to us why, we have a right
to know. What would happen if we suf-
fered a forest fire of the scale that
plagues the United States in the dry sea-
son? Would Trinidad be left to burn
Again I say, in a circumstance that re-
quires a response, appoint a leader, dele-
gate responsibility, communicate to the
public, and get the job done. The specula-
tion, defending turf and guessing game
that accompany everything that takes
place in this country contribute in no
small way to the bacchanalist culture
and this more than anything needs to be
Can't sea water be used to douse dump fire?
Well it took the author-
ities over half a century to
finally wake up and smell
the fumes! It took a toxic
blitz like the London fog
or a Beijing situation to fi-
nally close the nation's
largest dump after peo-
ple's lives were threat-
A closed landfill contin-
ues to emit toxic gases
for 50 years. The
Beetham is more than a
landfill; it's a hazardous
waste site because indus-
trial waste has been
dumped unchecked over
the decades, together
with old batteries, tyres,
plastics and used oil.
Landfill gas (LFG) con-
sists primarily of green-
house gases: carbon
dioxide (70%), Methane
(20%) and the rest a com-
bination of hazardous air
pollutants mainly ethane,
carbon monoxide, toluene,
propanol, xylene, hexane
and hydrogen sulfide.
LFG is compounded by
fires that burn plastics,
paper, textiles, treated
wood and rubber prod-
ucts that spew a plethora
of toxic fumes such as
dioxins, mercury, lead and
other contaminated dust.
These LFG pollutants,
in combo with industrial
and traffic fumes, create a
toxic soup that can cause
vicious headaches, skin ir-
asthma, irritability, sleep-
lessness and lethargy.
Long term deleterious ef-
fects include birth de-
diseases and many types
of cancer. The landfill
should be moved to a
more remote location
where population is not
put at risk and should be
lined with an impervious
layer such as clay to pre-
vent leaching of contami-
nants into ground water.
The Beetham landfill
should be capped immedi-
ately either with clay or
asphalt and recapped
with top soil. Vent pipes
should be installed to col-
lect and flare the gas and
better yet, a gas recovery
system can be installed to
recycle the gas for indus-
trial use. The closed land-
fill can be landscaped as
they do in North Amer-
ica---create open spaces,
parks, playing fields and
golf courses. Most of the
cricket fields around New
York are located on closed
This is also a wake-up
call for the authorities to
develop a national recy-
cling programme so that
landfill waste can be dras-
tically reduced, hence pre-
degradation of the air,
water and land.
Air Quality Planner,
Time to cap Beetham landfill
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