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An idea whose
time has come
Thank you for your informative
article in the T&T Guardian yester-
day, titled: Using urine to create
As the authorised distributor for
KROS Urinals in the Caribbean, at
the start of the last quarter of 2013,
we shared the idea of using urine to
generate electricity toward the real-
isation of a urine-powered music
truck for the recently concluded
Carnival celebrations, with the pre-
ferred advertising agency for the
Ministry of Energy and Energy Af-
fairs, for presentation to the Min-
In the Brazilian execution of the
idea, KROS urinals were used, and
since we already have KROS units in
T&T---which belong to the Tuna-
puna/Piarco Regional Corporation
(TPRC)---we felt that we had a solid
foundation for the execution of the
idea with reduced start-up costs.
We have been unable to ascer-
tain whether the idea was ever pre-
sented to the Ministry, but please
be advised that the urinals are still
in the possession of the TPRC, and
we would be happy to partner with
anyone should they be able to sur-
mount the bureaucracy, myopia and
politics that often stymie and/or sti-
fle the realisation of these types of
visions and projects.
First World Solutions Ltd
It's Your Write
Most of the time I live in iso-
lation, writing while locked
in my room---albeit a very nice
room---at the St George s Univer-
sity (SGU) Club in L Anse aux
L Anse aux Epines (pronounced
"Lans-Apeen") is on the south
coast, a neighbourhood of expen-
sive homes, restaurants and
hotels. The club used to be a
hotel until SGU bought it and
converted it to private short-term
housing for its visiting professors,
guest lecturers and new faculty.
Unlike me, most of them stay a
week or two.
I ve been here eight weeks. My
social life has consisted of going
to mass at Blessed Sacrament RC
Church in Grand Anse, and to
yoga classes at the Spice Harmo-
ny Yoga Studio in Calivigny.
My new parish, Blessed Sacra-
ment, is literally on Grand Anse
beach. I attend the Sunday morn-
ing mass, when the pews are
usually filled with Grenadians. We
sing Caribbean hymns and sit for
sometimes two hours for mass.
Every third Sunday the parish
priest, Vicar General Fr Clifton
Harris, engages in extensive dia-
logue with the children and teens
of the parish.
They discuss the Liturgy of the
Word, and he helps them take
from the text meaning they can
carry into the world with them.
On the one occasion I couldn t
make that mass---I had a radio
interview scheduled for the same
time---I went to mass at True
Blue. Mass was held in a lecture
hall. It lasted a little more than
an hour. The choir sang only one
Caribbean hymn. For the most
part, the congregation, mostly
students, did not sing along.
L Anse aux Epines houses a
high concentration of SGU stu-
dents; since I get around by bus I
see them when I venture out.
They are mostly, although cer-
tainly not exclusively, American-
accented, white and young.
One peninsula east of L Anse
aux Epines, SGU s True Blue
campus is visible from the club s
restaurant. SGU s efficient bus
service runs a few routes from
True Blue. For example, buses run
to Grand Anse, shopping district
and Grenada s most famous
beach; Mont Tout, a village just
east of Grand Anse; and Fre-
quente, a neighbourhood south of
Twice a day buses go to St
George s, the capital, but I ve
never taken an SGU bus there.
Instead, I take the ubiquitous
colourful minibuses that run from
the capital to destinations all over
the island. Those buses are
almost exclusively full of Grenadi-
ans, I ve found.
Ironically, although Calivigny is
so close to where I live, I have to
take a bus into the city to catch
another bus to my yoga class in
Calivigny. A village two miles
away as the crow flies, but a
world away from L Anse aux
Epines by Grenadian reckoning,
Calivigny is considered "country."
The family that runs the studio
also has a garden behind the
building, and their donkey, May,
often brays during my yoga prac-
I look out the window to find a
drishti, a point on which to focus
during balancing positions, and I
gaze upon a breadfruit tree.
I ve recently been expanding
my social horizons beyond yoga
and church. I ve made a few
friends, who ve taken me out to a
popular restaurant on Grand Anse
Beach, Umbrellas. There, tourists,
foreign SGU students and Grena-
dian middle-class folk sit side by
side but as far away from each
other as Calivigny is from L Anse
aux Epines. On the two occasions
I ve been there, rarely have I seen
them cross the borders of their
own benches, tables or stools to
mingle with other groups.
On Sunday night, a friend took
me to Belle Isle, a fairly new
development on the south coast,
close to Requin Bay. At the home
of a US-born-and-bred man, my
US-born-and-bred friend, her
Grenadian partner and I limed
with a Grenadian couple.
We old talked for hours---on
everything from the missing
Malaysian jet to the virtues of the
song Rolly Polly---and then played
a hilarious game of bingo. I won
a strainer and a pair of plastic
baby diaper covers. The moon
was full. The sea crashed on the
shore, and the rum punch was
sweet and tangy with fresh fruit
I was glad to have left my
room, my computer, my brain
and the demands of the charac-
ters I ve been writing. Ultimately
writing is a solitary pursuit, but it
is wonderful when I can get out
of my cave and see Grenada once
in a while.
GRENADA DAYS 8
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
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The statement declared that an in-
ventory of these derelict and aban-
doned vessels in the nation's
territorial waters has already been
completed by the Maritime Services
Division (MSD) and there were cur-
rently 51 such vessels.
Following discussions which cen-
tred on strategising the way forward,
stakeholders arrived at the following
recommendations at the conclusion
of the meeting:
1. The MSD will continue its ef-
forts to remove these vessels in col-
laboration with the Ministry of
Energy and Energy Affairs and the
2. The MSD is to serve notices to
the owners of these vessels for the
removal of same, failing which the
MSD will invoke its powers under the
relevant legislation, including the
Shipping Act, to ensure removal of
3. The EMA is to undertake an as-
sessment of any associated environ-
mental risks prior to the removal of
the aforementioned vessels.
4. To provide greater efficiency in
the removal process, the vessels are
to be removed in clusters according
to their geographic location in the na-
tion's territorial waters.
Participants of the meeting also
noted that amendments were cur-
rently being made to the Shipping
Act to safeguard the strengthening
of the regulatory framework under
this legislation regarding derelict ves-
In December, 2014, several envi-
ronmentalists and people from the
fishing and boating fraternity, includ-
ing myself, with the assistance of the
media, highlighted the fact that about
a dozen derelict vessels were an-
chored a couple of years ago, just
south/west of the T&T Yacht Club.
These vessels can be seen from
Chaguaramas and its environs, as
they are no more than a quarter-mile
Several of them have already sunk
and remain semi-submerged as they
are in only 15 feet of water.
Others are on their way down as
water can be seen pumping from the
bilge of a few of them. If left unat-
tended, they will form a cemetery of
several tonnes of old metal jutting
out of the water, creating a terrible
eyesore and a hazard for the boating
and fishing community.
With fluids leaking out of them,
they also pose a threat to beaches,
yachts, marinas, jetties and ocean life.
In September of last year, the Har-
bour Master cruise boat, with several
hundred patrons aboard, ran aground
on one such sunken vessel in the Gulf
of Paria during a low tide.
Another danger that these vessels
(located just off the five islands) pose
to the boating and fishing community
is the risk of maritime accidents, in
that there are no lights on them at
night, providing an attractive location
for illicit activities, such as the drug
trade and illegal guns smuggling.
While there is such growing con-
cern about these abandoned vessels,
the only visible progress made from
December until now appears to be
the publication of a report which re-
vealed, among other things, that
these wrecks and abandoned vessels
are located in six main areas: Ch-
aguaramas (seven wrecks), the Port
of Port-of-Spain and Sea Lots (12
wrecks and 20 abandoned fishing
vessels), Claxton Bay (seven wrecks),
San Fernando (three wrecks), Cedros
(one wreck) and Tobago (one wreck).
There is a map that clearly identi-
fies where each of these vessels is lo-
The report states that the vessels
that are yet scheduled for disposal
would have to be part of an order
from the receiver of the wreck for the
destruction or disposal or a request
for proposal bidding process.
Further to this report, we are again
asking the authorities to treat this
matter with urgency, as we do not
want our waters to be used as a
dumping ground due to the common
view that we are a lawless and un-
An amendment of the Shipping
Act is urgently required to provide for
more stringent measures to prevent
people from abandoning their vessels
in our waters.
The outdated Harbours Act of
1880 must be revisited urgently.
Our goal must be to rid T&T's wa-
ters of unwanted derelict vessels and
to prevent any more of these vessels
entering our waters.
Derelict vessels in the Gulf still a danger
Women, don't strip
yourselves of dignity
I make these comments based on
observations I have made during the
Carnival and thereafter.
Sisters, you are worth more than
your thighs, your breasts or any of
your body parts. You are special in
the eyes of God and those who love
you, and there is no need for you to
be stripping yourselves of your pride
and dignity in front of the cameras
to get the attention of men to look
for love because the love that you
are seeking right now in the manner
that you are doing it is not true love.
Too many times I log on to my
Facebook account and gracing my
newsfeed are videos of our young
black women twerking and gyrating
in front of the cameras and proudly
posting them on the Internet for the
eyes of blood-thirsty men. Woman,
you are special and God has a pur-
pose for you so there is no need to
be objectifying yourselves in such a
Are you not worth more than your
legs, thighs and breasts? If a man
loves you for just that buy him a KFC
snack pack, don't become his snack
pack. Stop allowing men in and out
of your temple, you are not a hotel.
I want to also focus on the adults
who post their under-aged daugh-
ters splitting and bouncing on the In-
ternet and allowing them to have
Facebook accounts, acting all grown.
To the adults who do these things,
you are teaching your daughters that
their worth only lies in what they
look like and how good they can split
and bounce in front of a camera, and
by doing so you are destroying the
future generation of our beautiful
country and encouraging pae-
dophiles and unwanted pregnancies.
If you truly love your daughters do
not do this to them.
To the abused women in our soci-
ety, do not allow any man to hit you
or kick you. You are not an object,
you are a human being and you have
been put on this earth for a purpose
greater than even you can imagine.
Don't allow it, don't accept it be-
cause the end result of an abusive
relationship can only be heartache or
death. Consider yourselves a cut
above the rest, a beacon of light and
an example to those amongst you.
Protect and guard your heart.
Women, love yourselves, respect
yourselves! You're beautiful and
don't allow anyone to tell you less.
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