Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 11th 2014 Contents There can be no doubt that the dete-
rioration of a building to the extent
that it can be considered unsafe and
unhealthy takes a reasonable length of
time, possibly years, and certainly not
days, weeks or even months. Among the
faults listed at the immigration office is
that "the entire staircase was too nar-
row." If it "was", has it been fixed, and
therefore, why is it being listed now? If
it "is", then a structural alteration would
be required and as such the entire
building must be vacated to have this
Next, it is listed that storage boxes
have been placed under desks, restrict-
ing leg room of the staff. Who put the
boxes there and with whose authority?
Has staff placed these boxes there delib-
erately to incur faults or is there a fifth
column working with the sole purpose
of undermining the various departments.
Inadequate ventilation. What is ade-
quate in an air-conditioned office?
Insufficient water storage. What is
sufficient and to cover how many peo-
ple? Why is the building not connected
to the mains thus requiring limited
water storage in event of an emergency?
The questions keep piling up.
While much is being touted about the
need for staff to operate in safe and
healthy conditions nothing is being said
about the people who visit these offices.
It is evident that these so-called faults
have been in existence for years and my
question to all and sundry is---how come
they are only now being raised?
Over this same period the responsible
people who are now huffing and puffing
have made no statement to this effect
even though their silence may have con-
tributed, if they are to be believed, to
the ill-health of many people in the
There is an old adage: you can fool
some of the people some of the time
but you cannot fool all of the people all
of the time. Think about it.
Friday, July 11, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
An individual, who had a large family, sat down for
meditation in his home. As one child or another was
disturbing him, he locked himself in a room. But even
now he was disturbed by frequent knocks on the
door by someone or other. So he betook himself to a
forest and began meditating under a tree. But here
he was troubled by the droppings from the birds on
the tree. Disgusted with the disturbances at home
and in the forest he felt that the best thing was to end
his existence. Unfortunately, he was unable to realise
that God was present in everything and cultivate for-
bearance. He indeed exemplifies the devotee in
whom Rajo guna is predominant. To be able to con-
centrate wherever one may be is the mark of the
devotee with satwic quality. Such a devotee will be
able to practise concentration whether in the midst of
a crowd or alone. Any disturbance will be looked
upon as coming from God and be accepted.
- My Dear Students, Vol 3, Ch 6, Jun 27, 1989.
NAVIGATIONAL WARNING 015/14
TRINIDAD - GULF OF PARIA
CHART BA 475
Pipeline operations by M
towing pipeline of 2000 feet in length in progress between La Romaine Bay Area
and Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st December 2014.
(1) 600 - Metre lengths of pipeline diameter 2" to 14" will be towed between
061 - 29.43 W
in the San Fernando bay area and the main Soldado Marine Oilfields area.
(2) Pipelines will be laid along the line joining
061 - 55.81 W
061 - 55-45 W
Anchor spread and safe zone area Max 350 m radius during the project activities.
Barge IMO#TTO 310103 ( Kenneth O.) IMO #8942474 ( Winston B.)
Tugs Reg. TL 420 (Michael M.) Reg. TT30001 ( Kenneth O.)
A wide berth and caution is advised
9th May 2014
Signed Beverly Phillip
Director of Maritime Service,
Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport 0604008
HOW COME PROBLEMS
ONLY NOW BEING RAISED?
This utility post on Damien Street, Woodbrook,
near the intersection of Warren Street, seems to
be reaching the end of its usefulness as it is
cracking at its base, making the pole bend. This
can soon become a potential danger to members
of the public. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Do right by
Workers have the right to re-
fuse to work under unsafe condi-
tions as outlined in the
Occupational Safety and Health
(OSH) Act, with reference to
I would like to state that I am
one of the affected members of
the public with regard to the Im-
migration Division offices' shut-
What I cannot stomach is the
reaction by the Government in
trying a high-handed approach to
Health, Safety and Environmen-
tal (HSE) issues. If Watson Duke
is trying to circumvent the re-
cently-filed injunction imposed
on the Public Services Associa-
tion (PSA), the Government by
way of the Minister of Labour
can only avert this crisis by
quickly treating with the issues
of HSE outlined by the PSA
Also the reaction of the citi-
zens suggest that HSE issues
are to be taken lightly and Wat-
son Duke is only presenting
these issues as red herrings to
his real agenda. We might be
right, as well we might be wrong.
Imagine 50 years ago when
asbestos exposure was no big
issue and imagine a worker of
that time saying that they won't
work in an environment such as
that. The same reaction elicited
by us the citizens would be the
same then as it is now.
Imagine working in a building
in our "modern" society that is
not fire-certified. We will work
under those conditions because
of fear of "loss wuk". But if most
workers had strong trade union
representation they would not.
We as citizens must urge the
powers that be to do right by us.
Workers at the Immigration Divi-
sion are citizens too.
I hope to get my passport
soon. But if that means subject-
ing the workers to unsafe work-
ing conditions, I can wait.
to World Cup 2018
What a goal, coming from an
unexpected long pass from left
field! The Soca Warriors have
scored against the run of play.
What pride, what joy!
The payment by the Govern-
ment to these men who repre-
sented our country with pride
and honour is indeed welcome
news. What they did for this
country in 2006 cannot be repli-
cated. They took us to new
heights and made this country
proud. We will forever be the
smallest country to qualify for
the World Cup. We are one with
the biggest heart as well.
To battle to a goalless draw
against Sweden, to stretch the
inventors of the game, England,
and to put in a commendable ef-
fort against Paraguay, did won-
ders for our pride.
What happened afterwards
can only be described as a stain
on our football history. Let's hope
we will be a part of the world's
biggest party in 2018,
Brazil will rise again
I must take issue with my
friend Dr Nigel Camacho and his
assertion that the 7--1 defeat in-
flicted upon Brazil by Germany
"truly marks the death of Samba
as we know it".
Firstly, the idea of the "beautiful
game" as demonstrated by the
great Brazilian sides of 1970 and
1982 (remember Zico, Socrates,
Eder, Falcao, Cervinho and Junior)
has not existed for some time.
Even the 2002 World Cup winning
team did not exhibit that magical
style of "Samba football."
Secondly, to imply that the humil-
iation of the 7--1 defeat tarnishes
the legendary status of Brazilian
football is nonsense. Just to remind
you---five World Cup titles!
Thirdly, for all you Brazilians
naysayers, this was one game.
Brazil as a great footballing na-
tion will rise again.
According to Pele, forget this
debacle in Belo Horizonte, look
ahead to Russia and Brazil's 6th
World Cup triumph in 2018! Lastly,
Doc, please don't compare Brazil's
loss to the "woeful Windies!"
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