Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 12th 2014 Contents Luckily, World Cup matches
On Tuesday and Wednesday
the Senate took an earlier-
than-usual tea break at 4 pm
enabling Parliamentarians to
watch Tuesday s historic Brazil
defeat and Wednesday s Argen-
tinian recoup on South Ameri-
can s behalf.
Yesterday s Lower House
football discourse between
PNM s Terrence Deyalsingh and
PP s Emmanuel George took a
back seat when PNM s Nileung
Hypolite assumed PNM Whip
Marlene Mcdonald s seat, hold-
ing the post in her absence.
"Dat is unity!...Lookin good
in the chair, boy!" PP MPs
They erupted in howls of
amusement a minute later
when PNM s Colm Imbert
entered and took the Whip s
chair, causing Hypolite to
return to his seat.
"Dey give the boy a cobo-
sweat...but you was looking
good! We want you move one
seat over..." (PNM leader Keith
Rowley s seat,) PP MPs chortled.
The announcement of absen-
tees Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar and Opposition
leader Keith Rowley, both out
of T&T on private business,
also brought exchanges from
the respective sides:
"Gone Brazil..." quipped
PNM s Dona Cox on one.
"...He abandon he post," PP s
Roodal Moonilal on the other.
Persad-Bissessar s expected
home Monday night after her
World Cup break. Rowley s in
the US, consolidating with T&T
nationals and profile-heighten-
ing at events. (This, shortly
after criticising the PM s trip.)
While certain World Cup
heads are expected to roll inter-
nationally after tomorrow s
finals, changes are also shaping
up among political players
PP officials said Persad-
Bissessar is currently reviewing
ministerial performances as
she s done in previous years
between June and July and
reshuffled at those times. On
the last occasion she said the
review would continue annually.
Resulting from the 2014 exer-
cise and as the PP begins elec-
tion-imaging, officials said
some new faces may emerge
after the Parliamentary term
begins in September, after the
Budget is delivered. The latter
is expected within the first two
weeks of September.
Changes are expected among
senators, they added, possibly
reducing the Cabinet slightly
and previewing PP s upcoming
thrust of youths and women.
UNC s internal election date
remains in limbo pending fol-
lowing finalisation of its new
constitution. If Persad-Bissessar
is re-elected, it ll be for another
three-year term past 2015 gen-
eral elections, either in govern-
ment (if the PP wins) or oppo-
UNC s poll will be an official
"coronation" launch pad for
general election, which will see
UNC with a new logo and
other rebranding moves, offi-
Unlike the fragmented PP,
PNM, carrying a unified image,
has appointed co-ordinators for
29 seats to start organising areas
for general elections. Strategy
work is beginning, PNM chair-
man Franklin Khan confirms.
The last General Council
mainly executive officials in the
Corridor---for the 29 PP-held
seats. Party group elections
conclude monthend and con-
stituency executive elections by
August, paving the way for new
leadership in some units. This,
will to some extent, influence
selection of general election
candidates. Rowley last year
signalled there will be changes
in the Lower House team.
Since co-ordinators will
organise constituencies, Arima
co-ordinator Elvin Edwards,
who supported Rowley against
Pennelope Beckles-Robinson for
the leadership recently, has
caused concern among some of
her supporters who feel his
presence reduces Beckles
chances for the 2015 Arima
candidacy or gaining office at
Meanwhile Government s bat-
tle with opponent du jour, PSA
President Watson Duke has
heightened Duke s stocks---
though he was lambasted by
labour leaders recently---since
his action slammed government
against the ropes whereas rhet-
oric by JTUM and OWTU s
Ancel Roget rhetoric hasn t.
Government also has a fight
to pass procurement legislation
after the PNM sought amend-
ments, though PNM supported
it in the Senate.
Legislation to increase retire-
ment benefits for judges and
Parliamentarians however may
not make it. The special com-
mittee to which the bills were
referred---reporting back by July
30---involves discussions. This
requires time to hold meetings,
officials confirmed. With the
session soon to be prorogued
legislation may likely lapse.
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What is God's real nature?
Why is it important to
understand it and love God
with all our heart?
Bhagawan elucidates today.
God is beyond all qualities. He is blemishless, steady
and selfless (Nirmalam, Nischalam and
Niswartham). He is beyond time and space. Don't try
to confine God to just one form. Install the principle
that God is the Divine Soul (Atma) present within you
and contemplate on Him. In every step, everything
you see, God is present. God is the current that
makes fans work; God is the mike that absorbs the
sound, and the speakers that help others listen. If
you put off the main switch, all the lights will go out.
When you forget Divinity, you forget everything. Love
God deeply, from within. Love God and you will be
able to conquer the demons of bad qualities and also
develop the society. Only a person with character can
bring development in society. Only the one with love
for God can lead a life of morality. Morality is truly a
life principle. Without morality there is no community.
- My Dear Students, Vol 2, Ch 12, Jun 4, 2009.
Money comes and goes, morality comes
POLITICAL RESHUFFLES AHEAD...
A foreign police
Not so fast!
The private sector-led lobby for a re-
placement for Police Commissioner
Owen Ellington from overseas is ironic,
coming at the height of a private sec-
tor-led campaign encouraging Ja-
maicans to "Buy Jamaican."
If nothing else, Mr Ellington, a locally
bred career policeman, proved convinc-
ingly that something good can come
out of Nazareth.
Those now reviving the old "every-
thing foreign is better" syndrome, a
throwback to a time of grave national
insecurity, are showing that they still
have no faith in Jamaicans or things
Moreover, they are overlooking the
large number of tertiary graduates,
many of them lawyers, who have been
injected into the Jamaica Constabulary
Force and nurtured by Commissioner
Ellington. Sending them a signal that
they are not considered worthy is to
risk discouragement of ambitious Ja-
maicans from going into the force.
Furthermore, it is mentally lazy to
think that the mere bringing in of for-
eign policemen will, by itself, bring the
crime-fighting solution we are looking
for.The desired outcome of bringing in
external policemen is that at the end
of the appropriate period they should
be replaceable by local cops. We are
talking about transfer of resources,
crime-fighting strategies and opera-
tions, administrative best practices
and application of technology, includ-
Neither should we forget that there
are at least three British policemen
who have virtually become household
names in Jamaica in Messrs Mark
Shields, Justin Felice and Les Green.
Undoubtedly, all three have made a
contribution to improving the JCF, for
which all Jamaicans, we are sure, are
grateful. The success of Mr Ellington's
tenure suggested that we were on the
right trajectory after the infusion of
the three Britons into the force. Should
we, at this stage, need an overseas
commissioner, it would be a clear sug-
gestion that the perceived improve-
ments are mere smoke and mirrors.
In our view, very few would argue
that Commissioner Ellington was tak-
ing the JCF in a direction that was not
satisfying to the nation. He was popu-
larly regarded as one of, if not the best,
police commissioners, in recent mem-
ory. Most importantly, the figures for
major crimes were trending down
The cost of recruiting an overseas
commissioner is not to be scoffed at.
According to some reports, to acquire
the services of the British policemen
proved difficult and the Government
had to receive external subsidies in
order to pay them. Their salaries led to
much grumbling among local officers
who felt hard done by the decision.
We are not against the idea of re-
cruiting a foreign commissioner. What
we are saying is that we are not yet
convinced that there are no suitable
local candidates for the job.
GUEST EDITORIAL---Jamaica Observer
Set Eid, Divali dates
year in advance
I cannot understand why the public
holidays for Eid Ul-Fitr and Divali can
only be announced two or three weeks
before the date. Let us be clear, Muslims
and Hindus have no better idea when the
moon will appear two weeks before the
date as opposed to one year before.
In Guyana and Suriname these holi-
days are announced at the beginning of
the year but in T&T we have to wait until
the last minute which messes up produc-
tion scheduling in factories.
It is also interesting to note that in al-
most every country, including Surinam,
Eid Ul-Fitr this year is on Monday, July
28, but in T&T it is on Tuesday, July 29.
The New moon this month is on Satur-
day, July 26, but it appears that accord-
ing to the authorities here it will not be
visible until Monday, July 28, making Eid
ul-Fitr Tuesday, July 29.
Perhaps someone can explain it to me.
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