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What is Truth? What
follows when we live in
to us today.
Truth is not merely describing what you have seen,
expressing as is what you have heard or sharing
honestly what you have experienced. Truth is beyond
all this. It is a deep inner feeling and it must come
from within. Truth must originate from your heart.
Truth is permanent; it does not change with the
passage of time. When you rely on Truth (Satya),
Righteousness (Dharma) arises out of it. It is Truth
that teaches how one should conduct oneself and
perform one's duties. Righteousness is a reflection of
Truth. You will experience peace when Sathya and
Dharma co-exist. This is indeed peace, Shanti. It is
foolishness to think that Peace exists elsewhere and
is separate from you. If you separate truth and right-
eousness, you will find only pieces, on the other hand
if you blend them you will experience Peace always.
- My Dear Students, Vol 2, Ch 13, Jun 7, 2007.
Your heart is like a vessel. Fill it with the
qualities of Truth, Love and Sacrifice. - Baba.
RANCHO QUEMADO CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the rescheduled Annual General Meeting of
the Rancho Quemado Co-operative Society Limited will be held at the
Palo Seco Credit Union Auditorium, Los Bajos on Saturday 26th July,
2014 at 4:00 p.m. to transact the following business:
1. To receive and consider the accounts for the years 2000 -2013.
2. To receive the reports of the President and Treasurer.
3. To elect members of the Board and Supervisory Committees.
4. To approve resolutions and to select an Auditor.
5. To transact any other business that may be properly transacted
at an Annual General Meeting.
Registration begins at 3:00 p.m
President of the Maxi Taxi Association Linus
Phillip says his association is in full agreement
with Works Minister Suruj Rambachan over penal-
ising drivers who have been cheating passengers
on the Priority Bus Route (PBR).
For several years, some maxi taxi operators have
charged passengers the full taxi fare to travel from
Arima to Port-of-Spain, but forced them to dis-
embark at Curepe, halfway to their destination.
At Thursday s post-Cabinet press briefing, Ram-
bachan said the Government intended to deal with
this issue, with errant drivers facing the possibility
of losing their PBR passes if they continued to cheat
In an interview yesterday, Phillip said the asso-
ciation supported Rambachan s announcement.
"We had discussed the situation with Rambachan
during two meetings last week and we have a lot
of drivers who are in agreement," Phillip said.
"The few guys who cheat people with these short
drops make it bad for the rest of us. They are tar-
nishing the drivers reputation."
He said the association was working hand in
hand with the ministry.
Phillip said the fare was structured so that there
was a predetermined price for transport from des-
tinations in the East to Port-of-Spain or any part
"That part that says any part thereof is not up
to the driver. That is up to the passenger. If a pas-
senger is paying $9 from Sangre Grande to Port-
of-Spain, a driver cannot tell them they are stopping
Phillip said passengers should call the police once
they had paid the full fare but were "dropped short."
The Environmental Management
Authority (EMA) needs 100 more police
officers, as most of the work it does is
very sensitive and in some instances has
led to death threats.
Raising the issue was the EMA s chair-
man, Dr Allan Bachan, at yesterday s joint
select committee meeting in Parliament,
during a discussion on illegal quarrying,
especially in the Valencia district.
Saying there were certain implications
associated with quarrying, Bachan said
the EMA had fostered a number of rela-
tionships over the last two years, especially
with the Ministry of Energy, the Com-
missioner of State Lands and the com-
missioner with responsibility for forests.
"The EMA s involvement, in terms of
taking the necessary action, is predicated
on the fact that these illegal quarries require
permits in order to operate," Bachan said.
He said the organisation s current capac-
ity was 11 officers to man the entire coun-
try, adding that a proposal had been sent
to Cabinet to increase the number not
only to deal with illegal quarrying but also
illegal logging and scrapyards.
"The EMA is committed to dealing with
these matters. However, there is another
component associated with it and that is
the risk factor. This matter is a very delicate
matter. One would remember last year
when we had a joint exercise and the Direc-
tor of Minerals house was shot up as well
as my own life was threatened, and we
need to appreciate the risk associated with
these interventions," Bachan explained.
He said over the years a lot had changed
in relation to environmental issues, as the
population was demanding greater envi-
Further, Bachan said, the legislation was
in need of upgrading and the EMA s board,
over the last six to eight months, had been
pursuing changes in the legislation, includ-
ing the solid waste and hazardous waste
Bachan said compliance, monitoring and
enforcement were critical components for
a regulatory body to be effective.
He said the authority was also looking
at hiring people with specialised skills,
given the different types of industries
applying for permits. Over the last few
years, he added, there had been an increase
in the agriculture, quarrying and oil and
In 2010, the number of certificates of
environmental clearance (CEC) being mon-
itored was unrecorded. In 2011, the per-
centage of CECs being monitored was just
over one per cent; in 2012 nine per cent;
2013, 32 per cent; and, as of June 2014,
42 per cent.
EMA needs 100 more officers
Dr Allan Bachan, second from left, chairman of the EMA, responds to questions during yesterday's sitting of a joint select committee in
Parliament. Looking on, from left, are EMA acting managing director Gayatri Badri Maharaj, deputy chairman Michael Rooplal and director
Philip Vilain. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Maxi Taxi association
Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications
Minister Vasant Bharath is calling on the staff of
the Immigration Department to obey Government s
injunction against their alleged industrial action
over health and safety issues at their offices.
In a statement on Thursday evening, Bharath said
despite the injunction granted by the Industrial Court
and consequent contempt proceedings for its alleged
breach by the Public Services Association (PSA) last
week, there were still staff who were refusing to
Saying the continued action was unreasonable,
unjust, and illegal, Bharath said: "Staff of the Immi-
gration Division must abide by this order. The con-
tinued disregard of the injunction violates the rule
of law and can lead to disorder."
Bharath acknowledged the issues raised by the
PSA and its members over the condition of the offices,
but said there was no evidence of serious danger or
any unusual circumstances that are hazardous or
injurious to health, life or safety.
"There is therefore no valid reason to justify any
staff of the Immigration Division at either the Port-
of-Spain or San Fernando office not to continue to
work normally," Bharath said.
He also noted that staff had been issued with
letters telling them there might be deductions from
their salaries if they continued to refuse to work
without valid reasons, as they were under a legal
obligation to work normally.
"The Government stresses that negotiations for
better salaries and wages and improved conditions
of employment must attach more on value and sus-
tainability than a fight for victory by one side over
the other," Bharath said. See Page A9
Vasant tells protesting
Obey court order
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