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For the past year I have
been attempting to "edu-
cate" neighbours at Point
Baliene, Gasparee on the disad-
vantages of noise pollution (loss
of hearing, loss of sleep, general
irritation etc) to no avail. In an
effort to obtain some relief I
visited the offices of the EMA
to hear at first-hand what citi-
zens can do to alleviate distur-
bances. Well, what can I say?
Apparently the EMA has
absolutely no control over what
can be done.
I asked the young man at the
reception area what if anything
could be done and he advised
that the first step would be to
fill out a complaint form but he
went on to say that the
Authority did not have the
power to stop anyone, it could
only monitor the situation and
that the police would have to
be brought in if conditions dic-
tated. How much is Govern-
ment "donating" to keeping
this gentle toothless giant
going, I wonder.
He was an extremely helpful
young man and gave me several
leaflets on environmental issues
but when I asked whether a
programme was in place for
teaching the ill-effects of noise
pollution and pollution on the
whole, in schools he said "only
if the schools request it."
I appeal to Dr Gopeesingh, as
Minister of Education, to insist
on this subject being taught as
part of the curriculum, after all,
he as a doctor, knows that
noise affects the hearing as well
as the concentration and stu-
dents should be made aware of
the potential hazards. Perhaps
an app could be loaded on
those laptops to highlight envi-
Our population as a whole
should adopt the EMA slogan:
"Music is our culture but noise
It is generally taught in business schools that when
something goes wrong in an organisation, the Chief
Executive Officer or head is to be held responsible. This
premise does not seem to hold in T&T.
I listened as Sports Minister Anil Roberts incredibly
washed his hands, like Pontius Pilate, of all responsibil-
ity associated with the Life Sport programme given the
incriminating findings of its audit.
According to Roberts, everyone else, apparently in-
cluding the sun, moon and stars, were culpable in some
form or fashion. But not him, who conceived the entire
Roberts cannot continue to hide under the carpet of
plausible deniability. He needs to man-up and admit
that the Life Sport programme was a total failure in its
His refusal to resign over the Life Sport fiasco
speaks volumes about the management concepts fol-
lowed by this government.
His main goal seems to be to keep his job at all
costs, thus he continually drives into the national psy-
che that the Prime Minister has his back.
He would well be reminded that even the longest
rope has an end.
Linus F Didier
For a long time the public has heard stories of the
horrific conditions at the San Fernando dog pound:
overcrowding, no running water, only stale bread
thrown into the cages for the dogs to eat and, in-
evitably, fight over it.
In the last day or two a photo has been circulating on
the Internet showing one dog in an overcrowded cage
at the pound eating the carcass of a dead one. There is
good reason to accept this as genuine.
It is totally unacceptable that the San Fernando City
Corporation, which is in charge of the pound, can allow
conditions to deteriorate to this extent. The pound
must be closed now.
Please, animal lovers and animal organisations,
make your voices heard. Write to the San Fernando
City Corporation, write to the Ministry of Local Govern-
ment and, above all, write to the media houses.
Let them know how outraged we all are that animals
are left to suffer like this while unscrupulous people fill
their bank accounts milked from other government
Congratulations to Reg Potter on his
excellent letter in yesterday's T&T
Guardian entitled "Financial require-
ments bullying locals into submission."
He is absolutely correct.
He can count on me in his project to
create a citizen's revolt. I will not be sign-
ing or filling out any forms to any entity
giving out my confidential information.
The truth is that the banks very well
know who the money launderers are.
They have done and continue to deal
with them for years with a wink and a
Go after them and leave us law-abid-
ing citizens alone!
Iagree with Grantley McNaughton's let-
ter headlined "Just keep on keeping on,
Kamla," appearing in Saturday's T&T
No matter how much the PP Govern-
ment has done during their first term in
office, there are people who will not give
them credit, or put the well-being of our
beautiful country first, instead of their
own selfish motives. To those people, I
say, you must be blind, deaf and dumb if
you cannot acknowledge the many posi-
tive improvements in all areas taking
place in T&T in four short years.
T&T NEEDS TO BE EDUCATED
ON NOISE POLLUTION
Roberts can't hide behind plausible deniability
Close Sando dog pound now
Banks know who the money launderers are
Many positive improvements taking place
A wrecking crew secures a police motorcycle to the back of a wrecker after it
was involved in an accident along Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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