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General Discussion / Alternatives
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:52:05 PM »
  Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

BY Julien Neaves Wednesday, May 28 2014

click on pic to zoom inCHIEF of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj is continuing to advocate legislative support for the Defence Force to engage in “independent operations” and to have the power to arrest.

He made the comment in the context of a “stretched” Police Service as he participated in a panel discussion at the Prayers Plus: Finding Solutions to Crime Meeting of Heads of the Christian Faith held at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, St Ann’s. The meeting began yesterday and will close tomorrow.

“The Defence Force at some point in time in the future will have to contemplate the idea, the notion, of being able to do independent operations given the fact that the Police Service is so stretched — with its resources on the streets, in the communities and so on - that we have to treat with how we more effectively engage borders (including) those rural areas,” he said.

He noted that on policing borders they have more than a partnership, a oneness of effort, with the Police Service. He added that one aspect of improvement and capacity strengthening which he has been advocating is legislative support to conduct independent operations.

Noting that at this point the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force is still a Defence Force, he added, “We do not enjoy the primacy of law enforcement or the authority to arrest and so on and so forth. So it is something that we will continue to engage.”

Last year Government introduced the Miscellaneous Provisions (Defence and Police Complaints) Act 2013 to provide soldiers with police powers including powers of arrest. The bill received strong opposition from the Opposition bench and lapsed in early July. Commenting on the porous nature of the country’s borders, Maharaj noted that the Defence Force, and more specifically the Coast Guard, have to contend with an area of responsibility in the maritime domain of 62,500 square nautical miles. He also pointed out that they have to treat with the extensive energy structure laid out around the two islands and a search and rescue area that expands all the way up to St Lucia. “Anyone with any degree of appreciation and understanding of that particular challenge would understand the dynamics of movement in that space,” he said.

On the illicit trafficking of drugs, arms and people, Maharaj noted that they have been engaged in several joint foray with the police as well as with regional and international partners regarding “this very daunting challenge”.

He said the issue was not only about pirogues from Venezuela or elsewhere easily landing at vulnerable entry points, but was also about how robust and effective the arrangements were for scanning, checking and controlling movement of goods through established ports, both air and sea.

He said in the fight against crime the Defence Force has a supporting role to the police and other agencies and do not duplicate efforts of the other law enforcement agencies. He noted that the Defence Force engages in programmes with the youth such as MILAT and MYPART, and will soon be taking over the Life Sport programme. Life Sport has been removed from the Sports Ministry to the National Security Ministry following allegations of financial impropriety and links to criminals. National Security Minister Gary Griffith had reported that the Defence Force will assist with the restructuring of the programme and would not be intimidated by any potential criminal elements.

Maharaj also spoke of the Defence Force work with natural disasters and the sub-units that assist the police.

“The Defence Force...is all things to all people at all times,” he said.

He said the Defence Force will not stand on ceremony but reaffirms its commitment to finding solutions to national challenges.

He said what is giving criminal gang leaders the legitimacy to thrive in this country and extend their influence across religious and ethnic lines is “ruthlessness and shared discontent with authority”.

In order to counter this Maharaj said we must strengthen State and non-State institutions, and political and social structures to reduce or remove conditions for marginalisation and social disengagement.

“Sanctions established by the State to deter crime are useless if we do not have systems, structures and mechanisms to replace those on the other side that we intend to remove or destroy,” he advised. He noted to combat crime we have to fight on multiple fronts the combined effects of marginalisation, unemployment, a culture of disinterest and disenchantment, conflicting messages from leaders across all strata of society, failed parenting, the pervasiveness of social media, and the “new normal of rugged individualism versus the collective”.

He said that for trust and confidence for people to comply with orders “you must be viewed as a legitimate leader and the institution you represent must be deemed to be legitimate”. He noted that to mobilise the collective will of the people, State resources, business sector and NGOs to solve crime “people must believe, truly believe in their consciousness, that there is an unquestionable pure motive to be shared and led and worth bleeding for in order to attain success”. He stressed that attaining legitimacy of character and competence was “not easy” but required a “discernible consistency” between messages and actions and the adherence to values.

During the question and answer segment one man suggested utilising former military personnel to assist with communities, and Maharaj responded that was a future plan that would also include serving members. He noted that eventually every community group will have a serving military member. He said the symposium was unprecedented in that it featured both State and non-State actors.

General Discussion / Macombe(sp)
« on: May 12, 2014, 06:51:36 PM »
Does anyone know of this esteemed orator  from the ppl's parliament. Early to mid 70s.  Just wondering how long he lasted. Predicted much of what is happening today. At a time when big thieves & murderers were still singular.

if yuh never see it...see if yuh could guess why ?


add: I only make to #49...or was it 48...the celebration...and ah turn him tfoff

more: ah went back...get to it at # 22..they do it justice...It still hurt  :cursing:
he lucky ah love we Tallman and Tallest...long lingay   :cursing:

Other Sports / Bovell
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:13:55 PM »

Football / Bess ad
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:23:40 PM »

Football / Strange stuff
« on: November 24, 2013, 11:46:18 AM »
No Trini in action thread, nobody eh say nutten...Stoke win, no KJ, nobody eh say nutten...nobody eh even cuss nobody for the weekend, an nobody eh say nutten...wha really going on ?

Football / Football Agent Thread
« on: November 06, 2013, 05:01:32 PM »
Eriksson. Best agent in football

I didn't know that...Did anyone else have that feeling ?

Football / Where y'all at
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:15:44 PM »
Any SWN lime in TT this weekend, or ppl waiting for a match? Let me know please, maxg not cussin nobody  ::)  ;D

Ps: found out I could only be in chaguanas Sunday. FS, Central FC! Do they have a training session on that day? If so time and ground please ?

Other Sports / Dylan Carter NAG Record Confirmed
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:29:05 PM »
Don't know how Swima didn't post this yet

wait...hope they doh thief him

General Discussion / When they say this...they really mean .....
« on: December 08, 2012, 04:25:43 PM »
Starting a new topic

When they say

they really mean

we going and spend 10 Billion TT (addtl 3 billion due to unforeseen circumstances), and we really will pull back 3 billion TT. As we thought the original estimate of return was US, and wasn't as big as we originally thought, otherwise we wouldna do it..I reiterate,We are not stupid....anyway, here is another project that will lead us into the 21 st century..we will start this one as early as nex year blah..blah...blahh

General Discussion / Observations 300912 & 071012 & 141012
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:29:48 AM »
From one of my main news sources -Mr. R Shah
oh how I miss, Scorpion and TNN

Yet many probably more interested in Obama/Romney, hey we live & pay taxes here..we only wish to reap the benefits of there...thankfully not all




Jokes / I think this is for this section
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:09:56 PM »

Sold blimp flown to US
By NALINEE SEELAL Monday, April 2 2012
Trinidad Newsday

click on pic to zoom inYoung cadets: Minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap, centre, speaks with commander of the Cadet Force Colonel Patrick Taylor and...The Skyship 600 blimp which was sold to an American company late last year for US$50,000 was flown back to the United States (US) last week by its new owners.

Two weeks ago, officials and employees of the American company which purchased the blimp, paid off the US$25,000 for acquisition of the Skyship and were given the clearance to have the blimp deflated and shipped to the US.

Sources at Camp Cumuto, where the blimp was in a hangar, told Newsday that about five employees of an American company deflated the blimp and began packaging the equipment.

The company paid a US$25,000 downpayment to acquire the Skyship 600, and only paid the balance of another US$25,000 in late February.

On February 4, the Skyship 600 which was still at Camp Cumuto missed the Super Bowl (American football) in the US because the new owner had not completed full payment for it.

The blimp was purchased by the former administration for US$15 million.

The decision was taken after Government was informed that the cost for keeping the blimp helium-charged at Camp Cumuto was costing too much, and it was advised that it was better to sell the Skyship to the highest bidder.

According to government sources, after Cabinet took a decision to sell the blimp to the highest bidder, a note was sent to the Finance and General Purpose Committee (FGPC) for approval. The Central Tenders Board was the body where bids for the purchase of the blimp were sent last year.

The blimp was purchased five years ago from Airship Management Services and since last September has been in a hangar at SAUTT’s Camp Cumuto headquarters. The blimp was grounded to facilitate maintenance work, but that work was never carried out because of a decision taken by Government to stop using it.

Sources revealed it was costing government over TT$1.4 million or US$225,000 per month to maintain the blimp. The last time the blimp was used by Government was in July last year when the Priority Bus Route was opened up to members of the public during peak traffic hours.

Last August, a company hired by SAUTT to carry out maintenance work on the blimp was fired because government felt it was too costly to maintain. The total cost of maintenance from the date of acquisition June 2006 to December 2009 was $19,714,314.

The first blimp was purchased by the PNM administration at a cost of US$12 million. Months after the purchase was made the Skyship began experiencing difficulties. Government then took a decision to lease a foreign used blimp at a cost of US$100,000 per month, while the third blimp was purchased for US$15 million. Additional cost was added to that US$15 million to outfit the third blimp with surveillance equipment.

In September, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar set up a steering committee to review the resources and restructuring of SAUTT.

A decision was taken to wind up the operations of SAUTT and a committee led by Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Williams was assigned to oversee the operations of SAUTT and facilitate the sale of the blimp.

Five foreigners and one local had expressed interest in purchasing the Skyship. However on January 27 during a Parliament debate, Minister of National Security Brigadier John Sandy made it clear that when the sale of the blimp was put out on the market, nobody wanted to buy it, and he said under those circumstances Government had no choice but to sell the blimp back to its manufacturer.


Trinidad and Tobago History / 1953 carnival
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:39:17 PM »

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / The professor on BET
« on: August 20, 2011, 08:34:43 PM »
Might be late, from 1995, but I just saw it

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/SaZ53o_Y0C0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/SaZ53o_Y0C0</a>

Plenty more (thanks to When steel talks : Glenroy R Joseph)


Other Sports / Raptors 2012
« on: June 24, 2011, 11:33:39 AM »
Ah feel we gambling again ? Ah getting tired it not coming in we favor. If Jonas in blow up, ah blowing up on Cola big time..

Football / Tony Collymore
« on: February 07, 2011, 02:54:52 PM »
Just heard a old friend and fellow baller, Tony Collymore passed away in TO, this morning.
Ex. Sudden 11 & Hilltoppers (Mtl), Braves & Prontos (TO)...was still dishing spanner up to last year...RIP Colly :(

General Discussion / OCTOBER
« on: October 08, 2010, 08:47:24 AM »

An interesting fact about October 2010:

This OCT. has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, all in 1 month. It
happens once in 823 years.  These are considered money bags months. Pass
them to 8 good people and money will appear. Based on Chinese fengshui.
Whoever stops this will experience none

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / wha allyuh go think of next ...
« on: August 19, 2010, 04:15:45 PM »
Mzting hit meh with this one


sorry if prev. posted

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / 1st women's steelband
« on: August 17, 2010, 01:13:23 PM »
Came across this & found my Mom & Dad before I was even ah twinkle in dey eye...funny seeing dem wearing Sunday best like normal ...hear meh mom to her grand, "Allyuh couldn't match we then"  :D

Other Sports / Habs Rule....eom
« on: April 28, 2010, 07:50:46 PM »

Jokes / Mexican english Words Of The Day
« on: March 26, 2010, 02:30:15 PM »
Mexican Words Of The Day

1. *Cheese*
The teacher told Pepito to use the word cheese in a sentence.
Pepito replies: Maria likes me, but cheese ugly.

2. *Mushroom*
When all my family get in the car
There's not mushroom.

3. *Shoulder*
My fren wants 2 become a citizen,
But che didn't know how to read,
So I, shoulder.

4. * Texas *
When I'm not home,
My fren always Texas me,
Che wonders where I am!

5. *July*
Ju told me ju were going to tha store
But ju went to see sum guy,
July to me! Julyer!

6. *Rectum*
I had 2 cars
But my wife rectum!

7. *Chicken*
I was going to go to the store with my wife
But che said chicken go herself.

8. *Wheelchair*
We only have one enchilada left
But don't worry wheelchair

9. *Chicken* *wing*
My wife plays the lottery so chicken wing.

10. *Harassment*
My wife caught me in bed with another women.
I told her, "Honey, harassment nothen to me.

11. *Bishop*
My wife fell down the stair
So I had to pick the bishop.

12. *Body wash*
I want to go to the club
But no body wash my kids.

13. *Budweiser*
That women has a nice body,
Budweiser face so ugly?

Other Sports / T&T swimmers shine at US conference championships
« on: February 24, 2010, 09:50:50 AM »
T&T swimmers shine at US conference championships
Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

QUALIFIED: Shannon Duval

Trinidad and Tobago nationals had a successful weekend at various United States college conference swimming championships, where many were attempting to qualify for their various divisions’ NCAA Swimming Championships.

Shannon Duval, a senior at La Salle University in Philadelphia, qualified for the NCAA Division One Championships scheduled for next month in Ohio.

Duval won gold in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, held in New York. Her final time was 2:17.35. However, in the prelims she achieved a time of 2:15.07, which was faster than the B cut of 2:16.83.

She also won the 100-yard breaststroke in an impressive 1:03.85.

Duval was her university’s Student Athlete of the Month in January. She represented Trinidad and Tobago at numerous Carifta, CISC and CCCAN championships over the years and was the winner of the B final of the 200-metre breaststroke at the 2003 Pan Am Games.

At the Bluegrass Conference Championships in North Carolina, Renee Pouchet attained the NCAA Division II B cut in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events.

The junior at Limestone College, South Carolina, qualified for her first-ever championship to be held in Canton, Ohio next month, with personal bests in the events. In the 400-yard medley relay, Pouchet swam the opening leg in a B time of 58.36.

Fellow Trinidadian and Limestone freshman Nathania Pierre is set to make her NCAA Championship debut, as she swam the butterfly leg of the relay, which attained the NCAA B cut.

In her individual event, Pouchet placed fourth in the 100 backstroke prelims in 58.31 to achieve the B cut. She placed fifth in the final in 58.68.

Pouchet later went on to a blistering 2:07.24 to place fourth in the 200-yard backstroke final and also earned a B cut in that event.

Her Trinidad and Tobago teammate Donna-Marie Wickham had a difficult final year for Limestone, with this meet being her last one with the school. Dealing with a nagging back injury, Wickham had a season-best in the 100 (1:00.34) and 200-yard (2:15.33) backstroke, placing second in the B final and 22nd, respectively.

Wickham’s injury forced her to withdraw from being considered for last year’s World and CCCAN Championships, and contributed to her not qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time in four years at Limestone.

The Limestone trio have been members of various T&T national teams.

Pouchet and La Pierre are both members of Blue Dolphins Swim Club, while Wickham is a member of Sea Hawks SC.

Jules Graham, a senior at Howard University, won gold in the 100-yard freestyle at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Conference Championships in Tennessee. His 45.88-second clocking was impressive, but outside of the Division I B cut of 44.37.

Graham also won the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle (20.93) and placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (51.17).

Graham’s T&T teammate and freshman Zadok Isaacs also participated in his inaugural conference championship. He won the B final of the 100-yard backstroke in 53.91 and was third in the B Final of the 200 back in 1:58.96.

At the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Nashville Tennessee, Jarryd Gregoire, while not qualifying for the NCAA Division 1 Championships, had creditable performances for his University of New Orleans team.

He earned bronze in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.89 and also helped his team to a bronze in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays, and silver and bronze, respectively, in the 200 and 400-yard medley relay.

Gregoire also placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (49.61) and fourth in the 100-yard free (45.76). Graham, Gregoire and Isaacs have represented Trinidad and Tobago on various national teams and are all members of Marlins Swim Club.


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