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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Bodyguard false papers
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:05:14 PM »
Mr mohammed the bodyguard sang a calypso this year ,he said sat say indian children beating books while

african children playing pan but the people with false papers is only indians , he said boo for sat because his

own people prove him wrong .

Sugar Aloes say the song is racist so he bodyguard cannot sing in the Review tent run by Sugar Aloes .

Is this calypso a raciist song and would it help to divide the Indian and Africans Trinidadians ?

General Discussion / Hungry and homeless teen wants to reside with cop
« on: December 05, 2013, 08:47:21 PM »
Hungry and homeless teen wants to reside with cop
By AZARD ALI Thursday, December 5 2013

A-15-YEAR-OLD boy, whose both parents have died, and who begs on the streets in San Fernando, yesterday looked at a policeman in the San Fernando Magistrates’ court and asked the presiding magistrate to allow him to go and live with the cop at his home.

The boy had reappeared yesterday before magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds for sentencing on a charge of stealing a cellphone two weeks ago.

He had pleaded guilty, but the boy told the magistrate that he lives on the streets and wanted money to buy food to eat. He has never attended school, and in the Sixth magistrate’s court yesterday, police officers in the courtroom seemed emotionally touched by the boy’s plight.

As he stood in front of Ramsumair-Hinds, the boy seemed unfazed by the criminal charge he faced, but was preoccupied with wanting a home to live in.

The boy was charged with stealing the phone from a physically challenged man on a wheel chair, at Super Pharm in Gulf City, La Romaine, on November 21 last.

He pleaded guilty and was remanded to St Michael’s Home, pending a probation officer’s report.

Yesterday, shortly before midday, police officers brought the boy, handcuffed into the courtroom.

Enquiring from the accused boy about his life growing up as a child, Ramsumair-Hinds said the court had been informed that both his mother and father are dead.

A woman had taken him to live with her at Nice Street, La Romaine, but the magistrate expressed reservation about the quality of care, pointing out that he had not had a day of school in his life.

Ramsumair-Hinds said, “he has never attended, not one day in school — and he’s 15 — right here in Trinidad and Tobago where I live. I am horrified, but more so that this child has no fixed place of abode.”

The boy intervened and told the magistrate, in a voice barely audible, “If you want I could carry you where I live.” The name of the woman whom the court was informed takes care of the boy, was shouted out by police officers in the corridors, but there was no appearance of her.

As Ramsumair-Hinds spoke to the boy, he intermittingly glanced at the doorway as if searching for the woman who is supposed to be his guardian, to walk into the courtroom.

PC Nazir Mohammed then told Ramsumair-Hinds that he lives in La Romaine, and he being familiar with the youths there, would seek to make contact with anyone who may know the accused boy. When the police officer said that, the boy, his body bent forward as if demonstrating a permanent respect for His Worship, said, “The police officer (Mohammed) downstairs does talk to youths in the area; I could go home with him.”

Ramsumair-Hinds asked Mohammed if he would like to take that responsibility, but admitted she would not impose such on him. “I would not ask you to take him to your house, for he needs assessment before I consider it. But find someone who holds themselves out as this boy’s guardian,” Ramsumair-Hinds advised.

The magistrate, referring to the probation officer’s report, said that the accused boy is someone who is often seen begging for alms at Gulf City Mall, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets.

But saying that she by no means condones the act of stealing the cell- phone, the circumstances of which were aggravating, Ramsumair-Hinds said one does not have to stretch his or her mind to any great length, to realise what a 15-year-old boy would do, when he is hungry, homeless, and without supervision.

The magistrate, reiterating the yearning of the boy for a home, and for the warmth and guidance of an adult, said, “So desperate is he; the human being in front of me reduced to base survival instinct. I cannot shun my eyes to that. The court will make every effort to help him, and try to find someone to assist. He needs shelter, food, before we could think about reading and writing.”

The magistrate sent the boy back to St Michael’s Home, but ordered that he be brought back today when the court will decide on his fate.

I wondering how much more like this youth we have in sweet ,sweet,sweet trinbago , will crime ever stop?

all these millions sharing for their friends and family .

General Discussion / Retired DPC to head Rapid Response...
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:39:59 PM »

Retired DPC to head Rapid Response...
Questions over Richardson’s new job
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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The appointment of recently-retired deputy police commissioner Mervyn Richardson as the head of the Rapid Response Unit seems to have raised more questions than answers. The People’s National Movement and the Police Service Social and Welfare Association have called on National Security Minister Gary Griffith to “clear the air” over Richardson’s new post. The issue was raised extensively by Sunday Guardian columnist Maxie Cuffie, who put forward a series of questions on the topic.
“My first question is when exactly was the job offer made? Did Richardson, then deputy commissioner (Crime and Operations) in charge of the E-mailgate investigation in which Griffith (then National Security adviser) is a person of interest, meet with Griffith as the police officer with responsibility for the unit? “Should that meeting not have been between the Police Commissioner and the then National Security minister, Emmanuel George?” Cuffie wrote on Sunday.
The PNM’s public relations officer Faris Al-Rawi yesterday said he believed the issue would grab the attention of the Integrity Commission. “One expects that the Integrity Commission will no doubt be intrigued by the questions raised by Mr Cuffie as well as the answers or lack of answers which will no doubt follow,” Al-Rawi said.
The police association’s president, acting Insp Anand Ramesar, who also expressed concern, said he was expected to meet with Griffith this week and high on the agenda would be Richardson’s new job and the circumstances surrounding the appointment. Saying Richardson’s retention has raised “some red flags,” Ramesar added: “This was also done without consultation with the association. “In fact, many first division officers have communicated to the association and maintained a position that his retention was not required.”
Ramesar said since Richardson was now a civilian he would be either be commanding or administering the operations, which should instead be done by a police officer. In a brief interview yesterday Griffith said he prefered not to comment on the issue until Richardson’s contract, his role and functions in the unit were finalised. However, he rated Richardson as a top performer while in the Police Service with over 40 years experience. Contacted yesterday, Richardson said he could not comment, as he had not seen or read the column.
Calls to the cellphone of acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams went unanswered yesterday.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / pharrell-williams-debuts-24-hou video
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:11:13 PM »

Check the beat it make you want to rock to it, why? cause you HAPPY.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / PAN IS BEAUTIFUL 12
« on: November 16, 2013, 06:51:28 PM »
Any links warriors.


this is so cool i thought i should share it .

General Discussion / 10 Downing Street’s secret plan
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:16:30 AM »
10 Downing Street’s secret plan
By Andre Bagoo Sunday, August 11 2013

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Harold Wilson, UK Prime Minister, from 1964 to 1970, and again from 1974 to 1976...
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ON THE morning of Tuesday April 21, 1970, as Prime Minister Eric Williams met with advisers in Whitehall to continue efforts to get the Black Power emergency under control, thousands of miles away, in London, the UK’s Prime Minister Harold Wilson convened his cabinet at 10 Downing Street to consider a special request made by Williams.

A secret seven-page cabinet note of that UK meeting discloses what was on the agenda. At number three on the table of contents for the confidential printed note is an item labelled simply, “Oversea Affairs — Trinidad: Black Power Disturbances”.

According to the note, the Cabinet was briefed by George Thompson MP, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Denis Healey MP, the Defence Secretary.

Thompson revealed that apparently hours after the situation arose, Williams asked Britain for help, “to assist him in restoring order”. This assistance was to be in two forms.

Firstly, Britain was asked to use its influence to get two countries — Nigeria and Tanzania — to send military help to Trinidad.

Secondly, Britain was asked to assist in transporting any troops sent by these countries. The details of this request by Williams for foreign assistance were never made known to the public of Trinidad and Tobago.

“The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said that there have been a series of disturbances in Trinidad instigated by the Black Power movement,” the secret Cabinet note record, printed by the UK Cabinet secretariat in 1971, read. “The immediate occasion of these had been the trial of Trinidadian students in Canada on charges of arson; but there had been a long-standing background of economic discontent. On April 21, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Williams, had declared a state of emergency and had ordered the detention of 25 Black Power leaders: but ten of these had so far evaded arrest. The situation was complicated by the fact that at much the same time some 50 members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, who sympathized with the Black Power movement, had mutinied and had established themselves in the former United States base at Chaguaramas, where they were holding 200 members of the Regiment as hostages.”

Thompson gave details of Williams’ request for assistance which — in 1970 - UK spokespersons had kept confidential, according to a contemporaneous news report at the time by Reuters. Defence Secretary Healey also disclosed Williams had requested help from Venezuela, Guyana and Jamaica.

Thompson told those around the large teal-coloured Cabinet room table, “At the outset Dr Williams had asked us to transmit requests to the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, General Gowon, and to the President of Tanzania, Mr. Nyerere, for the dispatch of troops to assist him in restoring order. He had also sought British assistance in transporting these troops to Trinidad and had asked us to supply light weapons to replace those seized by the mutineers.”

The UK Cabinet minister continued, “Dr Williams had subsequently decided not to pursue his approach to Nigeria and Tanzania: but urgent consideration had been given to our response if he pursued his request for arms.”

Thompson made clear that the UK still had deep economic interests in the island and its investment in the country was at the time a massive £150 million (an even more substantial sum if inflation is factored). The minister told the Cabinet, “Measures were being taken to ensure the safety of the 2,000 United Kingdom subjects in Trinidad. We had major economic interests in the island; and our investment there was estimated at about £150 million.”

According to the note, Thompson minced no words over the need to keep Williams on the UK’s side for the sake of its regional interests. Ironically, although Williams had turned to the UK for help, the UK Cabinet regarded him as a “strong and effective leader” who was key to their interests in the long-run.

The note reads, “Moreover, Dr Williams was a strong and effective leader, who had considerable influence in the African Commonwealth countries; and it was therefore important that we should do what we could to maintain our relationship with him and to avoid giving him any grounds of complaint as regards our response to his appeal.”

While at the time it had been reported that two British warships happened to be in Caribbean, the Secretary of State for Defence, Healey, confirmed this was no coincidence: they were sent specifically to deal with the situation in response to Williams request for help. The warships, two frigates, were mandated to remain, “out of sight”.

The record of the proceedings of April 21, 1970 reads, “The Defence Secretary said that one frigate, HMS Jupiter, had been dispatched to Trinidad, with orders to remain 30 miles offshore, and would be in position that night.”

Further, “A second frigate, HMS Sirius, would reach the island within the next two days and would also remain offshore and out of sight. HMS Jupiter carried a helicopter and could provide a naval landing party of two platoons trained in riot control. The complement of HMS Sirius included a detachment of Royal Marines.”

In the defence secretary’s assessment, the situation created by the mutiny in the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment was serious, since out of a total strength of 700 men 50 were taking an active part in the mutiny and 200 had been neutralised by the mutineers. The mutiny had also left the loyal troops critically short of arms.

In Healey’s view, “The arms which Dr Williams needed could be dispatched by midnight that night if he so requested: but he now seemed more likely to rely on supplies from the United States. He was also reported to have been promised reinforcements of 1,000 men from Venezuela. Guyana was considering supplying some weapons; but the response from Jamaica, to which Dr Williams had also appealed, was not yet known.”

The Cabinet note gives an account of the discussion which then occurred behind the closed white doors of the 10 Downing Street Cabinet Room, led by the UK prime minister. The key dilemma in the situation was balancing the fact that the incidents could potentially upset a region in which the UK still had key interests, with the need to not be seen to be meddling in the affairs of the newly independent Trinidad and Tobago.

“In discussion, it was suggested that, while the disturbances in Trinidad were on a small scale in terms of the forces involved, the political issues involved could be far-reaching,” the note records. “If we were to become involved in the internal security problems of an independent member of the Commonwealth, the consequences might be serious - the more so in that Dr. Williams’ Government had already incurred local criticism on the grounds of their alleged reliance on British and American support.”

The record discloses that the UK planned, if the situation warranted, to parachute a battalion into the country. It indicated the forces which could be provided by their two frigates were too small to be able to exercise any decisive influence on the maintenance of internal security in Trinidad, and stated that if the situation were to deteriorate to a point at which it became necessary to intervene in force to save British lives, a battalion of parachutists could be made available, which could reach Trinidad in two to four days.

Yet, the discussion around the table was ever mindful of political implications. Opinions stated that it was clearly desirable to avoid such a degree of involvement if possible; and British troops should be committed only in the last resort. Some concern was expressed whether Dr Williams’ assessment of the situation was over-optimistic. There had been some doubt whether he would in fact receive from the United States and elsewhere the supplies of arms and the assistance in which he appeared to be counting but the latest indications were that some arms from United States sources could already have reached him.

UK prime minister Harold Wilson, summing up the conversation, said that the Cabinet agreed on the importance of maintaining relations of confidence and sympathy with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. A serious Black Power revolt would have serious repercussions elsewhere in the Caribbean; and, if these extended to the Associated States, it might prove impossible for Britain to avoid intervention.

Wilson continued, that on the other hand, Britain should clearly refrain from becoming directly involved in an internal security operation in an independent country. The situation, especially as regards the supply of arms to the Trinidad Government, would be closely watched; and, if immediate decisions were required, he himself would need to have discretion, in consultation with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Defence Secretary, to take necessary action.

At the end of the meeting, the UK cabinet -

“(1) Took note, with approval, of the statements by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Defence Secretary and of the Prime Minister’s summing up of their discussion.

“(2) Agreed that the Prime Minister, in consultation with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Defence Secretary, should have discretion to take appropriate action, including the supply of arms, if developments in Trinidad made it necessary to do so at short notice.”

General Discussion / That change from a dollar
« on: July 03, 2013, 04:35:35 PM »
That change from a dollar
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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For some time now I have noted the propsensity of citizens to leave unwanted change behind. I have seen, at the offices of utility companies—TSTT, T&TEC, WASA—that customers who receive change in coins, tend to leave them at the counter. Moreso, if they fell on the ground, no one bothers to pick them up. It seems as though coins are no longer money.   
Long ago, in my Hindu upbringing, we were taught to show respect for hard-earned money so that all coins would be collected and put in a jar, to be converted at the bank. Nowadays, school children do not want a 25-cent coin. They prefer to throw it away, literally. Maybe the money is too easy to come by as parents seem to be ever so willing to dole out $100 bills, but this culture must be changed. At a grocery recently, no less than 85 cents spilled from a man who paid for his groceries. He left it there on the floor, even though he was told that his change fell. In fact he swore at the inconvenience of having to pick up the change. He just left it. Well, I should tell you, I picked it up and put it my ashtray as it went towards my daily newspapers.
What a careless people we have become. A day will come when we will cry for the money we throw away; if we throw away a little every day, it all adds up. In fact, if you give a vagrant $1 in change, he will tell you, frankoment, he does not want it. I look down on the hypocrites who quarrel for a one-cent change when the truth is they don’t use it.  Now I believe the way forward is for each business to keep a jar in which people can put their change. This can be donated weekly to a charity, a political party or used during midday salaat at the mosque.
Lystra Marajh
Give me my change is mine ah want it ,even a cent or penny as the americans call it .

Eyeball Licking (Oculolinctus) Can Be Dangerous, Doctors Warn

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Eyeball Licking (Oculolinctus) Can Be Dangerous, Doctors Warn


Eyeball-licking fetishism, also known as "oculolinctus" or "worming", has become a popular way of expressing affection or inciting sexual arousal in Japan. Doctors warn that it is linked to a serious risk of virus conjunctivitis, other eye infections, and even blindness

According to the Japanese website Naver Matome, the oculolinctus craze in the country among young lovers has resulted in a significant increase in eye-infection cases.

Naver Matome first reported on eyeball-licking when a Japanese school noticed that children were coming into class wearing eye patches. Apparently, one third of all the twelve-year-old children at the school had engaged in oculolinctus.
Eyeball licking is dangerous

Pink eye - a case of viral conjunctivitis caused by eyeball licking
When the tongue makes contact with the eye, it is exposed to all kinds of infections and eye damage.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, David Granet, M.D., an ophthalmologist said "Nothing good can come of this. There are ridges on the tongue that can cause a corneal abrasion. And if a person hasn't washed out their mouth, they might put acid from citrus products or spices into the eye."

There is a serious risk of passing on viruses. If somebody who does the licking has herpes and a cold sore, there is a risk of human transmission via oculolinctus.

The International Science Times quoted Dr. Phillip Rizzuto, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, who said there is a risk of eventual blindness. "The bacteria in the mouth are nothing like the bacteria in the eyeball, which is why we no longer recommend people lick contact lenses to moisten them.," Rizzuto added.

If the person doing the licking suffers from halitosis (bad breath), they are likely to have a huge number of harmful bacteria. Allow them to lick your eyeball, which has an absorbing membrane, and your risk of infection is considerable.

Animals use their tongues for personal hygiene (watch a cat cleaning itself), to a certain extent humans do the same. However, the tongue and mouth are designed to deal with a much wider variety of pathogens than our eyeballs are. Who knows what would be passed on to somebody's eye when the licker had just licked his/her hands, especially if that hand has not been washed in a while.

Written by Christian Nordqvist
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General Discussion / NY: 25 People Shot In 48 Hours, 6 Dead
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:42:20 PM »
NY: 25 People Shot In 48 Hours, 6 Dead
Monday June 3, 2013 4:59 AM - One Comment
A bloody weekend of gun violence in New York City has left six people dead. In just 48 hours, 25 people across four boroughs were shot, CBS reports.

The violence began Friday night when an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl, Tayloni Mazyck, was shot by a stray bullet in Bed-Stuy. The injury has left her paralyzed. The following night, The New York Daily News reports 15-year-old Sarah Rivera was shot in the leg when gunfire broke out in the Bronx. The bullet struck her as she was pushing a young child in a stroller to safety. 24 year-old Terrance Davis was shot and killed in the Bronx Friday night. Shabbos in Brooklyn, 23-year-old Antonio Wilson was shot and killed in Clinton Hill and 39-year-old Damion Riley was shot twice and killed in East Flatbush. In Crown Heights on Sunday, 25-year-old Damien Powell was shot in the torso and died. According to the News, his grieving mother collapsed at the scene. Also on Sunday, a man opened fire in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, hitting three people. Cops say 30-year-old Kevon Brown, who is wanted in the shootings, also fired his weapon at cops.

This weekend’s shootings account for 5 percent of the year’s total shootings so far.

The surge of violence this weekend brings the number of gun casualties in New York City to around 440 for 2013, still a 23 percent drop from the same time last year

'International Clitoris Awareness Week' Takes Place May 6-12 (NSFW)

Posted: 05/02/2013 4:28 pm EDT  |  Updated: 05/02/2013 10:01 pm EDT

A very touchy, touchy thing

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 The firstever "International Clitoris Awareness Week" takes place May 6-12.

Mention the word "clitoris" and some people get touchy -- and not in a good way.

But that could change quickly because May 6—12 as the first ever "International Clitoris Awareness Week," a seven-day period designed to celebrate the female body part.

The organization behind the week is "Clitoraid," a Las Vegas-based group usually devoted to helping victims of female genital mutilation around the world.

However, Clitoraid spokeswoman Nadine Gary said the message behind "Clitoris Awareness Week" is more whimsical.

"We've noticed that the clitoris has not gotten its spot in the limelight. It makes people feel uncomfortable," she told The Huffington Post. "For this week, we don't want to focus on genital mutilation."

Gary said the clitoris has gotten the shaft since the 19th century when orgasms achieved by touching it were considered "immature" compared to vaginal orgasms.

"The clitoris doesn't have a reproductive function so it can be minimized," she said. "It's up to eight inches long -- same as a penis -- but it's inside."

Gary has experience doing offbeat awareness campaigns like Go Topless Day, which protests laws that prevent a woman from going topless and "Swastika Rehabilitation Day," which was designed to remove the Nazi stigma from the ancient symbol.

"We found that whenever something has an 'awareness day,' it makes it more comfortable to talk about," she said.

Future International Clitoris Awareness Weeks will be held the first full week of May, which just happens to be National Masturbation Month.

Masturbation is something that Gary hopes to touch on during Clitoris Week.

"There is a taboo around sexuality," she said. "We want to point it out and talk about it. Maybe some women will go to masturbation seminars."

To that end, Gary hopes to inspire other women to talk about their sexuality to others, much like actress Rosario Dawson did recently when she admitted in an interview that she calls her vagina "the General."

"We want to prompt women to speak out and celebrate their sexuality," Gary said.

She is hoping to arouse interest in "Clitoris Week" by having fellow Clitoraid members dress in giant vagina costumes and hand out fliers on the Las Vegas Strip.

Meanwhile, LA-based pornographer Mike Kulich is lending a hand to the clitoris cause by filming a DVD featuring various porn actresses engaged in self love tentatively titled "I Love My Clitoris" with all proceeds going to Clitoraid.

Regardless of how the inaugural "Clitoris Week" goes, Gary already is thinking about next year.

"Most American holidays have a drink associated with them," she laughed. "Maybe someone can come up with one."

General Discussion / Economists label CSO a ‘complete mess’
« on: May 04, 2013, 09:58:04 AM »

Economists label CSO a ‘complete mess’


Saturday, May 4, 2013


Former deputy Central Bank Governor Dr Terrence FarrellFarrell, second from right, engages, from left, Unit Trust Corporation chairman Wendell Mottley, National Security Minister Emmanuel George and Finance Minister Larry Howai during the launch of his book titled The Underachieving Society - Development Strategy and Policy in T&T. The event was held on Thursday night. PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE

While the Vision 2020 Action Plan has been highly praised by economists, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) has been labelled as a “complete mess.” This was the common thread found during remarks by three of this country’s economists on Thursday afternoon at the launch of the book The Underachieving Society: Development Strategy and Policy in T&T 1958-2008 at the National Library, Port-of-Spain.
The book, by former deputy governor of the Central Bank, Terrence Farrell, takes a look at the economy and society of the country over the past 50 years. Commenting on the book, economist Norman Girvan said it highlighted a culture of “non-policy” taking place in T&T. “There is so much waste and so many cost overruns, with so few consequences. The penalties of wastage are nonexistent,” Girvan said before addressing the issue of Vision 20/20 addressed in the book.
“Vision 20/20 was the single, most valuable policy exercise created in this country and it is a pity better use was not made of it. “It is the greatest single missed opportunity since independence.” “Had Vision 2020’s framework been utilised perhaps we would have been on a firmer, more self-sustaining course than we have today,” Girvan said.
Vision 2020 was an action plan and policy framework developed under the People’s National Movement. Also commenting on the book, economist Shelton Nicholls described Vision 2020 as the most comprehensive and organised development plan the country had ever undertaken. “It is unfortunate that it was never allowed to take off.”
He added that he would like to see the nation really pay attention to a sustained approach to producing policy. He also called on the country to pay better attention to data collection. “We will not be able to make good decisions in the absence of information.” While the author himself, Farrell, also spoke about the merits of Vision 2020, he labelled the CSO a “shambles.”
“You cannot run a society without data or numbers, but here we have a society producing less data today than it was producing 30 years ago. “The CSO is a complete mess,” Farrell said. He questioned the fact that the country had yet to initiate a statistical institute despite advice from foreign consultants several years ago. Farrell also defended the provocative title of his book, saying: “We certainly are not an overachieving society.”

General Discussion / HIV/Aids News Thread
« on: May 03, 2013, 06:32:48 AM »

Minister: 3,500 T&T young people living with HIV/Aids


Friday, May 3, 2013

Some 3,500 youths in T&T are living with HIV/Aids and global statistics show young women between 15 and 24 have an HIV infection  twice that of young men. So said Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Rodger Samuel, who spoke at the national youth symposium at Capital Plaza, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. It focused on the theme “Youth as agents of change” in the national response to HIV and Aids in T&T.
“There are statistics that all of you should be aware of and globally in 2010 young people between 15 and 24 account for 42 per cent of new HIV infections and young women are particularily at risk and have infection rates which are twice as high as those found in young men. “Those are the things which we must keep before our eyes,” Samuel added. He said in rural areas of the country there was a need to educate the youth as they were still not totally aware of the danger of the disease.
He said, “In the country approximately 1.3 per cent of youths 15 to 21 (years) are living with HIV and this is about $3,500 young people.” “I often have to go into the discourse with the young people to let them know how serious the situation is. “I know the situation in those rural areas where sexual promiscuity is high and irresponsibility and recklessness is very high and every young person has a baby or two,” Samuel added.
Saying the Government had not given up the fight to ensure there were no new infections with the disease, Samuel said that was also critical in raising awareness. More, however, was needed to ensure there were greater ties between the Government and various stakeholders, he said. “We need to strengthen the ties with our stakeholders and young people to ensure the capacity of our young people is augmented to take the approach that is youth-led, friendly and ensuring we promote healthy sexual attitudes and practices,” Samuel said.
He said that could only be achieved by creating an enabling environment where youths could have access to resources, including comprehensive and affordable health services and treatment and care which were free from stigma and discrimination. It was also important, Samuel added, for young people to become empowered so they could lead meaningful lives and contribute to society.


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Calypsonians pay tribute to Jus Come


Monday, April 15, 2013

Calypsonian and spiritual elder John Howell Walcott fondly known as Jus Come.

Wheelchair-bound widow Maureen Walcott, fondly known as Lady Irie, wept as a small crowd of mourners streamed past at the funeral service of her spouse—calypsonian and spiritual elder—John Howell Walcott (Jus Come). They stopped to offer condolences and words of comfort to Walcott at St Francis Spiritual Baptist  Church, Huggins Street, Tacarigua, on Friday.
Among those who had gathered to pay their respects were Tuco president Lutalo Masimba, calypsonians Ann Marie Parks-Kojo (Twiggy) and Wilfred Barker, 75, (King Creole). They were joined by his children Steve and Marcia and officiating  Bishop Mervyn Bescilio. During his remarks, Masimba said: “In calypso, we tend to judge a book by how many crowns somebody won. We put a rank to it. But if it wasn’t for the foot soldiers like Jus Come, the men who held it together like glue, I wonder how many crowns others could have won.
We give honour and glory to the foot soldiers like Jus Come.” Masimba added: “He made the music. He wrote the songs that were sung by the singers. People did not even know they were singing his songs. It is God who gave singers the music. We celebrate him as a calypsonian. By calypso our stories are told.”
Among his repertoire was Cut The Bush sung by New York-based Dr Picou and arranged by Mt Lambert-based Sir Leston Paul. Walcott won the Roxborough, Tobago, monarch title in 1982. Bescilio said: “I always made sure he had cigarette. And a little change. We were tight.” Turning to Walcott, he said “Be strong.”

RIP  bro you came make your contribution and left silently .

Football / US after Fifa’s ‘power’
« on: March 31, 2013, 07:44:58 PM »

US after Fifa’s ‘power’


Sunday, March 31, 2013

I would like to elaborate on why the US might want to gain prominence in Fifa’s management. When I talk of “the US” I mean its corporate interest.
A young American Grant Wahl, offered himself at FIFA’s presidential elections. Fifa has an annual turnover of billions. Russia and Qatar are the hosts of World cup 2018 and 2022 respectively. The pundits felt that the US, Australia, Japan and South Korea all had, without exception, a better claim than the eventual victors.
Wahl who graduated in politics from Princeton, writes for Sports Illustrated, a subsidiary of Time Warner, the second largest media corporation in the world. A reputable and senior sports writer wants to preside over world football? If that is not a conflict of interest I don’t know what is.
His boss Tim Leyden was criticised for a cynical story that tarnished Notre Dame in the US. What tremendous power would Wahl wield as a skillful writer who oversees all of the world’s football teams! Gone would be the days of one country one vote and in would come the US veto!
Fifa’s development plan 2011-2014 involved youth and grassroots activities. US$14 million was allocated for that. With the US running Fifa, how much of that would go to poor developing countries? You think Trinidad could ever in life host another under-17 World tournament or a woman’s tournament? They budgeted US$36 million for developing less privileged associations.
The one good thing that the US can bring to Fifa politics is that there would no longer be “bribes”. They would be called “lobbies” and legitimised.
Steve Smith,
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Football / Football Talk on Wack
« on: March 26, 2013, 06:11:31 PM »

 Gally and company in Wack radio station talking football check it.


Dr. Oz Sued for Burns Allegedly Caused by Insomnia Cure
By Kate Stanhope

Celebrity surgeon and daytime host Dr. Mehmet Oz is being sued by a New Jersey man who claims that an insomnia cure promoted on The Dr. Oz Show resulted in third-degree burns on his feet, The New York Daily News reports.
Frank Dietrl, 76, claims in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that Dr. Oz's "knapsack heated rice footsie" led to burns on his feet, and "confined to his bed for weeks," Dietl's attorney, Dominick Gullo, told the newspaper Monday. The product was featured in an April 17 segment called "Dr. Oz's 24-Hour Energy Boost." During the segment, Oz encouraged viewers to the fill the toes of a pair of socks with uncooked rice, warm up the footwear in a microwave and put them on for about 20 minutes. Dr. Oz warned viewers not to get the socks too hot in the microwave.
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However, Dietl suffers from neuropathy — a numbness in his feet caused by diabetes. He subsequently did not realize how hot the socks were until he got up in the middle of the night and tried to walk. The suit did not specify how long he left the socks in the microwave. "There were no proper instructions or proper warnings," Gullo said. "There were no warnings to anybody with neuropathy to not try it."
When asked for comment, a spokesman for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions — the studio behind The Dr. Oz Show — said they had not yet reviewed the lawsuit. "However, we stand by the content in our program as safe and educational for our viewers," spokesman Tim Sullivan said.


Killer’ Military Dolphins Go AWOL for Love? Maybe Not

 By Lee Ferran
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Ukrainian officials are reportedly denying a Russian state news story that alleges three of its military-trained dolphins went AWOL during a training exercise in Crimea earlier this month.
Russia’s RIA Novosti reported Tuesday that the rogue pod simply never returned from a training exercise and said an expert speculated the underwater mammals probably went in search of mates. The report cited Ukrainian media as the basis for the story, but also noted that Ukraine’s Defense Ministry denied the incident.
After the RIA Novosti story was picked up by international outlets, including several in the U.S., Ukrainian media reported that officials there said the story was “absolutely fabricated.” One Russian news report said that the document upon which the original stories were based was a low-quality forgery, as The Week pointed out.
That isn’t to say that some militaries do not use the adorable marine animals for life-and-death military matters. As ABC News has reported, the U.S. Navy has used bottle-nosed dolphins to detect mines and enemy divers.
In his memoir “The Red Circle,” former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb described killer dolphin-evasion as part of his diver training.
“They train these animals to track down enemy divers, outfitting them with a device strapped to onto the head that contains a compressed gas needle. Once the dolphin has tracked you down, it butts you; the needle shoots out and pokes you, creating an embolism. Within moments, you’re dead,” Webb wrote. “We could tell when those little b******s were approaching because we could hear their sonar clicking – but that didn’t make it any easier to escape them… [they're] way too fast for us or any other human being to outrun them.”


very important interview you should listen too ,our police officers dont know the difference in a gun shot
wound  between a entry wound or an exit wound.

General Discussion / Towards SAUTTing out our blimping crime problem
« on: March 08, 2013, 05:40:56 AM »

Towards SAUTTing out our blimping crime problem


Friday, March 8, 2013


I have deliberately made the subject of this article simple and straight to the point because, quite frankly, I am disappointed in regime after regime failing to build on the workable crime-fighting initiatives of the administration before them.
Our crime problem mushroomed before our eyes and, instead of addressing the situation in a holistic manner and placing competent individuals to lead the charge, the options chosen proved to be no more than plasters covering sores.
I never thought the day would come when I would miss the airship which we all fondly called the blimp as we accused this crime-fighting tool of being no more than a spy ship that had nothing better to do than eavesdrop on conversations as it floated in the sky.
Although the Minister of National Security at the time when the airship was in full flight always came to its defence, explaining that it was an intelligence-gathering piece of equipment that was playing a fundamental role in fighting crime, nobody believed him because there was no significant reduction in criminal activity.
To make the blimping matter worse, the population was never given a satisfactory explanation about the capacity and capability of the airship to gather crucial information to detect criminal activity, so, unfortunately, it remained the subject of ridicule.
And while I do appreciate that it would have been a breach of security to place the specific details of the operations of the blimp in the public domain, much more should have been done to educate law-abiding citizens about the work and achievements of the blimp in the fight against crime.
SAUTT it Out
 For the past five years, I have been tracking the crime statistics that deal with the reporting and detection of serious and violent crimes and, over that period, the figures show that the average detection rate moved from a dismal 24 per cent to an abysmal 14 per cent.
Obviously, there is insufficient resort to scientific means to detect criminals and the bandits are way ahead of those involved in law enforcement in terms of high-powered weaponry and use of technology.
 Initially, I too was very wary when SAUTT was established because its operations were meant to be a well-kept secret and little was done to promote the achievements of this organisation.
In 2009, I accepted an invitation to visit SAUTT at its Cumuto location and I was thoroughly impressed with its operations. SAUTT focused on best practices in investigations and the use of technology to detect the identity of criminals. SAUTT provided training in all aspects of law enforcement and, without exaggeration, its labs were similar to those seen in shows such as NCIS and CSI.
SAUTT ensured that its officers were subjected to the highest scrutiny as part of the recruitment exercise and, even with its deficiencies, the organisation was taking law enforcement, especially in the area of crime detection, to the next level.
The previous regime was advised and later warned that legislation should be brought to the Parliament to ensure that SAUTT was operating within a legal framework and to promote the accomplishments of the organisation.
But the advice was not taken and, at the first opportunity, this regime dismantled SAUTT without fully appreciating its role in the crime fight. With no SAUTT in existence, we have lost an organisation that was assisting in crime detection and improving investigating techniques.
And it has all been to the benefit of the criminals.
Read the Reports
 Recently I was forced to do the dreaded task of going through boxes containing documents dealing with the administration of justice and the fight against crime. Some of the articles and cases that I kept stored for years are as relevant today as they were years ago when I sat as an MP and on the Crime and Justice Commission.
I took the opportunity to read the reports of several local legal luminaries and distinguished individuals who chaired committees that were mandated to make recommendations to upgrade the administration of justice and fight crime.
I lamented that the time frame for the implementation of the recommendations has been too long and it is for that reason we are losing the war against crime. The current regime inherited the crime scourge, but much more has to be done in a short time if we are to bring criminals to justice.
I continue to advocate for the establishment of a national crime board comprising representatives from all the major stakeholders involved in crime detection, criminal prosecution and the administration of justice.
 The board must not comprise any politicians but will of course be expected to update the executive on its findings, concerns, initiatives and recommendations.
We must go after the criminals now, with full force, within the parameters of the law. Otherwise we will be fighting a losing battle.


At lease you admitting Martin Joseph know what he was about .


'Nightmare' bacteria spreading in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes: CDC


Half of those infected die from this antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By Steven Reinberg

(HealthDay News) -- A "nightmare" bacteria that is resistant to powerful antibiotics and kills half of those it infects has surfaced in nearly 200 U.S. hospitals and nursing homes, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4 percent of U.S. hospitals and 18 percent of nursing homes had treated at least one patient with the bacteria, called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), within the first six months of 2012.

"CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don't work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a news release. "Doctors, hospital leaders and public health [officials] must work together now to implement the CDC's 'detect and protect' strategy and stop these infections from spreading."

"The good news," Frieden added at an afternoon teleconference, "is we now have an opportunity to prevent its further spread." But, he continued, "We only have a limited window of opportunity to stop this infection from spreading to the community and spreading to more organisms."

CRE are in a family of more than 70 bacteria called enterobacteriaceae, including Klebsiella pneumoniae and E. coli, that normally live in the digestive system.

In recent years, some of these bacteria have become resistant to last-resort antibiotics known as carbapenems.

Although CRE bacteria are not yet found nationwide, they have increased fourfold within the United States in the past decade, with most cases reported in the Northeast.

Health officials said they're concerned about the rapid spread of the bacteria, which can endanger the lives of patients and healthy people. For example, in the last 10 years, the CDC tracked one CRE from one health-care facility to similar facilities in 42 states.

One type of CRE, a resistant form of Klebsiella pneumoniae, has increased sevenfold in the past decade, according to the CDC's March 5 Vital Signs report.

"To see bacteria that are resistant is worrisome, because this group of bacteria are very common," said Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Most CRE infections to date have been in patients who had prolonged stays in hospitals, long-term facilities and nursing homes, the report said.

The bacteria kill up to half the patients whose bloodstream gets infected and are easily spread from patient to patient on the hands of health-care workers, the CDC said.

Moreover, CRE bacteria can transfer their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria of the same type.

This problem is the result of the overuse of antibiotics, Siegel said. "The more you use an antibiotic, the more resistance is going to emerge," he said. "This is an indictment of the overuse of this class of antibiotic."

What's needed are new antibiotics, Siegel said, adding that pharmaceutical companies lack the financial motivation to develop them right now. "Eventually, there will be enough resistance so drug companies will have a financial incentive. In the meantime, lives can be lost," he said.

Added Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester in New York: "At this time, our best prevention is detection and infection control. The incidence [of CRE] is low and we are looking to prevent it before it gets much higher and we cannot control it."

To beat back the spread of these bacteria, the CDC wants hospitals and other health-care facilities to take the following steps:
• Enforce infection-control precautions.
• Group together patients with CRE.
• Segregate staff, rooms and equipment to patients with CRE.
• Tell facilities when patients with CRE are transferred.
• Use antibiotics carefully.

Additional funding of research and technology is critical to prevent and quickly identify CRE, the CDC said.

Countries where CRE is more common have had some success controlling it.

Israel, for example, worked to reduce CRE in its 27 hospitals, and CRE rates dropped by more than 70 percent. Some U.S. facilities and states have also seen similar reductions, the agency said.

"We have seen in outbreak after outbreak that when facilities and regions follow the CDC's prevention guidelines, CRE can be controlled and even stopped," Dr. Michael Bell, acting director of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, said in the news release. "As trusted health-care providers, it is our responsibility to prevent further spread of these deadly bacteria."

Siegel said there are measures patients can take to reduce their risk of infection. "No. 1 on the list is [not to] wish that your hospital stay is extended. Patients think they are safer at the hospital, but that may not be true," he said. "And try to go into a clean hospital."

Patients should also make sure doctors and staff wear gloves and wash their hands when treating them, he said.

More information

For more information on CRE bacteria, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Manning, the Oligarchs, Narcotics and Change in Trinidad and Tobago

 By Chad Modeste .

This have any truth in it, could this be for real ?

It is understandable that many Trinbagonians are still very perturbed by former Prime Minister Patrick Manning's calling of an early election which ended in agonizing defeat for him and his party, the People's National Movement (PNM). Understandable because most of them, including citizens in the wider world haven't a clue as to how politics truly functions. They wholeheartedly and sadly believe what they see on television, hear on radio stations and read in newspapers and magazines. But things heard and seen in the print and electronic media concerning politics are almost always 26 light years away from reality.

Knowledge of surreptitious individuals slithering behind stage curtains hidden from public scrutiny and dictating to political leaders is an essential before discussing politics. Monarchs, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Dictators throughout history have always answered to them and are fully aware of the penalties surrounding disobedience. These are the faceless juggernauts that call the shots and possess all the power, resources and money to fulfill most of their temporal desires in the present socio-economic-politico construct.

In Trinidad and Tobago, some call them the oligarchs, in the wider world and to researchers like me, those lacking respect for national sovereignty, boundaries or independent governments and pull the strings of public figures are known as the global elite. Eighteenth century British Prime Minister Sir William Pitt had this to say on the topic, "There is something behind the throne greater than the king himself, there is a power behind the throne." Mayor of New York City in the 1920s John Hylan stated that "The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government." German nationalist and financial advisor to Kaiser Wilhelm II and the French Rothschilds, Walter Rathenau said in 1922 that "There is a committee of 300 men who rule the world and call the shots." And 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote, in 1933 that "The real truth of the matter is as you and I know, is that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson."

Political scientists and analysts taking seriously the left, right, republican, democrat, liberal, conservative, labour or any other system designed to divide human beings, are either intentionally leading persons astray or have no idea what they're babbling about. There isn't any side, only the manipulators and the manipulated.

In Trinidad and Tobago the oligarchs who answer via stealth networks to the global elite amalgamated and decided that Prime Minister Patrick Manning had to go. They wanted him gone not because he committed any political sin but because of his unwitting meddling in their affairs. You see Trinidad and Tobago has a parallel drug economy, inclusive of a potent money laundering operation worth 52 billion TT dollars a year. Manning with his drive to destroy the local trade, which is partly responsible for much of the murders in the country was also trampling on their international transshipment turf with his various anti-drug efforts. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Reports, issued by the U.S. State Department have long listed Trinidad and Tobago as the prime transshipment hub for tons of 95% pure South American cocaine going to especially Western Europe. And it surely isn't youths on petty crack blocks with chopped ounces involved in moving that tonnage in sea and air vessels. They don't possess the connections (blood, business or otherwise) and are completely ignorant of the delicacy needed and logistics involved in such an undertaking.

Encouraged by the international authorities to lend support to the so-called war on drugs in the Caribbean, Prime Minister Manning unveiled an ambitious plan in response to the call. It included the Special Anti-crime Unit or SAUTT; a radar system in the eastern and southern Caribbean; an airship called the blimp which monitored things from the sky; modern helicopters; and interceptor crafts and fast patrol vessels. It was a fledgling enterprise which understandably didn't yield many significant arrests considering the years those involved had under their belts perfecting the trade. But was a daring start which scared the genuine organized cartels along with the independent bottom feeders and in fact limited the amount of product on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago. But whether big baron or small peddler they all clearly understood the implications of such a plan gelling over time and functioning as a well oiled machine. They all knew that the narco business in and around T&T was living on borrowed time.

Already startled, the organized syndicates in Trinidad and Tobago became further agitated when the Prime Minister announced his intention to purchase 3 large Offshore Patrol Vessels or OPVs to secure the coast lines as well as the Gulf of Paria. Alarm bells of panic reverberated throughout the upper echelons of the narcotics world and the united cry was "something had to be done." That something was Manning's removal from office. Two ways would've been naturally pondered, bloodletting via an assassin or constant vilification in the media. Too dangerous on various levels, the first idea would've been abandoned even before formal discussion and thus the second, the most effective way of destroying a public figure without leaving loose ends was chosen.

While his removal was being hatched the major opposition party dislodged its longstanding leader Basdeo Panday and replaced him with Kamla Persad-Bissessar, a woman touted as the poster-child for change and new politics. She was subsequently built up in the press as Trinidad and Tobago's saviour, equipped with the necessary talents and capabilities to drag the country further than any past leader. The gender issue was also exploited, abused and milked completely dry. Prime Minister Patrick Manning on the other hand was constantly demonized and chastised in the press as a tyrannical failure and arrogant megalomaniac whose tenure was inimical to the twin Republic. All of his contributions, accomplishments and hard work were conveniently forgotten or completely ignored.

Making a caricature of several controversial issues, the compromised press succeeded in forcing vast sections of the population to foolishly believe that Persad-Bissessar was an archangel perched atop a white horse and Manning a creature with cloven hooves, horns and a long tail. Convincing a populace prone to thinking with emotions is always easier than a Sunday morning and the hidden masters who controlled the media had a shinning star in this new and improved wonder woman.

The reputed father of Public Relations Edward Bernays stated that "If you manufacture an authoritative figure who repeats the same messages over and over again, this will appeal to the subconscious desires of the masses. The unwashed masses will helplessly follow the leader and go along with any message they spout." Even those who halfheartedly followed the election could easily recall Kamla Persad-Bissessar's constant repetitiveness regarding "change", "unity", "real development", "new politics" and "we will rise".

The artificially created atmosphere which heralded the May 2010 election witnessed mendacity, deceit and picong taken to novel levels. The opposition parties formed a coalition called the People's Partnership and easily trounced Manning and his PNM at the election polls. The oligarchs were triumphant; the stone in their shoes was removed and replaced with a cruel hoax. Now Trinidad and Tobago has a pathetic administration which promised deliverance of the sun, moon and all the other planets; a leader who's not only a demagogue but also has pathological issues with the creature; and verdant ministers not au courant with the realities of governing a polarized, problematic, cosmopolitan twin island nation. At an economic standstill, the country also floats dangerously near the low tides of regression.

More disturbing is the new government's meticulous dismantling of all Manning's anti-drug initiatives and the scant regard shown to securing Trinidad and Tobago's borders, coastlines and waters. Vilified as nugatory for almost a decade the feared blimp was immediately erased from the skies; accused of spying on the new Prime Minister, SAUTT's head was sacked, general operation stultified and the entire unit subsequently disbanded; the high-tec helicopters, fast patrol vessels and interceptor crafts are rarely used; no one is sure as to the current status of the radar system; and purchase of the dreaded OPVs has been permanently cancelled. The British company charged with building them has also slipped into very hot legal waters in the USA making complete the destruction of Manning's anti-narcotics machinery.

The global elite are obviously elated with Manning's removal because while they pretend to not be a part of the narcotics scene, they're in fact the owners of this multi-trillion dollar trade in the destruction of human life. It was they who created it when the decision was taken to "rightly balance trade" by dumping tons of opium on Chinese society in the 19th century via the British East India Company. They later created and introduced heroin, fomented the Vietnam War to, in part help further the availability of this addictive narcotic during the flower power period, and from the late 1970s skillfully constructed the South American cocaine cartels via transnational intelligence agencies. Some of the faces they control on the global political stage know exactly what is going down while most others are none the wiser. They supervise a mock war on drugs, ask leaders in the developing world to assist them in this farce and cut those leaders down if they display any genuine desire to fight the trade. Like their stooge Karl Marx, they continue to turn Hegel on his head.

Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning was a victim of this type of duplicity and many of those in the Trinidad and Tobago media who viciously maligned him were prostituted in the interest of the sinister narcotic enterprise. Others jumped on the Manning bashing bandwagon without asking from whence it came or what its destination was. The smear campaign against him had nothing, in reality to do with John Calder Hart and UDECOTT, the Guanapo Church, The Property Tax, the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority, smelter, squandermania and constructing tall buildings. These issues, important as they were, were only used to hide the real motive for the sustained media attacks on the Prime Minister. Manning and his OPVs et al stood in the way of the smooth continuation of a multi-trillion dollar illegal business venture which involves the waters and coastlines of, along with a lot of seemingly legitimate individuals from, Trinidad and Tobago. His plans also threatened the opulent but dishonest livelihood of others in South America, the Caribbean, North America, Africa and Europe.

Today you can hear citizens in wonderland and without a clue as to what is really going on still blaming Manning for "mashing up the PNM" while others, embarrassed by the raw incompetence of the new government they supported, claim that Manning was the problem and not the PNM. This is precisely what the global elitist; Caribbean oligarchs; the long list of dishonest money laundering business people and venal politicians desires all and sundry to forever believe. Trinbagonians were hoodwinked, bamboozled, flimflammed, swindled, fooled and lied to by a compromised, reliably uniformed media all in the name of DRUGS. What a lowdown, dirty shame it all is.

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General Discussion / Mom, children living in hunters’ camp
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:49:18 AM »

Mom, children living in hunters’ camp


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Radhica Sookraj

Geeta Maharaj-Legendre and her children, six-year-old Calib and seven-year-old Corina Legendre are currently living in a rat-infested, dilapidated hunters’ lodge in Tableland. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL

Water and electricity are basic necessities, but for six-year-old Calib and seven-year-old Corina Legendre, these utilities are a luxury. The children along  with their mother Geeta Maharaj-Legendre, live in an abandoned hunter’s camp in the bush about four miles off McSween Trace, George Village, Tableland.
Although faced with abject poverty, they tried to smile when the T&T Guardian recently visited their home. As they crouched together on a makeshift bench, Maharaj-Legendre said her children do their schoolwork using a kerosene flambeau.
While other children play electronic games or watch television for recreation, Calib and Corina spend their spare time collecting rainwater and searching through the bush for dry firewood for their mother to cook with. Their meals are prepared on an open fire and breathing in the smoke has caused Calib to suffer fwith asthma.
A bumpy, gravel track leads to the hut, which is overrun by bush rats. The wooden structure has open air windows and rickety stairs. It is owned by an affluent family who once used it for weekend escapades. But for the Legendre family, the simple wooden hut is their sanctuary.
Maharaj-Legendre said she depends on their teachers and villagers for clothing and food. Her husband, who walked out on them five years ago, pays $1,300 in child support, and this is what Maharaj-Legendre uses to sustain her family.
Maharaj-Legendre said she wanted a better life for her two children who attend the Nipal Presbyterian School. “I don’t know how to read or write but I want to educate my children. I don’t want them to be dependent on people. My son wants to be a policeman,”  she said.
Their education comes first, she says. But the lack of basic necessities at home has made it difficult for them to excel. Maharaj-Legendre explained that because of the distance to their school and the lack of funds for transport, her children must walk four miles each day to get an education.
“They get up at 5 am and by the time they reach to school for 7 am, they feel tired. They complain that their feet hurt. I would drop them, walk back home and prepare their meals and wash their clothes. Then I walk back to school to bring them home,” Maharaj-Legendre said.
After doing their homework, the two children then go to bed at 5 pm, just before nightfall. “I have to light a flambeau and at nights we can hear the rats running in the roof,” Maharaj-Legendre said. Maharaj-Legendre said the hunters’ hut is isolated and dark at nights. “At times it is scary, but we all stay close together and sleep.”
Ian Puntai of the St James Presbyterian School who alerted the T&T Guardian to the family’s plight said he was concerned for the children. He said Maharaj-Legendre would often load her dirty clothes on a trolley and walk four miles to his home. “We would help her wash. I use my van to drop her off sometimes,” Puntai said. He added that Maharaj-Legendre also stores her flour, rice and other dry goods in buckets at his home to keep them away from the rats.
The children collect water for cooking from a tank which is connected to a rainwater spout. Puntai called on good samaritans to help the family. He said his church was willing to build a proper home for Maharaj-Legendre and her children if she had a piece of land. He also called on Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal to assist the children. Anyone wanting to help the family can contact Puntai at 656-3160.
I wonder how many more families it have like this in Trinbago.

General Discussion / Statesman Rowley just failed to show
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:44:13 AM »
Statesman Rowley just failed to show

 By Carla Bridglal

Story Created: Feb 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM ECT
Story Updated: Feb 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM ECT )

Despite some red flags raised by international financial regulatory organisations, Trinidad and Tobago has the necessary framework in place to help control money laundering, accounting expert John Davies said yesterday.
Davies, the UK-based head of technical for the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), spoke to reporters yesterday during a break at an Anti-Money Laundering Seminar hosted by the ACCA and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICATT) at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's.
The seminar was held to sensitise accountants to the latest revisions to international financial standards.
"The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has red flagged T&T in a couple areas so clearly it is not satisfied all the controls and safeguards are there, but from what I've heard there is a lot of political will and engagement to try and make sure it works properly," he said.
In an interview last year with the Business Express, head of the Caribbean arm of the FATF, Calvin Wilson, said the level of compliance with the organisation's regulations in the region was about 40 per cent.
He said the country has the required framework and an active Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to receive information about suspicious activities; what it needs now is to set the process for this intelligence to be used in the recovery of stolen property and conviction.

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