Sunday, 28 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Michael Jackson Dies
Posted Jun 25th 2009 5:20PM by TMZ Staff
We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.
Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived.
Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.
We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.
La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.
Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.
Mr. Minister! Is there an acceptable way for citizens to be murdered then?
Whappen? Like it doh have an armed sentry always lurking on the inside of police station compounds --near the entrance-- like it used to have in Daddy days owot?
Manning, Philbert and Joseph must go!
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
It's well-known that people who don't learn from history are doomed.
Now, one may only learn from history if one regularly updates one's knowledge of the historical records, which is what the owners and 1,500 passengers of the great and unsinkable vessel, The Titanic, didn't do: else they would not have suffered the horrible fate they did on April 10, 1912, when, despite the very-available updated track record of Commodore John Smith, they preferred blissfully to ignore the preambled maxim and entrust the well-being of ship and life to him, he who, in the immediate run-up to his Titanic command, had been the captain of two ships (The Olympic, then The Hawke), both of which were involved in major mishaps while he was on the bridge.
True history documents that, although then-pervading conditions required him to stay alert and fully-in-charge, Commodore John Smith yielded to juniors (he went to sleep whilst turbulence about and ahead of the mighty Titanic raged), thus allowing them (inadvertently or not) to wreak havoc and most disastrous consequences to all aboard (from captain to cook) and to all others ashore who had a vested interest in the liner's well-being, not doom.
The rest of The Titanic's history is history...and, too, over the years since sinking, scintillatingly subject to Hollywood fantasies.
Like declared at outset, "It's well-known that people who don't learn from history are doomed". Therefore, against such a titanic backdrop all who dislike what this country has become must regard Prime Minister Manning's full-speed-ahead Fathers'-Day-2k9-Chaguarams-convention clarion burst.
It's time that Trinbago throws up a Moses to lead her besieged children out of the morass of politically-induced hopelessness. More than time! Yes! It's well-known that people who don't learn from history are doomed! And, too, history will record, as inexorably it does, that, yet again, everyone was warned.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Now! Tel me again of why The Swine Flu could not be stopped?
And as if THAt was not bad enough, next, the Honourable MP drops this bombshell:
My! My! Didn't the La Brea people vote Jeffrey into office? He, of the People's National Movement (PNM)? And, consistently, since 1956 but for a brief interregnum --1986-1991-- haven't those same La Brea people, or their ancestors, endorsed every PNM crapaud that hopped onto the La Brea General Election platform?
So! Is MP Fitzgerald Jeffrey finally confessing about what many have been snickering: that only people upon whom the PNM crapaud pisses --unemployed, illiterate guttersnipes-- support the PNM? OMG!!!
Monday, 15 June 2009
As the world stands transfixed on the tumultuously-unfolding events in Tehran --post their recent national elections-- one cannot help but continue to wonder why street-savvy leaders did not, in similar fashion to Mir Hossein Mousavi, assert their control back on Christmas Eve, 2001, when a similar palace coup occurred, the horrendous consequences from which, all of Trinidad and Tobago reels and reel, too, shall, for a long time to come.
Friday, 12 June 2009
What good ground is there to trust any government or political administration which, in matters which may upon it cast an enhancing glow, egregiously exaggerates, but which, in matters which have the potential to reveal its sham and chicanery for all to see, unashamedly understates the facts?
The truth and only the truth shall set us free!
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Please bear with me in this your time of intense grief, but my intent is not sadistic, rather, logically-driven, okay?
Melissa! You moan over the loss of your seventh child --the one month-old Joel-- who died after an tragic circumstance at your home. As a parent, I feel your pain. As an empathetic human, together with you I grieve.
Yet, Melissa, as a rational being, I cannot agree with any of the reasons your vented as to why, really, Joel perished.
You see, Melissa, the core responsibility of every parent is to nurture their offspring by providing not only food, warmth and shelter, but, moreso, by preserving them from harm.
The latter can only happen through a parent's ever-vigilant oversight and realistic planning for every conceivable emergency that could threaten their offspring's well-being. Thus, as a parent, it is expected that one would be fiercely protective of one's children, especially when they're in their most vulnerable state --newborn.
And if the parent, for whatever reason, can't, or won't, then it becomes the village's duty so to do.
So, though death becomes us all --and when, precisely, we never know-- in the first instance, you and Stamlin must take the blame for baby Joel's death, for were you following proper parenting practices,
- the gruesome accident would never have occurred and, or,
- you would have taken pre-emptive actions by carting your infants --there must be others, as Joel's your seventh-- out of the danger zone that LA Brea was that day, before that day dawned.
May God be merciful to Joel, especially as he lies blameless regarding his brief life. And may God simultaneously guide us all so that we learn well from this sad tale, then become, from it, the better for the rest of our lives.
Monday, 8 June 2009
The real mission of the St. James group is best described in its own words:
Guess, by now, the reader'd realize that the group is the St. James Community Improvement Committee (SJCIC), the organization which conceptualized and established the ever-increasingly popular We Beat Festival, which festival, coincidentally, this year, just began --on Friday June 5th-- with the 2009 Honorees Dinner, one similar to that of 2003, when that year's honoree, into the We Beat Hall of Fame was inducted.
Now, the 2003 SJCIC honoree was none other than Ms Julia Edwards, a true Trinidad and Tobago National Heroine --singlehandedly, through her dancing prowess and finesse, especially limbo, she has done more than what, individually or collectively, the entire current generation of political administrators has done, or could ever do, to put Trinbago on the map in a positive way! In fact, so adroit was she that, long since, the little folks of Trinbago began referring to her by the more-enhanced name of "Her Majesty Queen Julia".
Apparently those on high think not, as ironically, just as the 2009 We Beat Festival begins, an unmindful and grasping agent of the State has moved to humiliate Her Majesty...and in public to boot. That neemakharam is the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), which, according to media reports, wants to throw Her Majesty Queen Julia out of the mediocre HDC-owned, Ethel-Street apartment she has been quietly tenanting for many a year. (See: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161487959)
That it has made such a move when Her Majesty's health condition has so deteriorated that she needed to seek overseas medical care --everyone does, ent Mr. Prime Minister?-- means that the "D" in HDC probably now stands for "Dastardly"! Good God, HDC! It's the Queen of Limbo who's the tenant! Seems like yall are bent on going real low to debase her?
But Queen Julia's adoring subjects cannot allow it! Her Majesty must be accorded the treatment her status deserves! Thus, on behalf of all right-thinking and grateful Trinbagonians, I, Richard William Thomas, the undersigned, hereby demand that, forthwith:
- the Minister of Housing personally prostrate before Her Majesty Queen Julia and apologize for the coarse treatment her satrapy --HDC-- has meted the Queen ; and that, forthwith afterwards,
- instead of the Ethel Street, St. James, apartment, said Minister cause that Her Majesty Queen Julia be given a luxury unit at Flagstaff, Long Circular, or its similitude; and that
- such unit be fitted/retrofitted to make within/without it easy for her to manoeuvre (she's more-or-less wheelchair-bound...and, as is plainly known, NHA/HDC buildings were designed/built with neither user-friendliness nor occupier-safety in mind..so they're essentially ticking bombs...Heaven help those who may be inside any one of them if a manmade or natural disaster hits!); and that
- the Parliament pass a Special Money Bill to enable that Her Majesty Queen Julia be given a lifetime stipend --charged on the Consolidated Fund-- that adequately permits her to live out her remaining time in a manner befitting of high royalty; plus, that
- she be issued with a diplomatic passport; and that
- either the being-built-by-the-Chinese Performing Arts Centre, or the Western Main Road, St. James, be named/renamed after her; and that
- UWI and or UTT establish a Faculty of Dance named after her; and that
- every year, Scholarships in Dance be awarded (named after both Queen Julia and Queens Beryl McBurnie...on second thought, name the said Faculty "The Beryly McBurnie/Julia Edwards Faculty of Dance); and, finally, that
- mutatis mutandis, honours similar to the above-proposed be also accorded all National Heroes.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
More than a year has passed since yours truly lamented the local media's reticence of employing fearless probity to delve into the issues which bedevil our nation, even though Trinidad and Tobago bestows upon them the statutory freedom so to do. (See: http://kid5rivers.blogspot.com/2008/01/dear-editorsheads-of-news-trinidad-and.html)
Today, June 7th 2009, one observes yet another instance of Fourth Estate lapse, this time a passing descriptive remark employed in the Sunday Guardian which shows how easily the local media misidentifies a rat that's not only foul-smelling, but also floating in open air! How?
Well! In discussing the current disposition of still-powerful, PNM jefe, Andre Monteil, Guardian correspondent Peter Balroop, said, "...the controversy over the $110 million purchase by Stone Street Capital, owned by (Monteil's) wife and himself, of 25 per cent of Home Mortgage Bank (HMB) shares, while he was chairman, boiled over into the national sphere (in March 2008)..." (See: http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2009/06/07/my-integrity-can-t-be-impugned-monteil)
What Balroop thus, innocuously, but deliberately, suggests is that, prior to then and without such overboiling, such a matter rightfully belonged in private domain.
By so doing, both Peter Baroop and his editor have deserted their solemn duty to bring the truth and only the truth before the public, which, in this case, is that the details of the transaction then undertaken between HMB and Monteil was subject, from the outset, to national scrutiny, not only because HMB is partially-owned by the public, but, moreso, because then HMB Chairman, Andre Monteil, simultaneously held significant positions in other, but wholly-publicly-owned, institutions that, perforce, conducted mega-business with HMB.
Arise Guardian! You're asleep at the post!
BTW, Peter Balroop's also Monteil's St. Mary's College colleague.
But, then, maybe they knew precisely where the allegedly-stolen vehicle was being taken, hence needed the public not to know?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States..."
Thence, thus, was ushered in a new country, The United States of America.
Locally, the same precedent has also been set --to invoke the preamble of a constitution to remove a government in an abrupt fashion-- since December 24th 2001, by then President, Arthur N. R. Robinson.
Sigh! If only the current local constitutional preamble was likewise to the USA's fashioned, then every Trinbagonian political woemonger© would be speedily dispatched to the political dustbin.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Despite all the official hype that otherwise suggest, over the years and from personal experience as a businessman I've learnt that Trinidad and Tobago, once under the baleezay shade, is NOT a business-friendly place, therefore, my any business venture shall never soar to the heights which it potentially can. For, at every turn, to move forward with an enterprising initiative, there's nothing but red tape after red tape placed in the entrepreneur's way, which in turn has led to a culture of graft and corruption amongst public officialdom. However, because of strict adherence to the parental guidance from which I benefitted, no public official has ever --nor, will ever-- receive any inducement from me to massage any process that needs to be undertaken (who knows, perhaps that's why my local forays don't astound?). Such a convention is a national shame, but can be replaced for the better --only if good men and women (there are many) begin to raise their voices and dip their fingers in open disgust and protest.
Which Duprey, really, is it that want things to proceed as MOUd? The fish, or, the fowl?
Friday, 5 June 2009
The whipping is not unexpected, for Brown, in a few short months, has descended into the uncomfortable realm of wide unpopularity, partly because of the stinging reports of corruption by almost his entire Cabinet.
Not merely because of the bond that has long existed 'tween her and Trinbago, it would be remiss of me were I not to sound the clarion call: "Look what the people do the Mother Country! Let's follow their lead!"
Methinks MJ, again, missed the boat: leave the criminals here, deport their potential victims! How so? By negotiating with governments like that of the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland etc, easier entry for law-abiding T&T nationals.
"Unclassified" murders?? Oh? Methought there was but one category --designated "Under Martin Joseph's Stewardship"?
- Patrick Manning - Prime Minister
- John Jeremie - Attorney General
- Dr. Lenny Saith- Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
- Mrs. Karen Nunez-Tesheira - Minister of Finance
- Mr. Mariano Browne - Minister of Trade and Industry; Minister in the Ministry of Finance
- Ms. Esther Le Gendre - Minister of Education
- Ms. Christine Kangaloo - Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education
- Mr. Colm Imbert - Minister of Works and Transport
- Mr. Martin Joseph - Minister of National Security
- Mr. Peter Taylor - Minister of Legal Affairs
- Mr. Kennedy Swarathsingh - Minister of Public Administration
- Mr. Neil Parsanlal - Minister of Information
- Mr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid - Minister of Public Utilities
- Mr. Gary Hunt - Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs
- Mr. Joseph Ross - Minister of Tourism
- Mrs. Paula Gopee-Scoon - Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Dr. Lenny Saith - Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
- Ms. Marlene Mc Donald - Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs
- Dr. Amery Browne - Minister of Social Development
- Mr. Conrad Enil - Minister of Energy and Energy Industries
- Dr. Emily Gaynor Dick-Forde - Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment
- Mr. Jerry Narace - Minister of Health
- Mr. Rennie Dumas, Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development
- Mrs. Hazel Manning - Minister of Local Government
- Mr. Arnold Piggot - Minister of Agriculture
- Mr. Stanford Calender - Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister
- Ms. Tina Grolund-Nunez - Minister of State, Ministry of Planning, Housing and the Environment
- Mr. Fitzgerald Jeffrey - Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education
- Ms. Donna Cox - Minister of State, Ministry of National Security
- Ms. Alicia Hospedales - Minister of State, Ministry of Social Development
- Mr. Roger Joseph - Minister of State, Ministry of National Security
- Mr. Junia Regrello - Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs
- Mr. NiLeung Hypolite - Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport
- Mr. Wesley George - Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Now! Trinidadians --the Prime Minister is one, so, too, yours truly-- resort to the vernacular when pronouncing the digraphic phoneme "th" --thus, their tongue turns "th" to "t"; forgive me then, for originally assuming what was intended to be printed was "Manning: I don’t fear debt", especially as the incontrovertible evidential facts of history are that:
- the Prime Minister sought personal safety by surreptitious flight on July 27th 1990 --he absconded as the afternoon's House of Representatives session resumed, post the Tea Break, forsaking parliamentary colleague, the late Muriel Donawa-McDavidson, to face the ensuing music all by her lonesome;
- as Prime Minister, Manning has never moved, either here or there, without his personal bodyguard --which, lest one forgot, comprises no longer Special Branch personnel, but some private, security firm of his personal choosing; and, last, but not least,
- in the seven and a half years since his being arbitrarily installed as Prime Minister --December 24th 2001-- despite the humongous cash inflow from unprecedented fossil-fuel prices, the actual National Debt keeps rising and rising, instead of moving in the other direction.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
In short, tangible actions must be taken, as time advances, the cumulative effect of which will get this country, on time, to the desired journey's end.
One such interim stride must be the unshuttering of the process of appointing persons to public office. It's a step which, though lofty, does not require the intervention of any rocket scientist, merely a tweaking of official policy and which the President and Prime Minister can initiate by putting into the public domain, at least one month in advance, the name(s) of the person(s) shortlisted, or intended to be appointed, to public posts, especially where any such post is of the managerial class.
Thus would a wary public --directly and through both the Fourth Estate and Loyal Opposition-- be able thoroughly to vet such prospects, then pronounce on their seaworthiness. The current case of POTUS Obama's selection of Justice Sonia Sotomayor for US Supreme Court duty refers (http://tinyurl.com/mttyk7)
To close and repeat, a rocket scientist is not needed to get cracking on the above...especially since Trinbago already has a leader professionally-trained to resolve palpable obduracy.
Monday, 1 June 2009
The system it seems, involves the use of tiny microchip --it's about the size of a US cent-- which can be planted on the unsuspecting persons or their vehicles, or their cellphones, then remotely activated to transmit a locator signal that guides a missile directly to wherever it's planted for the takedown kaboom! The bug can also be programmed to keep a log of what its host says or where he/she goes over a period of months!
Hmm! Seeing as he has all sort of secret surveillance equipment directly under his command, I wonder if this is how Patos outwits even his foxiest opponents? Or how he, one, found out who "Mr. Big" is?
What Patos mean by dat? Question's asked cause the same Guardian, in supplying the above quote, surmised that Patos plan to use we children and grandchildren money to try and convince foreigners bout his desire to make here the IFC.
Award-winning filmmaker, Michael Moore, has penned a poignant piece in the Huffington Post, detailing the sorry litany which caused GM's demise. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/goodbye-gm_b_209603.html)
It's a tale which all Trinbagonians must note, for, from it, there are many apt local lessons to be drawn.
In essence, Moore describes how corporate gluttony drove GM's decision-makers to sacrifice customer satisfaction on the altar of increased profit at all costs, regardless of whether those costs were borne by humans or the environment. The GM jefes' unrelenting urge was to "make money", which, in turn, fired ultimately-suicidal policies such as denying workers rights and transferring production over the border to countries where labour was cheaper, much cheaper, than in the US. Suicidal in that the GM die is now cast and it has been placed into bankruptcy by the Obama administration.
The GM doomsday path is the one vigourously pursued by the current administration --building plants which no sane Trinbagonian wants, emasculating trade unions though anti-worker legislation and public sector retrenchment, rushing to bring in thousands of foreign workers rather than building local expertise or pacing public investment to suit available native human resources, continuing to pump depleting wealth into mega-projects which suck money out of rather than draw money into the country.
Unless immediately halted, in the end, such a path will result in the same fate that overtook Michigan, wrecking here, even as, week in, week out, Professor Dr. Mary King raises her voice in forlorn plea that the madness be halted.
But who really listens to what she has to say, or to her similtude, in this accursed town, where the main/sole focus seems to be "Don't Stop The Carnival!? Perhaps, were Moore to train his cinematographic guns towards the Netherland of the West Indies, those who should, would.