Monthly Archive for July, 2007

E.S.C.’s 2007 Emancipation Launch Reporters
Event Date: July 27, 2007

The Emancipation Support Committee (E.S.C.) launched the 2007 Emancipation celebrations on Friday night, 27th July, at the Lidj Yasu Omawale Emancipation Village located at Jean Pierre Complex. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Remember the Middle Passage; Act to Repair the Damage”. According to a release from the E.S.C., “We remember and honour the ancestors for their heroic acts of rebellion and resistance against this inhumane and uncivilized practice of trafficking in human beings, while raising awareness about the enduring impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa and Africans across the Diaspora.”
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Winston Dookeran invites NJAC to join COP

By Richardson Dhalai
Sunday, July 29 2007

Congress of the PeopleCongress of the People (COP) political leader Winston Dookeran urged residents of Laventille and Morvant to “rise beyond the narrow politics of the past” and usher in a COP regime at the next General Election.

He also called on the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) to “join with” the COP to rescue the nation, when he addressed a public meeting at Harris Promenade, San Fernando, on Friday night.
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The Lord has mercy, I don’t

By Raffique Shah
July 29, 2007

GamblingPrime Minister Patrick Manning has spoken of the deleterious effects gambling has on individuals, families and ultimately the society as a whole. Like him, I have heard some chilling stories about casino gambling. If the PM was astounded by the amounts of money his friends throw away at crap (or whatever) tables at these establishments, he’d be horrified to learn that some people are so addicted to gambling that they sometimes spend sleepless days and nights trying to beat “the house”. Worse, casinos are not averse to ensnaring such fools in debt traps that could ultimately lead to strong-arm measures to recover what is owed, or to gamblers losing their worldly possessions as a result of their greed.
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Gopio head makes political debut on COP platform

Reporting by Adrian Boodan
July 26, 2007

Congress of the PeopleLaventille residents will be heading Central if Prime Minster Patrick Manning is serious about the State’s plans to purchase their property, says Devant Maharaj, Congress of the People’s (COP) prospective candidate for Couva South.

Manning spoke of redeveloping Laventille during a walkabout in the area on Monday.
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More money for MPs

By Ria Taitt,
Tuesday, July 24 2007

Red House‘It means that former MPs, such as Ralph Maraj and Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, would receive, at age 55, a gratuity of 10 percent of their gross salary.’

Once again, the financial perks of all members of Parliament (MPs) have been greatly enhanced.

An amendment to the Retiring Allowances (Legislative Service) Act which was quietly, quickly and unanimously passed in the House of Representatives last Friday, doubles the gratuity payment to which each MP would be entitled.
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Those whom the gods wish to destroy…

By Raffique Shah
July 22, 2007

Basdeo PandayI need to get in touch with the person who coined the adage, “Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” I think he or she should add “or clowns” at the end of it. How else does one explain Basdeo Panday’s puerile behaviour, his donning of a beret that would otherwise look chic on fashionable women or neat on a soldier’s head, but more like a clown cap on his? Can anyone in the UNC explain this eccentric side of a man who was once prime minister of this country, and whom some political analysts insist remains the “only genuine politician in the country”? I think Bas, his platform colleagues, and those pseudo-analysts need to have their heads examined.
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Emancipation versus Liberation

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
July 20, 2007

AfricansOne of the most perplexing, disturbing and still yet unresolved perennial reality-check dilemmas that afflict Afrikan-Trinbagonians is their supremely blurred vision to clearly ascertain the intrinsic, historical differences between emancipation versus liberation.

In this regard, Malcolm X is perfectly correct when he concludes: “The major problem with Black people is that we left our minds in Africa.”
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Danah accepts award: Choc’late laments double standard

By Faine Richards
July 18, 2007

Danah and Choc'late AllenSuccumbing to criticisms from corporate sponsors and the general public, an emotional Choc’late Allen broke down during yesterday’s Youth Motivational Awards.

A small stream of tears rolled down the 13-year-old activist’s face as she reflected on the controversy surrounding the 100 per cent Crime Free Youth Motivational Awards.
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Food security solutions

By Raffique Shah
July 15, 2007

The MarketWe have the land space and know-how to grow most, if not all, the vegetables we consume. This is one component of food production where we can consider exporting the surplus. Since tourism is the backbone of the economies of many Caribbean countries, and given that most of the islands are capable of producing quality vegetables at competitive prices, regional governments should insist that hotels and restaurants that benefit from generous tax concessions must link a local vegetables-and-fruits component to any such benefits. Hoteliers may point to certain negative farming practices, the unreliability of supply and quality as reasons for importing these items.
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Hindus under attack in TT

By Leiselle Maraj
Friday, July 13 2007

HinduThe Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has listed Trinidad and Tobago among ten countries in the world which abuse Hindus’ human rights in its third annual Hindu human rights report for 2006 published on Wednesday.

The HAF is a non-profit, non-partisan human rights group, “promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism,” according to the foundation’s website.
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