Mar 26, 2010

14 Year Old Girl Sent to Women's Prison

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Insanity! This is outrageous that a judge would commit a 14 year old child to a maximum security prison for Women for "unruly behavior". Prisons are notorious for unsavory behavior and to exposed this child to this system is pure insanity. The prisons are short staffed and there is no way that this child would be guaranteed a safe stay in this institution for what ever period she is kept until her next trial date. Criminals are released everyday after appearing in court pending their trial date; now can someone tell me why this child had to be incarcerated? I know that the Newsday article does not provide all the information regarding the circumstances that brought the child to court but this simply does not make sense! What 20/20 vision are we contemplating?

14 Year Old Girl
63 Year Old Father
Mother tending to 18 year old child (girl's sister) in Hospital
Girl appears in Court for unruly behavior - the article did not state what kind of unruly behavior.
The Girl's lawyer did not put up a case on her behalf (I don't know why he was there)
WPC Alexander told the magistrate that St Jude’s Home for Girls had no room.
“She is just doing what she wants and I think the law is there to protect these kids and this is what I am doing,” the magistrate said.
Ramoo-Haynes (magistrate) ordered that the girl be remanded into custody at the Women’s Prison. But as the magistrate gave her ruling, the teen grabbed onto her father and screamed: “Daddy, no!” The case was adjourned to April 14.

Mar 8, 2010

Aaron Duncan TnT's Junior Calypso Monarch 2K10

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Mar 1, 2010

Do Something for Pan

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I saw this article in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper today and immediately thought, "don't we have enough stadiums in Trinidad? Now I can understand plans to add community playgrounds with at least one small stand. However, the article stated that the plan is for "three world-class stadiums and three community sports centers". Are these politicians serious? Apparently they are going to construct a national cycling velodrome ( I guess the Arima velodrome will now be used for parties), a national aquatic centre, a national tennis centre and three youth indoor facilities.
Now what will be the true cost of these facilities is really up in the air. Why? Simply because the Tarouba stadium (still under construction) went from $275 million to $725 million and counting. We really don't have the ability (or it is a convenience that pads someones pocket) to control costs. I am very upset about these projects... Why?
OK here is my reasoning.. What have we done (I mean the government) for culture? I don't don't want to hear about the National Academy for the Performing Arts - that is a monument thus far and has not served any useful purpose to date (re the stakeholders... the people of Trinidad and Tobago. So what needs to be done? Read on...
Do Something For Pan!
I believe that it is time we do something for the many steel pan yards in the country. Every steel orchestra should have a professionally constructed building that would serve as a place for the players to store their instruments, educate the players to read and write music and be a place that would be an attraction for tourists visiting our country. We need to pay respect to that which we call  our very own and boast about so much. This would be an incentive for these venues to become national libraries for the steelpan. Computers should be in place and the steel orchestra managements should be trained to manage these sites.
 Every "pan yard" should have the history of the steel pan available for visitors and it should be a place that the various communities should be proud of.  In this way the entire steel pan fraternity would be respected and the players themselves will think differently about their worth as a pannist. Isn't it time we put our money where our bragging rights are deposited. Pan and Calypso are the backbone of the Carnival and they bring in millions of dollars for the country... It is time to pay "Pan"  back!
Now that I have stated that which I would like to see done I know many will say there are more important things to take care of  for the sake of the people. Water is a major issue and desalination plants that were promised never came on stream. We can go on and on but is it not time to bring some pride in the pan movement and the communities that they serve? Maybe just maybe this may help some young man to come back to the pan yard to learn something instead of getting caught up with some unsavory group that could possibly lead to a troubled path. Let us do this ... Do something for Pan. 

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