Today is Wednesday 30th July, 2014. This is the Round Up.
Four years ago, 13-year old Nyron Ramcharan became the country’s youngest kidney transplant recipient. His mother, Nanda Ramcharan, was the donor.
Yesterday afternoon, Nyron, Nanda, and father and husband Mahadeo Ramcharan were on their way home to Penal from the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope where Nyron had gone for dialysis.
Their lives were cut short by a driver in a white Mitsubishi Lancer.
I saw today in social media one poster say that Jesus called the Ramcharan’s home.
We need to stop blaming Jesus for people’s actions.
Condolences to the Ramcharans’ remainig family and their loved ones.
From the article: On the heels of an audit into the LifeSport programme, National Security Minister Gary Griffith says he intends to conduct more audits into social programmes being run by his ministry.
Gary. Stop talking. You are behaving in a manner brand new. Currying favour with the public with your newfound diligence is not a good look.
Micromanagement is further not a good thing. You are not allowed the micromanage public servants in the execution of their duties. You are overstepping.
If, God forbid, there is large scale malfeasance found in the programmes under your ministry’s purview, it won’t be about “cutting the fat”.
You will put yourself in a position where you also need to step down from your Ministerial post. You will have been there for a year or more, and that malfeasance would have been occurring under your watch while you played with the soldiers…
Gary, forget I said anything. Go ahead and commission yourself some audits if you can.
But while you’re attempting to blow level smoke up the public’s rear ends as you pretend to be suddenly diligent, start first by talking to your permanent secretary about the role and function of the Ministry’s Internal Audit Department, and then try reading the independent Auditor General’s reports. Look them here -> http://ift.tt/1tuJ9pt.
Meanwhile, crime outside of Laventille continues unabated…
**Ghanaian’s case put off to tomorrow
…and other matters that should be of concern to the Minister - Immigration falling within his Ministry…
**Businesswoman robbed at Indian Expo
…and then this, where the lady lost her registered 9mm pistol among other items, also not in Laventille.
All of this seems to escape the Minister of National Security’s pointed attention completely.
**Top cop receives report
It has been nearly a week since the LifeSport report was laid in the Parliament by the Prime Minister. (I refuse to call it an “audit” anymore because it is not.)
The press and public have pored over the document and dissected it over the course of days.
Is it that Williams needed an original copy, received at Police Headquarters, stamped and initialed in the Registry Book, so that he can be absolutely certain in his mind that he was actually reading a copy of the report? Does he believe that he can do nothing at all until he has hardcopy in his hands?
That the delivery of the report to the Ag. Commissioner of Police has to be a news item is sad, and a harsh indictment against him.
**Online petition growing daily for Anil’s firing immediately
You know what the hardest thing about this petition would be? That it’s possible that a number of people who signed it have probably never seen the inside of a polling station in their adult lives.
**Roberts on calls for his resignation: I will say no more
In the mean time however, Anil Roberts has made it quite clear that he has none of us to study…
**Anil must resign
…including former head of the Public Service, Reggie Dumas, who continues to insist that by the practice and traditions of the Westminster system, Roberts should step down.
But Roberts, indeed the entire Cabinet, would consider Dumas and his traditions to be anachronistic. Honour after all is an old timey sort of thing that went out of style on May 24th, 2010, or at the very least must only apply to PNM members.
**Attorney: Education Ministry to blame for teens taking $30,000
…they were trying to provide for themselves
From the article: Two Form Six footballers, who admitted to stealing $30,000 from a cinema, were said to be in need of the money to fund their sporting career. Defence attorney Ainsley Lucky said the Ministry of Education had failed to provide the pupils’ sporting supplies.
Stop it, Lucky! Stop it!
**HDC owed $12.4M
I’m looking at the list of issues outlined by Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal, and frowning with scepticism.
In 2011, the former Housing Minister and Opposition Leader, Dr. Keith Rowley, claimed that construction design on the Victoria Keyes development had altered to change the apartment units from three bedroom family homes to upscale one- and two-bedroom units. The allegation was only barely denied by Housing Development Corporation Managing Director, Jearlean John, who claimed that the units were being reconfigured because the rooms were too small. She also claimed that the reconfigured units would have been more suitable to persons who are in the “HDC database” without expanding on that notion. See http://ift.tt/1pqZzLA.
It stands to reason though that reconfiguration of apartment units would cause issues with design, and significantly delay a project that was, according to Dr. Rowley, 90% complete in 2010.
It further casts a shadow of doubt on the design deficiencies Moonilal claims existed when the current administration took over the project, since the design would have been heavily altered in the reconfiguration.
Further questions are raised when one examines historical versions of the lead contractor’s webpage for Victoria Keyes, which show that the completion date has moved four times in four years. The project’s completion date moved from December 2010 in April 2010, to December 2011 in September 2010, to August 2013 in May 2013, to December 2013 in October 2013. The completion date on the current site is now May 2014. See http://ift.tt/1tuJacK and http://ift.tt/1pqZzLC.
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai yesterday thanked Trinidad and Tobago for showing the world how people can live in harmony with each other. “I am really thankful,” she said, “that even though most of you are not Muslims but you are still celebrating Eid with your Muslim brothers and sisters. So thank you so much for showing the world how people live in harmony together with each other.”
Malala herself performed her Eid salat at the Masjid Un Nur in Carapichiama yesterday.
**Imam lashes out at extremists
Muslims urged to set moral standards for the world to follow…
Imam Yaseen Fernandez of the La Romaine Jamaat delivered a message at their open-air Eid Salaat yesterday that is universal.
**Rajaee Ali: We have only ourselves to blame
And think not of the messenger for the five minutes it takes to read this story in the Newsday, and consider his message. In fact, I would love it if the Newsday would print his entire message. From their snippets, it looks like he had quite a lot to say to his congregation yesterday that’s worthy of a listen.
**Tobago masjid head questions arrests in Carapo
Then there’s this: “Imam Muzafar Mohammed is calling on the authorities to tell the Muslim population why a number of them were arrested and then released without any charges being laid.”
**Turkey to establish embassy in T&T
All of a sudden, Trinidad and Tobago seems to be jumping into new relations with a lot of new and interesting foreign partners.
Now it’s Turkey, whose Deputy Prime Minister has just become target for some viral online mockery in stating that women shouldn’t laugh in public (See http://ift.tt/1toaMjT)
This week, we kowtowed to the Japanese Prime Minister who, in the wake of what is an environmental disaster at Fukushima, albeit under some management, has doubled down on nuclear power. (See http://ift.tt/1tuJacQ)
And following our reciprocal state visits with China, the Chinese Ambassador’s statement that, “China and T&T are far apart, but close on the Internet,” is kinda funny given that the Chinese state employs massive censorship and surveillance on their citizens’ use of the internet, supported by a wide variety of laws and regulations.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders stated in 2010 and 2012 that “China is the world’s biggest prison for netizens.” The offences of which they are accused include communicating with groups abroad, signing online petitions, and calling for reform and an end to corruption. The size of the Chinese Internet police force was reported to be 2 million in 2013.
Consequently, it’s funny too (but not “ha ha”) that the feature address at a symposium titled, “China Connect: Trends and Opportunities”, was delivered by the executive secretary of the All-China Journalists Association, who said that distance should not be a barrier to communication and trade between China, Asia, Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. (See http://ift.tt/1uFG8ny)
**Remembering WWI… Aug 4, 5 symposium at Military Museum
This year, we commemorate 100 years since the start of the Great War, the first supported by massive industrialisation and technological development, a war that saw the disappearance of four Imperial powers, and by whose end there were some 9 million combatants killed.
The 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914-1918) will be commemorated at the Chaguaramas Military and Aerospace Museum on August 4 and 5.
A symposium titled “World War I and its effect on Trinidad and Tobago” will be held from 2-8 p.m. on both days.
Academic papers will be presented by a panel of speakers including an officer from the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard; Dr Radica Mahase; University of the West Indies senior history lecturer Dr Jerome Teelucksingh and principal of Queen’s Royal College David Simon.
The Chaguaramas Military Museum is welcoming all members of the public to attend and support the symposium to honour the 100th anniversary of World War I.
**Sport Round Up
Thus far today at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow:
- Cleopatra Borel-Brown has won silver for Trinidad and Tobago in the Women’s Shot Putt.
- Lalonde Gordon secured bronze for Trinidad and Tobago in the Men’s 400M this afternoon in a race that featured the continued domination of Grenada’s Kirani James. James idly broke the Games record in securing gold. T&T’s Jarrin Solomon placed sixth in the final and Renny Quow is officially recorded as having not finished the race.
- Jehue Gordon won his 400M Hurdles heat, and advances to the final tomorrow at 3:15PM with the second fastest time in the round. He will run in lane 5.
- Reyare Thomas, our lone competitor in the Women’s 200M has advanced out of the qualifying rounds, placing third in her heat with a season best time of 23.25s.
- In the Men’s 200M event, Rondell Sorrillo, Kyle Greaux and Jereem Richards all participated in the heats. All three young men placed third in their qualifying races, but only Greaux and Sorrillo advance to the semifinals among the fastest losers.
Both Sorrillo and Greaux will race in lane 1 of their respective semifinals tomorrow at 1:32PM and 1:38PM respectively.
- Middleweight Boxer Aaron Prince competed in the quarterfinals of his competition, but lost this morning to Vijender Vijender.
- Our Squash and Table Tennis teams are in competition today. It’s a little much to summarise here, so readers can check out the competition results at http://ift.tt/1pqZCqK and http://ift.tt/1ou8xbz /
Have a great afternoon, everyone. //