Today is Thursday 6th March, 2014. And there are times that you need to sit and thank God for his grace and his guidance, and that you haven’t had to face even half of the things you could have. /
**‘MOR’ FOR MACHEL
Congrats Machel. Anybody who has ever crossed the Savannah stage knew that this was coming. There was no competition for it on the airwaves this year.
**Ronnie and Caro tops downtown
And I’ve seen Ronnie and Caro grow from strength to strength over the years. Real power couple, them.
**NCBA ‘waiting on’ Band of the Year results
…but I’ve just seen a post on this here Facebook that suggests that the Large Band of the Year is a pan side. Keep posted.
**Baby dies after head cut during C-section
You hear about people getting cut “from ear to ear” and you might think crime drama execution, not a baby’s death by Caesarian.
From the article: “To add to the horror, Millington said hospital staff said they did not have space to store the baby and wanted to cremate his son that same night.”
This screams cover up. For the parents’ sake, I hope that the exposure brings transparency to any investigation that is to take place.
Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee has already gotten licks from quarters yesterday for being a prude when he leveled similar criticisms.
**South hospitals treat 192 injuries…up from last year
"ALMOST 200 people came to South hospitals during the long Carnival weekend for treatment to gunshot, stab, assault and car crash injuries… an increase from last year’s figure of 86. However, last year, the statistics, which were categorised under gunshot wounds, stab/chop wounds, and motor vehicle accidents, did not include the number of patients who came in seeking treatment for assault."
Soooo… Carnival crime is down, but recorded injuries as a result of crime are up?
Wowsie? Stevie? Explain this to us nuh. Or is this an inconvenient statistic?
**Acting CoP: Only 35 serious crimes reported over Carnival
"Reported" or "recorded"? Is robbery with assault classified as a "serious crime", because I’ve heard of at least one such incident that took place on Carnival Tuesday evening.
**‘Flexible security key to crowd control’
“I can tell you as a soldier, we had the means to deal with the surge of people in the West,” [Chief of Defence Staff Maharaj] said.
These kinds of statements from professional soldiers worry me. The idea of soldiers being given rein to deal with the public is more than troubling. No matter how soft and useless sections of the public might feel our soldiers are, they are still soldiers. They do not and are not trained to handle matters in the way that the civilian forces are. At best, the CDS should be standing silently behind the Commissioner of Police while he speaks on civilian security matters. He is there to assist if necessary. There should be no public statements indicating that he has leeway to operate on his own. The Trinidad and Tobago public is not an enemy force to be repelled or subdued.
**Scientific approach to be used to solve problems, says NCC
I wish the powers that be well with this one. Indeed, it could make for an excellent doctoral level thesis in engineering and crowd movement.
**Former MJ physician offers to help T&T’s children
"Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan yesterday met with Dr Conrad Murray and welcomed his initiative to give back to Trinidad and Tobago by working to assist children in need of heart care."
Can I start the collective “no”? Please?
**Members of Jewish sect staying at Piarco… denied travel to Guatemala
Legal matters in Canada aside, I’m trying to understand though why the group was detained-but-not. What powers further does our government have to prevent the group’s onward travel to Guatemala if they are not detained? Have we received an extradition order from Canada that must be processed?
"…the Jewish sect, distinguished by its conservative dress, fled Quebec in the dead of night last November, amid allegations—not proven in court—of child neglect and abuse, including of arranged marriages of children as young as 14…"
Eh heh? Where Sat on this?
**‘Protection order breached’
I’d like to see statistics on protection orders issued versus protection orders breached, and further on the incidents that arise as a result of protection orders being breached. It seems we only hear about the most tragic results of these orders, leading to an impression that, overall, they are useless.
There needs to be some kind of public discussion on these things - what they are, how to get them, who is eligible, and finally how useful they really are.
**Warner loses appeal before Privy Council
"Jack Warner has lost an appeal before the Privy Council on a procedural issue involving his challenge against a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against him."
**Caught with contraband outside court
"A PRISON OFFICER, a prisoner and an Amalgamated Security driver are now facing a series of charges after they were allegedly caught with contraband outside Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court following a sting operation by officers of the Central Division Task Force."
Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham here again. Please, please, please, do not promote this man and remove him from the Central Division where he has been and continues to be so effective. Instead, try having other Senior Superintendents model their operations after his.
His name comes up over and over again in the press as he successfully marshals his forces to wrangle crime in Central Trinidad. I pray often that he is completely above board.
Have a good one, everybody.