Today is Wednesday 15th October, 2014. This is the Round Up.
**110,000 illegals…Griffith: We will put an end to it
I am now completely convinced that Captain Wineback is a loose cannon.
Let’s say that 110,012 are the official numbers here. Let’s add on a modest 10% for the numbers that came through Icacos and all of the other ports of entry around the country, taking our total to around 121,000.
Wowsie says his number is 10% of the adult population, which I assume he assessed against latest (and I use that term loosely since the Central Statistical Office is shut down) CSO statistics.
A couple days ago, Wowsie indicated that just 19,000 Jamaicans were a burden to the state to the tune of over a billion dollars annually.
Straight line maths says that 110-120 thousand illegals takes that number to almost six billion, or around $4,300 per month each. Que?
A question that must thus be asked then is other than deportation costs, how and on what exactly does the state spend on illegal immigrants to mount up a bill of $4,300 a month? Food cards? HDC housing? More than basic health care? Gas subsidy?
Secondly, with an unemployment rate currently in the single digits, is Wowsie saying that the majority of these people are also gainfully employed? So we eject these people from the country as is yor aim, and we suddenly have 10-15% more jobs than we have people in the country? Before drawling, “I am the law,” and yanking at his crotch, did he check with any other agency - say, the Ministry of Labour and various Business Associations - to determine what the impact could potentially be if the workforce were so sharply reduced?
Interestingly though, Griffith artfully skipped one question in the Express report: whether the number of illegal immigrants had increased in recent years.
There is one other aside here. The numbers presented are stated to be “People who have overstayed their time in Trinidad and Tobago and have not yet departed”. How many of these persons are those who are in the country for work, and have been unable to regularise their Immigration status because various Immigration Offices have been closed for lengthy period due to OSH issues?
Is Gary stroking the numbers to try to make himself look impressive?
**Minister: Serious decisions to make on Trini ‘terrorists’
From the article: If there is clear evidence people have gone abroad and involved themselves in terrorist activity, then the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will have to make “very serious decisions” with respect to how to treat with such people if and when they attempt to return home, National Security Minister Gary Griffith told the Express yesterday.
I’m a little alarmed here.
Wineback has gone from “KICK OUT THE ILLEGALS!” to “well.. I really ent sure yet whether or not we will let people from ISIS back in yunno…”
Seriously? Abu Bakr was charged for sedition based on a sermon. We can’t jail somebody for being actively involved in live and active terrorist activity?
Is it that the Anti-Terrorism Act 2012 (see http://ift.tt/1vcKeCd) is so toothless? Is it that we can’t put them on a boat with the illegal immigrants that are being ejected so that they can face justice in other jurisdictions?
**Border security critical—Griffith
"Employers of migrant workers, particularly illegals, should also ensure their employees’ health statuses were safe as T&T bid to secure borders from the deadly virus, Griffith said."
"Employers of migrant workers, particularly illegals, should also ensure…"
"Employers of migrant workers, particularly illegals, should…"
"Employers of… illegals… should…"
Sooooo… employers of illegals should do what exactly, and compromise themselves in the process? Or is this something like a gun amnesty? I’m a little bit confused.
After Wineback gets on like a Warahoon over illegals (and a thousand pardons to our indigenous community on the use of the idiomatic expression, because you ent anything like Wowsie at all), levelling accusations at employers who may not be paying National Insurance and who could be paying less than the minimum wage, Gary wants employers to monitor and report on their illegal employees?
There is another idiomatic expression that might refer here: Soft in the head.
**Fuad: Nobody treated for Ebola in PoS - Health Minister shoots down hospital rumours
Fighting up to deal with Ebola, but no panadeine in the pharmacies to treat ChikV, dengue and their lookalike flu…
From the Newsday article:
"AS HE WARNED of possible anarchy in the nation’s prisons, High Court Judge Justice Frank Seepersad yesterday accused the State of ‘abdicating its responsibilities’ by not implementing prison reforms."
“’There has been a lot of discussion and diatribe about abuse to prisoners and implementation of mechanisms to alleviate unsatisfactory conditions within the Prison Service,’ Seepersad said, but noted that despite the talk there still exist systemic inadequacies as to implementation of these systems.”
"The judge has also advocated a call for prisons officers to pay part or the full award of damages to prisoners who have been beaten while incarcerated, saying taxpayers were being burdened by these costs."
This was as he delivered judgment in favour of two prisoners who were beaten by prison officers at the Golden Grove Prison in 2007.
This comes too in the face of the fact that we have a whole ministry which is responsible for prison reform, headed in turn by a former judge, a lawyer and a deejay (who admittedly threw some nice parties in his heyday), and on the heels of the yet unresolved Prison-Gate scandal.
"Prison-Gate", we are reminded, was the alleged scheme where lawyers colluded with prisoners and prison officials to defraud the state by claiming that prisoners were beaten by prison officers so as to claim damages, a scandal that saw the resignation of a Chief State Solicitor, and an Attorney General apparently investigating his own office and seeming exonerating himself.
**The Highway Reroute Struggle continues with the following headlines:
**Kublalsingh ‘rested’, ready to resume St Clair vigil
**Wayne awaits today’s talks with Suruj
**Mom: We don’t own land in Mon Desir
**Protesters chase highway workers
**Protesters stop work on highway
Newday’s caption “Hunger Games” is quite distateful. I’m disappointed.
Schoolchildren fight. And sometimes, as in this instance, things get out of hand.
**Days after book launch…Lee Heung dies at 93
Rest in peace, Mr. Lee Heung. Geoffrey is surely waiting for you at the gate so you can make a mas.
Have a great day, everyone. //