“We as a society ought not to be overly excited when it comes to extra judicial killings”. That’s the view of Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) Deputy Political Leader Akins Vidal. Vidal says the deaths of such persons have not resulted in a reduction in crime.
Trinidad and Tobago is at this time facing many difficulties which have resulted in an anxiety-ridden society. So says Hanif Benjamin, Executive Director of the Centre for Human Development. Benjamin says when looking back at history, T&T is at an all time low with regards to how people are coping with the difficulties.
After attending a summit, where local government representatives from around the world discussed issues affecting local government bodies, Alderman Anthony Roberts says Trinidad and Tobago is doing well with regards to its focus on local government reform.
Spokesperson for the five Trinidad and Tobago Muslim nationals that were granted their freedom after being imprisoned in Venezuela for over 2 years, Nafeesa Mohammed, says the men have their bags packed and are patiently waiting to be free. Mohammed says the men are yet to be taken to Venezuela’s immigration authority where necessary travel documents to return home would be issued.
Political Analyst Shane Mohammed says citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are hungry for proper representation and that political parties need to evolve in order to gain their votes. He says presently political parties are not answering the questions that citizens are asking.
Although not happy with the increased tax on tobacco products the West Indian Tobacco Company says it is pleased that the government has acknowledged the presence of a tobacco black market. Managing Director at WITCO, Jean Pierre Du Coudray, says because the black market has been acknowledged the government is now in solution mode and that WITCO would like to be a part of the team to deal with the issue of black market trade.
Clinical Psychologist Marsha Yussuf says the exposure of pornography to children is a growing concern. Yussuf says “what we look at and read and direct our attention to influences our behaviour.” She therefore believes that children who are exposed to pornography, views on relationships and sexual behaviour will be influenced by such activities.
She says exposure to any explicit sexual content can “hook a child” and allow for the development of addictive behaviour.
Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung has launched a new song entitled “Parang in St. Helena” which he says is based on a true story. Although he noted that the story was based on an experience of one of the song’s writers he says he was pleased to bring the lyrics to life.
The New Butler Institute Associate College is an educational institute that provides preparation for CXC examinations to persons that did not get any passes when they sat the examinations previously or to those persons that did not finish their secondary school education. The institute offers the Save One Scholarship which allows individuals/organisations to sponsor a student for a year.