Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Messy Morace : Working With "Sheet".

 Taking the Warriors out of TT football  

If it was a prison in Canada, it is slavery in Trinidad conducted by a  woman who was imported- along with her dog and cat- into this Banana Republic  where she is being  treated like  a Tin God.
Deservedly so,  based on her impressive resume and brilliant football mind, Carolina Morace is a long overdue gift to the  Women Warriors.
Carolina Morace
Sadly,  the Italian Hall of Famer was  never fully investigated before she was hired by the Trinidad and Tobago Football  Association ( TTFA). Her last stint as a national coach was in 2012 in Canada  where she left  football scars caused by an “aggressive Italian regime” which turned  that country’s World Cup adventure into a “micro managing prison camp,” according to a report in the Toronto Sun.
After just eight weeks  in TT,  her impressive resume is a distant memory as her new found reputation, from all reports ,includes “verbal abuse”, “disrespect” and “nightmare” as  the  newly appointed Technical Director of Women’s Football  tries to get a grip on her first  Third World assignment.
Yes, she insists all is good in her camp.
 Why did she settle for  coaching TT , not even considered a CONCACAF powerhouse?  That’s a question which only Morace can answer.
Three  cornerstones of  the current Women's football  have  walked away, hanging up their boots.Though fit and match ready they  are broken hearted.
The trio, captain Maylee Attin Johnson, Ahkeela Mollon and Kennya Cordner, in their respective rights are leaders who fought with their lives  as part of the history  making  Women Warriors team that  united TT  in 2015, setting the foundation for Morace’s appointment in Trinidad.
Already  attempts are being made to smear their characters in favor of the Italian whom , informed sources say,  seems to be creating  alliances  in Trinidad and Tobago to impose her own culture.

Joanne Salazar (right)
What role is there for the  VP of the TTFA, Joanne Salazar,  to whom  Morace  has aligned herself , in a move which  is transparent  to the players.
Therefore, is Morace's relationship  with the TTFA evolving  in a way that she does not want her coaching to interfered with?  Everybody is beginning to ‘fraid Morace,” as she has them  all believing that they are less-than-professional.  
  Among the first  to be sidelined, unofficially, of course, is  the TTFA’s Coordinator of Technical Programmes Jamal Shabazz, who  shut down the  discussion when I  called him.
“We have a working relationship, I do what is necessary to get the job done. I do  not have to interact with her a great deal, but I do go to watch the players,” Shabazz  deadpanned  refusing to acknowledge that Morace clearly does not speak with him and there is obvious tension when they  relate. 
 But  has he heard of complaints from both staff and players?
“It is not my jurisdiction,” he answered, adding “I don’t fit into the equation.
 “I read  about what transpired and it is unfortunate that the situation has reached to that,” he said, refusing further questions .
 “There is time for the matter to be resolved, I trust that the Technical Director , Muhammed Isa, will get a total feedback and I will know what happened eventually,” Shabazz  ended.
The main bone of contention, at this time,  is Captain Maylee, described as a  woman with strong opinions  but all in the interest of the team and the program and  one who has fought with her life.
Maylee Attin Johnson
Highly respected by her team mates, Maylee  clearly sets her  standards for  respect .  Attin Johnson untied her laces  obviously walking  away from further confrontation which seemed imminent given Morace’’s blunt and demoralizing disrespect.
 Football trumps all .By the time  Morace started her stint in Trinidad, all the Women Warriors were lining up to give up two and half years of their life for the experience, not knowing what they signed up for.
Described by those who know as a woman with a “tendency to  burn her bridges,” Morace’s most often used  phrase in training at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium has been “This is sheet,” the last word being her pronunciation of “sh*t”.
 With that, in a few weeks all Trinbagonians- players and  staff - are thinking that she has turned her back on her  declaration at a news conference in Port of Spain “We are more open. What we want to do is put our experience into place but at the same time we have to match with your culture .For a good system the two  cultures  have to match”.
This is  how it is being dismantled;
The core of the  Women Warriors team are players who have  been through the US College system. Almost all college based players were home for the Christmas holidays and returned  stateside in mid January.
 Not having played a game since November, they were summoned  back a couple of weeks after they returned, at great expense ,to the TTFA, for a one week assessment by Morace.
“She did not even put them into a game situation, but had them do simple drills and passes and summed it all up as “sheet ,”  another source explained, sad about how demoralized the girls seemed after their encounter with the  Italian. “The College players were told their technique is bad - they were not fit enough to be on a National team.
“Khadidra Debisette, who has played at the national level for several years- left a meeting literally crying,” returning to the US with the hopes of once again playing for the national team dashed.
"In front of everyone, she declared that the College system is crap, telling them they would be worse off as players.“ 
 Is it professional to be disrespectful?  “She has all the knowledge but is a dictator,” my source explained.
Ahkeela Mollon
 “Next to go was Ahkeela Mollon who was fit and ready and  turning a blind eye to the negative criticism that became a hallmark of training sessions  on the field from 6pm to 8 pm, after which the players stretched and had ice baths where necessary, before leaving for home in various parts of Trinidad.
 “Thinking of her safety, Mollon who lives in Longdenville, on the border line with  Enterprise  asked  her Manager for the ice baths to be taken at home,”  my source said.
“The Coach responded with a loud comment across the field ‘ Why do they even come out of their houses?” mocking the  clear and present danger posed by crime.
 “One day later two men were shot and killed a  stone’s throw from Mollon’s home. One year  earlier she ducked gunshots as she made her way home from training.
 Morace, incidentally, lives in South Trinidad- not far from where her team trains at the  Mannie  Ramjohn Stadium which is the base for the women football programme.
 “She came here to be a mentor, but now  the players are clearly suffering ,  players  are low on self esteem , they need  help.
‘She walks around the field and pinches people, telling them they’re too fat,” my source said.
The  women  who have been exposed to international coaches and training in the US and in Europe  have never experienced someone like the Italian, whom they say is “running amok” with no one to control her.
For the sake of professionalism, this woman who signed up to work in a Third World country ,handed it to the TTFA again, when she showed up in Tobago  earlier this month to try out players for the National Team.
 “The field was not marked and she left the 40 innocent players stranded as she 
made an about turn with her technical staff and returned to Trinidad.  
‘It is commendable  that she stood up for professionalism, holding up the bar for the TTFA, but was there another way to go about it?
  “There is no  indication that she  truly cares  about  reform  and pointing in the right direction.
 “There are some girls in training who do not have food, or even a roof over their heads, the players work with each other  to make it to training  and it’s  far worse than boot camp,” my source added.
 “If indeed it is all that bad in Trinidad, where even the coaches are “sheet”, I feel sorry for her, after all,”  a veteran TT footballer said, weighing in on the discussion.
 “Because of her resume she is obviously coaching down, this was not a lateral move, so it begs the question : What did the TTFA offer her?
 “There are cases where women coaches believe they must  behave worse than men in order to get the job done,.
 “But you don’t get respect  by shouting down people. You must treat people like people.
 ‘It is clear she left Canada with a bad taste  and remember most Canadians came out of the  US College system,” he added.
  “These  girls  here are not  gonna learn to play  the short passing , that is not our style and  we cannot even  get the men to play that way,” he noted.
 “Morace is yet to show that she can merge the cultures, because clearly she has no respect for our culture,” he ended, with a sigh.
 What appeared to be one step forward for women’s football in TT is turning out to be another nightmare.
 Especially for the footballers who grabbed at the opportunity having been left unattended since 2014, until Morace appeared.
It appears that  TTFA President David John Williams  was so eager and enthusiastic to make a statement because of the pressure he was getting for his leadership, he wanted a high profile coach.
They clearly did not take time to get someone to come in and understand the culture. Just as the Toronto Sun reported, she worked on taking the Canadian out of  Canada’s  team, so too, she is well on her way to removing all warriors from the TT’s women football.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Who told cops WPC was murdered one week before her body was found?

They knew it was murder from the moment WPC Nyasha Joseph was reported missing one week ago when she left home, at Morvant, telling her mother that she was going to attend to “police business”. But how? When journalists report the “breaking crime news”: via their Social Media pages, most times the information comes from the cops, some of whom may not have been directly involved in the crime scene but would have gotten What’s App notification via their colleagues who  are paparazzi before detectives.
 So when  CNC3 reported  last  Friday that a body was found in the Beetham, someone already had the zeppo that the 22 year old was dead.  They quickly changed the story however, as the cops may have recanted  and declared  her missing, instead.
It was barely 24 hours after she was last seen, so in any event, to report her missing meant that they knew more than they were letting on. Under normal circumstances the police tell citizens that  they must wait for the 48 hours deadline to pass before someone is officially declared missing,
After searching on land  in the Beetham and Sea Lots, the TT Coast Guard was engaged from Saturday morning and began searching the  Gulf  of Paria near Sea Lots.
On Monday March 13th however, in the face of all that  the top Cop Stephen Williams  issued a statement  which created further confusion.  On the ground his officers were searching on land, in the  sea and by air, for a body. Yet the Head of the TT Police Service (TTPS)  “assured  the family of WPC Joseph and the national community that every effort is being made to return the officer safely to her loved ones”. 
So he set himself up. Granted he has  failed , what next? Who will hold him to task?  Did he make a mistake  and what  he meant to say  was return her body? Is her so out of touch? Was he part of the game playing, too? Didn’t he trust the “detectives”  who sniffed out that she was dead?
But the story does not end there.  From the moment the talk started that the WPC was murdered- which is on the day  after she left home to “do police business” according to her mother, all the social media posts, coming from unknown quarters, pointed to one man; the 39 year old  father of Nyasha’s child who was detained for questioning by the cops and later released.  Since then all fingers have been pointing at the man.
There appeared a What’s  App voice note in which  a voice resembling that of a police Inspector wondered aloud how could she get into the  TTPS  because of her previous connections. Didn’t Special Branch check her out, he asked, suggesting that she “maybe get a “Bull” from a senior officer” and that is how she ended up in the Service, given her connections to the father of her child, whom they identified as a “shooter for Kemis”.
And then  came this video- targeting the same man- showing  them in a tangle at a boat ride, after she was excitedly wining on another man and he pulled her away.  So  Social media is saying that this man  is somehow responsible for the murder , even though there is no  tangible evidence . Who is releasing this information? Her friends? The Police?
 Was this one man’s job? Who is responsible for this murder? police or criminal you are tempted to ask.    After all is said and done doesn’t this speak  loudly of the thin line between the police and the underworld?
 Look carefully  at what appears on social media, listen to the voice notes you get via What’s App, a lot of which a keen ear will discern is doctored to deliberately lead you in the wrong direction.
 By Thursday morning another angle emerged: a 24 year old man, whose photo was also posted all over social media, walked into the police station to “give himself up”  taking in front in the event that he ends up being  arrested and charged for a  murder which he may or may not know  anything about.
What about this seems like a crime of passion? 
Is social media the  main tool for detectives to bring the innocent to guilty or declare the guilty innocent,  slander-mongering in the absence of evidence that is gathered by hard work?
The cherry on this cake? It’s the clueless top cop and the impotent Minister of National Security. Here endeth, for now.


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Criminal Backlash from Jail

    Five years before he - and two others-broke out of the Port of Spain prison  in a daring Friday afternoon  jail break, using guns smuggled into the prison, on July 25th, 2015, Hassan Atwell  spoke openly of the festering sore that is the prison system inTrinidad. his was Published on November 19th 2010. I have reproduced this article (1) for his children to know that his life was not in vain (2) to show that  the  consultations on prison reform are nothing but a charade. 

Read On;
"Deep down inside a man he wants what is good for himself and for the people at large. Nobody can deny that. That's the word coming from the bowels of the Remand Yard at the Port of Spain Prison where Hasan Attwell is incarcerated awaiting extradition on a  charge of kidnapping  US citizen, Videsh Mohan in South Trinidad in 2005. 
While noting the efforts of the State to curb crime. including the three-strikes legislation which will jail repeat gun offenders for life, Atwell is lamenting the fact that no real attention is being paid to the prison system which is breeding criminals.
"Yes there has been an increase in crime but in most cases it's just that offenders are lashing back after being taken advantage of in prison; when they get the upper hand they do the sane to fellow citizens," he said in a letter to this journalist.
"The saddest part is that society is not even aware that this is the root of all crime. When you want to come out of a life of crime sometimes you have so many scars from the injustice of police, the treatment while in prison;sometimes knowing that you are innocent so you end up just lashing out.
"The people of society are  willing to forgive, but are they willing to do what is necessary to change the mind of the person who was once a criminal?
We complain everyday that crime is the problem which is affecting the economy as well.
 But if we identify that crime is the problem why are we pumping money into one area; taking care of the police is not the only thing.
"The prison is the best place to reform a man. If we reform the prisoners they will return to society in a better condition than they were sent in and subsequently the police work will become easier in that there will be less repeat offenders and we will most certainly see a decrease in crime at a rapid rate,
"The conditions in jail are already deplorable and so inhumane that it cannot hep to reform a person. "They think that we deserve to be treated like this.
"But in jail a man's freedom is taken away, it is already a great punishment not to to see our loved ones or hug our children. We are already paying the price of our freedom Why wont they try their best to reform prisoners not just for our sake but for their sake as well so that they can return to society and be of value.
" History has proven that people come out of prison and make a valuable contribution. It is like modern day slavery if they have no consideration for us we will have no consideration for them; the way you treat people is the way they will treat others.     
" Look at how a man has to relieve himself when nature calls in front of people with no privacy which is also unsanitary.
"They have placed mats on the floor of the prison cells that have been there for years collecting dirt, bacteria and germs which are not washed or changed.
"How could people be reformed living under these conditions?
"We are granted airing for an hour a day and within this hour we have  access to toilets, showers and to wash our clothes. What could you do in an hour?
"Some men line up to use the toilets instead of using the pails in their cells. Everything is a hustle. "Imagine a constipated  prisoner gets a chance to go to the toilet with a long line of men waiting behind him; he makes his situation worse when he forces himself.
"Even though the system has bene successful in reforming some prisoners mentally their health will be no good because they do not get proper exercise and sunlight. The society destroys its people by  paying no heed to their cry. In return the people hit back at society for being neglected. 
"People in society who are stronger and more educated have to lend a helping hand; religion in prison is playing a very important part. Religion brings the mind to a high level of consciousness that a person's mind acts as a police for him. 
"When the mind reaches such a conscious state we do not need to have a police officer looking down at him. His mind keeps him in check. Bt even that is not being used to keep the prisoners in check. 

"There are many prison officers who understand the situation because most times what affects us affects them. Imagine in this day it is a man's job to come to work and open a gate for a man to go with a bucket of pee to throw away. Officers complain when they leave their clothes smell like the jail and that is just one of the ways in which they are affected. 
"As I get older I am seeing things differently, if I could change the life of one person who knows he could have been  heading to commit a crime that would kill my wife or children, if I reform this person, I save my wife or children. Many people do not volunteer to become criminals; some people are molested when they are young and there are other things that affect people at different stages in their lives that makes them go down the road to begin a criminal it is the resentment that is fostered which the people in power fail to recognize. 
"If they take this seriously into consideration when dealing with crime, then they can help a whole lot of offenders," Atwell ended.

Monday, 14 October 2013

             .. who's ready for the road?

      Jack the strategist: If Ian Alleyne is going to represent the Partnership, why not put Oma Lalla against him? After all the man who's known how to wheel and deal, successfully, at international levels, knows, as Bob Marley sang " How you're gonna get some food, Your brother's got to be your enemy."  So Jack can kill two birds with one stone.  He can put Om Lalla on the spot and get him to choose sides, given that Om and Ian seemed to be tighter than Jack and Om. If the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) stands a chance to win this seat it will be only because there is indeed a landslide, as some believe ,given the size of the crowds on the green bandwagon. So whoever Jack puts there, ought to win, if that is the trend.  It is easy to assume that even if he only succeeds in pulling votes away from the Partnership, handing it over to the People's National Movement (PNM), Jack will be satisfied. But it’s not that simple because he will certainly be pulling votes from the PNM, the unapologetic creators of the eat-ah–food culture which the vultures that hide under the cloak of the Partnership have taken to new “heights.”   So the PNM and the United National Congress (UNC), make the same difference.  And then there is Kamla.  Poor woman.  She got the job riding a wave of support of people who had a right to demand better and she was the only alternative.  And, too, because no one was man enough to take it, in the first place.  
On the other hand, there is Jackology.
 If the former FIFA Vice President is honest with himself- and the rest of us by extension- he should know that given this opportunity, a second chance by Trinbagonians, that he should not run an entire political party albeit one with more than 100, 000 members as he claims on the platforms, just like the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, (TTFF) (now changed to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, (TTFA), under new management) his vehicle to international infamy.
 That is just one of the burning issues which he has not addressed on his platforms as he wades into a Local Government Elections with a green army of more than 100, but with no structure, at all, within the organisation.
 Even if he wants us to believe that he is being pushed by this national wave and is going with the tide, then he must start by doing it right.
There must be the semblance of order.  It is a sincere thing. Constitutions are laid down for checks and balances, but in this dispensation checks and balances amount to “paper” as the hungry folks are calling it and there’s a feeding frenzy on the ground.  Greed is the new national culture, by and large.
But he ain’t ready for the road.
And Chaguanas West could turn out to be his equivalent of T&T’s 2006 qualification for the World Cup in Germany, being the smallest country to do so at the time, when it was most needed for Jack who for years that been climbing the FIFA executive ladder having been  the only man to rise from our football tragedy of 1990 as we slumped into a  national depression  and had to be satisfied with seeing  our best footballers  play themselves all over the international stage, (like Dwight Yorke’s   inspiring run with Manchester United ) with the red, white and black nowhere in sight.
 Nevertheless, the ring dong battle between Om and Ian is a certain distraction from these, among other issues which the Kamla must deal with is she is to make an honourable exit from the stage.  
 Madame PM has already decided her fate.  Backing down and out – and not accepting gracefully- the results of the Chaguanas West by election, refusing to face the people – none of whom had stained their finger in her former stronghold of Chaguanas West -was a clear sign that she did not find the warrior spirit, if indeed she had taken the time to dig deep inside herself, below the charade of politics in T&T.  Instead, she was taken by the charlatans around her, the people who line up to meet  her after she makes public appearances, who give advice  based on what they dream, foresee and other levels of deceit that may even amount to necromancy. Just as the Congress of the People (COP) failed to capitalise on the goodwill it had engendered along the east west corridor in 2010, the UNC has failed miserably at making sincere contact with its ground troops.
 So that is why, given the fact that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan seems to be  her prime strategist, ( his intervention, via telephone,  to get Ian Alleyne on board  smells like the Sec 34 email-gate) we will be in for a ring dong battle.
  What you won’t hear, at all, however, is about the white collar criminals in the midst, some of whom are party financiers on all three sides. Ian and Om will rip at each other’s throats in an emotional battle. And the high level gangsters will laugh all the way until they close the feeding trough and you are left with your finger stained and another empty bowl in front of you.
  Who set the tone?  Is it Jack, is it Anand? Six of one, half a dozen of the other?
 Even if she has no control over Jack, can’t the PM, as a grandmother and mother, try to set a different tone? Not so, she is showing herself to be the leader of that cabal.Wasn’t it Jack who a few months ago , who after  submitting  his resignation  (in fear of being dismissed and being made an international laughing stock) was begging the PM to save him from the PNM because if shedidn’t they were sure to go after Anand’s throat, afterwards?
 Now it won’t just be Ian and Om, but Jack and Anand leading, directing and strategizing a scandalfest.
 And that is how, dear folks, “they bribe with guns, spare parts and money, trying to belittle your integrity   through political strategy they keep you hungry.  Your brother’s got to be your enemy.
 Please let them know that what you know is not what they taught you.

 Jackology it is, but he ain’t ready for the road, either.
Om Lalla,
Ian Alleyne (right)  realises his dream  to officially enter the political arena. Sold!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Revolutionary or Mercenary?

The verdict is out on Annisette et al.....

                 Revolutionary or Mercenary?

Lost in thought: PM Kamla Persad Bissessar  and top cop Dwayne Gibbs.

To divide and rule could only tear us apart/In every man chest, there beats a heart.
Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries/ I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries.
 Bob Marley.

Discipline, Tolerance and Production. Those are the national watchwords, long lost to the crop of post seventies politicians- bar none. The destruction of our children is the whirlwind that we are now reaping, having tossed aside those words as every man took it upon himself to decide his own destiny , as it should be-.

Shamelessly none one found that his destiny was for the good of the people- all the people. Therein lies the work of God Almighty. It’s reached the point where the word politics is used so loosely that it can be interpreted to mean just about anything unclean.

It does not matter whether it is new politics, old politics, best politics or better. Or Best politics. We are now dealing with prison van loads of children who know neither discipline nor tolerance. Therefore there is no production.

The natural end result is that they become fodder for the criminal industry.

A criminal industry, which has been created and outlawed and sustained by the system which has trapped thousands of men and which could also reap thousands of errant girls if only because the police are still too old fashioned to acknowledge the extent of female involvement in the criminal industry.

The prison population will never give an accurate picture to his reality.

Just about one year before he passed away on March 30th 2005, Mirror editor, Keith Shepherd sounded a warning for two consecutive editions of the Sunday Mirror. One morning shortly after he arrived at the Mirror’s office in Barataria, Sheppy got a zeppo that a man was shot dead a short distance away at the Morvant junction. That was shortly after eight o clock in the morning.

Curious with his camera, the editor did not assign any reporter, but walked over to the crime scene, knowing that he would get there in time. They usually take long to remove bodies,.

On arrival as he took some photos, Sheppy observed the other youths who had gathered around the dead man lying on the side of the road, stone cold dead but with blood flowing through his bullet wounds.

They were not concerned about the murder as much as they were about the sneakers which he wore. Bling.As they commented about this, and Sheppy walked away, no doubt with his heart in his hand.

The rastaman then wondered aloud what the youths had come to. SMH, was what he was doing when he penned the story a few days later,.

That, he followed up a few months afterwards with a declaration to Hang then at 16…. One of the last pieces he wrote, commenting on the brutal mindset of the generation into which the gun had become as wanted a toy as the videogame was.

It was a natural progression. From virtual reality to reality. He had argued for the death penalty to be reduced for sixteen year olds to be hanged for murder.

He wanted to fight fire with fire- an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. It was his declaration of war.

He made his point and left quietly and we have lived to see 12 and 14 year old bandits and murderers. That fact is not yet recorded in the books of the criminal justice system for that matter because the police have not yet owned up to that, as they try to grapple with the older men who are leading those astray.

The criminal industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the years- it works hand in hand with the very system.

The jails need to be full for the lawyers to survive, strive or even thrive, depends on where you are in the scheme of things.

If there were no law breakers, there would be no need for a police service and an army, neither a coast guard nor the boy scouts.

And there would be no need for laws—and so no need for a parliament. Ent?

But, they are building another jail. You know where we are in the scheme of things.

As for the State of Emergency, thus far I am convinced that crime has long passed the stage of being “an urgent problem to address.’ It is now a matter of emergency.

Reluctantly, I make reference to the leader of the opposition, Keith Rowley, who in one of his sober moments declared that the country was under siege, after four murders were reported overnight in Arima.

Under siege, therefore, the national security bosses took the decision to fight their way out and played its biggest piece of trump, from the cards in hand. The Jack is still in hand and is yet to be played in a later round. If at least one or two high level car thieves from the Bamboo or cocaine importers from South Trinidad are not fingered and picked up, then it would be easy to say that the PP will get its Jack hung. And that is not the Fifa man.

A member of the Syrian mafia, or the Chinese mafia alone will not suffice, as this brutal town well knows.

With that said, there is some light for those who are not too blind to see.

I for one am breathing easier as I slowly and cautiously watch the police service empowered… a classic battle between good and bad playing out among the security forces.

In any team of cops and soldiers there may be a few corrupt ones. But each man is looking over his shoulder now that one example has been set.

A cop whose name- but not his face is a household name – has been transferred from his division where on more than one occasion he has been on the take from more than one drug dealer.

On the occasions that he busted a case, I was told, he was being used to play out one against the other.

The very same day that the news surfaced there was television footage of an Inspector,, praying with his men after they returned unscathed from the Rincon forest with a small arms cache.

Inspector John Daniels declared in his prayer ‘Lord we know this is just the tip of the iceberg”, after his men brought in more than 14 high powered rifles- albeit rusty old fashioned ones- and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Good officers who long wanted to do their jobs and were shut down by the corruption in the system seem to be seeing a dot of light in the tunnel.

The other blessing in disguise which the rabble rousing people have not yet seen is that the police are being forced to use intelligence- to do their jobs rather than execute people in drive by shootings that are no different to how the criminals operate.

It’s hanging over their heads that they must operate with the law; at least that is what the high powered criminal legal team of Israel Khan, Dana Seetahal Pamela Elder and Theodore Guerra ought to ensure.

And last Thursday afternoon national security got the biggest boost they needed when trade unionist Michael Annisette –President of the National Trade Union Centre-hosted a news conference to announce that he had information about 13 containers of illegal drugs that have passed through both the Ports of Port of Spain and Point Lisas.

Wasn’t that the kind of breakthrough everyone is hoping for, even though we are not sure if Annisette can tell us whether the drugs belong to the Colombians and the Mexicans?

Was he just talking for the sake of talking, to play a role?

If not, and he is in possession of such crucial and valid information then the police intelligence units are seriously lapsing if they have not yet questioned him to get more information about the very big fish that everyone wants to see hanging from a hook.

But chances are when they talk to Annisette he will sheepishly tell them something to the effect that he got the information from Ian Alleyne, perhaps.

And we know that Alleyne is the King of “It is alleged.”

And this brings us back to the question of the real revolutionaries. These are the elders who have failed tens of thousands of young people by not using the energy which they have suddenly found to generate some love—self love, at least among the endangered.

Their lyrics over the years that Ella Andall had warned, plaintively in song about the Missing Generation” have been nothing less than divisive as they selfishly seek their own interests while pretending to defend the interests of the people whom they have neglected, spiritually and socially for decades.

The biggest talkers who are making noise up and down the country are engaged in a power struggle.

But the only way we can overcome this little trouble is to come together.

I hope that “soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary/ 'Cause I don't want my people to be contrary.

Here endeth.

Friday, 6 May 2011

UNC or PNM insurgents undermine PP?


The scandalous 53 page questionnaire which is scanned and published above and below surfaced in the regular mail a few days ago. My information is that hard copies, only, have been distributed.

Obviously the person or persons behind  the document dubbed the People’s Partnership Mid term Test Papers have wisely chosen not to distribute the two page document via the internet. After all, emails are obviously monitored by security officials as well as all manner of hackers and easily traced.

So the original source of this document will remain a mystery.

The big question: Is this mischief is the work – aimed primarily at Local Government Minister Chandradesh Sharma and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar-of the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) or the United National Congress (UNC)?

If indeed, it was the work of the PNM, one would assume the plotters would not have placed the name of their leader as the person who should be on the receiving end of the completed questionnaire.

So did it come from the bowels of the UNC, as I strongly suspect?

Fingers are certainly pointing in that direction, since it has been trendy for a couple of disgruntled, albeit diehard UNC supporters to trade all kinds of nasty information about their politicians; stuff that would normally be kept in the closet.

Early o’ clock, I figured that the worms or Trojan horses within the party are hell bent on making it hard for Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar. They alone know the reason.

After all, the questionnaire is clearly not aimed at steering the national debate in any positive direction. Even if it is meant to hurt the PM and some of the people who are perceived as close to her like her sister Wattie and the Local government Minister it can only keep the people mired in kangkalang.

UNC freeloaders- whose first interest is not the national good are no different to their PNM counterparts.

Give them a chance they will destabilize this society by any means necessary. This questionnaire was edited  for obvious reasons.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, however and if there’s truth in some of the statements posited as a questionnaire, then I wait for the mark to buss….. in the national interest of course.

 And now the remaining  nine  scandalous questions

Monday, 2 May 2011

State of the Nation: Tornado in a tea cup

State of the nation:

           Tornado in a teacup.

Where there’s love, there’s unity, where there’s unity, there’s progress.
It’s so simple, but the message is lost in the cacophony of what passes for national debate in Trinbago which we are apt to call a “blessed land.’

Every man with an ego that’s larger than life is fighting, whether he’s using divisive language to score points on others on the block, in the rumshop, at the office, in the boardroom, in parliament or just about everywhere they meet in caucus.
They are planning and plotting to bring down somebody, taking power into their hands, just as it was done to Jesus Christ who ended up nailed to a cross in Golgotha for speaking the truth.
After they crucified him in a manner most vile and placed on his head a crown of thorns, drove nails in his hands and feet , thinking that by placing him between two thieves they would have made him a thief worthy of his punishment they walked away satisfied with a job well done; beating their chests .
They did not know that by killing him they gave him new life! Thousands of years later, even the inheritors of the kingdom of spiritual wickedness still call the name of Jesus Christ, when it is convenient to them.
Because they will stop at nothing short of death: to kill an idea, to kill an ideal , to mash down hope, ultimately to crucify not just a man ( or woman) but the truth ,for in all that they say and do they do not practice the one commandment that supersedes all else, “Love one another.”
As the legend Bob Marley lamented “if puss and dog can get together; what’s wrong with loving one another! And so there is no progress at the office, in the boardrooms and in parliament.
They are running around helter skelter; their words and deeds showing them to be devoid of a sense of purpose. And so where there’s no conscience; there’s no consciousness.
It’s a tornado in a teacup; and even so my dear friend where they think they are being tossed and driven, the answer in blowing in the wind.
So, at this point I turn to another voice in the wilderness; that of Independent Senator Helen Drayton, whose contribution, in the Senate last Tuesday, on the Anti gang legislation, was lost on the cacophony of “he say, she say” that passed for a debate from both sides of the political divide in both the Lower and Upper House for several weeks.
Obviously, there was no space in the popular media for the reasoning of the goodly lady who questioned the severity of the legislation not on the grounds that the persons who drafted the bill had a racial bias against one constituency, but on the basis of the class differences.
Clearly she did not see the link between the draconian legislation and the stated philosophy of the Ministry of National Security as it moves towards community work and mentorship.
“What is the boundary of severity?” Mrs. Drayton asked late last Tuesday afternoon
“Can judges apply discretion in this bill with respect to non custodial sentences?”
Up to the time of writing, there was no answer; it must be blowing in the wind.
“All foreign legislation, that I have looked at ,make allowances because of the situation (that exists where poverty breeds crime),” she noted.
“Should there be an opportunity for reform?” the Independent pleaded, seeking clarification on the draconian 25 years sentences for persons accused, tried and convicted of being gang member.
“This is a dangerous piece of legislation because there is the high potential for abuse,” she said.
“ The police may not have evidence against a person about a specific crime but that person could go to jail for 72 days, with no bail, for being a member of a gang that committed a crime!
“The police only need to have evidence “reasonably” tending to show that he’s the member of a gang.
“He can be arrested based on a third party crime
“Normally in law the mere presence at a crime scene is not sufficient to say you commit a crime. This bill turns that around on its head,’ she warned.
“There’s huge potential for abuse in a justice system that not just imperfect.
"The legislation is weighted to disadvantage innocent citizens in some sectors.
“Crime is most visible in the poor and depressed communities, but it is most prevalent in the gated communities,” Mrs. Drayton noted.
“White collar criminals who steal development funds from youth have the means to clear their names when charged under draconian legislation.
“A person charged with depositor’s fraud will spend ten years in prison, though the fine is one million dollars,” she further explained.
“Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, fraud will get you ten years in jail and a fine of 500- thousand dollars.
“The foundation and the infrastructure is not there to support the legislation; to protect the life of parents and other children from gang members.
“What happens to the other children whose mothers are found guilty of not turning in one of her sons? the Independent Senator asked rhetorically.
“No government in this country has seen it fit to build an institution for children who need to be removed from danger,” she said.
It was at this point, nearing the end of her contribution to the Bill that Mrs. Drayton suggested that a Committee be established to monitor the operations of the bill to see if it meets the stated objective of the law.
“You must reflect to ensure that you are acting fairly and justly and equitably when producing this legislation,” Mrs. Drayton pleaded.
‘A few days earlier, in a move seemingly without much reflection and thought, the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment rolled into Malick /Morvant for a church service.
Commendably all the soldiers were rejoicing and praising God in the Church and it was supposed to be a good thing for the community.
Sadly, the church is located in the ghetto but is, in reality, so far removed from the people who require the healing.
The communities around the church are Never Dirty, Malick and Vegas for example, homes to men like Bill Francis and Cudjoe and these men have influenced people much moiré than the church ever did. Their influence lives on.
Folks have asked me to say they would like to see the army come to the community work and not stay within the confines of a church that is of no relevance to most of them, or lock up and beat people.
It does not make sense that soldiers are going to a church to sing and praise God when the bandits are just outside the door doing wickedness.
But then that is not likely to change, ent? After all Jesus trod the earth , and the seas, a free man, with no temple or church where he could have sat like a “Lord” and expected the people to come to him.
Indeed when he found the gamblers in the temple he mashed up the place!
And it was for doing good; for fighting spiritual wickedness in high and low places that he was nailed to a cross! Amen!