It is very heartening that the Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, is concerned about the safety and welfare of children even though they are now out of school and largely in the care and supervision of parents, guardians, camp co-ordinators, caregivers, nannies and elder siblings.

Children are certainly at greater risk now that they are out of school and may or not be in constant supervision of responsible adults. In any event, out-of-control environments such as badly run schools and homes open up a whole new scenario that could have serious repercussions for the health and safety of the young ones.

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Having said that, the recent fatal incidents involving minors at home, on the road and in a bus are cause for serious reflection — serious reflection on how we care for our future generations and also on how we prepare for, prevent and deal with everyday dangers in and out of the safe confines of the home or school is needed.

“Prevention is better than cure” and “You’re prepared to fail if you fail to prepare” are only clichés until we put them to use in a practical sense. In other words we are always told that we should be proactive. It can be the difference between life and death.


THE Government’s selection of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union’s subsidiary as its preferred buyer for the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery is a path-breaking development for which the union must be congratulated.

IN the wake of the cancellation of a lopsided, scandalous multi-billion-dollar contract between the Housing Development Corporation and China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) for the construction of 5,000 housing units, it is alarming that no public official has been called to account for the many concessions the Chinese almost got but for the vigilance of the much-maligned mass media.

THE Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) must be congratulated on winning the bid for the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

With the impending national budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 in the air, there seems to be a blanket of fear descending on the citizens of this beautiful country.

I was very concerned when the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, revealed in Parliament over ten days ago that the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-­Bissessar, had allegedly tipped off Marlene McDon­ald that she was being investigated and her arrest was imminent.