AS elderly and child abuse continue to saturate the national discourse because of its rampant prevalence in our country, I would like to suggest that consideration be given to include a mandatory clause within the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019 currently before a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliament to cause the Local Government bodies through the 14 municipal regions in Trinidad to play a more pivotal role in the fight against this societal scourge.

In the case of Tobago, the THA Act can be amended accordingly. Periodic and impromptu visits to these senior citizens, homes and day care centres in each municipal region, from its building inspection, public health and municipal police departments can be expeditiously and routinely carried out.

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Moreover, since each region is further sub divided into electoral districts, each represented by a councillor, each councillor, acting as a concerned citizen and monitoring agent should also pay periodic and impromptu visits to these homes and day care centres that fall within their respective jurisdiction (electoral district).

Furthermore, it should be made compulsory for such establishments to be registered and licensed, and applications for annual renewal of licences should be accompanied by a recommendation from the councillor, building inspector and public health department.


IN poll after poll, year after year, Jamaicans are wont to name crime as the country’s number one problem, which is astounding, given that poverty is such a pernicious element of life here and should easily occupy that dubious distinction.

ASK any politician to choose between making a policy decision that is for the long-term good of the country and one that will get him or her elected next time around and you arrive at the raison detre for our 2020 budget.

Sometime ago before the budget presentation by the Minister of Finance I wrote an article entitled, “The race to the bottom”. This article presented a scenario for our small, open economy in which the energy sector was unable to provide the rents necessary to fund the imports required by the on-shore sector; to provide the economic activity that with Government employment, occupies some 96 per cent of the workforce.

When Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, spoke at the Spotlight on the budget event on October 10, and again on i95 Radio on Thursday gone, he repeatedly said (as I am sure he has at other fora) that the country has to go into a different mode of operating—essentially doing more with less and getting better value for money.

THE Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TTAT) recently issued a public notice that the continued broadcast by “any subscription TV broadcaster airing channels ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox must have the legal right from the copyright owner to do so”

Not too long ago, everything we needed to know was taught to us by our families, communities, elders, friends and in schools. Today, with a very changed world, much of that learning is not provided by those groups and what is provided is not geared to dealing with and thriving in our new world.