The recent flooding on September 22 brought to light the ever-present problem of plastic pollution—not just plastic, but dumping of all kinds of rubbish in our nation’s waterways. Also of interest, were the various letters to the editor pointing out that our largely uneducated citizens are to blame for this massive dumping problem.

While the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has placed many of their iCARE bins around the country, I don’t think many people know what they are for or that you can place PET plastic bottles, Tetrapak drink cartons, aluminium cans and glass bottles all in the same bin. More education is needed!

What is baffling to me is why then did the Government stop funding the Plastikeep Recovery Programme? Plastikeep was funded by the Green Fund and their main focus was education i.e. teaching the nation’s adults and children about recycling, why we should recycle and the effects of indiscriminate dumping on the environment. The iCARE programme, funded by the Green Fund, would benefit from the work Plastikeep did.

iCare received its first funding from the Green Fund in 2015 (according to their Facebook page). At the end of 2015, without warning or any indication of the Government’s intent to terminate its work, Plastikeep stopped receiving Government funding. Coincidence?

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The sea-stage fiasco is a textbook case exemplifying the difficulty of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago.

When asked by reporters on January 23 about the length of time required for the replacement of a passport, the Minister of National Security said he was “not comfortable” with it and indicated his intention to do something about it. He made good on that intention after taking a walk-through at immigration offices on Monday, as the situation persisted. The minister owned up to having “instructed” that the waiting time be reduced from five months to one month. Just like that.

There is rightly national concern about crime and there are very many views and recommendations put forward by the citizenry and various organisations, including businesses, on how to combat crime.

THE Government allowed pressure groups to sway them to bring legislation to Parliament for which the country was ill prepared, as one is only allowed by the framers of the law to smoke marijuana within the confines of one’s home, but with Carnival approaching the herb will be smoked on the streets, in Carnival bands etc, and the police will have their hands full to enforce the law.

I was looking forward to the OWTU doing something really big for this country apart from boastful words.

There are news reports that former United National Congress leader and prime minister Basdeo Panday is hopeful of cobbling together an amalgam of disparate political elements to form a viable third party as the upcoming general election looms large on the horizon.