Loraine Reyes-Borel

Loraine Reyes-Borel, executive director, Social Displacement Unit, and Martin Alves, administrative manager, Society of St Vincent de Paul, speak with Christopher Julien, a 92-year-old who lives at the Centre for Displaced Persons, ground level, Riverside Plaza car park, during a tour yesterday of the shelter by members of the Ministry of Social Development. 

I was on the committee started by the late Brother Steve Solomon of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, which assisted with the Centre for the Socially Displaced Persons started by the late ANR Robinson in the Riverside car park in Port of Spain.

I spoke to an official of the centre and they stated that the Government did a good job in providing funds so that the exterior of the building was repainted by a contractor; paint was provided to the residents, who assisted with the repainting of the interior; and the electrical for the building was also redone.

However, he was concerned about the inaccurate statements made by a police officer and officials from the Ministry of Social Development on the television and in print media.

The Centre for the Socially Displaced Persons has always made, and will continue to make, all efforts to help the less fortunate in our society, and reduce the number of homeless persons on the streets of Port of Spain.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been doing an excellent job, as it has been able to rehabilitate many persons and get them off the streets of Port of Spain.

Anthony J Arrindell

Port of Spain


Now that the lid has been blown off the 1997 Sabga Committee Report and the 2021 Judith Committee Report on the soul-crushing horrors suffered by generations of children in state care, we plead with the politicians and their loyalists not to compound the tragedy by exploiting these little ones for political gain.

The resumption of physical school for the children of Trinidad and Tobago has come with what some are deeming the “new normal” of conflict resolution in our society at large. Some appeared unaffected, while others struggled at ascertaining the source of this colossal habit; where was it bred and cultivated.

Last week I read two releases issued by the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young. Both releases refuted claims by media outlets and publications involving him and his work.

If one reads the newspapers and watches the news every day, it could be easy to despair about this country or even the world, more so since the start of Covid-19.

Never one to despair, my delight in this country and its people was heightened after my most recent experience at Massy Stores, Maraval, last Saturday.

When Mervyn Allamby was killed in July 2008, there was loud, prolonged ­harrumphing about the existence of gangs and gang warfare in the country.

His name on the streets was Kojo, young people saw him as their “Robin Hood”. He purportedly looked out for many of them. Disputes raged as to whether or not he was a gang member, or in fact the leader of one such organisation. He was known then as the owner and sponsor of a football team in some part of the matrix of hotspot areas among communities in San Juan. Jamaican dancehall sensation Jah Cure was reported as coming to the funeral.

Mr Andrews wrote an interesting letter to the editor on Saturday (“Rename roads with colonial names after our own heroes”). I agree names can change and perhaps they ought to, but I would like to suggest that we do not rid ourselves of them too hastily.

Many of the street names in Woodbrook carry a lot of history. Some are the names of Trinidadian veterans of the Boer War, for example. Others bear the names of the children of the owner of the properties that became lower Woodbrook. Often they are people who contributed something to Trini­dad, albeit in the colonial era.