Showing posts from January, 2010

The Hate and the Quake

Disaster has a way of galvanizing the human spirit activating an instinctive desire to reach out and help. When most people think of the horrific destruction Haiti has just experienced, they cringe while simultanously thanking God that it's there and not "here". It would appear, given Haiti's economic and social status in the world, that suffering is not a criteria for compassion.

Many theories have been mouthed globally to rationalize the recent quake. There are many answers to the question: Why Haiti? Why now?

Rev. Pat Robinson theory is that Haiti had a "Pact with The Devil". A statement that labels him as either an enlightened visionary or the most insensitive, disconnected preacher in North America. Most people in this part of the world thinks that he is a publicity seeking hound using this tradegy to gain global exposure with outlandish pronouncements.

In the piece that follows a distinguished scholar at the University of the West Indies, Sir Hillary …

The Great Earthquake Survival Controversy. What to do?

The following information is being currently circulating by email with advice from an alledged "expert" rescuser, Doug Copp. Read it then click the link below to get a completely different view point. Question is: Who do you believe? Your answer, if it's right, could save your life. Read on...


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue TeamInternational (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries.

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years.

I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled…

Profitable Humpty Dumpty English

Stand Up For Your Rights

We should all learn this marketing lesson from Digicel TT, one of the two cell phone providers in Trinidad & Tobago. This company spends millions wooing customers then they enforce operating policies that recoups insignificant investments in phone chargers. Yes, you read that right, phone chargers.

Here’s Digicel’s unwritten policy: Customers get a 30 day warranty on every cell phone purchased but there are no warranty on accessories. Their humpty dumpty language says that "chargers are accessories" the meanings of accessory has changed so as not to make Digicel liable for defective chargers. One would assume that intelligent people running such a huge company would be able to rationalize that chargers are "necessities" not “accessories”.

But here’s the kicker; this particular redefinition has nothing to do with profit because I’m sure that chargers are not profitable to Digicel. After all, they are selling AIR TIME in the tune of mil…

Are You Cold Yet?

Reading reports out of Europe and the US shivers my imagination with memories of many harsh winters spent in New England. I know that professional weather men can miscalculate and instead of light snow whiteout blizzards hit.

I recollect my initial amazement at the attention everyone paid to the weather reports. That amazement quickly turned to appreciation when I experienced the quick changes in the weather.

Before I left Trinidad, maybe because I did not pay attention, the weather and the temperature was not important. In this region there is a rainy season and dry season; that’s it.

Two months ago the Commonwealth Head Of Government met here to discuss climate change. Maybe that had something to do with it but suddenly...

It’s cold here now. Most locals would agree the nights and early mornings are a lot colder than it has ever been. Cold for the natives here is anywhere near or around 70 degree F., mormally it like this.

Even people who know the cold feel it here. A family m…