Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dangerous Automobiles In Trinidad and Tobago

T&T Government Must Enact Laws To Stop This Deadly Practice 

 With over 15 years working in the US automobile industry, It astonished me to see some of the  dangerous modifications that are made to automobiles in T&T. 

Imagine, engines from one manufacturer's model are regularly replaced with engines built for another's manufacturer model; they work too. 

Almost every part on an automobile is fabricated to fit any other make or model.  It follows that the after-market parts industries in developing countries are multi-million dollar businesses,  

But there is one part that is sold out of greed and purchased because of ignorance. 

Take a look at a recent picture . 

What you are looking at is the front end of an automobile being loaded on a flatbed truck.  The lady who purchased this was excited to have found and purchased it to repair her damaged automobile. 

Here is the problem.

Over the years there have been a number of newspaper reports about automobile splitting in two parts after a crash.  There have also been reports of automobiles splitting in two with no apparent cause. It is usually blamed on speed

The problem is no matter the level of expertise a welder has in Trinidad, metal cannot be welded to compare with a solid piece of steel.

Automobiles are built around what is known as a uni-body construction, a solid steel frame, one piece of metal; without any welds.   

That did not just happen to be that way.  The intention was that the frame would protect the occupants of the car in case of accidents.  It would bend but not break.  

Here is what happens when cars are welded. When you read the article notice that nothing is mentioned about the split automobile. 

The most recent was reported in the Trinidad Express,on November, 21st 2017;  

The point is knowing about the danger and not doing anything about it should be a crime.  These automobiles are dangerous to the general public, not just the person who made the decision to purchase and weld the front end of their car to their damaged vehicle.

Any predictions on when enacting laws that will prevent the sale of these parts?.   

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Police Snitches In Trinidad & Tobago

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Headline: Cops Stop Drug Deal In Casino Parking Lot.

This Trinidad Express new article, and many more like it begs questions.

The first question is who is more stupid, the cops or the snitches.

Time and time again, you hear or read the cops thanking the public for "providing information" that led to the arrest. Implicitly they are encouraging snitching, it makes police work easier.

They are also letting everyone know that it was a tip off.

They could not have done it by themselves. Of course they are right when they say that but why point to a source.

Think about this for a moment.  If I am a drug dealer, do I let the public know that I have 10 kilos of cocaine?  The public for that dealer consists of about two to five individuals who actually know about the cocaine, or a drug transaction at a specific location.

How hard is it for anyone to figure out that one of the three people who knew, ratted on them?  And what would an unscrupulous drug dealer do if he could not figure which of the 5 people who knew snitched to the police. No wonder so many murders occur without apparent motives.

The truth is that we should certainly "work to stop crime together" but not when one side tells everyone that it was information, not investigative work that helped to solve the crime.

If the police want to be honest, why not say nothing, Logic says that someone can be harmed because of the arrest.  Even when arrested with drugs, these guys make bail and are free to make things happen. Why risk it?

Please someone, tell the police to stop.

Also note that unless the picture in the article is fudged, to assemble and coordinate a force of that size; takes time.

It was not a quick tip but a planned operation

Read the short Trinidad Express article here

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Shrewdest Chinese Company In Trinidad and Tobago

The Richest Chinese Man in Trinidad and Tobago

Riddle, Riddle A Re: How does a Chinese Company, with a majority Chinese workforce, win so many humongous contracts in Trinidad and Tobago?  

It started with the PNM under PM Patrick M. and continued under PM Kamla, B.  This same company was recently awarded another major contract for the Curepe Exchange at over $222 million.

This is the same contractor that constructed the NAPA building in Port of Spain which had to be closed because of structural and maintenance challenges.

The following was copied from a Newsday article Sunday Dec 19, 2010

 SCG was also hand-picked by Udecott to work on the $250 million Prime Minister’s Residence and Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. The company was also awarded the contract for the $460 million Ministry of Education Tower project on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain after a tender procedure. 

SCG was also given a $150 million contract for the upgrade of the South Terminal of the Piarco International Airport. 
Days before the General Election on May 24, Udecott also signed off on a $180 million contract with SCG for the construction of several police stations throughout the country. 

SCG was further linked to the $44 million Chaguanas administrative complex and is on record as having constructed and played a role in the design of the church at Guanapo which was estimated at $30 million. That church – built in the name of the former “spiritual adviser” to Manning – is now subject to an ongoing police probe. 

Zhang, who is said to be Chinese, also had a private construction firm which did work for the State outside of work given to SCG though Udecott and otherwise

The question is how could one company win so many bids in our tiny twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago?

Not mentioning the obvious there are questions. Are there no other company in the world that bids are accepted?  Aare there locals who can compete, or are included in any contract accepted as a condition of the contract?  So many questions that are not answered.

Here's a link to a Newsday article headlined below Zhang's 5M House

The question is WHY?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Win A Trinidad and Tobago Hoodie On Facebook

Trinidad & Tobago Hoodie Contest ($25.99 Value)

Join my new Trinidad and Tobago Cyber Store page on Facebook, and you can be the lucky winner of the Hoodie pictured above.

Here's what you have to do to be entered to win.  Simple and easy.

1. Like the page from the link below.

2. Make 3 comments on the page.

3. A winner will be selected randomly on Saturday, 15 July, the item will be shipped to you free of charge.

The link to the T&T Cyber Store on Facebook 

Note this contest ends on Saturday, 15th July but there will be more contests and give aways. Join the page and become eligible to win a prize.

Look out for huge discount after the store is launched.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

T&T Tobacco Companies Blantantly Ignore Tobacco Laws

Did You Know That Single Cigarette Should Only Be Sold In Wrappers Labeled:


In 2009, the Trinidad and Tobago Government passed the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, and in 2013 additional Regulations strengthened the Act.

Ostensibly the regulations were added because a number of studies highlighted per capita rate of  Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Trinidad and Tobago.

Treatment of NCDs has a direct cost investment in the maintenance of health and life. The cost of this destructive habit does not end with the high cost of cigarettes.  Quiting smoking can reduce incidence of potential ailments like heart attack, cancer, strokes.

The purpose of the act was to accomplish the following:
1. Protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke,
2. Prevent smoking by young people,
3. To restrict promotional activities by tobacco manufacturers,
4. Improve public awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, and
5. Ensure that consumers are provided with enough information to make more informed decisions on using tobacco products

Now how is that working for us?

1. Protecting Citizens from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke 

If you listened to the news reports and the printed media, you would think that this is all the bill was only about protecting people from second hand smoke.

You may remember, the first few days after the bill was passed, a man was arrested for smoking in a bar.

His case became national news.  That was the last time anyone smoked in a bar. Go ahead Laugh out loud.

Main street media focused on this this regulation exclusively.

For example, here is a Newsday article published when the Act was proclaimed.  .

The Trinidad Guardian article outlined the purpose of the Act but it too focused on this part of the regulation, maybe because the provisions would affect the general population. They did not do much better; here is what they had to report.

These articles engaged Trinbagonians in a conversation about the issues related to smoking in public.  It gave the Act  smoking, in effect on protecting now smokers form second hand smoke.
T&T Mass media and all the other enforcement agencies blatantly ignored the rest of the bill.  It was as if the Act only affected the common citizen; there was more.

2. Prevent smoking by young people:

The truth is, and to its credit, the agency responsible for advertising has been sharing the dangers of smoking with the use of the mass media.  As we, all know these ads, even if they are helpful, cannot work alone.

They are not working.  Here is the result of a survey done with youth as young as 12 years old.  If you observe the result, you will see that smoking starts at the young age of 12 and tapers off, as the child gets older, leaving quite a few tobacco addicted children.

According to an article written in 2014, 23 percent of youth in Trinidad and Tobago between the ages of 15 to 24 were smokers.  Read the article here 

The unrestricted access to individual cigarettes is one of the primary reasons for this trend.  The lawmakers recognized this and instead of banning the sale of individual cigarettes, they opted to use the following as part of the restriction.

“Where a cigarette is intended to be sold individually, each cigarette shall be wrapped and the message "SMOKING IS DANGEROUS" shall be displayed conspicuously on the wrapper”.

Have you ever seen such a wrapper?

3. To Restrict Promotional Activities by Tobacco Companies 

Now here is where it gets interesting.  According to the Act, tobacco companies operating in T&T must to specifics stipulations with respect to promoting and packaging cigarettes.

These include the labeling and a schedule of photos they are required to post on the cartoons and cases.

It would appear that the authors of the Act gave the Tobacco companies wide leeway when it specified that these images only appear on cartons and cases.

The Act specifically states that anti-smoking images should not be placed on individual packs.

Specific images that MUST be placed on cartoons and cases can be viewed on this pdf document; you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Cartons and cases are usually only seen by distributors NOT the majority of consumers.

The big question is have you ever seen these pictures on a carton?

Even with the advantage of not having to place the images on packs, the Tobacco companies have failed to comply with this aspect of the law.

Can you blame them; they have been not doing it for years. In addition, it would increase their cost even if it does nothing to reduce smoking in this country.

The enforcement agencies ignore these infractions.

4. Improve Public Awareness: 

Let us face it, except for mass media ads, the only time that the public awareness was a few days after the passage of the Act in January 2013.  The real question behind this regulation is; who pays for this awareness?  Who pays for the mass media ads?

Usually funds can be generated from the enforcement of the law, from fines and penalties.   It would appear that that because the law is not being enforced or only enforced on the general population.

What is odd here is that we know these ads do not work.

If you think they work, look at this Trinidad & Tobago 2011 (Ages 13-15) Global Youth Tobacco Survey

The entire survey results are full of interesting information.  Each section is interesting; the numbers tell its own story.  For the purpose of the point here, is what it said about the effect of advertising:
Media and Advertising
75.8% saw anti-smoking media messages, in the past 30 days
57.3% saw pro-cigarette ads on billboards or TV, in the past 30 days
49.0% saw pro-cigarette ads in newspapers or magazines, in the past 30 days
10.2% have an object with a cigarette brand logo
10.0% were offered free cigarettes by a tobacco company representative
They are getting the mass media messages but smoking among youth is increasing.

You can view the entire results of the Survey Here. 

Finally, the last intention of the Act was to:

 Ensure that consumers are provided with enough information to make more informed decisions on using tobacco products

This I leave to you, do you think that this is happening?

Do you think that if the tobacco companies complied with the law smoking will be reduced?

What should the Ministry of Health do about this?  Is it their responsibility?

What can you do?

Monday, May 15, 2017

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

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