Sunday, July 22, 2012

Why is Jack Warner Not Helping These Chinese People?

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You just would not believe how stupid some people can be.  For those of you who don’t keep up with the crimes in Trinidad and Tobago, two Chinese nationals were shot to death in a recent robbery.  Sad, but everyone is being targeted by youths who want to get rich on other peoples’ sweat. 

Jack Warner in his capacity as National Security Minister in his eagerness to show the nation how conscientious he is about his job visited the relatives of the murdered victims.  Of course, as has been his political style and habit he made a media pronouncement; he will help.   

He must have been referring to the death stipends paid to locals who are entitled to benefits.  He also offered them protection which as Minister of National Security it must not have been such an outlandish promise. 

OK, so big surprise today’s Express front page head line “No Help from Jack”
You can read the story from the link below but what's confusing is what were the relatives thinking when they opened up to reporters.  Why would they attempt to bite the hand that promised to feed them?  If anyone know people and especially government officials it would be the Chinese. Something is wrong here.  

Are they thinking that the story would embarrass Jack and by extension the government into getting tickets for 3 to China?  Actually no price could be put on the loss of a mother and father so it must not have been the funds for the tickets they wanted.  Just wanted the population to know not to believe promises by government officials.

Or maybe the reporters led them to believe that what they said would not be reported.  Sometimes these things are not what they appear to be but whatever the reason, I’m sure of one thing.

Jack Warner will not help them now.  

He has weather bigger storms than this. He reminds me of the Teflon Don of the New York crime family.  Nothing sticks on him.  Jack has something to prove with this new job. He will not allow something like that to get in his way of proving that he is the right man for the job.  

 In my opinion, by putting their concerns in the public domain they have ensured their fate.  Not openly but silently and behind the scenes.  All he has to do is nothing but now maybe he will do a little bit more than nothing.

OK, I may be wrong but I would bet that this is the way it will play out.  Read the article and share what you think.   

 Would you help them?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Video History of Trinidad & Tobago Steel Pan

A Documentary of How An American Teacher Appropriated The Art  of The Steel Pan For US Consumption

An unusual twist to the history of the steel pan.  The video was produced back in the 1956 it's intended to document the making of a steel pan.

The narrator is an American, Peter Seeger who also wrote a manual for playing steel drums.  It is an informative video especially for the local youth who are unaware of the origins of the pan.

Look at it to the end, you will see how the pan making art started propagating throughout the globe. At the end of the video when the narrator assured the pan maker that the pan would be heard all over America.

He responds with "Take me up to America" implying that he could make as many pans as they want.  But our visitor had already six hands on video documentation of how to make and tune a pan.  This is a very interesting video if you have an open mind.  Take a look at hit to the end.  .


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