Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

Trinidad & Tobago Police are responsible for drug trade – Ryan report

T&T Police accused of being responsible for drug trade – Ryan report

March 24, 2013 – Stabroek News – (Trinidad Express)

Stakeholders and informants, both outside and behind prison walls, have accused certain police officers of being bandits.

“Police are frequently accused of being responsible for much of the corruption that exists in the drug economy,” according to the findings of the crime report put together by the five-member committee chaired by Prof Selwyn Ryan to enquire into the cause of criminality in the country.

In its findings on the issues of “Prison Reform, the Justice System and Policing”, the committee reported it was told by informants that they believe that between 30 to 40 per cent of the members of the Police Service were corrupt and that policemen were either “invisible members or associates of gangs or controllers of their activities”.   Continue reading

A child’s recollection of Easter in Guyana – by Claude Ho

EASTER IN GUYANA by Claude Ho

A child’s recollection of Easter in Guyana.

Easter in Guyana was a special time for children of all ages, regardless of religion. The following presents the memories of an Easter childhood in Guyana.

Good Friday :
But Easter was first and foremost about Good Friday. As children growing up Christian in Guyana, this meant 3 hours of church, from 9.00 am until noon for the entire family, no ifs, ands or buts. And also, of course, in keeping with religious traditions, no meat was to be consumed. Only what Jesus fed the disciples with, namely fish. So Good Friday was a quiet, calm, peaceful day. A day of reflection and prayer.

Easter Saturday :
But after Good Friday came 3 wonderful days of fun and frolic, at least for us kids. Easter Saturday was usually the final day that the kites got made.

In every house there was a master kite maker, and in ours it was our eldest brother, Patrick. He was a true master kite maker. He was the one who designed and built all the kites for us _ from the framework to the stringing, to the papering and then attaching the loop and tail.

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We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim – Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

[TED Talk – April 2013] – There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.

Lawrence Lessig has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he’s focused on an even bigger problem: The US’ broken political system. Full bio »

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