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and greetings to each and every one of you. I hope everything is
great in your life, with your families, as well as in your world!
heart has been heavy~~~so very heavy due to the "State of
Emergency" (SOE) that is currently taking place in my
country of birth - Trinidad.
[Which from many accounts may be extended, and which is being
debated in Parliament as I write.]
I was utterly somber a few days ago as Trinidad and Tobago observed
it’s 49th Anniversary of Independence from British Rule [Becoming
a member of the Commonwealth Family of Nations back in 1962.]
this special day~~~the 49th Anniversary, citizens of these
beautiful sister islands (including myself;) should have been
expressing the pride for our country.
And celebrating the many social and economical progresses; as
well as the many strides the country, and we as a people have made and
achieved to becoming a “FIRST WORLD” developed country [over
these 49 years.] Moreover,
the citizens should have been celebrating the freedoms that they, and
their forefathers so intensely struggled and fought for throughout the
years from oppression; persecution; inequality; justice; liberty; and
instead [SADLY] citizens were moving around “under a dark cloud”
not feeling the need to commemorate this special occasion; nor feeling
the joy of freedom! Just
hustling and bustling to get their chores done, and to complete their
little get-togethers with their families and close friends so they could
return to their individual homes before curfew began. Indeed, there were absolutely no communal harmony whatsoever,
and many were simply not in the mood for parades; nor were they in the
frame of mind to show their pride for their country…[due to this
State of Emergency.] From
conversations with my relatives many stated: “wha we have to
celebrate…nahhhh man, we not celebrating ah thing.
Hum, look eh…there’s nothin to celebrate down here!”
Further, from many accounts the parade/s were poorly attended,
and the day was like any other day to many.
Additionally, there were no fireworks used specifically in
Trinidad at the conclusion of the day, as well as at whatever little
public celebration/s (as it has been done for many years.)
Clearly, from these accounts there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO
Thanks to some of my associates for helping me realize I am not alone with the somberness I feel, and not alone for being a bit distressed. Thanks to them for helping me place my outlook on things in prospective; and made sure I read and absorbed what Trinidad and Tobago’s First Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams stated during his first speech to the nation [on the day Trinidad and Tobago received their Independence - August 31, 1962.] I absolutely realized NOW why my heart has been so heavy, and why I have been stressing so much over this situation; simply because his words are what we have lived by, and still do ~~~ they are what we have been taught ~~~ and they are what has been embedded into my/our soul from birth.
I agree with many of you…OH YES [as
I stated in my last week’s commentary] I too saw that crime
was becoming an issue in my country.
However, many of you know the root of the problems; and surly the
POWERS THAT BE know it as well, and know more than you or I do!
They absolutely know the details, and the source of the criminals
and their activities. Without
a doubt, they know the who/s, where/s, when/s, what/s, why/s, etc.; and
most importantly they truly know the WHO are behind all the crimes, and
cruddiness taking place in Trinidad and Tobago. And one would think they would have easily and quickly go
directly to the root of the problem, dig it out, and eradicate it (once
and for all). Without
taking such drastic and harsh measures with this State of Emergency and
Curfews (LOCK DOWN)…Striping the citizens of their freedoms, and
rights to do anything or even say anything.
Precisely taking away what Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams
addressed in his first Independence Speech years ago as he address the
I mentioned [above] "losing rights to say anything...freedom
of speech;" my mind ran across the 14 year old girl who
authorities felt made some serious threatening remarks to
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
they felt she threatened the Prime Minister’s life); and who was taken
in to custody early this week (briefly) for questioning.
Todd and I looked at this child’s video over and over and over
again, and we both felt it was just a parody…a joke…just a child
portraying/imitating comically what a pensioner would say --- or
how they (the pensioner) reacted to the LOCK DOWN (chances
are: it was something she heard and repeated in a comedic way.)
Indeed some vulgar language was used, but again she was clearly
acting --- portraying ---imitating an elderly person/a pensioner who is
angry about the LOCK DOWN. Such
as how Tyler Perry portrays "Madea."
I’m glad they have released this young girl, and I understand
the Prime Minister will meet with her; which is a good thing.
However, a friend mentioned that she believes The Prime Minister
will mentor this young lady, and that is even better!
too, I find myself often wondering what will happen with the 100s and
100s of citizens who are not criminals, and who have been arrested and
is being detained without explanation...held without bail+trial; and
will be held in custody without any communication with their family,
etc. for up to 120 days. I
can certainly imagine how their families are feeling because they
don’t know the whereabouts of their loved one/s (who to them simply
vanished from the face of the earth)…IT MUST BE HEART-WRENCHING!
though it is difficult during these poignant times in Trinidad, I know
many of you still have faith in your social ideals and values, and most
importantly in DEMOCRACY; and absolutely have the capacity to deal with
any difficulty (such as what is taking place in Trinidad today).
I know this faith; as well as prayer will keep you strong and
united; and will carry you through this difficult time.
I strongly feel it is important that us the citizens work
together NOW to build a bright and promising future for our country…we
can overcome any task or difficulty that is placed before us UNITED.
I leave you with a 4 part series of a fantastic video on Trinidad and Tobago, which ends with the sister islands gaining their Independence. These series are entitled “This Land Of Ours." Click on each picture to launch the videos. [Courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism, and powered by YouTube.]
TOGETHER WE ASPIRE…TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE!”
Thanks to many of you my on-line family and friends for your wonderfully educational and thought provoking feedback. I must also thank my husband "Todd Mangatal" for his input regarding the many discussions, research, and his assistance in the conveying of this important issue.
Again, share with me your
thoughts on the above issue. I
am always delighted when I receive them; so please keep them coming in,
as it helps me to learn and improve my way of thinking and seeing
Happy Labor Day
Now, back to the country that has adopted me...has afforded me the opportunity to live a good and happy life; and which I call my home. Yes, a major celebration will be taking place this Monday in the United States of America - LABOR DAY!
Holiday is upon us ~~~ the last big holiday of the summer!!!
However, this holiday has a more significant meaning: It is dedicated
to the social and economic achievements of American Workers.
An annual national tribute [and celebration] to the contributions
workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of this
This special Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer for most, and in our communities here on the East Coast quite a number of us take the summer out with a huge bang; as we celebrate at the exciting New York Labor Day Caribbean Carnival/Festival presented by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. I must point out though, for many of us this last holiday weekend is normally spent with family and close friends at barbecues, parties, picnics, beaches, and just trying to have lots and lots of fun. Further this holiday is often used to reconnect with family and close friends, as well as bring balance to the important things in our lives.
wish you an enjoyable and lovely Labor Day Holiday Weekend, filled with
family, fun, barbecues and even mas and revelry.
Most importantly may you have a safe holiday, and please don’t
drink and drive.
Hurricane Irene - Natural Disasters
...And the gorgeous,
humongous tree that stands very close to our bedroom window still stands
in all her glory; upright and beautiful as ever, with many of her large
limbs still in tack…THANKFULLY!!!!
Oh dear, the state of worry Hurricane
Irene had many of us in was nerve wrecking!
For me she was all she was expected to be; with high winds and
torrential rains that lasted for hours and hours and hours in my area (the
days and night of August 27th & 28th.)
The destruction she left in her path from North Carolina to New
Jersey has mounted to billions, and the economic cost is steadily
rising. Businesses are
destroyed, as well as homes; trees has been rooted up; and power lines
are down (still today-6 days later.) Unfortunately and sadly many lives were lost as well!!
As unconventional as we are, we didn’t think it was necessary to run to the stores to purchase extra food or water. Therefore, we were unprepared! [Something NO ONE should ever do.] Our personal experience with Irene was one that will forever remain in our memory banks. We sat in our bedroom talking about everything, and listening to the roaring winds and watched out of our window as our beautiful tree rocked to and fro. It was amazing watching the branches beat against each other violently. And the torrential rains came down intensely-thumping loudly upon our roof.
As I had been doing all day~~~I continued praying throughout the night for the tree to stay standing; and prayed that if it had to fall, that it would fall away from our home. I prayed also that the leak which was recently discovered in our roof would NOT expand or get worst. Gee...it was difficult falling asleep, but I eventually did; and on numerous occasions I was awaken by the fierce wind gusts and the heavy and steady downpours of rain that was beating against our windows and roof.
As morning approached, the weather
eased up a bit. The clouds remained though; with sporadic
downpours of rains and the winds remained gusting pretty badly as well.
surveying our area/county, I was relieved to see that most of the trees
were not rooted up, but branches and large limbs had been ripped
off. There was also some major flooding in some areas (in
Maryland). I was even more relieved to see the trees to the
entrance to our neighborhood, which are targets for lightening were
Tens of thousands of people are still without electricity here in Maryland, and I understand flood waters still cover the streets in Patterson, New Jersey (which was hit the hardest.) I know for a fact Amtrak trains traveling along the North East Corridor terminated their services in Philadelphia earlier this week due to high waters in New Jersey. Overall, there are losses in billions (approx. 20 billion in damages so far; which includes lost work, wages and flooding). I understand 3-6 billion will be paid out in insurances. One major positive regarding this devastating situation is: there are thousands of construction jobs that has opened up.
this month is National Preparedness Month, I urge you to get yourself
and your family prepared for any natural disaster that may occur
(whether it be a hurricane or earthquake; or any disaster for that
matter). To learn more about preparedness log into www.ready.gov;
or www.fema.gov; and finally CLICK
HERE TO obtain a Hurricane Safety Checklist (since we are in the
midst of Hurricane Season.) [Courtesy of The American Red Cross.]
"FlashPoint" - Presented by Hollis Lashley
Mr. Hollis Lashley is back...yippyyyyy! And this week he shares with us "The Yellow Bus". Please remember in a few weeks his event "FlashBack" will take place - on September 23, 2011. You will find Mr. Lashley and his partner's event flyer among our “Featured Event" below. Check it out for all the details.
Hollis Lashley message to the Arious Family
Hello Arious Family: Sorry about last week, but I was on another "beat" and could not respond. Hope all is well and do enjoy the Labor Day Activities.
Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
"The Yellow Bus"
Author, Gifts From the Heart
To Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste who won the bronze medal in the women’s 100m finals at the 13th IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea, earlier this week. Ms. Baptiste clocked 10.98 seconds. Congratulations also the 1st place winner (Gold medal) of this race: USA's Carmelita Jeter, and 2nd Place (Silver medal) winner - Jamaica's own Veronica Campbell-Brown. Ms. Campbell-Brown also won the Gold Medal in the Women's 200m final.
Congratulations also to Kirani James of Grenada who won the 400m Final. Kirani is the 3rd youngest man to win this 400m race; and he did it 3 days before his 19th birthday.
Congratulations to all these wonderful athletes who are competing and winning in this important Championship in South Korea; included our favorite Mr. Usain Bolt, as well as all the other athletes from the Caribbean~~~the United States of America~~~and around the world... CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!
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