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Family and Friends: It's a pleasure to once again be able to vibe
with you. Greetings to each and every one of you.
I truly hope everything is fabulous in your life, and with your families,
as well as in your world!
hope your Labor Day Holiday was peaceful and wonderful; as well as
this past week.
my husband - Todd and I, our time over the long Labor Day
weekend was spent listening and viewing the Trinidad and Tobago Members
of Parliament debate the important issue of extending the country’s
State of Emergency (“SOE”) that was imposed on
August 21, 2011.
kindly bear with me as I share my thoughts and feelings, plus ask
questions regarding my country’s (Trinidad and Tobago)
State of Emergency.
over the entire weekend looking at, and listening to the debates I
was left feeling disgusted; and so very sick of the ignorance I
observed and heard!
The fighting, blaming and debating with facts,
figures and statistics of years past from the Ruling party -
“The People Partnership” (“PP”) of how
the Opposition party – “The People’s National
Movement” (“PNM”) took the country to the
awful state it is in now specifically regarding crime.
I particularly heard through all the rhetoric from the “PP”
[Do not question our
party’s decision to call a State of Emergency…you brought us here
while you were in office, so be quiet and stop with the questions
of why we did what we did (impose this SOE).]
I felt they had wasted my time with this debate, because nothing
was brought to light regarding taking such drastic actions.
It was just a room full of ignorant and obnoxious people simply
playing the “blame game,” and constantly bashed
each other and each other’s party. I strongly felt a major personal fight was taking
place, and not a fight for the people…the citizens of the
country they serve. OBVIOUSLY
THIS COUNTRY HAS NEW GOVERNANCE, BUT THE SAME OLD POLITICS WERE AT
[Hum, all the change the Citizens voted for was not/and
has not taken place…it was just the same old mess, but with a
I examine what I heard further, I am still left in awe
(today) over their overt disrespect for the people/citizens and
felt it was wrong to be questioned regarding their true decision to
impose the SOE, as well as the extension for it to be
upheld for 3 additional months.
However, any right thinking member of society
[citizen] would/should question the true reason for the SOE;
but NO true or clear explanation was given during these several days of
long drawn out debates regarding why the sister islands were placed
under this State of Emergency, nor why the “PP”
felt the SOE needed to be extended for 3 additional months.
Which, by now you must have heard has been voted upon and
passed. (Of course it would pass, after all the ruling
party - “PP” is the majority in Parliament.)
YES we are hearing loud and clear the SOE was imposed due to the
CRIME situation…GANG situation.
However, how could this be the case when The
Anti-Gang Act was passed and recently implemented to handle
the gang/drug situation; and most importantly the National
Security Minister Brigadier John Sandy made a statement regarding the
percentage of citizens who are actually committing the crimes:
would think with this small number of citizens who are actually
perpetrating these crimes, surly the Commissioner of Police and
his Police Force could have easily apprehend these 0.003% WITHOUT
the entire country being placed under a State of Emergency.
Whereby, stripping the citizens of all their human rights.
[Bursting into their homes whenever they feel like it;
ransacking and destroying their personal property; in many cases
brutally abusing them; as well as arresting them and throwing them
in jails without explanation.]
the above example is of a media official (who was able to share
his story…his ordeal.)
this is one of the media officials who has shared his feelings publicly
and openly on the airwaves about the State of Emergency.
Hum…Hum, could it be that due to Mr. Gill’s position
he was released? Hum…Hum…Hum, I can’t help but wonder
is the media being targeted?
And if so, why?
truly cannot understand why such an arrest in the manner it took place
is being done under a State of Emergency; how is what John Gill
arrested for a threat to the country? [Remember this is only a
traffic violation for a small amount of money; not a murder,
not a crime, nor any violence committed by Mr. John Gill!]
Honestly, one has to wonder:
was this really about an outstanding ticket; or was it a message
to the rest of the media? INQUIRING MINDS
WANT TO KNOW!
the important question in my head is: how many other folks are
being detained for no serious reasons...in-fact for NO REASON
WHATSOEVER? How many others have stories like this, we
are not hearing; and who are still jailed, without any way
to reach their families or the media to share their stories?
I wonder who are; or what is taking place with the other 873
citizens who are being held in poor conditions, without
bail, without their families knowing where they are, without
knowing what will happen to them.
I understand too~~~the ratio of the race of people who are
being arrested is disturbing since a very high percent are of African
you see friends, family and follow citizens; many in
Trinidad and Tobago are being dragged out of their homes at all hours in
the night/morning by large amounts of armed Police Officers for minor
Many are being physically abused by Police Officials for no
apparent reasons; and property are being destroyed in the process.
Many folks with mistaken identity are also being picked up and
being held in jails/detained for enormous amounts of time.
I understand too, that quite a bit of citizens who are
behind in their Child Support (Called Child Maintenance in
Trinidad and Tobago) are being picked up, charged,
and detained/held in jails. Many are
stating they were not entitled to make a phone call to alert their
The facilities where the arrested are being held from many
accounts are described as inhumane…the conditions are very poor.
WOW, MARTIAL LAW…RIGHT?
it is clear that The Powers that be…The Forces that be are clamping
down on the people. In fact, clamping down on the
entire society in Trinidad and Tobago and their fundamental human rights
and freedoms clearly are revoked.
The people are suffering badly.
And THIS ABSOLUTELY DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE…it is pure madness
and heart-wrenching as well.
INQUIRING MINDS REALLY DO WANT TO KNOW!
the ruling party (new administration) ever considered how
deeply this would affect the people of the country?
Moreover, affect their state of life, and even their livelihood?
to the curfew imposed economically many are being effected. Those
who earn a living from working in various jobs: Casinos, Gas
Stations, Hotels, Nightclubs, Restaurants, Movie
Theatres, etc.; as well as owners of businesses that make a
majority of money during the hours the curfew is upheld are suffering.
to many this “FOR THE SAKE OF CRIME” explanation for the SOE
is no longer working! Oh NO, not for the citizens at
home or abroad; especially since it was stated that there has been
a reduction in crime since the new administration took office.
am going to take a few more moments to examine this madness
further (only for clarification and sharing;) and I invite
you to share and help me understand what is going on.
if # 3 is true then it is outrageous; and makes no sense!
How can a country be held hostage from threats from drug dealers. To make matters
worst it has been reported that The Columbian Government has sent a Diplomatic
letter to Trinidad’s Government stating to the effect: “why
were they not informed about their citizens who are entering their
country to commit these terrible crimes?"
I ask what is really going on in this country; and why such
drastic measures are taken by imposing a State of Emergency until early
December of 2011? What
is really going on in the country for such drastic measures to be taken?
Why was the civil and fundamental rights of the citizens needed
to be taken away…why did it need to be stripped (why does it
seem that the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago is being dismantled?)
WHAT IS THE REAL REASON FOR THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY???
Before I close out, I have two more questions that I wish to get answers for.
OF IT MAKES SENSE; and I say once again, what’s really
going on in Trinidad and Tobago? My discussions and
questions above is only to try and make sense of the situation,
and it is my right as a concerned citizen to do so!!!
close again this week by saying:
I feel it absolutely important to share with you once again the 4 part series of a fantastic and positive 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 extremely thought provoking feedback. I must also thank my husband "Todd Mangatal" for his great input regarding the many discussions, research, and his assistance in the conveying of this important issue. Thanks for graciously tuning into the country's news, when I am unable to...when I simply don't have the time to do so.
Again, share with me your
thoughts on the above issue.
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
So, I move forward to talk about the 10th Anniversary of a sad and devastating attack on America. An attack that was heart-wrenching for many of us.
This Sunday, September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of one of the worst day in American History, and which many of us will never forget.
Yes, we will never forget right here on American soil, 4 hijacked planes each crashing into different targets: (1) the North Tower of the World Trade Center, New York; (2) the South Tower of the World Trade Center, New York; (3) The Pentagon in Washington DC - American Airlines Flight 77; and (4) in a field in the state of Pennsylvania - United Airlines Flight 93.
this very sad day we held our hearts, covered our mouths in
disbelief, and in distress we cried because of what was taking
place right on our American soil, and most importantly we cried
and mourned for the many lives that was lost on that day.
From this very tragic event we lost nearly 3,000 precious
lives, all from different nationalities and religion, which
included Firefighters and Police Officers.
What a horrific day this was for all in America and for many
around the world [one of the worst in the nation's history.]
On this painful day by the grace of God many survived, but many
were badly injured and/or burned severely (40% of the survivors were
I remember asking some years ago via this E-Newsletter where you were, and what you were doing when America stood still for a moment, when America’s soul was ripped out, and when America cried and mourned deeply for so many lives lost.
you remember where you were, and what you were doing?
I’m sure all of us do!
For Todd and I, we were moving along with our daily routine like many of you were. I have shared my accounts of that awful day in the past, and I share it once again below. I implore you to share with us what your day was like...your experience on this horrifying day.
Personally, all I could think about during the time was the pain those who were trapped in the building were enduring, feeling sickened as I watching on TV the many who jumped out the windows of the buildings; and watching their bodies fall as they appear to be like birds falling from the sky. I remember praying “Dear God...please send your angels to capture these souls as they fall; so that they will be nestled in the arms of your angels in comfort, as they are taken to you in peace.” I hoped that many didn’t suffer, that their end was swift, and that they were indeed in the arms of their God! What a very horrifying day September 11, 2001, was for all of us!!
After so many years have passed, please remember the approximately 2,974 lives that was lost on this tragic day. I ask that you keep the many families and friends of all the victims in your thoughts and prayers...they will forever mourn the lost of their loved ones. Hum, I wonder how are these families doing today?
The Survivors~~~Obviously, these survivors (even though they have suffered and may still be suffering physically and mentally) are thankful to be alive. However, there is no doubt the thought of that horrendous September morning (the 11th) will forever be lodged in their minds, as well as the victim’s families minds, and even yours and mine.
We must always keep this tragic incident in our minds and in our hearts, because this was a day most of us here in America felt powerless, and the incident itself was unfathomable and left us all grief stricken. Yes, we must always keep this in mind - losing so many lives at one time and in such a short time.
God bless America, God bless all the men and women who lost their life on September 11, 2001; and God Bless their families and friends as they struggle to move on with their lives after enduring such pain, suffering and losses. The healing will indeed take a lifetime and their memories will be vivid for years to come!!!
Remember The Victims of Katrina & Natural Disasters Continue
devastating and destructive incidents that occurred in American
history is Hurricane Katrina. Which took place 6 years ago on
August 29, 2005.
America’s greatest natural disaster: The horrifying and
destructive 3rd category storm “HURRICANE Katrina”
Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast 6 years ago, and due to its
storm surges hours after it made landfall the levees around the city of
New Orleans, Louisiana
were breached causing massive flooding throughout the city of New
Orleans (approximately 80%) and many surrounding
cities, including many coastal cities in Mississippi.
was the most destructive disaster in U.S. History and many lives were
lost; many families were separated; and many homes were
completed destroyed. Actually,
New Orleans lost 1/3 of its population [approximately 1836+
deaths], plus more than 800,000 citizens were displaced; and
due to the flooding the city was completely destroyed and wrought
approximately $110 billion
in damages, making it the costliest hurricane in US history.
[Seven states and more than 15 million people were affected.]
most upsetting, sickening, and disgraceful thing for
m; and for most of America about this storm
was the slow response for help from the US Government to the grief
stricken and frustrated victims and citizens of New Orleans and
surrounding areas. I
certainly will never forget the images I saw on the news/media,
which was overwhelming and which I never thought I would see happen on
American soil. The hauling of people into the Superdome as
if they were not human beings, but were cattle; the dead
that was laying in the streets, and the tears of grief stricken
children, mothers, sons, fathers, daughters and
entire families begging for help.
I understand the struggles to rebuild the city and for the citizens to rebuild their lives after these 6 years have been disheartening and slow. Yup, 6 years later things in New Orleans are slowly improving for the (Katrina) survivors, even through all the hardships they have endured. CLICK HERE TO READ AN UPDATE [Courtesy of the Associated Press-written by: Cain Burdeau, and Kevin McGill reported/printed by The Grio.]
On a more positive note, I read on the 6th Anniversary President Barack Obama spoke about the need for vigilance. He stated: "The sixth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina illustrates the need for the Federal Government to respond as best it possibly can to Natural disasters."
To read about any progress [or very little] that have been made to rebuilding this city and the lives of the citizens of this city PLEASE CLICK HERE [Courtesy of Huffington Post)! And for an extensive report on the progress, etc. CLICK HERE! Once on the page click on the "Full Report (located on the top left). (Courtesy of The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center]
As I close I ask you to keep the many who are suffering from the massive flooding on the North East (USA) [my area of residence] from the constant rains that have been falling NON STOP over this entire week. Which has resulting in major flooding; roads and bridges collapsing, folks losing everything due to the floods, and schools and business being closed for a number of days.
Keep in mind also the ongoing wildfires that are burning everything in its path in Texas. Schools and residents have been evacuated, and there are many road closures. To date over 3,582,000 acres have been burned across Texas.
Finally, say a pray for the those in Japan who recently endured a killer Typhoon earlier this week, where many lives were lost and many people are missing.
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
This week, Mr. Hollis Lashley shares with us "I am 76 and Tired".
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Hollis Lashley message to the Arious Family
Hello Arious Family: I just thought that this piece was appropriate to be quoted on FlashPoint. I hope you agree.
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