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Give us the update on reform

Published: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

At this time about a year ago, Local Government and Rural Development Minister Kazim Hosein was claiming that Government was proceeding “full speed ahead” with the long overdue reforms to the country’s local government system.

Sensitisation sessions were reportedly in progress across the various regional corporations to fine tune the Draft Policy on Local Government Reform that had been accepted by Cabinet a year earlier.

In addition, work was reported to be ongoing, in conjunction with the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, on the legislative amendments necessary to give effect to the reforms.

At the core of this long overdue reform was decentralisation which would connect the people more directly with local government.

However, not much has been heard about the reform effort for several months. Minister Hosein, it is time for an update

Stop all illegal quarrying

As welcome as is the news from the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) of moves to stop illegal quarrying in Toco, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to destructive practices taking a toll on the environment in various parts of the country.

The high environmental cost of this illicit activity can be seen in many parts of the country, not only in terms of land degradation but also the threat to the health and safety of the surrounding population.

Quarries produce a lot of dust and noise, a lot of vegetation is lost and long after the activity ceases, its negative effects are evident. Indeed, the effects are long term.

Illegal quarry operators don’t even attempt to adhere to laws governing the industry, so there is no regulation of the level of noise, vibrations, or any consideration of measures to protect surrounding communities.

The EMA needs to take action against every illegal quarry, so remedial work can begin in affected areas.

Let’s do it again

This evening, the defending champions of the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), will be in action against the St Lucia Stars as the tournament gets going tonight at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.

A huge crowd is expected, most of them giving home support to TKR captain Dwayne Bravo and his team as start their journey to retain the regional T20 title.

Best of luck boys!

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