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Title: Tapia
Physical Description: no. : illus. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tapia House Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Tunapuna
Creation Date: October 24, 1976
Frequency: completely irregular
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Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Trinidad and Tobago   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Sept. 28, 1969-
General Note: Includes supplements.
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"POST EARLY for Christ-
mas..."
It wouldn't make a
difference, says the TAPIA
reporter who had a first-
hand look at conditions in
the sorting room of the
General Post Office in
Port-of-Spain.
In the latest in the
galloping series of post-
election industrial actions
and protests, postal work-
ers at the GPO have
stopped work in protest
against 'intolerable" work-
ing conditions.
Already there is a huge
pile-up of mail in the sort-
ing office, with 'no .clear
indication as to when the


conditions against which
the postal workers are
complaining, will be cor-
rected.
Angry postmen told
TAPIA that conditions of
work at the General Post
Office became intolerable
during the recent heat-
wave.
They don't drip a drop,
reported one sorter, point-
ing to the taps ini the
washroom.
He explained that with
the constant shortage of
water the toilets have
become clogged and the
stench has made the sort-
ing room completely un-


inhabitable.
Apparently, there is also
inadequate ventilation out-
back of the GPO. "Not
even a single fan," moaned
one sorter,
"Don't talk about the
lunch room," chimed in a ,
colleague. "If you bring a
bag with food, you think
you could rest it down
anywhere here?"
For dustbins, the post-
men use cardboard boxes,
brought in with mail by
customers.
The angry workers-are
saying that they have
reached the -stage for
action.


Cubana dilemma shows up WI


disunity. The big question:


O WILL ELL


TI^fH A^ Te') 4


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MOVING with impressive
speed, the Trinidad and
Tobago police arrested
two suspects for the ter-
rorist sabotage of the
Cubana Airlines plane on
October 6.
If the Trinidad sleuths
"solved" that crime, they
also succeeded in creating
a big problem for the
Caribbean governments in-
volved in the crash and
the investigations which
have followed. The pro-
blem: what to do with the
"Cubana Two"?
Whether we in the
Caribbean like it or not,
we have been launched
into a new and sticky
situation. Recent
incidents, climaxing in the
Cubana disaster which took
the lives of 73 West
Indians and other people,
show that the regime of
international terrorism has
been extending its frontiers
into our waters.
And the plain fact is
that a Caribbean consisting
.of a number of small states
and a.number of other
territories eager to exercise
full responsibility for their
domestic and foreign
affairs, .is frighteningly
vulnerable.
.Airplane hijackings,
bomb outrages, kidpap-
pings and fiendishly con-
ceived sabotages have
continued to be highlights


of international news. Big
countries strive to cope
with but fail to stop the
activities of increasingly
desperate groups who see
little reason to have regard
for human life.
If this plague of the
modern world is to be visited
upon us, then it is clear
we have-urgently to start
to remove the traditional
disadvantage of fragrmenta-
tion from which the Carib-
bean continues to suffer.
The obvious need of the
moment is for Caribbean-
wide security co-ordination
to be able effectively to
police our waters and air-
space.
Rapidly following. the
1970 disturbances in Trini-
dad, Commonwealth Carib-
bean governments moved
to adopt joint security
controls against regional
militants.
And it is ironic that the-
supposed threat of internal
"subversion" has provoked
these governments to co-
operative action, while the
now very real threat of
externally originated ter-
rorism finds them largely
unprepared.
Both Trinidad and
Tobago and Barbados own
airlines, and there must be
concern about the possibili-
ties of reprisals wrought
against these-countries by


the same elements who
engineered the Cubana
disaster.
Quite possibly, it is the
aim of the anti-Castro
forces which have claimed
responsibility for the
October 6 sabotage, to
regard those countries
which have moved closer
to Cuba as being legiti-
mately in their firing line.
With Barbados' depen-
dence on the tourist trade,
the mere suggestion that
aircraft flying to that
country are potential ter-


Suspect Lusano


rorist targets' could do-
endless damage. to the
Barbadian economy.
So the question indeed
is: who will bell the cat?
It's not simply 'a legal
matter which began to be
hammered out in agonised
sessions, midweek in Port-.
of-Spain.


Suspect Lugo


Practical considerations
must be weighed: the
SCuban and Guyanese sense
of outrage; the inadvis-
ability of appearing to
condone terrorism; the
Venezuelan concern not
to appear a haven for
anti-Castro elements; and
the vulnerability of Carib-
bean territories, generally
and individually, against
external threats of all kinds.
Whatever is decided must
point to the direction of
Greater regional co-opera-
tion, rather than. the
bickering now going on
between Barbados and
the "Co-operative Repub-
lic".


'De e p Th r oat' put Jaw s


on Guard an man


THE GUARDIAN has sat the Sunday Guardian come was being searched by the
tight on a story involving directly from the Police i:.: police. They found a fire-
one of its employees, Special Branch...- ,; T arm, but Blaize had docu-
Sub-editor, Wilfred Blaize, When Blaize: io ..'ais ents to show it was
whose home. was searched on Saturday dLi\ .appa-. licensed.
by the. police because, rently overld, on : ,. Since the incident Blaize
reports say, Blaize was such letter,. th Snday has stopped working on
blamed for leaving out a Guardian editor .ehnson Saturdays.
letter to the Editor of the Ince got a fast call from "il Last week Blaize, claim-
Sunday Guardian. Special ..Branch lficer, ing: it 5to be "a private
The bizarre event actu- known in the Guardian as matter",. refused to con-
ally took place before the "Deep Thrioa". .. ..firm or deny the report..
election and. it tends to Ince is reported to have All. he would say was: "If
support the often made put the blame :On Blaize.- there was a story, I would
charge that many virulently The next thiing Baiize. new, i "have written it."
anti-opposition letters to his Diamond .Vale home.. Andpublish it where?


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SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 1976


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gearing


for


first


dance show


"REVIVAL" is the
name selected for the
Trinidad Theatre Work-
shop's first presentation
of its dance company -
at the Little Carib
Theatre from Thursday,
October 20 to Sunday,
October 31.


Choreography for the
show has been created
by Carole La Chapelle,
Noble Douglas, Ken
McPherson, Stephen
Bobb and Trevor Red-
head.
Fourteen dancers
now make up the
Workshop's dance,com-
pany, a new offshoot
from the theatre activity
that the group, under
Director Derek Walcott,
has been engaged in for
the past 1f years.


Making up in preparation fobr their appearances in '0 Babylon ", are some of the Theatre
WVorkshop dancer-singer-actresses who will be showing their skills in dance particularly at
this weekend's "Revival" presentation. Loosening up at left is Greer Jones of the Work-
shop.


In recent years, Work-
shop members have
worked as actors, singers
and dancers in popular
productions like "The
Joker Of Seville" and
"0 Babylon!,"
T h e Workshop's
Dance Company is a
result of that kind of
approach to theatre, and
"Revival" is part of the


Workshop's announce-
ment ot a tuil theatre
Season with productions
being staged throughout
the year.
There will be a special
Matinee show of
"Revival" on Saturday,
October 30 at 4.30 p.m.
All the other shows will
start at 8.30 p.m. except
on Sunday, October 31,


when the sh-e wi start
at 7.30 p.m.
Matinee tickets are
printed at $6 and $3.
Tickets for all other
shows are $8 and $6
and are available from
the Singer Mall on
Frederick Street, Val-
park Record Shop, Val-
sayn. Reservations: 637-
4028/-62-41730.


Ellen Drew's joke


nearly make



WASA men choke


WHEN Sunday Guardian
columnist Ellen Drew (in
real life, Ms Anne Hilton
of Knightsbridge, Cascade)
first began a series of
articles on WASA and the
water problem, she wasn't
being particularly serious.
"I started this in the
Guardian as a joke", she
said last week. "To laugh
off WASA into doing
something."
Then- her phone started
ringing and all kind,4 of
people were telling her:
"Whatever you do, we'll
back you up."
That promise was to
be put to the test last
week. For on Thursday
morning Ms Hilton and
other Cascade women were


picketing outside Whitehall,
before the Cabinet session.
She has done a lot of
research on WASA, has
spoken to the engineers
and the public relations
men, and in her column
last -Sunday she warned
people to brace themselves
for a continued drought.
For-all of WASA's plans
and figures, the water
situation is likely to get
worse before it gets better.
Ms Hlilton sums it up:
"The new industries and
housing developments in
the kast will not stand for
their water being cut oTl.
But we're at the end of
the line, so we do without.'
She didn't agree with an
'XRlSS headline last
week that spoke ot a


"water curfew".
She says: "It isn't a
curfew. We've Just been
cut off."
Ms Ililton was trying to
organise a meeting between
residents of the arem and ReIp.
De Lirima beforCe the suddenC
ailnnouncleinlt, in last Sullnday's
EXPRESS, of tihe Mondiay
nighll nieelig. It appeiied a:
very private thing.
Then sonicheody called de
Lima's olTice anid le:uii lHilm
enitS". The Wlord wII01ent Oi
the phones in (a;itcade. Anid
people Irop'd 0111 tli o Ihl e
Illc lin7.
Was she satislicd will lih
quick response o' Ihle witiel
Truckss? Well, yes. Tl'hcre was
actually water in the pipe.
"Bult I think ill's only tempo-
Iary."


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SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 1976 TAPIA PAGE 3


THREAT Pw Protestsmount
THEA despite PM's


WAT E


RIOT


IN


POIS AAI


Tapia News Desk
WATER TRUCKS roared
into Cascade last Monday
night just one hour after
Rep. Alfonso de Lima
faced an angry threaten-
ing crowd of some 200 in
a- heated 95-minute meet-
ing at the St. Ann's Com-
munity Centre.
De Lima sat through.
the meeting without say-
ing a word.
Everard Medina, a Y. de
Lima company executive,
chaired the meeting.
Present too was Rep. Hugh
Francis, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Ministry
of Finance, in charge of
water.
Francis spilled figures
and talked about the Oro-
pouche dam. A man inithe
audience stood ulj and
said, "according to the
statistics, 60 million gallons
of water are produced in
Trinidad and Tobago. Can
I please have my 60
gallons?"
WASA PRO Basdeo
Maraj and other WASA
men also told the angry
Cascade, Belmont and
Laventille residents present
at the meeting the water
problem was virtually un-
beatable.
There was vociferous
protest from the floor.
Cascade resident Peter
O'Connor said the 'water.



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istration and mismanage-
ment."
PROTEST
Residents of Mt. Hololo
Village said not only did
they not have piped water,
but the roads were so bad
the water trucks couldn't
travel on them. As the
meeting grew hotter, a
man in the audience
warned: "Remember the
water riots of 1903!" (in
w h i c h demonstrators
-burned down the Red
House in protest against
a Government move to
install water meters).
ANGRY
The meeting had got
underway at 5.05 p.m. and
at 7.30 p.m., Medina closed
the meeting cutting off
Guardian editor and Cas-
cade resident Lenn Chong-
sing from making a point.
Medina then promised


the crowd: "We'll meet
again in a month." The
crowd shouted that down
and surged towards him.
He quickly amended it to
"two weeks". As de Lima
and his entourage took
off, the crowd broke up
into small groups, angrily
discussing their next
move.

CURFEW

Water was flowing in
some taps in Cascade,
Belmont and Laventille
last week. But nobody
believed the problem was
resolved. An angry Cascade
resident objected to the
idea that there was a
"water curfew" on. "There
is no curfew. The water is
just locked off. Period."
Commenting on the
water statistics provided
at the meeting by Rep.
Francis and the WASAmen,
another resident said:
"Trinidad is a figurative
country, yes."


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Whitehall Diary
CABINET, at its weekly meeting this morning
(Thursday 29 July) agreed to the creation of a post
of Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance on
Water Supply, Distribution and Disposal.
The person selected shall work on a month-to-
month basis effective August 1, 1976, and shall be
located in the Planning and Development Division of
the Ministry of Finance...
In arriving at the decision to create the post of
Special Adviser, Cabinet noted that the water supply
to the population, both domestic and industrial, had
continued to be unsatisfactory in several respects,
despite the infusion- of large amounts of capital into
the Water and Sewerage Authority for water resources
Development projects and for improvement to the
water distribution mains system.
Cabinet, in view of the number and the nature
of complaints on water reaching the Prime Minister,
considered it advisable that the Ministry of Finance
should be more directly advised on the technical
aspects of water supply and wastewater disposal for
the country as a whole. It envisaged that the mechan-
ism selected for doing this would at the same time be
such as would bring immediate relief to some of the
irritating problems that exist.




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PAGE 4 TAPIA


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re,


AFTER SIX years in which it has steadily declined as a
credible political force, the NJAC seems now to be trying
to regain lost ground.
The new initiative was signalled in the October issue
of NJAC's tabloid LIBERATION which appeared last c
weekend, and which devoted some five of its eight pages o
to an analysis of the 1976 General Elections campaign and '
F
of the voting results. le
Coming after months of virtual silence during the
election campaign and its immediate aftermath, LIBERA-
TION offers ample servings of- criticism of the victorious
PNIM, of the opposition parties generally and, to a !esser
:extent,individually.
But NJAC's most powerful denunciation is of "con-
ventional politics", or "an election bag" into which
opposition politicians are accused of putting the Trinidad.
'and Tobago population.
"NJAC stayed clear of dictate the pace."
the mess," it is stated in Several references are
an article headlined "The made to "the militant
Elections Brought Out action of the masses in
The Worst In The Society" 1970"; "the revolutionary
The article continues:, path of 1970", and to the
"We did not see the days when, with the cry of
election- as any way to "Black Power", the NJAC
advance the struggle, had led the February
particularly after the Revolution till-it was sup-
experiences of our people pressed by the declaration
over the last six years. We of a State of Emergency
only intend to involve-- and the detention of
ourselves in the kind of leading militants.
politics where the people The NJAC now seems


'rotest in the
Cathedral; start
f thel970
february
Revolution
ed by NJAC


to concede' it had lacked
the organisation to sustain
a widespread struggle
against the repression. The
forecast in its leading
article is that, "With the
conscious will to destroy
(the PNM Government),
the organisation to do it
will build. And no amount
of repression or foreign
assistance is going to stop
the Black steamroller of
Freedom."
LIBERATION perceives
the opportunity for NJAC
in what it calls "the mood
of protest" that seems
indicated by recent
demonstrations, strikes,
the overthrow-of Carl Tull
and "the growing number
of community protests."

INTEGRITY

Noting that corruption
flourishes despite the PNM
emphasis on integrity, the
paper promises: ,"NJAC is
going to have plenty more
to say on these matters
because the time is coming
to stop the rot,"
NJAC expects "a cam-
paign of revenge" against
the people of Tobago
because they voted DAC.
LIBERATION declares:
"NJAC is not -going to
stand back and see Tobago
starved out and treated
withli contempt by the
present regime. We are-
going to mobilise the
masses in Tobago to fight
for their rights."
The spirit of 1970 still
prevails, NJAC contends.
Reviewing the period
since, LIBERATION ex-
plains that the survival ofa
the PNM owed itself to ai
combination of repressive


laws, repressive actions and-
corruption.
"ln the urban, mainly
" African North where the
19-70 explosion erupted."
the -paper notes, "the poll
was at its lowest."
So despite the PNM's
election victory, "the
hatred remains".

MILITANT

Much space is devoted
to the other reason why
the PNM won the election:
the incompetence of the
opposition.
The opposition parties,
NJAC claims, "all failed
to inspire the masses with
a new vision. Even when
faced with large turnouts
at meetings, crowds and
crowds of people in a
silent plea for change, they
could not stir the imagi-
nation of the masses, they
could not satisfy .heir
searchings"
By far the gravest mis-
take of the opposition
parties, in NJAC's reckon-
ing was to divert people's
attention from the kind of
militant struggles like 1970
and to induce them to
take part in the electoral
process.
"Williams lias always
thrived most where people
are trapped in the convCen-
tional polities b g. It is
the action ofl the polilicialns
with their missive dri\ec
to turn people awa; flroml
the revolitioniary path ol
1970 and put them in n Ill
election baig, lthat allowed
Williams -to take his tail
from between his legs.
They paved lthe wi\ for
him to return to the
public platform b\ stifling


the revolutionary atmos-
phere."
NJAC knew it all along.
The electoral process was
bound to produce in the
masses "a state of confu-
sion" and to "awaken
reactionary fears". Instead
of the "broad revolutionary
perspectives of 1970",
there was only "this
narrowed vision of change"
expressed in the search
for a party to take over
from the PNM rather than
for a change of system.
Inevitably, the "monster
of race" would "rear its
hideous head", and those
parties which tried to eli-
minate race were defeated
"because of the limitations
of the ideological approach
adopted, and therefore of
the methods employed."

HYPOCRISY

Reviewing the ULF
campaign, LIBERATION
commented that that
party "seemed to think it
enough to convince Afri-
can and Indian workers
that they belong to the
same class and therefl'ore
have the same class
interests."
(Elsewhere LIBERA-
TION calls the UL "'tlie
party with a program f'or
a different direct ion of
change.")
As for lapia: "In
'lpia's dream i world.
Africans, Indians anid
Europeans are all Ill',-
sam1e the old national
ainthemCii hIypocrisy."
NJAC agrees that 'ihe
ULF motorcade had the
ClTect of promoting, among
middle-aged Africans at
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PORT-OF-SPAIN SAN FERNANDO


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SM NDA DI, AYbcrTOSER ?4a 197p


kay Lakshmi Mata shower
her choicest blessings on the
people of Trinidad &
Tobago.


IT IS a great joy to be
able to share with the
Hindu community in
celebrating the occasion
of Divali 1976:
Divali., the Festival of
Lights, symbolises hap-
piness to millions of
people all over the
world. It serves 'as a
reminder to us all that
Good must eventually
conquer Evil and that
Justice must prevail.
The festival reflects
in a most remarkable
manner the various
aspects of the Hindu
way of life, in which
purity of thought and
action, devotion to God,
love and tolerance for
all and the concept of
the family in the social
structure are given
importance.
For the devoted Hindu,
Divali means the triumph
of Light over Darkness,
Knowledge over Ignor-
ance, Good over Evil,
and the drawing together
of friends and relatives
in a spirit of peace and
harmony.
According to the
Hindu calendar, Divali
begins a new year. Let
us hope that in these
troubled times the.signi-
ficance of Divali will be
observed, for whatever
is done today sets the
pattern for the entire
year. Let us rededicate
our lives in the spirit of
Divali to the service of
humanity.
May I asso-.iate my
fellow-members of the
Tapia House Movement
in extending these Divali
greetings to the people
of Trinidad and Tobago.
PARASRAM SONILAL
Tapia House Movement
Naparima.


1aI


DID THE Hon. Member
for Princes Town really
mean what he said when
he described Mr. Errol
Mahabir as having a "pen-
sion for irrelevance"?
On the press table in
Parliament the Guardian's
"Special Correspondent"
sniggered when he heard
it, and wrote the phrase
down in his notebook,
I he Correspondent's
mind went back to the
days when Mr. Speaker,
Arnold Thomasos was a
literary and debating club
giant. Then, surely, thought
the scribe, he would have
"pounced on the malaprop-
ism".
Mr. Speaker, in the
House last week, made no
comment, however.


"IRRELEVANCE"

If the member for
Princes Town meant what
he said, a's he said it, then
surely that was fair com-
ment. Wise in his years,
the Speaker might even
share the view of many
people in this country
that the practice of
"irrelevance" is really
what Mahabir would be
getting his fat Parliamen-
tary pension for.
That one never occurred
to the Guardian's 'Special
Correspondent, of course.
In triumph, he seized on
something for which he
had a readymade label in
his rag-bag of learning:
"MALAPROPISM!".
And in his haste to dis-
play his own command of
language, he simply
negleted to tell the
readers of his column last
week Friday whether
Mahabir had in fact been
as irrelevant as the MP
for Princes Town thought.
In truth, though, that


wasn't the Correspondent's
business at all. When a
correspondent like himself
is reduced to making small
points to make a living,
you can't expect him to
devote mental effort to
large questions like
"relevance".
That is a test, indeed,
to which he would be
loath to submit his own
work.
With much satisfaction,
he reported last week that
"the novices" in both
Houses of Parliament are
getting their first lessons
and being broken in." ,
The ones conducting
the lessons are the Presi-
dent of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House. The
subject: "Points of Proce-
dure and Conduct."
Tut, tut, tut. "These
are all really simple points
on which none should have


been faulted had they
been preparing to enter
public life," chides the
Correspondent.
In the good old Crown
Colony days, he recalls,
such a thing was unthink-
able. In the old literary
and debating clubs "young
men and women practised
public speaking and learned
the arts of Parliamentary
procedure".
Of course, they had no
Parliament to speak of
then. But the folks never
stopped preparing and
practising their points of
order and the rituals of
Westminster procedure.
Shadow boxing for a bout-
they might never live to
fight.
"Be it resolved that the
pen is mightier than the
sword. ." How our own
Correspondent must keenly


TAPIA PAGE 5
have followed the points
for and against that
motion, wishing vervently
that that the speaker
arguing for the. pen's
greater potency (or is it
"potential"?) would- carry
the day.
For he must have seen
himself even then as
spending his life wielding
his pen to work wonders
of colonial education.
And even though now
he remembers that much
more attention was -paid
to the form of expression
("hoo-what" "what" and
"hoo-why" for "why")
than to the content, can a
man renounce, just like
that, all the features of
his upbringing?
Especially in these times
of cheerfully abandoned
standards, when an article
like his own, on the
Guardian's editorial page,
could be published with
so many proof-reading
errors. Now more than
ever indeed, must a man
uphold the what Mr. Fitz
G. Maynard has called "the
eternal verities" as they
refer to behaviour in public
life.

"NOVICES"

"Courtesy is the bed-
rock of the conduct of
the deliberative assembly,"
writes the venerable Cor-
respondent. "You do not.
display even today, what
in other times used to be
known among polite
people, even the humblest
in the land, as bad
manners."
Thus does he venture to
assist in the education
being imparted by the
Honourable Speaker and
President to the "novices"
in the Parliament chamber.
He is heartened that the
"novices" are willing to
learn fnow what they
should properly have
picked up in the course
of their preparation for
public life.
Con t'd on Page 7


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SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 1976


PAGE 6 TAPIA


WATER PLEA TO WASA


NO USE...


NO USE

PERHAPS because De
Lima had tried so many
times to get WASA to ease
the water problem, he had
nothing to say at last
Monday's meeting of
Cascade-St. Ann's residents
with Government and
WASA officials.
Perhaps even he saw the
futility of the exercise,
and he must have become
even more convinced after
he heard WASA Engineer
Awai.
Awai tried to offer
reasons for the water
crises. He said Port-of-
Spain was heavily popu-
lated (as if everyone did
not know that) and that
the water resources in the
city were exhausted.
He wasn't' allowed to
finish giving reasons, but
he did claim that artesian
wells could only partially
help the situation.
Asked about the two
recently dug Savannah
wells, he said they had
helped in the New Town
area a bit.
The curfew could help,
he thought, but it was not
simply a matter of locking
off water, for sometimes
it took 24 hours for the
water supply to recover.
He stressed that no solu-
tion could be promised.
To get more water in
'VPort-of-Spain the pressure
and the pump capacity of
Tunapuna would have, to
be increased.
And if people could not
get pipe-borne water, the
water trucks would/supply.
That statement raised a
storm among people who
were shocked by the
naivete of the young
engineer.
Basdeo Maraj, the
WASA PRO, had nothing
new to say. And what he
said he said incompetently
anyway. He couldn't take
the heckling and had to be
warned to keep his cool.
Time came for Hugh
Francis to make his politi-
cal. speech. He thanked
residents for coming. He
was glad to see them
organising.
He then gave a textbook
lesson in economics about
reliance on "technical
inputs from technical staff".
He promised the matter
would be taken up Thurs-
day at Cabinet meeting.
The Chairman, Mr.
Medina, asked for an
adjournment of one
month.
A great howl w- up.
Medina explainr.u this


000


Cascade
residents
who come
to hear
De Lima
.say something
about the
water
squeeze


adjourninent was. to give F
Francis time to call an
emergency meeting with
WASA :officials.
This failed to placate
the crowd and he was
>forced to adjourn to 14
days instead.


POS Nor thEst utge short- etm plan


IN RESPONSE to the uproar in Cascade last week over the
current water shortage, the Tapia Port-of-Spain North East
Constituency Group has called on WASA to adopt the
measures proposed by Tapia for the short-team solution of
the water problem.
This, says the Group in a recent release, "is the only
way for the constituency to keep its cool".
The G(roup observed that I lie outcry ciicn;irlll\
well-heeled Cascade residents followed closely on ;Tapiis"
condemnation, during the e:ecnt campaign, ol the (o\e'rn-
mecnt's poor planning for water and other necessities.
Tapia speakers had warned that the walter problem
would be sure to get worse in the short lrun.
In a series of Wednesday night meetings since October


0 lhe I'oil- l-Spain Nortlli .l (,tou> has ~el up pern a-
niIt machine\ anld decided on a programme oM l activities.
()i October 13 Dl)enis Solomon led a discussion
ol lapia representation inside and outside of Parliament.
H lie (roup has elected Morgan I odallo. Cl(airnian:
I imine N nbleill. I reasurer: Sheilah Solomon, Political
I dllication OlTiccr: and (Courtena\ Nicholls, Secretary.
D)ccision ihas been taken to embark on a membership
drive in the constituency. Cadres will also be securing
pledges as a means of- 'und-raising. and pushing sahl of the
TAPIA newspaper.
Next meeting of thie Port-of-Spaijr North East Group
is set tor Wednesday. October 27 at the "Tapia Centre,
Cipriani Boulevarde, starting 7 p.m.






SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 1976


That last election:


An insider's


LE TTER

Death Editor:
GREG CHAMBERLAIN's
,'outsider's view" that
'Tapja -was mostly beaten
&y into third place by
former Deputy Prime
Minister A.N.R. Robinson
DAC is indeed misleading.
The truth is that Tapia
placed second in eight
constituencies while DAC
did so in four.
Though they won the
two Tobago seats, DAC
received 17,868 votes
from the 34 constituencies
contested in Trinidad while
'Tapia's aggregate was
13,948 from 27.
In any case, DAC's
-somewhat bright showing


in some marginal DLP
peats Fyzabad and
Nariva has to do with
the fact that. the party
contained within its ranks
vestiges of the now scat-
tered DLP sentiment.
Representatives of such
sentiment had been des-
cribed by the ULF as
having anti-working class
*tendencies around the time
of merger talks, while these
elements had been identi-
fled as "the right" in DAC
by TAPIA's "Political
Intelligence Bureau."
The emergence of ULF
therefore added another
contender for these very
DLP sympathies.
Yet it was a herculean
task tor tnem to maKe tne
.vital connection with the


view


vast majority of such
sympathies outside the
sugar belt, -'particularly
given the late announce-
ment of their candidates
and the last-minute
attempt at mass mobilisa-
tion.
In Fyzabad certainly,
James Millette felt he had
made tne link, however.
In the week before
election he leapt with
agility onto the wall at
IButler's Corner, shot his
chin into the air, and with
lingering delight extended
his index finger across his
throat, indicating, statue-
like, to a passing DAC
motorcade that he had
eroded Angus Khan's sup-
port.
Only James' traditional
lack of judgment could
have convinced him of
this, though. He needed at
least another week in
which to complete the
annihilation of the DAC
forces. .
Had he had that week
Angus Khan would not
have got even my paltry
122 votes!
Mickey Matthews,
Tapia House Movement,
Fyzabad.


Prom Page 4
cast, fears of an Indian
takeover, which led them to,
opt for the PN1M in the
last pre-election days.
"The problem of racial
division," LIBERATION.
editorialises, "is too fun-
damental to be treated in
any vague and superficial
way, worse again in an
electoral campaign
The problem is deep."
The solution NJAC es-,
pouses for this deep-seated
problem: "We have to
develop a cultural strategy
for harmony between cul-
turally different groups."
The elections, if any-
thing, have strengthened
NJAC's attachment to
the view that the "elec-
toral process" brings out
the worst in the society.:
They see that at elec-
tion time, corruption and
bribery are heightened.
Corruption taints both
those whose votes are
sought and those seeking
'the votes' Self-seeking,
self-projection and selfish
ambition hold sway:
"Long before they even
acquire the scent of power
(politicians) sell out the
people's interests."
Having stayed out of
the thing, NJAC points a
righteously accusing finger
indiscriminately at "the-
politicians" who took part,
Even those "who may be
serious about change" are
.implicated for their roles
in "the continuing tragedy


of our people's existence."
The NJAC, whose top
leaders. were in conspicu-
ous attendance at key
campaign meetings, report
in LIBERATION's post-.
mortem on the "generally
timid platforms ... snun-
ning. the-, aggressive
approach They failed
to provide perspectives.
They lacked fearlessness
in approach, seemed un-
able to dictate and hold
the pace even on predict-
able issues. Fearful of
spoiling their chances for
office, they seemed bent
on playing it safe at all
costs."
Robinson and the DAC
,are accused of "encourag-
ing ideas of secession by
telling people of the vast
resources of the island,
including offshore oil."
Then again: "Too many
(opposition) candidates just
couldn't command the
respect of the electorate."
So the elections turned
out as another frustration
of the people's desire for
change. NJAC seizes on
the 29% vote the PNM got
"Plenty Seats But No
Mandate for PNM", says
one headline.
LIBERATION's leading
story asks "Can PNM Gov-
ernment Survive The 5
years?" Clearly, NJAC
thinks that what it can do
to foment "protest" in
this new phase will be a
decisive part of the
answer.


TAPIA PAGE 7


From Page 5
So he prescribes recom-
mended reading "they
must now be poring over
their little book of Stand-
ing Orders even though
not yet ready to deal with
May's much larger time
(sic)".
For their part, the
novices in the Parliament
have been expressing
earnest gratitude to their
"teachers". The DAC's
Winston Murray apologised
to Thomasos for "not
knowing the procedures,
being new to the House."
ULF Senator Allan
Alexander -was reportedly
moved to "thank the
President for his guid-
ance."
As heartening as this
willingness to accept
"guidance" might be, the
initial ignorance is still
.culpable in the eyes of
our Correspondent. He is
sure, for example, that this
innocence of Parliamen-
tary procedure and practice
is' what led Kamaluddin
Mohammed to described
the debate on the Presi-
dent's Address as "some-
what disappointing."


How not to "disappoint"
Mr. Mohammed while at
the same time not offend
the Parliamentary sensiti-
vities of Mr. Thomasos and
Dr. Ali, must be considera-
tions that will add weightily
to matter already on the
plates of the new ULF
MPs.
The PNM newcomers
will of, course have few
problems with that. Few
of them are expected to
speak anyway, and those
who do will prudently
make sure to have their
texts vetted by the Parlia-
mentary old hands.
Not so the new opposi-
tion who will not even
wear the people's coat and
tie. The Guardian's Corres-
pondent is watching that
too, and he promises to
discuss that in another
"piece.
In the meantime, the
new opposition MPs can
go about their business
with the assurance of
Special Correspondent
coverage at least until such
time as their newcomer's
bumptiousness is smooth-
ened out. And when they
pass that stage. it's
anybody's guess. (L.G.)


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THE BOSSES of sport must know about sport,
otherwise there will be no future for sport and
sportsmen in Trinidad and Tobago.
Panellist Alvin Corneal told a gathering
this last Wednesday night at a public discussion
in Port-of-Spain..
Also on the panel were Carl Furlonge and
Rawle Raphael with Roy Hollingsworth as
Moderator.
The entire panel agreed with Corneal that
Trinidad and Tobago needs a change in attitude if
the sporting authorities are to be prodded into
giving sport its rightful place.
"A howl goes up every time we discover the
irresponsible use of financial resources in WASA
or PTSC but not so much in sport."
Added Corneal: "Sport is regarded by parents,
teachers, the Government and the general public
as simply having fun." '
The panel felt that the change in attitude
meant seeing sport as a profession like medicine
or law; it meant also seeing physical education
and play as necessary to the balance of the
individual personality.
Sport, said Furlonge,
moulded character. It was
a leveller, an educator of
the uneducated, a source
of discipline; it taught you
to deal with people. A
true sportsman was better
able to make a way in the
world; but a great athlete
was not the same thing as
a true sportsman.
Rawle Raphael proposed
that more agitation was Corneal
necessary to bring about
the change in the public's on Sport.
unfortunate attitude, to Perhaps,, he continued,
sport. The NAAA had we are now "getting
long been agitating for a somewhere" at last. "Many
Government White Paper of the parties"Manifestoes


Assemblyset for Dec5
THIS MONTI's meeting of Council which started in Port-
of-Spain last Sunday will resume on Sunday October 31 at
the Cipriani Boulevard Centre.
Proposals for reform of the Tapia Constitution will be
finalized for consideration by the Second Sitting of the
Annual General Assembly.
This Sitting comes off at the Tapia House, Tunapuna,
on November 14, the eighth Anniversary of the Move-
ment.
Three weeks later, on Sunday December 5, the third
Sitting of the Assembly will be called at the Lion's Civic
Centre, San Fernando.
Elections under the new Constitution will then be
held.


lo chance


all


inl


World Cup


Hollingsworth
nad paid attention to
sport. The Unions must
also be encouraged to
bargain for better
sporting facilities."
Considering where
action should now be
taken, the panel rejected
a proposal that Trinidad
and Tobago should try to
motivate the people by
"winning the World Cup"
rather than by a long-
term plan aimed at the
level'of the schools.
Roy Hollingsworth
saw "no way in which
we could ever win the
world Cup without first
reorganizing sport in the
schools."
Trinidad and Tobago
needs to give a higher
priority:to coaching,


thought Carl Furlonge,
to more coaching schools
and to more employment
of coaches in the normal
school system.
Coaching should not be
a matter of taking what
scholarships are going,
added Corneal. "We must
decide what is useful to
us and then we must have
a system to make use of
those we train to coach."

WES HALL

The panel favoured the
writing of more books,
drawing on national ,
images and symbols rather
than just buying English
sporting publications.
There are too many
Committees to get past,
however, before a book
can be placed on the
reading lists of the
schools.
Turning to the part
played by the various
sporting associations.
Corneal felt that they
were doing a good job so
far as competition and
participation were
conccrncii. "But we
need much more attention


to planning and develop-
ment for the future
rather than organizing
activity in the present."
The example of
cricket was discussed
where "Wes Hall had a
big impact and we were
up, and then Wes Hall
went away, and we are
, down."

The discussion con-
cluded on the note that
planning called
for detailed work by
concerned individuals,
for a clearer idea of
priorities within sport
and between sport
and other public
interests, and.
for seeing sport as a
political question to be
faced while making
overall policy for an
enlightened Trinidad
and Tobago.

The panel discussion
was the first in a public
education series organised
by Tapia education
Secretary,. Lloyd Taylor.
The series runs every
Wednesday night at the
Port-of-Spain Centre. 22,
Cipriani Boulevard.


History & Culture talks start Fri.

A SERIES of lecture-discussions that continues an earlier
programme entitled "Exploration in the tfstdry of Our
Peoples", will begin at the Tapia Port-of-spain Centre on
Friday, October/29 at 7.p.m.
The first of these will be led off by Fitz Baptiste who
is expected to deal with African history and culture and
their relation to people in this country in the 1970s and
1980s.
Later sessions will feature Tapiaman Parasram Sonilal
from Naparima who will focus on Indian history and
culture.
More information on this series can be had from Gail
Fitz Baptiste de Lima, at the Port-of-Spain Centre 62-25241.


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