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TAJ News Talk: 27th October 2017

Title: Be Prepared

 

The title is taken from the international motto for Scouts.

But it can certainly apply to those who choose to accept it.

It has been a week since the rains washed through so much of the South Central region.

2,300 homes affected.

That is no small number.

Our hearts go out to those affected.

And commiserations to the Hindus who had a wet Divali night and those who suffered great losses on the auspicious occasion.

But in speaking to Mayaro MP Rushton Paray, he lamented the lack of preparation from some.

Paray noted two days’ warning was given.

Yet in the aftermath, many households had no food or potable water to drink.

 

Yes, God is a Trini.

We live in paradise on earth. We have beaches, swamps, mountains and everything else we could want.

But the devil comes here to play mas, it seems.

 

For if we do not take anything seriously, how can we expect to improve and grow as a nation.

 

Will we forever be third world?

 

Which raises the next point: Government is under no obligation to offer assistance to those who require it.

 

How many of those affected are just waiting on a handout…and a “freeness?”

 

And how many of those have sighed, swept out mud, water and filth, while trying to get on with their lives.

 

Be Prepared.

As best as you can, of course.

 

Because the only thing predictable about this thing called life is it’s unpredictability.

 

Enjoy your weekend.

A.C. Chan
A.C. Chan

Andrew is first and foremost a writer. Since he was seven and realized this, his life’s pursuit has been researching and understanding all the specific elements and genres of his craft. These genres include creative prose and poetry, to journalistic, copywriting, blogging and academic writing. As the News Editor and Presenter for TAJ 92.3FM, Andrew gets to pursue a number of passions: reading, writing and talking to people! He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications with a Minor in Literature at the University of the West Indies. Andrew is an avid West Indies and Liverpool FC fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, swimming, reading and of course, writing!

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