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TAJ News Talk: April 21st, 2017. Crisis after Crisis

Good Morning TAJ fans and congratulations on making it through the LONGEST short week ever!

We hope that the last weekend home with the kids before they go back out to school is enjoyable.

In the country, however, we seem to stumble from one crisis to another, without truly addressing the situation.

No more Galicia to Tobago.

2 boats are now in operation! Great! But at the rent of close to two hundred thousand dollars. A day.

Violence is destroying the nation’s schools.

So how do we fix it?

We don’t give the kids time to play outside! Cut the lunch hour! Why do they even need recess?

Meanwhile, Massy has announced a price adjustments in food items in the grocery.

This is as agricultural company Caroni Green is closed down and local food production spirals to an all time low.

Agricultural Economist Omardath Maharaj predicted the fall some years now.

The foreign exchange shortage is making it difficult for supermarkets and import companies to bring in the tastes and flavours we have become accustomed to.

PriceSmart has announced a US12 million dollar loan to supplement their own shortage, as the largest user of foreign currency in the country.

The phrases “tighten yuh belts” and “band yuh belly” has been thrown around before.

But this time it really counts.

The problem is while the average Joe and Josephine on the streets are doing these things, the Government is putting more burdens on the people.

The new property tax.

Unemployment rate in double figures.

The removal of necessary social welfare programs.

We only have to look as far as Venezuela to see how bad the problem can be.

Hopefully, the movers and shakers look around and see the light.

For it is fading slowly.

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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