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TAJ News Talk: March 31st, 2017: Social perspectives

Congratulations on making it through another week, even if it’s a short one!

Although, if we’re honest, coming back to work on Friday was like starting a whole new week…but we made it!

In looking through the news filtering in and around Trinidad and Tobago, it remains the same: crime and education are at the top of the list.

But speaking to agricultural economist, Omardath Maharaj, a different thought took hold.

Maharaj mentioned that he was in touch with scavengers that live in the Claxton Bay dump. Scavengers who live there, and eat what the dump provides: snacks, power drinks, old bread etc.

And they are waiting on the tainted corned beef to be dumped.

Of course there are other issues that arose out of that conversation.

The food testing methods and equipment that simply does not exist.

The disposal methods, or lack thereof of these questionable items.

But in one’s mind, the idea of a human corbeau sticks and will not be removed: like a mango string in your teeth.

Counter these scavengers with that of Shane Crawford, our resident Trini ISIS representative and terrorist public relations officer.

Crawford in this country, would have been safely awarded the status of ‘red man,’ or, he who is revered because if his colour.

What turned this man to believe in a cause that does not exist in his world?

Why would this man leave paradise on earth to go look for some metaphorical paradise in the dust and heat of the Middle East?

How did his mind change to murder?



Are we too happy as a people?

When the term “happiness” is used, of course, it is not in the euphoric state of mind term.

It is more in the liberation sense of term: the lawless freedom of happiness.

The drive-down-shoulder-until-you-see-a-policeman syndrome.

The compulsive need to colour nature with some white plastic or styrofoam.

If this term, therefore, is translated into those who carry their ignorance on their sleeves, they know they can get away, like actually get away with murder.


Who’s going to catch them?

The officer taking a nap because he just ate a goat roti with plenty pepper?



Even the people in the dump too “happy” to care about their health.

They getting free corned beef.



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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