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  1. Hi Lasana,

    The Guardian just published a large piece on the use of data in Brexit and a shady company – Trinidad was apparently a trial ground – worth a follow up;

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

    From the article;

    “David said: “The standard SCL/CA method is that you get a government contract from the ruling party. And this pays for the political work. So, it’s often some bullshit health project that’s just a cover for getting the minister re-elected. But in this case, our government contacts were with Trinidad’s national security council.”

    The security work was to be the prize for the political work. Documents seen by the Observer show that this was a proposal to capture citizens’ browsing history en masse, recording phone conversations and applying natural language processing to the recorded voice data to construct a national police database, complete with scores for each citizen on their propensity to commit crime.

    “The plan put to the minister was Minority Report. It was pre-crime. And the fact that Cambridge Analytica is now working inside the Pentagon is, I think, absolutely terrifying,” said David.”

    Hope something comes of it,

    Best wishes,
    Tom (Tiresais from the Soca Warriors forum)

  2. How WE re-imagine and construct a new relevant agro-processing industry.
    will be determined by how WE treat with Caroni Green Ltd.

    Because the importance of CGL is not about the future of one hundred low paying jobs and a few acres of peppers. It is about our ability as a nation to apply creative solutions to our problems, economic and otherwise. Terrence Farrell, who was chairman of the SERC, has offered the following five reasons for the immediate closure of Caroni Green Ltd.

    1. There are already highly competent manufacturers and exporters of pepper sauces in T&T (Matouk’s) and the rest of the Caribbean (Barons in St Lucia, Grace in Jamaica among others).

    If one were to regularly apply the presence in any market or industry of existing businesses as a reason for not starting new ventures, no new or at least very few new businesses will ever see the light of day. In fact we would still be shopping in the neighbourhood corner shop. But just last week I visited a spanking new shopping centre in Chaguanas, which was opened despite the presence in that area of Price Smart and many other existing strong competitors.
    It is the natural order of commerce for new and refurbished or re-imagined competition to enter markets from time to time. Business history is replete with stories of new competitors disrupting old markets and industries. The growth of Walmart and Amazon are international examples. The growth of malls and shopping centres locally is witness to the fact that the phenomenon applies equally to our micro markets.
    I also believe that the competency of existing manufacturers and exporters needs to be challenged by new entries from time to time lest they become stagnant and fossilized.
    In the case of pepper sauces, current manufacturers cannot lay claim to any significant exploitation of foreign markets in whicht he category is rapidly expanding.
    WE also should not include other Caribbean producers in our equation except as competitors to be challenged.

    2. There is nothing the Government through Mr Sharma and his team of lawyers and accountants can teach farmers about growing and packing peppers.

    If CGL was originally staffed with a team of lawyers and accountants rather than visionary entrepreneurial thinkers, food and agricultural scientists, that was an original sin of the government planners at the time that can be easily corrected.

    3. Exporting raw peppers to be processed elsewhere makes little economic sense; it is easy and better to add value by producing the sauces.

    That is precisely the point I belaboured in my earlier short presentations. Here are just 3 quotes.
    i) “ everybody would be too busy trying to come up with practical solutions (in 90 days) to first create a profitable local resource based, pepper/hot sauce export industry, and then to go on extending the concepts WE discovered, to cocoa and coffee and coconuts etc etc.”
    ii) “WHAT special advantages T&T has, if we could only forget the old plantation economy model, of exporting raw materials and think of adding value to local resources to meet international demand?”
    iii) “WE remain stuck in the old imperialist plantation economy mindset, which allowed CGL, despite it’s clearly stated Mission and Vision statements, to boast about exports of a little bit of raw peppers (US$100,000 at present value) as an achievement to be heralded.

    4. Caroni Green had spent a few million US$ to generate $700K in export revenues; it is only when you are spending taxpayers money that managers do that kind of thing. If it were their own capital they would surely have acted differently. The true economic cost of CGL output would be even higher if the economic cost of the state lands they were using was taken into account.

    This is the result of planning and oversight mistakes and shortcomings, all original sins of government planning, budgeting and oversight.
    An intelligently created “reimagined” privatized food processing industry will not have access to “taxpayers money”.

    5. There are roles for Government in support of better agricultural practices, better international marketing, protection of Intellectual Property, dealing with praedial larceny, providing access roads and assisting global market access where there are non-tariff and other barriers to trade.

    These are precisely the roles that the industry will need Government to perform, perhaps with emphasis on “better international marketing and protection of Intellectual Property; but also with one other factor that has been missing from the equation for success. The most important role of government would be to provide the impetus, the climate and the opportunities for citizens to meet, re-think, re-imagine and re-create the model for a free enterprise, commercial agro processing industry.

    I therefore beg to disagree with Dr. Farrell. I humbly submit that Privatization, not closure, is the only solution for a small open economy like ours. What needs to be cooperatively resolved is what new forms the privatization would take. Contrary to the view of a business leader, whose gut response was, “Who is going to buy that? (Caroni Green Ltd). Privatization does not only mean selling the company. The business leader is right. Nobody will buy CGL as it exists now.
    It requires from all concerned, government, entrepreneurs, workers, the public that we adopt new ways of, operating and cooperating; and especially new visionary thinking from those in government, business, labour and academia whom we elect and select to lead us,
    In this regard, the proposal advanced by the CGL workers should be given careful and respectful consideration in determining the development of a workable solution.

    Are WE willing as a FREE people to try new ventures and possibly fail, or are we prepared to continue doing the same things we have done for 55 years of independence and keep expecting to get different results.

    We could make it if we try, just a little harder” — Calypso Griot Stalin

  3. Do i have to create an account to make post, not sure. Would like to get some information thanks much.

  4. I would like to post my picture with name when making comments. Do i have to create an account not sure. Would like to get some information thanks much.

  5. Unipet CEO, Dexter Riley announced today that the Unipet chain of gas stations remains unaffected by the recent unfortunate gasoline contamination incident. He went on to comment that it was unfortunate that some customers may have formed the impression that all stations were affected.

  6. We at the ViPO team truly believe that the most effective and innovative anti-crime solution is ViPO. It is a more advanced version of whistle blowing and uses technology to guarantee anonymity. We are dismayed and are wondering why the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has not at least given an ear to ViPO since they have no real solution or plan to effectively combat crime.
    The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association has endorsed ViPO and thus has given us some air time on their radio segment every Wednesday at 1:30PM. Follow us on Twitter @viponetwork to listen to some of these segments. Like us on Facebook at “Vipo – The People Intelligence Agency” and learn more about this innovative approach to crime fighting.
    For more details check out;
    https://www.caribbeanskills.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35

    For more snippets of us on radio check out;
    https://www.caribbeanskills.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37

  7. I noticed that Jamaica’s Premier League’s scores and Clubs are featured on ESPN FC’s daily and weekly score updates.

    Is something wrong with our own brand of football why the same cannot be done for our Pro League?

    Anthony

  8. Lasana Liburd

    Hello. Tickets are priced at $150 (uncovered) and $300 (covered). You can get them online at islandetickets.com.

  9. Please sir,
    Could you say where can we get USA VS TT TICKETS FOR THE STADIUM.

    tHANKS

  10. Fabien Alfonso

    I’m always logged in to post responses. Picture still does not show up 🙁

  11. Fabien Alfonso

    Good morning, i am just wondering, how long does it take for one’s profile picture to be approved. I’m in the process of marketing myself a cultural industry professional. My posts still show up with a blank profile pic.

    Respectfully Fabien Alfonso