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  • Afra Raymond

    Afra Raymond is a Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Raymond & Pierre Ltd. He is the ex-president of Institute of Surveyors and immediate past president of the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry (JCC), having served between December 2010 and November 2015.
  • Akins Vidale

    Akins Vidale

    Akins Vidale lectures at the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies and is a UWI graduate with a B.A. in History. He has served as the president of the Trinidad Youth Council and is the General Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs (FITUN). Read his blog: http://akinsvidale.wordpress.com/
  • Allan Powder

    Allan Powder

    Allan Powder is an avid writer currently pursuing his BA in Mass Communications at COSTAATT. He is employed as an IT professional at Republic Bank Limited, and is a freelancer at Wired868. Powder is also a certified photographer.
  • Allan V. Crane

    Allan V. Crane

    Allan V. Crane is a freelance photographer.
  • Amiel Mohammed

    Amiel Mohammed

    Amiel Mohammed is a sports enthusiast and has worked in communications for Central FC and the Women's Premier League TT. He has also pioneered numerous projects geared towards creating opportunities for the differently abled such as the Differently-Abled Football Camp 2015 and Focus Football Coaching Academy.
  • Andrew Friday

    Andrew Friday

    Andrew “Fries” Friday is an actor, comedian, impressionist, live event host and broadcaster. He launched his performing career at Presentation College, San F'do (1991-98) and featured in over a dozen plays and films. He had guest roles in Contract Killers (2007) and Girlfriends Getaway (2014) and is currently working on The Longest Wait.
  • Andrew Jennings

    Andrew Jennings

    Andrew Jennings has been chasing 'bad men' around the world for more than three decades. His book, The Lords of the Rings, on Olympic corruption and the fascist background of the IOC president was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top One Hundred Sports Books of all Time. His last book on FIFA corruption, Foul!, is now in 15 languages despite an attempt by Herr Blatter using FIFA funds in Switzerland to persuade a Zurich court to impose a global ban.
  • Asha Edwards

    Asha Edwards

    Asha Edwards is a final year student at COSTAATT pursuing her BA in Mass Communications and currently an intern at Wired868. She enjoys learning and spending time with her family, especially her niece and two nephews. Asha believes that God helps those who help themselves and so she continues to work hard to achieve her goals.
  • BC Pires

    BC Pires

    BC Pires is a veteran columnist and satirist of extensive experience in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. You can read more of his columns at: http://bcpires.com
  • Brian Harry

    Brian Harry

    Brian Harry is a former CEO of TIDCO, who now lives and works in Texas. He is a consultant whose areas of specialisation include corporate development and strategy and organizational development, in the Energy, Hospitality and Financial Services Sectors.
  • Bryan St Louis

    Bryan St Louis is the education officer for the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU).
  • Camaleena Ajodha

    Camaleena Ajodha

    Camaleena Ajodha is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at COSTAATT. She is passionate about family, nature, travel, photography, reading and loves to meet new people.
  • Carla Procope

    Carla Procope

    Carla Procope is currently in her final year at COSTAATT pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a Wired868 intern. She is a working mother in the insurance industry for over 15 years. Procope enjoys working with and helping people, and follows the principle that action is the key to success.
  • Carla Questelles

    Carla Questelles

    Carla Questelles is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at COSTAATT and is currently a Wired868 intern. Questelles is passionate about her family, loves travelling, cooking and baking, listening to music, dancing, going to the movies and meeting new people.
  • Carlotta Rivas

    Carlotta Rivas

    Carlotta Germine Rivas is in her final year at COSTATT, pursuing her BA in Mass Communications and works in the Customer Service Department at Sagicor. She is also presently an intern at Wired868. Rivas is passionate about people and spends most of her spare time working on various NGO boards in the service of others.
  • Clarissa Pantin

    Clarissa Pantin

    Clarissa Pantin is a final year student at COSTAATT pursuing her BA in Mass Communications and is currently an intern at Wired868. Clarissa believes in maintaining her personal integrity at all times and her pet peeve is people who take advantage of others. Her advice to young persons is “do everything to the best of your ability, even if you don’t like doing it”. People are judged by their actions; choose what you want to be remembered for.
  • Corey Gilkes

    Corey Gilkes is a self-taught history reader whose big mouth forever gets his little tail in trouble. He lives in La Romaine and is working on four book projects. He has a blog on https://coreygilkes.wordpress.com/blog/ and http://www.trinicenter.com/Gilkes/. Vitriol can be emailed to him at coreygks@gmail.com.
  • Crystal-lee Moses

    Crystal-lee Moses

    Crystal-lee Moses is currently a student at COSTAATT pursuing her BA in Mass Communication and a Wired868 intern. She is a family oriented person and is motivated by them to be successful in life. Moses believes that “sometimes God puts a Goliath in your life, for you to find the David within you.”
  • David Nakhid

    David Nakhid

    David Nakhid is the founder and director of the David Nakhid International Football Academy in Beirut, Lebanon and was the first Trinidad and Tobago international to play professionally in Europe. The two-time Caribbean and T&T Player of the Year and cerebral midfielder once represented FC Grasshopper (Switzerland), Waregem (Belgium), POAK (Greece), New England Revolution (US), Al Emirates (UAE) and Al Ansar (Lebanon).
  • Dominique Fernandes

    Dominique Fernandes

    Dominique Fernandes is pursuing her BA in Mass Communication at COSTAATT and is an intern at Wired868. Fernandes is passionate about communication and enjoys using it as a tool to learn about individuals from different backgrounds.
  • Sheila Rampersad

    Sheila Rampersad

    Dr Sheila Rampersad is a member of the current MATT executive and the Women Working for Social Progress. She is a veteran columnist.
  • Elizabeth Solomon

    Elizabeth Solomon

    Elizabeth Solomon is an award winning journalist, who has recently returned home after more than 15 years working on Human Rights and Conflict Prevention with the United Nations.
  • Embau Moheni

    Embau Moheni is the Deputy Political Leader of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and Chairman of the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC). He is a former Minister in the Ministry of National Security under the People's Partnership Government. He was twice arrested as a teenager during the uprising of the early 1970s.
  • Rhoda Bharath

    Rhoda Bharath

    Rhoda Bharath works as a lecturer by day and remains obsessed with politics by night. Follow her blog here: https://rhoda-bharath-jxtv.squarespace.com/
  • Fixin TT

    Fixin TT

    Fixin T&T's mission is the realization of good governance to achieve healthy, holistic, and fulfilling lifestyles for all citizens through the study, promotion, and furtherance of strong democratic institutions; sound infrastructure; integrity in public and corporate affairs; and a culture of respect by all for the laws and regulations of the country to create a safe, secure, efficient and productive Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Hannibal Najjar

    Hannibal Najjar

    Hannibal Najjar is a former Trinidad and Tobago national senior team and youth team coach. He considers himself a lifetime learner and advocate for the under-served and has been recognised for his contribution to sport and academia in T&T, Canada and the US. He is a guest speaker on race-relations and curriculum planning and is working on his first book.
  • Jabari Fraser

    Jabari Fraser

    Jabari Fraser is a journalist employed at CCN TV6. He is an executive member of MATT.
  • Jamaal Shabazz

    Jamaal Shabazz

    Jamaal Shabazz is the Guyana National Senior Team head coach, founder and technical director of Morvant Caledonia United and ex-head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago men's and women's senior teams. He helped steer T&T to second place at the 2012 Caribbean Cup, Guyana to an unprecedented 2014 World Cup qualifying semifinal berth and Caledonia to its first CFU Club Championship title in 2012. He is a member of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen group that staged an unsuccessful coup in Trinidad in 1990.
  • Julie Guyadeen

    Julie Guyadeen

    Julie Guyadeen has a BSc. in Government with a Minor in International Relations and Postgraduate training in International Relations both at the UWI St. Augustine Campus. She is a firm believer in civil society having an active voice.
  • Juliet Solomon

    Juliet Solomon

    Juliet Solomon is a globtrotting Trinidadian who now lives and writes in Peru. She is the official scorer and Cricket Women`s Officer for Cricket Peru (http://perucricket.com/) and an active member of the Good Companions Theatre Group. Her book about her experiences in Lima, “Yes…But It´s Different Here” is available on Amazon.com.
  • Keisha Saunders

    Keisha Saunders

    Keisha La Toya Saunders is a COSTAATT student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism/Mass Communication. She is also employed at RBC Royal Bank and presently a Wired868 intern. Saunders is motivated by her young daughter and mother to be successful in life and hopes to one day become a Communications Specialist.
  • Keita Demming

    Keita Demming

    Keita Demming holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. His podcast Disruptive Conversations is an effort to unpack how people who are working to disrupt a sector or system think. Dr Demming has worked internationally and in a variety of sectors within the field of social innovation. He also holds the license for TEDxPortofSpain.
  • Kelvin Jack

    Kelvin Jack

    Kelvin Jack is a former Trinidad and Tobago international football team goalkeeper and was first choice at the 2006 Germany World Cup although injury restricted him to one outing against Paraguay. Jack is an ex-San Juan Jabloteh captain and played professionally in the UK with Dundee (Scotland) and Gillingham (England).
  • Kendall Tull

    Kendall Tull

    Kendall Tull is a Certified Management Accountant with the Ontario arm of the Society of Management Accountants and has an Honours degree from UWI in Industrial Management. He has over 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors in a variety of industries at both CFO and CEO level. He is a former Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB) official and captain of the Queen's Park CC and Notre Dame field hockey club.
  • Keston K Perry

    Keston K Perry

    Keston is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has 10 years' combined experience in the private, government and non-governmental sectors and international organisations.
  • Kirwin Weston

    Kirwin Weston

    Kirwin Jules Weston is a sport enthusiast, and a Physical Education student at UTT. Weston attributes his love for sport to his father who exposed him to a variety of sports from a tender age. His favourite saying is: “Success breeds success.”
  • Laurel Hunt

    Laurel Hunt

    Laurel Hunt is a past pupil of Providence Girls Catholic School pursuing an Associate Degree in Journalism and Public Reations at COSTAATT. She also hopes to begin her Masters Degree in Business later this year. Hunt is currently a Business Analyst at a State Company and an intern at Wired868.
  • Lester Henry

    Lester Henry

    Lester Henry is a Government Senator and Senior Lecturer in Economics at UWI St Augustine. He is an ardent follower of the West Indies cricket and “Soca Warriors” football teams.
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the Editor

    Want to share your thoughts with Wired868? Email us at editor@wired868.com. Please keep your blog between 300 to 800 words and be sure to read it over first for typos and punctuation.
  • Lisa Hernandez

    Lisa Hernandez

    Lisa Hernandez works with a local diplomatic mission and has been involved in field hockey for over 30 years.  She is a former national player and international hockey umpire who is devoted to contribute to sport in whatever capacity.
  • Martin Daly

    Martin Daly

    Martin G Daly SC is a prominent attorney-at-law. He is a former Independent Senator and past president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He is chairman of the Pat Bishop Foundation, a board member of The Little Carib Theatre and Folkhouse and a steelpan music enthusiast.
  • MATT Executive

    The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago is the authorised representative body for local journalists in all formats.
  • Maylee Attin-Johnson

    Maylee Attin-Johnson

    Maylee Attin-Johnson is the Trinidad and Tobago Women's Senior National Team captain and has represented her country at senior international level since the age of 15. She has a bachelor's degree in Sports Management from the Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA.
  • Mistah Shak

    Mistah Shak

    Mistah Shak is a Trinbagonian singer/songwriter/musician/performer from the modest but culturally vibrant southern town of Siparia. He considers himself to be an intelligent lyricist, thought provoking songwriter, competent musician and an unwavering and purposeful musical soldier.
  • Mr. Live Wire

    Mr. Live Wire

    Mr. Live Wire is an avid news reader who translates media reports for persons who can handle the truth. And satire. Unlike Jack Nicholson, he rarely yells.
  • Nicole Philip Greene

    Nicole Philip Greene

    Nicole is an IT Strategic Consultant and a mother of three. Or that should be the other way around. Follow her blog as she trys to master this "parenting thing" at http://whendidibecomemymom.com/
  • Ornella Brathwaite

    Ornella Brathwaite

    Ornella Brathwaite is a final year student at COSTAATT pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and presently a Wired868 intern. Her dream is to become an entrepreneur in the near future. Ornella strongly believes in humility and giving to the less fortunate; “One should never look down on anyone, unless he/she is attempting to help that individual up.” Ornella enjoys meeting new people, exploring different countries and spending time with my family, especially her nephews.
  • Otancia Noel

    Otancia Noel

    Otancia Noel has a Literatures in English bachelor's degree at COSTAATT and is finishing a Masters in Fine Arts, Creative writing and Prose Fiction at UWI. She grew up on the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen compound in Mucurapo.
  • R.Walcott

    R.Walcott

    Roneil Walcott is a Journalism and Public Relations student at COSTAATT and a freelancer at Wired868. Walcott is an avid sports fan and former Harvard Cricket Clinic member and ex-St. Mary’s College cricket player.
  • Raffique Shah

    Raffique Shah

    Raffique Shah is a columnist for over three decades, founder of the T&T International Marathon, co-founder of the ULF with Basdeo Panday and George Weekes, a former sugar cane farmers union leader and an ex-Siparia MP. He trained at the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was arrested, court-martialled, sentenced and eventually freed on appeal after leading 300 troops in a mutiny at Teteron Barracks during the Black Power revolution of 1970.
  • Raheema Sayyid-Andrews

    Raheema Sayyid-Andrews

    Raheema Sayyid-Andrews is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism/Mass Communication at COSTAATT. A wife, a mother and a lover of the English language with over 20 years experience of reading novels, she has a limitless supply of stories to share, her way of demonstrating the sheer power of the written word.
  • Rishi Maharaj

    Rishi Maharaj

    Rishi Maharaj holds a BSc. and MSc. in Government from UWI and has over 10 years work experience in Trinidad and Tobago's public sector. Maharaj is also a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals.
  • Roger Bonair-Agard

    Roger Bonair-Agard

    Roger Bonair-Agard lives in the USA where he is a close observer of human behaviour and makes his living as a poet and a creative writing instructor. He is a former USA National Poetry Slam individual champion and the co-founder of the LouderARTS Project, of which he is currently the Artistic Director. He has already had four books of his poetry, including Bury my Clothes (2013) and Gully (2010) published.
  • Romain Pitt

    Roman Pitt is a retired judge of the Ontario Superior Court Justice, a founding director of Caribana and played a leading role in creation of the Black Business Professional Association and the Sickle Cell Association of Canada. He holds the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to law and the community. He was born in Grenada.
  • Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

    Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

    Rose-Marie Belle Antoine is a Dean at the Faculty of Law, UWI, chaired Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law, and is an award winning author, attorney, activist and international legal consultant, holding a doctorate in law from Oxford University and an LLM from Cambridge. She is a former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, OAS, Washington, and has also served on numerous distinguished international bodies.
  • Rudy Chato Paul Sr

    Rudy Chato Paul, Sr, is passionate about gardening, music and writing and boasts post-graduate certification in Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology. He also studied Theology, which is why he is actively seeking to make Trinidad a better place rather than waiting for divine intervention. 
  • Salaah Inniss

    Salaah Inniss

    Salaah Inniss is an ardent writer with an enthusiasm for bringing insightful views on national issues. He graduated from Cipriani College in Environmental Management, and is presently working in the Integrated Facilities Building Service Industry. He is an empathetic supporter of conservation and the protection of the environment.
  • Scotty Ranking

    Scotty Ranking

    Damian R. Scott is an ICT professional and a lifelong student (and part-time teacher) of language and communication. As Scotty Ranking, he frequently comments on topical issues of the day, dispensing knowledge to all and sundry.
  • Sean Taylor

    Sean Taylor is a freelance writer with seven years' experience in the field, who has written for local publications including the Campus Chronicle, UWI Today, USPORTT, Metro and the Trinidad Express. He also studied Communication Studies and Portuguese at the University of the West Indies.
  • Shaka Hislop

    Shaka Hislop

    Shaka Hislop is a football analyst with ESPN and a 2006 World Cup player with Trinidad and Tobago. He played professionally in England with Reading, Newcastle, West Ham and Portsmouth and has an Executive MBA in Business Administration and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Howard University. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame athlete in Trinidad and Tobago and Howard while he was the inaugural winner of the England PFA's Special Merit Award for his services to football.
  • Sherron Charles

    Sherron Charles

    Sherron 'Jabari' Charles is a football coach and graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sports Management BSc programme. He is also a sports entrepreneur and an avid Soca Warriors fan.
  • Sunity Maharaj

    Sunity Maharaj

    Sunity Maharaj is a journalist with 38 years of experience and the managing director of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies. She is a former Trinidad Express editor in chief and TV6 head of news.
  • Terry Fenwick

    Terry Fenwick

    Terry Fenwick is the technical director of the Football Factory in POS. He is a former England World Cup player who played professionally for Tottenham, Queen's Park FC, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Swindon Town. He is also one of the most successful coaches in T&T's professional era having won regional and domestic titles with Central FC and San Juan Jabloteh.
  • Thane J Pierre

    Thane J Pierre

    Thane J Pierre is an Attorney at Law with extensive experience in forensics and law enforcement.
  • Tia Vialva

    Tia Vialva

    Tia Vialva is a student at COSTAATT currently pursuing her BA in journalism. She has been published for the Trinidad Newsday and CariFin Games and enjoys creative writing as well as video editing in her spare time.
  • Transparency International

    Transparency International

    Our Mission is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society. Our Core Values are: transparency, accountability, integrity, solidarity, courage, justice and democracy.
  • Michelle Cox

    Michelle Cox

    Michelle Cox is a Wired868 freelancer who was born and bred in South Trinidad and lives in the village of La Brea. Cox holds an Associate degree in PR and Journalism and is currently pursuing her BA in Mass Communication at COSTAATT. She has been employed in the energy sector for over 15 years and is the proud mother of daughters Denielle, 10, and Amelia, 6. Her mantra is: ‘the learning never stops until you do and then… you still never know.’
  • Working Women

    Working Women

    Women Working for Social Progress is a 30-year old organisation based in Tunapuna, which was co-founded by activist Merle Hodge. The “Working Women” group does advocacy work on behalf women and children and led the way in discussions like anti-corporal punishment or “parenting for peace.”

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  1. Date: March 14, 2017
    Crime Plan: Trinidad and Tobago
    Crime is a symptom of major planks in the structure of society gone wrong.
    Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?
    Who are the people responsible for committing crime? Whose interest is being served?
    What kind of crime is most prevalent? What is the method of choice?
    What are the time lines? Is the force strength optimized to prevent and is trained to disrupt this particular type of criminal?
    When are most murders committed? Is there a causation pattern where targeted intervention can take place?
    Why is criminal activity geared towards particular communities, individuals and groups (gangs)
    How has criminal activity been analyzed and categorized?
    What needs are being served by criminals (drugs, poverty, permanent

    Premise:
    There are a high number of individuals involved in the commission of crime in Trinidad and Tobago! What are the facts?
    There is long held and reinforced stigmatism by street address. Redlining from birth.
    Criminal activity is pervasive and applies to multiple sectors. Have crime leaders been identified?
    Crime prevention initiatives:
    What does it cost the society? Is the goal disruption or destruction of the criminal apparatus? What are the alternatives to these specific criminal activities? Are these criminal redeemable or are they condemned to permanent incarceration.
    Can those costs be turned into investments?
    • The majority of criminal activity is rooted in the absence of hope and the availability of high resources to be diverted to crime.
    Who are the benefactors of this activity?
    • Who are the crime brokers and what is the structure, design, methods and execution?
    • How much of these activities are sanctioned by the activities of the government or lack of enforcement by the government?
    • Is criminal activity part of gross national product? In other words is it so endemic that it is relied upon as part of the economic fabric of the country.
    Is law enforcement services really the last group to find out about new crime waves and is action or inaction based on crime statistics after the fact?
    • The numbers of gunshot casualties and victims in T&T havs been at record levels for each succeeding year for several years if the rate of increase is based on five years averages.
    • Vulnerability and large supply of victims: The haves versus the never will have.
    • Purposeful blindness of law enforcement: No alternatives offered other than imprisonment and meaningless government sponsored employment
    High dependency on government sector:
    • No escalator in place for persons with high aptitude
    • The violent crime level has chased out of the communities people of a certain income level, leading the absence of economic escalators.
    • Whatever trappings of success from hard work becomes the inventory for theft and/or harassment
    • The most vulnerable are treated as cannon fodder. Women are not protected and rape, murder and kidnapping are the normal lead of the evening news.
    Society based on nepotism:
    • In a society based on nepotism and privilege, how does a young person fight back and what are the options for success. How can that young person learn about available opportunities in legitimate spaces in the economy?
    o The government, which includes ministers, should be required to have monthly meetings within the community that deliver real transparency and provide the registration materials for the most vulnerable in crime infested areas to apply.
    o Is opportunity and exploitation morphed into the same thing? How do you get young adults to trust it?

    Recommendation:
    • Rebuild belief in the normalcy of community or put them in places where they never existed.
    o The emphasis on sport and recreation are good but not true options to economic success.
    • Have every person who attains the age of eighteen or has completed high school to enlist in one of the protective or health services.
    o Make this national service mandatory.
    o Rebuild national trust through service.
    o Provide a stipend similar to what it would cost to maintain a prisoner in one of the institutions of incarceration.
    • Reduce the no-work/make-work agencies and convert to training programs (Jude, CEPEP, Etc.)
    o Conversion and training program to the private sector jobs.
    How could you not know where the guns are coming from and where they are going?
    • If that question cannot be answered satisfactorily, then the law enforcement leaders ought to be replaced or the government will be at the next election.
    • Since Trinidad and Tobago are islands and most gun traders don’t live in water, are there really alternative hiding places.
    • Why is there not dedicated and trained law enforcement teams prepared for the influx of guns?
    o Are the people to remain in fear of this menace forever or is this a tactic of subjugation?
    o The national government seems to be silent on laying down the law on guns and their brokers. This does not seem like an enterprise that is being conducted on a piece-meal basis.
    o Why don’t our Prime Minister and attorney general dispense with the formalities and charge Venezuela and other governments for transporting illegal guns over their borders into Trinidad. Make it a condition for trade.
    o Gun trader should be given life sentences without exception
    o Raise this issue at the U.N. as a condition for any votes that support the U.S. and all countries in South and Central America. Let CARICOM vote as a block on this issue.
    And what about the people’s money?
    • Move retirement plan dollars into national stock/mutual fund programs
    o Implement FATCA and AML programs immediately. The game in which the opposition is engaged is fundamentally dangerous and if there are seizure laws already on the books, the businesses of their friends, families and others that are flaunting the law should be sanctioned. No government purchase ought to be transacted with these companies, starting with immediate effect.
     All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. Essentially, this is Kamla’s position.
    o Forensic Auditing should be a requirement for accounting and economic grads at all universities and institutions of higher learning. Teams of auditors must now be part of the taxing infrastructure until FATCA laws are passed. It would probably take four classes to specialize in forensics.
    http://www.forensisgroup.com/expert-witness/auditing/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Business&utm_term=forensic%20auditing&utm_content=Auditing

    • Encourage regular middle income residents of Trinidad and Tobago to invest in the corporations that are domiciled in the country, especially banking institutions.
    o Revitalize the Caribbean investment marketplace in downtown Port-of-Spain (Manning initiative). Eliminate the real estate vacancies.
    o Government built real estate must now provide a stated return-on-investment and not be left to corrupting influences. Full transparency is required here. This is true for all government owned assets. If they do not provide a five-year average return, then they must be sold and become part of the tax structure.
     For government agencies that are thirty years of more, conversion to privately run companies should be part of the budget reduction plan. These companies must be 60% owned by citizens of T&T and no person or company should own more than 20% of any national asset.
    Lack of follow through:
    Can we state once and for all what the economic challenges are?
    • Chronic lack of diversification
    • After the energy sector, what are the top ten industries and what percentage of production is exportable?
    • Is brain power a financial resource?
    • Given the doors to the U.S. and Europe are being closed, what skill sets will open them and do we have the infrastructure in place so that brain power is a marketable commodity. Let the businesses come to us. How to commoditize online and administrative resources.
    • How can we make our markets, services and products retentive to our population? (If 20% of Mexican migrant workers are blocked from working in the gardens of the U.S., possible 50% of the population will starve)
    Woeful tax collection effort and strategy
    o No real development of a taxable market place
    o Prioritize net favorable foreign exchange as a national objective.
    No targeted efforts to reduce employable capacity.
    There are a number of people who have given up looking for jobs or are displaced in the current economy. If these unemployment figures are true then the 64% labor participation rate is suspect.
    Where are they and what industries can be altered to accommodate them?
    Unemployment Rate in Trinidad and Tobago averaged 10.67 percent from 1991 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 21.10 percent in the first quarter of 1993 and a record low of 3.10 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

    No coordination between private sector and government sector to lower unemployment that is region specific (nepotism the controlling factor).
    The ratio of government employees is far too high. The 64% labor participation rate is deceptive. The male to female disparities are stark, according to a study published in 2011 using 2009 data. (Karen Roopnaring and Dindial Ramrattan)
    http://www.central-bank.org.tt/sites/default/files/Female%20Labour%20Force%20Participation%20-%20The%20Case%20of%20Trinidad%20and%20Tobago%20-%20K.%20Roopnarine%20and%20D.%20Ramrattan.pdf
    Major resources (employment in energy sector controlled by unions)
    o Unions do not promote ownership in the resources that pay for their livelihood and therefore, cannot benefit from the profitability inherent in fruits of their labor.
    o Concentration of labor creates the possibility for corruption.
    The religious sectors are not being progressive
    o Priest, pundits and imams are not change makers;
    o They are similar to the government usually a day and a dollar short.
    o Suffer in silence and make better choices while your throat is being cut.

    Alternatives to growing illicit drugs:
    Agroponics/Aquaponics
    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=agroponics&qpvt=agroponics&qpvt=agroponics&qpvt=agroponics&FORM=IGRE
    http://www.agroponic.com/
    Micro gardens: Get the Universities involved!
    o For university agriculture students, participation is mandatory.
    o For food consuming industries, purchasing is strongly encouraged
    o For existing agri-businesses, partnerships as a condition tax discounting
    o Community centered organic gardens, growing vegetables and spices for domestic consumption and/or export. It would entail the distribution of 1,000 wooden boxes to each distressed community to grow specific and scientifically validated products.
    o Instructions to be given for soil testing, water requirements, harvesting and making market.
    o Saleable food and fresh herbs will takes weeks and not years to produce. Restaurant owners can commission the products needed and food will have a ready market already established.
    Will one thousand ten foot by four feet boxes growing food on Laventille hill make a difference in the crime rate?

    Alternatives to manufacturing illicit drugs:
    Will two hundred young smart individuals working in a new pharmaceutical industry make a difference in Success Village or Chaguanas?
    • This is a challenge for the ministers and the government of Trinidad and Tobago. If we break it down by number, can we then make it happen with headcount and accountability?
    • A specific challenge for the education system of Trinidad and Tobago (instead of waiting for arbitrary circumstances to evolve, proactive targeting of industry for crime specific regions by providing opportunities as alternatives. How do you eliminate the marginalization of individuals from certain street addresses? You can start by building the new economic frontier at those addresses.
    Pharmaceutical production.
    o With the very high education level and the high unemployment among young adults, Trinidad and Tobago is the perfect region to start a pharmaceutical production industry.
    o Involvement by the local university system with the appropriate international standards can very easily become instrumental in setting up these relatively small companies right in the middle of the “at risk” neighborhoods.
    o It is the lesson of the national lottery, whatever the criminal enterprise, build and alternative industry in order to take away its power. The only caveat is to make the new enterprise substantially better than the criminal one.
    Next Generation:
    Civic duty and the benefits to society are currently frowned upon. (see recommendation)
    • Lessons about preparing the population for civic duty is not being learned and this potential game changer is not being emulated.
    • There is no money in it

  2. Date: February 21, 2017
    Crime Plan: Trinidad and Tobago
    Crime is a symptom of major planks in the structure of society gone wrong.
    Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?
    Who are the people responsible for committing crime? Whose interest is being served?
    What kind of crime is most prevalent? What is the method of choice?
    What are the time lines? Is the force strength optimized to prevent and is trained to disrupt this particular type of criminal?
    When are most murders committed? Is there a causation pattern where targeted intervention can take place?
    Why is criminal activity geared towards particular communities, individuals and groups (gangs)
    How has criminal activity been analyzed and categorized?
    What needs are being served by criminals (drugs, poverty, permanent

    Premise:
    There are a high number of individuals involved in the commission of crime in Trinidad and Tobago! What are the facts?
    There is long held and reinforced stigmatism by street address. Redlining from birth.
    Criminal activity is pervasive and applies to multiple sectors. Have crime leaders been identified?
    Crime prevention initiatives:
    What does it cost the society? Is the goal disruption or destruction of the criminal apparatus? What are the alternatives to these specific criminal activities? Are these criminal redeemable or are they condemned to permanent incarceration.
    Can those costs be turned into investments?
    • The majority of criminal activity is rooted in the absence of hope and the availability of high resources to be diverted to crime.
    Who are the benefactors of this activity?
    • Who are the crime brokers and what is the structure, design, methods and execution?
    • How much of these activities are sanctioned by the activities of the government or lack of enforcement by the government?
    • Is criminal activity part of gross national product? In other words is it so endemic that it is relied upon as part of the economic fabric of the country.
    Is law enforcement services really the last group to find out about new crime waves and is action or inaction based on crime statistics after the fact?
    • The numbers of gunshot casualties and victims in T&T havs been at record levels for each succeeding year for several years if the rate of increase is based on five years averages.
    • Vulnerability and large supply of victims: The haves versus the never will have.
    • Purposeful blindness of law enforcement: No alternatives offered other than imprisonment and meaningless government sponsored employment
    High dependency on government sector:
    • No escalator in place for persons with high aptitude
    • The violent crime level has chased out of the communities people of a certain income level, leading the absence of economic escalators.
    • Whatever trappings of success from hard work becomes the inventory for theft and/or harassment
    • The most vulnerable are treated as cannon fodder. Women are not protected and rape, murder and kidnapping are the normal lead of the evening news.
    Society based on nepotism:
    • In a society based on nepotism and privilege, how does a young person fight back and what are the options for success. How can that young person learn about available opportunities in legitimate spaces in the economy?
    o The government, which includes ministers, should be required to have monthly meetings within the community that deliver real transparency and provide the registration materials for the most vulnerable in crime infested areas to apply.
    o Is opportunity and exploitation morphed into the same thing? How do you get young adults to trust it?

    Recommendation:
    • Rebuild belief in the normalcy of community or put them in places where they never existed.
    o The emphasis on sport and recreation are good but not true options to economic success.
    • Have every person who attains the age of eighteen or has completed high school to enlist in one of the protective or health services.
    o Make this national service mandatory.
    o Rebuild national trust through service.
    o Provide a stipend similar to what it would cost to maintain a prisoner in one of the institutions of incarceration.
    • Reduce the no-work/make-work agencies and convert to training programs (Jude, CEPEP, Etc.)
    o Conversion and training program to the private sector jobs.
    How could you not know where the guns are coming from and where they are going?
    • If that question cannot be answered satisfactorily, then the law enforcement leaders ought to be replaced or the government will be at the next election.
    • Since Trinidad and Tobago are islands and most gun traders don’t live in water, are there really alternative hiding places.
    • Why is there not dedicated and trained law enforcement teams prepared for the influx of guns?
    o Are the people to remain in fear of this menace forever or is this a tactic of subjugation?
    o The national government seems to be silent on laying down the law on guns and their brokers. This does not seem like an enterprise that is being conducted on a piece-meal basis.
    o Why don’t our Prime Minister and attorney general dispense with the formalities and charge Venezuela and other governments for transporting illegal guns over their borders into Trinidad. Make it a condition for trade.
    o Gun trader should be given life sentences without exception
    o Raise this issue at the U.N. as a condition for any votes that support the U.S. and all countries in South and Central America. Let CARICOM vote as a block on this issue.
    And what about the people’s money?
    • Move retirement plan dollars into national stock/mutual fund programs
    o Implement FATCA and AML programs immediately. The game in which the opposition is engaged is fundamentally dangerous and if there are seizure laws already on the books, the businesses of their friends, families and others that are flaunting the law should be sanctioned. No government purchase ought to be transacted with these companies, starting with immediate effect.
     All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. Essentially, this is Kamla’s position.
    o Forensic Auditing should be a requirement for accounting and economic grads at all universities and institutions of higher learning. Teams of auditors must now be part of the taxing infrastructure until FATCA laws are passed. It would probably take four classes to specialize in forensics.
    http://www.forensisgroup.com/expert-witness/auditing/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Business&utm_term=forensic%20auditing&utm_content=Auditing

    • Encourage regular middle income residents of Trinidad and Tobago to invest in the corporations that are domiciled in the country, especially banking institutions.
    o Revitalize the Caribbean investment marketplace in downtown Port-of-Spain (Manning initiative). Eliminate the real estate vacancies.
    o Government built real estate must now provide a stated return-on-investment and not be left to corrupting influences. Full transparency is required here. This is true for all government owned assets. If they do not provide a five-year average return, then they must be sold and become part of the tax structure.
     For government agencies that are thirty years of more, conversion to privately run companies should be part of the budget reduction plan. These companies must be 60% owned by citizens of T&T and no person or company should own more than 20% of any national asset.
    Lack of follow through:
    Can we state once and for all what the economic challenges are?
    • Chronic lack of diversification
    • After the energy sector, what are the top ten industries and what percentage of production is exportable?
    • Is brain power a financial resource?
    • Given the doors to the U.S. and Europe are being closed, what skill sets will open them and do we have the infrastructure in place so that brain power is a marketable commodity. Let the businesses come to us. How to commoditize online and administrative resources.
    • How can we make our markets, services and products retentive to our population? (If 20% of Mexican migrant workers are blocked from working in the gardens of the U.S., possible 50% of the population will starve)
    Woeful tax collection effort and strategy
    o No real development of a taxable market place
    o Prioritize net favorable foreign exchange as a national objective.
    No targeted efforts to reduce employable capacity.
    There are a number of people who have given up looking for jobs or are displaced in the current economy. If these unemployment figures are true then the 64% labor participation rate is suspect.
    Where are they and what industries can be altered to accommodate them?
    Unemployment Rate in Trinidad and Tobago averaged 10.67 percent from 1991 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 21.10 percent in the first quarter of 1993 and a record low of 3.10 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

    No coordination between private sector and government sector to lower unemployment that is region specific (nepotism the controlling factor).
    The ratio of government employees is far too high. The 64% labor participation rate is deceptive. The male to female disparities are stark, according to a study published in 2011 using 2009 data. (Karen Roopnaring and Dindial Ramrattan)
    http://www.central-bank.org.tt/sites/default/files/Female%20Labour%20Force%20Participation%20-%20The%20Case%20of%20Trinidad%20and%20Tobago%20-%20K.%20Roopnarine%20and%20D.%20Ramrattan.pdf
    Major resources (employment in energy sector controlled by unions)
    o Unions do not promote ownership in the resources that pay for their livelihood and therefore, cannot benefit from the profitability inherent in fruits of their labor.
    o Concentration of labor creates the possibility for corruption.
    The religious sectors are not being progressive
    o Priest, pundits and imams are not change makers;
    o They are similar to the government usually a day and a dollar short.
    o Suffer in silence and make better choices while your throat is being cut.

    Alternatives to growing illicit drugs:
    Agroponics/Aquaponics
    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=agroponics&qpvt=agroponics&qpvt=agroponics&qpvt=agroponics&FORM=IGRE
    http://www.agroponic.com/
    Micro gardens: Get the Universities involved!
    o For university agriculture students, participation is mandatory.
    o For food consuming industries, purchasing is strongly encouraged
    o For existing agri-businesses, partnerships as a condition tax discounting
    o Community centered organic gardens, growing vegetables and spices for domestic consumption and/or export. It would entail the distribution of 1,000 wooden boxes to each distressed community to grow specific and scientifically validated products.
    o Instructions to be given for soil testing, water requirements, harvesting and making market.
    o Saleable food and fresh herbs will takes weeks and not years to produce. Restaurant owners can commission the products needed and food will have a ready market already established.
    Will one thousand ten foot by four feet boxes growing food on Laventille hill make a difference in the crime rate?

    Alternatives to manufacturing illicit drugs:
    Will two hundred young smart individuals working in a new pharmaceutical industry make a difference in Success Village or Chaguanas?
    • This is a challenge for the ministers and the government of Trinidad and Tobago. If we break it down by number, can we then make it happen with headcount and accountability?
    • A specific challenge for the education system of Trinidad and Tobago (instead of waiting for arbitrary circumstances to evolve, proactive targeting of industry for crime specific regions by providing opportunities as alternatives. How do you eliminate the marginalization of individuals from certain street addresses? You can start by building the new economic frontier at those addresses.
    Pharmaceutical production.
    o With the very high education level and the high unemployment among young adults, Trinidad and Tobago is the perfect region to start a pharmaceutical production industry.
    o Involvement by the local university system with the appropriate international standards can very easily become instrumental in setting up these relatively small companies right in the middle of the “at risk” neighborhoods.
    o It is the lesson of the national lottery, whatever the criminal enterprise, build and alternative industry in order to take away its power. The only caveat is to make the new enterprise substantially better than the criminal one.
    Next Generation:
    Civic duty and the benefits to society are currently frowned upon. (see recommendation)
    • Lessons about preparing the population for civic duty is not being learned and this potential game changer is not being emulated.
    • There is no money in it