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Wear black for our women

Sunday, January 7, 2018

If there was ever a time for the country to stand up against anything it is now. The latest murder of a woman, who was not identified up to late yesterday, has brought to the fore the spiralling problem of domestic abuse and violence against women.

The incident brought to three the number of women already killed for the New Year, and follows on from 52 females who were killed last year. As part of an almost synergistic link to rising crime, abuse and violence against women seems to be following the same frightening path.

In several of the cases highlighted, family members and friends have noted some sort of abuse in the victims’ histories. But there was also a sense that those seeking to help victims were also not too convinced either they or the State could provide real support if victims fled abusive situations. Ultimately, efforts to end this woe will probably rest heavily on the State’s and stakeholders’ ability to not only educate citizens on the issue but to also provide support bases for those individuals seeking help. The State’s support mechanisms clearly are not where they should be at this point in time.

In this regard, this newspaper supports the call of Is There Not a Cause (ITNAC) to raise awareness of the issue by wearing black this week.

Technology at its best

The T&T Police Service deserves some credit for the decision to use drones as part of its crime-fighting arsenal in day-to-day operations. The devices are apparently now critical for aerial reconnaissance in the absence of the national helicopters ruled out of service by the Ministry of National Security due to their huge operational costs.

This newspaper lauds the efforts of the two TTPS’s Air Support Unit members who navigated the “Dragonfly 3” drone in support of their colleagues in capturing two of three suspects in Tunapuna last week. It is our hope the authorities will use such cost efficient hi-tech devices more in the fight against crime. But it goes without saying that the use of such technology will go to nought if the police do not also ensure their follow-up investigations result in the suspects paying the price for their illegal activity.

Let’s harness Ashbar’s skill

Congrats to cattle herder Ashbar Ali on his work in ensuring that his cow Shiny delivered triplets in a rare single birthing last month. Animal husbandry is one of the areas which can help diversify the economy if it is harnessed properly, so we hope The University of the West Indies accepts his offer to share his knowledge with the lecturers and students in this field.


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