Eid-al-Fitr is a time of gratitude, happiness and peace. It allows us to reflect on our blessings while promoting togetherness among communities. In Trinidad and Tobago, Eid-al-Fitr celebrations are not only limited to the Muslim population as many persons from different religions join with their Muslim brothers and sisters on this day in unity and harmony.
In this piece we will explore ways that we can all change our language around mental health and mental illness within Trinidad & Tobago with hopes of destigmatizing the topic.
It’s a harsh reality to face and with the lack of information it’s not surprising what most members of the general public think. While it may just seem to be another case of ‘Who Feels it Knows It’ the introduction of up-to-date statistics would play a great role in changing public perception which could then add pressure on governmental bodies to prioritize the right concerns on the political agenda.
The proposed ‘Taste of Carnival’ that was launched for citizens to enjoy and to bring some much-needed relief to those who depend on the sector for their livelihood, was a clear example of how we unfairly treat those who lack money and status. Leaving one to think about the oppression felt within Carnival, an oxymoron that does not contradict when you pay close attention to the events that occurred this year.
Zoos have been an institution within human civilisation for as long as man has had an interest in wild animals. Starting off as simple displays of these creatures that one might have to journey into the dangerous wild to see, zoos have now evolved into multifaceted organizations that take on many responsibilities other than entertainment as the world and humans have progressed.
Essentially, our geographic location that’s nestled between South and North America coupled with our porous borders which have significantly impacted the type of crime that occurs and the frequency of such crimes. In this article, we will explore how our geographical location makes us a hotspot for illegal international activity and how that has trickled down into our society, creating an environment that no longer looks like a paradise.
This hand of cards we have been dealt is due to a myriad of ills that have been plaguing sport in Trinidad and Tobago for many years due to actions of various stakeholders that decide the fate we have in sports.
Though the vast majority of them are high performing professional athletes, an Olympian- “Any athlete that qualifies for the Olympic Games” , is considered an amazing achievement whether one medals or not, as the games foster sportsmanship and individual growth amongst competitors.
“We ask you not for an invitation to your rallies and to sit at your tables, we ask you not to save us, but to back us up . . . . Or get the hell out of the way.”
“…As we encroach on nature and deplete vital habitats, increasing numbers of species are at risk. That includes humanity and the future we want”