Monday, January 20, 2014

Agriculture food security and climate change

Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change





www.cardi.org/wp-content/themes/default/files/cardiupdate/CARDIUpdate2009-2.pdf

Triple whammy to hit energy sector

Triple whammy to hit energy sector | Archives
Triple whammy to hit energy sector
Article Date: 
Sunday, April 19, 2009
• Rising resource costs • Rising energy costs • Rising food prices
It’s ‘business unusual’...
For the energy sector, it is not “business as usual,” not only because of supply factors, but also related to focus on more efficient and sustainable uses of energy and climate change-related issues. This is the message from energy researchers, ColinDale Marcelle and Ian Ivey, as heads of governments and policy-makers discuss the global financial crisis at the Fifth Summit of the Americas. “The energy sector does not operate in isolation. The major trends shaping its ‘big picture’ future are coming together for a ‘triple whammy’ effect—rising energy costs, rising food prices and rising resource costs,” said Ivey, of the research group NEXT.
For the energy sector, it is not “business as usual,” not only because of supply factors, but also related to focus on more efficient and sustainable uses of energy and climate change-related issues. This is the message from energy researchers, ColinDale Marcelle and Ian Ivey, as heads of governments and policy-makers discuss the global financial crisis at the Fifth Summit of the Americas. “The energy sector does not operate in isolation. The major trends shaping its ‘big picture’ future are coming together for a ‘triple whammy’ effect—rising energy costs, rising food prices and rising resource costs,” said Ivey, of the research group NEXT.
“T&T needs to become far more focused on the opportunities associated with the entire renewable energy sector, because it has invested heavily in the development of considerable expertise in the energy field. “Once the country’s oil and gas fields enter into a decline phase—which may be little more than a decade away—that investment will have little long-term value to the country, unless it is redirected towards future rapid growth opportunity areas in the ‘new energy’ scene. “It is clearly going to be difficult for a small country such as T&T to be an internationally cost-competitive player in renewable energy sectors, such as bio-ethanol and bio-diesel, as the land areas required are vast and the throughput volumes required to justify the capital investments needed are potentially large.
Along with Marcelle, Ivey is the co-author of the recently released Global Foresight Review on renewable energy and Renewable Energy Best Bets Opportunities for T&T (see Niherst.gov.tt), which focus on opportunities and alternatives for T&T outside the oil and gas sector. They were prepared by NEXT Corporation for the National Institute of Higher Education Research, Science and Education.
Increase by 2030
Foresight and innovation research identified several “best bets” for T&T’s energy sector that would lead to greater efficiency in use of existing energy sources and develop businesses built around alternative energy generated from environment-friendly renewable sources. Nine initial potential “best bets” were identified, including developing alternative energy sources by harnessing the power of wave, wind, solar and volcanic energy and growing business by tapping into existing research and technologies. “The potential ‘best bet’ opportunity areas identified could provide the basis of a significant new energy sector focus in T&T,” the authors say. The top three involved use of bio-gas, solar and energy-efficient technologies.
The Global Review cites trends and issues that have an impact on en
ergy markets that point to higher prices for crude oil and natural gas, post the current slump and a 50 per cent projected increase in global energy demand by 2030. Sources referred to include the Annual Energy Outlook, the Medium-Term Oil Market Report of the International Energy Agency, Facing the Hard Truths About Energy Report of the National Petroleum Council and the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, among others.
The review was prepared to stimulate thinking about how the global sector is likely to evolve over the next ten years, and thus identify associated threats and opportunities for T&T in the long-term, drawn from a big picture view of what the world may look like in the near future, so as to inform decisions that need to be made today with regard to sector opportunities and threats. Among its findings were that the energy sector’s development is being restricted primarily by traditional attitudes and short-term thinking. A lack of understanding of how quickly the “big picture” may change in future years is hindering change to more sustainable alternatives and limiting the amount of investments being made into innovative opportunities.
'Peak oil’
The energy sector is being forced to revise its directions as the result of a growing awareness that current sources of energy are likely to fail to keep up with future demand, as the capacity to supply world demand is almost already at its peak. This was fed by growing pressure for cleaner and more environmentally sustainable energy sources. “People are now starting to realise that ‘peak oil’ is just a few years away, if not already here. This increases the need to speed up moves towards renewable energy alternatives where favourable conditions apply,” say the authors.
Among these favourable conditions are advances in technology, innovators with creative solutions, growing investment into green and sustainable applications (long-term) and decentralisation of the energy sector, down to a point where we may see total sustainable energy solutions in place for communities, or even individual households and businesses. These already exist in European communities, such as Jühnde in Germany and Güssing in Austria. “The global energy scene is now reaching a ‘tipping point.’ It is changing the balance between ‘old energy’ and ‘new energy.’
“It is easy to become blindsided by short-term blips such as the current low prices in fossil fuel prices and reduced investment into renewable energy. But this is unlikely to last long. “Once the world recovers from the current economic downturn, the major underlying trends will be back in play and ‘old energy’ is likely to face a challenging future as the ‘triple whammy’ effect comes back into play and global policy changes adversely affect the competitive position of fossil fuels, particularly in response to climate change and reducing global emissions by up to 80 per cent (eg, the new goal in the USA).”
Dr Kris Rampersad is
a media and literary consultant.
- See more at: http://www.guardian.co.tt/archives/features/life/2009/04/18/triple-whammy-hit-energy-sector#sthash.yBclsR0O.dpuf

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PoS could recapture caribbean fashion hotspot | Archives

PoS could recapture caribbean fashion hotspot | Archives



Trinidad and Tobago has the potential to wow the fashion world as a new global player, using information and communication technologies (ICT) and new materials, as well as in becoming an international fashion centre with a “designers’ row” downtown of the country. This is one of the findings of studies done by Dr Michele Reis and Ian Ivey, of NEXT Corporation, in association with the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (Niherst) and a range of local expertise in business, IT, the creative sector, research and others, and the T&T Foresight and Innovations Network.
Trinidad and Tobago has the potential to wow the fashion world as a new global player, using information and communication technologies (ICT) and new materials, as well as in becoming an international fashion centre with a “designers’ row” downtown of the country. This is one of the findings of studies done by Dr Michele Reis and Ian Ivey, of NEXT Corporation, in association with the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (Niherst) and a range of local expertise in business, IT, the creative sector, research and others, and the T&T Foresight and Innovations Network.
“T&T already has a successful and innovative fashion and creative sector that provides a strong platform for ‘going global’ in a more proactive and ambitious way. “It is a sector that is in tune with a great deal of national passion,” said Dr Reis. Together with Ivey, she is helping industry stakeholders examine and invest in promising entrepreneurial initiatives in fashion.
fashion Fashion future is markets of one
She noted that at the turn of the 19th century, downtown Port-of-Spain was the major shopping district in the Caribbean that attracted shoppers from throughout the hemisphere to buy from top local dressmakers and tailors, and European and US-imported clothing. Reis said: “Port-of-Spain has the potential to recapture the distinction of being the Caribbean’s foremost fashion and shopping centre. The city has already undergone a considerable amount of redevelopment, particularly in the waterfront area, and more is planned for the central city and surrounding areas.”
She identified the area bordered by Frederick Street, on the west; Duncan Street, on the east; Park Street to the north and South Quay as suited to becoming an international fashion centre. This would complement areas in Port-of-Spain already earmarked for redevelopment, and work well the Government’s plans to create a pedestrian mall in the area bounded by Woodford Square, Knox, Hart and Pembroke Streets.
The Niherst study was based on the local need to evolve globally competitive businesses, “not only to compensate for the inevitable decline in the country’s oil and gas resources, but also to provide higher quality and more stimulating knowledge-based employment opportunities in the future for the increasing numbers of students graduating from universities, both at home and offshore.”
Utilising foresighting as a tool to assessing future consumer needs, it identified trends shaping the global fashion sector through the next decade as:
• customers’ desire for clothing that reflects multi-ethnic and multi-cultural influences,
• demand for “intelligent materials” sensitive to the wearer’s needs,
• and the changing ways in which the world conducts business, driven by options for virtual design and new business models that can produce for “markets of one,” as opposed to mass production.
These findings were based on extensive analysis and interactive workshops with designers, market experts, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and IT professionals as well as the local fashion sector. Even though there ill be a need to expand technological expertise and research and development as well as revise attitudes to networking among designers, fashion was identified as a growth area that could be readily implemented in T&T.
This, given the country’s already existing base of clothing products that can be customised for many markets, especially the range of diasporic “niches” and heritage markets of India, Africa and China, along with the close Latin American market and the Caribbean diasporas in Europe, North America and elsewhere. Dr Reis said, “Trinidad and Tobago already has a successful and innovative fashion and creative sector, which provides a strong platform for ‘going global’ in a more proactive and ambitious way.”
Revitalising Port-of-Spain as an international fashion centre was one of three “best bets” in the local fashion sector voted as potentially most lucrative.
fashionDesigners could cut it globally with ICT stitch
The others were a T&T virtual design and marketing facility that responds to individualised fashion needs for E-suiting; and a “one-stop creative design portal” that matches individual wearer’s requirements to local and global fashion houses as desired. Dr Reis said: “The ‘best bets’ are all cutting-edge opportunities facilitating customised ‘design and build’ collections for sale to end-consumers around the world with e-commerce and Internet support. “They leverage on the potential of new technologies like the Internet, facilitated by large popular portals such as YouTube and MySpace, which are rendering mega conglomerate business models redundant, to give small operators and small countries with highly specialised and unique offers, a ‘global niche.’”
Reis said if you took the local pool of highly creative T&T fashion design skills and combined it with innovative designers from other parts of the world, T&T could go truly global with a highly customised and unique offer. The new opportunities allow designers to accommodate different tastes of consumers, including cost, choice of fibres, styles, and other needs, so much already in demand in today’s world and surely will become more so in ensuing years. “These enterprises will earn revenue by commission on design fees charged to customers and royalties on any finished products manufactured commercially using such designs,” said Reis.
Basic road maps of the route-to-success, with preliminary projections of investments, have been developed for each of the proposed “best bets.” They also have identified the need for further development of intellectual property regulations for the sector and skills training, particularly in IT and new marketing. (See http://niherst.gov.tt/s-and-t/projects/foresighting/fashion). Key to all of this is a forward-thinking entrepreneur who can stitch together the existing elements, source those lacking, including seaming alliances and partnerships locally, regionally and internationally and step into a successful future in fashion.
Positive existing fashion factors
• Well-developed pool of design and fashion skills and specialists
• Suiting plants and factories, such as Tobiki, da Costa’s, Janoura’s and Front Row
• Supportive creativity and research capabilities, testing laboratories, some locally developed technology, marketing and branding expertise, and institutional support from UTT, Cariri and UWI
• Experience in experimenting with prototypes, use of the Internet and expanding Internet connectivity
• Available training through the Fashion Entrepreneurs of Trinidad and Tobago—a national training project that aims to back the development of manufactured products with a “Made in TnT” label—and the developing UTT Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design, among others;
• Government business sector development agencies such as Nedco, E-Teck and the Business Development Company.
Dr Kris Rampersad is a
media and literary consultant
- See more at: http://www.guardian.co.tt/archives/features/life/2009/04/12/pos-could-recapture-caribbean-fashion-hotspot#sthash.hMvTF0Cd.dpuf

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Coming of age #CitizenPolitics

India: The anarchy of simple living http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/01/india-anarchy-simple-living-201411211118725180.html

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

#Arabspringinwinter - backlash to #socialmediarevolution

Three years later: Was it a revolution? http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/12/three-years-later-was-it-revolution-20131219115550312396.html

Monday, January 13, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago Media Code of Practice


The Code of Practice for Trinidad and Tobago Journalists that guides the Meida Complaints Council - How can it be updated ....

Trinidad and Tobago Code: Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association Code of Practice | RJI

Trinidad and Tobago Code: Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association Code of Practice

(Adopted by the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association)
The Media Complaints Council is charged with enforcing the following Code of Practice which was framed by the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association and ratified by the Media Complaints Council.
All members of the media have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards. In doing so, they should have regard to the provisions of this Code of Practice and to the public's right to know.
Editors are responsible for the actions of journalists employed by their medium. They  should also satisfy themselves as far as possible that the material accepted from non-staff members was  obtained in accordance with this Code.
While recognising that this involves a substantial element of self-restraint by the journalist, it is designed to be acceptable in the context of the system of self-regulation. The Code applies in the spirit as well as in the letter.
It is the responsibility  of editors to co-operate as swiftly as possible in MCC enquiries. A reply in seven days should be the norm. All members of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association have undertaken to publish or broadcast in full, any  adjudication of the  MCC.
1. Accuracy
i) All media practitioners should take care not to publish or broadcast inaccurate, misleading or distorted material.
ii) Whenever it is recognised that a significant inaccuracy , misleading statement or distorted report has been published , it should be corrected promptly and with due prominence.
iii) An apology should be published  whenever appropriate.
iv) All media organisations should always report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party.
2. Opportunity to reply
A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies should be given to individuals or organisations when reasonably called for.
3. Comment, conjecture and fact
The media. whilst free to be partisan, should distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.
4. Privacy
Intrusions and enquiries into an individual's life without his or her consent, including the use of long-lens photography to take pictures of people on private property without their consent, are not generally acceptable and publication can only be justified when in the public interest.¬
Note - Private property is defined as (1) any private residence, together with its garden and outbuildings, but excluding any adjacent fields or parkland and the surrounding parts of the property within the unaided view of passers-by, (ii) hotel bedrooms  (but not other areas in a hotel and (iii) those parts  of a hospital or nursing home where patients are treated or accommodated.
5. Listening devices
Unless justified by public interest, journalists should not obtain  or publish material obtained  by using clandestine listening devices  or by intercepting private telephone conversations.¬
6. Hospitals
i) Journalists or photographers making enquiries at hospitals or similar institutions should identify themselves to a responsible executive and obtain permission before entering non-public areas.
(ii) The restrictions on intruding into privacy are particularly relevant to enquiries about individuals in hospitals and similar institutions.
7. Misrepresentation
i) Journalists should not generally obtain or seek to obtain information or pictures through misrepresentation or sub¬ter¬fuge.
ii) Unless in the public interest, documents or photographs  should be removed only with the express consent of the owner.
iii) Subterfuge can be justified only in the public interest and only when material cannot be obtained by any other means.
8. Harassment
i) Journalists should neither obtain nor seek to obtain information or pictures through intimidation or harassment.
ii) Unless their enquiries are in the public interest, journalists  should not photograph individuals on private property (as defined in the note to Clause 4) without their consent; should not persist in telephoning or questioning individuals. After having been asked to desist; should not remain on their  property after having been asked to leave and should not follow them.¬
iii) It is the responsibility of editors to ensure that these requi¬rements are carried out.
9. Payment for articles
Payment or offers of payment for stories, pictures or information should not be made directly or through agents to witnesses or potential witnesses in current criminal proceedings or to people engaged in crime or to their associates - which includes family, friends, neighbours and colleagues – except where the material concerned ought to be published in the public interest and the payment is necessary for this to be done.
10. Intrusion into grief or shock
In cases  involving personal grief or shock, enquiries should be  carried out, and approaches made, with sympathy and discre¬tion.
11. Innocent relatives and friends
Unless it is contrary to the public's right to know, the media  should generally avoid identifying relatives or friends of persons convicted or accused of crime.
12. Interviewing or photographing children
i)  Journalists should not normally interview or photograph children under the age of 16 on subjects involving the personal welfare of the child in the absence of or without the consent of a parent or other adult who is responsible for the children.
ii) Children should not be approached or photographed while at school without the permission of the school authorities.
13. Children in sex cases
1. The media should not, even where the law does not prohibit it, identify children under the age of 16 who are involved in cases concerning sexual offences, whether as victims or as witnesses or defendants.
2. In any media report of a case involving a sexual offence against a child.
i) The adult should be identified.
ii) The word "incest" should be avoided where a child victim might be identified.
iii) The offence should be described as "serious offences against young children" or similar appropriate wording.
iv) The child should not be identified.
v) Care should be taken that nothing in the report implies the relationship between the accused and the child.
14. Victims of crime
The media should not identify victims of sexual assault or publish or broadcast material likely to contribute to such identi¬fication unless, by law, they are free to do so.
15. Discrimination
i) The media should avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to a person's race, colour, religion, sex or sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or handicap.
ii) It should avoid publishing or broadcasting details of a person's race, colour, religion, sex or sexual orientation unless these are directly relevant to the story.
16. Financial Journalism
i) Even where the law does not prohibit it,  journalists should not use for their own profit financial information they receive in advance of its general publication, nor should they pass such information to others.
ii) They should not write or broadcast about shares or securities in whose performance they know that they or their close families have a significant financial interest without disclosing the interest to the editor or financial editor.
iii) They should not buy or sell, either directly or through nominees or agents, shares or securities about which they have written or broadcasted recently or about which they intend to write or broadcast in the near future.
17. Confidential sources
Journalists have a moral obligation to protect confidential sources of information..
18. The public interest
Clauses 4,5.7,8 and 9 create exceptions which may be covered by invoking the public interest. For the purpose of this Code that is most easily defined as:
i) Detecting or exposing crime or a serious misdemeanour,
ii) Protecting public health and safety.
iii) Preventing the public from being misled by some state¬ment or action of an individual or organisation.
In any cases raising issues beyond  these three definitions, the  Media Complaints Council will require a full explanation by the editor of the publication or broadcasting media involved, seeking to demonstrate how the public interest was served.
- See more at: http://www.rjionline.org/MAS-Codes-Trinidad-Tobago-Media-Complaints#sthash.VYBIBOox.dpuf

The global classroom letting the learner come to u

Look out for our new course offerings as we bring learning to your fingertips as is taking place elsewhere ...  more coming soon rampersad.com meanwhile see also http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/vint-cerf-goes-inside-the-online-revolution-in-education#IqCPv6xIRZqWHLBr.30

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New US policy in the caribbean

Following the munroe doctrine noe thid .... http://www.caribbeanintelligence.com/content/new-us-policy-americas

Read 700 free ebooks

Read 700 Free eBooks http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/read-700-free-ebooks-made-available-by-the-university-of-california-press.html

Settling the costs of oil spill

UK oil firm told to pay up for Gulf oil spill http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/01/uk-oil-firm-told-pay-up-gulf-oil-spill-201411125523245283.html

Friday, January 10, 2014

Reimagining music

Musicians Re-Imagine the Complete Songbook of the Beatles on the Ukulele | Open Culture http://www.openculture.com/2013/02/musicians_re-imagine_the_complete_songbook_of_the_beatles_on_the_ukulele.html

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Leadership and fiction

I have studied, thought and wrote about fiction for years from this perspective and understanding that fiction deepens our understanding of life and of human personality and character and a means to inform disciplines of sociology, psychology, politics and in fact a great entry point to appreciation of any society - all of which is certainly important to cultivating good leaders and leadership. I will recommend a mix of writers to first of all get a sense of various societiesm Though there physicsl charscters might have changed other intrinsic characters and traits are more difficult to evolve...from Africa - Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart deals with conflict between leader and clan in community.... visit Caribbean Literary Salon... to be continued ....more

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The ghosts of journalism past For Therese Mills RIP

For Therese Mills journalist and newspaper magnate who just passed.

photo caption: 
1.the Founding team of Newsday in the initial Prospectus; 
2. profiles inthe initial Newsday Prospectus

As the newspaper as a media sits at its fin de siecle, the death of Therese Mills resounds with the end of an era. It forces one to question how adequately has our traditional media been meeting, facing and addressing  the challenges of the changing environment of news delivery when one can sit in any corner of the world and command the combined circulation of all of our national newspapers, with just a click while offering personalised customised individualised news .... 

It is not often that we know or understand the birth of one of our passions, though it may be easier to identify who or what may have fed it.
It might be as a child, from a village, remote and somewhat cut out from the goings on in the capital city and seat of administration and power, waiting to receive the Sunday newspapers - not with any curiosity to know what's going on in the far off capital, but to pull out the comics section and the children's supplement that included puzzles, and colouring and drawing challenges, initially, and read the folk stories of mythical characters in the forest around or stories about children from other lands. Later, the delivery of the Sunday newspaper allowed one to graduate through curiosity to watching pictures - some macabre, some celebratory of national life and international goings-on, a portal to the world; and as one grows older, to read the headlines, and later, to delve into the feature articles, and eventually, news.
That may be said to be the process of awakening into the thing called ‘news’ when news also had the character of the neighbour leaning out her back window to share some snipet of an overnight occurrence that could change the entire character of the day or week in a village. It may also be the process of awakening of the consciousness of a citizen, and perhaps, too, of a journalist.
It may or may not have been the same for Therese Mills (1928-2014) who passed away a few hours ago, but it was for me who never had any greater ambition than to read, and yes, perhaps too, to write. 
From a place where reading material was scarce, expensive, and hard to come by with the volatility of income of a family that lived off the land, the newspaper was a first source reader. 
Therese was a journalist at the time of my growing into reading. Reading Therese and the other names in black and white – John, Valentino, Gail, Clevon, Carl, Francis, Horace - their feature stories in particular, chronicling the (anti) and heroes and heroines of our times from our distant village where the authority on anything was my father, the Sheriff, fed my growing into citizen-consciousness.  
Therese was too, a journalist and editor of the Sunday Guardian, at the time of my budding journalism consciousness in the first half-decade of my journalistic life.
She was a woman in whose footsteps I stepped into, and in many ways, took a parallel career path - for the most part inadvertently, more by accident than by design, though it might not seem so.
Driven into journalism only by the wish to write, and an unexpected prompt response to a frenzy of post-high-school job applications by Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief Lenn Chongsing, I found myself in the world of that far off place of city journalism and in the ambit of the larger than life energy of Therese Mills.
Not generally known - nor did she present herself - as a nurturer,  Therese nurtured the passion to know, and to inform that must be the basic raw materials of every journalist in ways I hardly ever recognised.
She was editor of the Sunday Guardian - a post that would much later pass to me about a decade after I was summoned to the Port of Spain desk by on first impression too-shy-to-be-a-newspaperman, Lenn Chongsing - the then Editor-in-Chief of the Trinidad Guardian newspapers after a month as  'stringer' at the San Fernando desk that serviced all of "South" Trinidad then manned by John Alleyne and Mikey Mahabir both of whom are now deceased. 
She was already in my constitution from reading her, and from liaising with her on the unending list of stories I was uncovering in the South, feeling much like Columbus must have when he stumbled on our islands or Sir Walter Raleigh on seeing the Pitch Lake for the first time. Journalism was a platform for discovering the nation - as it must have been for the several journalists who preceded me - and Therese like John Alleyne, Mahabir, and Lenn Chongsing and Norris Solomon (also deceased) and Carl Jacobs, John Babb, Arthur Dash and Romeo were unbridled sources of nurturing the curiosity, the enthusiasm and the sense of a refreshing newness and newsiness of it all - a new world 20th century 'Kris' of the post-Columbus world, I began the series, Discover Trinidad and Tobago, along with others as Teenlife, and holding down the daily news 'beats' in education, health, youth, local government, community and social services while also contributing several articles for each issue of the flagship Sunday edition - that's probably now the combined portfolio of about a dozen reporters today, servicing various niched desks.
Bliss was it, one might paraphrase Wordsworth, in that dawning of my journalism career, and heavenly to have such mentors. A newsroom could be a most stimulating of classrooms for anyone lusting for knowledge.  
Under such tutelage, the islands became the university I could not yet afford to attend, so by the time I would achieve my doctorate, the first sitting journalist, they say, to do so, I had already accumulated such volumes of research and stories and collections of sometimes intimate details of the lives of famous and not so famous and nondescript nationals and international ones as well - Fidel Castro, the Dalai Lama, Derek Walcott, Sam Selvon, Naipaul - to fill an encyclopaedia. The accumulation of my mentors could fill several, several more encyclopaedias, as I continue to encourage them to write their memoires - a chore for journalists programmed to and primarily preoccupied with chronicling the lives of others. So it was more than well deserved, when the University of the West Indies conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters on Therese mere months before she died, and just short of her 85th birthday last year -  maybe too long in coming but not too late. 
In fact, it was just when I was about completing my first degree, that Therese approached me to be one of the founding journalists with the plans in progress of starting a new daily newspaper. I had newly returned to the Guardian and gnawing newsroom dissatisfaction having previously left the 'old lady of St Vincent Street' to be groomed in television production by another stalwart of national journalism - Dale Kolasingh - who thrusted, and entrusted me with, among the gamut of productions if Booktalk, Survival, the agriculture programme and the investigative The AVM Special Report among others, as well as Cross Country - the flagship programme of his production house, AVM Television. Cross Country was, one may say, the audio-visual equivalent of my Discover Trinidad and Tobago column, inclusive of the trials of a transition from being a columnist/writer, where its virtually just you, the writer and your text, to writing for a television production where the writer is but a subset of a process that includes producer, director, sponsors, cameramen, editor, librarian, presenter - to name a few. With Ed Fung and Irma Rambaran as compatriots, it remained close to journalism heaven.  Kolasingh, incidentally, also encouraged me to use the prize I had won for social commentary in The BWIA Media Awards for excellence in print journalism for one of the Discover Trinidad and Tobago series - an airline ticket to one of the BeeWee airline's destinations - to visit the United Nations office in New York and he set up a guided . our of its operations for me there, a marker of the birth of another passion  - to change the world which my more recent social outreach activities evolved into.

The Beginning of Newsday
Therese Mills was 65, the age of retirement and in fact had retired from the Guardian for all of three months when she reincarnated with rejuvenated zeal to head our team that began Newsday. Ray has a rib-tickling tale of our first encounter - he the editor; me the flagship journalist laying down the rules to him with my unofficial title of 'the good news' reporter of Newsday which was billed as the ‘good news’ paper. Newsday's first lead story was my article headlined '5000 Lives Saved' through the national suicide hotline - when others chose to focus on the murders and political mayhem of the day. Advertising companies used our slogan '....and now for the goood news...' to identify their product with our offerings.
Newsday was a response to the national outcry at the pervasive negativity of the existing news environment - not unlike what obtains today - which beggars another question which I'll address shortly.
For three months we delivered, as our ad stated, on the promise in the initial prospectus reproduced on this page 'for a new beginning in daily newspapers'.... attempting to make news off good news defy the newsroom adage 'good news is no news'.

The Good News
With our birth, the national atmosphere, as inside Newsday, was much like that Wordsworthian heavenly bliss in the description of the dawn after the smoke of the French Revolution had cleared in Europe; or closer home, like the dawn after the sweeping victory of the National Alliance for Reconstruction in 1986 election or the closer one of 2010.
The awakening was just as poignant too as it all changed within three months as the story continues!
It begs further reflection on how much a media house is but a chronicler, to merely inform, and how much it can or should attempt to transform the society in which it functions, and what are our place and roles and responsibilities as journalists and the chief protagonists of this tableau....

...More...to be continued 

The media revolution ...