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Monday, March 5, 2018

As a nation, we have plenty to be worried about. The economy is in very poor shape, corruption and crime are high, and our institutions seem to be even more lost when it comes to how our leaders can help us out of this sense of crisis, lawlessness and lack of hope.

The overall negative picture may not change very soon, but let’s also think of how to promote and celebrate the many great people doing great things, determined to avert the destructive path the nation seems to be taking.

Over the past few days, this newspaper has highlighted (not by accident) some inspiring projects or ideas showing that, if the conditions are right, we have the creativity and ingenuity to overcome our problems.

At a moment in time when we see parts of our country literally collapsing due to erosion, we have seen how the innovative use of the Vetiver grass is helping stabilise the slopes around Paramin. And how this concept may help other parts of the country.

We have also seen how enterprising people in the Beetham Gardens have set up businesses locally to help them increase their revenues as well as help improve life in the community. Promoting an enterprising culture across the nation is something that speaks deeply to this newspaper’s founding principles for a very simple reason: the less each of us depends on state handouts, the better for all.

It is also very impressive to see organisations and people doing their best to help make the country better for all. They can be in the shape of a drive to generate funds to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer or support by individuals – one of them a T&T Guardian journalist – to help fund trips to see Black Panther by school children from deprived areas, aimed at providing more positive role models.

We’d be nalve to suggest that just these good but few examples are enough to help this nation get out of what feels like a moral, operational and existential morass, but the more citizens seize the initiative and do something to help their communities or their causes, the better the chances.

The media can do its part, too. That is why you are reading more about these inspiring stories and will see more of them in the future. Guardian Media – across all platforms – sees helping make T&T a better place as one of its key mandates. Watch this space.

Lendore’s signal moment

This newspaper congratulates quarter-miler Deon Lendore on bringing home an individual bronze in the 400 metres at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, over the weekend. T&T did not perform as it desired at the event and Lendore’s was the only medal the team had to show for their efforts.

At a time when T&T’s elite athletes seem to be struggling to get funding from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for training for events, Lendore’s accomplishment is yet another signal of what can be achieved if they are given all the tools they need to succeed. But apart from this, is was also symbolic of the benefits athletic achievement can bring to the country, as when he stood on the podium on Saturday it was brand T&T being displayed for all to see.


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