Brief analysis of Trinidad Local Government Election 2013

In Monday’s elections the PNM received 188,393 votes, the UNC received 154,842 votes, the ILP received 102,918 votes, and the COP received 32,496 votes.

In terms of seats, the PNM won 85 of the total number of 136 seats, the UNC 44, the ILP three, and the COP four.

Let’s do some calculations:

PERCENTAGE BY VOTES
PNM: 39.36%
UNC: 32.35%
ILP: 21.50%
COP: 6.79%
PERCENTAGE BY SEATS
PNM: 62.50%
UNC: 32.35%
ILP: 2.21%
COP: 2.94%

We can see from the calculations done above that the number of votes is not reflected in the number of seats won (except for the UNC which is almost dead on target).

Proportional representation is supposed to “fix” this disparity by the assignment of aldermen.

Let’s see what happens when aldermen are added to the mix.

The PNM is expected to receive 36 aldermen, the UNC 14, the ILP five and the COP one. This means representatives (seats plus aldermen) in numbers will add up to the PNM 121, the UNC 58, the ILP 8, and the COP 5.

Let us do some more calculations:

PERCENTAGE BY VOTES
PNM: 39.36%
UNC: 32.35%
ILP: 21.50%
COP: 6.79%

PERCENTAGE BY SEATS PLUS ALDERMEN
PNM: 63.02%
UNC: 30.21%
ILP: 4.17%
COP: 2.60%

There is still a huge disparity in the percentage of votes versus the percentage of representatives, even with the new Proportional Representation measures that were put in place.

The major winner here is the PNM, receiving just over 39% of the votes but retaining about 63% of the Local Government Representatives. The UNC got a little over 32% of the votes and now has about 30% of the assigned Local Government Representatives. The biggest loser here is the ILP, who won over 21% of the votes but only acquired about 4% of the the Local Government Representatives. The COP won just under 7% of the voting populace and got just under 3% of the Local Government Representatives.

This form of Proportional Representation has done very little to bridge the gap that currently exists in our Electoral System.

Divali/Diwali/Deepavali 2013 – the date researched

My previous post dealt with the contention in the official date of Divali 2013. An article in today’s Trinidad Express has sought to clear this up for the population and from this particular statement (quoted below) I did some searching and it does seem that the information given is real and that the date that Divali should be celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago is Saturday 2nd November 2013:

This year the Amawas starts at 10.45 a.m. on November 2 and ends at 8.50 a.m. on November 3.
“If we want to celebrate it during the Amawas period then we have to celebrate it on Saturday. If we were to celebrate it Sunday night we would be celebrating it out of the Amawas period,” he said.
Maharaj said deyas are lit at night and therefore it would make more sense to celebrate Divali on November 2.

The image below will be used to corroborate the explanation given in the article above. The information was gathered from mypanchang.com.

Divali-2013

The tithis are the Lunar Days in the Hindu Calendar and can last anywhere between 19 and 26 hours. From the image above, it shows that the day before New Moon (Charturdashi) ends at approximately 10:44am on the 2nd of November, so the day of New Moon (Amavasya) begins at approximately 10:45am on the 2nd of November and it ends approximately 8:50am on the 3rd of November. As explained in the Trinidad Express article, it is then only logical to celebrate Divali on the night of the 2nd of November. This means that the declared day is in fact the correct day.

 

Divali/Diwali/Deepavali 2013 – the date and the controversy

There has been a discussion brewing among the Hindu Community regarding the date of Divali in Trinidad and Tobago. While the rest of the world is celebrating this auspicious day on the 3rd of November 2013, according to an article from the Trinidad Express, the holiday is being declared as the 2nd of November 2013:

The by-election will take place just two days after the Divali holiday, which will be observed on November 2.

From my limited knowledge of Divali, it should be celebrated on the darkest night of the year. According to moonconnection.com, New Moon (which is the darkest night) falls on the 3rd of November:

Lunar phases in the Northern Hemisphere for November 2013

Lunar phases in the Northern Hemisphere for November 2013

Shouldn’t this be the day of Divali?

Delay in BBM launch for Android and iOS

According to the official BlackBerry blog, the launch of BBM on both the Android and iOS platform has been delayed due to issues caused by an unreleased Android version of the BBM App. Four countries however have benefited from the iOS version of the BBM App and these are New Zealand, Australia, India and UAE. This is the official release given on the Blackberry Blog:

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

BBM for Android and iOS will be available from September 21 and 22

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BBM

According to the official Blackberry Blog, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) will be available to the public, from as early as September 21st at 7AM EST. The availability information for each platform is as follows:

Availability

BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on September 22. For more information, or to download BBM for Android or iPhone, visit www.BBM.com.

BBM will continue to evolve quickly. Later this year, BBM Channels will provide a forum for active, real conversations between you and the people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more, that matter to you. By creating a Channel, individuals and brands can engage their friends and communities in conversations sparked by their thoughts, ideas and passions. Subscribing to a Channel will let you join conversations with people who share your interests. In addition, BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for Android and iPhone in a future version.

Source: Blackberry Blog

Beetham residents terrorise innocent commuters

In a tragic turn of events today, the public of Trinidad and Tobago who had the misfortune of driving/traveling through the Beetham Highway after 5:45PM today, were subjected to attacks by the residents of the Beetham. These terrorist attacks which included smashing of car windshields with large rocks which damaged a child and other occupants was brought on by the shooting and arrest of a Beetham resident who was found in illegal possession of a firearm. The Government and the Attorney General had nothing to say about the incident up to the time of the weekend news. As a law abiding citizen, I wonder if our anti-terror laws are just there for pappy show because these actions today were clearly acts of terrorism and should be met with the full brunt of the law.

Pedestrians and traffic lights

Have you ever noticed how pedestrians in T&T operate when crossing the nation’s roads? The majority have no care and walk at a pace that is suited for their living room. I’m now going to tell you about an incident that happened this morning (28/08/2013 @ 7:35AM) at the South Quay/Broadway intersection in Port of Spain where there is a traffic light for cars as well as a pedestrian crossing light.

The light was on red and the pedestrian crossing light was also on red. As the traffic light turned green, pedestrians were still crossing the road way. Cars to the back of the line started blowing their horns impatiently. I was at the front of the line and I “popped” my horn a couple times to let the pedestrians know that the cars had the right of way. One pedestrian in particular stared right at me with a look that could only be described as “bounce mih nah!” and proceeded to walk even slower, while cars behind me were honking their horns impatiently.

You wonder why society is the way it is? I will tell you why. It is because the adult population in T&T has no respect or care for the law. What do you expect the children to do? Follow the examples of the adults of course. And you wonder why society is where it is at today…smh.