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Gold Medals and Greener Pastures

The great news of the accomplishment of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicholas Paul is like a beacon in the darkness that too often dominates the headlines in our media.  This young cyclist broke the world record in the Men’s Sprint Flying 200 metre cycling event at the Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championship in Cochabamba, Bolivia last Friday, September 6.  He went on to win the gold medal in the final of the same event.  In the Men’s Team Sprint, Paul and fellow Trinbagonians, Njisane Phillip and Keron Bramble won gold.

Similarly, at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru between late July and mid-August, this country rejoiced in the two gold, eight silver and three bronze medals which our athletes brought home. At these games, 98 of our athletes, competing in 18 sports, represented the country.

By contrast, the headline in the Sunday Express, ‘Drug abuse rampant in nation’s schools’, is a stark reminder that the tragedies that beset our people continue to add to the pall that we have to deal with on a daily basis.  This is especially so when our young people, those who will largely determine the course that our nation follows, are both victims and perpetrators of destructive and mindless behaviour.

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