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Celebrating San Fernando Teaching Hospital Level 16, Ward 12, Suite 5 Doctors, Nurses & Support Staff on duty from Feb 23, 2015-Mar 19, 2015

For some the title may be very long but as always the title of my post needs to capture the essence of it!

Far too often we hear of the negatives about people and experiences and forget the positives.As Antony said in his famous soliloquy, Act 3 Scene 2, Lines 1619-1620 of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,

“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;”

This may seem a harsh reality but should not be so though far too often it is.I have always been a firm believer in recognizing the good people do, saying “Thank you!” and treating people the way you want to be treated and as such remain committed to continuing on this path.

On this note join me in Celebrating San Fernando Teaching Hospital Level 16, Ward 12, Suite 5 Doctors, Nurses & Support Staff on duty from Feb 23, 2015-Mar 19,2015 who attended to my grandfather, the late Mr Ramlal Dookie.

the late Mr Ramlal Dookie
the late Mr Ramlal Dookie

To Dr Asha Bissessar, Dr Amit Ramesar, Dr Saroop, all the Nurses, Interns and other support staff, we thank you wholeheartedly and most sincerely for your patience, the care,  the time, the understanding and the concern you showed to our loved one in the 3 weeks, 2 days, 4 hours and 10 minutes he spent in your care. It tells of our commitment and dedication.

We thank you immensely for the time you spent talking with us. One of our particularly fond memories we will remember in our interaction with you was the Nurse who in his last days at the hospital said, “Darling, darling your family is here to see you…Come on darling get up, your family is here to see you!”

In spite of our great loss, we are comforted by the high level of care you provided to him. We pray that God may continue to bless each of you richly so that you will continue to discharge your duties to others in their time of need and their time of distress.

From his wife, Mrs Jassodra Dookie, his children, his in-laws and his grandchildren, thank you all once again very much!

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Celebrating Entrepreneurship: Featuring Wired868’s Lasana Liburd

For many there is a misconception that the terms “entrepreneurship” and “making money” are the same thing. Firstly, this is not true and there are different types of entrepreneurs. With my field of study being Mass Communications, for my ENTP 210 class I had to find an entrepreneur in my field. The entrepreneur of choice who fit the description perfectly was Mr Lasana Liburd. Mr Liburd was quite willing to share his story in spite of his very busy schedule and allow me to prepare a narrative on him.

Mr Lasana Liburd
Mr Lasana Liburd

Mr. Liburd is the Managing Director, CEO and Editor of Wired868, an online newspaper in Trinidad, in existence since 2012. It is a company that distinguishes itself through its clever, analytical sport stories and blogs as well as its satirical weekday news briefs. He was a Freelance Sport Writer from 2004 to 2005, and prior to that held the post of Sport and Youth Affairs Writer at Trinidad Guardian Newspaper from 1995 to 1997. As a journalist with over 15 years of experience he has worked at several local and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

Mr Liburd through his efforts over the years emerged as an entrepreneur as he used his knowledge and expertise to create something different for locals in the form of a news and media website and the name Wired868 is indicative of its Trinidadian roots and focus. Other newspaper agencies began with print, but Wired868 has been online and mainly a one man show. He has been seeing things through with his hard work and ownership of things. His high internal locus of control was evident as well as his clear and visionary thinking.

Essentially, his vision for an online paper was one that was different to what was on the market. He felt that he could offer something “special and necessary to the media landscape”. Since it did not fit into anyone else’s plan, he decided to take ownership of the project and do it himself as he felt he could satisfy it.

Along the way he has faced many challenges, but identified the challenge that moulded him as being selling. It meant transferring his vision, belief and enthusiasm for this project to people who did not know him and were unsure as to whether his project could survive and even flourish. It meant he had to learn how to communicate with corporate Trinidad and Tobago. It was a long time he sold his first advertisement facing “brutal hours” which he endured.

His goal was to make Wired868 the starting point for intelligent conversation by giving readers the information they needed to form opinions on various subjects and to grasp issues at more than a superficial level. To quote his words, Mr Liburd said, “It feels great when readers say they appreciate us being here to cover local football or for our sometimes thought provoking satire but the best thing of all is just to see persons understand the talking points and debate them, even when they might not agree with our conclusions.”

As many in the field would expect, it has been tough on his family. In spite of the challenges he faced he has had support from his family from the very beginning and over the years they never insisted that he quit. According to him, that was all the support he needed. He added, “I hope to reward them for their help as Wired868 flourishes.”

He further stated, “You have to be stubborn and flexible at the same time. You have to be absolutely driven in your belief in your company but, at the same time, open to what needs changing in your initial plan.” Wired868 has changed quite a bit over time and has reacted to the public while keeping its core idea alive. This is what he described as “a tough balancing act but it is one he balances well as many who follow his work would agree.
I concluded my interview by asking Mr Liburd what it means to be an entrepreneur. This was his response, “For the most part, as an entrepreneur you need to be a problem solver and you should always be thinking about what your customers need and want, which may not necessarily be the same thing.”

It is clear that he loves what he does and I urge those who do not know of him and are interested in the work he produces visit this site:
and these pages,


Interviewing Mr Lasana Liburd was indeed a pleasure and I am grateful for an opportunity like this.

Screenshot  of Wired868
Screenshot of Lasana Liburd’s Wired868
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Celebrating Easter 2015!

Happy Easter 2015 everyone from my family to your family! For us it was a very quiet and peaceful day. We hope it was for you and your family too and that you enjoyed it!

Some of you may have gone to Church, some of you may have spent time with family, some may have gone to the beach. Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed it thoroughly and it was a safe one.

As we celebrate Easter 2015 let’s start by looking at what Easter means.

How has it been celebrated? Here is a link that can shed some light on this for you:

Below I have included a link to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon:

Here’s something else that is more than guaranteed to pique your interest. For those curious about Easter treats around the world you might enjoy this by Brent Bennett:

Happy Easter 2015 once again everyone! I hope you enjoyed this Easter Celebration! Have a good Easter Monday also. Hasta la vista! Thank you for your reading!

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Celebrating Hanuman Jayanti 2015!

Om Namo Hanumate Namaha! Jai Guru Datta! IMG-20150405-WA0005 Today April 4, 2015 is Hanuman Jayanti! It was another blessed day for us. An early part of the day were these messages my sister Ria sent! It is my sincere wish for those of you this post reaches.

The first picture I got from my sister, Ria Thomas
The 2nd picture I got from Ria- another beautiful message!
The 3rd picture Ria sent- many beautiful sentiments!
The 4th from Ria- Jai Bajrang Bali!
The 5th from Ria- A prayer to Lord Hanuman

To chant Hanuman Chalisa please use chant with Swamiji His Holiness Sri  Ganapathy Sachidananda please use this link:

Chanting Hanuman Chalisa is important. A minimum of 40 per day is important and daily chanting is completed, send your name, picture, location and the number of times you chant the Hanuman Chalisa to

At Dattatreya Yoga Centre Carapichaima Hanuman Jayanti festivities began from 4am on Friday 3 April 2015 and continued till 9:00 pm on Saturday night.It comprised of Hanuman Chalisa chanting, Puja, Homa and Abhishekam. Hundreds of devotees turned out in their numbers to participate and make their offerings. At the Sri Sachidananda Yoga Ashram, on Friday 3 April 2015 108 Hanuman Puja were performed and this was followed by chanting among other religious observances. Here are some pictures  from DYC Carapichaima

A view of devotees listening to chanting at the 85 ft Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti at DYC Carapichaima
A view of devotees listening to chanting at the 85 ft Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti at DYC Carapichaima
Another view of Lord Hanuman!
Another view of Lord Hanuman!
Seated near the feet of Lord Hanuman as chanting continues!
Seated near the feet of Lord Hanuman as chanting continued!
The picture of Sri Swamiji is always a sight to behold!
The picture of Sri Swamiji is always a sight to behold!
The moon-picture taken from the carpark
The moon-picture taken from the car-park
Puja in progess!
Puja in progress!
Offering of the Purnahoti in the sacred fire

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A majestic view of Lord Hanuman!

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A beautiful view!
Jai Veer Hanuman!