OUR gets sec­ond term as head of re­gional body

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

THE OF­FICE of Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tion (OUR) was on Oc­to­ber 27 re­turned as the chair of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Caribbean Util­ity Reg­u­la­tors (OOCUR), the as­so­ci­a­tion of re­gional reg­u­la­tory or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Reg­u­lated In­dus­tries Com­mis­sion (RIC), Trinidad & Tobago, was elected the deputy chair.

The elec­tion was held at the 14th Gen­eral Assem­bly and Gen­eral Con­fer­ence of the OOCUR in Mon­tego Bay, St James, from Oc­to­ber 26-28.

Other mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil are: the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands; the In­de­pen­dent Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, Do­minica, and the Fair Trad­ing Com­mis­sion, Bar­ba­dos.

OOCUR’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor is David Ged­des and the cor­po­rate sec­re­tary is Jus­tice Prem Per­saud.

Trinidad & Tobago is to host OOCUR’s next an­nual con­fer­ence, which will be held in 2017.

OOCUR is a non-profit


or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished in July 2002 in Ocho Rios, St Ann, with the spe­cific ob­jec­tives to as­sist in the im­prove­ment of util­ity reg­u­la­tion; to foster trans­par­ent and sta­ble util­ity reg­u­la­tion through au­ton­o­mous and in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tors in the re­gion, as well as to fa­cil­i­tate un­der­stand­ing of reg­u­la­tion is­sues and shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence.

THE LIB­ERAL days of the 1970s on­wards are dy­ing. The moral stances of po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates have be­come a ma­jor con­cern for vot­ers.

We have got to look at right and wrong, we must re­gard the laws of God and our Ju­daic-Chris­tian tra­di­tion in the Old and the New Tes­ta­ment.

Hil­lary Clin­ton and the democrats had no re­gard for this; but only for the ma­te­ri­ally poor. On the other hand, it seemed that Trump re­gards Chris­tian­ity, though he seems in­sen­si­tive to­ward the plight of the poor.

The West is a Chris­tian tra­di­tional cul­ture. Chris­tian­ity, in the fore­front, af­firms that fam­ily life, based on mar­riage be­tween one man, one woman and their chil­dren, is the best foun­da­tion in form­ing fam­ily life in a civilised so­ci­ety. This is de­rived from the com­mand­ments of God. This is what brings about a sta­ble so­ci­ety. In­di­vid­u­al­ism does not bring about a con­cern for the com­mu­nity at large, but only what each per­son de­sires.

We are all mem­bers of the hu­man fam­ily and we must con­duct our­selves for the good of the whole. The law of God is writ­ten in the hearts of men.


We know in our hearts that it is un­nat­u­ral for man and man to marry, for woman and woman to marry, for a man to change the sex given to him by God and for a woman to change her phys­i­cal make-up given by God. That there can be an in­cli­na­tion emo­tion­ally and sex­u­ally to­ward one’s own gen­der is with­out doubt. But we must learn to curb our de­sires, we must di­rect our minds and wills to­ward the op­po­site sex, or seek to con­trol our­selves as part of our for­ma­tion re­quired by the Lord.This is the nat­u­ral Hil­lary Clin­ton

law given to us. The Democrats seem to es­pouse ev­ery­one and ev­ery re­li­gion and ev­ery in­cli­na­tion that in­di­vid­u­als cry out for. It is lib­eral and demo­cratic to the point of be­ing law­less. It seems that mod­ern Democrats do not con­sider the Ju­daicChris­tian law which brings forth or­der, self­con­trol, the con­cern for the so­ci­ety rather than one’s own per­sonal de­sires and, as­ceti­cism and ho­li­ness so valu­able in spir­i­tu­al­ity and moral­ity, which are ma­jor prin­ci­ples of the soul. This seems to veer away from the true sense of free­dom to be­come true chil­dren of God.

What is most ter­ri­ble is the Democrats push against the com­mand­ment ‘Thou shall not kill’ and their strong course for pro­choice in ev­ery moral is­sue, i.e., a call for im­moral­ity with each man or woman au­tonomously de­cid­ing on what is wrong or right; ego, self­ish­ness, self-in­dul­gence be­ing the nat­u­ral out­come, abor­tion and loose liv­ing the pro­gres­sive and lib­eral stance.

There are a lot of ques­tions that we must ask about Trump. Is he against mi­nori­ties? Is he for lib­eral cap­i­tal­ism? Does he care about third-world na­tions and the poor?

But in my as­so­ci­a­tion with many Americans, they want to serve the poor, but also, they want a moral, civilised way of Don­ald Trump

liv­ing. They be­lieve that moral­ity has been too long dis­re­garded. Politi­cians and pseudo-in­tel­lec­tu­als have laughed and scoffed at moral­ists, whether it be with re­gard to art, sci­ence, busi­ness, pol­i­tics and even re­li­gion – as old-fash­ioned and ir­rel­e­vant.


Even in Ja­maica, we have em­braced a lib­eral sec­u­lar­ism which em­braces a body cul­ture that is re­ally un­ac­cept­able – beauty con­tests, semi-nu­dity in ev­ery­day dress, ex­ces­sive stress on sex­ual sub­jects in the me­dia, lib­eral be­hav­iour be­tween young boys and girls be­fore mar­riage. Pol­i­tics rather than is­sues and per­for­mance have in­fil­trated our coun­try’s lead­er­ship.

Hard work, deep thought, se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to prob­lems, moral and spir­i­tual ed­u­ca­tion, the love of God and our neigh­bour are mat­ters that our na­tion must ad­dress – all of these mat­ters re­quire that pol­i­tics once again takes moral­ity se­ri­ously. The law of God, not the law of man, is most valu­able in build­ing a civilised na­tion. And, cer­tainly, Chris­tian­ity and its moral and spir­i­tual prin­ci­ples have brought us a foun­da­tion well laid, but which must now ad­vance in struc­tur­ing a na­tion cry­ing out for jus­tice and mercy.

OOCUR’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Ged­des

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