Monday, February 20, 2017


When a little goes a long way*

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:11 PM AST Comments

IT says a lot about the public’s low expectations of our protective services when a member of the public can be shocked by the ready assistance and civility of a group of soldiers. Jordanne Toolsie’s car ran off the road in Santa Cruz last week and was balancing rather precariously on a

Amid the gloom, a festive gleam

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:9 PM AST Comments

It is not the way that I expected today, “Machel Monday”—my personal lead-in to Carnival 2017—would have been. I found myself trying to process news that the National Insurance Board, the State agency responsible for paying monthly pensions and other benefits to over 200,000

A dangerous, dangerous course!

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:8 PM AST Comments

Our honourable Attorney General worries me. He worries me greatly! Until fairly recently my opinion of him was that of a freshman politician who enjoyed basking in the limelight and was rather adept at trumpeting his own abilities and capacities.

Wining season

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:6 PM AST Comments

Women, do you know you can get genital warts from wining with an infected person? The beads and the skimpy bikini costumes may look pretty but if you don’t have your head on and gyrate with someone who has genital warts, it can be transmitted to you. The same applies to men — you can get

Repeating the madness

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:18 PM AST Comments

Martin Daly—In response to public disquiet, there have been confessions by the Police Service that it cannot protect us.

Mayor must resolve downtown dilemma *

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:18 PM AST Comments

Yet another mayor of the T&T capital city is pinning his reputation, and risking respectability of his legacy, on reorganising and regulating the practice of roadside vending.

Distrusting Al-Rawi

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:16 PM AST Comments

Ralph Maraj—Faris Al-Rawi, undergraduate Attorney General, recently astounded many by declaring that, to bypass the requirement for Opposition’s support, “90 per cent” of coming legislation “have been fashioned so that we don’t need to call upon the opposition f

T&T music shakes hands with world

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:16 PM AST Comments

Lennox Grant—When it appeared that the morning show host wasn’t going to remark about the statement clamorously expressed by Alison Hinds’ neckwear, I switched channels.

These boots are made for walking

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:14 PM AST Comments

Sophia Chote—Domestic violence is a human rights violation. It is never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable. When I read the comment of our Prime Minister, advising women to be careful about whom they invited into their bedrooms, I was shocked.

The web we weave

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:13 PM AST Comments

Selwyn Cudjoe—AS I indicated in Part I of my article, Sherma Batson, my second cousin, died of a massive aneurism at Blackpool, England on January 8, 2017. She was buried in Stevenage, England on February 3, 2017. On the same day, the London Guardian ran an obituary by Howard Rooke, her husb

Stop playing the blame game*

Feb. 17, 2017, 9:47 PM AST Comments

Former national security minister, former security adviser, former army captain, and present security entrepreneur Gary Griffith projects an image of rare capacity and expertise in need of constructive employment. Speaking to the Rotary Club of Port of Spain this week, Mr Griffith must have apprecia

International law and the death penalty

Feb. 17, 2017, 9:45 PM AST Comments

Recently the Attorney General stated that the death penalty could not be implemented because the delay in the criminal justice system made it difficult to carry out the death penalty in a timely manner. This is not a new discussion. In the late 1990s, the government took steps to deny persons convic

‘Out of context’

Feb. 17, 2017, 9:42 PM AST Comments

THE past week has witnessed a heated discourse about statements allegedly made by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi regarding the three-fifths majority requirement for the passage of certain legislation in the nation’s Parliament. The AG’s response that his comments were taken “out of