Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Rising to the occasion*

Aug. 16, 2017, 1:58 AM AST Comments

At a time of diminishing social well-being and declining disposal income, when compassionate leadership is most needed but scarce, Independent Senator Sophia Chote and double IAAF World Championships medallist Jareem “The Dream” Richards have shown the way. It may have been a small gestu

A tweet from Trump to Maduro*

Aug. 16, 2017, 1:56 AM AST Comments

THE pugnacious real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who happens to be the president of the United States, continues to generate deep apprehension with his persistent and unprovoked threats to resort to military intervention even in countries which have shown no hostility to the world’s sole superp

A PM’s grief, and his pain*

Aug. 16, 2017, 1:54 AM AST Comments

The bats seem to have bitten deep into the heart of the balisier. The Les Coteaux jumbie appears to have been set off in the opposite direction. Forget the Opposition. PNM voices on radio and in the newspapers are loud in their criticism and condemnation of Government policy and action. There is ope

The IMF’s observations *

Aug. 16, 2017, 1:53 AM AST Comments

Our country became a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1963. “The Fund”, as it is sometimes called, gets a bad rap because of the role it played during the National Alliance for Reconstruction’s term in office. Trinidad and Tobago was part of an IMF programme from

Jereem’s marvellous run *

Aug. 14, 2017, 8:28 PM AST Comments

By Basil Ince—Jereem Richards has acquitted himself well in his first big time international competition and that has stamped him as a contender for the next Championships and Olympic Games. Best of luck to the Point Fortin lad. This country is just oozing with talent.

Ferry fiasco symptom of systemic problem *

Aug. 14, 2017, 8:26 PM AST Comments

By Raffique Shah—It is incomprehensible to me how two boards of directors at the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT), two line ministers responsible for the operations of the ferry service between Port of Spain and Scarborough...

Kamal Persad trivialising history *

Aug. 14, 2017, 8:23 PM AST Comments

By Theodore Lewis—The narrative around the “sugar worker” in this country, taken to its height by Basdeo Panday in his roles as union leader, government minister under the NAR, and prime minister...

The Trump threat*

Aug. 13, 2017, 10:31 PM AST Comments

Even before his election as President of the United States, Donald’s Trump’s critics were openly concerned about his temperament and fitness for holding his country’s nuclear codes. Today, just six months since he was sworn into office, the question is on the lips of people the wor

‘Stuffed, hollow’ T&T*

Aug. 13, 2017, 10:30 PM AST Comments

The Hollow Men What does Eliot, the great American-born poet who renounced his US citizenship to become a British subject, have to do with us in Trinbago? Some may say, nothing really! Because the above lines were written as Eliot (1888-1965) sought in “frustration and defeat” to deline

Taking on the Petrotrin challenge*

Aug. 13, 2017, 10:29 PM AST Comments

Back on July 13, just about a month ago, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young, speaking at a post-Cabinet media briefing, stated that the Government would make a decision on the future of Petrotrin by the first week in August. That deadline has come and gone and the Government

Protect the scarlet ibis from poachers*

Aug. 13, 2017, 10:26 PM AST Comments

When news broke about Minister Clarence Rambharat doing practice shooting at the St James Barracks I was overjoyed. I thought the Minister of Agriculture was preparing himself to head to the Caroni Swamp and protect our national bird—the Scarlet Ibis himself because the game wardens are very a

Sinanan and PATT board must go

Aug. 12, 2017, 7:48 PM AST Comments

IT was bad enough that the Prime Minister had to apologise to the country for the mal-administration of the cargo and ferry service between Tobago and Trinidad.