Thursday, March 23, 2017


Stand up for truth!*

Mar. 22, 2017, 11:42 PM AST Comments

WOMEN represent 50 per cent of the senior management team and Scotiabank’s board of directors. And women were urged to “always stand up for the truth, regardless of who steps on it”. Scotiabank senior vice-president and head, Caribbean East and South, Anya Schnoor, shared this in

After perfection’s sweat, rest well, Sir Derek*

Mar. 22, 2017, 10:14 PM AST Comments

In Derek Walcott, the Nobel Committee declared, the West Indian culture had found its great poet. As indeed it had. Out of “shattered histories” and “fragmented memories” Walcott conjugated the tenses, past and present, searching for the truth within the complexity of the fra

A museum for Moruga

Mar. 22, 2017, 10:13 PM AST Comments

Museums are important for preserving and understanding the past. While libraries and archives mainly keep books, journals and written documents, museums preserve and display objects, things that tell stories about the past.

Our Education Minister's big test

Mar. 22, 2017, 10:11 PM AST Comments

What do we want of the Minister of Education? In 1962, economist Edward Denison wrote a now seminal paper in which he used available data to connect the spread of education in America with the country's prosperity.

Backs against the wall

Mar. 22, 2017, 10:9 PM AST Comments

I wish to respond to the letter by from the Bankers Association (BATT) to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar dated March 17. The letter deserves a response since the position taken by BATT either demonstrates their ignorance of the real world or they are in a state of chronic denial of the hur

Adding to workers’ woes*

Mar. 21, 2017, 10:41 PM AST Comments

Former chairman of the Tourism Development Company (TDC), Dennise Demming, made the useful point on i95.5fm recently that the manner in which the imminent dissolution of the TDC is being handled will demotivate workers over the 90 days left in the life of the organisation. It is a point of easy agre

Rowley’s death penalty ‘ally’

Mar. 21, 2017, 10:39 PM AST Comments

IT is quite surprising, indeed sad, that Prime Minister Keith Rowley should have suddenly decided to seek the involvement of once high profile human rights activist and lawyer Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj to advise and work with his Government for the return of the death penalty for murder.

The horse has bolted

Mar. 21, 2017, 10:9 PM AST Comments

Planning and Devel­opment Minister Camille Robinson- Regis, in her capacity as chairman of the National Tripartite Advisory Committee (NTAC), has expressed shock and surprise by the decision of the trade unions represented around the table in this forum to withdraw their support in light of the Gove

Walcott—Caribbean colossus

Mar. 21, 2017, 10:7 PM AST Comments

Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such as way as to magnify it. Not only did he give our landscape a certain epic status, he conferred on it deific significance as perhaps only the fallen Taino, Arahuacan ancestors, deified be

A very good look at ethnicity

Mar. 20, 2017, 10:1 PM AST Comments

When I began reading Dr John La Guerre's newly-published book on ethnicity and race, The Dilemmas of Ethnic Policy, I expected a “good book,” one that was of the same order as his earlier book on the subject. Instead, I found myself reading a “very good book”, one that was hi

Proudly celebrating the Indian diaspora *

Mar. 20, 2017, 10:0 PM AST Comments

THE staging of the two-day academic conference organised by the Indian Diaspora Council of the United States, in conjunction with a similarly oriented organisation based here in Trinidad and Tobago, was yet another occasion in which our heritage has been celebrated.

Real versus fake policy

Mar. 20, 2017, 8:8 PM AST Comments

By Judy Kublalsingh — Somewhere inside our Royal Jail there are two, maybe three proverbial Black or Brown boys, sitting, lying, waiting on their next bowl of soup, bread and cheese, or whatever they feed inmates in our so-called Hangman’s Row.

In our own blood

Mar. 20, 2017, 8:7 PM AST Comments

I'm always amused when a prime minister who faces runaway crime rates, especially murders, resorts to pacifying the population by making pronouncements about resuming hangings.