Monday, April 24, 2017


Cause for pause on property tax*

Apr. 23, 2017, 9:2 PM AST Comments

Before public anxiety rises beyond the point of meaningful communication, the Government should hit pause on the implementation of the new property tax. It should then engage the expanding list of public concerns and revise and finesse the tax system and process before tailoring an effective public

Message, messenger and context

Apr. 23, 2017, 9:0 PM AST Comments

A caller to a radio programme last week suggested there is the danger that we could kill the messenger without hearing his message. He was commenting on the demands made by Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen that Chief Justice Ivor Archie, as chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, rel

Sheer and desperate madness!

Apr. 23, 2017, 8:59 PM AST Comments

I did not think that I would have to return so soon to the issue of the property tax. I had written on the subject in this column about three weeks ago merely to once again restate and reaffirm my objections to two critical aspects of the Property Tax Act.

Risks of a legal cocaine high

Apr. 23, 2017, 8:57 PM AST Comments

A popular energy drink touts itself to be able to give you wings and many of our youth today are flying - in ignorance to the risks to their health. I was recently made aware of the death of a teenager in Trinidad possibly linked to the use of energy drinks.

Is there a new gathering storm?

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:31 PM AST Comments

The gathering storm is a Churchill phrase. Winston Churchill used it as the title for the first volume of his massive six-volume history of World War II.

Govt owes The UWI an apology *

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:30 PM AST Comments

Instead of admitting his error and apologising for his totally inappropriate announcement of the appointment of a new Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Education Minister Anthony Garcia has passed the buck to the Cabinet as if that somehow justified his action. Well, it doesn’t.


Apr. 22, 2017, 7:27 PM AST Comments

By Ralph Maraj — In March 2016, the Prime Minister confessed: “we have not really changed much in the six month period. And there is a lot to be changed.” He could repeat that confession now, after one year and a half. “Nothing is happening,” is the refrain you keep hea

Rowley barge sure to provoke Tobago trouble

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:27 PM AST Comments

Until 2009, when leaders of the Americas assembled at the harbourfront, Port of Spain stage-centre used to be somewhere northward. Ultimately, the location was defined by the Queen's Park Savannah—Whitehall, Knowsley, President's House, Queen's Hall and Hilton Trinidad—with the Red House

Going, going, gone

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:24 PM AST Comments

By Sophia Chote — The Super Fast Galicia is perhaps gone by now but it has effectively moved murders from our front pages and to some extent from our talk shows. The statements reported in the media about the matter are unclear, accusatory and in some instances contrary to what the relevant do

The great betrayal

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:23 PM AST Comments

A wry smile came over Dr Capildeo's face as Dr Williams bemoaned his party's betrayal in acquiescing to the massive giveway of the Chaguaramas lands. Dr Capildeo could not help but remember a similar land giveaway that had taken place under Dr Williams's eyes even though Dr Capildeo did not live to

Stop this ‘acting’ top cop farce*

Apr. 21, 2017, 9:45 PM AST Comments

It was unusual coming from a top-down disciplined service, and extraordinary coming from its executive branch. But the call last week for acting Commissioner Stephen Williams to be made permanent resonated beyond the Police Service. The call that raised eyebrows came from Assistant Commissioner Irwi

My pet peeve

Apr. 21, 2017, 9:43 PM AST Comments

I am finding it particularly difficult to opine on anything other than crime as it is the only issue of utter and extreme importance at this time. I have had to find temporary solace by returning to my pet peeve. The Queen’s Park Savannah, located in the heart of Port of Spain, is widely recog

Crisis in Venezuela

Apr. 21, 2017, 9:42 PM AST Comments

On Monday, Cuba celebrated the 56th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the first since the death of El Comandante, Fidel Castro. It was a phenomenal victory for the Cubans as they delivered a crushing blow to the CIA-backed paramilitary group known as Brigade 2506 on April 17, 1961, which had