Monday, February 20, 2017

Letters

Environment deserves top priority

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:3 PM AST Comments

It’s about time this Government gets serious with environmental issues, the abhorrent crime situation notwithstanding. Environmental issues for the last decade have been a major concern throughout the world.

Costly downside to FATCA

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:2 PM AST Comments

The Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) now being legislated, the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and the related Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGAs), are not themselves treaty-based. They are simply arrangements made and formalised for interactions between public administrators


Talk it out so we can work it out

Feb. 19, 2017, 9:0 PM AST Comments

So there I was, looking at our new mayor of Port of Spain saying he will be cleaning the market so that vendors on Charlotte Street will be relocated to spanking clean premises. This would ensure more customers, and respect would be shown to these vendors who pay fees… blah blah blah.


Dangers of fake news to businesses

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:10 PM AST Comments

WHEN US President Donald J Trump railed against “fake news”, many scoffed at the phrase as another one of the “Trumpisms” that has become idiosyncratic with the man and personality. Fake news however is not new or something that is the figment of Trump's imagination.

PTSC working to provide reliable service to students

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:8 PM AST Comments

The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) acknowledges the challenges faced by students of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in attempting to access the PTSC/UWI service on Friday, February 10, which was highlighted in the Express newspaper of Tuesday, February 14.


T&T under siege

Feb. 18, 2017, 6:5 PM AST Comments

THOUGH still a lovely country with diverse cultures, cuisines and customs, not forgetting races and religions, Trinidad and Tobago has been battling a crime wave for some time now that has engulfed the central fabric of our society and created mayhem, fear, panic, a sense of mistrust and grave conce


How to follow the money

Feb. 17, 2017, 9:40 PM AST Comments

I congratulate our Attorney General on his “follow the money” initiative as one of the tools in the fight against crime. I disagree, however, that any new legislation needs to be passed. Trinidad and Tobago has all the laws we need. We simply need to have them enforced. The Board of Inla


Late SEA change unfair

Feb. 17, 2017, 9:38 PM AST Comments

This is an open letter to the Minister of Education. Sir, can you please tell me what rationale was used to introduce a change to the creative writing component of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination. On February 9, a meeting was held with primary school ­principals and a directive

Dogs deserve caring, not cruelty

Feb. 17, 2017, 9:36 PM AST Comments

It is appalling and unbelievable the manner in which some dog owners ill-treat their animals. I have seen the following: a woman driving a four-by-four vehicle with a man sitting at the back with his foot hanging out and more or less dragging a dog behind the vehicle. The dog was obviously under gre


Obstacles to national service

Feb. 16, 2017, 7:0 PM AST Comments

The idea of compulsory national service for young citizens aged between 15-25 who are not engaged in studying and who might also be unemployed is a good one. It will eliminate the stench of criminal behaviour now being experienced. Posited by former mayor of Port of Spain, Louis Lee Sing, some years



Trump’s shadow over anti-corruption rules

Feb. 16, 2017, 6:58 PM AST Comments

On February 14, it was announced US President Donald Trump, within the first month of his presidency and through his first piece of legislation, had repealed the US Security Exchange Commission rule that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments.


We need to earn forex, curb consumer demand

Feb. 16, 2017, 6:55 PM AST Comments

Terrence Farrell, chairman of the Cabinet- appointed Economic Devel- opment Advisory Board, has voiced concern that in the last two years, $3 billion from our foreign reserves went into foreign-currency transac­- tions, that is, supporting the Trinidad and Tobago dollar.