Monday, March 20, 2017

Good choice for the job*

Mar. 19, 2017, 10:35 PM AST Comments

THE appointment of Orville London as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom gives Trinidad and Tobago experience and dignified representation at the Court of St James. Over the course of his 16-year tenure as chief secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, Mr London has carried himself with a cert

More work for Ramesh

Mar. 19, 2017, 10:33 PM AST Comments

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s announcement last week that former attorney general Ramesh Maharaj is working, at his request, with the Attorney General’s Department to ensure that convicted killers do not beat the hangman has not met with general acceptance.

The making of a firm believer

Mar. 19, 2017, 10:33 PM AST Comments

Our Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, has gone where no other prime minister or leader of the opposition in this country has gone before. Speaking at the post-Cabinet briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister last week, the Prime Minister declared himself to be a “firm believer” in the

Better blood transfusion service needed

Mar. 19, 2017, 10:31 PM AST Comments

An eight-year-old child has contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. Why aren't heads rolling? Why aren't we being told the whole story behind this tragedy? It is evident that something went wrong. Why aren't we being told what that was or who was responsible? Why isn't there transparency?

A season of discontent

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:32 PM AST Comments

Andy Johnson—DESPITE having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint Trade Union Movement, having made public point about “reintroducing” tripartism, both suggestions among a broader tapestry of a promised new alliance with labour....

Taking a long, hard look

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:29 PM AST Comments

Martin Daly—I suppose one can admire the zeal with which the Attorney General, Mr Faris Al-Rawi, pursues his causes in the Parliament. Likewise, members of the Opposition have made a number of valid points concerning legislation brought before the Parliament recently.

Role for Central Bank in trust gap between people and banks *

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:28 PM AST Comments

At its best, the public’s view of banks is that they are a necessary evil. They are indispensable for safe-keeping of one’s money, for green-lighting pay-later projects in the present, for funding investment and, increasing, for financial profiling in the world of credit risk.

Shape up or…

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:22 PM AST Comments

Ralph Maraj—Edmund Dillon, national security minister, says he “will not give up”. I wish he would. And take Colm Imbert with him. After one and a half years of their stewardship, crime and the economy are national disasters. Like most critical areas. Several other ministers shoul

DIY vigilantism may precede PM’s ‘do-dem-back’ hangings

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:21 PM AST Comments

Lennox Grant—As protesting unionists held up a placard paste-up of a Newsday front page, “WE ARE IN CHARGE…DEAL WITH IT”, Shamfa Cudjoe, whose coiffed, bespectacled and full-cheeked image illustrated the ill-famed line, was out of the country.

Slave masters and sufferahs

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:17 PM AST Comments

Sophia Chote—The month of March is named after the Roman God of War, Mars. It seems that this month brings no new madness, just the same madness which has howled and raved through this land for the past few months.

Brutifying our sensibilities

Mar. 18, 2017, 7:16 PM AST Comments

Selwyn Cudjoe—This is not a criticism against Edmund Dillon, Minister of National Security, or the present gGovernment. It is more an attempt to place a finger on what the recent murders are doing to our national psyche, how they are affecting our emotional state and damaging our self-concept

Petrotrin must consider all options*

Mar. 17, 2017, 11:25 PM AST Comments

The investment of hope made in the committee set up to review Petrotrin will realise only disappointment if deliberations generate into shouting-match debates on ideological grounds. Such fear seems well grounded given the loud pronouncements made in advance by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (

Let’s all emulate Sir Frank

Mar. 17, 2017, 11:9 PM AST Comments

THE HUMILIATING DEFEAT of the West Indies in the third One-Day International against England at Kensington Oval on Thursday, March 9 highlighted the sad state of the regional cricket team. This may be why for many Caribbean people, cricket no longer has the appeal it did for so many decades.