Sunday, September 3, 2017

New school year, same old hassle*

Sep. 3, 2017, 10:14 PM AST Comments

IT is puzzling that it was only on Friday that the Ministry of Education sat down with a delegation from the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) to discuss teachers’ concerns about the state of readiness of a number of schools for today’s first day of the new

Agenda alert*

Sep. 3, 2017, 10:11 PM AST Comments

Following the arrest of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan last week I felt compelled, as a former news editor, to call a media house to remind its chief executive of the dangers of a newsroom carrying what I call “commentary news” on a matter before the lower court. The “comm


The fear of freedom*

Sep. 3, 2017, 10:9 PM AST Comments

Almost 18 months after the then board of the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) and the Government Information Services Ltd (GISL) submitted its report to Cabinet on the way forward for these two State-owned media companies, the Government has finally revealed its decision on what to do with CNMG. (Th


What is there to celebrate?*

Sep. 3, 2017, 10:8 PM AST Comments

Trinidad and Tobago marked 55 years of independence last week. Independence is something to celebrate but are we truly independent? What is there to celebrate? Are we not imprisoned in our homes and paralysed by our fear of the criminal elements? The news of the horrific murder of former director

Strength returns *

Sep. 2, 2017, 7:12 PM AST Comments

Ralph Maraj—THREE years ago, lamenting limpness in US foreign policy, I wrote “the United States remains the ‘indispensable’ nation and American ‘exceptionalism’ is a fact of modern life.”




Well played, West Indies*

Sep. 1, 2017, 10:4 PM AST Comments

THE West Indies cricketers have gone from being humiliated and vilified one week to being hailed as heroes just a few days later. In what can best be described as a truly amazing turnaround, the team which was drubbed in the opening Test against England, losing by an innings and 209 runs inside thre


Climate creep and American frogs*

Sep. 1, 2017, 10:2 PM AST Comments

At least a decade ago, a retired general at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies said to me that the rich countries will never take climate change seriously until some very big and apparently climate-related disaster happens in a first-world country. Hurricane Harvey was n


Reflections at 55*

Sep. 1, 2017, 9:59 PM AST Comments

Last Thursday, with the usual pomp and ceremony, Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 55th anniversary of Independence. The celebrations came amidst the unexpected detention of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, the controversial statement issued by the Law Association regarding comments made by


Coffee as my cup of tea*

Sep. 1, 2017, 9:56 PM AST Comments

If anybody believes my jokes are too coarse for comfort, I want to remind you that on August 10, just over three weeks ago, I was 72 and that’s only half a gross. It is also a useful number, even more useful than 69, when your interest is compounded by other variables. If you wanted to know ho


Watch it, Law Association

Aug. 31, 2017, 6:42 PM AST Comments

In cautioning the public about inflaming “political passions” by commenting on the arrest of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan....