Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pressure on our pockets*

Jul. 15, 2017, 1:2 AM AST Comments

A story carried in this week’s Express Business has touched off an interesting discussion on-line, and no doubt in other forms of conversation among nationals, at home and abroad, about best possible responses to the increasing cost of living. The article highlighted the upward price movement

Do more for the Integrity Commission*

Jul. 15, 2017, 1:1 AM AST Comments

It is unfortunate that our Prime Minister should once again publicly castigate the country’s Integrity Commission. To tell the world through the media that his country’s “Integrity Commission has no integrity” is to hold the entire country up to ridicule at a time when we nee

No 'Chinese wall'*

Jul. 15, 2017, 12:58 AM AST Comments

Recently the Prime Minister offered an olive branch to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to meet with him on the issue of the current judicial impasse, amongst others. There have been repeated calls from several quarters, including this column, for the PM to employ his constitutional authorit

Caribbean intelligence test*

Jul. 15, 2017, 12:55 AM AST Comments

The Caribbean has a global reputation for the creativity of its people. The musical geniuses, the artists and poets, the celebrations and festivals, are famous and can be used as indicators of the talent within us. The best proof, however, can be found in the streets of our capital cities. Go for a

A time for compromise

Jul. 13, 2017, 8:8 PM AST Comments

EDITORIAL—Threatening the stability of the country are high-and-rising cost of living, job losses, national and personal insecurity and unyielding problems in policing and the criminal justice system.

My advice to SEA graduates *

Jul. 13, 2017, 8:6 PM AST Comments

By Darryn Boodan—To the graduating SEA class of 2017, I say “congratulations”. Like many Trinbagonians before you, you have made the journey from primary school to secondary school.

The freedom challenge *

Jul. 13, 2017, 7:39 PM AST Comments

By Kenneth Lalla—To what extent, if at all, has T&T advanced socially, economically and politically since our independence? Will the country be confronted with the possibility of another revolution?

Clearing up cloud over CAL*

Jul. 12, 2017, 10:28 PM AST Comments

It has not been the smoothest of starts for the national airline since the holidays signalled the start of the peak travel season. In the space of three days, two Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flights from Trinidad to St Lucia have run into technical problems. In the first incident on Sunday, CAL’s

A frontier society?*

Jul. 12, 2017, 10:25 PM AST Comments

St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), to give the nation its proper name, is very close to us in Trinidad and Tobago. There’s been movement between the islands since at least the early 1800s. Many Trinis have SVG forebears and many in SVG have Trini relatives. So I want to notice an interesting

An economic ward of Trinidad*

Jul. 12, 2017, 10:23 PM AST Comments

In my last column, using a point and counterpoint format, I took issue with some of the claims made by THA’s Finance and Economy Secretary, Joel Jack, in his 2017/18 budget statement. And I promised that more was to come. Point 3: “(T)he island can now boast of having one of the lowest

That Petrotrin report*

Jul. 12, 2017, 10:20 PM AST Comments

This week Cabinet will review the report of the committee appointed to examine the operations of Petrotrin and make recommendations for the restructuring of the company. I haven’t seen the report. I’ve only read what was published in the Sunday Express by Asha Javeed (July 2) The OWTU wa

When your neighbour’s prison is on fire...*

Jul. 11, 2017, 9:26 PM AST Comments

In the ashes of last Sunday’s prison fire in neighbouring Guyana are dire warnings about conditions at this country’s prisons, in particular Frederick Street’s Remand Yard. Overcrowding; prisoners’ mysterious access to guns, cutlasses and grenades; the Government’s inat