Thursday, February 16, 2017

Belling the culture cat*

Feb. 15, 2017, 8:25 PM AST Comments

Like Pan Trinbago before it, the calypsonians’ and Carnival bandleaders’ bodies have now fallen under the financial oversight of the National Carnival Commission, the operational arm of the Ministry of Culture. At least for this Carnival, the Government has decided that it will no longer

Cuba responds to its youths

Feb. 15, 2017, 8:24 PM AST Comments

When it comes to Cuba, the world’s media tends to focus on the obvious: the possible outcome of the new US administration’s policy review, the multiple difficulties faced by Cuba’s over-centralised planned economy, or the implications of Fidel Castro’s passing. Few journalist


Mais oui, Rose

Feb. 15, 2017, 8:22 PM AST Comments

NOw 76, she shuffled across the stage to accept her accolades for winning the prize for the best international album, Far From Home, in France’s Victoires de la Musique, to give her acceptance speech, and to whet the appetites of the audience with a carnivalesque rendition of “Carnival Q


Can the PM call the nation to order?

Feb. 15, 2017, 8:19 PM AST Comments

It is my considered position that while golf is both cerebral and physical, it forces the player to lean in the direction of thinking. The population has been fed several news clips which suggest the Prime Minister is a real golf man.

Hopeful stop light on corruption*

Feb. 14, 2017, 9:29 PM AST Comments

Minister of Works and Transport, Senator Rohan Sinanan, assumed his duties after the first reshuffle of the Rowley administration, promising to brook no stumbling blocks in his ambition to get going on issues under his portfolio. He began by setting things in motion regarding a number of road works.


That Trump-Trudeau summit

Feb. 14, 2017, 9:28 PM AST Comments

NOT just citizens of our comparatively small Caribbean Community (Caricom) but those of the greater Caribbean region would have been paying close attention to the outcome of the first official meeting that took place in Washington earlier this week between American president Donald Trump and Canada&


Wise choices and hindsight

Feb. 14, 2017, 9:27 PM AST Comments

FIFTY brutal stabs, the man inflicted on his former lover, after having slit her throat from one ear to the next. What manner of person is it who would stay around to perform that level of butchery, knowing full well that the throat-slitting alone would have accomplished the task he set for himself?


PM, help women to emerge from the ‘bedroom’

Feb. 14, 2017, 9:26 PM AST Comments

What does the recent statement of the Prime Minister, murders of women such as Shannon Banfield, “sooting” on the street, the statements by MP Fuad Khan and the statement by former Port of Spain mayor Tim Kee all have in common? On the surface level, they are all problematic but dissimi

How to label T&T terrorism

Feb. 13, 2017, 6:39 PM AST Comments

By Lloyd Taylor — Lennox Grant wrote a timely piece, “In T&T, ‘terrorists’ not strange fruit”, in the February 5 Sunday Express. Since “terrorism” dominates so much of contemporary international relations among the major states....


Ugly side of T&T profiled abroad *

Feb. 13, 2017, 6:38 PM AST Comments

That the failing grade awarded to T&T law enforcement, and to crime fighting generally, is recognised beyond this country’s borders should heighten national shame.


The maniac in Pyongyang

Feb. 13, 2017, 6:36 PM AST Comments

By Gwynne Dyer— “This guy, he’s like a maniac, OK? He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn’t play games. And we can’t play games with him. Because he really does have missiles. And he really does have nukes.”


Hail the Queen

Feb. 13, 2017, 6:34 PM AST Comments

I had planned to write on the resurgence of Calypso Rose since last year, when, having read about her successes in France, I decided to check YouTube to get proof of the pudding, in a manner of speaking.


Matter not closed, Camille*

Feb. 12, 2017, 9:22 PM AST Comments

The responses by both Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to the findings of an internal enquiry by First Citizens about the minister’s $143,800 cash transactions last year opens up new questions that require answers.