Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Corruption in healthcare

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:34 PM AST Comments

Corruption affects everyone and no healthcare system is free of it. One report states “Corruption is the very antithesis of patient- centred care”. The result basically is poorer health outcomes to those in need of proper care and many times the premature death of citizens.

Ministry hosts health and wellness fair for staff*

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:32 PM AST Comments

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services hosted a Health and Wellness Fair for staff of the ministry on December 6 and 8 under the theme: “Your Health is your Wealth”. The event was an initiative of the Ministry’s Social Events Committee and the Human Resources Divis


Listerine ‘may work’ against gonorrhoea

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:29 PM AST Comments

Antiseptic mouthwashes may someday be a tool in the fight against the sexually transmitted infection known as gonorrhoea, but more research is needed, according to a new study from Australia.


Do your shoes fit properly?*

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:26 PM AST Comments

The sole of the shoe is also a major consideration. I find I have a number of people coming in with foot problems, generally on the bottom of the foot, that is due to the sole either being too stiff, or too flexible. Said another way, the sole should be able to bend, but not excessively.

Help for Matelot residents

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:24 PM AST Comments

Hampers packed with food, ­toiletries and other essential items were donated by staff of Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to affected residents of Grande Riviere, Matelot and St Helena villages to assist with their recovery from the recent floods and landslides.


Where do we go from here?

Dec. 25, 2016, 7:56 PM AST Comments

I wish I could “Let It Be” in the fashion of The Beatles and not lose any sleep over the utter lack of logic and lack of a sense of the difference between right and wrong, as with a vendor at Phillipine telling me that grapes are now $30 a pound, from $12 a few weeks ago, or a corporate


Unite to keep death penalty

Dec. 25, 2016, 7:55 PM AST Comments

murders continue unabated, with lives taken away and with grieving families left behind. This is happening on a daily basis. So many people are robbed of their belongings and are still being murdered.


Tackle little issues first, Mr Mayor

Dec. 25, 2016, 7:54 PM AST Comments

I would like to congratulate the newly appointed Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez. Based upon his inaugural address, Mr Martinez certainly sounds like he means well with his intention to tackle a number of issues plaguing the city.

Good riddance to Comfort Patrol

Dec. 25, 2016, 7:51 PM AST Comments

The State has finally decided to save money currently being wasted on the Community Comfort Patrol by disbanding that ineffective initiative. The vehicles you see occasionally cruising around, some appear to be more part of a make-work programme than anything else.


Merry Memories*

Dec. 24, 2016, 8:37 PM AST Comments

My very first recollection of Christmas is me sitting in the back of my parents’ Morris Oxford car when I was maybe four years old. They were taking me to Elsa’s Toy Store on Mucurapo Road in St James. They bought me a battery-operated Pan Am airplane that rolled around with lights flash


Comedic Christmas Memories*

Dec. 24, 2016, 8:32 PM AST Comments

Everyone of us has a hilarious story or two we can share about Christmas time. Like that time we saw a photographer take two many steps back and fell off the stage during a Yuletide show...he lived. Or that time a man reported his wife missing only to learn she was in fact at a parang lime (too soo


Christmas Around the World*

Dec. 24, 2016, 8:29 PM AST Comments

Each country around the world has its own unique way of celebrating Christmas. Some of these may seem quite strange to us here, but to each his own. Here are some ways people in several countries celebrate the holiday.


A Visit from St Nicholas*

Dec. 24, 2016, 8:27 PM AST Comments

“A Visit from St Nicholas”, more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in