Monday, March 20, 2017

New bills will grease the wheels of justice

Mar. 19, 2017, 10:25 PM AST Comments

The criminal justice system has been long maligned as ineffective. The primary reason for this unfortunate characterisation stems from the painstakingly slow process by which justice is dispens

Running away not the solution

Mar. 17, 2017, 10:55 PM AST Comments

To our girls and boys out here, Please don’t run away from your problems, even when home and the ones living there are the (possible) causes. Instead, reach out. Seek wise counsel. Talk to church elders, teachers, police ­officers. Somebody trustworthy, with a listening and understanding ear,

Suspension from school not a punishment

Mar. 17, 2017, 10:53 PM AST Comments

Two Third Formers from Ste Madeleine Secondary School were suspended earlier this week as a result of their actions against protesting teachers. You stated “after they have served the required period of suspension, they will be enrolled at a learning enhancement centre, where hopefully they wi

Is hanging really the answer?

Mar. 17, 2017, 10:34 PM AST Comments

Is capital punishment really a solution to the current crime epidemic? It seems to be the norm in Trinidad and Tobago that every time a heinous crime is committed those in power swiftly rush to the support of capital punishment. It is no secret the murder rate is over 100 in just three months of the

Jury trials a pillar of democracy

Mar. 15, 2017, 10:26 PM AST Comments

Where else in the legislative, executive and judicial system is the lay person is given such a flamboyant voice? Laws are made by the aristocrats who cannot understand the daily trials faced by Mr and Ms Average Citizen.

Why the sudden fall in CLICO-owned shares?

Mar. 15, 2017, 10:23 PM AST Comments

As one with an interest in the Stock Exchange and its growth, I note with tremendous interest the “slaughter” of a number of shares in entities in which Clico holds huge holdings.

What about justice?

Mar. 15, 2017, 10:20 PM AST Comments

Inept governance over time has created a hostile environment in which, the Government proposes legislation urging the removal of trial by jury. The Attorney General’s shameful plea in support of this legislation is that the present law is costly and painfully tedious. It is this kind of thinki

Don’t forget Trinidad

Mar. 15, 2017, 10:18 PM AST Comments

Last week was a very interesting week in relations between T&T because: a. The cabinet had its weekly meeting in Tobago (nothing wrong with that—the country is Trinidad and Tobago). b. At the post-cabinet news conference, Minister Shamfa Cudjoe (a Tobagonian) suddenly announces the closing of

Ban styrofoam – manage our waste

Mar. 14, 2017, 10:11 PM AST Comments

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) commend Anika Mohammed for taking the initiative in petitioning the Ministry of Planning and Development to ban the use of polystyrene containers in Trinidad and Tobago. FFOS fully support this ban on polystyrene container usage.

Tickets to fly but banks trying to ground us

Mar. 14, 2017, 10:0 PM AST Comments

It is with extreme frustration and utter shock that I write this letter. Apparently the “Government” bank in my lovely country wishes only to support tourism within our twin-island state. God forbid we should wish to visit any of the other lovely islands in the Caribbean since the main i

Let's all unite against crime

Mar. 14, 2017, 9:55 PM AST Comments

Crime is exhausting this country economically, intellectually and further leading us into moral decay. There must be a movement of solidarity with all segments of society to unite, before this scourge of violence and blood-letting becomes a beast, a terrifying aberration. Even the police can't prote

Far from hopeless, T&T will survive

Mar. 14, 2017, 9:53 PM AST Comments

There is an increasing tendency for commentators to adopt a critical tone in discussing the state of affairs in the country, neglecting to acknowledge that the miscreants bringing their brand of livelihood to the society are a tiny minority. We speak of our lives as being so stressful and joyless t