Sunday, September 3, 2017

Distractions 101

Sep. 3, 2017, 9:58 PM AST Comments

Truth is that most of us have long moved away from “we like it so” or “we jammin’ still,” but are physically unable to distance ourselves from the social institutions to which we are all attached; the economics being a good example.

Are we a nation in crisis?*

Sep. 3, 2017, 9:57 PM AST Comments

It would be interesting to hear from some of our luminaries on the state of our country 55 years later when we should have progressed as a nation. It would be very interesting to hear from some of our luminaries such as Winford James, Selwyn Cudjoe, Reginald Dumas, Ralph Maraj and Hamid Ghany on wh


Women on the chopping block*

Sep. 3, 2017, 9:56 PM AST Comments

Like many in the community, I wish to express shock, horror and sadness at the murder of 80-year-old Claire Fifi-Broadbridge at her home in Fondes Amandes, St Ann’s, on the evening of September 2. I also wish to make reference to questions, and the implications of suggestions put to the Police


Moonilal should shut up*

Sep. 3, 2017, 9:54 PM AST Comments

“Hush yuh stink mouth!” Those were the infamous words uttered by Dr Roodal Moonilal, in the hallowed halls of our Parliament, to a member of the Government in October 2015. Now, he is at it again, by insinuating that the Government is persecuting one particular group of people in the co

Le Hunte’s 2nd appointment an insult

Sep. 1, 2017, 9:52 PM AST Comments

As the nation state of Trini­dad and Tobago celebrated its 55th anniversary, it did so with the illegal appointment and corruption of the Constitution where the office of the Prime Minister is implicated in the appointment of Robert Le Hunte as senator and Minister of Public Utilities that showed th


Making the case to shift Independence celebrations*

Sep. 1, 2017, 9:49 PM AST Comments

If it is the intention of the authorities to add some “fire” to Republic Day activities by simply transferring the National Awards ceremony to September 24, this would be an abject failure in terms of its practical effect. Given that Trini­dad and Tobago did not “fight” for i


Cultural groups must collaborate to save $$*

Sep. 1, 2017, 9:48 PM AST Comments

In 2017, both the St James Community Improvement Committee and the Woodbrook/St James Community Association received funding from both the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, and the Prime Minister’s Sports and Culture Fund to finance: a. WeBeat Live steelband parade in Ju


Target everyone in scarlet ibis trade*

Sep. 1, 2017, 9:44 PM AST Comments

The scarlet ibis constitutes a protected species whose feathered finery displays the colours of Trinidad and Tobago’s national flag and is emblazoned on our national coat of arms. Yet there is this Trin­bagonian triumvirate comprising predators who hunt, kill, dismember and sell the bird clan

Bridging police-community gap*

Aug. 30, 2017, 10:24 PM AST Comments

There is a lot of talk about new highways and the seabridge and airbridge nowadays. Also, there has been plenty talk for a long time about the police and the community working together. The incident last Tuesday in Princes Town where police officers were mobbed and prevented from carrying out their


Politics of distraction and bias*

Aug. 30, 2017, 10:22 PM AST Comments

Since 6 a.m. on August 29 to the time of writing, the man who has perhaps fought more constitutional cases in the courts of Trinidad and Tobago protecting the rights of citizens, often-times pro bono, has been held in detention by the police for an alleged conversation three years ago which he categ


Buck must stop with PM

Aug. 29, 2017, 10:14 PM AST Comments

When she was in government, then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was held responsible, accountable and culpable for every single misdeed, mis-step and public misfeasance which occurred, whether she was directly or indirectly responsible or not. In that case, the buck stopped with the prime min


Savannah’s gruesome secrets still secure*

Aug. 29, 2017, 10:12 PM AST Comments

Any astute female who exercises or takes a leisurely stroll around the Queen’s Park Savannah at dawn or dusk must be acutely aware of dangers lurking in the area inside the Savannah called “The Hollows”. If we pay close attention, men with dark hoodies and plastic bags can be obse


No to my grand-kids, but yes to Le Hunte*

Aug. 29, 2017, 10:10 PM AST Comments

SOMEONE, please tell me and the people of Trinidad and Tobago why Dr Rowley did not know Mr Le Hunte is a Ghanaian citizen. And how can he then become a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and be a senator in my country? I asked the T&T High Commission in the UK if my grandchildren could become citizens