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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Learn from lucky, rudderless limers

Until last week, few persons in Trinidad or Tobago would have contemplated making the trip between the two islands—from San Fernando to Pigeon Point—in a pirogue. Yet last week, this is exactly what 13 people tried to do, with near-fatal consequences. Read More »

A capitals fellow

According to Health Minister Fuad Khan, House Speaker Wade Mark did not lie to Parliament when he said he had received a notice from the High Court, because Mark never said he had received a Notice from the High Court. Read More »

Windies first: a plan

The problems besetting West Indies cricket for the past two decades have mirrored what is happening in West Indian society. Much of it is connected to cultural shifts, and many of the negative shifts have been derived from the poor leadership that has led the mad scramble toward the cliffs. Read More »

Netanyahu and Iran’s ‘bomb’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has finally given his much ballyhooed speech to the US Congress, and the heavens haven’t fallen. Read More »

Still kicksin’ in Parliament

We know that we are in the silly season when the Prime Minister announces the Government’s intention to file a vote of no-confidence against the Leader of the Opposition. Given the many very serious issues facing the country, one would have expected the Prime Minister to use Parliament’s time to focus on the Government’s legislative agenda instead of going off on a frivolous expedition against Dr Rowley which will serve no useful purpose to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Read More »

Reason to view CCJ with suspicion

IN a recent case in the Jamaican Court of Appeal between Sagicor Bank Jamaica Ltd and Y P Seaton, in which the government of Jamaica indemnified the original bank (from 1990) to its final name-change as Finsac came about, a stay of execution of judgment to Y P Seaton of $4 billion, representing original sums deemed owed to him plus interest over 22 years, was granted. Read More »

Hiring Rowley

When Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar in her last address to the nation reshuffled her Cabinet, one more time, it appeared to some that she had hired Opposition leader Keith Rowley to become the next prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago. For how else could the moves she made be understood? And now, in announcing that she will shortly be leading a motion of no confidence against him, she seems to have reinforced the impression that she has hired him. Read More »

Kamlamania five years on

What do these sins, scandals and missteps reveal about the PM’s leadership? First, she apparently does not pay attention to or possibly does not grasp details. Poorly thought out policies and schemes seem to get past her. It is the only explanation for Section 34, LifeSport, the $6 million firetruck, all of which went past her eyes and under her nose as Prime Minister and head of the Cabinet. Read More »

The problem behind empty Carnival seats

What is the point of a parade with no onlookers? Read More »

Big Venezuela/Guyana row

CONTRADICTIONS in politics can be amusing, worrying or even dangerous for varying countries and cultures—as occasionally evidenced in our own Caribbean region. The current scenario involving the US, Venezuela and Guyana serves as a reminder of this reality. Read More »

Kamlamania five years on

The Prime Minister is not easily profiled. The fortunes of the People’s Partnership may have declined, but “Aunty Kams’’ is still well-liked in the strangest places! Her ministers ritually pay obeisance to her and she is praised for every good deed of the administration. Read More »

Unready Cameron

THOSE who claim that in a democracy people always get the leadership that they deserve might be inadvertently absolving the citizens of autocracies from political responsibility. Instead, we must see the principle as applying to all types of government, since despite the prevailing conditions, the people by their silence, cowardice and oftentimes indifference deserve their governments. Read More »

Let Sando become shining example of new local govt

The city of San Fernando, likely an eye-catching electoral battleground, should be making sure to secure its vital interests, whatever the result of the national contest. With the City Council now under PNM management, and the old Patrick Manning San Fernando East seat to be contested by a relative newcomer, the political atmosphere in T&T’s second city will become only more and more excitable. Read More »

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