Saturday, August 23, 2014


Caribbean not immune to Ebola

When chikungunya, for long a distant peril, finally made its fearsome landfall in Trinidad and Tobago,some 80 people were, in short order, counted as victims of the mosquito-borne disease, Health Min­ister Fuad Khan reported last week. Read More »

Lessons from English football season

This past weekend, the English football season opened after weeks of anticipation about what the new season will bring. Football in England is not just a game—it is culture, and life itself. It is a regu­lator of the national mood, a critical way in which the tone of communities in the country is regulated. Read More »

Cricket below Parr

jack Parr was the first host of the groundbreaking, Late-Night Television programme known as The Tonight Show later made even more popular by Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Read More »

The Gaza war — a caucus race

“They began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over,” as Lewis Carrol put it in Alice in Wonderland. He was describing the Caucus Race, but it sounds quite a lot like the Gaza War, doesn’t it? What’s different is that at the end of the Caucus Race, the Dodo Bird declared: “Everybody has won, so all must have prizes.” Read More »

All eyes on this Google ‘search’

It has taken more than a year for Google, the premier US-based search engine, to be made a legal party in the tho­roughly Trinidad and Tobago matter designated emailgate—a label derived from the infamous 1974 Watergate scandal that led to the unprecedented resignation of an American president. Read More »

Uncle Kevin’s error

My niece Dariann, who’s the younger daughter of my brother, Daren, placed in the top 100 in the Secon­dary Entrance Asses­sment exam; and I can’t help but feel I’m partly to blame. Read More »

Prof Maingot’s non-response

Prof Anthony Maingot (“Prof Cudjoe’s myopia”, Express August 19) has accused me of myopia but he has not responded to the arguments I made in my recent article on constitutional reform proposed by the Government. Read More »

Barbados’ UWI poor deserted

The beginning of the first academic year in which Barbadian citizens have been asked to shoulder the burden of paying tuition fees at the University of the West Indies (UWI) has already begun to bring home the negative impact of the policy upon the poor and the university itself. Read More »

Getting tough on money laundering

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the public to accept at face value the promises made by Parliament with the introduction of new legislation. The Proceeds of Crime Act is another example of a law that went on the books with so much promise, only to sputter out in uselessness. Read More »

Vaps and vikey vie

In Gasparillo this week, the Prime Minister defended accusations of perpetuating ethnic divisions by citing population numbers to show how that could never happen. Read More »

Researching the run-off amendment

The Government has had its run-off amendment passed in the House of Representatives and has informed us, without developing the point, that the amendment only needed a simple majority of the votes of those present and voting to be passed. Read More »

A PNMite points the way

This week, Etienne Mendez, an intelligent and long standing member of the People’s National Movement posted the following on Facebook: “45 years ago, PR was ‘a dagger aimed at the heart of the PNM’. So said the Boss. Not a damn dog dared bark. Read More »

Figuring out the real crime rate

Many citizens would react sceptically to the claim by Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams that serious crime in Trinidad and Tobago is now at its lowest in 29 years. Read More »

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