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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Hunger strike stirs query: Is it for real?

More than five weeks since his pledge of abstaining from food and water for a cause, Wayne Kublalsingh’s death-defying mission appears to be heading for some kind of climax. The cause of calling attention to the Mon Desir/Debe highway segment, and the Government’s intractability, if not bad faith, has certainly been advanced so far, however, to no concrete result. Read More »

Unpleasant T&T/J’ca tango

there’s an ominous warning from National Security Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Gary Griffith that he has had more than enough of thousands of illegals — mostly Jamaicans and Guyanese — piling up here to the detriment of the citizens of this nation. Read More »

Ralph Maraj’s myopia

RECENTLY, I had a lively debate with Ralph Maraj on Cuba and its successes on i95 FM Showdown programme. Mr Maraj insisted that nothing good could come out of Cuba because Cuba has failed as a socialist society and there is “no freedom in that country”. Read More »

The Divali light that unites

The following is an address delivered by Israel Khan, SC at the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority ’s 2014 Divali celebration at the House of Angostura. Read More »

New airbridge era coming?

Hopes for a bright new day in the operation of the troubled Tobago and Trinidad airbridge have been encouraged following apparently productive encounters arranged by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) with executives of Caribbean Airlines (CAL). Such hopes have been raised many times before, however. Read More »

Looking for a leader in the Caribbean

It takes a strong leader to sit up and take notice when the tides of public opinion are turning. Often the idea of real change can be concerning to politicians. However, in Trinidad and Tobago people are crying out for their rights to be recognised, as a whole section of society suffers continued discrimination and abuse. Will the leaders listen to their calls? Read More »

‘They go kill we’

With their twists and turns on the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway, politics and power seekers “go kill we’’, to use the words of Nixon on I95.5 FM. Let’s examine it. Read More »

A highway for the people

To respond to every statement made in the media opens you up to the criticism that your skin is too thin and you have way too much spare time on your hands. On the other hand, ignoring it can have disastrous consequences as the failure to correct same is held up as evidence that it is the truth. I am therefore compelled to pen this letter to respond to a letter titled “Doubting Ralph” by Dr Kublalsingh’s friend and supporter Dr Terrence Soodeen. Read More »

Endowing business with purpose

On Friday night, Michael Mansoor and the late Raymond Dieffenthaller joined the elite ranks of business personalities to be honoured by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce for their contribution to the development of the national business landscape. As with almost everyone who has been inducted into the Chamber’s Hall of Fame, these two men stand out for the hard work, intelligence, courage and determination that carried them from the humble circumstances into which they were born, to the stellar heights of business leadership. Read More »

The price for progress

The Energy Minister as far back as last May may have provided, quite indirectly, another dimension to the current Point Fortin Highway standoff. According to an Anika Gumbs’ Sunday Express investigation, headlined “Stolen material used in highway works,” Minister Kevin Ramnarine estimated that illegal quarry operators in the Northern Range were “taking home up to $150,000 tax free per day”. Read More »

Recognising Palestine

It’s a slow process, this business of getting recognised as an independent state, but the Palestinians are making progress. In September of last year, Mahmoud Abbas, the long-overdue-for-an-election president of the Palestinian National Authority, was given permission to sit in the “beige chair”, the one that is reserved for heads of state waiting to go to the podium and address the UN General Assembly. Read More »

Development means accepting change and making sacrifices

Anyone who bought a vehicle in April would have gotten a registration number in the DC series. Six months later, DC and DD series are finished and we are into DE. That means more than 20,000 vehicles were sold and licensed in the country in that period which only exacerbates the daily traffic gridlock throughout the country. Read More »

Local fashion industry needs, deserves, more Govt support

T&T has been shown the way, now that Barbados and, noticeably, Colombia have targeted this country as markets for their tourism offerings. Barbados has perhaps been well established as a Caribbean-island getaway for those seeking escape from T&T’s stresses and strains, with the added appeal of Bajan hospitality. Still, as its promotional roadshows confirm, the island doesn’t let up on its efforts to remind potential T&T visitors of its cultural and other attractions Read More »

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