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Monday, March 2, 2015

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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 »

Calypso on life support

After painfully and painstakingly sitting through the Dimanche Gras show on Carnival Sunday, I want to recommend that someone pull the plug on calypso and take it out of its misery. Calypso is suffering badly, but nobody seems to know the cause of the ailment. Read More »

The eagle and the dragon

As the Spanish and Portuguese empires ended in the New World, US President James Monroe declared in 1823 that America would frown on any future interference by European nations as “aggression Read More »

All Stars vs ‘two piece and fries’

This band has been the most successful in every existing competitive format be it the music festivals, bomb competitions, best-beating on the road, people’s choice, and even the Panorama competition; in the 51 years of Panorama, actually 50 since there was none in 1979, All Stars has been in winner’s row (1, 2, 3) more times than any other band, 25 times; nine firsts, 10 seconds, six thirds. How come? That’s the question many people have been asking since the ninth Panorama victory and successive Band of the Year successes in 2014 and 2015. Read More »

Ringing the bell on teachers

The revelation that there are outstanding complaints against 600 teachers who are on the government’s payroll describes a state of affairs in the administration of our schools that is in stark contrast to the promises of change. Improvement in the management of the education system was among the core pledges of the 2011-2015 strategic plans of both the Ministry of Education and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC). Read More »

Honour there, but not here

Terrence Noel, playing pan over Carnival Monday and Tuesday with Melodians steelband, may have appeared to onlookers in his home town of Arima as just another panman. But later this week, back home in London, Terry will put on his “tails”, and his wife, Mary the hat and outfit specified by Buckingham Palace, where he will go to be invested by Her Majesty the Queen as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his contribution to the development of steelband music in the United Kingdom. Read More »

The parties, the leaders and the polls

Even though no date has been announced for the next general election political people would understand that the election campaign has in fact begun. It began as soon as the Carnival was over. For between now and September—which is the outside date for the election to be called—there is nothing momentous enough on the calendar to take away the public’s mind and attention from the politics. Thus we have before us a maximum period of some seven months during which the politics can and will take centre stage. Read More »

It’s a question of judgment, Dr Rowley

It was former prime minister Patrick Manning who said all that was needed for success in a ministerial position was a “level head and common sense”. While some may debate Mr Manning’s assessment of the qualifications needed for the job, yet he was, given his vast experience in politics and in governance, alerting us to the need for political office holders to exercise sound and mature judgment. For him this characteristic is an important prerequisite for success in leadership positions, including ministerial ones in the country. Read More »

On board economic diversification train

As T&T continues to be troubled by low-trending prices for its vital energy exports, economic diversification is the solution everyone talks about—but nobody does anything about. Or not enough. Read More »

The minority sport of Carnival

The only remarkable thing about Carnival 2015 was the obvious acceleration of its decline into a minority sport with less and less redeeming artistic value and rapidly decreasing audiences. Read More »

In Search of The Manning Legacy

Mr Ralph Maraj recently (Express, February 17) delivered a stirring assessment for the Manning regime. Read More »

Look trouble now: Rowley outside comfort zone

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar somehow started something when, during her January 2012 visit to India, she was photographed ritually touching the feet of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. That act, as it turned out, would make 2012 such a year to remember as to trigger flashbacks by Carnival 2015. Read More »

Freedom From Fear

Somewhere in Trinidad, and maybe even in Tobago, are people with the information to help change the course of this country and save us from disaster. Read More »

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