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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Learning from LifeSport

The tale of LifeSport, know-nothing Sport Minister Anil Roberts, and newly minted multi-millionaire Adolphus Daniell is cautionary one. For it tells exactly how not to create programmes, not enter into contracts, and not act on principle. Read More »

Hot Guyanese, Bajan party politics

WHILE here in Trinidad and Tobago the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) is actively engaged in campaigning against the People’s Partnership Government, elsewhere within the Caribbean Community two former ruling parties are contending with internal problems. Read More »

China’s big shadow over Japan PM’s visit

The word is not being spoken in any formal speeches and it is not being mentioned in final statements and declarations, but it is being talked about in the corridors and it is at the back of everyone’s mind during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current visit to five Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations. The visit started on July 25 and ends on August 2. The word is “China”. Read More »

Owen Arthur’s last ball

After several public disclosures of his discomfort with the leadership of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, former prime minister of Barbados Owen Arthur has bowled perhaps his last ball by resigning from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) led by Mottley, and continuing as an independent Member of Parliament (MP). Read More »

Welcome, Malala; Eid Mubarak to all

Separate and consequential events, coincidentally marking the national calendar, together underscore today’s observance of Eid-ul-Fitr. This year’s celebratory annual finale of Islam’s month of Ramadan, a T&T public holiday, will also go down as the occasion on which this country welcomed Malala Yousafzai. She is the Pakistani teenager who became a universal celebrity upon survival of an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Read More »

LifeSport leftovers

The Prime Minister has misled the country in her recent statement to Parliament on the LifeSport audit report. In May 2014 she requested a “full audit” of the programme. Last Friday she described the audit report laid in Parliament as “a thorough and focused audit” that “has now been completed”. Read More »

Acts of omission

It is unfortunate that we have become a people true to the label of having a nine-day memory because when little or nothing is done about matters which have caused great public outcry, those responsible for the wrong-doing usually remain undiscovered or unscathed. Read More »

Middle Eastern Christians...going, going... gone

Two high-profile incidents last week, at opposite ends of the Arab world. In northern Iraq, recently conquered by the zealots of the newly proclaimed “Islamic state”, the Christians in Mosul were given three choices: convert to Islam, pay a special tax (about $750, on this occasion), or be killed. They all fled, and now Mosul is Christian-free for the first time in almost two millennia. Read More »

What’s your solution, Mr London?

THA Chief Secretary Orville London must have sought last week to secure opinion leadership on the critical question of air transport between Tobago and Trinidad. Read More »

Clouding the celebrations

It should have been the week, beginning on Tuesday, that all over T&T we extended the blessings of Allah to our Muslim brothers and sisters; a week, when on Friday, thousands of Africans would be taking to the streets to commemorate the anniversary of Emancipation Read More »

Why Minister Anil Roberts should resign

Let me make it clear from the outset that I am not calling on Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport, to resign. I am not doing so because I know that it will not happen. Read More »

A choice between two leaders

The 2015 general election provides voters with a clear choice between two leaders, two contrasting styles of governance, two visions of what our country should look like in the 21st century, two opposing plans and policies for taking our country forward, and two management styles generally reflective of their different genders. Read More »

Fire him, Madam PM

Even more outrageous than the findings of possible fraud, theft and corruption contained in the audit of the LifeSport programme is the glaring omission from the Prime Minister’s statement of any reference to the role, responsibility and accountability of line minister Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport. Read More »

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