Friday, October 31, 2014


Think again, Mr President

There seems to be no good way for President Anthon­y Carmona to fix his unfortunate faux pas in threatening to sue comedian Rachel Price. Read More »

The President’s Price

What power does the President not have that he thinks he has? The power to tell his wife what to wear. Read More »

The genius of Spoiler

October is Calypso History month and it is an opportune time to celebrate the tremendous contribution that the art form has made to Trinidad and Tobago. Certainly there have been sub-standard compositions over the years with uninspiring music and banal lyrics but there have also been many classics that have inspired music lovers across the globe. Read More »

Three elections

l ast Sunday was a busy day: three elections, in three different continents, all of them offering at least the hope of better times. Read More »

Worrying vacancies at PSC and PCA

At a time when the murder rate is rising and when police killings persist amid public controversy, two offices critical to the effective functioning of the Trinidad and Tobago Service are vacant. It has been almost two months since the offices of chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) and director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) have been vacant. Read More »

Scratch bomb ear drums

The police had reminded us that scratch bombs are illegal, with a $1,000 fine; and they would respond to complaints made about their use, especially in residential areas. Divali came, and with it, the annoying and ear-splitting sounds of scratch bombs going on for hours, interspersed by the barrage of fireworks, the now familiar accompaniment to every occasion—Christmas, New Year’s, Independence, elections—on the excitable T&T calendar. Read More »

No sacred cows

I must confess that I find President Carmona’s loyal rush to defend his wife Reema against Rachel Price’s unflattering words charming, and I would be surprised if she didn’t find it romantic. Nevertheless, his action —having a pre-action protocol letter sent by senior counsel to Ms Price— has me flabbergasted and not a little disturbed. Read More »

The way of the Federation

One of the most disturbing aspects of the decision of the West Indies players to abandon the India tour is that the players either do not yet understand or perhaps did not care about the consequences of their action. Read More »

Positive legacy of two icons

Apart from dying of cancer within 24 hours of each other, children were the connecting link between media icon Hazel Ward-Redman and school principal Br Michael Samuel. Read More »

Survival education on Caricom

Against the backdrop of the latest so-called “war of words’’ between Cabinet ministers of the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month, a senior official in Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs found it necessary this past weekend to “advise” Jamaicans to ensure conformity with immigration requirements for travel, including private/holiday visits, or professional employment elsewhere in the Caribbean Community. Read More »

A 1990 hunger strike

IT’S ironic that our Prime Minister could say the assault on the Canadian Parliament last week reminded her of the 1990 terrorist assault on our own democracy but make no mention of her failure, to date, to compensate the hostages/victims of that 1990 attempted coup. Read More »

Foreshadowing the end of the US Cuban embargo

Cuba’s role in the fight against the worst outbreak of the virus, which began in Guéckédou, Southern Guinea, last December, has drawn rare praise from the United States. “... Read More »

Brave T&T business bid merits salute and study

Something more than an auditor’s dry post-mortem report should mark the spot where, all too briefly, a​ Trinidad and Tobago entrepreneur made an inspired bid for international success. Initially promising, but ultimately failing, Willie’s ice cream made bold to capture and hold a leading place in the local and export markets. Read More »

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