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Saturday, November 1, 2014

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Speed up efforts to move away from oil

LACK of reason for panic is no cause to be unduly complacent about the economic implications of falling oil prices. Oil prices actually climbed for two days this week, before again trending downward on Thursday. This development confirmed pessimistic prospects for earnings by oil-dependent economies. Read More »

On the brink of a failed state: Who will help?

If there is one substantial benefit which has already been derived from Dr Wayne Kublalsingh’s sacrificial engagement with martyrdom, it is that, at long last, our young citizens have decided to stand up and be counted. The Project 40 Group has made a powerful statement: our young citizens are coming alive. They are awakening to the precipitous plight of our beloved nation. Read More »

PNM Vision 2030

Last Sunday, the People’s National Movement (PNM) held the first part of it 45th annual convention at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain. Read More »

A presidential dressing-down

One of the axioms of public relations is “never draw attention to bad news by attempting to rebut it.” Read More »

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

Last 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 »

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