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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentaries

Keeping the show on the road

The continual arrests of drunk drivers—over 600 for 2014 so far—shows that the breathalyser law is being well enforced by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). This is all to the good, and the statistics give cautious cause for optimism that accidents caused by drunk drivers are declining. Read More »

Caricom’s loss, Africa’s gain

THE Caribbean Community’s failure to reach a consensus on a candidate for the post of new Secretary General of the 54-member Commonwealth could prove a blessing for Africa, in particular the southern African state of Botswana. Read More »

When oil takes a beating

CARIBBEAN countries whose value is fixed to the US dollar should benefit, at least in the short term, from the fall in oil prices and the strengthening of the dollar. Read More »

A Humming Bird without honour

Thank you so much Christopher McMaster, for your letter in the Express of December 6, titled “To kill a Hummingbird.” Not only is the Humming Bird—the vessel the La Bordes used to sail around the world —languishing, but the Military History and Aerospace Museum in Chaguaramas, is also to all appearances and reports being treated with disdain and arrogance. Read More »

Give principals power, tools to manage teachers

The proposal to delegate to school principals power to discipline teachers commends itself as at least worthy of wide and thorough discussion about the means of its implementation. Investing principals with well-defined authority to keep teachers in line obviously accords with the overdue idea of decentralising management. Read More »

Compromising press freedom: Be warned

I can think of no proposal, project, programme, policy or proposition pursued by the current administration that has not been embroiled in conflict, controversy, confusion, commess or corruption. Read More »

To Mars and beyond!

Civilisation is stagnating. We have lost our way as a species, heading for extinction as we ravage the planet whilst stale ideas and uninspiring leadership pervade political, economic and cultural life around the world. Nothing evolutionary anywhere, creating a vacuum for darkest fundamentalist ideologies and the escalation of a savage materialism. The staleness renders the planet claustrophobic. Read More »

Take de money and run

It was one of those riveting moments when a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Here they were, four young black boys, sitting forlorn, with their luggage around them looking as if their lives had come to an end. All their yearnings seemed to have been dashed, caught up as they were, in an unutterable moment of disappointment: their being unable to compete in a football tournament in Barbados. Read More »

Ominous developments

A disturbing new ugliness has emerged that needs to be halted before it gets any worse and out of control. We refer here to the recent fire-bombing and vandalism of equipment belonging to construction industry operators and the death threats to public officials. Read More »

Priorities for picking a probe

It is being interpreted by some as foreshadowing. So they now claim to be mentally prepared, because as a literary device foreshadowing: (a) stimulates the readers’ or viewers’ interest; (b) then prepares them for the outcome, so that it becomes more real and less contrived, even though it could be predicted beforehand; (c) may make extraordinary and bizarre events appear credible. Read More »

Murky thinking

Prompted and indeed disturbed by Anthony Wilson’s comments in the Business Guardian of December 11, I downloaded and read the address by the Central Bank Governor delivered on December 1 in Chaguanas, much of which dealt with what he describes as the “murky” global economic outlook. My focus though is on his extensive remarks relating to foreign exchange management. Read More »

Kamla - numero uno

My Spanish may not be the best; here in Canada French is preferred so forgive my rusty Spanish. But from reports I have gotten from colleagues and perusing a speech that Kamla Persad-Bissessar gave at her party’s annual Christmas function at Rienzi last Saturday, I am convinced the lady is in absolute control of her party. She appears to be head and shoulders above her political rivals and she seems more and more to be thinking about her legacy. Read More »

US comes clean with torture abomination

Disclosures about the torture inflicted on captives by the CIA have naturally elicited responses of shock, scandal and outrage around the world. Until released by the US Senate last week, brutalities inflicted by CIA operatives upon terrorist suspects had been called “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Read More »

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