Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Playing games with property tax*

May 23, 2017, 9:12 PM AST Comments

Finance Minister Colm Imbert has taken cheap politicking to a new low by advising property owners that they are “free to submit valuation return forms and any supporting documents they consider relevant to any office of the Valuations Division on a voluntary basis.” This advice, issued

Telling it like it is*

May 23, 2017, 8:41 PM AST Comments

REGINALD DUMAS’S involvement in the service of Trinidad and Tobago, both as an outstanding civil servant and diplomat, is wrapped up with this nation’s involvement with the Caribbean Community, the wider world of Africa and, to a lesser extent, Asia. It is a pleasure to review his Eleven

The myth of media influence*

May 23, 2017, 8:39 PM AST Comments

During a panel discussion on Saturday, closing day of the three-day World Congress of the International Press Institute in Hamburg, Germany, participants were shown figures capturing the results of a recent global opinion survey seeking to measure the relationship between people and their media. Tho

Principled realism?*

May 23, 2017, 8:37 PM AST Comments

The media mostly missed it (or chose to ignore it as a piece of meaningless rhetoric), but Donald Trump proclaimed a new doctrine in his speech to the assembled leaders of the Muslim world in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. It goes by the name of Principled Realism, although it didn’t offer much by wa

High hopes for new hiring practice

May 22, 2017, 7:38 PM AST Comments

IN what sounded like a pilot project announced by the Minister of Public Administration a couple of weeks ago, the Government has been able to arrive at an arrangement with the Service Commissions Department, for ministries to do their own hiring in some cases.

Growth, but WI must be more efficient *

May 22, 2017, 7:38 PM AST Comments

This newspaper agrees with West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder that, notwithstanding their 1-2 loss to Pakistan in the just-ended Test series in the Caribbean, his team showed “a lot of fight”.

Not too late for T&T’s tourism *

May 22, 2017, 7:35 PM AST Comments

By John Bell—The Prime Minister has welcomed the opening of the Brian Lara stadium in Tarouba, in the expectation that a new thrust in sports tourism would be an avenue for economic diversification, resulting in some much needed foreign exchange earnings.

Colm created tax confusion *

May 22, 2017, 7:36 PM AST Comments

By Raffique Shah — Finance Minister Colm Imbert must shoulder much of the blame for the fiasco that a relatively simple exercise, the submission of information for the valuation of properties across the country, has degenerated into.

Limping in search of a cure*

May 21, 2017, 10:48 PM AST Comments

The Welch Report on the health sector brings few new surprises but emphasises the urgency of dealing with much of what is already known about its many afflictions. As such, it serves more as an update on the previously diagnosed condition of the public health sector than as a source of new revelatio

Looking back... and ahead*

May 21, 2017, 10:46 PM AST Comments

Are there dark clouds currently over the Trinidad and Tobago economy, similar to the grim and gloomy recessionary period of the mid-1980s, when our Treasury was almost empty? “My answer would be ‘yes’ and ‘not quite’,” former governor of the Central Bank, Ewart Wi

Plenty issues, plenty dread!*

May 21, 2017, 10:44 PM AST Comments

It cannot be denied that the week that just passed provided a commentator like me with a surfeit of issues on which to write. These issues were all of major political or social or economic importance to the country and each of the developments deserves a column all to itself.

Shameful Shamfa*

May 21, 2017, 10:42 PM AST Comments

The memes taunting Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe are hilarious but at the end of the day there are lessons to be learned from the “minister of roaming”. In our colloquial language one would say “she look for it” and I truly think that’s the population’s way of d

Let’s respect due process

May 20, 2017, 7:35 PM AST Comments

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissssar would be well-advised to tone down her rhetoric and allow the courts to adjudicate on the property tax issue.