Monday, February 27, 2017


Let carnival ecstasy reign!*

Feb. 26, 2017, 8:39 PM AST Comments

Like a balm to the troubled soul of the nation, Carnival 2017 has arrived to lift our spirits in a brimming river of delightful togetherness. For today and tomorrow, Carnival devotees will rest aside their cares and dip into the annual ritual of freedom and frolic.

A moment beyond the revelry

Feb. 26, 2017, 8:38 PM AST Comments

It’s Fantastic Friday but instead of being out there celebrating I find myself trying to gather and synthesise my thoughts for this Carnival Monday column. I believe I fit the profile of T&T’s total Carnival person.

A classy Rose

Feb. 26, 2017, 8:37 PM AST Comments

Calypso Queen of the World Linda McCartha Sandy-Lewis has resurrected the essence of Carnival. Over the years our mas, which is labelled as the greatest show on earth, degenerated into a festival of nakedness and drunkenness with mostly songs of utter rubbish.

Famine is back

Feb. 26, 2017, 8:35 PM AST Comments

For the first time in six years, there is famine in the world: a real, United Nations-declared famine, with more than 30 per cent of the affected population suffering acute malnutrition and more than a thousand people dying of hunger each day.

Ali Napoleon

Feb. 25, 2017, 6:15 PM AST Comments

Sophia Chote—It is true to say that history is written by the victors. This explains why our historical touchstones are generally linked to Europe and the United States of America.

‘BUMPER’ mas

Feb. 25, 2017, 6:11 PM AST Comments

Ralph Maraj—I never met Lloyd Best, spoke to him only once, on the phone, when he called Ash Wednesday morning 2003 to commend me on my article ‘In a shallow state’ which had appeared in the Newsday that day, and which dealt with the cultural condition of Trinidad and Tobago by exa

Absent Carnival customer service, what’s left?

Feb. 25, 2017, 6:10 PM AST Comments

Never thought I would see it. Three J’Ouverts ago, sidewalking the 3Canal band along a Woodbrook street, my eyes caught a woman briskly relieving herself, while still more or less wining upright, against somebody’s wall.

The 3/5 Majority—Limiting Rights

Feb. 25, 2017, 6:6 PM AST Comments

Arif Bulkan—A Bill seeking to raise the legal age for entering into marriage to 18 years became embroiled in controversy as it moved through the Senate, when the Attorney-General adjusted it to remove its original requirement of a special majority.

Guarding our Constitution

Feb. 25, 2017, 6:6 PM AST Comments

Selwyn Cudjoe—In 2011, shortly after the People’s Partnership was installed as a government, the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) asked me to give a lecture on multiculturalism.

Good sense prevails on FATCA*

Feb. 24, 2017, 9:56 PM AST Comments

IN THE end, the right decision was made and Trinidad and Tobago is now on the road to becoming FATCA compliant. After months of bickering and back and forth manoeuvring between the Government and the Opposition, the House of Representatives voted unanimously in favour of the Tax Information Exchang

Take the number

Feb. 24, 2017, 9:54 PM AST Comments

“What’s that one? “That’s a Wingroad, Daddy” “Good girl. And that one?” “Ummm……a Cowolla!!!! (Corolla) That’s a sample of the latest game I play with my daughters when they’re in the car. There’s certainly no gender bias w

In a state of panic

Feb. 24, 2017, 9:53 PM AST Comments

Even as Trinidad and Tobago plunges headlong into Carnival 2017, some citizens have been caught in a state of panic as a result of both domestic and international developments. Domestically, the crime rate continues to escalate, with increasing murder, rapes, kidnappings and domestic violence throug