Thursday, January 18, 2018


Building on a good start

Jan. 17, 2018, 10:46 PM AST Comments

Three months after announcing the measure, the Government has kicked off its Aided Self-Help Housing Programme, drawing over 1,000 hopeful applicants for the first cycle of the initiative based on publicly provided residential lots at a subsidised rate.

World War II and the Caribbean*

Jan. 17, 2018, 10:40 PM AST Comments

It’s long been recognised that World War 11 (1939-45) had a huge impact—economic, social and political—on all the West Indian territories. So I want to notice a new book which appeared late last year, World War 11 and the Caribbean, edited by my UWI colleagues Karen Eccles and Debb

Flaws in the Constitution Amendment Bill*

Jan. 17, 2018, 10:38 PM AST Comments

Part 4 There are other proposals in the bill which mi bredren Vanus takes issue with. Two (sets) of them are those for a “Fourth Schedule” and for financing Tobago, which will be discussed in this column. The bill places the Fourth Schedule outside of Tobago’s legislative authorit

Look for the green shoots of recovery*

Jan. 17, 2018, 10:36 PM AST Comments

THE views of Michael Harris in his Express column of January 1 were useful. They provided an accurate account of Trinidad and Tobago’s economic circumstances. They have provided me with an opportunity to clarify certain matters, including his criticism of the Prime Minister who recently state

Stand your ground

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:43 PM AST Comments

The Police Service (TTPS) and Environmental Management Authority (EMA) have done well to stand their ground in service of the laws on assault and noise violations over this Carnival season. In doing so, they have set a no-nonsense tone for the remaining weeks of a short, jam-packed season and sent a

Dilemma with US president*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:40 PM AST Comments

THE 45th president of the US, Donald Trump, is currently in the midst of a controversy involving a self-inflicted wound about which he felt obliged to declare: “I am not a racist.” To be deemed a racist is a terrible burden for anyone to bear. But to find it necessary to go on the defens

The New York comparisons*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:32 PM AST Comments

In her column two Saturdays ago, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt confessed to having lost a battle of confidence, unable to provide significant enough assurance to convince her grand-daughter not to choose migration to New York City over living in T&T. Describing the young lady as a “typical Trini,”

On Haiti and African countries*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:30 PM AST Comments

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme which Barack Obama, as president, had instituted in 2012. DACA allowed some individuals who had entered the country as minors and remained illegally, to receiv

Noise in the Carnival

Jan. 15, 2018, 7:30 PM AST Comments

Editorial-A debate between two groups of stakeholders regarding the question of noise pollution in our communities raises once again the question of co-operation and collaboration among persons with competing interests.

A Govt misstep*

Jan. 15, 2018, 7:30 PM AST Comments

Mary King-The announcement of Dr (Terrence) Farrell’s resignation was followed almost immediately by the appointment of a government appointed committee headed...

The hubris of Donald Trump*

Jan. 15, 2018, 7:27 PM AST Comments

Gwynne Dyer-Poor Donald Trump. He was simply asking for information, and they’re all over him as if he were a racist thug.

Economics of waste and want

Jan. 14, 2018, 9:52 PM AST Comments

Politics always trumps economics in this country, until our economic back is against the wall. Then, when times get too tough to fund vote-getting strategies, the very governments that put politics first will mount their self-righteous horses and insist that the country tighten its economic belt.