Monday, January 22, 2018


U-20s must go with courage, confidence*

Jan. 12, 2018, 10:8 PM AST Comments

IT MAY be a bit of a stretch to think that the majority of citizens will respond to head coach Jamaal Shabazz’s statement that the national Under-20 female football team can “bring the nation together again”, but in these desperate times it is worth the effort to rally around anyth

A bigger man than most*

Jan. 12, 2018, 10:1 PM AST Comments

Former president Prof George Maxwell Richards will be surely missed. Behind his relaxed attitude and very visible love of life, there was a depth that not many were aware of. He earned my sincere respect in a very unexpected and personal way. It shows the type of leadership that is both unusual and

The politics of 2017*

Jan. 12, 2018, 9:53 PM AST Comments

This column continues last week’s contribution on the major political events which punctuated the 2017 political landscape. Trinidad and Tobago experienced one of the worst tropical storms in its history in the form of Bret last June which wreaked havoc, with many suffering the devastating ef

At death’s door*

Jan. 12, 2018, 9:50 PM AST Comments

The newspaper headline announcing the death of a former president of Trinidad and Tobago, Prof George Maxwell Richards blazoned, “Max is dead.” One of my Facebook friends was appalled. She called it, “Classless, uncouth and beneath the dignity of a rag” and was supported by m

Not liking it so

Jan. 11, 2018, 6:59 PM AST Comments

Express Editorial-Whether it did not care to or lacked the capacity to do it...

No ‘band-wagoning’ on popular theories*

Jan. 11, 2018, 6:55 PM AST Comments

Robin Maharaj—Throughout human history when people encountered “mysteries” they could not explain, they attributed them to gods. They even created gods for particular, peculiar and “unexplainable” things, and felt smug and good.

Negotiation, not confrontation

Jan. 10, 2018, 10:6 PM AST Comments

When it comes to the massively thorny problem of Petrotrin there's one thing the Government and the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) agree on: the urgent need to restructure the State-owned petroleum enterprise.

Climate Resilience Zone a smart move*

Jan. 10, 2018, 10:0 PM AST Comments

The Caribbean’s economic development over the last 20 years has been seriously hampered by adverse external economic events such as oil price spikes and the perennial damage from natural disasters, notably hurricanes.

Clearing these dangerous rapids*

Jan. 10, 2018, 9:58 PM AST Comments

At the end of his recent address to the nation, PM Keith Rowley stated: “There is much more adjustment to come before we clear these dangerous rapids towards calm waters.’’

2018 will test Caricom’s collective resolve*

Jan. 10, 2018, 9:54 PM AST Comments

Events toward the end of 2017 demonstrated that both the United States and the European Union (EU) have no qualms about using a big stick to get their way. In a letter to ambassadors of many developing countries, including Caricom states, on December 19, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki

A true Trini

Jan. 9, 2018, 10:14 PM AST Comments

Former president George Maxwell Richards, known to the population by the fond abbreviation “Max”, was fourth in the line of our Republic’s presidents. He was this country’s first non-lawyer to be appointed to the elevated post and the first head of state of Amerindian ancestr