Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Letter to Massive*

Jan. 4, 2018, 7:0 PM AST Comments

Dear Mr Massive Gosein, Permit me to extend my sincere thanks for your recent kaiso, “Rowley Mother Count''.

High alert on violence against women

Jan. 3, 2018, 10:9 PM AST Comments

It is time to admit to the national failure in the battle against violence against women. As legislators, enforcers, advocates and citizens, we need to stop deluding ourselves and accept that we are on the losing side of the battle against this scourge that threatens the lives of so many women. Unle

A newspaper centenary*

Jan. 3, 2018, 10:6 PM AST Comments

Anniversaries of important institutions or historical episodes are always useful because they are usually marked by articles, events, and sometimes book publications about them. Last year was especially significant in the history of T&T’s newspaper press.

Flaws in the Constitution Amendment Bill*

Jan. 3, 2018, 10:4 PM AST Comments

Mi bredren Vanus James, my distinguished Professor of Economics, has his own considerable views on the proposed Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self-Government) Bill, which I shall report in this and subsequent columns.

How to shut down crime factories*

Jan. 3, 2018, 10:2 PM AST Comments

Our Minister of National Security wants citizens to help with his New Year’s wish, which is to “shut down or perhaps eliminate the factory that continues to produce the criminal minds that plague our society.”

TATT’s absurd position

Jan. 2, 2018, 11:1 PM AST Comments

Lo and behold! The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) awoke from its deep slumber last Friday to despatch a coded warning to the media against broadcasting Nermal “Massive” Gosein’s controversial chutney song “Rowlee Mother Count”.

Caricom’s ‘dance’ on Trump’s Haiti ‘swipe’*

Jan. 2, 2018, 10:57 PM AST Comments

IT’S traditional for new heads of national, regional and international organisations and agencies to inject optimism and promises of change when they assume their positions. In the case of our Caribbean Community there is the tradition of a rotating six-month chairmanship, taken up as of this

Politics and the MSJ brand*

Jan. 2, 2018, 10:54 PM AST Comments

Our politics is not one where board appointments are solely on the basis of party loyalty, but on the whether a person is qualified and competent and can make a substantial contribution to improve any State enterprise, and is prepared to serve the public.

Massive empire strikes back*

Jan. 2, 2018, 10:52 PM AST Comments

I wish to commend all the fair-minded nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who stood in defence of chutney singer Massive Gosein. Praises must go to Prof Patrick Watson, Dr Fuad Khan, Phillip Alexander, Ashvani Mahabir and blogger Samuel Stafford.

Climate challenges await in 2018

Jan. 1, 2018, 6:21 PM AST Comments

Express Editorial - CLIMATICALLY speaking, the year 2017 closed out in the same fashion as the New Year 2018 ushered itself in. Residents in various parts of the country were facing the New Year with reminders of some of the worst weather patterns we experienced during the latter half of 2017.

Let’s act on this great first step*

Jan. 1, 2018, 6:21 PM AST Comments

GUEST EDITORIAL—We are heartened by news coming out of the One Planet Summit in Paris last month regarding the launch of a public-private coalition to create the world’s first “climate-smart zone” in the Caribbean.