Tuesday, February 20, 2018


His name was Oscar Perez*

Feb. 1, 2018, 8:30 PM AST Comments

Darryn Boodan-“Venezuela, they don’t want us to turn ourselves in. They literally want to kill us, they just told us (so)…stay strong,” said Oscar Perez in one of the seven videos he posted to Instagram on January 15.

Buggery laws on trial*

Feb. 1, 2018, 8:28 PM AST Comments

Mark Wilson-High drama it wasn’t. The Jason Jones challenge to the 1986 Sexual Offences Act – TT’s so-called buggery laws – went to court on Tuesday before Justice Devindra Rampersad, 11 months after its launch.

Positive start from our President-elect

Jan. 30, 2018, 10:52 PM AST Comments

The Parliament and President-elect Paula Mae Weekes sent an early optimistic signal on Monday by hosting a brief question-and-answer session with journalists at Parliament’s temporary Tower D, Port of Spain Waterfront home. This is the first time that a President-elect has opened herself to ea

Honouring Cheddi Jagan’s birth*

Jan. 30, 2018, 10:46 PM AST Comments

THE University of Guyana (UG) has announced elaborate arrangements to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of former president Dr Cheddi Jagan who died in office of a heart-related problem on March 6, 1997 at the age of 78. Once viewed as an enfant terrible of British colonial politics, Jagan was

Dr Dolly dodges on the NCC*

Jan. 30, 2018, 10:43 PM AST Comments

THE Culture Minister, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, ducked a question on the radio one morning last week, about what is being done, and what should be done, about improving the presentation of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, and its management by the National Carnival Commission (NCC). The question, put b

PM not the crime culprit, Mr Maraj*

Jan. 30, 2018, 10:38 PM AST Comments

Ralph Maraj reminds me of the all-ego leader of the ill-fated PEP, who promised a massive rally of 50,000 registered members and barely managed 50. Both scream publicly for attention. Perhaps they share the same ringmaster. Mr Maraj, however, is learned, experienced in politics and the affairs of go

Worsening prison problems

Jan. 29, 2018, 7:30 PM AST Comments

Express Editorial-THE shooting-death of Prison Officer Davindra Boodooram in broad daylight while citizens went about their business along upper Frederick Street in Port of Spain last Friday, is a development which must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Bitcoin the new gold standard*

Jan. 29, 2018, 7:30 PM AST Comments

Mary King-There are many claims that Bitcoin and its clones are the currencies of the future, mainly because they are not controlled by the Central Bank ....

Death of calypso tents*

Jan. 29, 2018, 7:24 PM AST Comments

Raffique Shah-They looked pathetic, three of the leading calypsonians in the country—Chalkdust, Sugar Aloes and Pink Panther—as they begged the Government for a “mere half-a-million-dollars” to operate the Calypso Revue tent over the three-week Carnival season.

Threat to our democracy*

Jan. 29, 2018, 7:24 PM AST Comments

Israel Khan-The Prime Minister has a constitutional obligation to inform the New President of the status of Section 137 as it relates to the removal of Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Caution, Mr President

Jan. 28, 2018, 9:13 PM AST Comments

With Parliament’s election of Justice Paula Mae Weekes as the next President of the Republic, the incumbent, President Anthony Carmona, would be wise to recognise his position as a lame-duck President. Unless completely necessary, he should resist taking any actions at this stage of his tenure

Wary eyes on Trump proxies*

Jan. 28, 2018, 9:6 PM AST Comments

While thousands of us were preparing our heads last Friday afternoon, making arrangements for our giddy pre-Carnival outings, Prime Minister Keith Rowley and his Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, were on their feet in the House of Representatives, holding out hope against what could be a serious inter