Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Optimistic predictions

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:37 PM AST Comments

How do you call elections in the absence of polls? I haven’t had sight of any polls on the current campaign for the Tobago House of Assembly elections scheduled for next Monday, January 23, and I don’t know if any has been commissioned.

Caution on privatisation

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:35 PM AST Comments

Former prime minister George Chambers quipped, “Fete over, back to work”. But life is not so simple. We have to pay for the fete and in recent weeks we have been witnessing the attempts to avoid payment.

Come together in fight against crime

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:33 PM AST Comments

We are now in the era of a serious gathering of thoughts and planning of ways to deal with the crime scourge hitting T&T, especially murders. We need the involvement and participation of all—the politicians, churches, social workers, the Ministry of National Security, the business community, t

Tackle drones, not Uber

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:32 PM AST Comments

There seems to be some concerns with respect to the operations of the Uber company in Trinidad and Tobago. Crime seems to be the major concern of citizens, while the Ministry of Works and Transport seems to have its main focus on the legalities of Uber’s operations.

Double standards

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:32 PM AST Comments

I support Michael Annisette’s call for the resignation of the chairman of the board of Angostura until he is cleared of the allegations of sexual harassment. However, I do not remember Mr Annisette and/or any other union leader, calling for the resignation of Watson Duke as head of the PSA, an

Tabla great Dexter Raghunanan has died

Jan. 18, 2017, 1:16 PM AST Comments

By Carolyn Kissoon - Tabla maestro, Dexter Raghunanan, who travelled the world playing alongside India's greatest singers has died. Raghunanan, 43, passed after a brief illness at his home in Houston, Texas, at 9a.m on Wednesday.

The Spice Master and Chutney Kings*

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:59 PM AST Comments

A slender, supple magician behind the shaky wooden counter, the venerable spice master spoke in soft swishes of silken sound, silvery smooth like his slick hair separated at the side, but with eyes smouldering behind thick glasses. He would stare at us intently for a second, smile and saunter across

Mind your business!*

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:52 PM AST Comments

The stories of five Trinidadian female business owners who are immigrants, and who are prospering in their new homes overseas, form the basis of author and Kent State Prof Joanne Kilgour Dowdy’s latest literary outing Minding their own business: Five female leaders from Trinidad and Tobago.

Celebrating 149 years of Presbyterian evangelism through education

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:49 PM AST Comments

Aramalaya Church where Rev John Morton, the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago (PCTT), established his second operational base to spread the Presbyterian brand of protestant evangelism/education to North and Central Trinidad, was the site of the January 8 Service of Grateful P

More problems for older drivers

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:47 PM AST Comments

Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study. Not all patients with mild cognitive impairment, the early stage of memory loss, have issues with driving, the researchers write in the Journal of Alzheimer&#

Rambharat and Dutch envoy talk agriculture*

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:44 PM AST Comments

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat met with Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago. The robust discussions centred on collaborations on the export opportunities for cocoa and cocoa products to the Netherlands; and the potential fo