Thursday, June 29, 2017


Oh beautiful but lonely island*

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:47 PM AST Comments

As part of the faithful local scuba diving fraternity, I was sad to hear the comments of international deep sea lovers who had faced so many challenges to come and enjoy diving among the reefs around our island of Tobago. They had returned to our shores because of the beauty and richness of our reef

The night he set me on fire*

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:44 PM AST Comments

On Christmas Eve of 2011, Maira Maidana lit a candle to the patron saint of Argentina and closed her eyes in prayer - just like she did every time she feared a brutal beating by her partner. But this time, she felt her whole body catch on fire. When she turned around, she saw him staring at her wit

Achieve, like Sabga-Aboud has

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:22 PM AST Comments

It is unfortunate that the interview between the Sabga-Aboud family and Anthony Bourdain snowballed into another conversation concerning the ethnic divide in our country, rather than one regarding the growing gap between the upper and lower classes. Because, despite the emotional responses that have

Let’s learn from this*

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:19 PM AST Comments

It has happened to us at some point in our lifetime, where we have uttered words which are perceived to be offensive and disrespectful to others. If you have ever met Mario Sabga-Aboud you will know that he socialises with every ethnic group and at every level of our society and truly has a generou

Who vex could stay vex*

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:18 PM AST Comments

I see no reason for Mario Sabga-Aboud’s apology for making a statement that is so close to the truth. It is not an unfair or untruthful statement about the degree of successful business achievements of the Syrian-Lebanese community. They did not get there by being lazy. Nothing is wrong with s

Apology accepted*

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:16 PM AST Comments

I, like many T&T citizens, was offended by the inappropriate and arrogant comments made by Mario Sabga-Aboud in his interview with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain. Mr Sabga-Aboud’s voluntary public apology, in my view, is an honest reflection of a man willing to admit his mistake and humbles him

From PoS to Addis Ababa*

Jun. 27, 2017, 11:57 PM AST Comments

BY NOW, I must have earned permission to call him “Reggie”. Anyway, I prefer to call him “Excellency”, in recollection, and in respect, of when I met the man. It was in the early 1980s. He was the Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Canada. I was a T&T national living i

Tea for charity*

Jun. 27, 2017, 11:54 PM AST Comments

The Shelter for Battered Women and Children will be holding its annual Tea Fund-raiser on Friday as part of its ongoing activities to raise funds for the services it provides to women and children who have been victims of physical and emotional abuse. The Afternoon Tea will be hosted by Yvonne Webb

Learn from floods, or else...

Jun. 27, 2017, 10:18 PM AST Comments

The issue of flooding in South/Central Trinidad is like a sort of annual ritual that has played out in our lives here in Trinidad and Tobago for decades now. It is usually accompanied by a sort of back-in-times playlist which includes songs about floodgates that were not maintained, rivers that were

Misery on Mosquito Creek*

Jun. 27, 2017, 10:16 PM AST Comments

I live in Fyzabad and work in the Point Lisas area and use the Mosquito Creek six and sometimes seven days per week. It is becoming very difficult to use this road now due to the constant flooding of the drain area. Many years ago, under the Basdeo Panday government, an embankment was constructed o

Mr Harris, it’s you who are incompetent*

Jun. 27, 2017, 10:14 PM AST Comments

Michael Harris’ article in the Express of June 26, under the headline “The most incompetent govt ever” can best be described as stunning, mischievous, wicked and above all downright false. We of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Women’s League have come to the inesca