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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Casting doubt on Kublalsingh’s survivability

In the space this format allows me, I would like to focus on two categories of “sceptics” and their responses to Dr Wayne Kublalsingh’s 30-day-plus fast without the expected result. First, there are the genuine doubters who from their human understanding of physical survival are understandably sceptical about Kublalsingh’s ability to survive after such a long period without food and drink. Read More »

Remembering Neville Phipps...fine player, fine person

On the passing of Neville Phipps, I write to pay tribute to a fine table tennis player and good human being. I learnt of Neville’s passing through a call from Carl Thorpe in Canada, who had a call from Frank Watson in Trinidad. I am sure others still around from that time will be in sympathy. Read More »

Focus more on Divali’s message

Now, more than ever, Trinidad and Tobago needs to understand the message of Divali. It is not just a physical lighting of deyas to symbolise the victory of light over darkness or good over evil. We must understand at a deeper level that this light of God comes from within each of us and we have the power and means to defeat our own perverted, egoistic and evil desires. Only when we find peace within ourselves can we spread it to our families, then villages and towns, then country. Read More »

Fix blood bank

I read in your newspaper that Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has said we need a drive to collect blood at the blood bank. He did admit the blood bank was “Not up to par”. Read More »

Demanding more wages unscrupulous, unpatriotic

It is unimaginable a trade union delegate is demanding nurses and doctors be paid four times their normal wage when treating Ebola victims. We can understand maximum life insurance, but the logic of increased wages when doing one’s job rubs us the wrong way. Read More »

Wayne, the extraordinary

Dear Wayne Kublalsingh, I have never had the honour of meeting you, sir, but have a great deal of admiration and respect for the principles on which you stand. You, Sir, have demonstrated a class and finesse as an individual, even in the face of ignorance and outright contempt. Read More »

Reveal the medical reports

Earlier this year, social media was abuzz with thousands of videos of the ice bucket challenge. After a while, two things became obvious: people forgot the challenge was aimed at raising awareness and funding for the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and many people opted to dump ice on their heads instead of donating. It, in effect, stopped being about a worthy cause and became about self-promotion. Read More »

WIPA didn’t bat for West Indies players

The website of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) identifies its raison d’être is to represent West Indian cricketers (active and retired). Read More »

The public, first line of Ebola defence

Caribbean governments are losing the battle to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) even before it has begun. Read More »

Finding light through the darkness of ignorance

What is the appeal of Divali and what is the message that renders this occasion so relevant to all regardless of their diversity? Read More »

‘From Laventille with Love’

I read your article this morning “From Laventille with Love” on Esther Pope, the young lady who said “Wherever you are planted, you can bloom.” Read More »

Govt’s food discounts unfair to other importers

Let me at the onset of this letter state that my business is an importer of food products similar to NFM and the reason I am writing is to highlight the unfair trade practice being carried out via the Government and NFM’s 20 per cent discount. If this was the early eighties and nineties when NFM was the sole supplier of soybean oil and flour and dominant in rice I would have no problem with the current offer. Read More »

Amery trying to score cheap political points

I am shocked but not surprised at the statements of Amery Browne on the Ebola virus in this Friday’s Express. Ria Taitt’s article begins by saying that Browne calls for “the immediate and urgent convening of a special session of Parliament to deal with “compensation matters” with respect to the Ebola threat and to comprehensively review the Ebola situation and response”. Read More »

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