Saturday, October 1, 2016


Cowardly panic over FATCA

Sep. 30, 2016, 7:31 PM AST Comments

Everyone is running around skitter-scatter because the US made a law. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is good law for the US. The US wants a picture of financial transactions between US debtors/creditors and credit institutions, discoverable in banks and other financial institutions,

Great lesson from Open Learning Initiative

Sep. 30, 2016, 7:30 PM AST Comments

I recently read a letter in this newspaper which thanked the Open Learning Initiative team at Naparima College in San Fernando, which is offering free night classes to adults wanting another chance at getting O-Level passes. I am also enrolled in this programme and I am impressed with the quality of

Terrible audio from CNMG

Sep. 29, 2016, 7:18 PM AST Comments

ON Wednesday, I positioned myself in front my TV to view the address by President Anthony Carmona about queries generated by the Auditor General's report on expenditure at President's House.

Carmona’s remarks biased

Sep. 29, 2016, 7:17 PM AST Comments

At a function organised by the Catholic Church on Republic Day, feature speaker President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona took aim at the non-believing citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, telling his audience that “we must not in fact concede to those who are non-believers....

US on the ball

Sep. 29, 2016, 7:16 PM AST Comments

It is fair to assume that some clever folks within the US government have seen through our corrupt practices and have decided to put pressure on our Government to fall in line with the rules and regulations where FATCA is concerned.

Where culture and protocol intersect

Sep. 29, 2016, 7:15 PM AST Comments

It was the right thing for Andy Johnson in his column, “Powers That Be” (Express, September 28), to state at the onset that he has had a personal and professional relationship with President Carmona, coming from the “same neck of the woods”, as it were. In his column, Johnson raised a rather detaile

Please pay former litter wardens

Sep. 29, 2016, 7:13 PM AST Comments

I am a former litter prevention warden with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government. My contract expired at the end of January 2016 and was not renewed.

Water for all, really?

Sep. 29, 2016, 7:12 PM AST Comments

For the past four months (or longer) water runs freely from an underground leak on the verge of the road in Coblentz Gardens, St Ann's.

T&T needs childcare services

Sep. 28, 2016, 9:52 PM AST Comments

Trinidad and Tobago ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991. Article 18:1 of the convention recognises that “parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child”. Article 18:2 of the convention charges governments wit

Promises, promises...

Sep. 28, 2016, 9:52 PM AST Comments

I refer to the letter by Karan Mahabirsingh with the headline “Government not sincere about FATCA”. The truth about many of our politicians here is that there are very, very few who are sincere when making promises or dealing with financial and other matters of importance on this country

Please, no more tax on gaming sector

Sep. 28, 2016, 9:50 PM AST Comments

Minister Imbert, the Union of Members Clubs and Lottery Workers is anxiously awaiting the reading of the 2016/2017 budget in the House of Representatives tomorrow. Our union is well aware that most of the work required for the preparation of this budget is perhaps already completed with only fine-tu

The storm we cannot escape

Sep. 28, 2016, 9:50 PM AST Comments

Beware Trinidad and Tobago! Earlier this week I saw on the Internet a weather forecast showing a storm heading in our general direction. It has since veered north of us. But there is, however, another storm that we can’t escape. That is the one in Parliament tomorrow.