Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Good ideas that went bad

Aug. 30, 2016, 9:25 PM AST Comments

I have to place on record my agreement with changes made to the laptop and school feeding programmes. It’s about time someone had the political strength and courage to cut out some of the madness and Santa Claus-mindset that we seem to have been accustomed to.

Chaguaramas issue under Govt review

Aug. 30, 2016, 9:24 PM AST Comments

In response to questions raised in several quarters and in the Daily Express editorial of August 29 I, as Minister of Planning and Development, offer the following clarifications. My office is in receipt of the report on the operations of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA), including legal

Grim results from mixed-up priorities

Aug. 30, 2016, 9:22 PM AST Comments

The number one priority of any government is to ensure the safety, well-being and health of its citizens. There is a chronic shortage of life-saving cancer drugs throughout our nation. These are extremely expensive medicines and the average patient simply cannot afford them, in which case the cancer

Let’s see that laptop report

Aug. 29, 2016, 7:0 PM AST Comments

I am a lecturer at the School of Education, UWI, St Augustine, who has been actively researching the laptop curriculum innovation in Trinidad and Tobago over the past three years.

Careful with those health-care cutbacks

Aug. 29, 2016, 6:59 PM AST Comments

One understands that at a time of recession that money is not as available as during times of prosperity and that certain measures must be taken to curb spending.

Desktops a better bet

Aug. 29, 2016, 6:59 PM AST Comments

The handing out of laptops to pupils by the past government was just too costly. Many pupils tended to spend and waste too much time on the Internet, not to mention social media.

What privacy?

Aug. 29, 2016, 6:58 PM AST Comments

The propensity of public officials to retreat to the excuse of anonymity or the privacy defence when addressing the business of the people was the motivation behind the Freedom of Information Act. The purpose of that law is to ensure that the public can obtain information about the people’s business

Strange response to ruling on EBC case

Aug. 29, 2016, 6:58 PM AST Comments

There was a rather curious and confusing column in the Saturday Express (August 27) written by Indira Rampersad. This columnist is a lecturer in political science/international relations at UWI, St Augustine and is also a member of the Equal Opportunity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. Given her

All hands needed to save T&T

Aug. 28, 2016, 9:16 PM AST Comments

I do not know how one man, namely the prime minister or the government of a country can be held accountable for the crime situation in our country. For years we have been hearing promises from governments that they can bring crime under control and every year things become worse. Every day we hear t

Grade ‘F’ for laptop initiative

Aug. 28, 2016, 9:14 PM AST Comments

“The former prime minister noted that this country climbed in terms of global ranking because of the laptop programme.” (Express, August 27). Please, someone, tell me, is that a reason to spend taxpayers’ money wantonly and distribute laptops haphazardly? That laptop programme was

Proud of the red, white and black

Aug. 28, 2016, 9:12 PM AST Comments

With Trinidad and Tobago celebrating its 54th anniversary of Independence, we must look back to cherish the many wonderful aspects of our country. We have inherited this beautiful land from our ancestors, a land filled with festivities, culture, nature and beauty. We have seen both great times and

What has happened to our watchwords?

Aug. 27, 2016, 6:44 PM AST Comments

In a few days' time, we would again be marking the anniversary of our Indepen­dence with the usual parade of our armed forces, the bestowing of national awards to hopefully deserving recipients and, of course, a national holiday.