Thursday, June 22, 2017

Letters

Our hands in many ‘natural’ disasters

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:27 PM AST Comments

Now that Bret has blown over, many of us breathe a sigh of relief. We can take a deep breath as we crawl from the confines of our dry safety zones to engage in the post-mortem of what to some was a storm in a teacup. Others are not as fortunate as they remain waist deep in muddy waters filled with s

Pan Trinbago’s ‘captives’*

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:25 PM AST Comments

Veteran journalist Andy Johnson writing in Wednesday’s Express (June 21), in an article headlined “Labour, in today’s reality’’, got his ideas about current labour problems in a bit of a muddle. He began his otherwise well written piece with problems of “dissensio


Downgrade of NOC a disaster

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:23 AM AST Comments

The bulk of the Government’s planning and preparation for Tropical Storm Bret involved nothing other than last-minute assurances by officials to “stay calm”, whilst plastering dozens of contact numbers, and sending advisories about what to do in a flood, something that anyone can a


Guard against refugee whirlwind*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:22 AM AST Comments

The United Nations has warned that more and more displaced persons are seeking relief in the Caribbean, with T&T recording 400 new applications during the period January to the present, which represents a 40 per cent increase from last year. So says a UN refugee protection officer (read glorified ci

Citizens first, others after*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:21 AM AST Comments

While our world is changing and everyone is looking for a better life for both themselves and their offspring, it is important that those in charge keep a tight rein and monitor closely people entering our countries looking for a new home. I have no problem with people seeking betterment coming to t


The way forward for Petrotrin

Jun. 19, 2017, 6:37 PM AST Comments

The current predicament facing Petrotrin and whispers about how the Government will undertake to restructure the company is one that affects us more deeply than most would want to admit.



A dose of kindness, please

Jun. 18, 2017, 9:49 PM AST Comments

THIS is an open letter to Dr Fuad Khan. Reading the story about the ill-fated Christopher Phillip broke my heart. It’s really sad to see persons go to these places with nurses and doctors (I can’t say hospitals because I am not sure what T&T has) and being left to die.


Trini foolishness over Bourdain’s honesty*

Jun. 18, 2017, 9:48 PM AST Comments

“...Due to a lack of distribution rights outside the United States and Canada” (Sunday Express, June 18, “Flow: No rights to air chef special on T&T”), Flow was set to block Sunday night’s episode of chef Anthony Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown, featuring T&T. Funny


Advice to heed*

Jun. 18, 2017, 9:46 PM AST Comments

Emanating from deep within the spirit of the African continent, Ibo and Yoruba proverbs have been spreading in varying forms around the world. None is more important than “it takes a village to raise a child”. This flows from African belief that children are a blessing from God to the co



Farewell to child marriage *

Jun. 17, 2017, 8:14 PM AST Comments

I congratulate our Members of Parliament for unanimously passing the bill to raise the minimum age for marriage to 18. That makes us leaders in at least one aspect of child rights in the Caribbean region.