Friday, May 19, 2017


Speed at tax office *

May 18, 2017, 7:27 PM AST Comments

I met nothing more than efficiency at the Ministry of Finance as I submitted my property tax form.

Draconian, but it’s the law

May 18, 2017, 7:26 PM AST Comments

As the initiator of the “Axe the Tax” campaign, residents of Felicity have been besieging me to find out whether to file their return as requested.

Fixing our civility problem

May 17, 2017, 9:49 PM AST Comments

New buildings, tall buildings, however well designed or properly maintained are no real guarantee that civil behaviour will come from the occupants. I take my lead from a conversation that I had recently with a concerned citizen who complained about the lack of civility that has become the norm in T

Have mercy on the elderly, children*

May 17, 2017, 9:48 PM AST Comments

As a member of our aging population it was painful to see so many of us standing in long lines, exposed to the elements, outside the Ministry of Finance Valuation Division office in Arouca. In blistering heat they patiently waited their turn either to have their property tax documents processed, to

Water woes causing misery in Arima*

May 17, 2017, 9:44 PM AST Comments

This is an open letter to the Minister of Public Utilities. Mr Minister, last Sunday—Mother’s Day—mothers in some parts of Arima got a surprise they did not welcome. Taps were dry from very early in the morning. It was extremely difficult to do normal chores and to shower etc.

Phillip my dear*

May 16, 2017, 11:59 PM AST Comments

His wife is a Queen but he is not a King; he is a Prince and like The Mighty Cipher has been considered a Clown Prince. He was born on the island of Corfu in Greece, the place that the naturalist Gerald Durrell made famous in his trilogy that started with My Family And Other Animals and which has no

JLSC not up to the job

May 16, 2017, 8:56 PM AST Comments

I am afraid that having read the statement issued by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) on the Marcia Ayers-Caesar fiasco, I have to return to this piece of gross inefficiency and dereliction of duty by the Chief Justice and the JLSC.

Those bank charges*

May 16, 2017, 8:55 PM AST Comments

The president of the Bankers Association has defended the fees charged by arguing that the banks are entitled to fees for services. This is disingenuous. The rate paid on savings accounts is so low (below one per cent per annum) it is not worth mentioning.

Obstacles our young black males face*

May 16, 2017, 8:48 PM AST Comments

In his May 12 response to Prof Theodore Lewis’s claim (Express, February 22) that “black boys are missing from tertiary institutions” Dr Noel Kalicharan was not faithful to his own training in statistics. A sample of convenience does not usually represent the true picture except b

The bitcoin economy in cyberspace

May 15, 2017, 10:54 PM AST Comments

THE worldwide Ransomware attack, in which the perpetrators are demanding a payment of US$300 from any victim to decrypt the associated computer files which were the object of the attack, appears to have amassing of wealth as its objective.