2013 was not a year devoid of newsworthy items by any stretch of the imagination.
It was a year in which the country witnessed a number of Members of Parliament (MPs) and top State officials featuring prominently; a new president who promised to do things differently; fraudulent credentials coming to the forefront at State enterprises; a losing battle in the fight against crime; and a recent series of oil spills, 11 and counting, off the nation’s south western peninsula.
Jack Warner grabbed front page when he announced his resignation as National Security Minister on April 21. One day later, he would also resign as chairman of the United National Congress.
He ensured he remained in the headlines when he next stepped down as Chaguanas West MP, a portfolio he would later regain in the July 29 by-election.
Warner’s resignation as security minister led to three persons having occupied that office during 2013.
Equally attention-grabbing was Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
Ramlogan and Security Minister Gary Griffith were both implicated in a series of email read in Parliament by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, as being party to “high crime”, “misbehaviour of public office” and a massive cover up.
The pair was linked to a major conspiracy against: the Director of Public Prosecutions; to harm and discredit reporter Denyse Renne; and the payment of monies in exchange for freedom by an unnamed person.
The controversy, which was given the title “EMAILGATE”, also implicated the prime minister and the Minister of Local Government.
However, while these events grabbed a lot of the public’s attention, Express’ online followers chose to focus their attention elsewhere.
With over eight million page views monthly and a best of 10, 486, 100 in October, four of top five digital items were attributed to photo journalism.
Heading the list with 448,880 views was the Trevor Watson-compiled photo gallery “J'ouvert Scenes- San Fernando.”
The 166-piece gallery depicts 2013 j'ouvert celebrations in the southern city of San Fernando.
Following Watson’s collection is the 58-piece gallery titled “OUR SHOTS – Express photographers at work.”
Depicting the unique photos taken by our photographers in the line of duty, this gallery generated 362, 360 page views.
Taking third position with 322, 251 views was “TWINS DIE IN CRASH”, the only news article to crack the top five.
The article featured the tragic demise of 18-year-old twin sisters Khadijah and Khertima Taylor on June 9.
Both were killed on the spot after the vehicle that was taking them home from a nightclub, flipped several times and landed between the pillars of a concrete bridge near the Cross Crossing interchange in San Fernando.
Another occupant of the vehicle, Kafiya Gill, 19, died at the San Fernando General Hospital.
It is said that a picture tells a thousand words, and President Anthony Carmona’s inauguration ceremony as seen through the eyes of cameras, did that and a bit more.
With contributions from Curtis Chase, Micheal Bruce and Jermaine Cruickshank, the 43-piece gallery, “The Inauguration of the President”, collected 258, 674 views to occupy fourth position.
And rounding out the top five with 243, 663 views was “Giant Anaconda Caught.”
This Ishmael Salandy 11-piece gallery highlights the events surrounding the capture of an anaconda snake found in Caroni.
The creature, which was believed to have been pushed out of its habitat because of man's impact on the ecosystem, was housed at the Emperor Valley Zoo in Port of Spain.