Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lee, Matabadal take BC Open honours*

Jan. 16, 2018, 11:28 PM AST Comments

Wan Ju Lee and Karina Matabadal produced commanding performances on the second and final day of the BC Open to take the top prizes, as the 2018 golf season got underway on the weekend at Brechin Castle Golf Course, Couva. Lee shot a final day 74 to complete a six-shot victory over defending champion

Cassies shine at ‘Central’ awards*

Jan. 16, 2018, 11:22 PM AST Comments

CASSIE cousins, Leon, Sandhya and Sonja, were in the spotlight when the Central Badminton Academy and Club (CBAC) hosted their 2017 dinner and awards function recently at Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba. Leon and Sandhya were the Most Outstanding Under-17 players, while Sandhya’s sister So


Riley slams ‘secrecy’ over Procurement appointments*

Jan. 16, 2018, 11:0 PM AST Comments

Chairman of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT), Winston Riley, says he is not satisfied with the manner in which the long-awaited Procurement Board has been selected and appointed. Riley expressed these sentiments in a statement presented during a breakfast meet


A story of hope*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:48 PM AST Comments

When Naparima Bowl’s extensive reno­vations cast uncertainty over the events scheduled to be hosted at the facility, one South-based youth group remained determined to bring its production to the stage. This month, the group’s resolve will come to fruition as the ­Presentation College Mi

Stand your ground

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:43 PM AST Comments

The Police Service (TTPS) and Environmental Management Authority (EMA) have done well to stand their ground in service of the laws on assault and noise violations over this Carnival season. In doing so, they have set a no-nonsense tone for the remaining weeks of a short, jam-packed season and sent a


Dilemma with US president*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:40 PM AST Comments

THE 45th president of the US, Donald Trump, is currently in the midst of a controversy involving a self-inflicted wound about which he felt obliged to declare: “I am not a racist.” To be deemed a racist is a terrible burden for anyone to bear. But to find it necessary to go on the defens


The New York comparisons*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:32 PM AST Comments

In her column two Saturdays ago, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt confessed to having lost a battle of confidence, unable to provide significant enough assurance to convince her grand-daughter not to choose migration to New York City over living in T&T. Describing the young lady as a “typical Trini,”


On Haiti and African countries*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:30 PM AST Comments

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme which Barack Obama, as president, had instituted in 2012. DACA allowed some individuals who had entered the country as minors and remained illegally, to receiv

At last! EMA is protecting us*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:27 PM AST Comments

It was quite refreshing to see the Environmental Management Authority’s managing director, Hayden Romano, taking a firm stand against excessive noise levels associated with fetes, particularly during the Carnival season. At last, we have someone at the helm who is prepared to do what is right


Choose: joyous wining or deadly bombing*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:25 PM AST Comments

Hearing over the news of another suicide bombing somewhere in the Middle East and the death of so many as I am looking at the Monday’s newspapers with Kees Dieffenthaller “wukking” up the crowd into a frenzy and also Raymond Ramnarine similarly so at the airport, inter alia, it sud


Who’s really killing Carnival*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:21 PM AST Comments

What utter nonsense from the promoters of the Red Ants fete, that keeping the volume for the music at a fete within the specified levels will kill Carnival. These bandleaders-turned-fete promoters have been killing Carnival for years with their lack of creativity in costume design. Every year we see


Honour them while they live*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:19 PM AST Comments

I listen to the glowing remarks for the former president George Maxwell Richards by certain politicians and media commentators, but I recall the scathing remarks they made about the gentleman in May 2009 during the Integrity Commission débâcle, and thenceforth until the end of his tenure. This hypoc


The alternative to poverty is not crime*

Jan. 16, 2018, 10:16 PM AST Comments

I WISH to reply to letter writer Noble Philip whose response to me was published in the Express of January 4. In the interest of time and space, I will not address all of his contradictions, confusions, diversions, trivialities and ignoble, near-libellous accusations. I prefer to focus on his main