Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Help for the despairing*

Jun. 27, 2017, 10:7 PM AST Comments

Despite billions of dollars invested in the social sector, services for the country's vulnerable remain much less than needed. The death by suicide of a young couple last week, the apparent suicide of 17-year-old Joshua Boneo while in the care of the State, and earlier reports from a Joint Select Co

Jamaica right on Venezuela*

Jun. 27, 2017, 10:5 PM AST Comments

It is important to accurately reflect a full understanding of engagement in the context of negotiations in multilateral fora and the circumstances leading to Jamaica’s decisions on the Venezuela issue within the Organisation of American States (OAS). The situation in Venezuela has been an ong


The crisis next door*

Jun. 27, 2017, 9:57 PM AST Comments

As the political and social situation in neighbouring Venezuela continues to spin inexorably out of control, I dedicate my space today to a cry from a friend and colleague in Caracas, in response to the positions being adopted by governments in Caricom on this matter. The 47th general assembly of th


Philippines insurgency*

Jun. 27, 2017, 9:55 PM AST Comments

A month ago, hardly anybody outside the Philippines had ever heard of Marawi. Now it’s the latest front in the war against Islamic State. More evidence, if you needed it, that the terrorism associated with Islamic State will go on long after Mosul and Raqqa have been liberated and “Calip

Beating back the ISIS tide

Jun. 26, 2017, 7:45 PM AST Comments

AN Islamic scholar, speaking on the margins of an Eid-ul-Fitr occasion in Charlieville on Sunday, has delivered one of the most powerful public statements to date, as to the philosophy of the terrorist organisation known as ISIS...


Controlling the flow of arms *

Jun. 26, 2017, 7:40 PM AST Comments

THE Latin American region and the Caribbean continue to suffer from the highest rates of armed violence in the world, despite significant efforts made by governments of the region to enhance public security and make their streets safer.


A bend in the river *

Jun. 26, 2017, 7:38 PM AST Comments

In 1950, when I was four years old, my father moved the family from a sugar company cottage in Brechin Castle (now Rivulet Road) to a rented house near the Croisee in Freeport.


Pride, buggery and progress *

Jun. 26, 2017, 7:37 PM AST Comments

There is a tendency among gay-rights activists and advocates, which trickles down to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, to chant that there is hardly any progress in Jamaica.

An unacceptable secrecy*

Jun. 25, 2017, 10:59 PM AST Comments

THE mystery surrounding the Carmona tribunal report into the charges against former magistrate, now Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams continues to deepen with the latest refusal by the Director of Personnel Administration to release the tribunal’s report to the civil society pressure group, Fixi


We feteing still*

Jun. 25, 2017, 10:57 PM AST Comments

Eid ul-Fitr greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters today, as they celebrate their religious holiday marking the end of fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan. The celebrations, as expected, will continue in many places throughout the country, and not always along religious lines.


The most incompetent govt ever*

Jun. 25, 2017, 10:54 PM AST Comments

was the most incompetent government we have ever had. I sought to demonstrate that proposition with reference to the Government’s utterly inept handling of two major issues — the reintroduction process for the property tax and the Tobago seabridge problem.


More of Bret’s wrath left*

Jun. 25, 2017, 10:53 PM AST Comments

We may have been spared Bret’s wrath but the trail he left has again jolted us into the reality that we are very unprepared for a serious natural disaster. We cannot do anything about acts of nature but we can certainly put measures in place to provide immediate relief to those affected. One


MPs theatre of the absurd

Jun. 24, 2017, 7:13 PM AST Comments

IT is becoming standard practice that when Trinidad and Tobago most needs its leaders to demonstrate unity in the face of the adversity, they will be let down.