Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An appalling flood of blood*

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:41 PM AST Comments

UP to our press time on Monday, 22 killings had been committed in Trinidad and Tobago for the first 16 days of this year. Overnight, however, four more such killings pushed this figure to 26. To say that this is startling, is to demonstrate a kind of cleavage to ordinary humanity, as the nation̵

Petrotrin: a conflict of interest

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:40 PM AST Comments

Running a country is not easy. One is faced with myriad political, economic, social, organisational and business issues that require tactical and strategic responses in different time and spatial dimensions. And always we must consider the long-term policy response. The threat by the Oilfields Worke


Called to account

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:38 PM AST Comments

WIDESPREAD, it seems, is the support across the country for the action taken by the acting Commissioner of Police, to retire two of his high ranking officers in the first division. His contention is that they have not been performing, against his expectations of them, and in the national interest, t


Seeking regional guidelines

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:36 PM AST Comments

It has been long proposed that the Caribbean as a region, under the guidance of Caricom, harmonise labour legislation throughout the region so that under the Caricom Single Market Economy (CSME) workers who are hired in Barbados and dismissed while working for the same company in Trinidad or St Vinc

Ave atque vale, Barack Obama

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:43 PM AST Comments

By Basil Ince—We hailed Barack Obama as US president when he came into office on January 20, 2009 and will wish him goodbye on the same date, eight years later when he demits office.


Despite ups and downs, energy T&T’s best hope *

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:43 PM AST Comments

EDITORIAL­—Having been appointed to act for his colleague, Energy Minister Frankie Khan, who has been out of service following medical procedures, Finance Minister Colm Imbert stood in at Sunday’s ceremony to launch the Juniper natural gas production platform.


Obama an exemplar among politicians

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:12 PM AST Comments

At the turn of the century, the world did not even know the name Barack Obama. In 2017, the lanky mixed-race Democrat who charmed his way into the presidency of the United States in 2008, against immense odds, exits the stage as one of the finest leaders to have occupied the White House in six decad


Regulate gaming in T&T now

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:11 PM AST Comments

By Louis Lee Sing—Projected figures of $2 billion per year are not collected in taxes from the gaming industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Why are these much needed taxes not collected?

An enveloping mess*

Jan. 15, 2017, 8:31 PM AST Comments

Under normal circumstances, the Angostura board’s decision to establish an independent committee to investigate a sexual harassment complaint against its chairman might be enough to quell concerns about its handling of the matter. But the situation at this public company involving chairman Rol


Bad comedy production line

Jan. 15, 2017, 8:29 PM AST Comments

Winter in Toronto is fierce and hostile this year. But the fierceness of that winter cold is only outside; fortunately, it never pervaded the homes I visited.


The strike that never was!

Jan. 15, 2017, 8:28 PM AST Comments

The state of high anxiety and stress which gripped this country for the past few weeks over the prospect of a strike by the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union (OWTU) at Petrotrin, the national oil company, brought to my mind the well-known quotation, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, that “You can fo


Time to abolish child marriage

Jan. 15, 2017, 8:26 PM AST Comments

People who are calling on the Government to deal with teenage sexual promiscuity before tackling the issue of child marriages ought to hang their heads in shame.


As the heart breaks for Rachael

Jan. 14, 2017, 6:53 PM AST Comments

Sunity Maharaj—On Friday afternoon in Port of Spain, a collective of about 100 young artists sprawled their bodies across grassy Woodford Square in a dramatic attempt to confront us with the spectre of murder among us.