Friday, April 28, 2017

From Maduro with love

Apr. 27, 2017, 8:14 PM AST Comments

By Darryn Boodan—Dear Comrades in Trinidad and Tobago, capitalist pig Darryn Boodan is on vacation and the Express has allowed me to use his column to send you all a special shout out.

Petrotrin's clean-up efforts *

Apr. 27, 2017, 8:14 PM AST Comments

EDITORIAL—Petrotrin, the entity responsible for the daily production, refining, storage, and sale of tens of thousands of barrels of oil, is known to face the jeopardy of widespread and diverse aging, and likely failing, infrastructure.


Property tax: what’s the problem?

Apr. 27, 2017, 7:34 PM AST Comments

By Mark Wilson—A friend in Rio says Brazilians have a smart way of dodging property tax. Start a religion, and declare your house a church, temple or whatever. Sounds good to me.


T&T at the Carifta Games

Apr. 27, 2017, 7:34 PM AST Comments

By Basil A Ince—The Carifta Games are important for the region. They introduce young track and field athletes to international competition in a regional environment.

Break these chains

Apr. 26, 2017, 9:44 PM AST Comments

When crime is discussed by the authorities, or commented upon generally, the focus tends to be on the behaviour of the perpetrators. Maybe there was a murder on a particular street. In such a case, the police go to the scene.


How come ‘input’ has an ‘m’?

Apr. 26, 2017, 9:43 PM AST Comments

Trinbagonian Child, Carnbee is the name of a village in southwest Tobago that is pronounced in different ways by different people, e.g., kaan-bi, kaan-bee, kyaa-bi, and kyaam.bi. Which is the correct one, you ask? There is no one correct pronunciation, but there are perhaps two Standard or educated


Women political leaders—not a gender issue

Apr. 26, 2017, 9:41 PM AST Comments

Modern history is showered with women as political leaders and heads of government. When women first emerged in these roles, it was regarded as “breaking a glass ceiling’’—a breakthrough for the female gender in occupying high positions once regarded as the preserve of men.


Where the water bucket stops*

Apr. 25, 2017, 11:1 PM AST Comments

It is unconscionable that Public Utilities Minister Fitzgerald Hinds—now in his second portfolio—told the population via Parliament five days ago that water levels in dams “are all favourable at this time” and there was “no severe water shortage.” Even as he was m

Promise of new Jamaica politics

Apr. 25, 2017, 11:0 PM AST Comments

THE leader of Jamaica’s parliamentary opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, has made a most refreshing plea for the Jamaican people to pursue a new kind of politics to overcome one rooted in “tribal divisiveness” and “rebuild trust” for a better future for that nation. The cyn


Begging for the chance to give back

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

AT great expense in 2007, the heads of government in Caricom spent the better party of a week in Washington DC, holding meetings at the offices of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organisation of American States, conversing with Caribbean nationals who came from everywhere and anywhere in


So much for the populist wave

Apr. 25, 2017, 10:56 PM AST Comments

In his victory speech on Sunday night Emmanuel Macron, the next president of France, said: “I want to become...the president of the patriots in the face of the threat from the nationalists.” The distinction would be lost on most Trump supporters in the United States and on the “Lit



Cause for concern *

Apr. 24, 2017, 8:27 PM AST Comments

Editorial-Having assumed office unopposed only a few weeks ago, the new President of the Law Association, senior counsel Douglas Mendes, has wasted no time in signaling his intention to keep the organisation engaged in discussions on the issues of the day, particularly as they relate to the administ