Friday, June 23, 2017

Planting saplings to combat desertification*

Jun. 22, 2017, 12:11 AM AST Comments

The United Nations World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on June 17 annually. Trinidad and Tobago is party to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD). For the past 19 years, the voluntary organisation Protector

Facing up to fibroids*

Jun. 22, 2017, 12:8 AM AST Comments

Fact: Most women will get fibroids. By the age of 50, 80 per cent of black women and 70 per cent of white women develop these benign tumours that grow within the wall of the uterus, according to the National Institutes of Health. But if fibroids are so common, why do we hear so little about them? Th

Our hands in many ‘natural’ disasters

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:27 PM AST Comments

Now that Bret has blown over, many of us breathe a sigh of relief. We can take a deep breath as we crawl from the confines of our dry safety zones to engage in the post-mortem of what to some was a storm in a teacup. Others are not as fortunate as they remain waist deep in muddy waters filled with s

Pan Trinbago’s ‘captives’*

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:25 PM AST Comments

Veteran journalist Andy Johnson writing in Wednesday’s Express (June 21), in an article headlined “Labour, in today’s reality’’, got his ideas about current labour problems in a bit of a muddle. He began his otherwise well written piece with problems of “dissensio

Downgrade of NOC a disaster

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:23 AM AST Comments

The bulk of the Government’s planning and preparation for Tropical Storm Bret involved nothing other than last-minute assurances by officials to “stay calm”, whilst plastering dozens of contact numbers, and sending advisories about what to do in a flood, something that anyone can a

Guard against refugee whirlwind*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:22 AM AST Comments

The United Nations has warned that more and more displaced persons are seeking relief in the Caribbean, with T&T recording 400 new applications during the period January to the present, which represents a 40 per cent increase from last year. So says a UN refugee protection officer (read glorified ci

Citizens first, others after*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:21 AM AST Comments

While our world is changing and everyone is looking for a better life for both themselves and their offspring, it is important that those in charge keep a tight rein and monitor closely people entering our countries looking for a new home. I have no problem with people seeking betterment coming to t

Flying the flag for physics*

Jun. 21, 2017, 12:50 AM AST Comments

A LIFE confined to laboratory equipment and textbooks might seem ideal for a physics geek. And enjoying reading and reading on relativity and quantum mechanics for hours may be fun for a nerd, but don’t think for one second that Brad Bachu is a nerd. He is the type of young achiever who one c

Working towards food security for T&T*

Jun. 21, 2017, 12:42 AM AST Comments

THE significance of food goes beyond mere survival for the average Trinbagonian. The fact that every Trini is constantly hungry and that any event without food is hard to attend speaks to the feats a good meal can accomplish. Even the custom of visiting the local market on a Saturday morning with