The situation in Venezuela and the numerous refugees coming to our shores naturally has people talking, and some of it is quite frankly disgusting.

Given where I work, I am in the vicinity of the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on a regular basis. I have seen people dropping off carloads of food and water to the Venezuelans, which truly gives me immense pride in our country.

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However, I have also seen an alarming negative side. On numerous occasions, drivers would pass by the Venezuelans waiting to register and spit, yell racial slurs and sometimes even throw garbage from their cars at them. I also saw a post about the Venezuelan woman who was murdered last weekend. It was vicious and inhumane. Is this who we really are?


IT is as if somehow, in a most macabre manner, members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are intent on testing the resolve of their commissioner to keep a clean house, as much as he intends to help improve the country’s crime profile.

Trinidad and Tobago’s recent history of development at the cost of its environment has been alarming and prolonged, a mirror to the wider ills facing humanity highlighted in the UN’s Global Assessment Report last month which warned of the threat to mankind’s survival through biodiversity loss and climate change.

Musdu is a playful word coined by a young Trinidadian to describe his religious identity. It is a mix of his Muslim and Hindu heritage and he uses it to deflect the pressure to choose between them.

There is a fear which is pervading this society that makes democracy look like a fallacy. People are almost afraid to express themselves to ensure their bread and butter and even their freedom.

An exit strategy is a planned approach to terminating or moving on from a situation in a way that will maximise benefit or minimise damage and can be applied to any situation but is mostly applied with reference to business organisations.