In the 1990s, I learned to play golf at the Usine Ste Madeleine Golf Course (USMGC), a scenic nine-hole course located near the “Usine pond”. In those days, it was the main course in south accessible to the ordinary man or woman. (Becoming a member at Petrotrin required recommendations, was expensive, and entailed at least a two-year wait. Many who applied were rejected.) These days, USMGC is the only course in south, period.

In the US, they are advertising drive, chip and putt competitions for children, with overwhelming response. And what are we doing? Closing one of the few golf courses that children and poor people can use.

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There are many and better ways to make a profit than by destroying yet another golf course. (The senseless and wanton destruction of the Brighton Golf Course in La Brea, for the benefit only of those paid to destroy it, comes to mind.)


I meet many men who make significant sacrifices for their children. When I enquire about their experience of being fathered, I learn most of them have had bad experiences. They are giving their children what they never experienced. This is heroic and commendable. 

The Government case for inserting the Attorney General into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is illogical and, as the Law Association has shown, easily dismissed by the facts.

ON the third Sunday in June each year, we pause to celebrate the fathers of our nation, and the critical role they play in raising productive citizens, building communities and in so doing, building the country.

According to a recent article in the press, Chaguanas West MP Ganga Singh said he supported the clause for pension hikes for judges and parliamentarians, because he realised that for those who have retired, their lives have become “extremely difficult” as they receive a paltry pension.

Standing in line to be registered to stay in Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuelans were being offered jobs by local companies. These migrants will work hard, be pleasant at their job, because they have to support themselves and family back in Venezuela. Trinis saying: “The crime rate going to go up.” “They going to take away our husbands/wives.” Well the marriage must have been “on the rocks” long before.

Though I care not for his idiomatic turn of phrase, still I always listen to the Prime Minister even when he’s got below zero to say.