“A lack of knowledge, skill or judgment in a member’s profes­sional responsibilities; or a disregard for a person’s welfare”, is how the dictionary defines professional incompetence. The proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reek of incompetence and inefficiency, which are being rewarded despite what the Government has advanced.

Section 3 1(a) of the law identifies a key objective, which inter alia, “making available to the public information...readily available to persons affected...”. This last phrase is absolutely important to affected persons, to enable them to address their issues in a timely manner. How then can extending the 30-day period be considered “readily available”?

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If the public authority that has to respond to a request cannot provide the information in 30 days, is it signalling its incompetence and inefficiency? The court usually gives the “losing side” a period of seven, 14 or 21 days within which to file a response to a matter. What then makes the public authority, with its myriad human and other resources, an exception?


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.