Thursday, July 27, 2017


The AG’s quick fix*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:32 PM AST Comments

All ears, nationally and even internationally, will be tuned to the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament if and when the Government brings legislation to resolve the thorny issue of the 53 criminal matters left in limbo by the Marcia Ayers-Caesar fiasco. This is a running sore on the nation’s alrea

To lift the rising generations*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:31 PM AST Comments

The celebration of Emancipation Day should make us think about the people who emerged from the dark night of enslavement after August 1, 1838, when the so-called “Apprenticeship” ended and they became legally free. Tobago’s population descends almost entirely from enslaved Africans

It is worth it, ent it?*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:28 PM AST Comments

At the current rate of US$1 to TT$6.7, US$22,000 is equal to TT$148,473. If you are paying $22,000 per day for a service, you will end up paying US$8,030,000 per year or TT$54,192,864. This is what we have been told the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is paying for use of the Cabo Star for tra

Why the delay in winding up CLF, CLICO?*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:26 PM AST Comments

A review of some of the financial information recently published in the Express and information gathered from the Internet reveals some startling facts that would be of considerable concern to the citizens of this country. Let us digest some of these revelations: 1. Audited financial statement for C

Portal to the absurd*

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:26 PM AST Comments

It is absurd that Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on national security has had to narrow its focus to a letter. The Port Authority (PATT) claims it sent a letter to Public Services Association President Watson Duke on February 1 asking him to sign off on implementation of scanners at the p

A refreshing intervention*

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:21 PM AST Comments

IN THIS column last Wednesday, I expressed hope that by the time of their next consultation, this country’s Prime Minister and Opposition Leader could possibly succeed in more impressively telegraphing positive messages to influence similar initiatives across our community where “consult

New crisis in education*

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:19 PM AST Comments

Seizing a chance to put in context a newspaper report which reinforced jitters among the hundreds of contract workers at the Ministry of Education, Minister Anthony Garcia may not have emerged as reassuring as he hoped. Not true, the minister said in an interview, to the report which left the impres

It’s transformation time!*

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:16 PM AST Comments

I have gleaned from the daily newspapers, Facebook, radio talk shows, peer discussions and general chat that the citizenry has found its voice, is making itself vocal on the issue of leadership and governance and has started to demand that the representatives of the people be held accountable for th

hopeless state of health

Jul. 24, 2017, 8:47 PM AST Comments

Editorial-Several years ago during the tenure of the late Patrick manning as Prime Minister between the period 2002 and 2010, there was a high-level Commission on the country’s health sector.

No peace yet in Iraq (or Syria) *

Jul. 24, 2017, 8:46 PM AST Comments

The shooting was still going on down by the river last week when Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dropped by and prematurely declared that the battle for Mosul was over.

Seeking to understand Syrians *

Jul. 24, 2017, 8:46 PM AST Comments

Citizens from my era would have grown up knowing the jingle “Nagib Elias, all kinda leather…hardware, (this and that) etcetera.”

Get self help body back on track*

Jul. 23, 2017, 10:32 PM AST Comments

THE reports of a board level descent into scandal at the National Commission for Self Help describe an extreme case of the unprofessional conduct that has been rearing its head for some time now at State enterprises and agencies where board directors are political appointees who preside over manager

Battle for the billions*

Jul. 23, 2017, 10:30 PM AST Comments

Tomorrow morning, the State will petition the Appeal Court to overturn Justice Kerwin Ramcharan’s recent dismissal of its application to appoint a liquidator to wind up the $100 billion CL Financial conglomerate. But I again remind the State that at some point it should note some of the views