Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Making poverty invisible

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:45 PM AST Comments

The Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, is quoted as saying the 2014 poverty report does not make sense. Based on advice received from UNECLAC (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)and UNDP (United Nations Development P

CXC should get its house in order before e-testing*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:42 PM AST Comments

I wish to commend the Ministry of Education for not running headlong into e-testing just because the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is requesting such a step. Before CXC asks the Caribbean territories which use its service to take such a step, the examination body should put its own house in o


Beautifully written, Richard*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:40 PM AST Comments

I am writing this letter to commend the Express on the style and effect of the writing in the feature piece on Osmond Baboolal. “Dole Chadee’s fifth victim”, written by Richard Charan (Express, September 18), was beautifully written, captivating as well as informative. It was a ver


The jamettry of T&T’s unions

Sep. 17, 2017, 9:41 PM AST Comments

In another life I was employed by the T&T Government. I was a civil servant. I proudly belonged to the Public Services Association and I went to the after-work limes and played tennis at the PSA building on Long Circular Road.

The Cadet Force changes lives*

Sep. 17, 2017, 9:39 PM AST Comments

When I was a little boy, my hero and elder brother, Peter, joined the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force (TTCF). I wanted to follow in his footsteps, and it helped that I knew my father was once a soldier. When I got to secondary school at Fatima College, that was the one thing I wanted to do: join Cad


Customs roundabout at airport*

Sep. 17, 2017, 9:38 PM AST Comments

Recently I read letters in the newspaper talking about Customs at Piarco International Airport and I thought I should add my experience. A few weeks ago I was on board a night flight for Grenada. The plane was on the tarmac, speeding down the runway, and just before it was about to lift off it sudde


Don’t jeopardise prison renovations*

Sep. 17, 2017, 9:30 PM AST Comments

Imagine the Government and Prison Service planned to spend about $52 million on improving some of the basic physical conditions in some of the prisons, and we are hearing prisoners are breaking out pieces of toilets and other physical infrastructure to fight prison officers and others inmates!


Ordinary citizens must step up

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:11 PM AST Comments

Many institutions in Trinidad and Tobago are failing to meet the felt needs of citizens because there is too much crime. Our family, ourselves and our property are in grave danger; cherished traditions and values are being eroded and regular law enforcement officials are not coping with the rising c

Results of poor socialisation*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:10 PM AST Comments

Criminals in T&T are not content to simply rob, but also to brutally maim or murder the victim. This indicates criminals are not only motivated by the proceeds of crime—they also need to satisfy violent and murderous inclinations. We must therefore reflect on how this violent disposition is cu


The supposed performance of the prime minister*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:6 PM AST Comments

Ever so often the results of polls are published, informing the population as to the movement of the performance of a prime minister, in particular. In this regard I am to point out the constitutional imperatives in Trinidad and Tobago call into question the veracity and, indeed, the usefulness of t


We’ve come a long way*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:5 PM AST Comments

Though still some distance to travel before the modern world with all it’s 21st-century concepts, ideology, technology and forums, women and girls in many Third World nations continue to face serious challenges and problems (some insurmountable) with gender equality in all strata of life. From


The loss of the next generation

Sep. 13, 2017, 10:21 PM AST Comments

The education system of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago must be reformed to cater for the next generation (Generation Y and the following). The situation is so perilous that if we do not act quickly, intelligently and structurally, and begin this discussion and implement certain changes, Trinida


Hotel off Point Gourde for Petrotrin ‘bandit’*

Sep. 13, 2017, 10:19 PM AST Comments

The allegation of corruption must be well investigated and whatever the result the perpetrators must be unearthed using every means possible, even if it means using a subterranean excavator. Every person in public service, be it State enterprise or institution, who engages in corrupt practices robs