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Archives 2016


Workers welcomed Caroniís closure July 25, 2016
The only thing necessary for myths and mischief to be recorded as historical facts is for informed persons to say nothing.
Mixing God with Mammon July 17, 2016
The bickering among Islamic organisations over the allocation and distribution of Government funding for the recent Eid celenrations underscores a point I've made ever since this nonsense started a few years ago: Government ought never to dispense public funds for religious festivals.
An accidental leader July 7, 2016
The end, when it came, brought relief from some five years of suffering, and pre-empted additional torture from treatment for cancer, which many have described as being worse than the disease itself.
Butler and Rienzi June 26, 2016
Within recent years, annual Labour Day celebrations trigger accusations that the trade unions that mark the occasion with marches and speeches at Fyzabad pay homage only to Tubal Uriah Butler, never Adrian Cola Rienzi.
No civility, much hypocrisy June 16, 2016
It would be asking too much of our politicians that they show some humility in their public lives. In fact, it will be true to say that, with precious few exceptions, politicians across the world are egotistical and arrogant, character traits that distinguish them from most ordinary human beings.
Peerless and fearless: simply The Greatest June 11, 2016
In death, as in life, he straddled the world like a colossus. All the major international news networks suspended regular programming to pay homage to Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer ever, the supreme sporting figure of the 20th Century, the defiant one who sacrificed a successful career on the altar of principle.
Integrity Commission a waste June 6, 2016
When constitutionally-independent institutions in the country seem to be collapsing, when holders of the highest offices seem confused about their roles and perplexed about their powers, and when the law publicly proves to be the proverbial ass, then, Trinidad & Tobago, we have a problem...a very serious problem.
Sex and the geriatric preachers June 1, 2016
It is amazing, though not surprising, how easily our people can be distracted from the important issues that we face as a nation, currently galloping crime and an economy in crisis.
Gap between intelligence and action May 22, 2016
Really, it does not bother me that the Strategic Service Agency (SSA), or any other State intelligence agency, from the AIA to the ZIA, might want to peep through my back door, monitor what I am writing now, check my email before I do, or listen in on my telephone...
Maybe America deserves Trump May 18, 2016
So what if Donald Trump wins the race for presidency of the United States next November? He won't be the first fool to occupy the highest office in the most powerful country on earth. Nor will he be the stupidest president ever.
Call for reformation May 10, 2016
Archbishop Joseph Harris's initiative to petition Government to free from prison petty offenders who have remained on remand for an inordinately long time is laudable and deserving of support.
All ah we dead April 29, 2016
I had planned not to address crime in my columns, to waste valuable newspaper space on an issue that, while it grows grimmer by the day, is seemingly intractable.
Battle against be-suited bandits April 21, 2016
I find it almost amusing that some grocers who are caught dipping their greedy hands deep inside the inside consumers' pockets, cry foul when their names and outrageously high prices are exposed through advertisements posted by the Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Trade.
Descent into imports-dependence April 10, 2016
What I established last week was that Trinidad and Tobago, like most small island states that were once colonised by imperial powers, relies heavily on imported foods for its sustenance.
Waste worse than corruption March 25, 2016
A recent World Bank report ranked Trinidad and Tobago as the country that generates the most "municipal solid waste", on a per capita basis, in the world.
Don't take Mittal's mill even for free March 16, 2016
Trinidadians are hell, I tell you. Take their almost instantaneous sympathy with the 600-odd steel workers who found themselves jobless last week when ArcelorMittal shut down its plant in this country.
Rating Rowley's Government March 11, 2016
I am relieved to learn that the Cabinet "retreat" in Tobago last weekend did not have as a main item on its agenda achievements of the not-so-new Government during its first six months in office.
Bankers and Bandits March 4, 2016
I don't know if we should be more afraid of banks and bankers or bandits and murderers. Seriously. Both strike when we are most vulnerable. They relieve us of our life's savings, of what we have worked tirelessly to provide for our families, with a callousness that is chilling.
Rodney's ghost haunts Guyana Februry 24, 2016
The findings of a Commission of Inquiry into the murder of Guyanese intellectual and political activist Dr Walter Rodney, 36 years ago, are an indictment not only against the Forbes Burnham dictatorship that ruled Guyana for 21 horrible years, but also other Caricom governments and countries that never condemned Burnham's atrocities.
Of sensuality and vulgarity Februry 16, 2016
I wonder if the wide spectrum of persons who have used the words "misogyny" and "misogynic" to describe ex-Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee following his asinine statements on the murder of pannist Asami Nagakiya either believe what they are saying, or understand the definitions of the words?
Carnival in transition Februry 9, 2016
I don't think Trinidad's Carnival is dying, as many people say it is.
For the traditionalists, it's a case of wishful thinking. They want to see the jarring noise that passes for music, songs that have no melody, only hook lines and tempo, consigned to the dustbin of Carnival history.
Man, mosquito and money Februry 2, 2016
In this space yesterday, Dr Sherene Kalloo launched a broadside against Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and his almost jokey war against the Zika virus, pre-empting a column I had already half-written, titled "Man vs Mosquito".
Deliver us from evil January 27, 2016
It occurred to me some hours after I heard the news that gunmen had murdered two Laventille schoolboys that I felt no emotions over the dastardly act.
Destiny in our hands January 27, 2016
As a nation, we can do nothing about the plunging price of oil except watch with alarm as crude slides below US $30 a barrel.
Humility was Jit's hallmark January 11, 2016
'I don't know who Jit Samaroo was, but listening to others speak, he must have been a great man...my condolences to his family.'
Aging in this cussed country January 4, 2016
In a few months, I shall cross another threshold of aging, scoring seventy years of life and officially transitioning into the status of "old geezer".