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Letter: The Alvarez Plan

July 20, 2017
Letter: The Alvarez Plan I am asked time and time again, if I were prime minister what would I do differently? Within the first 100 days of my administration, I would take legislation to Parliament to change the way we manage ourselves. I would establish over 80 communities categorized into cities, towns and villages.

Letter: To Sam Raphael: To survive, Dominica's CBI program must be transparent

July 20, 2017
Last week, the Gaston Browne administration informed the world that in regards to its Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program, “it has nothing to hide.” By contrast, it is clear that Dominica’s Roosevelt Skerrit administration has everything to hide, as they refuse to...

Letter: Human trafficking, national security and governmental failure

July 19, 2017
Letter: Human trafficking, national security and governmental failure Since January 17th of this year at the launch of the Progressive Empowerment Party in Port of Spain I have been calling on the government through the minister of national security to account for the human trafficking terrorising this nation with specific regard to what they planned to do about it.

Letter: Public defenders in the United States need support

July 19, 2017
Letter: Public defenders in the United States need support In 1963, in Gideon v. Wainwright, Associate Justice Hugo Black wrote, "In our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him." Black’s well-considered conclusion, over 50 years old, holds up...

Letter: Vigilante justice NDP-style

July 18, 2017
Letter: Vigilante justice NDP-style Markie Spring’s July 27 frontier justice demand that the duly elected leader of SVG and one of the longest serving freely elected leaders in Caribbean history demit office, together with Dr Friday’s equally extra-judicial response to his party’s July 7 court victory ironically correspond, if only in spirit, to...

Letter: Terry Forrester: A former public relations officer turned politician

July 18, 2017
Letter: Terry Forrester: A former public relations officer turned politician Grenada’s New National Party (NNP) is about to burst, just like a balloon, with a thin wall in many spots, the balloon will burst as soon as the weakest spot fails to hold pressure. Since word of Terry Forrester distancing himself from Keith C. Mitchell and his NNP government broke, Mitchell unloaded on...

Letter: Today's meeting is for Rowley and PNM benefit, not Trinidad and Tobago

July 18, 2017
Letter: Today's meeting is for Rowley and PNM benefit, not Trinidad and Tobago So Prime Minister Keith Rowley has invited opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to a private meeting to discuss, in his view, “areas in which the opposition should be engaged.” After Persad-Bissessar accepted the invitation, Rowley indicated an agenda, which will be internal self-government for...

Letter: Create a new and just society

July 17, 2017
Letter: Create a new and just society I have listened to and observed, over the years, the many people in this so-called Republic of Trinidad and Tobago analyzing the system and trying to figure out what is wrong with it? To me this question is so comical. It’s almost bordering on contempt. Most of the questions are coming from people who...

Letter: ASH - Affordable Sustainable Homesteads

July 17, 2017
Letter: ASH - Affordable Sustainable Homesteads The sick man of the planet is government. Governments have become too large, expensive, bungling, bureaucratic and lack the managerial and technical wherewithal to solve basic problems; in health, education, security, food, transport, communications; and water and energy capture.

Letter: Disturbing silence from PM on regional disaster

July 15, 2017
Letter: Disturbing silence from PM on regional disaster On Tuesday 11 July 2017, the Yucatan Times of Mexico reported that hydrocarbon “oil residues were found on the Riviera Maya’s shores” and are “affecting some Quintana Roo municipalities, such as Solidaridad and Tulum” as a consequence of the petroleum spill that occurred in Trinidad on April 23, 2017.

Poets Corner: Citizen Security

July 15, 2017
Poets Corner: Citizen Security I listen to Dianne and Nuri Talking about citizen security We have haters in Belmopan Not liking gangs taking the Quakers stand Not using violence on their fellow man They don't like the murder stats Di drop cause deh can't make money off that The mayhem give them profits Peace make dem have to dig...

Letter: Jamaica PM's deeper obsession with creating the new national security state

July 14, 2017
Letter: Jamaica PM's deeper obsession with creating the new national security state Gleaner headline “’No Brutality’ Holness promises doors won’t be broken down with new crime law” needs some deeper analysis. Doors were broken down and furniture and house fixtures criminally and deliberately damaged during the 2010 security forces operations in Tivoli Gardens and West Kingston.

Letter: It's way too hot

July 14, 2017
Letter: It's way too hot In Arizona, where temperatures now routinely muscle their way to 120 degrees or more, folks can fry eggs on the sidewalk and bake cookies in cars giving new meaning to the term “outdoor kitchen.” Where I live in Woodland Hills, California, in the San Fernando Valley – a neighborhood my disapproving...

Letter: Failure to delegate in the Turks and Caicos

July 13, 2017
Letter: Failure to delegate in the Turks and Caicos Delegation is the assignment of any responsibility or authority from a manager to a subordinate to carry out specific activities and is considered to be a basic tool in the effective and productive management of time, people and resources. It is also one of the core concepts of management leadership.

Letter: Devaluation in the plantation

July 13, 2017
Letter: Devaluation in the plantation There is much uninformed talk by both local commentators and the agents of the multi-lateral agencies that the TT$ is overvalued, particularly so since the foreign exchange earnings of the country have dropped and cannot meet the demand of consumer driven imports. Hence the solution is seen in the...

Letter: Economic solutions

July 12, 2017
Letter: Economic solutions The government of Trinidad and Tobago is desperately in need of income. Property tax is one of the potential sources of income. There is a possibility that a government that seems incapable of getting a handful of public servants to work for a full day at the licensing department on Wrightson Road...

Letter: The Pentagon and the utility of war

July 12, 2017
Letter: The Pentagon and the utility of war A few days ago I wrote an article related to a company that sells electric generators and that is taking advantage of the situation that has been created on North Korea, trying to inflict terror on the American population talking about the possibility that the Asian country would launch an atomic bomb that...

Letter: Your article was marred by inaccuracies

July 11, 2017
Letter: Your article was marred by inaccuracies I refer to the article, published online on Caribbean News Now portal, on the 8th of July, titled “Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean” In the article, you refer to a Maltese-Indian businessman… who was a consultant on the Malta citizenship programme, and who...

Letter: Destruction of main prison in Guyana underscores need to overhaul security system and posture

July 11, 2017
Letter: Destruction of main prison in Guyana underscores need to overhaul security system and posture The full facts and circumstances of the fire that completely destroyed the Georgetown Prison in Guyana on Sunday are not yet known or made public. We will therefore eschew judgement. This crisis is devastating to the management of the country’s national security. Guyana is grappling with the...

Letter: Lessons from Guyana for Argyle International Airport

July 10, 2017
Letter: Lessons from Guyana for Argyle International Airport If we want a preview of Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of SVG, for, “regular flights for the next tourist season, which is the November tourist season,” and many tourist seasons to come, there is no better place to look than Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the national airport...

Letter: Hydraulic harum-scarum at Silver Stream

July 10, 2017
Letter: Hydraulic harum-scarum at Silver Stream An economic and ecological crime has been perpetrated against the residents of Silver Stream, just south of the collapsed Mon Desir interchange in Fyzabad, Trinidad. Never in the history of this area, said one resident, have such ruinous floods been experienced. It is now three weeks since the Bret deluge.

Letter: Making a mockery of the Trinidad and Tobago parliament

July 8, 2017
Letter: Making a mockery of the Trinidad and Tobago parliament It seems the speaker of the Lower House is working assiduously to make Trinidad and Tobago’s parliament an ineffective institution, an extended gallerying arm of Keith Rowley's executive branch. In the process, opposition MPs are stymied in their role of representing the concerns of their constituents.

Letter: Jamaicans overseas asked to walk on a plank of broken trust

July 8, 2017
Letter: Jamaicans overseas asked to walk on a plank of broken trust We have just witnessed at lightning speed laws that would impact Jamaican Diaspora dual citizenship status being tabled and under review in parliament arising out of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) report. Of all the other important recommendations, particularly strong anti-corruption laws...

Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US

July 7, 2017
Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US With reference to the letter published in your issue of July 1 from Dr Nestor Garcia Iturbe regarding a comparison between Cuba and the United States where insulin treatment for diabetes is concerned, he states that, whereas in Cuba it costs only cents per month because the government subsidises...

Letter: Decline in academic results is disheartening and disturbing

July 7, 2017
Letter: Decline in academic results is disheartening and disturbing The deterioration in this year’s secondary entrance assessment (SEA) results in Trinidad and Tobago is the direct result of the reversal of a number of policy initiatives of the People’s Partnership administration. The current minister of education and his junior minister have quashed a comprehensive...

Letter: Grenada Senate: Mockery or democracy?

July 6, 2017
Letter: Grenada Senate: Mockery or democracy? It has become of grave concern to the public at large, that Senate president, Chester Humphrey, is showing muscular bias to the opposition senators; by disallowing them the liberty to debate on diverse and pertinent issues of national importance in the Senate. The president, in recent time...

Letter: La Brea community sentenced to death

July 6, 2017
Letter: La Brea community sentenced to death For the past 42 months since the eleven 2013 Petrotrin oil spills, major and ongoing fish kills have been occurring daily on the beaches of La Brea. Since December 2013, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have recorded this event in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. FFOS have been...

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