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Letter: Politics and corruption in Trinidad and Tobago in the age of information

May 29, 2017
Letter: Politics and corruption in Trinidad and Tobago in the age of information Were it not for Charmaine Baboolal and her informant(s) and sources, the nation may never have heard of the abuses taking place within the ministry of sport, and judging by his response, neither would the prime minister it would seem. Now that we and he have access to the information, what has...

Trinidad and Tobago ministers rack up big bills - and social media outrage

May 27, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago ministers rack up big bills - and social media outrage PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- With oil prices down, Trinidad and Tobago's energy-based economy has had to adjust. These are lean times; foreign exchange is less available and the government is trying to make up the country's revenue shortfall any way it can. Imagine the public's consternation, then...

Letter: The Trinidad and Tobago mid-term review 2017

May 27, 2017
Letter: The Trinidad and Tobago mid-term review 2017 I listened to Trinidad and Tobago's minister of finance as he delivered the midterm Budget review. He spent his time telling us about the arithmetic – something a Budget is usually about. But we are in a recession – crisis. Hence I expected that he would have ventured into the strategic management...

Letter: Corruption through bid rigging and insider trading in Trinidad and Tobago

May 24, 2017
Letter: Corruption through bid rigging and insider trading in Trinidad and Tobago The latest shock disclosure of gross irregularities in the awarding of contracts by Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL) demands urgent and decisive action. The minister of finance (and acting prime minister), as Corporation Sole, must initiate a forensic audit into the use of public funds.

Political bad-mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago sullies opening of Brian Lara stadium

May 23, 2017
Political bad-mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago sullies opening of Brian Lara stadium PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In international cricketing circles, Brian Lara is a rock star. Deemed one of the greatest batsmen of all time, he is practically like royalty in Trinidad and Tobago, the land of his birth. But his name (and the fact that he lent it to the country's new stadium in south Trinidad)...

Letter: The government cannot get property tax before the next general election

May 23, 2017
Letter: The government cannot get property tax before the next general election Trinidad and Tobago has a population of just under 1.4 million persons. If one were to assume that one million of the population do not own property, it still leaves about 400,000 property owners. If these people all filled out their forms and had them delivered it would mean that the government will...

Letter: Equal and unequal

May 22, 2017
Letter: Equal and unequal A nation stuck in a fight for power between two races that facilitates crooks and thieves who raid the treasury regardless of who is in power. These criminals steal in the billions, erect a fake lifestyle built on success as criminals in a country where law enforcement is not sophisticated enough to take on...

Venezuelan media reports Trinidad oil spill has reached Margarita Island

May 17, 2017
Venezuelan media reports Trinidad oil spill has reached Margarita Island PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Venezuelan media and social networks have reported that oil from the April 23 Petrotrin oil spill in Trinidad has slicked beaches as far away as Margarita Island, where several beaches had to be closed.  At first Petrotrin claimed that 20 barrels of oil (3,179.75 litres)...

Trinidad and Tobago lawyers to debate resolution calling on chief justice to resign

May 13, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago lawyers to debate resolution calling on chief justice to resign PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Law Association in Trinidad and Tobago will debate a resolution calling for the resignation of the chief justice and members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) at a special general meeting on June 1 over the appointment and subsequent resignation...

Letter: Is the Rowley administration deliberately misleading the population?

May 13, 2017
Letter: Is the Rowley administration deliberately misleading the population? Is the Trinidad and Tobago government deliberately misleading the population with regards to the valuation return forms that are being sent out to people's mailboxes? According to the ministry of finance’s website, the version of the Valuation of Land Act 18 of 1969, Section 6, published does not match...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago in crisis; a government that cannot be trusted

May 12, 2017
Letter: Trinidad and Tobago in crisis; a government that cannot be trusted The public is reeling from scandal after scandal. The nation feels as if it's at war with its own government. The Massy deal is starting to stink. The ferry fiasco that destroyed the sea bridge so PNM friends could benefit is already stinking. The $60 million to be spent on a few bathrooms and huts on...

Letter: Big broadband network in Trinidad and Tobago

May 11, 2017
Letter: Big broadband network in Trinidad and Tobago The Trinidad and Tobago prime minister has confirmed that the Cabinet was aware of the overall strategic plan of TSTT, the local telecoms provider, one to be funded by a TT$1.9 billion loan. However, as other members of the Cabinet have said, they were unaware of the details of the buyout...

Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights

May 10, 2017
Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Celebrated Trinidadian chef Richardson Skinner asserts firmly that the Caribbean can do much more to promote its cuisine to attract interest and travel to the region. "In the past, visitors came to the Caribbean for sand, sun and sea ... and the food was just simmering on the back burner...

Letter: Public warning for all seafarers!

May 10, 2017
Letter: Public warning for all seafarers! Large quantities of the heavy bunker fuel from the ruptured Petrotrin Tank Farm have washed ashore and become lodged in the mangroves and on the beaches of Guiria, Venezuela. The majority of the Petrotrin oil from the ruptured Tank 70 is still at sea and will continue to move in a clockwise...

Letter: Clean it up. Protect the people

May 9, 2017
Letter: Clean it up. Protect the people Government through a financial regulator should have a say on salaries and expenses of ANY institution that could qualify for a government bailout. Including banks, insurance companies, ANY organisation in the finance industry whose failure could throw responsibility to their clients onto the state in cases where...

Letter: What we should all know about Petrotrin's danger

May 8, 2017
Letter: What we should all know about Petrotrin's danger One reason the latest oil spill at Petrotrin’s refinery occurred was because the base of their Tank 70 (T70) ruptured. This tank and 11 others were deemed "unsafe” in an official report way back in 2003 during a tank assessment exercise conducted at Petrotrin’s Pointe-à-Pierre refinery by Two Shell Global...

Letter: A protonic and photonic economy

May 6, 2017
Letter: A protonic and photonic economy Jesus had it down pat. What a guy! He got the cosmos, God, his Father, to light a fire inside him, and he began to move the world. Of course the elites, the Jews, his ethnic strain, liked not this. They were into money, identity. The Talmud-thumpers and clerics. The Pharisees and Sadducees.

Letter: Fixing property tax

May 5, 2017
Letter: Fixing property tax Governments should have no choice but to do things right. Quick fixes should never be an option. In such light, rather than seeking to reduce the lunch hour in schools from one hour to half the time, efforts should be made to upgrade school cafeterias, improve the menu and encourage the students...

Letter: Devaluation's impact on the energy sector

May 4, 2017
Letter: Devaluation's impact on the energy sector UWI economist, Dr Roger Hosein, has again recommended that the TT$ be floated, say between TT$6-9 to the US$, implying that the shortage of foreign exchange today will engender a further depreciation of the TT$ as determined by the supply and demand for foreign exchange. This will increase the...

Letter: Judge not! Fired by prisoners!

May 3, 2017
Letter: Judge not! Fired by prisoners! The recently appointed High Court judge has resigned as the fiasco involving her ill-advised appointment joins the headlines re: the new failing/sailing boat to Tobago, the property tax debacle in the making and Comedy Central's latest re-run from Colm the entertainer whose latest CD 'I an' all vex with this tax'...

Letter: Resignation is the only remedy; all must then do the right and honourable thing

May 2, 2017
Letter: Resignation is the only remedy; all must then do the right and honourable thing I have been saying our major problem is a crisis of leadership at every level of state authority, but I have been deliberate in my avoidance of the judiciary in the hopes that something could be left if not sacred, then at least alone, outside the bacchanal of who doing what, when, where, and why, so that something...

Countersuit threatened in CONCACAF claim against former Trinidad minister

May 1, 2017
Countersuit threatened in CONCACAF claim against former Trinidad minister NEW YORK, USA -- Following a lawsuit filed in US federal court in New York by the regional FIFA body, the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), claiming damages of US$20 million against former officials Austin ‘Jack’ Warner and Charles ‘Chuck’ Blazer.

Commentary: At least someone likes politicians

May 1, 2017
Commentary: At least someone likes politicians This photo may be a vital catalyst for change. They say dog is a man’s best friend; well, it sure seems that way for minister of sport and youth affairs Darryl Smith and his pet pug Pepper. Politicians are not very much liked at times but Pepper seems to love his master Darryl. I’ve long held that empathy...

Letter: Once again, the integrity of the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary has been compromised

May 1, 2017
Letter: Once again, the integrity of the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary has been compromised The various service commissions were created by the constitution as autonomous institutions to insulate public servants from political interference as well as to insulate the office holders of these commissions from being “political” … a very balancing act since we live in a very small country.

Letter: The cost of downgrades

April 29, 2017
Letter: The cost of downgrades The government of Trinidad and Tobago has been downgraded financially by two international rating organisations; one turning our bonds into junk and the other into barely investment grade. Why have these financial assaults been unleashed upon us? Anyone who is anyone knows the kind of economy...

Yet another credit downgrade for Trinidad and Tobago

April 28, 2017
Yet another credit downgrade for Trinidad and Tobago NEW YORK, USA -- Rating agency Moody’s announced on Wednesday that it had downgraded Trinidad and Tobago’s credit rating to Ba1 from Baa3, just days after Friday’s announcement by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) that it had lowered its long-term sovereign credit ratings...

Letter: Government success is national success

April 28, 2017
Letter: Government success is national success During the five years after election, the government voted into office by the people is given an opportunity to carry out the vision that they espoused during their election campaign. The success or failure of that political organization directly affects the nation. It seems logical therefore that...

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