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Letter: Undo and redo everything in Trinidad and Tobago

July 25, 2017
Letter: Undo and redo everything in Trinidad and Tobago When even something as simple as the elevation of the chief magistrate to the judicial bench ends in chaos, confusion and lawsuits, where scores of citizens have had their rights to speedy justice trampled upon without redress, if the system cannot promote from within, what or who do you blame?

Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing

July 24, 2017
Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On July 9, 2017, a Caribbean Airlines ATR-72 flying from Port of Spain in Trinidad to Saint Lucia with 68 people on board, was on its approach to George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), the smaller of Saint Lucia's airports, when the crew decided to divert to Hewanorra Airport.

Arrest over a Facebook rant brings Trinidad and Tobago's cybercrime legislation into focus

July 24, 2017
Arrest over a Facebook rant brings Trinidad and Tobago's cybercrime legislation into focus PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A gruesome double murder took place on June 28 in Trinidad, in which a 13-year-old boy and his babysitter were found with their throats slit. Police initially treated the incident as a robbery gone bad, but subsequently charged the sitter's brother and an accomplice for the murders.

Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders

July 24, 2017
Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Regional policyholders of the British American Insurance Company Limited (BAICO) may be one step closer to receiving a payout, eight years after the company collapsed. Close to 4,000 individuals and businesses in St. Kitts and Nevis were among the many...

Commentary: What happens when a government has a plan but no policy?

July 24, 2017
Commentary: What happens when a government has a plan but no policy? Answer: It runs into the proverbial wall at top speed. A plan is a schedule of activities, resources and a budget to achieve an objective. A policy is a set of principles and guidelines which establish why and how an intended action ought to take place. We see readily that a policy must precede a plan.

Sports Commentary: Trinidad hosts regional swimming championships

July 24, 2017
Sports Commentary: Trinidad hosts regional swimming championships The Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championship Games were held In Trinidad and Tobago last month at the National Aquatic centre in Balmain Village, Couva. In an August 5, 2016, media statement, former prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar stated:

Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves into southern Caribbean Sea

July 20, 2017
Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves into southern Caribbean Sea BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- After causing flight disruptions and dumping rains on the southern Caribbean islands on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Don has degenerated to an open wave in the far southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada closed its airport on Tuesday, while St Vincent and the...

Is the legalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago an 'idea whose time has come'?

July 20, 2017
Is the legalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago an 'idea whose time has come'? PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Even as many parts of the world move towards the decriminalisation of marijuana, Trinidad and Tobago still considers its cultivation and use illegal. As early as 2014, activists in neighbouring regional territories were agitating for the “freeing up” of the herb. By February 2015...

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.

Tropical Storm Don brings heavy rain and wind to Windward Islands

July 19, 2017
Tropical Storm Don brings heavy rain and wind to Windward Islands MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm conditions were expected to spread across the Windward Islands within the warning area on Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Don moved towards Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

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.

Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada

July 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands on Monday afternoon. A tropical storm warning was issued for Grenada and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, and...

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...

Inside Paradise: Standing on the shoulders of giants, we outlawed child marriage

July 15, 2017
Inside Paradise: Standing on the shoulders of giants, we outlawed child marriage Every media house carried the news on June 9, 2017. This day was a historic one for Trinidad and Tobago and the seen and unseen actions of all will forever be etched in the annals of history as a memorial of all those who acted to protect human rights, promote gender equality, dignity and liberty.

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.

Fears of Venezuelan migration crisis in Trinidad

July 13, 2017
Fears of Venezuelan migration crisis in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the face of growing political unrest in Venezuela, a large number of Venezuelan immigrants living in Trinidad are concerned that the continued violence may spill-over into Trinidad and result in an immigration crisis. Approximately 15,000 Venezuelans are residing there and...

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...

Trinidad and Tobago chief justice continues to resist growing pressure to resign

July 10, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago chief justice continues to resist growing pressure to resign PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- While retired judges Humphrey Stollmeyer and Roger Hamel-Smith recently resigned from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) amid growing pressure, Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie remained adamant that he will not be following suit.

Commentary: Three heroes of civic leadership and Caribbean independence

July 10, 2017
Commentary: Three heroes of civic leadership and Caribbean independence The year 2012 marked the advent of 50 years of the independence of the British West Indies; both Jamaica and Trinidad having gained places as independence from Britain on August 6, 1962 and August 31, 1962, respectively. Much pulsating reggae and calypso rhythms were heard...

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: 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: 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...

Commentary: Cesspool of corruption at FIFA

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Cesspool of corruption at FIFA Now, I do not hold any brief for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner. I have never met the man, who also once served as a government minister in Trinidad and Tobago. And, if it is that Jack is guilty of any corrupt practices in football, then he was justifiably banned for life by FIFA – soccer’s international...

Letter: 'Land Labs' - a rare and misunderstood resource

July 5, 2017
Letter: 'Land Labs' - a rare and misunderstood resource There continues to be a need to break the misunderstanding of the value that ‘land labs’ give voluntarily to Trinidad and Tobago. On Monday the Tableland Pineapple Farmers Association (TPFA) held its annual tour to the estates with an aim to publicize the plight of the family farmer and create a...

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