By Kalifa Clyne
October 07, 2015 – guardian.co.tt
One day after chief executive officer of state-owned media company Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG), Ken Ali, and radio talk show host Marcia Braveboy were fired from their post, two other senior employees, who were also facing the axe, tendered their resignations.
Continue reading ‘Two more CNMG employees part ways with company’
By Clint Chan Tack
October 06 2015 – newsday.co.tt
PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday said the 2016 Budget provides the Government with an appropriate roadmap to guide the country through the challenging economic times ahead. The Prime Minister made this point as he and Finance Minister Colm Imbert spoke with reporters at Tower D of the Port-of-Spain International Waterfront Centre, after Imbert unveiled the Government’s $63 billion fiscal package.
Continue reading ‘PM: We will adjust Budget to suit’
By Raffique Shah
October 04, 2015
Tomorrow’s Budget presentation by Finance Minister Colm Imbert is the most eagerly anticipated Appropriation Bill in many years.
The main reason for heightened interest is the depressed state of the economy. With low oil, gas and commodities prices, hence lower-than-normal revenues accruing to government, citizens are waiting to see just how the new administration proposes to navigate the ship of State.
Continue reading ‘Weathering the storm’
By Rhonda Krystal Rambally
October 04, 2015 – guardian.co.tt
Anthropologist Dr Dylan Kerrigan says racist posts on social networking site Facebook are a cultural manifestation of the political climate and is suggestive of how T&T’s society might become.
He described this cultural manifestation as “dangerous” and attributed this to failing social and educational institutions, the media, disconnected and irresponsible politicians and a lack of general critical thinking among the population.
Continue reading ‘Small group ‘fanning the flames’ of race in T&T—UWI lecturer’
By Joan Rampersad
October 05, 2015 – newsday.co.tt
In his first official function as Minister of Communications, Maxie Cuffie, at the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) Eight Biennial General Assembly that took place at the Trinidad Hilton yesterday, stated too much state resources were spent in the last year on the Caribbean News Media Group (CNMG) and the Government Information Services Limited (GISL).
Continue reading ‘Cuffie: $90 million spent by CNMG, GISL’
By Raffique Shah
September 28, 2015
Not being a religious person, I must confess that religion (used here collectively) confuses me, and quite often frightens me.
Mark you, I am not disrespectful towards religion or religious persons. If I were, I’d be alienated from most of my family, relatives, friends and fellow-citizens, almost all of whom are praying people who belong to one faith or other among the scores that form the tapestry of this cosmopolitan country.
Continue reading ‘Ruminations on religion’
By Vashtee Achibar
September 27, 2015 – newsday.co.tt
Attorney General Faris Al- Rawi, also the sitting Member of Parliament for the San Fernando West seat, was on Friday served with an election petition at the funeral service for former People’s National Movement (PNM) government minister Errol Mahabir.
The funeral service took place at the St Paul’s Anglican Church on Harris Promenade, San Fernando and was attended by hundreds of mourners including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, former Prime Ministers Patrick Manning and Basdeo Panday, a line up of government ministers and senators as well as members of Parliament from both sides of the House and a list of other prominent persons in society.
Continue reading ‘AG served with election petition at Mahabir’s funeral’
By Raffique Shah
September 21, 2015
Last week, at the opening of the new law term, two main speeches were delivered.
The first was a feature address by former President of the Republic and principal of the UWI St Augustine campus, Professor Max Richards. The second was the customary speech by the Chief Justice, a kind of state-of-the-Judiciary report which, I submit, is a veritable regurgitation of judicial woes that can be re-read year after year with only minor changes to the text.
Continue reading ‘Lowest common denominator’
By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
September 20, 2015
The recent public simplistic, albeit ridiculous racial remarks as per social media by Trinbagonians, tended to false impression that that’s the human interactive reality in this country post 53 years of putative political independence, period.
At the outset, it must be stated quite emphatically and equivocally that “this our native Land” is NOT racially monologue; our “native Land” is a polyglot, multiracial, multi-religious, multi-ethnic society, period. Hey, my fellow Trinbagonians there were human beings as in peoples who inhabited this land in B.B.E. era long, long, long, those whom are now called Europeans came, albeit stumbled, after being totally lost, ‘discovered’ whatever….
Continue reading ‘Racial chupidness vs ethnicity in T&T’
September 19, 2015 – guardian.co.tt
The United National Congress (UNC) has crossed the first hurdle in its challenge of the Elections and Boundaries Commission’s decision to extend last Monday’s general election voting by one hour due to rainy weather.
Lawyers representing the UNC, which lost the election to the PNM 23-18, last night received leave to pursue their petitions from High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armour after an emergency hearing in the Port-of-Spain High Court which ended after 7 pm.
Continue reading ‘UNC granted leave to file petition against EBC’