Monthly Archive for October, 2015

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UWI in Debe – 2 questions

By MARINA SALANDY-BROWN
October 08, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad Main Administration BuildingTHE RECENT debate of the rights and wrongs of a new UWI law campus being built in Debe revealed some of the complexities of the business of education and unleashed an unusually high level of public discourse.

I use the word “business” advisedly.

I could also add the word “politics”. I pose two questions arising from the hornet’s nest uncovered by former UWI principal and President of Trinidad and Tobago George Maxwell Richards in his speech at the recent opening of the 2015-16 Law Term. Firstly, what are universities for? Secondly, do we need more lawyers? I share Professor Richards’ view that a university’s “…contribution depends substantially on the activities of its academics and students to discuss, evaluate, criticise and investigate ideas and thus make available to the policymakers and the community possible options.” I would add that universities are where people learn to develop their thinking and knowledge to an advanced level that will serve in the advancement of the human race in all its aspects.
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Two more CNMG employees part ways with company

By Kalifa Clyne
October 07, 2015 – guardian.co.tt

CNMGOne 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.
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PM: We will adjust Budget to suit

By Clint Chan Tack
October 06 2015 – newsday.co.tt

Prime Minister Dr Keith RowleyPRIME 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.
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Weathering the storm

By Raffique Shah
October 04, 2015

Raffique ShahTomorrow’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.
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Small group ‘fanning the flames’ of race in T&T—UWI lecturer

By Rhonda Krystal Rambally
October 04, 2015 – guardian.co.tt

PeopleAnthropologist 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.
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Cuffie: $90 million spent by CNMG, GISL

By Joan Rampersad
October 05, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

Minister of Communications, Maxie CuffieIn 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).
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