By Raffique Shah
October 12, 2015
I switched on my television last Friday just in time to see and hear a stern-looking House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George say to former minister and current MP for Caroni Central Bhoe Tewarie, “You have three seconds to wrap up…starting now!”
I did a double-take, wondering if I hadn’t mistakenly tuned in to the Western channel rather than Parliament, some wild-west movie in which the “fastest” gunman in town gives an impossible ultimatum to his adversary.
Continue reading ‘Up today, down tomorrow’
By Gail Alexander
October 11, 2015guardian.co.tt
A Government Information Services Ltd (GISL) CEO was also hired as a consultant for a state company which bought him an SUV vehicle, and a CNMG freelancer was collecting “four salaries” under the past People’s Partnership (PP) administration, Communication Minister Maxie Cuffie revealed yesterday.
Continue reading ‘GISL, CNMG—‘A big waste’ of $$’
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 Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
August 27, 2015
Sometimes our public officials act in incredible silly ways that are entirely incomprehensible to the ordinary citizen. Dr. Keith Rowley, the leader of the PNM, is locked in a close fight with the UNC, the governing party, for the leadership of the country. Fifteen days before the election the Integrity Commission (IC) demands that he produces certain documents within that period or face the prospect of prosecution.
Continue reading ‘Keith Rowley and the Coercive State’
By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
August 18, 2015
I was at Maloney on Wednesday evening when Dr. Keith Rowley analyzed the Government’s laptop program. Dr. Rowley did not have to do much work since he read from a document that pointed out the introduction of laptops and the incorporation of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in our schools “had no statistically significant impact on student performance.” It also found that staff and student groups registered “a relatively high dissatisfaction with the provision of internet service” and the implementation of the laptop program.
Continue reading ‘The Laptop Scandal’
By Alexander Bruzual
Monday, August 17, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
With two children, aged 11 and 13, currently before the courts on charges of manslaughter, several members of the public have taken to social media questioning at what age can a child be held criminally responsible for their actions, and if it was right that children be made to face such a serious charge.
However, many people may be shocked to know that the age for criminal responsibility in Trinidad and Tobago is actually seven years.
Continue reading ‘7-year-olds can be charged’
2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: TIER 2 WATCH LIST
United States State Department
Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
July 27, 2015 – state.gov
Trinidad and Tobago is a destination, transit, and possible source country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Women and girls from the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia are subjected to sex trafficking in brothels and clubs, with young women from Venezuela especially vulnerable.
Continue reading ‘U.S. Says T&T Police and Immigration Officers Involved in Sex Trafficking’
July 21, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
Even before the arrest and incarceration of Jack Warner on May 27, 2015, Mr Warner’s perceived and alleged wrongdoings in FIFA occupied headlines in national, regional and international newspapers and electronic media.
Since the arrest, scores of articles, talk shows and news items have been most liberal with matters existing out of Mr Warner’s US indictment for fraud, racketeering and money laundering. As we say in Trinidad and Tobago, every Tom, Dick and Harrilal have “washed their mouth” on Mr Warner’s charges.
Continue reading ‘Jack Warner and the sub judice rule’
By Richard Lord
May 23, 2015 – guardian.co.tt
The Opposition PNM is insisting that nothing less than a Commission of Enquiry must be appointed to investigate the award and execution of Petrotrin’s South West Soldado project.
This point was made by St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh during his contribution to yesterday’s House of Representatives debate on a private motion on the project. It was presented for debate by Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon.
Continue reading ‘PNM wants Commission of Enquiry into deal’
By Richard Lord
May 15, 2015 – guardian.co.tt
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday admitted to becoming stressed out after reading the reports of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul criticism of her over the Emailgate probe.
She made the admission during a Mother’s Day function at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s.
The PM initially began by recalling to the gathering “all the good times and memories” she had as a child growing up. She then recalled a personal incident with her grandson, who had told his aunt that he was stressed.
Continue reading ‘PM responds to Deputy DPP’s Emailgate statement: I am stressed’