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Sunday

Judy Raymond updated 01/06/03

For the presiding officers in both houses of Parliament, the next few weeks will be make-or-break ones. For, like schoolchildren faced with new teachers, the members of both houses are pushing the Speaker and the President of the Senate to see just what they can get away with and ruthlessly taking advantage of the slightest sign of weakness...

Anand Ramlogan updated 01/06/03

The celebration of Indian Arrival Day is perhaps a useful juncture for us to pause and revisit the UWI Centre for Ethnic Studies’ report on the employment practices in the public and private sector in T&T...

Martin A. George updated 01/06/03

Our present Commissioner of Police is really a genuine, decent, caring citizen. He has brought tremendous honesty and integrity to the office of Commissioner. In fact, he is by all accounts a really nice guy. But this may exactly be the problem here...

Dana Seetahal updated 01/06/03

Like many people in T&T, I was shocked when I heard Mr Kelvin Ramnath, Couva South MP, boldly declare: “Barry Sinanan (Speaker of the House of Representatives) go to hell!” This followed an outburst last week in Parliament, when Mr Ramnath refused to sit when the Speaker rose, and aggressively challenged the Speaker to suspend him...

Ira Mathur updated 04/05/03

Tourists roasting turning like lumps of barbecue on beaches, beside pools, burning hills. The blinding reflection of a seething midday sun on car bumpers, prickly heat, smoke rising from asphalt, dry dusty gardens, parched stubble of grass, ice cream dribbling off soggy cones, a sticky warmed-up soft drink that goes down like acid. Makes me long for rain...

Kris Rampersad updated 01/06/03

I am a bastard. The name I carry is not the one I was born with. And I do not refer only to the truncated byline that accompanies this article...

Lennox Grant updated 01/06/03

The pretty boy, who remains the captive of mystery body snatchers, looks so “Trini” as to recall the 1986 NAR campaign image of the child pleading: “Vote them out. Please...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 01/06/03

The saga of BWIA has now come to a sorry pass, as the airline is deemed to be bankrupt and unable to meet its financial obligations to its aircraft lessors...

Dennis Pantin updated 01/06/03

“GET RICH OR DIE TRYING” is the title of a new CD by an American rapper called 50 Cent. Its message is as clear as it is futile: The American dream/God is to get rich at any cost...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 01/06/03

YOU know the dream: Room full of people and you’re standing with all your business outside, watching the laughing faces watching you...

Monday

Judy Raymond updated 02/06/03

The real problem with the National Library is that it’s been too successful. There’s been endless old-fogeyish harrumphing about how dreadful it is that so many young people gather there in the afternoons...

Fr Henry Charles updated 26/05/03

Sex education is a minefield. For every argument in favour of some policy aspect, there’s an argument against...

Debbie Jacob updated 02/06/03

English teachers are a lot like jugglers. They are always doing some kind of balancing act. They have to choose texts — novels, compilations of short stories, and plays — that teach the elements of literature: setting, dialogue, plot, characterisation, conflict, point of view, and theme...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 03/06/03

There is a desperate need for parents to talk to their babies, as a means of developing the connections between the baby’s brain cells, so as to increase the baby’s brain power. There is, however, another method of communication, which is just as powerful and which we are just beginning to learn about...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 03/06/03

We have to stop playing games with the several kidnapping factions in the society. Last week Tuesday, we moved extremely close to a major catastrophe. Expelled members of the Muslimeen were promising to provide shocking details on the agenda of Abu Bakr...

Wednesday

Sat Maharaj updated 04/06/03

The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) donated large sums of money to organisations and individuals over a 15-month period during 2002 and 2003...

Bukka Rennie updated 04/06/03

Recently a number of commentators have had their say about the absence of black business in T&T. Interestingly, the recent interest arose as a result of a quite successful non-African-Trinidadian businessman calling on the powers that be to ensure that the obvious connection between ethnicity and occupation be severed once and for all...

Thursday

Tony Fraser updated 05/06/03

The two wins in Grenada indicate that Lara and his men are beginning to grasp the elements of a winning strategy and are learning to consistently apply the strategy on the field of play...

Ravi Ji updated 05/06/03

Although its patra-date is next Monday, this year’s Ganga Dashara Festival is scheduled for June 15, at Ganga Dhaaraa, Blanchisseuse...

Dr Morgan O Job updated 05/06/03

Dr Eric Williams said there was little intellectual life in T&T. All the parties to the political exploitation of ethnic insecurity are proving Dr Williams’ perspicacity. Our children need less partisan propaganda and more objective analysis of the dangerous mix of ethnicity and political ambitions...

Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce updated 05/06/03

The Constitution recognises the House of Representatives and the Senate as the supreme fora for the conduct of the business of T&T. Today, most of us recognise behavioural problems in the school population, road users, the public service, law enforcement agencies, sport and even the church...

Norman Girvan updated 05/06/03

A key proposal of the United Nations Development Programme-sponsored book, Making Trade Work For People, is for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in Cancun next September to make a declaration on special and differential treatment (SDT) and human development...

Friday

BC Pires updated 30/05/03

It hasn’t rained in north London for six days; I know because the splattering of puke on the high street pavement I had to step into the road to avoid the morning after the fourth West Indies-Australia one-day international hasn’t washed away...

Clevon Raphael updated 30/05/03

Confirmation on Monday last by Education Minister Hazel Manning that school children were engaging in illicit sex – within the school environment – is more than sufficient for implementation of an emergency plan to avert what could turn out to be a crisis of unmanageable proportions...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 30/05/03

As of Monday, I will be back full-time at the Guardian.After a couple months as general manager of a radio station, I realised that not only am I a newspaperman to the bone, but I was also suffering from a bad case of tabanca, with press withdrawal symptoms...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 30/05/03

Some call me African, and I do my Popeye squint Cheshire cat smile.Some call me darkie, dredging up the shards of slavery still diving down into our vulnerable noggins...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 31/05/03

Is it me? Or are we just a tad too obsessed with beauty pageants?I’ve asked a couple Londoners if they know a pageant is on. They’ve replied, with a question of their own. Should they care?

Denzil Mohammed updated 31/05/03

The purging rains have begun to fall, cascading from the giant limbs of blazing flamboyant trees onto the thirsty campus grounds. They bestow precious life to the parched earth below. Monochromes of brown give way to grassy greens as students, fewer to be sure, tread to and from classes in the recently-begun UWI summer programme...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 31/05/03

“I am told I must appreciate the passage my mother’s mother’s father’s people made. I know this. I do appreciate, believe me. I esteem what they endured, suffered, survived during the introduction of Africans as slave labour to these lands in 1785...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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