hard not to notice the fact that of the 31 senior
First Division officers that were promoted in the
police service last week, only seven were Indo-Trinidadians...
reality consists of episodes that make me acutely
aware of the inequalities in society. Inequalities
that drive parents to deny eleven and twelve-year-olds
any recreation and force them to engage in extra lessons
so that they can go to a good school;
inequalities which see certain schools being highlighted
in the media all the time, while others appear not
to exist at all except it is for something negative...
Thursday a daily newspaper reported that students
of San Fernando Senior Comprehensive (SFSC) threw
chairs and hurled racist remarks at teachers in the
course of a violent protest over the transfer of their
current principal. It was also reported that the pupils
said they did not want an Indian principal...
Mohammed updated 06/06/04
I could be one character from any book, it would be
Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. I have always
marvelled at the man whose simple deeds had profound
results, who performed his duty with a confidence
and a calm that far surpassed the brawn and passion
of any action hero...
Hamid Ghany updated
Fridays ago, Commissioner of Police Everald Snaggs
told the country that, overall, the crime rate in
Trinidad and Tobago had dropped. He made this claim
on the basis of a comparison of figures for reported
crime for the period January to April this year and
the same period last year...
was private members day in the House, and that
meant once again it was time to debate St Joseph MP
Gerald Yetmings motion on discrimination...
Grant updated 06/06/04
best seats in the courthouse could fetch top dollar
on September 8 when a knighted Queens Counsel
levels his legal lance in a long-awaited match-up
A. George updated 30/05/04
has been really pathetic, looking at the recent marches
and rallies against crime, where good, decent, peace-loving
citizens have been driven to the point of desperation,
where they feel compelled to take to the streets to
let the authorities know the extent of their frustration
at rising crime levels...
Quentrall-Thomas updated 06/06/04
my article last week stirred up quite a hornets
nest. Apart from the boo boo with the
table being labelled Police per 1,000,
when it should have been Police per 100,000,
the comparative figures are still correct ...
Lee updated 06/06/04
only fair to let you all know that the UK is now officially
suffering from an epidemic of obesity. Luckily, Ive
managed to avoid it so far. I steer clear of Burger
King and limit myself to a few fries when the Levites
drag me into Big Macs greasy parlour...
just dont get it. Year after year, I teach SAT
English and preach about the importance of the essays
that colleges require students to write as part of
the application process...
Henry Charles updated
years ago, Robert McNamara launched an attack on global
poverty, as president of the World Bank. There were
1.2 billion people in the world eking out an existence
on US$1 a day and two billion living on $2 day...
Baptiste updated 07/06/04
upon day of simply good days one
after the other, such that not even the deflating
tyre sound men make with their mouths in my wake,
nor the ever-prevailing baby, babes,
baby-gyul getting in my face, could play
Ramdeen updated 07/06/04
owe it to our students and communities to strive constantly
to improve the performance of our schools...
David E Bratt updated
far she is a perfect mother. She is in her mid twenties,
smart, pretty, a well educated, professional Trinidadian
female who is also computer literate, seeks and obtains
information on the Net easily, speaks well, works
out regularly and has a vivacious, attractive personality...
Clive Dottin updated 08/06/04
after Indian Arrival Day celebrations, one got the
impression that there was a new political pain-killer
in town: unity. That word was used by politicians
as well as priest...
Baptiste updated 08/06/04
was supposed to write about crime the violent
kind since about two weeks now. The same sense
of trauma that gripped me when I started compiling
my notes on rape also came too close for comfort as
I began considering violent crime...
is this building hysteria about crime. Everyone, from
school babes to grandparents and great-grands, tout
bagai, are being sensitised to the burning issue of
the rate of crime and crime in this context is confined
to the daily murders in certain hot spots along the
East-West corridor and the constant fear of kidnapping
for ransom with which business people are now forced
Caribbean This Week updated 02/06/04
3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of Latin
America, the Caribbean and the European Union was
held in Guadalajara, Mexico, May 28-29, and was attended
by 58 heads of state and/or government: 33 from Latin
America and the Caribbean and 25 from the European
Union, including the 10 new members from Eastern Europe,
for whom this summit represented their baptism as
members of the European Union in an international
Baptiste updated 09/06/04
are undercurrents to mens feelings for men that
most men are downright not prepared to look at...
Ji updated 26/05/04
120th Anniversary observations of the Jahaajee Massacre
at Balidaan Tolaa were launched on Sunday, as part
of Indian History and Heritage Month...
Maharaj updated 09/06/04
Discussion paper on the issue of constitutional reform
has been prepared for the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
at the request of Satnarayan Maharaj, the secretary-general.
The paper addresses the specific areas of concern
raised by Maharaj in the brief for the preparation
of this document...
Dhanpaul updated 02/06/04
Trade and Investment Convention or TIC took place
May 17-20 at the Hilton Trinidad. TIC, which is in
its fifth year, was organised by the TTMA, the Tourism
and Industrial Development Company (Tidco) and RBTT,
and is reputed to be the largest trade exhibition
in the region. For the period of its existence, TIC
has made significant strides in opening local and
regional businesses to the global environment...
Morgan O Job updated
Maharaj, to many, is the epitome of racial insecurity,
which scorns sexual intercourse likely to produce
douglas. Sat was euphoric in praise of Dr Fenton Ramsahoye.
His Excellency, President Maxwell Richards, beside
his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards, was the most honoured
guest. He delivered the feature address...
Baptiste updated 03/06/04
woman said her name to me, Ingres Elena Washington.
All three. Just like that. Stress, stress, stress...
Girvan updated 26/02/04
March 1 the new Secretary General of the ACS, Dr Rubén
Silié, takes over the Secretariat. As I pass
the baton on to my successor, I cannot help reflecting
on the challenges of the past four years...
a kind of boyish enthusiasm in his eyes and a manner
striking in a man of 81, Mohan Jaikeran pressed himself
on me at Piarco Airport, took hold of my hand and
squeezed with the power of a man half his age. His
face was covered with a smile and asked merely to
reassure himself that he had met the man he had seen,
over a long period of time, since you were young,
and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce
delivering his address at the Initiatives for Public
Safety and Public Order organised by the Ministry
of National Security, the Commissioner of Police boasted
that crime statistics revealed an overall decrease
in violent crimes, serious indecency, kidnappings,
robberies, fraud and narcotic offences...
Raphael updated 04/06/04
Martin Luther King, I too have a dream.
The late American civil rights leader
before he was brutally gunned down, hoped
that one day all the ethnic groups in
his native land would live together as
has always been a cosmopolitan nation with
diverse creeds and races living in harmony
and contributing to the progress of the
whole. Even Nelson Mandela, in his recent
historic visit to our shores, described
our country as a rainbow nation...
Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated
nations youth provide me with some semblance
of hope as I continue to observe their positive
qualities in the arts. My heart soared the
wings of a song rendered by a 10-year-old
on Tuesday night...
Springer updated 05/06/04
the face of epic wars, rising oil prices and impending
fashion crises brought on by the sudden appearance
of summer, who will we turn to for a sliver of hope?
Its that time of year again for junior Finance
Minister Conrad Enill. He started off his 2004/2005
budget planning on Wednesday, meeting with the Tobago
House of Assembly...
Tewarie updated 29/05/04
Tomorrow our nation celebrates Indian Arrival Day.
One hundred and fifty-nine years ago the first Indian
indentured labourers arrived on our shores. Since
then, even though they were offered a return trip
to India, many stayed...
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