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Guardian Columnists
Sunday

Anand Ramlogan updated 06/06/04

It’s 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...

Candace Guppy updated 30/05/04

My 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...

Dana Seetahal updated 06/06/04

Last 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...

Denzil Mohammed updated 06/06/04

If 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...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 06/06/04

Two 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...

Judy Raymond updated 06/06/04

Friday was private members’ day in the House, and that meant once again it was time to debate St Joseph MP Gerald Yetming’s motion on discrimination...

Lennox Grant updated 06/06/04

The best seats in the courthouse could fetch top dollar on September 8 when a knighted Queen’s Counsel levels his legal lance in a long-awaited match-up of champions...

Martin A. George updated 30/05/04

It 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...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 06/06/04

Well, 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 ...

Simon Lee updated 06/06/04

It’s only fair to let you all know that the UK is now officially suffering from an epidemic of obesity. Luckily, I’ve 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 Mac’s greasy parlour...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 07/06/04

I just don’t 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...

Fr Henry Charles updated 07/06/04

Thirty 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...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 07/06/04

Day 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 their havoc...

Leela Ramdeen updated 07/06/04

We owe it to our students and communities to strive constantly to improve the performance of our schools...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 08/06/04

So 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...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 08/06/04

Certainly 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...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 08/06/04

I 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...

Wednesday

Bukka Rennie updated 09/06/04

There 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 to live...

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 02/06/04

The 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 setting...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 09/06/04

There are undercurrents to men’s feelings for men that most men are downright not prepared to look at...

Ravi Ji updated 26/05/04

The 120th Anniversary observations of the Jahaajee Massacre at Balidaan Tolaa were launched on Sunday, as part of Indian History and Heritage Month...

Sat Maharaj updated 09/06/04

A 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...

Vishnu Dhanpaul updated 02/06/04

The 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...

Thursday

Dr Morgan O Job updated 03/06/04

Sat 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...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 03/06/04

A woman said her name to me, “Ingres Elena Washington.” All three. Just like that. Stress, stress, stress...

Norman Girvan updated 26/02/04

On 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...

Tony Fraser updated 03/06/04

With 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, on TV.”

Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce updated 03/06/04

In 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...

Friday

Clevon Raphael updated 04/06/04

Like 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 one...

Joel Primus updated 04/06/04

T&T 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...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 04/06/04

The nation’s 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...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 05/06/04

In 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?

Gail Alexander updated 05/06/04

It’s 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...

Nirad 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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