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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 24/07/05

Yet another person was kidnapped and murdered after ransom demands were not met. Real estate agent Gerald Gopaul from Papourie Road, Diamond Village, was brutally suffocated with a plastic bag and beaten until he was dead...

Candace Guppy updated 24/07/05

Still a Trini in Miami for a while, I am more Trini than anyone back home. In my homesick state, I went searching the Web for something to remind me of home. I came across the following that I feel I must share...

Michael Rahman updated 24/07/05

As he ambled up Alberto Street, Woodbrook his gait might have led one to believe that he was out for a late Sunday morning stroll. Except of course, for his implements...

Caroline Ravello updated 17/07/05

Bombed, blast, fury, floods all made it to the front page headlines this week but little talk went down because the telephone system was not up...

Dana Seetahal updated 17/07/05

In the last week we have seen several instances of abdication of responsibilities by public officials and/or organisations that must give rise to concern among the general public...

Denzil Mohammed updated 24/07/05

And bomb scare after bomb scare, shutdown after showdown, plan of evacuation after the storm, spy in the sky after eye in the sky, another dustbin somewhere in T&T can still explode...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 24/07/05

Last Monday, the People’s National Movement (PNM) scored a victory in the by-election in the San Francique South/Siparia East local government district in a manner that suggested that very little had changed in that area...

Ira Mathur updated 24/07/05

Once I nearly fell off a treadmill. I wanted to be way fitter than I was. I was in denial, and when I couldn’t keep up my set pace, even when I began walking backwards, instead of stepping off and setting realistic goals...

Judy Raymond updated 24/07/05

Apart from occupying the chair when the Speaker retires to powder his nose, I have no idea what the duties of the Deputy Speaker entail. But they don’t seem to take up much time, since, while serving in the post...

Lennox Grant updated 24/07/05

Hardly anyone these days, including voters in San Francique, pays attention to the National Alliance for Reconstruction, whose politics consists of a staunch refusal to give up the ghost...

Martin A. George updated 24/07/05

Chairperson of an ongoing Commission of Inquiry, Madame Justice Annestine Sealy, chided persons appearing before her, advising them that it is not a circus. Her proceedings may not be, but the reality is that whether we like it or not, we live in a circus town...

Overand Padmore updated 24/07/05

Unsurprisingly, Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday has sought to downplay UNC’s by-election defeat for the San Francique East/Siparia South seat in the Siparia Regional Corporation...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 24/07/05

Have you ever wondered how you would stop one of the luggage conveyors at Piarco Airport if an accident occurred? The only stop buttons are down by your feet...

Simon Lee updated 17/07/05

A week on from what the spin masters have dubbed 7/7, vibes in the Big Fug are distinctly shaky...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 25/07/05

I can’t wait to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I can’t wait to re-read one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved children’s stories. I have always had a healthy respect for Dahl. Who wouldn’t value a writer who can make literature taste as sweet as chocolate...

Fr Henry Charles updated 25/07/05

Onward, Moderate Christian Soldiers is the title of a recent article in the NY Times by John C Danforth, a former US senator and Ambassador to the United Nations. Danforth was arguing that “moderate” Christians too have their conviction...

Leela Ramdeen updated 25/07/05

I wonder what our forebears, they, who worked so hard to build our country, would say to us about the crime and violence that pervade our society...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 26/07/05

A fairly compelling example of the close connection between government economic policy, business and health has just come out of Poland. This time, unlike the examples of the sales of cigarettes, alcohol and formula, it’s a positive and healthy relationship...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 26/07/05

”Chaos is a state in which chance is supreme; a state of utter confusion. This implies a wanting in order, sequence, organisation, or predictable operation, causing things to be completely confused or disordered.”

Wednesday

Clevon Raphael updated 20/07/05

I don’t know why I should still be amazed at some of the happenings in this country, especially after taking a conscious decision not to be emotionally upset at some of the things over which I have no control...

Prof Ramesh Deosaran updated 22/06/05

The Senate in May 1989 unanimously approved a motion calling on the Government “as a matter of urgency” to appoint a commission of enquiry “to consider the status and effectiveness of the death penalty and report within three months” so that Government could then “take the appropriate action at the earliest opportunity.”

Ravi Ji updated 20/07/05

“Nature seems to have implanted gratitude in all living creatures.” This is a vote of confidence for creation. Having that assurance, one may ask why we don’t see more of goodness. Why, for example, the opposite, revenge, seems to be more in the order of things?

Tony Fraser updated 20/07/05

For the second year running Caricom leaders at their annual summit have failed to agree on much with regard to engaging the interim political regime in Haiti...

Thursday

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 21/07/05

Thus Clarke describes the biggest “documented” disaster to take place in the greater Caribbean ( approximately 65 million BC), last call at the salad bar for the dinosaurs and the beginning of the “countdown to man.”

Philip G Rochford updated 21/07/05

Are you motivated to be the best that you can be? To be inspired, you have to set goals big enough to incite you, with a time horizon to accomplish them and short enough to stretch you...

Ravi-ji updated 21/04/05

The Hindu Prachar Kendra celebrated Ramnavmi—the birth of Lord Rama—a midday festival, on April 17. The event was held on the premises of the Kendra at Raghunanan Road, Enterprise, to celebrate Bhagwaan Shri Rama, the Seventh Divine Descent or Avataar of Lord Vishnu...

Sat Maharaj updated 21/07/05

The Maha Sabha is informed that Prime Minister Patrick Manning will keep his pledge made in early 1999 to invite American preacherman Benny Hinn to return to Trinidad and Tobago...

Friday

Gillian Lucky, MP updated 22/07/05

Gun talking, grand charging and big boasting by ministers have become the tools used by this Government to assure the population that there is nothing to worry about despite evidence to the contrary...

Joel Primus updated 15/07/05

Last Monday’s explosion in downtown Port-of-Spain which left more than a dozen injured was indeed a nerve-wrecking experience for citizens of our beloved country...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 22/07/05

You can tell that the Carnival season is fast approaching as mas designers and bandleaders have begun offering sound bites about what to expect for C2K6. Even before the curtain comes down on C2K5 worldwide at Miami Carnival in October, a number of local bands will have already announced their plans for next year...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 23/07/05

I can still see the remnants of a stitch on the side of my eyeball. And while I won’t regale you, dear reader, with the gory details of the adjustable suture surgery that still has me breaking into cold sweats and shaking uncontrollably when I flashback to the moments of it when I had to be awake, suffice to say it’s been one of those weeks...

Gail Alexander updated 23/07/05

It must have been a small but welcome bright spot on the crime-beleaguered landscape. At the same time, Monday’s by-election in which the ruling PNM retained its Siparia corporation seat has given both major parties something to work on, officials on both sides said Tuesday...

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