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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 25/12/05

Last week, I was in Miami and Orlando, where I met many friends from T&T who had migrated for various reasons. They were all shocked at the horrendous crime rate and were scared to even visit their homeland...

Dana Seetahal updated 25/12/05

Last Friday, I saw a homeless person on the Bus Route wearing a Santa outfit. It was a woman. The incongruity of this struck me immediately as I wondered why any good Samaritan would think it appropriate to give a needy woman such an outfit...

Denzil Mohammed updated 25/12/05

At midnight, all is quiet. Outside, cool gusts blow misty puffs into the chasms of the mountain revealing the half-moon, its sapphire luminescence falling onto the pallid floor through the billowing curtains...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 25/12/05

As 2005 draws to a close, one gets the impression that 2006 is likely to be the year when some action may emerge on the constitutional reform front. Based on the parallel discussions between the Government and the Opposition on this subject alongside the crime legislation, there might be some bargaining between both sides...

Ira Mathur updated 25/12/05

Phew! The stress is over. Merry Christmas, readers. The mad dash is over, the curtains done, the tree up, the house cleaned—and messed up again—the food cooked and consumed, presents delivered, received and exclaimed over...

Judy Raymond updated 25/12/05

The quality of the debate on the Bail Bill, opined Prof Ken Ramchand, was different from the usual...

Lennox Grant updated 25/12/05

Let no Prime Minister ever lose touch with the down-home, stand-pipe political setting whence he rose...

Martin George updated 25/12/05

Why am I in my office still working at 5 pm on Friday, December 23, the eve of Christmas Eve? It’s about responsibility...

Overand Padmore updated 25/12/05

There is much for citizens of this young nation to celebrate today, Christmas Day, season of goodwill to all men. But as Trinidadians and Tobagonians celebrate we must be ever mindful that making merry should not cause us to lose our focus...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 25/12/05

You will probably read this on Christmas Day, so let me wish all my loyal readers a joy-filled day and a fantastic New Year...

Simon Lee updated 06/11/05

All now the rain hammering on the perspex roof of the conservatory-cum-scriptorium in soggy Forest Hill. The sound is similar to rain on galvanise. I wish I could say the temperature and light are similar to the place where the rain galvanised half the island into staying inside, but then this is the Big Fug and not T&T and as I’m only too well aware, since the clocks went back last Sunday and dusk segues into night by 5pm, autumn is falling into winter...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 26/12/05

My Romanian grandmother, who swore she could see the American flag astronaut Neil Armstrong planted on the moon, always said, “Eat turkey for Christmas because the turkey scratches backwards...

Fr Henry Charles updated 26/12/05

Hope is a quality too often associated with emergencies, or with situations that are all but hopeless. At the start of this New Year, there will no doubt be endless references to the need to hope, especially with the murder rate at one or more than one a day. But hope belongs at the centre of life...

Prakash Persad updated 19/12/05

The ability to analyse is essential for solving problems. Analytic skills hinge on the thinking process. Man is uniquely endowed with some ten billion neurons in his brain and other ten to 20 billion in his enteric nervous system...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 27/12/05

Late one night on the Paediatric Ward at Baltimore City Hospital, sometime in the 1970s, I overheard a nurse telling another about the new musical sound sweeping through the USA...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 27/12/05

He was born on a North Dakota farm. But very early in life he had to cope with a medical Mount Everest. Giant waves of pain were striking him from all angles...

Wednesday

Clevon Raphael updated 28/12/05

With just a few days before the start of another year, those so inclined are no doubt preparing to make their traditional New Year resolutions...

Ravi Ji updated 14/12/05

To Makandal Daaga, elder, chief servant. I was surprised to hear the deputy political leader of NJAC claiming at Balidan Tola that African history needed to be taught in T&T...

Tony Fraser updated 28/12/05

There could hardly have been another year like 2005 in which there has been greater disregard for human life, for the right to a peaceful existence of the individual, his/her right to life and enjoyment of property...

Thursday

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 22/12/05

The great commerce of every civilised society is that carried on between the inhabitants of the town and those of the country. It consists in the exchange of rude for manufactured produce, ... or of some sort of paper which represents money...

Leela Ramdeen updated 29/12/05

In one of his Christmas and New Year greetings recently, President George Maxwell Richards stated that he looks forward to “a greater sense of cohesiveness in this great nation and a more equitable income distribution among our citizens.”

Philip G Rochford updated 29/09/05

There are four principal ways in which you interact with the audience and by which the audience evaluates you as a speaker...

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 29/12/05

As the secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, I will be the guest of the government of India in early January at the next Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (Global Indian Diaspora Days) in the city of Hyderabad...

Friday

Dion Jeffers updated 23/012/05

This weekend, T&T joins with the rest of the world in celebrating what many describe as being “the most wonderful time of the year”—Christmas...

Gillian Lucky, MP updated 30/12/05

We have all had enough. At a time when citizens should be enjoying a festive season and preparing themselves to welcome the new year, the emphasis is instead on doing all that is possible to ensure personal safety...

Joel Primus updated 02/12/05

It is with great pride and satisfaction that I write my last article in these columns on behalf of the PNM’s National Youth League. It has been a rewarding and pleasurable experience...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 23/12/05

Because of its length and comprehensiveness all of the C2K6 diary of events cannot be accommodated in this space. So, to afford everyone a fair shake, the second half of the schedule for Carnival 2006 will be published in the next edition of Pulse, on December 30...

Wesley George upadted 30/12/05

Season’s greetings and a Happy New Year to all. Well, another year has come to an end and, with anticipation, we look forward for the dawn of a new one. The 12 months were not without its low points of bombing and kidnappings which appear to go unabated, but there were a lot of things to be quite pleased about as well...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 31/12/05

I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I just don’t have the attention span to keep focused on a list of things to do...

Gail Alexander updated 31/12/05

When deputy UNC leader Jack Warner takes the Soca Warriors to Germany next June, the fact boxes on T&T for international consumption hopefully will not include this country’s latest, biggest, fastest growing phenomenon—an exploding crime rate which broke all records in 2005...

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