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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 06/01/06

So now everyone’s just lining up, knocking on the doors of the Integrity Commission (IC) seeking exemption from that pesky requirement that they file annual declarations of their income, assets and liabilities...

Dana Seetahal updated 01/01/06

Surely neither Brig Joseph nor the Commissioner of Police expects the public to take them seriously as regards their recent comments on crime? The Commissioner promises that in 2006, things will be different. The brigadier asks the population to have patience...

Denzil Mohammed updated 06/01/06

UWI is in no way an homogeneous space. Not everybody drinks, not everybody has sex, and not everybody studies. In my time here, I’ve come across all sorts of people who believe all types of things...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 08/01/06

On Tuesday, October 24, 2000, in the Senate, an historic amendment to the constitution was passed, based upon amendments proposed by the PNM in the House of Representatives...

Ira Mathur updated 08/01/06

The eulogy for the demise of an obscenely expensive blimp, now limp on the ground. It had a short, unremarkable career in the air, failed to stop a single crime, prevent an arms or drug shipment, detect a single kidnapper or murderer, and justify its pointless existence in the air...

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 06/01/06

Shock and awe produced by reports of the PNM Government’s purchase of “attack helicopters” oddly coincided with what is gaining repute as the Jack Warner Public Announcement Syndrome...

Martin George updated 08/01/06

My little princess Anais and I took a ferry ride to Tobago on the Lynx on New Year's Day. This was her first trip on the ferry and she was super-excited at the idea, even though she’s only five. She is a good little sailor and led me around the boat until she found the most appropriate spot for us to sit...

Overand Padmore updated 06/01/06

The pursuit of political power and the desire to retain it—once achieved—is a legitimate goal of politicians and political parties...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 06/01/06

Last week, I was being very generous handing out no fewer than 12 2020 awards. Sadly, this week I must focus on the This Is Madness awards...

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 09/01/06

You can’t beat Carnival for creativity, but Carnival has also become a cesspool of plagiarism. Every year I am appalled at the number of songs that use “borrowed” pop melodies, many of which are not credited to the original singer...

Fr Henry Charles updated 09/01/06

A couple of years ago, I came across, quite by accident, Peter Balakian’s Black Dog of Fate, an elegant and moving autobiographical memoir of an immigrant Armenian family in New Jersey in the 50s and 60s...

Prakash Persad updated 02/01/06

The crime rate has continued its deadly, upwards trajec-tory. The hope of the citizenry is accelerating in a downward spiral to the dark depths of inconsolable despair...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 03/01/06

Unicef has just published their annual report, State of the World’s Children. It is always interesting comparing country statistics, whether it’s their murder rate or their position on the FIFA ratings or their ranking on the infant mortality scale...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 03/01/06

After the Bail Bill was approved by the Parliament, the criminals continued to display scant respect for the Government as well as the Opposition. The kidnappings continued; there were deals hammered out between parents and bandits, the murders continued, the stabbing continued, the shooting of children continued. Now is the time to say enough is enough...

Wednesday

Clevon Raphael updated 04/01/06

How much longer are we prepared to have governments virtually do anything they darn well like without forcing them to come clean with us on the reasons they take some very questionable decisions?

Ravi Ji updated 04/01/06

Navya Varsha Shubha Kaamnaayen; Naya Saal Mubarak; happy New Year! My early memories of New Year’s Day were in Caparo. A few of the village youths would sneak away our fathers’ guns (used for fighting squirrels and corn-birds attacking our fields) and a few cartridges and we would shoot out the old year and drink in the new...

Tony Fraser updated 04/01/06

“Hi, might be useful to compare:

2005: a year of young criminals and their desperation

1990: a year of young misguided people and their do-and-die decision.

1970: a year of young protest and their hopes for the future...

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 05/01/06

As our nation continues to thrash around searching for effective strategies to fight runaway crime, I suggest that we focus on the heart of the problem which is the human heart. And where else can we nurture the human heart to become truly human but in the family?

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 05/01/06

The concept of finite time is measured in various systems in different cultures, civilisations and countries throughout the world. While we live in a world that is largely western in orientation, we recognise as Hindus that 2006 does not begin on January 1...

Friday

Dion Jeffers updated 06/01/06

On behalf of the National Youth League I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year...

Gillian Lucky, MP updated 06/01/06

There is an overall loss of public confidence in many of the institutions that are supposed to ensure fairness and protect and serve the interests of citizens. The organisation that first comes to mind when discussing this matter is the Police Service...

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 06/01/06

My apologies to those many readers globally who either called or e-mailed me this past fortnight to chastise me for publishing the 2006 Carnival schedule these past two Fridays in lieu of something Christmasey...

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 07/01/06

On Thursday, the Prime Minister sought to clarify national concerns about reports that he’d purchased a used gunship from Israel...

Dr Harold Mahabir updated 07/01/06

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. And 2006 has begun with a continuance of this insidious wastage of the young minds of this country. The picture of students protesting at two schools in the southland send a deplorable message of reprehensible waste and neglect...

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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