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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 02/04/06

The spiralling myriad of emotions experienced by the nation—shock and horror over the brutal murder of six-year-old Sean Luke—gave way to outrage at the careless and flippant reaction of the police to a mother’s cry for help...

Dana Seetahal updated 02/04/06

The atrocities committed by the murderer/s against six-year-old Sean Luke have so shocked the community that having heard that there are suspects in custody the populace en masse are interested in the end result what sentence should be or could be imposed on such a person...

Denzil Mohammed updated 02/04/06

How you could do that to the boy? You made him feel so uncomfortable. Go from here. I don’t want to be seen associating with you...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 02/04/06

As the 25th anniversary of the death of Dr Eric Williams went by without much fanfare last week, it recalled the issue of political succession in the party back in 1981...

Ira Mathur updated 02/04/06

Look at the photo of Sean Luke. Look into the six-year-old boy’s eyes. What do you see? Your own face. What do I see? Mine...

Lennox Grant updated 02/04/06

Thoughts of Eric Eustace Williams hardly ever trouble the waking hours of Patrick Manning's PNM. As if under command of an operating system, PNM people are programmed to shun rather than recall memories of the leader who died 25 years ago last week...

Martin George updated 02/04/06

The scribes and pundits have been rushing and tripping over their criminal law books to prophesy that if the teenage suspects held in the murder of little Sean Luke are charged and convicted then the death penalty cannot be imposed, because in effect they would be too young to be killed...

Overand Padmore updated 02/04/06

Limitations of space affected the conclusion to last Sunday’s column as it related to the issue of constitutional reform. The relevant text is being reproduced for clarity and further elaboration...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 02/04/06

Before we deal with women’s salaries, let’s look at some micro issues that really speak about the quality of life in T&T...

Simon Lee updated 26/03/06

Following a long spell in the ranks of the scrunting self-employed, the threat of the bailiffs has forced me back to wage labour in the plantation...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 03/04/06

Sean Luke’s tragic death sends a clear signal once again that we are living in a country that is being victimised by its own symbolic acts that aid and abet the criminals of this country...

Fr Henry Charles updated 03/04/06

I’ve just finished reading for the third time Orlando Patterson’s recent article in the New York Times, entitled “A poverty of the mind.” It’s about “the tragic disconnection” of millions of black youths from the American mainstream...

Prakash Persad updated 27/03/06

Ivory tower certification is rarely ever useful as developmentally-directed tertiary-level education. Yep, education is a lot more than certification...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 04/04/06

When you not sure what to talk about at a cocktail party, all you have to do is take a drive in Port-of-Spain or read the newspapers...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 04/04/06

“I’m not afraid of death. You could put a gun to my head and I would not be afraid. I’m not afraid of death. I’m already dead” (the cry of an 18-year-old in distress)...

Wednesday

Clevon Raphael updated 05/04/06

I thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank that Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Diane Seukeran was playing when I read the introductory paragraph to a story written by Leah Mathura-Dookhoo in last Saturday’s Guardian....

Ravi Ji updated 15/03/06

Ancient festivals are like material in the hands of a potter. The potter at the wheel must shape them. But the shape must have purpose and content; a khalsa to reflect on Brahma’s cosmic construction, a deya in a yard to light all night, a chillum to smoke, a pot, not merely to cook but to make the cook a potter...

Tony Fraser updated 05/04/06

Readers, the time for action is now and by all of us who have contributed in one way or the other to the descent into madness, evil and whatever else we choose to call it. I am starting with me. I will find ways to do something to work against the breeding and nurturing of boys who could so violate another human being...

Thursday

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 06/04/06

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. Groucho MarxThe US Federal Aviation Authority has elevated the Eastern Caribbean’s aviation sector to Category 1 status, there are new chairmen, boards and...

Leela Ramdeen updated 06/04/06

Since the British Government introduced a national literacy strategy in 1998, the proportion of 11-year-olds reading at the expected level for their age rose from 67 to 84 per cent. However, one in five pupils that age continue to leave primary school unable to read well enough to deal with the demands of a secondary school curriculum...

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 06/04/06

The battered body of six-year-old Sean Luke was discovered in a shallow grave 300 yards from his home in Orange Valley, Central Trinidad. This second-year student of the Waterloo Hindu School was lured into an abandoned cane field on March 26 and the post-mortem revealed that the child was sexually violated and suffered great agony before he died...

Friday

Dion Jeffers updated 07/04/06

Once again T&T has heeded the call. The gruesome discovery of the body of a six-year-old boy, a nation that appears to have reached its pinnacle of frustration with the crime scourge the plagues our land and some media that continue to excite the population by evoking emotions through sensational reporting...

Gillian Lucky, MP updated 07/04/06

Can anyone really tell us what is happening in our country given the current deplorable state of affairs? We are subjects of a runaway government that is able to hide its impropriety in office with obscene expenditure and unsustainable, expensive social programmes that in the long run will, once again, lead to our economic demise...

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 07/04/06

When the Aurora Creative Training Organisation (THE ACTOR) staged the elimination round of competition of its first ever monologue competition at the Nalis Amphitheatre in Port-of-Spain on Saturday, the two youngest participants emerged ahead in the placings...

Wesley George upadted 24/03/06

The announcement by the Ministry of Social Development that the Government will be setting up an authority to regulate children’s homes has brought into sharp focus the growing problem of abandoned children in T&T...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 08/04/06

I see the Alcoa colonisers with their 100 per cent-owned smelter plant are finally condescending to share information. I mean, why I should have to beg or berate anybody to get information on the impact of their business on my life just doesn’t really make any sense...

Lisa Allen-Agostini updated 08/04/06

It have a breeze that does blow through town these days that dirty, dirty, dirty. It heavy with fine sand and dry mud. It in your hair, on your skin, in your mouth and all, till everything you eating have a kind of gravelly crunch like you by Maracas eating bake and shark in the wind...

Gail Alexander updated 18/03/06

Sleepless nights are par for the course when in government, both Prime Minister Patrick Manning and his predecessor Basdeo Panday would probably agree...

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