“[…] We may want to pin it on social injustice or income inequality, but the truth of the matter is that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have a protracted and sustained attitude of lawlessness. “It is why I believe that ‘Discipline’ was inscribed as part of our national watchwords—because …Read More »
Salaah: Piarco solar panel system must not be ‘one-off’ in T&T’s move towards renewable energy
“[…] According to an article in Renewable Energy World, ‘there are about 217 days of sunshine a year in the Caribbean’—making countries in our region ideal for using and investing in renewable energy. “[…] For instance, when there is disruption or interruption in electricity, traffic lights on our nation’s highways and …Read More »
Salaah: Portrait of Watson Solomon Duke, commoner with eyes on the crown
‘Send in the clowns’ is the title of a classic song written for a play launched on Broadway all the way back in 1973. I think it should have been dusted off and polished up and used as the signature tune for the play Watson Duke is making to take …Read More »
How will T&T remember the colourful 1990 coup character, Yasin Abu Bakr?
I so wanted to write about the theatrics and the vaudeville-type show just recently put on in Parliament by some seasoned actors and let’s say some neophyte starlets who saw an opportunity to have their names lit up in neon lights. The show debuted on 21 October 2021 and from …Read More »
Dear Editor: Why are groceries hiking their prices while people are losing their jobs?
I’m old enough to remember the global economic recession of the 1980s and Lord Relator’s hit calypso ‘Food Prices’—which highlighted the ridiculous prices. Trinbagonians, have you noticed that food and consumer prices have risen astronomically? The cost of living has spiralled dramatically since the onset of Covid-19 due mainly to the …Read More »
Salaam: Climate change is as real as Covid-19, T&T must get ready
When newly-minted US president Joe Biden officially signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, known as the Paris Agreement, as a certified environmentalist I was elated. As a major financial contributor, the US decision to rejoin the Agreement is significant. All citizens need to be enlightened on what the …Read More »
Dear Editor: Time to be ‘less critical and adhere to the medical experts’ advice’
“I’m aware that part of our culture is to criticise and sometimes to trivialise. But this is not the time. The time now is to rise above that way of life and to fight against this unseen enemy that is causing overwhelming death. We must be less critical and adhere …Read More »
Dear Editor: Why defend Mayor Mohit? Requiring decency is not misogyny
“It is my understanding that when you accept public positions you are under the scrutiny of the media, political opponents and ‘john public’; your character should be unblemished and, of course, devoid of any past infraction with the law. Any perception that your character is dubious or that you have …Read More »
Salaah: Time to regulate school transport
While the nation is wrapped up with the debacle of discredited former PNM Minister Marlene McDonald and her co-accused, allow me to turn our attention, if only briefly, to a topic that has been dwarfed by the incessant dilemmas that take place daily in Trinbago: school bus transportation. The July/August …Read More »
Dear Editor: Make the criminals leave Temple Street, not the students!
I read recently that the Ministry of Education has ordered the Arima Hindu School, located on Temple Street to be closed, as consequence of an upsurge of crime in that community. Now I don’t want to jump the ‘gun’, since there was to be a meeting at the Arima Town …Read More »
Salaam: New EMA policy on water pollution is welcomed news, now for education and enforcement
It was welcoming news when I heard of the Environmental Management Authority’s serious stance on water pollution and its amended policy that would effectively deal with companies and organisations that flagrantly and without care pollute our waterways, rivers and seas. Why did this take so long in coming? It is …Read More »
Salaam: How to make Trinidad a real place
I keep hearing the phrase that ‘Trinidad is not a real place’. I’ve lived here almost the entire part of my life and I know that Trinidad is not a figment of my imagination or some fictional or imaginary parallel universe. But I can relate to the bewilderment, angst and …Read More »