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Sticks and stones please: why Carmona’s address failed

Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona gave a typically insightful and rousing address to Parliament last Friday, which the equally articulate and astute Clarence Rambharat described as “a well-deserved whipping” in his Trinidad Express column. Here are some highlights from Carmona’s speech: “The elected government of the day is not …

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Why we walked: The Guardian journalists speak out

The following is a joint press statement from former Trinidad Guardian public affairs editor Dr Sheila Rampersad and investigative reporters Denyse Renne and Anika Gumbs-Sandiford: When we staged a Wednesday July 10 walkout from the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, we were and remain clear on the issue: there was a significant …

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Responsible drivers needed: How many more must die?

The carnage left over from drinking and driving and/or reckless driving on Trinidad and Tobago’s roads has become a norm today.  No research has been done yet, according to the Arrive Alive President, to determine how much alcohol consumption contributes to tragic vehicular accidents.  However, it seems unmistakable that more …

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Techno-analysis: The truth about e-mails

Here’s a recent e-mail that shows how spammers try to subvert digital controls. In 1, the sender’s e-mail address is given an official sounding title, but the e-mail client reveals the actual sender, who is not e-mailing from an official LinkedIn account. This field, where users will normally put their real …

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A drop of T&T makes the Pisco Sour go down

The final touch to any Pisco Sour, Peru’s famous signature cocktail, is an artfully administered drop of Angostura Bitters. But of course, no Peruvian has a clue that this indispensable ingredient come from Trinidad and Tobago. On 25 and 26 April 2013, San Isidro, the poshest district in Lima, held …

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Is Tobago racist or is Rampersad an idiot?

The TOP was not routed in Tobago because it is an uninspiring bunch steered by a leader, Ashworth Jack, of questionable integrity and chained to a People’s Partnership that it is dogged by corruption and which treats the electorate as mindless voting machines. Not even close. Tobago voted against TOP …

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Rowley reloaded and the PR myth

Hands up for all readers who know what village their boss was raised in? Anyone knows how and where whoever writes your cheque met their significant other? Are there any raised hands yet? Here are some more questions. Does it matter what your boss is wearing when he or she gives …

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The CoP meets the ShowStopper

Scene: Office of the Minister of National Security. Phone rings. “Good Morning, Jack Warner speaking.” “Good morning Minister, it’s the CoP here.” “COP? Who is calling me from the COP? Spalk already tells me everything that’s happening inside your party, I don’t need another snitch.” “No Minister, the Acting CoP. …

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T&T ponders 17th century policing initiative

Scene: Office of the Minister of Justice The telephone rings. “Good morning, Herbert Volney speaking.” “Good morning, Minister. This is Chief Justice Ivor Archie.” “Aah, Ivor. Good to hear from you, my boy. What can I do for you today?” “Well, Minister, I’m rather concerned about your statements about conducting …

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