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Trinidad and Tobago social, political and news opinion pieces

Answers needed on State appointments and SOE

… Fixin’ T&T: Good governance is also a private sector issue Fixin’ T&T, a local non-profit organisation, has called on the business community to accept its role in the governance of Trinidad and Tobago, particularly as much of the commerce enjoyed by the private sector comes from the Government and …

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Professors’ passing parade

The media has been filled recently with the battles between the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the present Commissioner of Police (COP). This blog does not pretend to care about this pappyshow but shall use it rather as a starting place to address the issue of academic consultancy and the …

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Fixin’ T&T wants TV6 apology for “despicable footage”

Fixin’  T&T, a social watchdog group, today reiterated its call for TV6 to apologise for airing footage of former West Indies, Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Runako Morton, which was taken after an accident that claimed his life on Sunday night. The broadcast of what might have been …

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The football fan, the talk show and the ex-FIFA VP

… Radio talk show fan hits Jackpot   I really did not want to call that day. I had no intention of calling in when the live discussion started on Radio I95.5 with Minister of Works and Infrastructure and ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner as the studio’s special guest. But …

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Fixin’ T&T: Gov’t owes us full disclosure

The Motion of No Confidence to be debated in our Parliament on Friday 2nd March, 2012 is a significant occurrence in the life of any government and by extension country. FIXIN’ T&T views this as an exceptional opportunity, in the interest of Good Governance, to bring clarity and full disclosure …

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Jack, Kamla and Erasmus

Erasmus’ 400-years-old essay “The Praise of Folly” offers us quite an interesting vantage point from which to view the overall performance of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration to date. But for the moment, I wish only to bring to public notice, a short passage from this work that I believe will …

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Handling the truth

Oh, the obsession with courtroom drama. It seems my twelve year old son shares this affliction with the rest of us. The fact that the media outlets have been focused on quite a number of Commission of Enquiries and a few high profile cases involving civil lawsuits has accounted for …

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Finnish Football changed my life

It seems like only yesterday that I got a call from the team manager of my former football club in Queens, New York asking me if I would like to go on trial with a team in Finland. It was actually 1999. Now what made this request especially strange is …

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Race, business and the country bookie

“You see that guy there?” The radiator technician leaned towards me as he spoke in a loud whisper while pointing to the back of a tall, hulking fellow who had just paid him. The latter man’s brisk strides seemed to swallow up the concrete as he headed for the gate. …

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To Japan with love: disaster before dishonor

Friday 20 May 4.30pm, City Gate, Port of Spain: A red-band maxi pulls into an empty space. People push, shove and elbow; human nature… expected and even accepted! 21 September, 6.00pm news report, Karachi, Pakistan: a Pakistani air force helicopter hovers overhead, casting rations to marooned flood victims. People scuffle …

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Brent on success

The reason I have and still continue to attend each court date, is to not only witness for myself the audaciousness of key figures like Mr. Warner, Mr. Camps and Mr. Groden but also in hope that Judge Rampersad puts an end to this fiasco. Arghhh another early rise; it’s …

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