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Gilkes: Youth don’t need approval to be agitators, kudos to that outspoken CIC student

At a post-budget discussion this week, a St Mary’s College student chided a panel of present and former government officials, including Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte and Public Administration Minister Allyson, for how they handle youth issues. In the following guest column, Corey Gilkes comments on the public debate …

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Fixin’ T&T: Dr Rowley, taxpayers deserve to know contents of ‘Darryl Smith report’

“No, Dr [Keith] Rowley, the ‘Smith Report’ must be made public. Taxpayers’ money [is] involved.” The following press statement was issued by civic watch group, Fixin’ T&T, in response to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s decision not to release independent report on MP and former Sport Minister Darryl Smith, who …

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Daly Bread: Our true potential in the creative industries; what gov’ts continue to miss in culture and tourism

In last Monday’s budget statement, there were glaring omissions common to the two brief statements relating to the creative industries and tourism respectively. The following is the sum total of what was said about the creative industries sector: “Carifesta XIV, hosted by Trinidad and Tobago, underscored the strides we have …

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Suicidal tendencies: T&T has third highest suicide rate in Caribbean; here’s how to address it

Every two days, someone dies by suicide in Trinidad and Tobago. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), T&T has the third-highest suicide rate regionally, behind Suriname and Guyana. These countries share high East Indian populations, who are most impacted by suicides. Speaking at a suicide prevention workshop before last …

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Noble: White Knights or Piranhas? Examining the Petrotrin sale

On 18 October 2018, almost one year ago, a doleful Mr Ancel Roget was pictured, in a photograph supplied by the OWTU, between two prospective partners, announcing their bid to acquire the Petrotrin assets. One company, Sunstone Equities, appeared from the news report to be a facilitator of government-private sector …

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Daly Bread: Are the malls becoming crime hot spots? T&T’s state of anxiety is growing

Two ladies in the early afternoon—to which we refer colloquially as after lunch—park a vehicle in an area, not isolated from one of its entrances, and enter a shopping mall. An hour later, as they are exiting the mall, they see a man standing adjacent to their vehicle. They have …

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Youth programme battles mental illness through sports

“Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. There are multiple associations between poor mental health and chronic physical conditions … so we are hoping that S.I.M. would be able to offer a refuge, which is a safe space to rebuild oneself, for those in schools and others. “ The …

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MEDIA MONITOR: CPL cricket maths matter, mea culpa, ad nausea and missing Machel

People living in glass houses, we have heard over and over, have to careful bout pelting stone. As a long-time Wired868 contributor, I have made it a major mission of mine to monitor the media’s many mistakes. And my parents, teachers and multiple mentors—God rest all their souls—have made me …

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Demming: Why Patriotic Energies can be the game-changer for Trinidad and Tobago

The consummation of this deal with Pa­tri­ot­ic En­er­gies and Tech­nolo­gies Com­pa­ny Ltd (PET­CL) might be the game-changer we have been looking for to change the work ethic of Trinidad and Tobago. But it will require a level of collaboration that we have not experienced in recent times. From one perspective, …

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