Monday, October 5, 2015


Ignore reality, pay the price

Oct. 4, 2015, 8:49 PM AST Comments

In one Wizard of Id cartoon there is the instructive story of the King’s response to a poll that gave him excellent ratings: “There is a lot to be said for owning your own station.” In the Express report of October 1 on The UWI post-election forum headlined, “Bad strategy hur

Windies cricket needs urgent overhaul

Oct. 4, 2015, 8:48 PM AST Comments

Clearly something has gone wrong with West Indies cricket! Imagine listening to no less prominent a source than the BBC which says that the West Indies has slipped to ninth position, just outside of the circle of eight teams that will contest the Champions League for One Day International (ODI) cric

Correct, Mr Dillon, but not enough

Oct. 4, 2015, 8:46 PM AST Comments

The plans by National Security Minister Edmund Dillon to increase the manpower of the Police Service is a move in the right direction. I however feel this manoeuvre has come too late to halt or prevent the terrible rate of murders here. The police need a vast increase in manpower to be able to catch

How to study in the US

Oct. 3, 2015, 8:19 PM AST Comments

Dear US Consul,I would like to study in the United States but donít know where to start. Could you give me some information about getting a student visa and how to apply to a US college or university? Interested StudentDear Interested Student,This is a good question to ask now because the US Embas

Letís not forget special needs children

Oct. 3, 2015, 7:19 PM AST Comments

With the new budget to be presented amidst falling oil prices, let us not forget the plight of families with Special Needs Children. We are grateful that the Special Child Grant was increased from a maximum of $850 to $1150 per month. The question is how far this provision would help families and ho

Good luck, MP Imbert

Oct. 3, 2015, 7:19 PM AST Comments

We, the Diego Martin North/East Women's League, would like to congratulate the Honourable Colm Imbert of the Diego Martin North East Constituency for his success at the polls in the September 7 General Elections.

Stay in touch with the people

Oct. 2, 2015, 7:49 PM AST Comments

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley deserves congratulations for what might have been an unprecedented move in presenting himself to be interviewed on Radio 95.5FM, on September 30. This most significant and welcome gesture not only signals a genuine interest by the new leader in the healthy political pr

My budget predictions

Oct. 2, 2015, 7:47 PM AST Comments

The Minister of Finance will have to present a deficit budget, with the prospect of having a balanced budget in the 2016/2017 fiscal year. I am seeing the budget being $55 billion, in keeping with the election promise of reducing VAT (value-added tax) to 12.5 per cent.

Carmona won’t leave Tobago exposed

Oct. 2, 2015, 7:45 PM AST Comments

Why all the hullabaloo about President Anthony Carmona not appointing a Tobagonian as an Independent senator? The main argument of those who remonstrated against the Presi≠dent’s choice of senators was that Tobago would not be represen≠ted on the Independent bench. But is it ne≠ces≠≠sary in th

Smart devices but mindless zombies?

Oct. 1, 2015, 7:50 PM AST Comments

Technology is here to stay; there is no doubt about that. These days everything is fast paced. Fast-paced romance, fast-paced gossip, fast food and now some are proposing fast-paced education.

Water taxi service quality sinking fast

Oct. 1, 2015, 7:49 PM AST Comments

Traffic has always been the greatest bane of the working public. With the advent of the Deluxe Coach service, improvements in road conditions and the Water Taxi Service (WTS), the traffic problem has subsided somewhat but still remains the element that strikes fear into the hearts of the..

Bin-bomb problem

Oct. 1, 2015, 7:48 PM AST Comments

On July 11, 2005 I walked past a garbage bin on the corner of Frederick and Queen Streets in Port of Spain. A few minutes later, a bomb placed in that bin exploded, injuring 14 persons—two critically. To this date, ten years on, no one has ever been held responsible.

Why only six seats?

Oct. 1, 2015, 7:48 PM AST Comments

What I don't understand is the fact that the UNC election petition against the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC) involves six seats only.