It is imperative we embark on gender studies at all levels T&T.

We need to look around, see what is happening.

Walking around with lighted candles in the night aids the concern very little. It does, however, sell candles, matches and cups.

What is gender studies? Gender studies explores ideas around gender identity and gendered representation. Gender, male or female, is constructed more through social and cultural conventions than innate biological drives or genetics.

Gender studies is a broad interdisciplinary subject. It encompasses literature, history, law, sociology and public health.

It encourages an approach to identifying problems, intellectual curiosity, and open and creative thinking that’s vital for innovation and progress.

Gender studies:

• relates to pretty much everything;

• transcends gender;

• is about equality;

• has real-world consequences.

Gender studies is much more than women’s rights. The same principles can be adapted and applied to theories of masculinity.

Gender studies is an inclusive project aiming towards creating the social, political and cultural conditions that can provide the greatest freedoms and opportunities to every individual, regardless of their gender, race or sexuality.

All women must own their story, otherwise they are part of the silence.

One is not born a man or a woman. One becomes one.

AV Rampersad

Princes Town


The Government of Trinidad and Tobago withdrew roughly US$900 million from the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) in fiscal year 2020 (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020). For fiscal year 2021 thus far it has drawn down a further US$300 million to meet recurrent expenditure as actual first quarter revenues fell 13 per cent below the estimated levels. Under the revised HSF Act, passed on March 26, 2020, the maximum allowable withdrawal in a fiscal year is US$1.5 billion.

AGOSTINI’S Ltd, a publicly listed company that is majority owed by the Mouttet family, announced yesterday that its pharmaceutical distribution subsidiary, Smith Robertson, acquired 100 per cent of a smaller pharmaceutical distributor, Oscar Francois Ltd, and an associate company.

SUSPICIOUS financial transactions totalling $27 billion were reported to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIUTT) in the financial year ending September 2020.

Delivering a statement in the House of Representatives yesterday on the annual report of the FIUTT for the year October 2019 to September 2020, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said during the reporting period “of Trinidad and Tobago and for the first time, the FIUTT received a total of 1,831 Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs)/Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), the most it has received throughout its ten-year existence”.

Former public utilities minister Robert Le Hunte says the country’s water storage capacity is beneath international standards and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

He also said building codes, such as in neighbouring Barbados, should factor into water storage.

There is sometimes a disconnect between business and culture—both often running parallel to each other.

But Musical Instruments of Trinidad & Tobago (MITTCO) is hoping to marry them both by capitalising on the country’s national instrument, the pan, to create a successful ecosystem.