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When Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced a roll-back of Covid-19 restrictions on August 15, hundreds of people flocked to beaches and rivers for a “last dip”.

THE life and lifestyle of every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago is subsidised by the Government in some form—from the fuel subsidy which affects taxi fares, to electricity rates, free education, free health care, to airplane tickets to Tobago.

Subsidies and transfers have accounted for more than 50 per cent of the country’s annual budget between 2010 and 2020.

When you enter the Jeetam family’s home, the first thing you notice are the photos of their son.

In the gallery, a large collage made up of photos of happy moments in his life is pinned to the wall.

On the front door, another photo of the smiling 27-year-old hangs proudly.

In the living room, another life-size photograph of the former Fatima College pupil is positioned just behind the family’s sofa.

He is fairly new on the political block.

But when you speak to him, Symon de Nobriga is a regular type of guy, pleasant, unassuming, down to earth, fun, with an entrepreneurial spirit.

As he makes the transition from a former chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation to Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Communications, he is in it to learn, to grow, and to do his part in ensuring that the public of Trinidad and Tobago receives information consistently on the decisions and activities of this Government.

There are incidents from the 1970 revolution that many in society still aren’t aware of.

This has caused a contextual gap in the issues of the day.

This was the consensus yesterday as the Bocas Lit Fest continued its online panel discussion with a forum on “The Legacies of 1970—What do the ideas of the Black Power Revolution mean for us today?”