Paula-Mae Weekes speaks with Dr Sister Phyllis

President Paula-Mae Weekes speaks with Dr Sister Phyllis Wharfe and another sister after she was presented with her national award at Scarborough General Hospital last Friday.

PRESIDENT Paula-Mae Weekes must explain her rationale for not allowing unmarried invitees to bring their partners to presidential events, says former head of the public service, Reginald Dumas.

Speaking to the Express by phone yesterday, Dumas said the President’s move to implement this policy at the national awards last week sounded like it was from the “Victorian era” and the 19th century.

He said it took him by surprise.

“My position is, what is the reason for this? What is the President’s rationale for this policy which she has imposed on people, including foreign diplomats.

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“Not merely in 2019 but in a society like this where there are lots of common law relationships and it is virtually the norm. What therefore is the aim the President had in mind? To achieve what exactly? I don’t know. It sounds very Victorian and 19th century,” he said.


Call names! Call names! So declared Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bisssessar yesterday as she responded to claims by National Security Minister Stuart Young that two high-ranking United National Congress (UNC) members were in talks with criminals and imprisoned gang leaders.

Three hand-written letters naming four suspects in the disappearance of disc jockey Claude “Choko” Hospedales, back in October 2011, were dropped off on the doorsteps of his mother, Maureen Hospedales.

THE parents of an 11-year-old girl have issued a legal threat to the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) after their child was administered a vaccine at her school earlier this month without their permission.

Port of Spain is traditionally a People’s National Movement (PNM) stronghold. The party has held the seat since the county council election of 1959 and has controlled the Port of Spain City Corporation for the past 60 years. But former Port of Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing has thrown his hat into the ring and is prepared to battle the party he was once a member of for control of the capital city.

IN celebrating Divali as the rise of knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness, I believe we have a lot to learn from the open-minded theology of Hinduism, its flexibility, and ability to respond to change.”