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The animal-loving people of Trinidad and Tobago were horrified and incensed to learn that a newly-acquired kangaroo at the Emperor Valley Zoo suffered and eventually died.

The cause of death, according to zoo officials, was the trauma suffered from the pounding explosions and daylight inducing bursts of brightness at the Independence fireworks display at the Savannah grounds adjacent to the zoo.

This latest incident, however, is not the first time that animals have suffered as a result of fireworks. Every year, be it New Year’s Eve, Independence or other celebrations, animals suffer tremendously from the explosive sounds and lights caused by fireworks.

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The sea-stage fiasco is a textbook case exemplifying the difficulty of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago.

When asked by reporters on January 23 about the length of time required for the replacement of a passport, the Minister of National Security said he was “not comfortable” with it and indicated his intention to do something about it. He made good on that intention after taking a walk-through at immigration offices on Monday, as the situation persisted. The minister owned up to having “instructed” that the waiting time be reduced from five months to one month. Just like that.

There is rightly national concern about crime and there are very many views and recommendations put forward by the citizenry and various organisations, including businesses, on how to combat crime.

THE Government allowed pressure groups to sway them to bring legislation to Parliament for which the country was ill prepared, as one is only allowed by the framers of the law to smoke marijuana within the confines of one’s home, but with Carnival approaching the herb will be smoked on the streets, in Carnival bands etc, and the police will have their hands full to enforce the law.

I was looking forward to the OWTU doing something really big for this country apart from boastful words.

There are news reports that former United National Congress leader and prime minister Basdeo Panday is hopeful of cobbling together an amalgam of disparate political elements to form a viable third party as the upcoming general election looms large on the horizon.