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.

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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.


Much has happened since April 2018 when, in response to media reports of sexual misconduct allegations against former sport minister Darryl Smith, Government spokespeople claimed no knowledge, limited knowledge or “nothing untoward”.

One of the joys of being a T&T citizen is the fact that we have learned over the years to embrace and respect the rich diversity of our people who have come to T&T from many parts of the world—not as empty vessels, but with their different cultures, traditions, religions, languages and so on. This diversity is a source of strength.

THE blight surrounding the compilation and publication of the Foundational History text on Trinidad and Tobago continues, with the discovery of wrong page insertions and numbering in a chapter written by eminent historian Dr James Millette.

Haiti is in turmoil again. This time the countries of Caricom cannot be criticised for inaction, but questions must be asked about others in the hemispheric community who have been silent about the political and humanitarian situation in the country.

Now that the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket tournament has come to an exciting conclusion with the Barbados Tridents taking the trophy and claiming supremacy, it is time to look closely the performance our local Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).

I have read and listened to Prime Minister Keith Rowley and Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte responding to talk of an increase in WASA rates of 35 per cent, and referring to it as “fake news” and United National Congress propaganda designed to hurt the Government.