Things the church is doing and can do to help Trinidad and Tobago:

1. Practise what we preach—Daily live out pure Christianity publicly. We cannot request of others what we are not first practising.

2. Pray fervently and consistently—Prayer is infinitely powerful. It really is the most powerful of all spiritual weapons we possess.

3. Powerfully preach/proclaim the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ daily—The only thing capable to change the heart of a sinful man is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

4. Petition those in authority to meaningfully address the issues facing our nation—Some of these that need urgent attention are:

i. Violation of good governance principles.

ii. Political gimmickry, abuse of parliamentary processes, and abuse of the population by politicians.

iii. A failing and apparently frail and inefficient judiciary.

iv. An overburdened and ineffective criminal justice system (crime detection and prison reform).

5. Praise and lift up the name of Jesus Christ for the victory and transformation of our nation.

Rev Winston Mansingh

via e-mail

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Dear Police Commissioner Griffith,

1. Pathologist Prof Hubert Daisley, in his autopsy report, concluded:

“Injuries to the skull which Andrew S Morris sustained are also fatal. He would have promptly gone into unconsciousness, aspirated and died. He could not have survived for more than 20 minutes with these multiple injuries.”

A double-edged sword.

That is the effect of the Leader of the Opposition calling for Covid-19 vaccines from India, via their Serum Institute of India.

There are benefits to this call, as T&T is on the path to austerity. With revenues barely being able to cover expenditure, including servicing debt, we are genuinely now running on fumes. Import cover at around six months with our US foreign reserves and imminent drawdowns of the HSF—why would we deny ourselves free vaccines?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is an ethnically-biased academic institution of teaching and learning.

For three days every year in the multi-ethnic society, the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The UWI in Trinidad has been organising a symposium on Carnival, but not even a half-day annual seminar on the Amerindian Santa Rosa Festival, Hosay, Phagwa, Divali or Ramleela, although Ramleela was proclaimed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity in 2005.

The world of “high finance”, especially as practised by ministers of finance, continues to baffle me.

How come borrowing money to service your debts a good thing? Aren’t you going to sink deeper into the quicksand? Doesn’t that increase your debt-servicing requirements? Apparently, that’s what smart ministers of finance do.

On the issue of Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s letter to the Indian prime minister for Covid vaccines, I don’t know what the big fuss is about. The two ministers are making a mountain out of a mole hill.