I was very concerned when the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, revealed in Parliament over ten days ago that the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-­Bissessar, had allegedly tipped off Marlene McDon­ald that she was being investigated and her arrest was imminent.

What was even more disconcerting was that Ms McDonald corroborated Dr Rowley’s statement in Parlia­ment that at least a month before it happened, Mrs Persad-Bissessar warned her that she was to be arrested.

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At the centre of the still-unfolding circumstances around the alleged maltreatment of scores of people housed at the Arouca Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) is the inadequacy of State-provided services for the wide swath of vulnerable people among the national population.

My favourite political tale is the legend involving King Canute, the 12th century Danish warrior-king. As the story goes, Canute’s courtiers believed he could command the elements on the earth. Canute, wanting to prove them wrong, had his throne moved to the seashore. There he sat and proceeded to command the tide to turn back. As the waves crashed below his feet Canute’s courtiers were left astonished, and perhaps in even more awe of their now “humble” King.

Please accept my offering on the Transformed Life Ministry issue. Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, told reporters the Government had severed ties with the institution in 2015 after concerns over the conditions there were raised.

The Dignity of Work is the theme for Justice, Peace and Community Week—October 19 - 26 , 2019. In Trinidad and Tobago today many have lost their jobs or are underemployed, many graduates and young people are unable to find gainful employment.

They’re caught between two storms. Haitians living in the Bahamas took the hardest knock from Hurricane Dorian last month. They’re now homeless, jobless, despised; and threatened with deportation to a homeland which has for the past four weeks been turned upside down by civil unrest.

It is with supreme confidence that I endorse the selection of Desmond Hanyes as head coach of the West Indies Cricket Team. His appointment, in my mind, will reverse the regression we now have and put the region back on track to what is was once destined to do—that is, to maintain our greatness as a world force in the game of cricket.