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The present concern over the performance of our National Anthem at the closing ceremony of Carifesta with variations of the original music score is not new.

A simple solution is to have the anthem sung by all.

In so doing, even with accompaniment, the music will allow for the original score and avoid conflict.

Additionally, the anthem must be regarded not for entertainment, but to promote patriotism.

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The following is a lightly edited version of the opening remarks at press conference on the UN high-level event on financing for development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond, on Thursday

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After an excellent update and pointing the way forward on the gradual re-opening of the country on Saturday, the Prime Minister concluded with the rather unfortunate affirmation, “It is not voodoo; it is science.” I gasped. I couldn’t imagine that after the shameless display of Trini xenophobia against Haitian survivors of the destructive earthquake of 2010 that our leaders would remain in such a state of cultural backwardness.