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.

She said reports were made to the Division of Ageing, and investigations were done. Severing ties, in my mind, is a very good strong-arm method of pushing the home to become compliant. It did not end there. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said a team from the ministry—including the County Medical Officer of Health, the Division of Ageing (this division falls under Minister Crichlow Cockburn) and three officers from the Arouca Police Station—went to that home on June 21, 2019, but when they arrived, the medical officer determined what was happening there was more ­psychiatric in nature.


A few nights ago on one of the television news programmes, a reporter was speaking to two of the opposing candidates for the upcoming local government election. It was set up as a sort of debate format, and the two were presenting their ideas on a range of subjects. It fuelled another bout of cynicism from me; it was just too much fluff. 

The observation by Christopher Wylie regarding the high number of T&T citizens visiting the pornography websites is interesting in relation to the obscene number of murdered females.

IT is uncanny the way the People’s National Movement (PNM) always exposes its nefarious side when it points accusing fingers at others. This certainly seems to be the case when it accused the United National Congress (UNC) of using the services of Cambridge Analytica in employing illegal data mining techniques during the general elections of September 2015. Somehow the dirty ball landed in the PNM’s court!

I thank you for the speed with which you have acted on the breach of privacy and spying scandal that has erupted in this country. Even though this matter has been in the public domain for over a year, the circumstances surrounding the intrusion into citizens’ digital lives and possible stealing of personal data,

A long-standing precept of diplomacy has been that nations and their representatives do not intervene directly in the internal politics of other nations. It is an approach based on the long-established principle of state sovereignty and self-determination.

The Prime Minister jolted me out of an apathetic slumber with his recent comment about the elites who cry down this country, even calling it a failed state, while sucking the land dry and not living up to their social obligations.