How pleasant it was seeing people one again having their favourite doubles, bake and saltfish, smoke herring, pies, and the list goes on.

Those citizens who have been having a rough time making ends meet are now able to get some dollars in their pockets to manage their expenses. This, to me, did something positive for our general public and was welcomed by the population.

I do hope we will gradually continue along the same vein with the reopening of the economy, but this ball is in our court.

Even as we go out there in large numbers, I would like to remind us all the virus is still present. This cannot be over-emphasised. We are still experiencing infections and deaths in Trinidad and Tobago.

Being a sports person, I am seeing some behaviour that is scary out there in those superpower countries, like the US and UK. Maybe they know something we do not, for it seems to me that sporting events, the wearing of a mask and social distancing have been outlawed.

Can someone tell me what it is they know that we do not, and the science behind this? I am seeing daily infections in the UK at 50,000 a day.

While every country has the right to handle Covid-19 in the best way it sees fit, let us do the same. We have sufficient information that can guard us and guide how we should function, regardless of who may choose to be reckless and try to put the virus to the test.

The virus respects no one, and will feast on stupid and unwise conduct.

To the general public of Trinidad and Tobago, the ball is in our court when it comes to dealing with Covid. Please, do the right things for the safety of all. Let us protect one another by doing so.

The three Ws are still in effect as we go out there in larger numbers. I am certain none of us wants another lockdown.

Let’s be responsible citizens, caring about one another.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan


The revered wheels of justice have been demonstrated once again, in the society that is Trinidad and Tobago, to have ground mercilessly too slowly in the just-ended Sean Luke murder trial.

Headaches these days have been unusually oppressive. I hadn’t realised quite how snugly I fit into the “sensitive groups” affected by the Saharan dust. Eyes gritty, ears heavy, nose sneezy, skin itchy; the antihistamine lends relief, but with a blanket of drowsiness.

IN 1964, we were two years old as a country. I was a 17-year-old boy, in Form Five at Southern Polytechnic, downstairs of a house on Roy Joseph Street, San Fernando, scratching my way, Winston Dookeran, young version, being one of my teachers.

The move to expand the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) makes sense to a minority that wants to assert Tobago autonomy; whereas Tobago as an island, within the unitary state, essentially and practically does not really have any need of it.

NBC Sports pundit Ato Boldon has objectively argued that T&T will not earn a medal in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, based on our athletes not being highly-ranked in their various events. Nevertheless, T&T has a strong chance of medalling if a few of our athletes rise to the occasion, and are well supported by the public and social media.