In the Guardian of August 11, there was a front page editorial headlined: “Our Lawless State.” It stated: “It is no longer a stretch to say that Trinidad and Tobago has many areas that resemble narco-states where drug cartels, not the government, call the shots.

“Search online for ‘failed state’ and the Encyclopedia Britannica will give you this description: ‘Failed state, a state that is unable to perform the two fundamental functions of the sovereign nation-state in the modern world system: it cannot project authority over its territory and peoples, and it cannot protect its national boundaries.’

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Described as unprecedented and catastrophic, the destruction wrought by Hurricane Dorian on our Bahamian neighbours has thus far left five dead amid devastating scenes.

Scientists say climate change is causing powerful hurricanes like Dorian to increasingly stall over coastal areas, which leads to heavy flooding. Officials in the Bahamas feared “unprecedented” devastation after Dorian hovered over the islands for several days, pummelling it with rain.

Those who pay attention to pop culture would recognise the title of this column as the plaintive refrain in a song by Destiny’s Child, in which the lead singer, Beyoncé, is speaking to her lover on the phone but he is tentative. He is fumbling—“err! uhm”! But she is on to him. Something is not right.

As of 11 pm. Eastern Standard Time on September 2, Hurricane Dorian was a category four storm battering the Bahamas. At least five people were killed on the island of Abaco when it hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph on September 1 in the afternoon. It’s a historic tragedy that require analysis and its victims will need massive assistance.

Inhumane, inconsiderate, cruel and heartless—that’s the only way I can describe those responsible for terrorising the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo with the fireworks noise on Independence night. Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to frighten poor, defenceless animals?

If we were to believe the letter penned by a writer in Monday’s newspaper one would surely think that Carifesta XIV was a waste of money. Often I wonder when will Trinidadians—I repeat, Trinidadians, not my brothers and sisters in Tobago—show appreciation for their culture?