It is very heartening that the Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, is concerned about the safety and welfare of children even though they are now out of school and largely in the care and supervision of parents, guardians, camp co-ordinators, caregivers, nannies and elder siblings.

Children are certainly at greater risk now that they are out of school and may or not be in constant supervision of responsible adults. In any event, out-of-control environments such as badly run schools and homes open up a whole new scenario that could have serious repercussions for the health and safety of the young ones.

Having said that, the recent fatal incidents involving minors at home, on the road and in a bus are cause for serious reflection — serious reflection on how we care for our future generations and also on how we prepare for, prevent and deal with everyday dangers in and out of the safe confines of the home or school is needed.

“Prevention is better than cure” and “You’re prepared to fail if you fail to prepare” are only clichés until we put them to use in a practical sense. In other words we are always told that we should be proactive. It can be the difference between life and death.


Monday’s opening of the “House of Football” should have been a moment of triumph for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA). However, the opening of the TTFA’s new headquarters and hotel facility in Balmain ended up being sandwiched between bad news on Sunday followed by another dose yesterday.

The Guyana Government (GoG) on Monday criticised an editorial appearing in the Trinidad Express and Barbados Nation over the weekend which flayed it for a press freedom attack on Stabroek News (SN) via the withdrawal of state advertising.

Today, Trinidad and Tobago joins with many around the world in celebrating Universal Children’s Day. This is where the emphasis is placed on children ­everywhere, highlighting the need to support and do all that is possible to enhance their lives.

Christopher Wylie calls himself a “whistle-blower” and has been on a systematic pilgrimage creating havoc globally through his celebrity-like revelations of what he has characterised as the unethical and manipulative digital influence-peddling he reports as perpetrated by Cambridge Analytica, a company where he had been reportedly employed as an intern for one year.

As I understand it, the minister of education made a decision to not publish the names of the national scholarship winners starting in 2018. I also heard this decision was taken because of a request by “some” parents.

I would like to thank Minister of Planning Camille Robinson-Regis for the changes she instituted when she came into power in 2015. However, since the beginning of this year, it appears all these changes have come to zero.