AS elderly and child abuse continue to saturate the national discourse because of its rampant prevalence in our country, I would like to suggest that consideration be given to include a mandatory clause within the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019 currently before a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliament to cause the Local Government bodies through the 14 municipal regions in Trinidad to play a more pivotal role in the fight against this societal scourge.

In the case of Tobago, the THA Act can be amended accordingly. Periodic and impromptu visits to these senior citizens, homes and day care centres in each municipal region, from its building inspection, public health and municipal police departments can be expeditiously and routinely carried out.

Moreover, since each region is further sub divided into electoral districts, each represented by a councillor, each councillor, acting as a concerned citizen and monitoring agent should also pay periodic and impromptu visits to these homes and day care centres that fall within their respective jurisdiction (electoral district).

Furthermore, it should be made compulsory for such establishments to be registered and licensed, and applications for annual renewal of licences should be accompanied by a recommendation from the councillor, building inspector and public health department.


ONE would have hoped that Justice Vasheist Kokaram’s quite thoughtful judgment would have encouraged the Prime Minister to abandon his politically aggressive attitude and apply some statesmanship in dealing with the Law Association’s case for impeaching the Chief Justice.

THE late De Fosto opened his 1993 Carnival song “Is My Turn” with the words: “For too long I have been knocking on the door. Now I fed up, I don’t intend to knock no more. This time I going to break it down.”

THIS is a game which Caribbean children played and perhaps still do.

When the call comes to “show me your motion” we used to do whatever came to mind, a dance, jump up and down and so on. I do not know when it became fashionable for it to be sung at weddings but apparently there is a tradition, in some circles, of the bride being surrounded by her girlfriends who grab an edge of her gown while she shows her motion.

I WAS pleasantly surprised by the quality of many calypsoes I heard during the first half of the Calypso Monarch finals last Thursday night.

My self-regulated sleeping hours did not permit me to take in the second half, which I’m sure was better.

LED by our capital city, it has been fete after fete in the orgy of meaningless merry-making that now typifies the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago.

“We have over 200 fetes this carnival,” boasts the Culture Minister.

We in Trinidad and Tobago can now place firmly behind our backs the shame, humiliation and utter embarrassment we all suffered as a Caricom member at the hands of Kamla Persad-Bisses­sar, on two separate occasions in 2010, when she was prime minister of this country.