I wish to congratulate the organisers of the Big Five concert, “A Tribute to Neville Jules’’ at the Grand Stand Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on October 26.

The concert was a welcome event and highly entertaining.

The bands provided a variety of entertainment including dance, the use of other musical instruments, vocals etc. The programme started on time and the bands kept to the time allotted for their respective performances.

There was one disappointment however. I think most patrons were looking forward to hearing the bands perform more of their signature selections —winning panorama tunes, or well known calypsoes.

I yearned to hear: Desperadoes playing Baron’s “Jammer”, Oba’s “In My House” or Kitchener’s “Pan in Harmony”; Phase II playing Boogsie’s “I Music”; Renegades playing Kitchener’s “Mystery Band” or any of their winning panorama selections arranged by rhw master, Jit Samarroo. I felt let down by not hearing Exodus perform “Dust in Dey Face”.

Finally, I must specially congratulate Phase II for their most entertaining medley of old calypsoes.

One patron was heard to say “Phase II mash up the place”.


The Darryl Smith report, published exclusively in the Sunday Express over the past two weeks, has blown the lid on the Government’s cover-up of the deeply disturbing pay-off to the personal secretary of former sports minister Darryl Smith.

Now that Trinbagonians have already successfully completed their “shopping mayhem” per “Black Friday Sale: Back to Black savings with huge Discounts,” “Black Friday super sale,” “Black Friday 3-Day Sale,” “Black Fry–Day Deals,

I had, had it and then some. Here was yet another, what I call armchair expert in mental health, telling me that by abstaining from the local government election because of the vagueness and bias of two intersecting pieces of legislation: The Mental Health Act and the Municipal Corporations Act, I was perpetuating the stigma associated with the mentally ill.

Advent is about waiting in joyful hope. Visiting the prison during this time has opened the season’s mystery in new and exciting ways.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith continues to blame lawyers for doing their jobs. In every criminal matter in court there is a prosecutor who may be a police prosecutor or an attorney from the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office.

Into the valley of death rode the 500! If the statistics are accurate, the death rate in T&T will continue to climb as we near the end of 2019. Five hundred lives already lost to homicide – whether it is by gun violence, domestic violence, or robberies.