The recent untimely death of one of the newly acquired kangaroos at the Emperor Valley Zoo has sparked numerous debates on the relocation of the zoo from the city to a rural area away from fireworks. Ignoring the logistics of uprooting hundreds of animals from their long-established home to accommodate a 30-minute portable fireworks display once or twice a year, the benefits of a city zoo are quite substantial.

Our city zoo offers a clean, safe, family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible recreational space within Port of Spain. This green space allows us to be brought closer to wildlife without leaving the urban area. Botanical gardens are also often coupled with zoos internationally, as is the case with our zoo and the Botanical Gardens right next door. Most families and almost all school outings combine a visit to both for a richer experience.

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Our city zoo also very accessible to the travelling public—a great number of visitors utilise public transportation to get to the zoo. With many transportation options to and within Port of Spain, getting to the zoo is easy and affordable at its current location. For those with their own cars, the roads in and out of Port of Spain are easy to access and are maintained to a standard that is expected of our nation’s capital.


The issues raised over the BBC report earlier this week and the Prime Minister’s characterisation of the role of the BBC brings into sharp focus the question of the Government’s view of TTT’s role in Trinidad and Tobago. Critics of the Government are already tempted to transcribe the personal opinions of the BBC onto the similar Government-owned entity in T&T.

This September season the BBC proudly presents a reboot of the classic sitcom Allo Allo, now retitled “Allo Allo: The T&T Reboot”.

Against the background of vulnerability of prison officers to criminal retaliation—detailed by the Prison Officers Association (POA) and brought into sharp focus by high-profile and sometimes deadly attacks on officers outside prison walls—National Security Minister Stuart Young made good on his promise this week.

The Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, has his plate full to deal with a network of social, economic and infrastructural issues for Trinidad and Tobago.

I am aware of about 12 people, all under 40 years of age, who have either migrated, are in the process of migrating, or taking the necessary steps to migrate. All of them are university graduates, some with Master’s degrees.