I am yet to understand why there is a need for the Police Commissioner, the Chief of Defence Staff and the heads of the other State security arms to be walking about the town on Carnival days with the Minister of National Security on what is, obviously, a political publicity stunt.

On Carnival Tuesday last year, at least six senior police officers were in that party with Commissioner Gary Griffith. This has been going on for several years with previous commissioners. I see this as an absolute waste of supervisory manpower since those senior officers could have been providing a better service elsewhere. In my view, that walkabout is a charade.

In fact, the commissioner should have been on horseback with an orderly accompanying him and he should have been moving freely along the parade route and between the competition venues so as to have a good sense of what was taking place.

In the days gone by, the commissioner, his deputies and his assistant commissioners, would all have been on horseback. Everard Snaggs was the last commissioner to be seen atop a horse on Carnival days.

Commissioner Griffith, please do not succumb to this charade and do the policing you should be doing on those days, instead of being a part of the political gallerying through the town with the politicians.


EVERYTHING is set for a thrilling indigenous musical contest at next Saturday’s Panorama Finals and I open this column with an appeal to anyone who loves pan and our country’s youth to put aside their bad experiences with previous ridiculously lengthy Panorama Finals and attend the event.

THE castigation of the media by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) for reporting the comments of Justice Frank Seepersad without seeking its response is a patent attempt to deflect attention from the sorry state of the administration of justice.

AS I savour some of the best offerings from this year’s Carnival from the comfort and safety of my home, I cannot help but think of the thousands of performers and revellers out there who, even as they immerse themselves in the gaiety of the festival, must ponder the possibilities that they might become victims of some criminal act before the day or night is over.

Trinidad and Tobago is contributing more than many to global warming.

On a per capita basis, we are second worldwide, behind Qatar, in the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas mainly responsible. Managing director of IAMovement Jonathan Barcant says, “we emit about 40 million tonnes of CO2 annually, 30 times as much as Barbados” and more than double Kenya with 50 million people.

Judith Reyes is my neighbour. Our parents lived in the same spot for over 80 years. Neighbours thought our mothers were sisters. Judith’s brother Giles and I live like brothers. We have never quarreled with each other.