Why would anyone—religious or not, theist or not—find it appropriate for a bikini fashion show to occur in a church? Scratch liberalism and modernity; some good old common sense would suffice! Why oh why in a church, of all places? Should not the sanctity of God’s house deserve more reverence, to say the very, very least?

Their breasts hanging out, the altar plainly visible behind the butt cheeks of these women; what manner of sacrilege is this? Would they attend the church at any other time dressed that way? Would they even be allowed to enter the area, much less strut or go near the altar? Altar of whom exactly?

Not God? Not the creator of the heavens and the earth? Not the heavenly father who made all things? Why the fuss? some are asking. Why the fuss? How callous can you be? The word is “respect”. You may not believe in the Christian faith, but respect the place of worship.

And yes, such photo shoots have occurred in other churches, but this is not another church in another country. This our church. Our country. Our country which is named after the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

The Spanish changed the Amerindian name “Iere” to La Trinity and British translated it to “Trinidad”. A name literally meaning God. And what are we seeing in The Holy Trinity Cathedral?

Will you go fix a car in the church? Will you go do your nails in the church? Will you go do a bank transaction in the church? No, you will not, because while those things are relatively mundane, they are simply things you do not do in a place of worship.

“And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and subtil of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house... Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” (Proverbs 7:10,11 and 27)

Are the organisers of this fashion show really that unapologetic?


TODAY is the day to set the culture of the new normal based on the mantra of masking, hand-washing and social distancing.

The mistake we need to guard against is thinking that life is back to normal with the reopening of the retail sector and resumption of non-essential Government operations. It is not. Indeed, the risk is now heightened as employees return to group activity in enclosed air-conditioned spaces while the public return to their favourite retail haunts for purchases denied over ten long weeks.

The following is a lightly edited version of the opening remarks at press conference on the UN high-level event on financing for development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond, on Thursday

WE all slip. In my case, luckily there was someone there to catch me.

I had been driving alone, windows firmly pressed down; in nerd gear, the volume was up on the flamenco and buleria tunes of the bilingual Spaniard Pitingo.

THIS NEWSPAPER isn’t enamoured of Dave Cameron. In fact, we felt that he had long overstayed his time when, 14 months ago, he lost the presidency of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to Ricky Skerritt, after six years in the post. Mr Cameron was too arrogant by half.

AS a citizen of the world, I am deeply troubled by events currently unfolding in America, subsequent to the unlawful killing of George Floyd.

After an excellent update and pointing the way forward on the gradual re-opening of the country on Saturday, the Prime Minister concluded with the rather unfortunate affirmation, “It is not voodoo; it is science.” I gasped. I couldn’t imagine that after the shameless display of Trini xenophobia against Haitian survivors of the destructive earthquake of 2010 that our leaders would remain in such a state of cultural backwardness.