The recent flooding on September 22 brought to light the ever-present problem of plastic pollution—not just plastic, but dumping of all kinds of rubbish in our nation’s waterways. Also of interest, were the various letters to the editor pointing out that our largely uneducated citizens are to blame for this massive dumping problem.

While the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has placed many of their iCARE bins around the country, I don’t think many people know what they are for or that you can place PET plastic bottles, Tetrapak drink cartons, aluminium cans and glass bottles all in the same bin. More education is needed!

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What is baffling to me is why then did the Government stop funding the Plastikeep Recovery Programme? Plastikeep was funded by the Green Fund and their main focus was education i.e. teaching the nation’s adults and children about recycling, why we should recycle and the effects of indiscriminate dumping on the environment. The iCARE programme, funded by the Green Fund, would benefit from the work Plastikeep did.

iCare received its first funding from the Green Fund in 2015 (according to their Facebook page). At the end of 2015, without warning or any indication of the Government’s intent to terminate its work, Plastikeep stopped receiving Government funding. Coincidence?


When I first heard the news in the early morning last week Wednesday, that police had raided a church where horrific abuse was allegedly occurring, my first thought was, “Oh, is that finally a crime now?” According to initial police reports, 69 persons were released after being allegedly held captive in cages within the church’s compound.

Citizen action appeared to be taking a new turn when residents of Bamboo Nos 1, 2 and 3 got together this week to consider and promote solutions to their flood-stricken plight.

Marlene McDonald, you are not the only one. Former cabinet ministers from Jamaica and Barbados are now before the courts. And both cases are looking like a tangled mess.

Last Friday Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar created a new paradigm within the Commonwealth Westminster parliamentary system, when her budget response took the form of an alternative budget of plans and measures to improve our nation’s well-being.

Having recently observed World Mental Health Day on October 10, I cannot help but examine the state of mental health provision in Trinidad and Tobago, in light of recent events in our country.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has demonstrated his ability to lead in a manner that is both visionary and transformational. As the most experienced parliamentarian in the House of Representatives, a higher call has been placed on him as Prime Minister. To date, it must be noted that Dr Rowley, while unorthodox in some of his actions, continues to show he is getting the job done.