In many ways, T&T’s alias, aka, is/was Texaco, Pointe–a-Pierre, and Petrotrin. So predominant has been the oil refinery in this land that it shared a nomenclature identity with the name Trinidad in much the same way as people going to America who often say they going to New York, even if their destination is actually New Jersey or somewhere else.

America is New York, New York is America. Texaco/Petrotrin is Trinidad as Trinidad is Texaco/Trinidad.

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In my childhood days, it was common to hear that people were working Pointe-a Pierre or that so and so applied for a job at Pointe-a-Pierre. The ambition of those studying the sciences at high school was to get a job at Pointe-a-Pierre—meaning the oil company located there.

In the Southern sugarcane area, persons working at Caroni Ltd often said they were working Usine which is where the factory was at Ste Madeleine, but the location of Caroni became its identity as much as its corporate name.


IN poll after poll, year after year, Jamaicans are wont to name crime as the country’s number one problem, which is astounding, given that poverty is such a pernicious element of life here and should easily occupy that dubious distinction.

ASK any politician to choose between making a policy decision that is for the long-term good of the country and one that will get him or her elected next time around and you arrive at the raison detre for our 2020 budget.

Sometime ago before the budget presentation by the Minister of Finance I wrote an article entitled, “The race to the bottom”. This article presented a scenario for our small, open economy in which the energy sector was unable to provide the rents necessary to fund the imports required by the on-shore sector; to provide the economic activity that with Government employment, occupies some 96 per cent of the workforce.

When Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, spoke at the Spotlight on the budget event on October 10, and again on i95 Radio on Thursday gone, he repeatedly said (as I am sure he has at other fora) that the country has to go into a different mode of operating—essentially doing more with less and getting better value for money.

THE Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TTAT) recently issued a public notice that the continued broadcast by “any subscription TV broadcaster airing channels ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox must have the legal right from the copyright owner to do so”

Not too long ago, everything we needed to know was taught to us by our families, communities, elders, friends and in schools. Today, with a very changed world, much of that learning is not provided by those groups and what is provided is not geared to dealing with and thriving in our new world.