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.

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.


Natalie Williams’ rise to journalistic stardom in Trinidad and Tobago was propelled by a question she put to then sitting prime minister Basdeo Panday — whether he had pulled strings for a friend to secure a State contract. Mr Panday’s indignant response to her was “that’s insulting.” Unflinching, she continued to pursue him on the question.

LAST week’s United Nations-backed “high-level event”, aimed at mobilising global financial support and debt relief for developing countries, was an important initiative, which this newspaper hopes will lead to concrete action.

The Jamaat-al-Muslimeen’s attempt to step out of the political shadows and secure a place among the political establishment has opened a window into the nature of electioneering in this country.

I will not be a hypocrite and condemn the Ministry of Education’s scholarship intervention to approximately 400 CAPE students on a yearly basis. Indeed, I have gained social mobility through access to a government scholarship several years ago.

In the broadest sense of the word we should be able to say that we have come to end of the road, and students and parents and teachers too, should be breathing a collective sigh of relief. Unfortunately, we cannot do that yet.