Inhumane, inconsiderate, cruel and heartless—that’s the only way I can describe those responsible for terrorising the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo with the fireworks noise on Independence night. Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to frighten poor, defenceless animals?

I enjoy a good fireworks display as much as the next person, but draw the line when it causes suffering to others, especially animals and the elderly. If people wish to deafen themselves by “standing next to the speaker box”, that’s their choice. But, for heaven’s sake, have a heart for those unfortunate, vulnerable creatures who have no option but to stand there and wilt under the incessant bombardment to their senses.

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I am amazed, actually flabbergasted, by those more qualified than me who have congratulated the finance minister for his restraint in keeping expenditure down and the deficit at the level projected.

You could taste the bitterness in the statement delivered by Gabriel Faria, chief executive officer at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

I wish to make some comments on the 2020 budget as it relates to energy, and on the energy situation in general as it currently stands and also going forward.

On August 19, my sister, Carolyn Bisnath Singh, was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department at San Fernando General Hospital. The service rendered by all members of staff was awesome. The doctor at the front desk took charge and she belted out instructions, remembering to show empathy to both the patient and myself.

Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to give everyone—citizens, non-citizens, illegal immigrants, taxpayers, freeloaders, pensioners, people earning millions per month—free light bulbs? And the obvious question is: who stands to benefit? I mean really benefit, like those who will be supplying the bulbs “free of charge”.