“A lack of knowledge, skill or judgment in a member’s profes­sional responsibilities; or a disregard for a person’s welfare”, is how the dictionary defines professional incompetence. The proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reek of incompetence and inefficiency, which are being rewarded despite what the Government has advanced.

Section 3 1(a) of the law identifies a key objective, which inter alia, “making available to the public information...readily available to persons affected...”. This last phrase is absolutely important to affected persons, to enable them to address their issues in a timely manner. How then can extending the 30-day period be considered “readily available”?

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If the public authority that has to respond to a request cannot provide the information in 30 days, is it signalling its incompetence and inefficiency? The court usually gives the “losing side” a period of seven, 14 or 21 days within which to file a response to a matter. What then makes the public authority, with its myriad human and other resources, an exception?


Every civilisation has its unconscious assumptions, driving forces that motivate and at the same time act as the unseen glue holding the civilisation together. Here we find both the genius of a society and its deepest pain, crying out for redemption.

The Sangre Grande Region which stretches from Valencia in the west to Matelot in the north and comprises approximately 900 square kilometres of land (larger in size than Singapore, Barbados and Tobago) with a population of approximately 100,000 persons, is the least developed part of Trinidad and Tobago.

Perverse rationale. ­Unfounded logic. Two phrases to describe the letter in last Thursday’s Express by Steve Smith, “Stop looking for others to blame”.

While I am 100 per cent for the employee, I am extremely disturbed by the union’s purpose in this country. “The main purpose of labour unions is to give workers the power to negotiate for more favourable working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.” However, here in Trinidad the purpose appears to sabotage production and efficiency in any organisation.

An important way to understand a problem is to see it in a wider context and from different points of view. This is especially important for those who are tempted by, or succumb to, the allurement of crime, especially crime involving violence. Thinking only of the short term might seem profitable and gratifying.