Alarmingly, the Government has gone ahead with its plans to bring amendments to the Bail Act Chap. 4:60 and “debate it through all stages” when the Senate convenes today. The 2019 Amendment Act seeks to, inter alia, restrict bail for 120 days to persons charged with:

1. Possession of a firearm;

2. Any scheduled offence while under a pending charge for another scheduled offence; and

3. Any scheduled offence where the prosecution merely informs the court (i.e. no evidence is as yet admitted) that the person charged or any other person involved in the commission of the offence had in his possession a firearm or imitation firearm.

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This means that so long as the police at the first hearing says to the magistrate that a gun was used in the commission of the alleged offence whether or not a gun was actually used, whether or not the accused knew that someone else had a gun and whether or not the police is be truthful about the use of a firearm in the crime, the accused person is automatically remanded to jail for 120 days. This is a dangerous power in the hands of the police.


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.