Suffice it to say—I’m Trini and support the Trinbago Knight Riders, though not as “viciously” as some. One cannot ignore the exceptional turnaround of the Barbados Tridents and the brilliance of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and their record-breaking 24-year-old batsman, Brandon King.

I see cricket as the ultimate unifying event both in T&T and the region. After all, it’s franchise cricket, with players from every island scattered throughout the CPL teams. The spirit of sportsmanship ought to precede all-out competition. I’m sure that all of Jamaica jumped for joy when their Brandon King broke the CPL T20 batting record for the Guyanese Amazon Warriors. Isn’t that the true spirit of the game?

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The sea-stage fiasco is a textbook case exemplifying the difficulty of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago.

When asked by reporters on January 23 about the length of time required for the replacement of a passport, the Minister of National Security said he was “not comfortable” with it and indicated his intention to do something about it. He made good on that intention after taking a walk-through at immigration offices on Monday, as the situation persisted. The minister owned up to having “instructed” that the waiting time be reduced from five months to one month. Just like that.

There is rightly national concern about crime and there are very many views and recommendations put forward by the citizenry and various organisations, including businesses, on how to combat crime.

THE Government allowed pressure groups to sway them to bring legislation to Parliament for which the country was ill prepared, as one is only allowed by the framers of the law to smoke marijuana within the confines of one’s home, but with Carnival approaching the herb will be smoked on the streets, in Carnival bands etc, and the police will have their hands full to enforce the law.

I was looking forward to the OWTU doing something really big for this country apart from boastful words.

There are news reports that former United National Congress leader and prime minister Basdeo Panday is hopeful of cobbling together an amalgam of disparate political elements to form a viable third party as the upcoming general election looms large on the horizon.