ANR Robinson International Airport

IN good shape: ANR Robinson International Airport

Could some sane, rational person please explain to me why the Government is going out of its way to pursue the expansion of the ANR Robinson airport in Tobago?

Why did anyone feel the need for expansion in the first place?

Couldn’t the existing airport handle the 48-seater ATR traffic (the bulk of the planes landing in Tobago) from Trinidad?

Is there any aircraft that wants to land in Tobago that can’t land at the existing airport?

Where is the increase in traffic coming from that would justify expansion?

And, lastly, given that foreign air-traffic is almost non-existent and likely to remain so for a long time, why is the Government spending precious, limited funds on something that we don’t need, especially at a time when there are much greater priorities?

In the national scheme of things, how does this expansion benefit Trinidad and Tobago?

Or is it just another vanity project, an albatross that will hang around the necks of Trinbagonians for a long time to come?

Oh, and did I mention the displacement of those residents affected without any satisfactory (to them) plan for their relocation?

For what? Only in Tobago.


Dear Police Commissioner Griffith,

1. Pathologist Prof Hubert Daisley, in his autopsy report, concluded:

“Injuries to the skull which Andrew S Morris sustained are also fatal. He would have promptly gone into unconsciousness, aspirated and died. He could not have survived for more than 20 minutes with these multiple injuries.”

A double-edged sword.

That is the effect of the Leader of the Opposition calling for Covid-19 vaccines from India, via their Serum Institute of India.

There are benefits to this call, as T&T is on the path to austerity. With revenues barely being able to cover expenditure, including servicing debt, we are genuinely now running on fumes. Import cover at around six months with our US foreign reserves and imminent drawdowns of the HSF—why would we deny ourselves free vaccines?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is an ethnically-biased academic institution of teaching and learning.

For three days every year in the multi-ethnic society, the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The UWI in Trinidad has been organising a symposium on Carnival, but not even a half-day annual seminar on the Amerindian Santa Rosa Festival, Hosay, Phagwa, Divali or Ramleela, although Ramleela was proclaimed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity in 2005.

The world of “high finance”, especially as practised by ministers of finance, continues to baffle me.

How come borrowing money to service your debts a good thing? Aren’t you going to sink deeper into the quicksand? Doesn’t that increase your debt-servicing requirements? Apparently, that’s what smart ministers of finance do.

On the issue of Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s letter to the Indian prime minister for Covid vaccines, I don’t know what the big fuss is about. The two ministers are making a mountain out of a mole hill.