Andy Johnson

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.

UP to the time of writing, the country had recorded 32 homicides among senior citizens thus far this year. There were 20 such deaths last year. The manner of the killings in many cases was as horrendous as the decisions to commit them in the first place.

The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs issued a press statement on September 19 announcing the appointment of two new diplomatic positions. It said that Deryck Lance Murray was appointed High Commissioner to Jamaica, and Edward Gerard Ayin was appointed High Commissioner to Canada.

Here’s a case of two offences, similar circumstances, but different treatment. Is this, then, not an example of what is said that the justice system in Trinidad and Tobago is often found wanting on the question of equality of treatment?

AS published in this newspaper on August 12, the Prime Minister was reported protesting against notion of this country arriving at “failed state” status. He was responding to questions posed to him by listeners on radio station i95.5fm, where he was a guest on a programme hosted by one of his political opponents, David Abdulah, leader of the Movement for Social Justice.

In a newspaper column in May 2004, the late George John pronounced as follows: “Journalists and journalism are everybody’s football, to kick around at every opportunity and most of the time without reason. 

The boy is very nice and humble. He will do anything for anybody. He is always quiet, but he keeps things in his mind. If anybody disturbs him he takes it on. This is part of a description used to define the teenager who beat his wheelchair-using grandmother to death with a piece of metal in the past week.

A mother is gunned down in front of the son she just picked up from school. Authority figures tell us that this was a hit from inside... inside the prisons that is. She was a witness in a murder case. What this says is that, in 2019, such activity is known to be taking place over and over, without regard to all efforts thus far to root it out. 

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling American author and “spiritual lecturer”, a Democrat who had launched a campaign to be president of the United States. In a recent television interview, she declared that to defend civil rights often involves taking risks.

When he visited this country for the Emancipation celebrations under the aegis of the Emancipation Support Committee sometime in 2005, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo made a commitment to go back home and implement a plan to do two things.

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