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Letter: Corruption through bid rigging and insider trading in Trinidad and Tobago

May 24, 2017
Letter: Corruption through bid rigging and insider trading in Trinidad and Tobago The latest shock disclosure of gross irregularities in the awarding of contracts by Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL) demands urgent and decisive action. The minister of finance (and acting prime minister), as Corporation Sole, must initiate a forensic audit into the use of public funds.

Open letter to Caribbean states regarding Venezuela

May 24, 2017
We, the former heads of state and government who have signed declarations of the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA-Democrática), respectfully address the Honourable Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Caribbean states, as well as...

Letter: We have met the debt reduction enemy and he is us

May 23, 2017
Letter: We have met the debt reduction enemy and he is us An elementary feature of the credible public policy analysis of economic development issues is the careful weighing of freely chosen local-level actions against those imposed by outside forces. In his May 5, 2017, weekly column where he described the adverse effects of unsustainable debts...

Letter: The government cannot get property tax before the next general election

May 23, 2017
Letter: The government cannot get property tax before the next general election Trinidad and Tobago has a population of just under 1.4 million persons. If one were to assume that one million of the population do not own property, it still leaves about 400,000 property owners. If these people all filled out their forms and had them delivered it would mean that the government will...

Poets Corner: Censorship!

May 23, 2017
Poets Corner: Censorship! They aim to silence the voices of hope Anyone who's vociferous and says nope To the raping and pillaging our the countries resource They’ve dragged Moses name through the courts They arrested Jihad for a roach Arrested Geovannie and Fitz on false report They labeled Audrey persona non grata...

Letter: Equal and unequal

May 22, 2017
Letter: Equal and unequal A nation stuck in a fight for power between two races that facilitates crooks and thieves who raid the treasury regardless of who is in power. These criminals steal in the billions, erect a fake lifestyle built on success as criminals in a country where law enforcement is not sophisticated enough to take on...

Letter: Belize is facing an unprecedented number of issues

May 22, 2017
Letter: Belize is facing an unprecedented number of issues Our nation is facing an unprecedented number of issues, which are the fruit of corruption and greed by those who were given the responsibility of ensuring our nation’s well-being. With the ever-increasing consciousness of the Belizean people, the powers that be shall go to virtually any length to ensure...

Letter: Amazing

May 19, 2017
Letter: Amazing It's just amazing what the far left is choosing to believe about the situation in Venezuela, as exemplified by the latest article by St Lucian marxist Earl Bousquet.  When he writes about "Venezuela's friends hoping for the best" he means Maduro's friends!  Maduro does not own Venezuela and refuses...

Open Letter: Dr Ralph Gonsalves 'Idea of Barbados' requires that a resolution be submitted!

May 19, 2017
This is an open letter from me as founder and chairman of the Non-State Actors Reparations Commission (NsARC). It is directed at people of African descent globally, in particular to Barbadians and other Caribbean nationals. The NsARC is seeking support in...

Letter: Contrived ignorance, supervisory liability and hiding on a soap box - Part 2

May 17, 2017
Letter: Contrived ignorance, supervisory liability and hiding on a soap box - Part 2 That they cannot find the culprit is not the result of an investigation.  Dear God, no.  It is mere policy, and not as funny.  There is no reflection back or forward of it.  It has no principle and is entitled to no respect.  To get a better perspective of the sordid affair, consider this. 

Letter: We can fix Trinidad and Tobago starting with the people

May 17, 2017
Letter: We can fix Trinidad and Tobago starting with the people Fixing Trinidad and Tobago is easy.  Maracas Bay drainage can be constructed in one week and nice wooden structures with hardwood imported from Guyana can transform the bay into a world class beach resort for a fraction of what is quoted for the present upgrade.  We can, with simply one instruction...

Letter: Diaspora voting is the people's rights to decide

May 16, 2017
Letter: Diaspora voting is the people's rights to decide It is indeed one step closer to complete freedom of the Jamaican people the unshackling of the last vestige of slavery; a direct challenge to the ruling class who have openly opposed ordinary Jamaicans gaining significant political and economic power. If you agree with me that ever since independence no...

Letter: Tribalism or cosmopolitanism?

May 16, 2017
Letter: Tribalism or cosmopolitanism? I am standing at Royal Bank, at the corner of Broadway and Independence, chatting, as I always do when I walk the streets of Port of Spain – stopping and chatting – when an elderly lady, an octogenarian I would say, stops. She does not stop for long. She is being escorted along, held up and supported by...

Letter: Rethinking cultural heritage - opportunities for re-imagining Caribbean history in the 21st century

May 15, 2017
Letter: Rethinking cultural heritage - opportunities for re-imagining Caribbean history in the 21st century The International Council on Monuments and Sites defines Cultural Heritage as “an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is often expressed...

Letter: Our issue is the consul general's mendacious, divisive letter

May 15, 2017
Letter: Our issue is the consul general's mendacious, divisive letter The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) wishes to respond to an article titled “Diaspora groups fight over NY independence celebrations” that was published in the Guyana Chronicle on May 9, 2017. 1. Our Committee is a legitimate...

Letter: Is the Rowley administration deliberately misleading the population?

May 13, 2017
Letter: Is the Rowley administration deliberately misleading the population? Is the Trinidad and Tobago government deliberately misleading the population with regards to the valuation return forms that are being sent out to people's mailboxes? According to the ministry of finance’s website, the version of the Valuation of Land Act 18 of 1969, Section 6, published does not match...

Letter: The Sentinel: Black skin white masks

May 13, 2017
Letter: The Sentinel: Black skin white masks The caption of this Sentinel article is borrowed from the book of the same title, written by Frantz Fanon and published in 1952, which has sold over one million English language copies and translated into twenty-five languages.  Frantz Fanon was a Martiniquan medical doctor who specialized in...

Letter: Russia invades the White House

May 13, 2017
Letter: Russia invades the White House Lt Gen Flynn was fired from his position as National Security Advisor because he lied to Vice President Pence about his contact with Russian officials concerning the sanctions on Russia. Chief White House advisor Steve Bannon has stated in the past he is an admirer of Lenin, the founder of Russian...

Letter: 'Impulse' is the new premeditated - Part 1

May 12, 2017
Letter: 'Impulse' is the new premeditated - Part 1 I see that the current gripe is about airport missing accountability, which made me yawn; until the polymath Steve Joachim made his entrance. If Steve is simply expressing an opinion and venting frustration, then, it is understandable. But if he is expecting some sort of something in the way of action...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago in crisis; a government that cannot be trusted

May 12, 2017
Letter: Trinidad and Tobago in crisis; a government that cannot be trusted The public is reeling from scandal after scandal. The nation feels as if it's at war with its own government. The Massy deal is starting to stink. The ferry fiasco that destroyed the sea bridge so PNM friends could benefit is already stinking. The $60 million to be spent on a few bathrooms and huts on...

Letter: Big broadband network in Trinidad and Tobago

May 11, 2017
Letter: Big broadband network in Trinidad and Tobago The Trinidad and Tobago prime minister has confirmed that the Cabinet was aware of the overall strategic plan of TSTT, the local telecoms provider, one to be funded by a TT$1.9 billion loan. However, as other members of the Cabinet have said, they were unaware of the details of the buyout...

Letter: Jamaica government should use the right valuation method for North-South Link lands

May 11, 2017
Letter: Jamaica government should use the right valuation method for North-South Link lands If the right valuation methods were used in the Chinese land deal to value the government's contribution in building the North-South Link Highway, it would have significantly reduced the cost of the highway, which the Jamaican people have to pay for in taxes or tolls. It makes you wonder about ...

Letter: Public warning for all seafarers!

May 10, 2017
Letter: Public warning for all seafarers! Large quantities of the heavy bunker fuel from the ruptured Petrotrin Tank Farm have washed ashore and become lodged in the mangroves and on the beaches of Guiria, Venezuela. The majority of the Petrotrin oil from the ruptured Tank 70 is still at sea and will continue to move in a clockwise...

Letter: Grenada's police officers need ethics and discipline

May 10, 2017
Letter: Grenada's police officers need ethics and discipline In Grenada, the innocents are convicted far more frequently than those who operate the system dare to believe. One primary purpose of Grenada’s civil rights laws is to protect citizens from abuses by government, including police misconduct. Although police officers generally have some powers...

Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport

May 9, 2017
Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport There is no better evidence that Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the island of St. Vincent (SVI) will fail to meet its visitor expectations because there was no compelling reason, apart from electoral politics, for its construction than a side-by-side comparison of international tourism and allied...

Letter: Clean it up. Protect the people

May 9, 2017
Letter: Clean it up. Protect the people Government through a financial regulator should have a say on salaries and expenses of ANY institution that could qualify for a government bailout. Including banks, insurance companies, ANY organisation in the finance industry whose failure could throw responsibility to their clients onto the state in cases where...

Letter: What we should all know about Petrotrin's danger

May 8, 2017
Letter: What we should all know about Petrotrin's danger One reason the latest oil spill at Petrotrin’s refinery occurred was because the base of their Tank 70 (T70) ruptured. This tank and 11 others were deemed "unsafe” in an official report way back in 2003 during a tank assessment exercise conducted at Petrotrin’s Pointe-à-Pierre refinery by Two Shell Global...

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