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Tropical Storm Bret has wreaked havoc on the homes and the lives of many in our country.

Whilst we are grateful as a country that there was no national disaster (of crisis proportions) and mass destruction, this feeling of relief does nothing for those whose homes were flooded out.

Restoration costs are estimated to the tune of millions at...

Monday, March 7, 2011

 Welcome to the greatest show on Earth! It truly is grand, isn’t it? Machel is right: The stage is in front of you, time to take advantage of it. Stamp on it! Put your own special stamp on it. Jump! Raise your flags! Wave your rags! Swing that towel!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Carnival for me this year began with the living legend Len “Boogsie” Sharpe playing the pan for his dead friend Keith Smith, lying in a coffin in front of him at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Several years ago, while I was a student in Miami, I witnessed a turning point in race relations among Trinbagonians. In my first year at university, there were numerous parties that Trinis of all races attended.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power was a watershed moment in the Middle East, inspiring a wave of rebellions and serving notice to Arab governments that no leader is immune from the collective wrath of his people. At a time when overtly repressive...

Monday, March 7, 2011

 Is it friends and family diplomacy? Recently, the People’s Partnership accredited an Ambassador to the United States and the United Mexican States, in the person of Dr Neil Parsan, and a Consul General in Dr Anil Balliram.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Last Monday’s vote in the House of Representatives on the bill to amend the Constitution to permit the unimpeded enforcement of the death penalty had a dramatic outcome. The Opposition PNM did not support the bill and voted against it, thereby denying the Government the three-quarters majority...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dem say we mad and we bad
I telling you
Where I from?
I from Trinidad and Tobago
Ise a Trini
A Trini
Ise a Trini
A Trini
Proud proud Trini
—Trini, Benjai

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Perhaps fittingly for the upcoming display of predominantly female masqueraders of every va-riation, Carnival Tuesday is also International Women’s Day.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

As I waited at a traffic light in front of the Hyatt and the Financial Centre (furniture warehouse), I was distracted by a group of Japanese tourists, all of them with hair like a cockatoo, trying to negotiate the long, painted gauntlet without being ground into road kill by our maniacal...

Friday, March 4, 2011

In Trinidad, you can almost always tell what is trivial and what is crucial because the inane always dominates centre stage and the essential is never put on the agenda.

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