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“Following orders” is the timeworn excuse given by Education Minister Anthony Garcia in explaining the gaffe over his premature announcement last week that businessman Robert Bermudez was the new chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

“I was directed by the Cabinet to make such a statement,” Mr Garcia told the Parliament last Friday in...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The prompt decision by Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat to ban and recall all processed meat imported into this country from Brazil once again underscores the peril the population of this country faces as a result of the lack of proper public testing facilities for chemicals, foods and...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The current focus on violence in schools, specifically recent widely publicised incidents of alleged bullying, could be a good thing if it leads to real and sustainable solutions to a problem that has plagued T&T’s education sector for decades.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Quite often we label bad things as cancer. If there is one case that the analogy fits, is when we talk about corruption.

If left untouched, it spreads and becomes terminal. The world is full of examples of deeply corrupt, crime ridden and morally failed states.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The killing of mental patient Paul Marchan by police officers is not only unfortunate in itself, but may also have the effect of increasing the stigma against mental illness.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Last week, the Government unveiled two of the measures that it has opted to use to finance the $16 billion gap between core revenue and total expenditure that Finance Minister Colm Imbert estimated in his 2017 budget presentation the Government would experience in the current fiscal year.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

In a body of work spanning more than six decades, celebrated poet, playwright and painter Derek Alton Walcott, who died on Friday at age 87, captured the rich, unique, and complicated culture of the Caribbean in the post-colonial era.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The events of the last 72 hours, as members of the T&T Police Service and Coast Guard searched for WPC Nyasha Joseph—who it now seems was murdered soon after she went missing—have quickly made us all well aware of the desperate situation in which the country finds itself regarding the...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yesterday’s decision by the US Federal Reserve, that country’s central bank, to raise the target overnight interest rate by 0.25 per cent to a range of 0.75 per cent to 1.00 per cent may be an indication that the American economy is growing at a reasonable pace, with steady gains in employment...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

As of now, the expectation of profitability from cash-strapped Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is little more than an unrealistically optimistic projection by the management of the state-owned carrier.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We admit that reading our pages nowadays can be a challenge even for the most optimistic citizen. It is hard to have an edition without seeing more troubling news.