Imbert misleading the country on Petrotrin

By Kevin Ramnarine The March 6th 2017 statement by the Minister of Finance regarding the accounts of Petrotrin is misleading. It also suggests that the Minister has now arrogated onto himself the role of the external auditor of Petrotrin. The facts are as follows: 1....
Posted On 08 Mar 2017
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Slipping into the abyss

By Kevin Ramnarine Last Sunday morning I asked the guy behind the counter at Richard’s Bake and Shark to borrow his newspapers. He said “sure, but it’s all bad news.” I gathered that what was in those newspapers affected him. He was not alone but was...
Posted On 14 Feb 2017
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Things Fall Apart

by Kevin Ramnarine Looking at the pictures from the shootout at the Maracas Valley police station one could not help but reflect on the words of William Butler Yeats’ poem the Second Coming, “Things fall apart. The centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Yeats...
Posted On 30 Jan 2017
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Kamla’s return?

by Ralph Maraj She started tamely but as she warmed into her response, Kamla Persad-Bissessar gripped your attention in the 2017 budget debate, speaking with passion and conviction, often moving away from the script, adding and ad-libbing, going in-depth and providing detail,...
Posted On 09 Oct 2016
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The State vs Malcolm Jones: PM Rowley and his Gov’t economical with truth and facts

By Capil Bissoon Just over a week ago, Petrotrin issued a Media Release advising that its current chairman Professor Andrew Jupiter did not participate in the decision to have the case of its former Executive Chairman, Malcolm Jones, withdrawn “as he was not present during the...
Posted On 30 Mar 2016
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It’s a question of judgment, Dr Rowley

by Capil Bissoon It was former prime minister Patrick Manning who said all that was needed for success in a ministerial position was a “level head and common sense”. While some may debate Mr Manning’s assessment of the qualifications needed for the job, yet he was, given his vast...
Posted On 12 Mar 2016
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PNM playing games with us

by Capil Bissoon On the night of his victory on September 7th 2015, newly elected Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley flattered to deceive when he told the nation that he would be the Prime Minister of all of Trinidad and Tobago and not of the People’s National Movement (PNM). I was...
Posted On 08 Jan 2016
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The 2016 deepwater silver lining

By Kevin Ramnarine By the time you read this, the Prime Minister would have addressed the nation on the state of the economy. The speech would have focused on falling revenue from the energy sector and the need for understanding and adjustments in expectations. The reality is...
Posted On 03 Jan 2016
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Disgraced PNM endorsers

by Capil Bissoon  With no credible plan to convince the people to vote for them, the PNM faithful gathered in Woodford Square last Saturday to hear from two disgraced and discarded American politicians, former N.Y. Governor David Patterson and former Congressman Edolphus Towns....
Posted On 17 Aug 2015
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La Brea – PNM’s loyal stepchild, 50 years of neglect

by Capil Bissoon The Rowley PNM seems to have a death wish for people of La Brea, one of its most loyal constituencies. After decades of neglect caused in part by poor representation, the best it is offering La Brea today is a plywood factory, which presents serious health issues...
Posted On 11 Aug 2015
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