Joseph Remy, President of the Communication Workers Union, says that he’s “amazed and amused” at the Finance Minister’s engagement in semantics. Remy was addressing a statement by the minister of a possible wage restraint for 2017-2020.
Economist Dr. Ralph Henry says the principle that sacrifice has to be shared across the board has to be adopted. Commenting on reactions to the Finance Minister’s “zero zero zero” comment Dr. Henry says the notion of a wage freeze triggers emotions among workers that they alone are engaged in sacrificing during this period.
Trinidad and Tobago has lost a hero. So says Pastor Clive Dottin about the passing of Hal ‘Uncle Roy’ Greaves. Dottin described Greaves as a man with integrity, who was truthful and had a spirit of sacrifice. He urged that Greaves’ legacy be honoured by continuing the peace process in the fight against crime/gang warfare.
Citizens should judge imported foods not only by its price but its quality as well. That is the sentiment expressed by Agricultural Economist Omardath Maharaj. Maharaj says while the prices of imported foods may be lower they may not be of a high standard and as a result of this negative long term effects may be suffered by consumers.
Speaking on the issue of frozen duck from Suriname being imported into T&T, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Farmers Union, Shiraz Khan, says more concern and protection should be had for local farmers. Khan says local farmers are competing with heavily subsidized imported goods. He called for emphasis to be placed on seeing how ducklings and eggs can be produced locally.
The reshuffle of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s Cabinet happened early. That’s the view on Political Analyst Ancel St. Hilaire. St. Hilaire says the government had to “clean the kitchen” before they hit the ground running. However, he says the reshuffle may not have been about evaluation and assessment but a “bringing together of the right skill sets for the job ahead”.
Political Commentator Indera Sagewan Alli says the recent reshuffle by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of his Cabinet “screams the need for constitutional reform”. Sagewan Alli says it seems that over time Prime Minister’s have been choosing Cabinet members by loyalty rather than by “what may be best required for the country”.
“Nothing in particular” that was the response of former Energy and Energy Affairs Minister Conrad Enill when asked about Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s recent Cabinet reshuffle. Mr. Enill says the Prime Minister would’ve assessed his Cabinet and decided that he wanted to focus on three major areas that are important to the population of T&T: works, energy and local government.
In a bid to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer Stag Beer has launched the Stag Beerd Challenge. Brand Manager Shehann Caruth says Trinidad and Tobago has the fourth highest mortality rate for prostate cancer in the world.
When conversations about child marriages began earlier this year, the Coalition to End Child Marriages was formed.
Six months later the group is reigniting the fire under the issue, as they continue to wait on government to make the necessary adjustments to the law.
Janine Browne has more.