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It seems we have a new word for plagiarism—it’s called “sampling.” So KI (Kris Persad) “sampled” Jab Gori Ne from the 2000 Bollywood movie Bulandi, called it Same Gyul Twice and won the Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) in 2016.

In 2012, he “sampled” Dekhta Hai Tu Kya from the 2008 Bollywood movie Krazzy 4 and came up with Single Forever, another winning...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ever so often there is this hue and cry about the flight of foreign currency, specifically the US dollar, which has a spin-off effect on other currencies, when the solution to the problem stares us straight in our faces.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I had the pleasure Saturday of reading a sensible article by Paolo Kernahan in the T&T Guardian on the subject of eating meat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Most senior financial practitioners I have spoken to cannot see total Government revenue topping 30 billion dollars in 2017, while we are budgeted to spend 53 billion dollars.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Petrotrin (then Texaco) refinery was once rated as the ninth largest in the world, with a capacity of 360,000 Barrels. That was in its heyday.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ever so often there is this hue and cry about the flight of foreign currency, specifically the US dollar, which has a spin-off effect on other currencies, when the solution to the problem stares us straight in our faces.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

T&T is the land of bacchanal. Whether it be politics, sports, carnival or some national issue, there is always some chaos and confusion. The topical issue is carnival with pan men and mas aficionados demanding something of and from the Government.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The current impasse between Petrotrin and the OWTU with respect to a new collective agreement has been uppermost on the minds of citizens of T&T at this time.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Most senior financial practitioners I have spoken to cannot see total government revenue topping $30 billion in 2017, while we are budgeted to spend $53 dollars.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

As I follow the news about the industrial relations impasse between the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and Petrotrin, I remember the impasse between the OWTU and Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) in 2012.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

All the criticisms of the decision of the OWTU to take strike action against Petrotrin seek to focus on the cost to the company if it accepts the union’s proposal. No attempt has been made to examine the cost to Petrotrin, and the country, if a strike is actually embarked upon.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

On Monday I spent the day at Chacachacare, crossing three choppy Bocas to get there.

On Tuesday I went to Mayaro and, for two and a half hours, navigated some of the worse roads in Trinidad. In particular the choppy, holey, wavey, swervey road between Sande Grande and Manzanilla.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

It is common knowledge that Petrotrin is vastly overstaffed, some say as much as ten times what is required to run an operation of its size. Therefore, the company is well within its rights to offer to terminate “only” 25 per cent of its staff.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

In spite of the machinations in the global marketplace by both OPEC and non-OPEC countries to cut oil production in an effort to stabilise price, it appears that the new normal in terms of oil price may settle at only about $60 per barrel in the short to medium term.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I wish to thank the various heads of department at the eastern area from WASA, Community activist Mr Rock, and the agents from the Call Center for assisting me in getting a water leak repaired and the repaving of a major hole on Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande that has caused distress both to drivers...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1) The OWTU is demanding minimum wage for the inland and offshore workers. Is the public (the shareholders of Petrotrin) aware of the minimum wage of Petrotrin? It is reported to be $66 an hour. That is what a janitor is said to receive.

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