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Over the last three decades, the rise of bikini mas has been considered a sign of Carnival’s loss of politics. In this view, gone was the costuming skill and performance that defined mas itself, to be replaced by wining skill and body display, with the heyday of top male bandleaders replaced by bottom and “Carnival is woman.”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Finance Minister Colm Imbert was being very firm in the Senate on Tuesday—he’s not taking chances.

“I’m not going to say that,” Imbert declared to Opposition Senator Wayne Sturge’s lobbed picong.

Sturge and colleagues had been teasing Imbert about seeking populist policies.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

In last week’s column I wrote that I won’t accept responsibility for women who have a sweet tooth for every sweetman. This was a specific reference to the tendency of some women to have broods of children for absentee fathers without the resources to care for them.

Friday, February 10, 2017

It’s often said, a civilisation is measured by how it treats its weakest members. This has direct relevance for socially-displaced people in T&T.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The PNM’s media machine experienced a disastrous week of damage control in relation to PM Rowley’s words, “I am not in your bedroom, I’m not in your choice of men.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DARK CLOUD: The homicide rate in T&T is two murders a day.

SILVER LINING: 90 per cent of those killed are male, poor and black.

CLOUD: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in T&T.

LINING: Trevor Sayers can cure all diseases.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Some years ago I had the dubious honour of being appointed the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Special Education to the Ministry of Education. I was aware it would be a waste of time. Convince me, tell me why I should accept, I told the good gentleman who made the offer.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Voices of a surprising number and stature have taken the Attorney General to task for his “tactical” decision to remove a provision (requiring a 60 per cent margin of votes for passage) originally inserted into the marriage amendment bill, once it reached committee stage in the Senate, when...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

I had a plan. Rent a truck, fill it with plastic bottles and dump it on the road in front of the Red House. Block the road with a mound of plastic trash. This was back when the Red House still housed the nation’s Parliament. I didn’t want any old truck, but a big quarry dump truck.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Anyone who has ever applied for a visa to the US knows fully well that the embassy doesn’t just hand them out. It’s a process that involves the expenditure of a considerable amount of time and money, and tests the limits of a person’s patience.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The explanatory notes accompanying the The Tax Information Exchange Agreements Bill, 2016, read, in part, as follows: