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First, the dehumanising conditions engender resentment and rage against the wider society, hence strengthening the anti-social tendencies that landed the individual in jail in the first place. Secondly, interacting with more experienced criminals gives the same individual more confidence that he will not be caught again. And, thirdly, the prison itself...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A society that does not safeguard its children devours its future. And, in T&T, children are dying at an unacceptably high rate. Some die at birth, some from accidents and, more and more often, some are murdered.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thursday’s confirmation by the University Council that Trinidadian businessman Robert Bermudez would be the next Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), is a remarkable and welcome paradigm shift for the regional tertiary education institution.

Friday, April 28, 2017

It would seem, however, that Ayers-Caesar has accepted the role of scapegoat in the fiasco, after the public realised the issue of her unfinished cases was substantial enough to warrant major concern over the future stability of the court system.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The demonstrations by residents of Moruga, Todd’s Road and Brazil Village this week over the lack of water in their communities indicate that the availability and distribution of this essential commodity to households in T&T are approaching crisis levels.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What’s in a name? A great deal it seems when it comes to the decision to name the North West Stand at the soon-to-be-opened Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba after Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The saga over the sea bridge between Trinidad and Tobago has moved on from a matter of essential service provision for the economy of both islands to questions over transparency related to public contracts and costs.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

“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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Friday’s downgrade of T&T’s long-term sovereign credit rating by the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s is a signal to Finance Minister Colm Imbert that he needs to do more to either substantially increase the country’s revenue or reduce its expenditure or both.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A raging debate has now developed over the National Primary School Principals’ Association’s (NAPSPA) recommendation of a change in primary school hours. In particular, the suggestion that the lunch hour be cut in half has drawn criticism from many education stakeholders.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The track and field team, led by double sprint queen Khalifa St Fort, and the swim team, led by Gabriela Donahue, who had a five gold medal haul, made their parents and compatriots proud with their performances.