Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from September, 2010
Continuing his examination of the terms of the CLICO bailout, Afra Raymond asks the $57,000 question: “‘If the CL Financial group is insolvent, then how are we paying for all this?’”
Globewriter, on learning of the suicide of a gay teen as a result of bullying, says: “I have heard from some here in the Caribbean that homophobia is part of the culture…If it is part of Caribbean culture to tell a significant part of its population that it is morally...
“I know in a democracy it is only right for everyone to have their say. Even in criticising you, MATT. But when the criticism becomes mere target practice, it’s time for us to grow up and look at MATT not as the enemy but as a vessel for all of...
Repeating Islands blogs about “one of the documentaries being screened at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival…Tracy Assing’s new film The Amerindians.”
“For those of us who did not invest with CLICO, the mere idea of our taxpayers’ funds being used to rescue those who placed high-return deposits is deeply offensive. Both the CL Financial chiefs and the depositors who took the chance at investing at those incredible rates of return are...
Simply Trini Cooking blogs about Parang – “one of Trinidad and Tobago's folk music that seems in a remarkable way to stay true to its original form” – here and here.
Globewriter’s Weblog posts video of yesterday's “sudden thunderstorm in Port of Spain”, which caused severe flooding.
Repeating Islands notes that “‘Mas Man Peter Minshall’ has won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The New York International Film Festival.
gpottt highlights ” a stunning new film about gay life and the Caribbean” which will be screened at the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
“If citizens are being asked to trust our leaders’ public statements, then the statistics on their own departments’ websites must match”: KnowTnT.com is doing the math and says the numbers don't add up.
Caribbean Book Blog notes that a Trinidadian teacher submitted one of the regional winning entries in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
On the one-year anniversary of Wayne Brown's death, The Caribbean Review of Books posts an essay by Mervyn Morris on the writer's life and poetic achievement.
Pleasure says of Alice Yard's fourth anniversary: “The contribution of this space, at formal, anecdotal and social levels, cannot be underestimated. It has been a place for the arts, in a country where the arts are all too often left bereft.”
KnowTnT.com weighs in on “government's plans for bailing out CLICO's short-term investment and mutual fund depositors”, while Plain Talk adds: “The contentious…CLICO issue…has…ended up only rewarding the gang of thieves that caused the problem in the first place.”
KnowTnT.com says of the U.S. pastor who intends to burn the Quran on September 11: “Let us get to the real heart of this matter, which is not about God's love but about MAN'S HATE. I hope that everyone out there will listen when I say God's love will NEVER...
Crapauds? Cocktail Parties? Lisa Allen-Agostini shares her biggest fear.
B.C. Pires says that Trinidad and Tobago's Budget Day was “more like Reshuffling the Same Old Pack Day.”
Today is Budget Day and Plain Talk has a few bits of advice for the new Finance Minister: “There has been a change in Parties at the helm of Governance, and if that change is to have any meaning…the real Leaders…need to espouse a vision [that] is very clear in...
KnowTnT.com reports that The Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 Coup was launched yesterday.
Nicholas Laughlin is “bemused and bothered” by certain aspects of an interview given to the New York Review of Books blog about artist Boscoe Holder’s work, while Pleasure ruminates on the late artist's male nudes.
“It’s an ambitious endeavour, aimed at making a crucial intervention in Trinidad and Tobago’s literary scene and education system”: The Caribbean Review of Books interviews Lisa Allen-Agostini about her admirable initiative, ‘The Allen Prize for Young Writers’.