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Why our diversification fails

Prime Minister Keith Rowley knows why all our multi billion dollar “investments” in diversification have failed. And he has the answer that we all long for. He knows what is required to successfully diversify our economy from its near total dependence on oil and gas revenues. In […]

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In defense of Nelson Mandela (Park)

You couldn’t miss it if you tried. This past week or two we have had an amusing and entertaining “debate” in the public domain about the plans put forward by the Port of Spain Corporation (the Corporation) for a major redevelopment of Nelson Mandela Park (formerly King […]

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El Pecos and the New Normal

“If you’re a restaurant that sells food on the Avenue or anywhere else, don’t just put some bread and call yourself a bakery. The police will have a good case against you. You’re breaking the law.” So said Minister Young according to a report last week in […]

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COVID – an economic balancing act

Decision making at the highest level of government during a pandemic like we are experiencing is as difficult as it gets. There are so many unknowns and variables, so many interactions between health, economy, work and all aspects of life where every decision impacts upon and is […]

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CLICO – a true story

This is a tale that is so far fetched that you would not believe it if you had not lived through it. It has the makings of a block buster television series with a seriously devious cast of characters that would do a mobster movie proud. Because […]

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COVID economics Part 1

I am not an economist. I am an accountant and a database specialist. That is why I shy away from serious economic analysis. Although my training many years ago included some economic theory and I worked among economists frequently, I still consider myself to be no more […]

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About Tobago autonomy

I have listened to the often fraught discussions about Tobago autonomy with interest. I have tried to understand the differing desires and suggestions of the various parties. I was left bewildered and confused by the competing views and demands on offer. What is clear is that there […]

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COVID Planning

Here we are, well over a year into the COVID pandemic. It has impacted us in ways that will be with us for years to come. At the start I was impressed by the stated position of the ruling administration. They called on us to pull together, […]

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Who wants million dollars

The headline said it all. More than 8 million dollars had been paid out to fraudulent claimants of COVID relief grants. This was based on a report from the Auditor General into the expenditure of the massive amounts of public funds to assist various sectors of society […]

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Regulating Diego Martin Credit Union

I have to confess that I am more than a little surprised by the feedback generated from my columns sharing my difficulties in dealing with Diego Martin Credit Union (DMCU) and its two principals, Brian Moore and Hamlyn Pantin. I have been writing weekly and/or monthly columns […]

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