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A diplomatic mess

Published: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

We are still none the wiser as far as the confusion over T&T’s position at the Organisation of American States regarding Dominica’s fees.

It seems that, after all, the nation was in favour of waiving the fees for the hurricane-ravaged Caricom partner. Somehow, though, it ended up against it when the matter was debated at the OAS.

This needs proper probing. Not because of the shameful position of being effectively alone in an effort to help a fellow Caribbean nation but, above all, because an efficient diplomatic service can only exist if there is a clear understanding between the Government and its representatives overseas.

In this case, either someone here in T&T gave the mission in Washington the wrong briefing or our representatives there made a monumental mistake. Either way, someone ought to be held accountable for this mess and fast.

Unfortunately, though, this Government’s track record is quite poor when it comes to holding their own to account. Don’t hold your breath.

Easter pledge

Following the time of introspection and penitence for Lent and the marking of Christ’s Crucifixion, Christians now prepare for Easter Sunday, celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and life as a whole.

It will be a good moment for us all to pause and consider what we can do to celebrate and preserve life in a country rapidly becoming numb to violence, death. At times it feels like as if the nation as whole has lost its moral compass.

Perhaps all of us, Christians or not, should take this extended time with the family to consider at least one pledge to help us become a more peaceful and respectful society, one act at a time.
Shouters

With the 30th of March falling on Good Friday, today instead we celebrate an important part of our rich religious tapestry, the Spiritual Baptists and their unique mix of Christianity and African religion.

Their journey is also a reflection of the complex and unique way Trinidad and Tobago was populated, with the Baptist faith reaching our shores thanks to the Merikins, the former American slaves who settled in Trinidad after fighting with the British forces in the War of 1812.

The Shouters also endured persecution, banned from practising the religion for most of the first half of the 20th century.

We wish Spiritual Baptists a happy day, marking their faith and their unique history in Trinidad

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