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Marriage is alive

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The pomp and ceremony of a British royal wedding got an injection that showed that the monarchy is undergoing the kind of changes that only a modern prince and princess can bring to the fore.

Harry and Meghan’s plan for their wedding ceremony was a refreshing departure from the near staid affairs that captured millions of viewers for the wedding of his mother, Diana and later, his brother, Williams.

The presence of an American clergyman invoking the words of Martin Luther King in the ornate chamber was a transformative event that ushered in a whole new form. And the choir performing Stand By Me added further to the richness of the morning ceremony at Windsor.

The call for love to envelope the world and a ringing call for peace comes at a time when several nations are embroiled in wars and love is lost on those who choose to use violence as the only means of resolving differences.

We can only hope that the love displayed by Harry and Meghan has some positive effect on at least one couple in the world community.

Clico reduced hangover

Finance Minister Colm Imbert reminded us how the CLICO debacle remains a problem yet unresolved in other Caribbean countries.

It has been nearly ten years since the collapse of one of the region’s biggest conglomerates with interests ranging from insurance to chemicals.

Minister Imbert revealed that other countries in which CLICO operated continue to appeal to the Port-of-Spain administration for money to put an end to a painful period in their financial sectors.

The cash requirements run into millions of US dollars as governments work to raise funds to satisfy policyholders and others drawn to the handsome investment returns offered.

The T&T Government has been able to use some of the assets under Central Bank control to regain some of the money committed to saving the associated companies from contagion.

The significant shares of CLICO-owned companies now coming into public ownership may be one of the silver linings of this episode and serve to reduce the objections raised about the Government’s rescue.

The Blues are winners

Stamford Bridge was not the only place rocking overnight. Chelsea fans around the world praised the English football team’s outgoing manager Antonio Conte for his stewardship and yesterday’s FA Cup victory over Manchester United.


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