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Prayers for our Cuban brothers and sisters

Monday, May 21, 2018

News of untimely death always hurts, particularly when it is close to home. The devastating news that more than 100 Cubans were killed in a plane crash on an internal flight comes close to home.

Cubans have been the very first to respond to crises in our Caribbean states, even while they themselves have been facing misfortune.

One such example was the Cubans’ response last hurricane season where their first responders were among the earliest on the ground in Dominica to help that country recover from the devastation of the worst tropical cyclone to hit that country.

Cuban doctors and nurses worked around the clock to tend to the injured and comfort those who had lost everything.

This is not an unusual response for the Cuban government, who over the years have been able to mobilise to not only look out for their Caribbean brothers and sisters, but also to offer even more tangible support in the areas of training, medicine and agriculture.

This is our time to respond by showing our concern for them in their hour of pain. Let our prayers go up.

The plane crash remains under investigation.

Is the Silver Fox coming back?

Is Basdeo Panday putting on his political boots again, or is he going to be playing a minor role in what some regard as a political play by his daughter Mikela?

Speculation is high about the role her father will play in what is regarded as a counter to the political snub from UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

The invitation from Mikela to yesterday evening’s Open Forum said she “intends to continue to meet with those who are willing to put country before self to improve the lives of all the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

At the end of the meeting, there was agreement that a new political party will be formed.

Some have interpreted this as a national call to those who may have become disenchanted with either of the main parties and who may be looking for a serious alternative. Yet others see this as one last appearance on the national stage for Basdeo Panday, who has not minced words about his disappointment in the UNC leadership.

It will be interesting to see what comes next.

Hooray for the THA

We support the move by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) to reduce styrofoam usage on the island in conjunction with private sector interests. Turtles must be applauding.


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