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Letter: An attack on the entire trade union movement


Dear Sir:

Is state-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) moving to have the Communications Workers Union decertified as being the recognized bargaining union for its workers?

I call on Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte to state unequivocally whether or not this is TSTT’s next move after reports surfaced that head of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) Clyde Elder was physically removed from the TSTT’s Edward Street, Port-of-Spain office.

Newspaper reports said that Elder was there to meet with workers to deal with their grievances when he was asked to leave the compound. The situation escalated and Elder told the media that he was grabbed from behind by a TSTT security guard and thrown out of the building.

As a former president of…

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Letter from Africa: How Nigeria’s elite avoid ‘bad education’


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In our series of letters from African writers, journalist Sola Odunfa reflects on a controversial proposal to ban the children of government officials and top civil servants from completing their education abroad.

Back in the 1980s, my daughter won a place at the Obafemi Awolowo University, one of the top state-funded institutions in Nigeria.

She embarked on her studies with a spring in her step, expecting to emerge with a prestigious qualification five years later.

Soon enough though, she would learn the truth behind the modern Nigerian saying: university students can only be sure of their matriculation date; they cannot say when they will graduate.


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Nkurunziza meets his match as Museveni answers letter


Wearing the hat of chair, Regional Inter-Burundi Dialogue, Uganda’s president insists his counterpart must play by the rules.

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Excerpts of Nkurunziza letter

Your Excellency Mr President,

I would like to convey to you greetings and best wishes from the Burundian people and acknowledge receipt of your transmittal letter accompanying the Report of the Facilitator and former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa.

The Government of the Republic of Burundi is grateful to the International Community in general and, in particular, to the East African Community for the efforts, the time and the means made to assist Burundi, especially when we were fighting against an insurrection, an attempt to overthrow democratically elected…

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Letter: NIDS response – Caribbean News Now


Dear Sir:

I write in response to the letter “The national Identification system in Jamaica was poorly envisioned and implemented” published on December 12, 2018, by Silbert Barrett. It is clear from the letter that he is ill-informed about the facts of NIDS or is on a quest to misinform the diaspora.

The idea of a national ID has been in the pipeline for a number of years long before the Mobay guns find, in fact then leader of the PNP, former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, was an advocate for the NIDS and wanted it to be rolled out while she was in office. Major work was done under her leadership along with numerous consultations with various groups.

So what is NIDS? NIDS is a nine-digit number that will be assigned to Jamaican citizens and ordinary residents…

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Letter: The national identification system in Jamaica was poorly envisioned and implemented


Dear Sir:

Why did the Jamaican government go beyond the mandate of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) framework? The fundamental goals of the new National Identity System (NIDS) in Jamaica were to cut transaction costs and facilitate access to government services for all Jamaicans, especially in the area of healthcare access, funding and improvement.

“KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica will have a reliable identification system that will make it easier and cheaper for citizens and legal residents to prove their identity for a variety of transactions, from opening bank accounts to getting social services from government agencies. By reducing transactional costs on identity verification, the National Identification System (NIDS) will help cut bureaucracy and improve the…

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Letter: Your kitchen garden – Caribbean News Now


Dear Sir:

Another successful initiative in Trinidad and Tobago, involving low income earners and the corporate citizenry: gardeners involved in landscaping and lawn-cutting are being invited, trained and encouraged to grow food crops.

Home owners have been asked to convert part of their premises into a kitchen garden, cultivated and maintained by their same trusted gardener. Employing the most up-to-date state-of-the-art green technology, with a mix of hydroponics and organic fertilizers, disease and pest control strategies.

The partnership between the gardeners and Massey Food Stores is to benefit consumers with fresh foods from right in their neighbourhood and even from their neighbour’s backyard.

Massey Food Stores, still well-known for its high quality and low prices…

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