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The world waits to exhale

Monday, July 9, 2018

This weekend the whole world’s attention was on Football’s World Cup, but many could not turn away from the rescue efforts to pull 12 boys and their coach out of the bowels of a Thai cave. The breaking news on Sunday morning, just after 8.30, that four of the boys had been able to walk out, sent a wave of relief from Thailand to the far corners of the world.

The operation involves a multi-national group of divers, doctors, nurses, military experts and others to ensure the best decision is made to get the group out before monsoon rains make rescue impossible.

Buddhist monks have led prayers for the safe retrieval of the group while prayer vigils have been held all over the world.

This is another reminder that we are all interconnected and share in the hope that this story generates.

T&T must again take Caricom lead

There were times when T&T Prime Ministers took the lead in Caribbean political and economic affairs.

That leadership goes back to the 60s when Dr Eric Williams joined with Guyana’s Burnham, Barbados’ Barrow, Antigua and Barbuda’s Bird and Jamaica’s Manley to cement the partnership of the regional integration movement.

It is a baton taken up by the late Patrick Manning, whose presence at Caricom summits always reinforced the value that T&T felt for the rest of the region.

It was Manning who put many ideas on the table for deepening the integration, among them provision of a ferry service to move people, goods and vehicles from country to country, an idea now revived by the new Barbados PM Mia Amor Mottley.

T&T’s image was diminished when former Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar made the unfortunate remark that we were not the region’s ATM.

Dr Keith Rowley knows how vital it is to show that this country cares even as he was roundly criticised last year for his response to the plight of Dominicans in the wake of the devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria. The hope is that the November meeting Dr Rowley will host on the CSME will serve to iron out the challenges of the grouping and clarify for many citizens the value of coming together as one region.

Geera pork is a winner

Congratulations to the 2018 T&T National Culinary Team, winners for the seventh time at this year’s Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA’s) Annual Taste of the Caribbean Competition.

The menu included geera pork, curried chicken, eggplant and tomato pholourie. The bartender presented a sorrel-swizzle rum cocktail using our award-winning rum.


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