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Proud father Hermez Herbert fixes his daughter Gillian Dillion's veil, outside the Cathedral
Church of the Holy Trinity, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain, before her wedding on Saturday.
Looking on is chief bridesmaid Anastasia McMillan-Taylor. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
try to break
in an effort to
CNE, in Caracas,
to the CNE to
allow it to
pursue a recall
I would like the Food and Drug Department
of the Ministry of Health to know that at no
time was I fooled that the coconut flavoured
Solo drinks could have been real coconut
water. It was priced six times cheaper than
the real thing and was on supermarket shelves
alongside other flavoured drinks that did not
What was important was that it did what
it said. It could be mixed with any alcoholic
drink, put in some ice cubes and you could
not tell the difference. Which is where the
real conundrum must lie.
I had been ignoring "real" coconut water
for some time. "Real" coconut water had
moved from $38 to $67 per two litre in less
than three years. This healthy and refreshing
drink is now well out of reach of shoppers
on a tight budget. This is almost the same
price as a bottle of rum. Who is kidding
Solo should indeed ensure that the labels
are clear as to salt and sugar content. People
who should be monitoring salt and sugar
intake must be made aware. But as to flavour,
whatever the ingredient used is palatable and
does indeed successfully mimic the taste of
real coconut water.
If the mantra is to buy local why is the real
coconut water being sold at such exorbitant
prices? Coconut water is not the only local
item that is sold at comparable prices to
imported items. When coming to fruit a julie
mango is more expensive than an imported
apple. This letter could go on for days if I
walk down that particular road about the
over pricing of local vegetables, fruits and
The reality to be faced is the bill at the
check out counter. The mixer cannot be as
expensive as the drink.
Coconut water 'drink'
did not fool me
There is no question that T&T Senior
Football Coach Stephen Hart has done a
tremendous job in very difficult
circumstances and with extremely limited
resources, to get our Soca Warriors to their
For this, he must be highly commended.
It is with much disgust, therefore, that I
viewed the recent attempt to coerce Hart
and members of the football team to play an
unscheduled game in Equatorial Guinea, as a
blatant attempt to destroy the work that
has been done.
It says much about the character and
strength of our football players, and their
respect for Hart, that they all, unanimously,
One wonders whether Hart and his staff
are being paid on time or if we will be faced
with another outstanding football debt such
as when a former so-called "special adviser"
called the shots not too long ago.
Why do we always end up with sports
administrators who do not study the welfare
of our athletes but only seem, allegedly, to
focus on first class plane tickets, exclusive
luxury accommodation and US$ per diem for
The Government of T&T should ensure
that all resources are in place so that our
coaching staff and footballers do not have to
worry about whether funds are available for
the next crucial leg of their journey.
The dispensation of these resources,
however, must be accompanied by rigid
oversight so that they do not end up in
Linus F Didier,
Now not the time for TTFA 'politics'
First let me say that when I saw the
headline of your article (the "horning" part, at
least), I expected a totally unprofessional
article that I would give up after the first
paragraph. However, what I found was a very
well laid out piece that approached the issues
with great clarity and without
sensationalism. Supported by a few nice
turns of phrase, the article was impressively
But, I am wondering if you are not
underestimating Mr Trump. Trump has found
a way to turn every opponent's weakness, or
perceived weakness, into a major issue. So,
US campaign set to get
I am a Trini-born Canadian citizen. Living in
Canada means that observing the US political
landscape is like looking over the neighbour's
fence. Your assessment of Trump is correct.
His "success" is definitely the result of an
Obama backlash from white America.
Curiously, the media have avoided "going
down that road," and even if it becomes an
issue, it would rally his supporters to his
defence. For them, it does not matter.
Personally, I am glad the rest of the world is
getting to see the "true colours" of the United
States. If you lived in Canada, you would be
able to recognise the stark contrast between
the two countries. If a Canadian politician
were to espouse the views of Donald Trump,
he or she would be hounded out of town.
As for Hillary Clinton, she is not an orator
and consequently she is "weak" on the
campaign trail and would be counting very
heavily on Bill to shore her up.
Hillary's biggest liability is the serious
security breach in using her private email
address for government communications.
Hillary says, "Bill hurt me very badly," etc.
Trump responds: "See, a weak woman who
could not stand up to her husband..." and
makes the case that there is something
typically "woman" about her stance. This
could hurt Hillary and I'll tell you why.
In the good old USA, the concept of "male"
is a very important one. Earlyish in 2008,
Barack vs Hillary Clinton, when Hillary was
still doing quite well, I was expressing doubts
to a friend of mine about whether Obama,
being black, could become the Democratic
nominee. Geoffrey (my friend), who had spent
his working years in the USA, gave the
response that Hillary could never win because
the "good ole boys" syndrome of Americans
would not allow her to do so; better a black
than a woman. And so it came to pass.
So, the response you are suggesting for
Hillary, which sounds a little bit tearful, might
work in some social circles.
'Ole boys' syndrome may be Hillary's demise
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