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Distribution of Empty Metal Drums
National Flour Mills Limited (NFM) is in the process of
discarding empty Metal Drums.
The Drums will be made available to members of the public
provide your own transportation.
Interested persons are invited to contact 625-2416/7 Ext:
482 to coordinate collection by November 18, 2016.
As America, and indeed the entire world
wind down from what has no doubt
been a contentious and hotly-antagonised
Presidential race, it may be useful to consider
the after-effects of such a race against the
backdrop of overarching socio-economic, polit-
ical, historical and cultural issues and what
these could mean for the future of global poli-
tics. For the winner there are a few things that
will map the political trajectory going forward,
• The nation state continues to be relevant:
At a time when the forces of globalisation
create seamless boundaries among nations,
Donald Trump fought with a diehard belief
that the nation state should retain its divine
right to sovereignty. This was seen in the
Brexit vote which was campaigned on a funda-
mental belief that the United Kingdom had
lost its power at the EU bargaining table.
Trump has transmitted this same ideology, that
America has lost its place as a world power
and that the nation needed to reclaim some-
thing lost. Look no further than his campaign
slogan repeated endlessly, "Make America
• Partisan politics alive and kicking:
When Donald Trump announced his candi-
dacy, most people shrugged it off. There was
no way a reality TV host and real estate mogul
could actually become the president of the
United States. However, when Trump won the
Republican primaries, then the nomination at
the Republican Convention, it showed that
irrespective of his nonconformist political
demeanour, Republicans had no choice but to
endorse him, showing that in the end partisan
politics will always reign supreme no matter
how radical their candidate might be.
• America more fragmented than it realises:
It is no surprise that Donald Trump s popu-
larity was correlated to the racist and exclu-
sionary values held by contemporary America.
Trump showed that America is a truly divided
nation yet to come to terms with issues of
race relations and immigration policies.
• Beware of far-right populist fervour:
The rise of "Trumpism" on a much broader
level is a manifestation of far-right conser-
vatism intended to protect core conservative
values. This was already seen in the Brexit vote
and in a general feeling of Euro-skepticism.
Such values are becoming normative as more
nations seek to safeguard their own national
and state interests.
• But everyone still loves an anti-hero:
Donald Trump was the epitome of an
unconventional hero. He was the self-declared
saviour of the contemporary American nation
and therefore defined his campaign as a break
with the status-quo, or as he said, one that
sought to "drain the swamp of Washington."
Trump established himself as everything
Hillary Clinton was not and in so doing rode a
wave of ascendancy to a point where he had a
legitimate path to being the 45th US president.
The 2016 US Presidential race will go down
in world history as one that defied the con-
It has the rise of Donald Trump to thank for
that as he has forever changed the political
landscape of not just the United States but in
fact, that of the entire world, and for the rea-
sons listed above, one should be wary of the
implications of such a future for world politics.
Jarrel De Matas
This is an appeal to the ministry charged with the re-
sponsibility for disbursement of funds to our stu-
dents studying abroad on scholarships.
Payments were due in September yet they have re-
ceived no communication regarding their stipend pay-
ments. They are currently in the middle of the semester.
When they should be preparing for exams they have
this additional burden of sourcing money to pay for
room and board.
Come on, this is no way to treat our scholarship re-
cipients! Please, ease their stress and send them their
remittances. How do we expect them to continue to
A E Brereton
Once again the people of T&T flipped
the political coin on September 7,
2015, and chose the option that appeared
right. The People's National Movement
(PNM) and the United National Congress
(UNC) have succeeded in boxing the pop-
ulation into a two-party system for over
the past two decades.
The politics of race and class continue
to blossom in favour of both parties when
elections are called. The current climate
suggests that we may be looking at a
"slack in, slack out" model, where these
two parties will take turns governing T&T.
Conventional issues of corruption and
arrogance tend to be traits that both par-
ties use against each other when seeking
office. The call to save our country, the call
for hope and change seem to dominate
the campaign strategies of both parties
as they campaign for the power and con-
trol of the Treasury. Those who vote hope
that things will be better this time around
but are usually disappointed.
The PNM's 2015 campaign was based
on the alleged massive corruption taking
place under the UNC with a promise to
bring the culprits to justice. The popula-
tion took heed and voted for the other
side of the coin which now appears to be
more exchange than change with the re-
cent Housing Development Corporation
The UNC partnership also campaigned
on massive PNM corruption with Calder
Hart and UDECoTT to win in 2010. To
date, the Treasury remains burglarised
and neither side of the coin has brought
anyone to justice.
How can we do the same thing over
and over yet expect a different result? I
refuse to believe that our population is in-
sane but rather believe our population is
choosing based on what is available.
Political parties don't win elections but
governments lose elections and therefore
the options available outside of the Gov-
ernment have the opportunity to be the
most favourable options to win elections.
It is refreshing to see the Movement
for Social Justice (MSJ), the National Soli-
darity Alliance (NSA) and the Independ-
ent Liberal Party (ILP) all standing up to
present options to the electorate. The de-
gree of their success will ultimately de-
pend on their ability to convince the
voters that they are the best political op-
tion in this local government elections.
The political analyst will say that we
are designed for a two-party system but
another party can emerge into the top
two just as the National Alliance for Re-
construction (NAR) and the UNC did in
their time. The Congress of the People
(COP) was heading towards the status of
a major contender but surrendered to the
Let's bring more value to the coin and
welcome further political options to en-
hance our democracy.
RACE DEFIED THE
More political parties, more options
appeal for stipends
HUNTER AND HOUND
Sisters Veena, left, and Joyce continue their family tradition of peeling sorrel
at their home at Lyle Lane Street, Felicity, on Monday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
A hunter and his dog walk along the
Manuel Congo Road, Arima, on Sunday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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