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Friday, March 2, 2018
Black Panther instils a sense of self pride
At last, some other super
heroes for Afro boys other
than Spiderman and Su-
perman. Not everyone will like
this because not everyone is con-
cerned with Afro racial pride. Not
even the Afros themselves.
What is most heartening about
the obvious long-term popularity
of this movie, worldwide, is that it
will have the same positive impact
as the last President of the United
Nobody expected him to retain
his popularity and achieve a sec-
Today in Barack Obama we have
a living icon. And now, enter the
The tremendous bankability of
the Black Panther movie because
of its cross over racial appeal, can-
not be estimated.
Move over Star Wars, move over
Star Trek and all other famous,
well-loved science fiction shows.
There will be the usual nay-
sayers who will say it is all comic
book fare. It is science fiction.
Never mind the bad-talking, vivid
imaginations will be inspired.
Perhaps the Black Panther
movie will awaken new interest in
Afro centrist thinking.
The Sphinx in Giza, Egypt which
is many thousand years old, is the
face of an Afro man with his nose
deliberately blown off.
And, never forgetting that the
Pharaoh Tutankhamen, is now
being portrayed, by some, as a
light complexioned Egyptian.
So, what really happened all
those centuries ago when the
Black African Pharaohs ruled
Did they opt for killing each
other like we are seeing today in
T&T? Over what? Drugs and guns?
The T&T government is suffer-
ing daily because some people
have no self pride.
Some of us need to stop and get
our act together; we hope sooner
rather than later.
Give thanks for the timely ap-
pearance of this Marvel comic
book hero, a strong, beautiful
Black Panther who might inspire
some positive thinking for those
descendants of the mentally and
Our Corruption Perception was down
in 2017. T&T’s recent jump in the Cor-
ruption Perception Index (CPI) from
a ranking of 101 in 2016 to 77 as reflected in
the 2017 report is more than a perception
for citizens. The reality is that the country is
witnessing the turnaround effect of legisla-
tion and other measures introduced by the
current government to tackle corruption
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has cam-
paigned on stamping out corruption and
his government’s efforts are getting results.
This is an ongoing process and the mile-
stones achieved in this area must be com-
The net effect of a less corrupt country
are far and wide ranging. We must note
that less corruption means more taxpayers
dollars available to service the needs of cit-
izens. Additionally, it provides an environ-
ment more conducive to attracting foreign
direct investment and investor confidence.
Citizens are paying attention to the recent
developments with those politicians from
the former administration who are cur-
rently before the courts on corruption re-
lated charges. Some contractors who have
been identified on suspicions of acquiring
contracts by corrupt means are also under
investigation by the relevant law enforce-
Although this has given the country hope
that people in the public domain accused
of such crimes are also subject to answer
before the courts, we still have a long way
to go in prosecuting white collar crime.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is cur-
rently on schedule and the Parliament in
line with the progress of ground breaking
legislation to strengthen law enforcement
agencies based on a robust legislative
agenda. As a result, a Bill entitled An Act
to amend the Mutual Assistance in Criminal
Matters Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act, the
Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and
Tobago Act, The Customs Act and the Ex-
change Control Act, is now being debated
in the Parliament.
We as Trinbagonians are proud of this
achievement in the fight against corruption
and continue to look foreword to improving
and progressing with time.
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