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Gibbs: You’re safe, until you’re not

CoP Dwayne Gibbs says that Trinidad and Tobago citizens shouldn’t fear being murdered unless they happened to know a murderer. Presumably, he meant longer than the seconds it takes for the murderer to pull the trigger.

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Sport Minister’s selective sleuthing

Sport Minister Anil Roberts showed sleuthing promise as he accused the TTCB of secretly pocketing $3.5 million for not playing its best players and requesting State funds while enjoying a bank balance of $5.1 million. Roberts never seems as clever when the topic of conversation is approximately $180 million collected …

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Warner puzzled by audit

Works Minister Jack Warner, whose football bodies were never fond of independent scrutiny, remains puzzled by the PM’s PURE audit. Warner may offer the services of the TTFF accountants—free of charge.

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Bharath saves money with Porsche purchase

MP Vasant Bharath said he purchased a “just over $400,000” Porsche as Food Production Ministry’s official vehicle to save the money from being returned to the Finance Ministry. He did not say whether, to his knowledge, the Finance Ministry burns returned cash.

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Housing MP’s plane plan for squatters

Housing Minister Roodlal Moonilal wants to purchase a small airplane to locate and eradicate the “parasite of squatting”. He did not divulge whether the intention was to use weedicide and if a plane was cheaper than bus route fare to Bangladesh in St Joseph.

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Benjai award for calypso-so

Benjai’s sweet soca tune, “Trini” was adjudged NACC’s 2011 “Calypso of the Year” at NAPA on Saturday night. Iwer George, Denise Belfon and Swappi set to vie for the 2012 award.

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Spiritual ‘conman’ charged

A spiritual ‘conman’ is charged after allegedly telling a Valsayn doctor she had a week to live and, in exchange for prayers, relieving her of $212,000 over the next two months. In other news, the field of alternative non-medicine is attracting more students.

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In-fighting at Integrity Commission

Anti-Corruption Bureau reportedly asked to investigate Integrity Commission Deputy Chairman who responded with a pre-action protocol letter against the Commission. In other news, local Transparency International cannot get international body to return calls.

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Kamla keeps her silk

PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC refused to return her silk since she felt other recipients over last 50 years would have to follow. The PM didn’t specify whether she meant just the controversial ones.

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PSA in-fighting continues

PSA past, present and in-between executive members have claimed assault by each other. Members wonder if anyone at union is still fighting for wage increases.

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Subhas: Sex is a waste of two minutes

Ex-Junior National Security Minister Subhas Panday objected to conjugal visits for prisoners on the grounds that it was two minutes wasted. There was no comment from Mrs Panday.

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