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Live Wire chronicles: Duke overboard, Roget’s one percent maths, and Tinisha’s 4:44 cover tune

Has the Sister Isle not suffered enough?

Already feeling the brunt of the ongoing ferry fiasco, nervous about the Sandals hotel chain’s impending arrival and cursed by ex-THA assembly man Hilton Sandy’s bizarre love-life—or “The Love Boat: Calcutta edition”—Tobagonians are now bracing for an anticipated spike in sea pollution within a matter of days.

But enough about PSA leader Watson Duke’s attempt to cool down in the midst of a heat wave; and, at the same time, add a touch of brain-numbing farce to a sobering scandal.

Photo: PSA union boss Watson Duke has vowed to swim with the fishes in the most bizarre threat since a kidnapper shot himself to show his hostages that he meant business.

So Duke has threatened to drown himself to highlight Tobago’s sea-bridge sufferings? Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s off-the-cuff response to that might have been: Can you take Gerald Ramdeen with you?

Stifling a yawn? Unquestionably, there is a sense of deja vu about the news in recent times: Murder, robbery, corruption, stupidity, rinse, repeat.

And by ‘rinse’, of course, we mean money laundering.

The Princes Town Magistrates Court was abuzz yesterday as clerk Tinisha Gosine-Ramdass was charged with between 440 and 444 counts of money laundering, document falsification and larceny. The Trinidad Express and Newsday newspapers contradicted each other on the length of her rap sheet but they could hardly be blamed, on this occasion, as the reading of the charges lasted longer than Marlene’s appointment as Public Utilities Minister.

Either that or the Express reporter has Jay-Z’s new album, 4:44, on repeat.

Princes Town Magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine, according to the Express, began reading the charges to Gosine-Ramdass at 1.10pm yesterday and was not even halfway through at 4.40pm. The estimated time of completion was 8pm last night.

Photo: Clerk Tinisha Gosine-Ramdass’ alleged credo: Get in the 1 percent or die trying!

Incidentally, Gosine-Ramdass—or Princes Town’s walking ‘Chamber of Commerce’—is the wife of police inspector Darryl Ramdass, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the service and is assigned to the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau.

‘Organised crime’ might be selling the Inspector short if there is fire behind this smoke.

Inspector Ramdass is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today charged with the illegal possession of eight macaws.

Mr Live Wire has a sneaking suspicion that Ramdass and missus might have been up for Entrepreneur of the Year if the law didn’t catch them first. We cannot confirm that Jack Warner is encouraging the couple to run for FIFA office.

Elsewhere, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader and OWTU president Ancel Roget had his calculator out again, trying to get his sums right on the country’s infamous “one percent.”

Roget claimed that the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, which recently retrenched over two dozen employees, was “a part of the one percent for which we are fearlessly treating with.” Although Mr Live Wire is unsure as to whether Roget meant that the Guardian Media Limited’s owners were part of Trinidad and Tobago’s wealthy one percent; or if he meant that one percent of the country knows that the newspaper—which has a daily circulation of less than 30,000—still exists.

Photo: Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget.
(Copyright Industriall-Union.org)

The JTUM boss suggested that a boycott might be on the cards to shake up the Guardian hierarchy. Problem is: Even if the boycott is successful, how will the Sabga family be able to tell when they barely sell newspapers in the first place?

In other “one percent news”, local watchdog group Fixin’ T&T has called on Christian Mouttet to stop his independent one-man probe of the PNM’s ferry fiasco since he allegedly has financial, business and personal links with the ruling party, a previous or ongoing business relationship with Works Minister Rohan Sinanan and was a guest at Sinanan’s 50th birthday party.

Mr Live Wire would await further word on the first three accusations towards Mouttet. But there is nothing more ‘Trini’ than bad-talking or snitching on your host after wining and dining at their party.

Just ask Anthony Bourdain and Mario Aboud-Sabga!

Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that wealthy contractor Junior Sammy has approached the Equal Opportunity Commission and demanded an investigation into his alleged exclusion from the union’s one percent hate list.

Photo: Rituals owner Mario Sabga-Aboud: “Let Bourdain pass by me for dinner again… See if I don’t rest some empanada in his croissant til he artichokes!”
(Copyright Aldwyn Sin-Pang/Rituals)

“I’m a billionaire and almost every cent came straight from taxpayers through government contracts,” stated Sammy’s satirical complaint, “and yet Roget and dem ent call my damn name once when they talk about the country’s elite parasites!

“Man, it feel like trying to get into Club Coconuts on a Friday night all over again!”

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  1. Duke u make us proud u have gold ln cross country swimmin

  2. You go Duke… my only thing is if his swim will be worth it. Sad if he gets all this way for nothing. Wish i could keep you company. Personally i hate Duke but this has taught me that there will always be Debbie downers telling you that you can’t do something before you even try. I wish your goals are accomplished.

  3. Swim duke swim from Tobago to pos not toco

  4. Oh gosh he ent jump in d water yet hmmm

  5. Watson Duke u r suicidal….. u need professional help and spiritual guidance….RUN 2 JESUS INSTEAD.

  6. Concerned Tobagonians: We need to put pressure on the central Govt to let them know we cannot be taken for granted and pushed around like this…
    Watson Duke: I know! I will swim to Trinidad!!
    Concerned Tobagonians: Wait… Wha? What does that have to do with anything? How does that get our message across in a clear, concise manner?!
    Duke: Yeah fellahs. I just get a new wet suit and it bess! This will be great. Trust mih!

  7. All the Trade Union Leaders if they worth their salt should join Watson on his swim protest…especially Ancil Roget..swim against the 1% to prove you believe the BS!! you does be telling the public….SMH.

  8. I want a shark or a grouper to end his story what a great day that will be for a frigging Fool.

  9. What a bluff.I must say he has outsmarted the media again.He is getting just what he wanted.Attention.

  10. Watson Duke should encourage and take with him Ancil Roget, Remy Martin, David Abdullah, Nirvana Maraj, and any one from the trade union movement.

  11. He knows very well he cannot make it. That is another form of political suicide. This is a very irresponsible venture as it may be people out there who may want to do what he wants people to feel he is going to do.

  12. Making tobagonians a pappy show and a political gimmick

  13. UNC puppet so sad you will never see an Indian making himself such a fool

  14. Waatsoon Duck,… constipation personified!

  15. Already swimming and drowning in stupidity!

  16. Esla you sure right God is boss when he done with all you. Boss is right

  17. Go forest go mummy is looking at you

  18. There we have it folks Mr Duke is practicing for open waters in Maracus beach come September

  19. Go for it man journey to journey that your aim

  20. All yuh good yes..all yuh have me laughing..

  21. Just tell me when. ..I’ll get me some pop corn

  22. Luca Brasi also “swam with the fishes”

  23. ahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha………..ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahaahaha

  24. C’mon, c,mon..this is a well thought out plot by Watson to swim rather than run in the upcoming P.S.A elections..Problem is once he get into the water can he keep it shut long enough so there is actually water for him to swim in?

  25. Kudos Duke…go for it. Where are all the public servants who supported you when you told them to go to work and scratch dey bam bam

  26. Eat alyuh ❤ out Dr Rowley is d Prime Minister of T&T/nobody can’t tell him how to do his JobKamliar/Puke/Anny only out to ” threaten ” our PM but God ✌❤ no word’s/weapon’s shall harm RowleyGod is Boss

  27. Dis is wat dey ” jealous ” Rowley for lover and ambitious life

  28. Dis is Puke cross Anny Roget’s

  29. “…the most bizarre threat since a kidnapper shot himself to show his hostages that he meant business.” Well Boy!


  31. Such an ass…wants to be the next chief of corrupt tobago

  32. I await with bated breath …..!

  33. Met the man and don’t care for him one bit. He’s a total ass

  34. If you look on his FB page, he’s posting videos on his training.

  35. watson duke for olympic swimming tokyo 2020

  36. …..omg, swim with the fishes…nice nod to the Godfather there….

  37. We always find humor in the things that have been afflicting this nation since independence.

  38. Thing to cry…allyuh laffing…

    • Earl Best

      Rudy, Laughter is the best medicine. You don’t laugh at the shit that goes down in T&T today, you will end up in St Ann’s.

      And that, brudder, is no laughing matter.

  39. …… NEVER! a dull moment in T&T Lasana Liburd must get you tired just trying to keep up with their daily antics.

  40. Supposed to have thunderstorms on Monday…
    Where to place bets that this swim not happening?