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Suruj gives Beetham ethical lesson, which ends with more 69

Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan toured Beetham Gardens yesterday with the acting Police Commissioner and Defence Force Chief and promised 100 URP jobs. Presumably, Beetham residents are less squeamish about $69 than East Port of Spain. Beggars, as people of means keep telling themselves, cannot afford to be saints. Rambachan …

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Prime Minister SC unearths suspicious plot… that she started

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC reminded Trinidad and Tobago of her sharp legal mind and selective memory on the weekend as she pointed out that her former minister Collin Partap was “innocent until proven guilty” and questioned the haste with which DPP Roger Gaspard moved to charge him for drunk …

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Beetham burning: Jack challenges community to war

How to make a bad situation worse: Step one. Find a desperate and alienated group on the fringes of society. Step two. Insult the group and threaten them with State-sponsored violence. Beetham residents upset at a shortage of employment opportunities and perceived neglect by the Government reacted on Wednesday by …

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Integrity isn’t integral in these parts

The Integrity Commission publicly and erroneously named and shamed Brian Manning, son of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, for failure to declare his assets in accordance with the Integrity in Public Life Act. Yesterday, the Integrity Commission responded publicly with a timeline of the error, which sought to lay the …

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Revealed: The great Kublalsingh con

A faint and emaciated Wayne Kublalsingh had his hunger strike violently interrupted yesterday afternoon as human rights activist Ishmael Samad grabbed his forearm and tried to drag him upright to make a citizen’s arrest. “I think he was the person who, when nine of our citizens were hanged he was passionately …

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UNC Ministers prove irony is in good health

UNC Ministers Surujrattan Rambachan and Devant Maharaj have broken their silence over the supposedly callous removal of citizens from their territory on the grounds of progress. Not over one hundred Debe villagers, mind you, but 14 St James market vendors who are to be moved into a food court by …

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Kublalsingh must thwart Warner’s death wish

Jack Warner once created a death trap for football fans at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in 1989 by selling 20,000 tickets more than the venue could accommodate. Sixteen years later, he hijacked Trinidad and Tobago’s 2006 World Cup ticket allocation and resold them to local fans through his family company …

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Now Jesse James falls as T&T murders continue

Twenty-year-old Enterprise resident Jesse James was one of two weekend slayings, which took Trinidad and Tobago’s murder tally in 2012 to 358. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, 294 United States soldiers were killed during that same time period. Anyone feel like draping a US flag over his or her shoulder and heading …

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Kublalsingh’s hunger strike gets lean returns

Dr Wayne Kublalsingh continues to gamble his health on the compassion, transparency and sense of justice of the People’s Partnership government and its leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Arguably, it is akin to leaving your Oreos with the Cookie Monster and expecting to come home to chocolate chips. Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal, …

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AG’s curious logic… and section 34

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, as he suggested during the section 34 debacle, is very particular about what responsibilities he attaches to his post. And facts and truthfulness appear not to be part of his job description. After attorney Reginald Armour SC complained that the AG inflated his legal fees from …

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Trinidad Guardian spoil sports… literally

Let’s just call this a weekend to forget for the Trinidad Guardian sports desk. Or maybe it was a weekend to forget about their sport desk. On Sunday, the Guardian became the most shameless plagiarist since Father Henry Charles after lifting the vast majority of a Caribbean Cup article published …

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Foreign crime alert: Beware thieving T&T big-shots

Canadian resident Gene Dziadyk, a former CLICO CEO, knows a thing about Trinidad and Tobago’s seedy criminal underworld after moving to the two-island republic in 2001. But the merciless bandits that scare him most don’t live in “hot spot” areas. “Some people say Trinidad is a lawless country (with) crime …

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