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Volney tries Warner defence as section 34 farce continues

MP Herbert Volney tried a classic “Jack Warner defence” yesterday in regards to the on-going Section 34 controversy that has already done for his Cabinet career and threatens the credibility of the People’s Partnership government. The Jack Warner defence, named after the colourful National Security Minister, is famous for its …

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Warner’s hollow victory… and continuing fear of flying

National Security Minister and ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner yesterday claimed FIFA’s inability to raise new evidence against former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam as personal vindication. “Because of the false allegations, my family and I were the subjects of much harassment and persecution, which unfortunately continue to this day,” …

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Ex-COP chairman suggests Machel Law

Former COP leader Joseph Toney thinks Trinidad and Tobago citizens should dip in their pockets for a good cause. Not for cosmetic surgery for a baby girl who had a chunk of her face bitten off or to aid the recovery of the Diego Martin flood victims, offset legal fees …

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That’s Istan-bul! Sport Minister is a tweet for Bovell

Tweet from @GeorgeBovell: “Coach arrived. He finished his 1st meeting in time for an inspirational lunch. Getting ready to head to the pool for the final tune up.”   It can’t be half-bad to have the Minister of Sport in your support staff. Presumably, celebrated Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell …

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Analyse this

Political analyst and UWI lecturer Winford James has the simmering THA election scandal all figured out. The Sunday Express revealed that TOP minority leader Ashford has a multi-million dollar mansion he claimed to have financed, in large part, from selling cucumbers and pumpkins. Presumably, Minister Roodal Moonilal’s famous batches of …

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PM: Machel must pay

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has publicly warned soca star Machel Montano that beating up fans at night clubs can be expensive business. “We are very proud of his talent,” said Persad-Bissessar, at the bbpTT Grounds in Mayaro yesterday, “but when you break the law, you have to pay for it.” …

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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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