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A satirical spin on Trinidad and Tobago news stories

TV6 ace reporter re-masters the doorstep

His name is Bassant. Mark Bassant. And he is TV6’s ace investigator journalist as evidenced by the cool mood music that always announces his appearance on the news set. Bassant showed viewers recently that beggars can live quite comfortably if they only set up their business just outside a popular …

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Warner and Williams have a flying conversation

Scene: Office of Minister of National Security Date: Sometime in July 2012 Phone rings. National Security Minister Jack Warner: “Good afternoon, you’re through to Miami Vice. Hahahaha.” Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams: “Minister Warner? Minister Warner, I must talk to you immediately.” Warner: “Yes Stephen, what’s all the excitement about?” …

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Flying Squad The Movie: A critical review

Narratives based loosely on factual events were the rave at the recent United States Academy Awards with Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln all enjoyed some success. Far away in Trinidad and Tobago, National Security Operations Centre (NSOC) director Garvin Heerah allegedly submitted a late entry. The plot, as published …

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Pound the alarm: Nicki Minaj is at it again

Trinidad-born rapper and the world’s oldest Barbie doll, Nicki Minaj, gave Trinidad and Tobago another public toast this week. Once again, it was with Gramoxone. Minaj, a judge for the popular United States television show “American Idol”, compared Trinidad and Tobago to Liberia and said she was lucky to get …

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Cabbage Patch Kid buries self with Sea Lots post

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service responded to the grieving Sea Lots community yesterday with rubber bullets and tear gas. There were no reports of residents hurling anything but insults at lawmen after a mother and her two children were knocked down and killed while allegedly standing on the pavement …

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Warner avoids Haiti and logic… but what about non-flying squad?

National Security Minister Jack Warner said he was too busy to discuss the Caribbean’s crime problem in a meeting of regional representatives in Haiti, earlier this week. Well, that’s one way to avoid an awkward trip. Warner is unlikely to be popular in Port-au-Prince since the controversy regarding FIFA and …

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Gunning for safety? Really?

A 43-year-old Police Sergeant with 18 years’ service died at the San Fernando General Hospital last night after he was shot with his own 380 Baretta pistol yesterday afternoon while trying to apprehend bandits. So, if a trained policeman who was fully aware of the danger he was heading towards …

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Gordon’s got a gun… and he’s not afraid to lose it

Eighty-two-year-old Integrity Commission chairman Ken Gordon faces the possibility of a charge for neglecting to secure his registered firearm and ammunition after losing his loaded .38 handgun near the Brian Lara Cancer Society on Carnival Monday. The loaded weapon was found by a schoolboy, according to the Trinidad Express, and …

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