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A satirical spin on Trinidad and Tobago news stories

Rudder pummels Chaka for Newsday accolade

US soul singer and 10-time grammy award winner, Chaka Khan, gifted calypsonian and former Calypso Monarch and Road March champion, David Rudder, and reigning Road March, Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca victor, Machel Montano, performed for locals at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Saturday night. We know what you’re thinking. …

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Gov’t ready to storm Ariapita Avenue

So you think Ariapita Avenue looks busy now? Locals and tourists may be swarming the snazzy Woodbrook street in the thousands if Tourism Minister Rupert Griffith comes good on his plan to refurbish the area with everything from trees and signage to food courts. A revamped Ariapita Avenue is part …

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Wired868 has a four-letter word for the Sport Minister

Sport Minister Anil Roberts is never short of an opinion that he doesn’t want to scream into a reporter’s tape recorder. Wired868 cannot confirm that, as a schoolboy, his impossibly loud and unfettered voice routinely reduced librarians to tears. But Roberts gets quite quiet when “Jack” is mentioned and mumbles …

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Brian Lara stumped again

Irresponsible, excessively costly and a nightmare for political handlers; age has not mellowed Brian Lara much. Not Lara the cricketer, mind you, but rather the political spin doctors who try to get some turn away from the controversial facilities named after the former West Indies icon. Former UDeCOTT Chairman Calder …

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Police corner Facebook taggers… Criminals are next

Ever tagged anyone on Facebook without asking first? Please turn yourself in at the nearest Police Station. Wired868 exaggerates only slightly; Police Service public information officer, Sgt Wayne Mystar, conceded yesterday that a solitary tag might be overlooked as some people “make mistakes.” More than one, though, and you can …

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PM SC pleads to CCJ… But was it for her sister?

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday announced to Parliament growing confidence in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as she revealed plans to make it the final court of appeal for criminal matters. The London-based Privy Council will continue to have the final word on all civil matters. What a difference …

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PM’s nurse Newton is no cheap date

Vidwatie Newton cost taxpayers just over $860,000 to accompany her sister and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on 11 trips across the globe, which included stops in England, Australia, India, Brazil and the United States. This cost comprised of airfare, accommodation, meals and incidentals. To add context, ex-West …

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CCN court date is a requirement not a choice

CCN must appear in court on 14 May 2012 to justify its broadcast of the rape of a minor, which was allegedly aired by Crime Watch over a three-day stretch and has led to nine charges for a possible breach of the Telecommunications Act. One can only presume that TV6 …

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Crime Watch embarrasses police into action… But Alleyne still vex

A controversial public figure yesterday stood in defiance of a legal request and pleaded for indulgence to stay the course. But enough about school principal Sita Gajadarsingh-Nanga’s attempts to remain at the Tunapuna Hindu School—everyone else is talking about the arrest of TV6 Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne. Alleyne was …

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WASA workers can also be out the wetting business

More than half of WASA’s 4,800 staff faces the possibility of retrenchment after Public Utilities Minister Emmanuel “Hurricane” George admitted that workforce reduction is expected in restructuring. Or, as far as Trinidad Express is concerned, blah, blah, blah—seventy five percent of the Express website today was dedicated to TV6 Crime …

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AG bites dangerous dogs

TTSPCA president Sita Kuruvilla said the Dangerous Dog Act, which will be proclaimed on 1 August 2012, is flawed and discriminates against pitbulls but fails to address the reckless ownership, which created the problem in the first place. Pitbulls, the Fila Brasileiro and the Japanese Tosa will soon be endangered …

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