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Doggone luck for dangerous dogs

A release from the Attorney General’s office revealed that the Dangerous Dog Act is finally set to be proclaimed on 1 August 2012 after being declared by the Parliament, 12 years ago. To put the passage of time into context: Basdeo Panday and ANR Robinson were Prime Minister and President …

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Police protected against molesters; public must fend for itself

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has begun work on a sexual offenders’ database but it will not be made available to members of the public. Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson reportedly sought to justify the register’s secrecy by asking the Trinidad Guardian reporter: “How would you like it if …

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Public servants uneasy about forced leave

Public servants remain uneasy about the chain of events that led to Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development employee, Cheryl Miller, to be locked away for 15 days in the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital on the say-so of a superior. Jennifer Frederick-Taylor urged Minister Verna St Rose Greaves to …

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TOP down and Toppin over

Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) chairman George Stanley Beard suggested politicians on the sister isle are held to loftier ethical standards when he insisted that Tobago Development Minister Vernella Alleyne-Toppin “must be made to account” for her loose use of a State-issued credit card. The TOP has already issued …

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Hinds retreats over Miller/media clash

Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds claimed he never called the media “vultures” and said he was just passing on a message from Cheryl Miller when he told the TV6 and Express reporters outside her home that they were “hounding” her. Miller had been locked away at the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital …

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Bridge to trouble

Brazen thieves in Cedros stole large chunks of a 68-foot bridge over the weekend to the dismay of inconvenienced Cap-de-Ville residents. Last month, the Arima Mayor complained about dozens of missing manhole covers. Residents with suspiciously bulging pockets are probably not concealing a banana or just happy to see you.

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EMA investigates St Barbara’s fowl smell

Archbishop Barbara Burke, or, if she prefers, “Saint Barbara”, and PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar were surprised by a fowl smell at the launch of the St Barbara’s Primary School in Maloney last Friday. The EMA will now investigate. Wired868 recommends that EMA investigators, during the course of their work, follow the …

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PP chefs face copyright suit

Sport Minister Anil Roberts mocked his COP Political Leader’s assertion that Marlene Coudray would be the first topic for discussion when the People’s Partnership leaders meet at today’s meeting. Roberts, who was defeated by Prakash Ramadhar in the COP leadership race, asked if the Mayor is more important than crime …

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No cell service for police

Police Service Public Affairs officer Sgt Wayne Mystar said yesterday that three policemen charged with murder have not been arrested because the Service knows their location. The officers were allowed to stay in the presumed comfort of their locations while their defence attorneys prepared an injunction. Wired868 cannot confirm that …

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Sita struggle goes from surreal to silly

A newspaper report suggested that Sita Gajadharsingh-Nanga, the school principal without a school, was blocked entry into Tunapuna Hindu School by the security guard yesterday morning and then returned using a different car and was debarred again. Apparently, it is not the make of vehicle that Tunapuna Hindu finds objectionable. …

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Still kicksin in Parliament

Justice Minister Herbert Volney is pushing for the qualifying salary for legal aid to be raised from $545 a month to $3,000. Wired868 applauds his humanity. But what about a clause that says income qualifications can be waived in “extenuating circumstances”? Volney said the best of us are “broken” sometimes …

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Fyzabad Declaration less read than death announcements

The Trinidad Express helpfully re-published the Fyzabad declaration for readers to search for the clause that reads: “thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s Mayor.” It seems the juicy details where not actually written down or made public. Wired868 wonders whether any PP officials read the Declaration of Principles numbers two, …

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