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Education Minister prompts spontaneous RC retreat

Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh had a dilemma of 124 RC students without a school and a nearby government school short of 130 pupils and had an idea. The Roman Catholic board and parents treated Gopeesingh’s brainstorm—that the two batches of students and teachers could harmoniously co-exist—like one of the …

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¿Habla ingles, DPP? No lo entiende El AG

Is English the first language of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard? The DPP was unimpressed with Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs’ assertion that a police probe into bribery allegations surrounding Warner should be closed and retorted with: “you need to go further with the investigation” and “I have not …

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Police penpals dodge Jack issue

If there was ever the need for a press conference, one might think an issue that entails an international crime allegedly executed by an Acting Prime, suspiciously limp action from the Police Commissioner, the willful misrepresentation of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and a rogue press officer at the …

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‘Police investigations’ now officially an oxymoron

The phrase “police investigations” has taken on an entirely new meaning after ACP Joanne Archie explained, at a press briefing yesterday, that the police will not investigate Works Minister and ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner until it gets evidence. Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs’s 21st century policing apparently scoffs at the …

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Party time for two-year-old PP; babysitter wanted

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar shrugged off criticisms of tonight’s People’s Partnership anniversary celebration by asking, rhetorically, if one shouldn’t celebrate a two-year-old’s birthday just because he cannot walk properly. Fair point and Wired868 recommends that parents love their children regardless of any perceived learning disabilities. Following up on the Lady …

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CCN scooped; Express crime reporter is in trouble now

A Trinidad Express reporter and a CCN TV6 cameraman were part of a quartet that tried to rob a rum shop on Sunday night. But, although a TV6 company van was allegedly used for the caper, today’s Express report was shy with the details. So, Express readers who appreciate being …

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MSJ makes partial withdrawal from PP

The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) has shown its clear dissatisfaction with the Government—sort of. MSJ’s political leader, David Abdullah, will not attend the People’s Partnership rally on Thursday due to unease with various governance issues and he also revealed that his party will withdraw from several boards. But there …

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Hungary day ahead for Jack

Works Minister Jack Warner will be focused on today’s CFU elections in Budapest, Hungary and with good reason. Warner went to great lengths to ensure that Harold Taylor is allowed to run for CFU president although he moved his former colleague from a lesser post, seven years ago, on the …

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Kudos to City but don’t forget local sporting triumphs

Charity rarely starts at home where the local sports media is concerned. The Trinidad Express, inspired by Manchester City’s last gasp England Premier League weekend triumph, rattled off 11 other “stunning” sport climaxes. None involved local or Caribbean representatives. Wired868 wonders if anyone remembers Kelvin Jack’s stoppage time save in …

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Queen’s english left breathless at HCU Enquiry

Amidst the shouting and terse exchanges in a variety of accents at the HCU’s Commission of Enquiry, Charles Mitchell, the commissioner of Cooperative Development, yesterday delivered a verbal gem befitting of a wig and robe. Trinidad and Tobago’s court rooms have been overrun by British Lords and Queen’s Counsels in …

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Senator requests paternity leave; deadbeat dads well ahead of him

Father’s Day came early in the Senate. Senators were yesterday debating an amendment to the Maternity Protection bill, which sought to increase leave from 13 to 14 weeks. But Independent Rolph Balgobin decided to put in a plug for daddies and the “crisis of fatherhood” and got support from MSJ …

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Jack invites citizens to his level; auditors not welcome

Acting Prime Minister Jack Warner dismissed criticism of his appointment by the T&T Transparency Institute and Fixin’ T&T and declared that he was only interested in persons who voted for him. Wired868 wonders if, following that line of logic, citizens can also ignore politicians they did not personally vote into …

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