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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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Police rides fail humane test

A High Court Judge slammed the Police’s practice of transporting suspects in the back of SUVs and in the tray of pick-ups as though they were cargo. Justice Ricky Rahim said even a detained person deserves to be treated with dignity and questioned whether such an unsafe practice had any …

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COP still toting feelings

COP leader Prakash Ramadhar is still hot and bothered over San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray’s defection to the UNC and is ready to go to war over the “betrayal.” Ramadhar alleged that the coalition parties of the People’s Partnership carved up Trinidad and Tobago to their tastes and San Fernando …

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PURE bliss for Jack

The UNC, according to re-elected chairman Jack Warner, is revitalised, re-energised and getting stronger every day; or maybe Warner was just talking about himself. The “Can Do” Minister—his full name is “Can Do Anything But Provide Transparent Accounts”—is back in the saddle and set to regain the lucrative PURE program …

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The Duke of Hazard returns

PSA President Watson Duke was back on the POS streets with a loud speaker and chip on each shoulder as he lectured on pay injustices yet found time to criticise OWTU leader Ansil Roget. Of course, Roget got his workers a nine percent increase while Duke controversially accepted five percent. …

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OCM gobbles up radio stations

OCM, the parent company of the Trinidad Express and TV6, expects to soon add considerable media muscle with the acquisition of the Citadel Group and its radio stations I95.5, Red 96.7 and Hitz 107.1 as well as Sidewalk Radio 92.3. It means that, in a virtually unregulated local media climate, …

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More Hart failures

Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs told the COP chairman that there was still no credible evidence with which to charge former Udecott executive chairman Calder Hart. Hart’s perceived corrupt use of State funds was a key issue in the fall of the Patrick Manning-led government and the wind beneath the wings …

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