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A satirical spin on Trinidad and Tobago news stories

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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The acting PM and the prisoner

Two men who were involved in the alleged undeclared transportation of foreign currency to Trinidad and Tobago last year were in the news yesterday. Joseph Baptiste, a 57-year-old fisherman, was denied bail at the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court for supposedly failing to declare US$660,000 to Customs officials. Jack Warner, …

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Bolt-ing from love… Usain won’t sprint for Slovak

Global sprint sensation Usain Bolt has set another unique mark in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. And it is for the most bewildering break-up line. Bolt apparently sprinted away from Slovakia-born girlfriend Lubika Slovak, a Jamaican resident, so that he could focus on winning more gold medals …

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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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