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A satirical spin on Trinidad and Tobago news stories

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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Bandit robs Pegus… Then asks for a lift

Local fashion icon Claudia Pegus was held up by a knife-toting bandit on Sunday night outside her Fort George, St James home and robbed of $2,000 in cash as well as mobile phones, iPads and a laptop. The bandit then asked for a lift to Mooneram Street, St James, which …

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Kamla helps solve Americas’ crime with clichés

The 6th OAS Summit in Colombia is best known for US President Barack Obama’s secret service men’s nocturnal activities with prostitutes. It is arguable whether Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar lifted the gravity of the occasion yesterday with her own speech on organised crime in the Americas. The …

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Life’s a beach for dodgy cop

The policeman alleged to have pawned a stolen gold chain has been transferred with immediate effect from Valencia to the Mayaro Police Station. Wired868 cannot confirm that the Police Service got the idea from the Vatican or that Mayaro is now considered Trinidad and Tobago’s answer to Siberia. The Anti-Corruption …

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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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