Today is Thursday 17th April, 2014. For most of Christendom, it is Holy Thursday, the first day of the Easter Triduum, the day on which Christ celebrated the last supper with his disciples.
This is your Round Up. /
**Stumbling block in Calder Hart case: Key file lost
Forget PNM internal elections. Forget diddlers in the Government. This is today’s big story.
From the article: “The Urban Development Corporation of T&T’s (Udecott) inability to locate documents critical to its multi-million dollar lawsuit against its former executive chairman Calder Hart and three of its former executives, may potentially weaken its chances of successfully proving its alleged negligence in the management of a controversial mega-project. “
Nailing Calder Hart to the wall has been a pillar of the PP administration. The Attorney General’s recent bluster is indicative of how important this particular matter is to them, and his desperation in daring Calder Hart to bring into the country witnesses that the PP can’t seem to locate. In four years, there has been little success in nailing anyone for anything of which there were accused on the political platform in 2010 and throughout the PP’s tenure.
If it’s one thing the PP seems to have been able to produce in volume, other than allegations of their own corruption, it’s salt.
**PNM REJECTS 7,000 - Party official: External forces seeking to manipulate membership applicants for internal elections
The explanations provided for two of the rejection cases sound reasonable to me. One woman alone - a non-member - will bring a list of applicants with fifteen hundred people on it? And no ID information? And the PNM must let those applicants in? I can almost hear the UNC chat forums buzzing up over this one already.
**Tanker mishap causes massive traffic jam
…and the traffic lasted well into the night even though there was no longer a blockage.
Suppose and God forbid, as in 2008, we have another bridge collapse along a major thoroughfare? Say the entire span of crossing the Caroni River along the UBH caves one day as a result of an incident, what happens to traffic in Trinidad and Tobago? Say it happens on a Wednesday in the third term the week before SEA, what happens to the schoolchildren who have to come up from Central Trinidad to go to school in the North? Do we have any secondary path sufficient to handle the traffic that must come into and out of Port of Spain from beyond Caroni?
The government’s solution to the problem though?
The solution to traffic is more cars from TWO HUNDRED more car dealers.
The Police Complaints Authority responds to the Attorney General’s attack on them, stating that they have no political agenda and would not have released the report on the reactivation of the Flying Squad to Senator Al-Rawi, going further to state that they are not beholden to him or the government…
**Ramlogan condemns ‘attack’ by PCA director
…and I guess if he can’t reach the throat, he will now go for a limb. But more and more, the AG is starting to look like Jules Bernard said he felt many moons ago.
**Robinson-Regis knocks AG on Al-Rawi comments: Different treatment for Deonarine
As for the more than double standard with respect to what is revealed and not revealed in public… and how it’s done… The AG himself still has many questions to answer on how he came to be in possession of information on a Police matter involving the ILP’s Anna Deonarine.
**Kamla: Move to CCJ inevitable…The people will decide
And Kamsie continues to stall on a Court to which a UNC government assented and lobbied to have located here in Trinidad and Tobago, and into which the Trinidad and Tobago government has placed significant monies in trust for its operations.
Meanwhile, the British Law Lords continue to tell us snidely that we have our own court and need to go away and handle our own business.
The one decision on which Kamla knows she will get near unanimous support in the Parliament and she waffles. Again.
**…launches National Conversation on big issues
From the article: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday launched the National Conversation, a country-wide series that will offer citizens a variety of fora to bring concerns and ideas to the State… Persad-Bissessar said the focus is simple: “You speak, Government listens.”
How’s this for starters, Kamsie? Call general elections now.
**Couple robbed by man killed later by cops
Now, I could be wrong, but I thought you couldn’t publish the name of an accused in a criminal matter unless and until he had been formally charged before a judge or magistrate.
Is releasing information that Naim Dean was a *SUSPECT* in a vehicle robbery supposed to provide some kind of justification for his being shot in the back and killed by Police? Did the Rapid Response officer who shot him know that Dean was a *SUSPECT* in the robbery?
We are more than down a slippery slope her if that is what is being said. We done damn well gone over the edge of the cliff.
**Griffith: Experienced cops going to RRU
From the article: National Security Minister Gary Griffith has agreed to assign experienced officers to the Rapid Response Unit to patrol alongside the Special Reserve Police officers assigned to the unit.
What is really being said here? That Naim Dean was killed at a time where the best Policing unit in the last decade was been staffed by inexperienced Police officers? The unit that provides, according to the Minister, the “ultimate deterrant” in dealing with crime? And I reading correctly? When I see here that the Rapid Response Unit is one “comprising SRPs” and that “regular Police” should now manage them, that six week-trained SRPs make up a major component of the unit, may have previously comprised the entire unit, but this is the spearhead of the anti-crime thrust?
**UK expert to join committee probing baby Simeon’s death
Still no resolution for Baby Simeon’s parents.
**Housing scheme residents: No water in a month
Ganga Singh, you quite literally have one job.
**NAPA earned $3m in rent from 2010-2013
[Singing] Wine back! Throw yuh waist! Wine back! Throw yuh waist! Wine back! Throw yuh waist! Ah want to wine on something!
**AG responds to MATT: Right to freedom of the press not absolute
…but the members of the Cabinet can go on national TV in a rum show session and sit and put journalists’ private business in the public domain. They can climb onto political platforms and reveal the contents of police files involving private citizens. They can stand under parliamentary privilege and slander opposition colleagues and members of the public.
That said, my peeps in the press, allyuh going to want to keep an eye on the AG in the run up to #BeatOut2015 eh. He know plenty civil law.
**Senator: Nursing Bill will lower standards…Too many tries allowed to pass licensing exam
True story. A nurse once changed a bag of drips for me without checking first to see whether there was still fluid in the line. If I wasn’t awake at the time, allyuh might not be reading me here today.
Seriously, I’d rather have too few nurses than many more of lower quality.
**Deosaran disappointed T&T no closer to finding CoP: Selection process ‘outdated, expensive’
"ONE of Prof Ramesh Deosaran’s main goals when he assumed the role of chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) was finding a way to untangle the convoluted process used to select a Police Commissioner…"
Sooooo… yuh failed then?
**Minister: I met with alleged assault victim
And finally, by their fruits, you will know them. And I have to thank Roger Samuel here for the bountiful harvest that he has now provided. He is a People’s Partnership Government Minister and Member of the Cabinet first. All else is secondary. I will cease to make any appeal to him in any other capacity. I am honestly extremely disappointed.
Have a great day and a great weekend everyone.