1. Today is Wednesday 23rd April, 2014. It is now fourteen days since the passing of former THA Chief Secretary, Prime Minister and President A.N.R Robinson. He is still not interred. This is today’s Round Up. /

    **DEAD MAN GIVES LIFE: Grieving mom donates kidneys of murdered son to save patients in need
    http://ift.tt/1f36adw /

    For more on organ donation in Trinidad and Tobago, see the National Organ Transplant Unit page at http://ift.tt/1jLntgv.

    **Minister slams online video of mom beating girl
    http://ift.tt/1f36bOO /

    Comment on this has been wide and varied. I’ll leave it to the parents. I have my own opinions, but I have no children of my own.

    **Girl, 14, arrested after car chase
    http://ift.tt/1jLnqkP /

    Questions would be asked, how did this young girl end up in the company of these men and where were her parents?

    **Lucky: PCA report not confidential
    http://ift.tt/1f36adE /
    **…AG wants investigation by Integrity Commission
    http://ift.tt/1jLntwR /
    **CoP, integrity body must probe Flying Squad: Anand insists report leaked
    http://ift.tt/Ps7dXX /
    **Lucky—PCA’s record good
    http://ift.tt/1f3C1dN /
    http://ift.tt/1jLntwT /

    The dance around the PCA report into the new Flying Squad continues. The AG continues to try to change the music. But it changes nought the fact that an illegal Police squad existed under the government’s nose, constructed with the assistance of a lead member of the local national security infrastructure. I have no problem with the AG’s bluster and his calls to have the matter investigated, taking it under advisement though given his own previous admissions about having less experience in matters criminal than civil. But don’t stop there, Ramlogan. Act on the report. Because, at a time where the people have lost confidence in a Police Service that has now turned to advertisements which seek success in the number of people dead year on year, that a mongoose gang could have been operating with the sanction of the security forces does not add to the impression that things are under control.

    **Policeman who fired shots in Caura released pending enquiries
    http://ift.tt/1f36adI /

    Again, this speaks directly to the public’s ability to have confidence in the Police Service to treat with its own.

    **Father of four shot dead outside family business
    http://ift.tt/Ps7dY1 /
    **Woman, baby miss deadly shooting
    http://ift.tt/1f36adJ /

    38-year old Dane Joseph leaves behind a teenaged boy to ponder on his father’s violent death.

    **Excavation near Sando Hill halted
    http://ift.tt/1jLntwW /
    **Excavation at San Fernando Hill: Surveyor, engineers called to account
    http://ift.tt/1jIzUJG /
    **Residents want stockpile removed: ‘…It’s a health hazard’
    http://ift.tt/1f36adL /

    Town will say that this is the one that got caught, and that too much of this goes on all over the country without being aired, that is, malfeasance in land development facilitated by corrupt individuals in the Corporations and Town & Country Planning.

    I’m glad that this is happening, and hoping that all who need to be called to account will be.

    **‘Widespread disregard for rules in T&T’: Project launched to ‘put health and safety first’
    http://ift.tt/1f36c57 /

    And we have fitting juxtaposition here as the San Fernado City Corporation launches its Health, Safety and Environment Week.

    **Autopsy: Baby Akielah choked on her vomit
    http://ift.tt/1f36adN /

    This is a really, really sad story.

    **Seven schools remain closed: New term begins but…
    http://ift.tt/1jLntNg /

    I would make a suggestion to Doctor Tim because we go through this back and forth about how many school were attended to each vacation period and how may weren’t.

    Let us instead of looking for pats on the back for work done, instead report first on work not completed, indicated how soon the work required will be completed, indicate as well what contingencies are to be put in place in the interim, and then and only then report on what was done.

    It would avoid some noise if we just admit up front that there is still work to be done rather than looking for praise first for doing what is supposed to be yuh damn job.

    **Female pupils ‘attacked by CEPEP worker’: Parents protest poor security
    http://ift.tt/1jLnqBe /
    **Parents protest lack of repair at P/Town Sec
    http://ift.tt/1f1TEej /

    If the approach were changed, stories like these might not jump up regularly to bite you on the hindquarters.

    **‘Skippy’ on allegations of irregularities in ministry: It may be difficult to get documents
    http://ift.tt/1f1TG5T /

    Skippy playing whistleblower and he ent have a whistle?

    **‘No confidence’ in PNM election committee
    http://ift.tt/1f36au4 /

    The caption here appears incongruent with the content of the article. It appears to me that the complaint by one of the PNM internal election candidates which the caption summarises was completely addressed by the PNM’s election committee in writing.

    I’m lost.

    More and more, it looks like Penny’s people are making noise for making noise’s sake. And more and more, when examined, they are looking a little foolish for it.

    **PoS garbage pile-up avoided but City Corp workers feeling disrespected
    http://ift.tt/1f1TG63 /

    Former POS Mayor Louis Lee Sing had this problem of overtime payments to garbage collectors to deal with as well. Eyes on this though. With the majority of the Corporations looking to be wukking, to wax colloquial, this could find itself resolved soon with replication in other Corporation districts.

    **Aviation Authority: We have no report on Ramadharsingh issue
    http://ift.tt/1jLnqBk /

    From the article: “Two things…we cannot comment on that and secondly we don’t have any report at all. In other words nobody has reported to us about an incident and we do not go on hearsay, we go on facts and if a report is made then we will have a duty to investigate and there is no report at all,” (Director General of the TT Civil Aviation Authority Ramesh) Lutchmedial said. “We don’t go on hearsay and we don’t go on what we read in the newspapers,” he said.

    So Glenn got fired based on hearsay and what somebody read in the papers?

    Secondly, wouldn’t saying that they don’t have a report considered to be commenting?

    **Former Caroni workers march on Saturday
    http://ift.tt/1f1TG69 /

    Promises not kept…

    **NGC Bocas Lit Fest makes radio debut
    http://ift.tt/1f36c5g /

    Take note!

    **‘Not the politics we practise in T&T’
    http://ift.tt/1f36c5k /

    The call is commendable. But that’s about all it is for now. The COP doesn’t have the best record as far their views being considered is concerned.

    **Hochoy: Honour ANR by giving Tobago self-govt
    http://ift.tt/1f36c5m /
    **Orville: Time to get back on board Tobago talks…after TOP leader absent again
    http://ift.tt/1jLnqRO /

    These discussions are extremely important and must take top billing on the national agenda. Every national of Trinidad and Tobago needs to be following here, because they do affect all of us.

    Have a good one, folks.

  2. Today is Tuesday 22nd April, 2014. This is your Round Up and it may be NSFW. /

    **DOUBLE TRAGEDY: Aunt suffers fatal heart attack after nephew shot and killed
    http://ift.tt/1mzmmFP /

    Your child could be the worse kind of bad boy. The grief is real.

    **Boynes: I e-mailed PNM election committee on Friday
    http://ift.tt/1mzmmFR /


    **Griffith warns of ‘long, hot summer’…as political climate heats up
    http://ift.tt/1mzmmW4 /

    When the Minister of National Security can say shit like this on the heels of the Commissioner of Police’s statements reported yesterday, you have to wonder whether these gentlemen are interested in the peace and sanctity of the country at all.

    This is within your purview to keep under control, Wowsie. This here represents a throwing up of hands that was not tolerated in a previous administration. It also sends a troubling signal about the administration’s view of the cause of current unrest:Politics and politicking. Not government corruption and incompetence, but politics.

    **No charges yet for cop who fired gun at Caura
    http://ift.tt/1mzmogL /

    According to the article, what the officer did is known to be an offence. But he is not on suspension. And the Police are awaiting the DPP’s decision to charge him.

    One would think that in light of the crime situation in the country and the known crisis of confidence in the Police Service that they would take in front. But again, in light of what would appear to be an admission this weekend by the Ag. CoP of deliberately selective policing (see http://ift.tt/1k37wDT)…

    **Chamber wants Govt to review bill
    http://ift.tt/1mzmmW8 /

    From the article: The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) yesterday called on the People’s Partnership Government to further review new legisla­tion dealing with procurement, even as a se­nior official of a civil so­ciety group said the measures opened the way for corruption.

    Once no special majority is required, watch this one go the way of Dangerous Dogs, and watch the Government chalk passing procurement legislation as one of its successes in its five year term.

    **Tewarie responds to Riley’s call to burn draft procurement bill: ‘We’ll work it out’
    http://ift.tt/1tvw9hI /

    Yeah. Right. Pardon my cynicism and lack of trust.

    **Fixin’ T&T: Anand unfit for office…also calls for firing of Al-Rawi in wake of PCA leak
    http://ift.tt/1k37wDW /

    No response from Al-Rawi in the article, but the AG’s response is priceless and classic Ramlogan.

    **Father of 2 shot dead by trap-gun
    http://ift.tt/1mzmmW9 /

    From the article: POLICE believe a home-made trap-gun meant to scare animals fired and killed Barrackpore labourer Ramraj Ramnarine on Sunday.

    "…meant to scare animals…"

    The article goes on to say again, “Police suspect the trap-gun may have been set to scare off the animals.”

    I recall a man being charged for setting up a device in his window that chopped off the arm of a female piper who was constantly robbing his home. No word in the article about charging the owner of the trap gun.

    **Secrets of the graveyard: Dead ‘speak’ in historian’s new book…
    http://ift.tt/1ju8ze9 /

    **Former pope John Paul II to be declared a saint on Sunday… Legacy stained by sex abuse scandal
    http://ift.tt/1k37wDX /

    Interesting read.

    **US$600m to fight AIDS, TB and malaria: C’bean to benefit from global fund
    http://ift.tt/1k37wDZ /

    It would be good for me to say that I’m happy for the international support in fighting these diseases, but the following opening paragraph from Trinidad and Tobago’s latest Global AIDS Response Progress Report to UNAIDS gives me no comfort:

    "The National AIDS Co-ordinating Committee (NACC) came to an end in March 2011. With no staff dedicated towards compilation of the country progress report…"

    This report for the period JANUARY 2010 to DECEMBER 2011 and dated 30 March 2012 is the last that appears to have been submitted for Trinidad and Tobago. See http://ift.tt/1k37uMf.

    Well done.

    **Eight held for stealing pipes from Petrotrin
    http://ift.tt/1mzmmWn /

    You know how long its been since last I saw a story about men being held for stealing metal? In the same story is a line about electrical wire being stolen from a retired Police Officer.

    **St Patrick’s Church still needs help
    http://ift.tt/1mzmogV /

    Anybody wanting my comment on this can contact me directly.

    **Easter treats for children in Sando General
    http://ift.tt/1k37uMh /

    And this was a nice feel-good story. I remember Mr. Abracadabra. Glad to see that he’s still around and spreading joy.

    Have a great day, everyone.

  3. 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
    http://ift.tt/1l4ZuxZ /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeY4S /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1l7bpvj /

    …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?

    **Car dealers get injunction against minister
    http://ift.tt/1gDeY4T /
    **Used Car Dealers reject Minister’s plan

    The solution to traffic is more cars from TWO HUNDRED more car dealers.

    Brilliant, yes?

    **PCA responds to AG: We have no political agenda
    http://ift.tt/1gDeZpp /
    **Lucky on leaking of flying squad report: Authority not political entity
    http://ift.tt/1pbHWBY /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1l7bpvk /

    …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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeZpr /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1l7bpLC /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeZpv /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1l7brU3 /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1eTUtQV /

    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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeZpx /

    Still no resolution for Baby Simeon’s parents.

    **Housing scheme residents: No water in a month
    http://ift.tt/1l7bsai /

    Ganga Singh, you quite literally have one job.

    **NAPA earned $3m in rent from 2010-2013
    http://ift.tt/1gDeYlc /

    [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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeZFL /

    …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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeYle /

    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’
    http://ift.tt/1l7bsao /

    "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
    http://ift.tt/1gDeYlg /

    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.

  4. Today is Wednesday 16th April, 2014 and this is your News Round Up. /

    **CONCACAF BLOCKS JACK: Football body freezes Centre of Excellence asset
    http://ift.tt/1gAuNck /
    http://ift.tt/1l1iyx6 /

    Just when the man in the ascent, he gets caught again. The report on the Flying Squad just released appears to exonerate Jackie Boy of any involvement, and now CONCACAF wants to take away the Centre of Excellence from him. Many sadness. I cri evrytiem.

    **Male victim files report with police: Govt official made sexual advances
    http://ift.tt/1l1iA8g /

    In a couple days, this headline could well read “Government Official shoved out of the closet.”

    Awkward and embarrassing? Yes, most definitely. And the Minister may not be the only one playing Grab-Whatever. Patricia Singh asserts that Glenn did some grabbing of his own too.

    Assault? Possibly, but that’s for the Police to determine.

    Sexual favours being requested for state funds and projects? By the report, it doesn’t seem so. Looks to me that the Minister badly mis-read another man’s friendship.

    **Leak not from DPP’s office
    http://ift.tt/1gAuP40 /

    The AG levels allegations that a major political conspiracy exists in the leaking of the Flying Squad report designed to bring down the government.

    I think he’s gone too long without his tinfoil hat.

    **…MATT knocks AG’s attacks on the media
    http://ift.tt/1gAuNcl /

    I light of last night’s revelations, I think I’ll leave any inferences about “licking” alone today. Too easy.

    **Vasant apologises for ‘insensitive’ Robinson-Regis comments
    http://ift.tt/1l1iA8j /

    To Minister Bharath:

    (1) An apology sent privately for a very public embarrassment is not an apology.

    (2) An apology for an action stating at the same time that the action was justified is not an apology.

    You have not apologised. The action was still crass and classless. And for that, I make no apology.

    **Singh: WASA spent $1b on projects
    http://ift.tt/1l1iyxe /

    It’s too early in the morning for all these figures. I’ll wait for MP Colm Imbert or somebody to break all this down and tell us whether it makes sense or not.

    **Rev Abdul-Mohan to bring something fresh to the Senate
    http://ift.tt/1l1iA8k /

    I know nothing of the lady’s record, so I would hope so.

    **The Petrotrin oil spill: Company chiefs favoured sabotage theory
    http://ift.tt/1l1iA8m /

    Camini Marajh’s expose on the Petrotrin Oil Spill and La Brea disaster continues with Part 6 of the series today. At some point when this is over, the Express needs to do a pull-out.

    **Doctors row over union elections…claim current executive sabotaging
    http://ift.tt/1l1iAoA /

    To me, this is not the first time that MPATT has had election drama, but the memory is vague. That said, it is the last line of the article that has me in stitches:

    "Tomorrow’s elections will be presided over by the Public Services Association (PSA)."

    **Lucky must step aside, says Police Association
    http://ift.tt/1gAuP43 /

    This is interesting though. The AG in the tinfoil hat rant claims that the report wasn’t leaked by the office of the DPP. The PCA claims that the report wasn’t leaked by their office and indicates that the final report and what was stated by Senator Al-Rawi in the Parliament was inaccurate. The Senator also had a copy of a report allegedly generated by the Police Service as well.

    But the Police Social and Welfare Association asks for the head of the Police Complaints Authority to step down and the the Authority itself be shut down.


    Their response is to ask that the people who compiled a report on the matter be removed? Are Ramesar and Seales also saying that they are quite fine that a secret Police Force, a mongoose gang, was set up by a functionary of the state’s security apparatus?

    **Griffith on not suspending RRU: Best unit in a decade
    http://ift.tt/1maOmg1 /

    SRP shoots man in back. Conflicting reports between Police, witnesses and the coroner’s evidence. Police Social and Welfare Association calling for a shut down of a unit featuring Police Officers with six weeks’ official training…

    From the article and the Wowsie-listed merits of the Rapid Response Unit: “The unit has proven to be very effective in providing an ultimate deterrent to criminal elements.”

    Ultimate Deterrent: A term often used to refer to the death penalty.

    Best Police Unit in a decade, Wowsie? Get ready to wine! Get ready to wine! Faluma ding-ding-ding!

    Have a great day, everyone. And be safe out there.

  5. Today is Tuesday 15th April, 2014. It is the anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster where 766 were injured and 96 died while supporting Liverpool Football Club at an England FA Cup match. We set aside animosity in the football world to remember those who passed. /

    **A MOTHER’S PAIN: She could not believe death texts sent by dad about killing his two infants were serious
    http://ift.tt/Q9juBQ /
    **Deaths due to asphyxia
    http://ift.tt/1m6XOBj /

    He strangled the children and then killed himself. The mother can’t believe what happened.

    **Autopsy: Dean shot in back at close range
    http://ift.tt/Q9juS5 /
    **Ramesar blames police killing on poor training: Shut down RRU
    http://ift.tt/1ikB3ZS /

    The more I hear about this story on the TV and radio news is the more it troubles me. Now comes word that the shooter is a Special Reserve Police officer and that the Second Division Police Association is not in favour of the continued operation of the Rapid Response Unit of which he was part, a unit launched by Kamsie in January of this year, because of the fact that it is staffed by SRPs who they claim are not properly trained.

    In the second link - the Guardian article - there is a very troubling comparison of regular Police versus SRPs. It makes you wonder whether the make-work model has extended itself into the ranks of the Police Service.

    **Personal vendetta against the Govt
    http://ift.tt/1m6XQsX /

    The Attorney General: “There are PNM agents everywhere, they are working and conspiring to bring this Government down and that is why there are leaks everywhere because they are conspiring to try and make this Government look bad… there were PNM agents in every ministry and every institution.”

    Paranoia is defined as a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system. It may be an aspect of chronic personality disorder, of drug abuse, or of a serious condition such as schizophrenia in which the person loses touch with reality.

    Persecution complex is an irrational and obsessive feeling or fear that one is the object of collective hostility or ill-treatment on the part of others.

    Persecutory delusions are a delusional condition in which the affected person believes they are being persecuted. Specifically, they have been defined as containing two central elements:[1]

    (1) The individual thinks that harm is occurring, or is going to occur.

    (2) The individual thinks that the perceived persecutor has the intention to cause harm.

    According to the DSM-IV-TR, persecutory delusions are the most common form of delusions in schizophrenia, where the person believes “he or she is being tormented, followed, tricked, spied on, or ridiculed.”[2] In the DSM-IV-TR, persecutory delusions are the main feature of the persecutory type of delusional disorder. [http://ift.tt/1lMW4wj]

    **AG dealing with civil aspect of Calder Hart case
    http://ift.tt/1ikB2oU /

    Meanwhile, the AG seems to be battling with Saucy Wowsie for the Cabinet Wine-Back Crown. With all the grandcharge, Calder Hart ent have a single criminal charge to face after four years of Commission of Enquiry, forensic investigation and general bluster? The state is suing him for mismanagement?

    **CNMG suspends ‘Face-Off’ programme
    http://ift.tt/1m6XQJd /
    **‘Face-Off’ talk show suspended
    http://ift.tt/Q9juS8 /
    **CNMG axes talk show
    http://ift.tt/1qCFzWe /

    And in the face of the above, from the article: Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) has suspended its current affairs programme, Face-Off amid reports the show was not sufficiently reflecting the work of the Government.

    Contacted for comment, (host Wesley) Gibbings said: “During my time on the programme, I had linked the show with journalists in countries such as Malaysia, Ukraine, Guyana, Grenada and Venezuela for exclusive reports on the situation there. Sad to say. I was not surprised. I’m in the business of news and information unfettered by political and other considerations. I say no more.”

    (Host David) Fraser told the Express he was informed of the show’s cancellation at 8:30 a.m. yesterday. “No reason was given,” he said. “We produce a very independent programme. We carry all sides. We are all journalists. We showed up today for 4 p.m. because we did not have any official correspondence and we were escorted out of the building by security…”

    Being in the business of supporting the government, it’s understandable then that CEO Kenneth Ali would claim that CNMG took a business decision to suspend the show.

    **…Ramesar: Shut down the PCA
    http://ift.tt/1m6XQJk /

    Meanwhile, the head of the Police Second Division Association calls for the Police Complaints Authority to be shut down in the face of sensitive information being leaked to both press and Opposition.

    **Deosaran’s last day as PSC chairman: Evidence not secure at police stations
    http://ift.tt/Q9jxh1 /
    **…Too many officers absent from court
    http://ift.tt/Q9jxxf /

    Are these “duh” moments?

    **Coolman: I paid $75,000 bribe
    http://ift.tt/1m6XORQ /

    Yes he did. Years ago. To a woman from Diego Martin (AH SHAME!!!) who claimed to be working at the office of the DPP. She was charged for fraud in the matter.

    Regardless, Coolman isn’t looking good here. But the defence attorneys’ job is to cast doubt on their clients’ guilt.

    **Judge clears way for judicial review in Panday integrity case
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    **Court rules against DPP in Panday case
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    If this finds itself resolved in time for the run up to #BeatOut2015, things could get very, very interesting.

    **ANR to lie in state at Waterfront Centre
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    "It would have cost over $5 million to prepare the Rotunda at the Red House so that the body of former president and prime minister Arthur NR Robinson could lie in state there for two days."

    Robbie’s funeral proceedings are beginning to border on the ridiculous. In fact, with this expenditure, it may actually have crossed that boundary.

    As a woman lamented on in the public comments on the news last night, this is craziness now. Enough already. Respect the man and bury him. We don’t need him soaking in formaldehyde in order to keep tributes coming in.

    **New Independent Senator appointed
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    Presbyterian minister Rev Joy Evelyn Abdul-Mohan replaces Subhas Ramkhelawan on the Independent Senate Bench, adding another member of the clergy to the country’s Legislature. I await her maiden contribution.

    **Howai to replace FC chairman?
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    Nyree out? Just Nyree? Whither the group that defined the terms of the IPO?

    **Report in two weeks on St Michael’s Home death
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    De Couteau says he want a report. Diana says that an investigation isn’t necessary.

    [Street Fighter Narrator Voice] Who will win?!

    **Rowley: I’m ready to be next PM
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    And with his actions, speeches, travels and reported consultations, he’s certainly acting the part. Thank goodness he hasn’t followed Kamsie into costumery and event planning.

    **Devant speaks at UN Assembly
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    Interesting. Copy of the speech, Express? Links to any material on what he covered in the speech, Express?

    **Dumas presses ahead with PSC lawsuit
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    This one went under the radar when Karl Hudson-Phillips QC passed away. But former Head of the Public Service Reggie Dumas continues to challenge the legality of the appointment of two other members of the Police Service Commission. This is definitely one to follow.

    Have a great one, everybody. And be safe out there.