Weekday Issue, 14th June, front page reads: FINAL RITES FOR SECTION 34
THE ghost of the infamous Section 34 will be laid to rest on August 2.
This is when the new Administration of Justice Act (Indictable Offences), of which Section 34 was a part, will kick in.
Persons charged under the act will no longer appear before a magistrate.
The controversial Act is set to take effect from this date when accused persons will go before a Master of the Court, who will set bail and deal with the enquiry.
The Act allows for paper committal before a Master of the Court. Continue reading
Arima Borough Queen contestant with a big heart, pretty DARIELLE WILLIAMS
PRETTY Darielle Williams, 18, is taking another shot at the upcoming Miss Arima Beauty Pageant after undergoing open heart surgery.
Two years ago, she underwent surgery to repair two holes in her heart but continues to survive with three twisted veins.
She was a contestant in the Miss Arima pageant last year but no one knew behind the smiles and her cute figure the medical challenges she had confronted.
The smiling Williams said: “I was an unplaced contestant in the 2012 queen show and the Mayor of Arima Ghassan Youseph saw me recently and asked me to participate again and I smilingly accepted. Continue reading
ALMARD PLACID LIMA
MURDERED prisoner Almard Placid Lima was beaten like a bobolee during his short stint at the Golden Grove Remand Prison in Arouca.
His final beating reportedly took place last Sunday by both cellmates and prison officers.
He subsequently died. Lima, 49, was arrested last Thursday at his Siparia home and sent to prison last Friday. Years ago, he was committed to stand trial at the San Fernando Assizes for the rape of a minor, but ‘jumped’ bail. Continue reading
FEATURE stories on St. Kitts & Nevis have won Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication and Best Online Article at the Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon in New York on Thursday, June 6. Continue reading
Game Warden JOHN EDWARDS with the confiscated turtle meat
A 23-YEAR-OLD Tobago man was fined $1,000 for trying to sell turtle meat on Monday by Scarborough Magistrate Michael Broomes.
Environmental enthusiasts are now outraged that the man has received such light penalty for such a dreadful crime.
Keston Fraser was caught by undercover wildlife patrol officers, who were acting on a tip off that Fraser had been advertising turtle meat for sale.
The officers met up with Fraser in Zion Hill, Belle Garden Tobago and expressed interest in purchasing some of the turtle meat. Continue reading
Minister of Health Dr. FUAD KHAN
SOME members of the public are not taking the Minister of Health Dr. Fuad Khan’s revelation that there was one suspected case of the bird flu lightly.
They could remember when there was an outbreak of dengue there were some very conflicting figures being given to the public, because
of this they are very skeptical and would be taking their own protective measures. Continue reading
ENVIRONMENTAL Management Aauthority (EMAma) board members are being accused of not performing their duties free of “political interference”.
They are being charged with making politically influenced decisions that are counter to the objectives of the EMA. Continue reading
COMING on the heels of emailgate and the revelation of international email, telephone and internet surveillance by the US Government there are reports that the Attorney General’s office is spying on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Continue reading
Former Govt Minister LINCOLN MAYERS (left) Councillor DARREN MCLEOD and PHILLIP ALEXANDER at the press conference.
THE $6.5 million firetruck wrecking scandal just will not go away.
At a press conference on Monday, Former Government Minister Lincoln Meyers, Cocoyea Tarouba Councillor Darren McLeod, and Chairman of the Jericho Project added their voices to the growing public furor over the $6 million bill.
The trio presented an open letter to four law enforcement bodies, as well as an international corruption watchdog group demanding “swift justice” against anyone found guilty of collusion, bid rigging, and corruption in what has now been branded the “FireTruck Fiasco.” Continue reading
Green Street in Tunapuna is rapidly eroding causing daily traffic pile-ups
POTHOLES will continue to plague Tunapuna roads.
This is the grim situation because the Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC) Engineering Department is insufficiently equipped to repair damaged roads in certain parts of the district.
This has been the response by the department to Auzonville/Tunapuna Councillor, Esmonde Forde over the past three months.
Forde has been sending applications to the TPRC Engineering Department especially for the repairing part of Green Street, which has been subjected to serious road erosion. That street is one of the busiest streets in Tunapuna. Continue reading
THE Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago is very concerned with the issuance of false sick leave certificates to employees and other persons who are not sick.
According to the secretary of the Board Dr. Haramnauth Dyaanand in a recent release the issuance of a sick leave certificate to a patient is deemed to be a legal document. Continue reading
OBAMA and KAMLA: Their’s is a metaphysical close run
WHEN Barack Obama was first elected to the presidency in 2008 he had a public approval rating of over 60 percent.
After a ‘honeymoon’ period, his approval rating dropped – as expected – and continues to fluctuate. It is now 45 percent, according to one poll. Continue reading
DARREN SAMMY … 56 runs off 35 balls
INDIA have become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with a eight wicket victory over the West Indies at The Oval. Ravindra Jadeja’s fifer dented the West Indian innings, before Darren Sammy powered them to 233. However, Shikhar Dhawan smashed his second consecutive hundred to take India home comfortably. Continue reading
Weekend Issue, 9 June, front page reads: NO CEASEFIRE SAY GANGLEADERS
JAILED gangsters have turned down offers of a truce to stop gang warfare in the country.
The 24 notorious gangsters from various gangs are not bowing to any truce following days of motivational lectures by a United States-based ex-gang leader.
Sources say the group of gang leaders, who are all charged with murder, were taken from various prisons to attend a workshop for the period June 4 to 7 at the Maximum Security Prison (MSP). Continue reading
DOREEN ALEXANDER … asked God to take her life
MURDER accused Doreen Alexander, who was extradited to the United States in her pyjamas, kicking and screaming, is desperately seeking financial assistance.
She is in jail in the United States and has so far received two pieces of underwear, two T-shirts, two sports bras, one jumper, a pair of tennis shoes, one sheet, one blanket and other items. Continue reading
Prisoners are encouraged to strike by certain senior officials of the jail
WHILE Minister of Justice Christlyn Moore and Commissioner of Prisons Martin Martinez have denied that there is any hunger strike in prison, prisoners have communicated with foreign organisations highlighting their plight. Continue reading
A Porsche on the road
KNOW anyone who imported a brand new Porsche into Trinidad lately?
There aren’t too many of them about, so they are rather easy to spot.
Well, chances are the newest one you saw is being driven by a close relative of a highly placed official within government circles, who has been described as a car buff. Continue reading
BALLIRAM MAHARAJ during one of his monthly protests
FRIENDS of Arima Hospital are considering discontinuing their monthly protest since the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping during his recent visit offered financial assistance to build a new Arima Hospital.
Eight months ago the Friends of Arima Hospital Society led by Arima businessman Balliram Maharaj started a silent protest on the first of every month in front of the Arima Health Facility on Queen Mary Street.
The protests were staged as a “gentle reminder” to the Minister of Finance Larry Howai in fulfilling his promise to build a new hospital in Arima. Continue reading
DR. ERIC WILLIAMS, during the first oil boom, pronounced that money is no problem and now the People’s Administration has taken that statement or injunction to a ridiculous conclusion by paying the scandalous sum of $6.5 million to a wrecking company
to hoist a firetruck from a precipice. Continue reading