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Football / Thanks, Jack Warner
« on: May 30, 2007, 01:00:37 PM »

Thanks, Jack Warner
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Wednesday, May 30 2007

THE EDITOR: I would like to sincerely express publicly, the youths of Laventille, East Port-of-Spain, Morvant and all the communities in between, appreciation and thanks to Mr Jack Warner for initiating a five-a-side football competition in the area.

This to us represents a consistent commitment to the youth development and football in general, in Trinidad and Tobago. We believe that having such an annual event, will extract most of the hidden talented footballers in these communities.

The tournament is appropriately called the “Jack Warner Annual 5-A-Side Football Tournament”. But it is not just about football or the discovery and display of talents/skills. The project as we understand it, will encourage employment opportunities, provide coaching and bring the community together as never before. I was pleased when Mr Warner disclosed that he will make arrangements to have a combined team from the tournament play the Guyanese National Team. Of course this came after he expressed passionate surprise for the talent he saw at the opening game of the competition at the St Paul’s St Complex.

Mr Warner is truly a national hero and is not afraid to place his money where his heart and mouth is. His personal sponsorship of events of this nature is a national acceptance, but to focus on our community in this way is a singular honour. All youths will strive to cherish the opportunity and do well.


Player and Youth of Laventille

Football / Cyd Gray, Kenwyne Jones to tie knot
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:16:47 PM »

Cyd Gray, Kenwyne Jones to tie knot
Trinidad Guardian
Friday 25th May, 2007

THE next eight days are expected to be specially important to two members of the Soca Warriors who went to the Germany World Cup.

Cyd Gray and Kenwyne Jones are both set to the tie knot to their respective fiances within a week of each other.

Tobago-born Gray who plays with T&T Pro League club, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, will take the walk down the aisle at Calvary Road Deliverance Tabernacle Road, Gaskin Bay Road with his fiance Natakie Francis tomorrow.

Jones who plays with English Championship Division club, Southampton, and his fiance Avalon Lovell are set to marry one week later, at his Point Fortin home-town with the reception carded for Chaguanas.

The couple are proud parents of three children, Isaiah, and twin-sisters, Arianne and Kaelyn.
©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited


$1.8 billion overrun on waterfront project
Trinidad Guardian
Friday 25th May, 2007

THE COST of the Port-of-Spain waterfront project has more than doubled to $3.4 billion (US$551 million), with the cost overrun on the project, considered to be the jewel in the crown of the Patrick Manning administration, amounting to a massive $1.8 billion (US$286 million).

In August, 2005, when the French construction giant Bouygues Batiment signed the contract to design and build an office, hotel and conference centre on the Port-of-Spain waterfront, the price tag on the project was put at US$265 million ($1.6 billion).

Yesterday, Canadian-owned bank FirstCaribbean issued a release saying that it had completed the financing of the “prestigious” waterfront project with a US$375-million transaction ($2.3 billion).

The FirstCaribbean statement said the US$375 million financing was placed by the bank at a fixed interest rate of 6.09 per cent for 15.9 years on the US private placement market, using an "innovative structure.”

The bank said the current financing followed “earlier interim funding arranged and provided by FirstCaribbean in the amount of US$176 million—US$136 million in December, 2005, and US$40 million in June, 2006—for the project.”

The earlier US$176 million plus the current US$375 million mean that the project financing is estimated at US$551 million, substantially more than the US$265 million allocated in the original budget.

The FirstCaribbean statement said, however, the project was “currently within budget and deadline.”

During the last two years, there have been substantial increases in the cost of local construction labour, materials and equipment—mainly as a result of the enhanced pace of State construction.

The appreciation of the euro against the TT dollar is also believed to have contributed to the cost overrun.

When it signed the contract in August, 2005, Bouygues Batiment was part of a consortium comprising Home Construction Ltd, the CL Financial subsidiary and Hyatt Regency, the global hotel chain which was identified as the top-ranked of three groups last December.

The French contractor/developer will be represented in T&T by its unit Bouygues Batiment International.

The consortium is developing the 150,000-square-meter complex on behalf of a company called the Port-of-Spain Waterfront Development Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott).

The first part of the project is expected to be completed by October, this year, the second phase at the end of 2007, with completion expected by the end of 2008.

The two 26-storey towers at the waterfront project will house corporate offices and a 22-storey, five-star Hotel Hyatt Regency hotel with 428 rooms.

Other features of the project include:

    * A conference complex containing exhibition space
    * Pre-function rooms, translation booths and media facilities
    * Retail shopping facilities
    * Car park with a 1,200-vehicle capacity

According to the Barbados-based FirstCaribbean, the waterfront project "is one of the urban rehabilitation efforts" being made by the Government. The bank described the waterfront project as being of “strategic importance” to the Government’s development plans in the context of its Vision 2020 for the country.

“Upon completion, it is expected to position the T&T capital as a regional hub for finance, international relations and trade,” according to the bank.

Efforts to contact the bank's spokesman were unsuccessful up to yesterday evening.

A list of questions was e-mailed to Udecott spokesman Danielle Jones at 5.48 pm yesterday. Jones said she was unable to respond, because the officials qualified to provide a comment were not available.

©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited

General Discussion / Free Mother's Day calls with Skype
« on: May 13, 2007, 06:01:17 PM »

Free Mother's Day calls with Skype

For those of you in the US and Canada, you shouldn't forget that today is Mother's Day — and even if you have, it's not too late to do something about it :)

Skype is offering free calls to US and Canadian residents to anywhere in the world * until 4.59am Eastern Time tomorrow.

If you don't have Skype, it's easy and free to download and install.

This is a great opportunity to get in touch with the people you love, no matter where they are in the world. Plus, we won't tell anyone if you don't actually call your mother.

* There are a few rules, of course.

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General Discussion / FLOW - Cable, Internet, Phone
« on: May 11, 2007, 08:25:16 AM »

HBO accuses Flow of 'piracy'

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Friday, May 11 2007

Miguel Oliva, HBO Latin America Group VP Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, has accused local cable company Columbus Communications of “piracy” and said the company had no ongoing negotiations with the company to obtain the movie channels, HBO and Cinemax.

Columbus is sticking to their guns though, asserting that they are negotiating with the Latin American group, and the negotiations are almost complete.

Oliva was in Trinidad for the past two days to address claims made by Columbus that recent interruptions in the feed for the two movie channels were due to a network upgrade and that local customers will have the option to pay an additional fee for a premium movie package, which will include HBO and Cinemax.

During the second week of April both Cinemax and HBO were not accessible to Columbus’ analog customers for several days.

According to Columbus’ Director of sales, communications and marketing Rhea Yaw Ching, that interruption was due to a weak satellite feed which resulted in disruptions in the transmission of the particular channels. The problem cleared up on April 12 because Columbus purchased another satellite dish with longer antennas to strengthen the signal from the satellite.

The cable company reshuffled their analog channel line-up on May 1 and at that time, Marketing and Communications Manager Shelly Ann Hee Chung said some movie channels which are currently in the analog basic line-up will be included in a “Premium Movie Package” which will be accessible to customers once they pay a subscription fee. At present the movie package is free of charge, but the fee will be charged once negotiations with the HBO group is completed.

Oliva, however, said yesterday, “HBO and Columbus Communic-ations are not negotiating anything. We have not heard from them (Columbus) at any point. If they are experiencing difficulties with their signal, it is because they are stealing it and they have been stealing it for quite a long time.

“Subscribers should not be misled, they should know they are paying for a service that the cable operator (Columbus) is stealing. That is called piracy,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) will do its utmost to rectify the situation. “Of course we are confident that the authorities will make a final move to settle this situation, and a state of law is going to prevail,” he said.

He said HBO is willing to sell the licence to Columbus if they are willing to approach the company.

General Discussion / Manning found GUILTY of Unfair Conduct
« on: May 04, 2007, 10:09:44 AM »

‘PM acted unfairly’
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Friday, May 4 2007

A HIGH COURT judge yesterday concluded that Prime Minister Patrick Manning “acted unfairly and contrary to the principles of natural justice” when he blocked the appointment of Permanent Secretary Feroza Ramjohn to a top post at this country’s High Commission in London. Madame Justice Amrika Tiwary-Reddy, presiding in the San Fernando High court yesterday, further said that the Prime Minister’s decision to revoke Ramjohn’s position and the accusation that she was involved in a conspiracy was, “an abuse of process, misuse of power and a great injustice to individual rights.” The judge also added that the Prime Minister’s decision was unreasonable and unfounded.

Ramjohn, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, won her civil case against Manning yesterday over her removal from office and revocation of her appointment to a prestigious foreign post in London.

The action against Ramjohn came after reports that she was somehow involved in the disappearance of 200 blank TT passports. But Tiwary-Reddy deemed the reports unreliable, stating, “The reports were unsigned reports, containing information from an unknown source and a bold statement that was never substantiated with documentation as evidence.” The judge further added, “There was no reason for the Prime Minister to declare Mrs Ramjohn a threat to national security because she has an unblemished record and has never been the subject of any disciplinary charges during her 36 years of public service.”

Ramjohn is now expected to file another law suit, this time for damages as a result of yesterday’s judgment. Attorney Anand Ramlogan who represented Ramjohn, that the judicial review ruling allows Ramjohn “to assume her appointed position with retroactive effect and that she will be entitled to all the benefits of the post.”

Ramjohn explained that she had considered taking early retirement but has decided to take the appointment in London instead. She further lamented, “It is sad that people of such a high calibre can cast such judgment without any proof.” This is not the first time the Government has lost a case of judicial review. High Court.

In 2004 CEO of San Fernando City Corporation Marlene Coudray (wife of the former Minister of Labour Larry Achong) won her case against the PSC which was seeking to transfer her to the Point Fortin City Corporation.

General Discussion / T&T's gas reserves running on E
« on: May 02, 2007, 09:53:44 AM »

TT running on empty
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Wednesday, May 2 2007

PRESIDENT of the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Errol McLeod during his May Day speech yesterday, predicted that the country’s vast gas reserves will be depleted over the next nine years.

He also called on citizens not to give Prime Minister Patrick Manning and his Government a constitutional majority in the upcoming General Elections or else, “all of us in real trouble.”

Speaking at a rally at Harris Promenade in San Fernando, McLeod went on to denounce the food importation policy.

Noting that this country’s developmental projects were based on its oil and gas reserves, he alleged that local gas reserves would be depleted by 2016, contrary to claims of a sufficient supply made by both Manning and Energy Minister Dr Lenny Saith.

On April 26, Saith told a post-Cabinet press briefing at Whitehall that the award of a deepwater exploration contract to a Norwegian company shows the country still has new oil and gas reserves waiting to be discovered.

However, in typical biting mood, McLeod warned, “Our gas reserves would be depleted by 2016 and we are now pursuing access to border gas fields, but that is dependent in part on the relationship with those on the other side and of that 15 trillion cubic feet of gas, this country is only promised two trillion cubic feet.”

He said sustainable development should be based on investment in the food and agricultural industry “so when oil and gas are no more, we can sustain ourselves on food and agriculture.”

He further predicted that should an economic bust overtake the economy, reminiscent of what occurred in the 1980s, there would be an “explosion” in society.

McLeod said he was also reconsidering the reintroduction of the Independent People’s Integrity forum to inform the electorate on the real issues facing the country since both the ruling party and the Opposition forces were “two sides of the same coin.”

McLeod claimed that Government was now dependent on reserves contained in a cross border field controlled by another nation that would also control the vast majority of a 15 trillion cubic feet (tcf ) gas find.

McLeod said while Government was busy with its mass construction plans, people in Lachoos Road, Penal were without pipe-borne water.

McLeod said negotiations with UWI’s management team and the Public Sector Negotiation Committee (PSNC) and Powergen had to be concluded long before the June 19 Labour Day celebrations.

Under a fierce mid-morning sun, workers representing the OWTU, Communication Workers’ Union, (CWU), Steel Workers Union and Public Services Association, marched from Circular Road to Harris Promenade under the watchful eyes of dozens of heavily armed police officers — many of whom carried machine guns.

Similar rallies were also held simultaneously in Port-of-Spain.

Football / Athletes One slams Warriors' omission.
« on: April 29, 2007, 01:17:07 AM »
Bluffing T&TFF.
Athletes One slams Warriors' omission.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).

Bluffing T&TFF.

It might go down as the most lucrative bluff in the history of local sport. On Friday, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) overlooked 16 of its 2006 World Cup players for the June CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament on the grounds that the rebel "Soca Warriors" were certain to be banned by FIFA over possible court action arising from a pay dispute.
Coach Wim Rijsbergen's subsequent shortlist was notable for the absence of key senior players like Stern John, Kenwyne Jones, Collin Samuel, Aurtis Whitley, Cyd Gray and Brent Sancho.
But English lawyer Michael Townley, whose London-based sports law firm Athletes One Legal represents the unhappy players, remains confident that he has a winning hand and accused T&TFF president Oliver Camps of underestimating the local stars.
"We refer to this in our industry as 'put up or shut up'," Townley told the Sunday Express. "The attitude of the Federation is that the players have a good case but they won't be organised enough or disciplined enough to see it through and they are hiding behind that."
Townley had more potentially unsettling news for Camps. The players are likely to start legal proceedings against the T&TFF in a Trinidad courtroom within the next two weeks.
If the two parties fail to agree by then, Trinidad and Tobago are likely to be the site for a judicial sport battle that seems certain to grab global attention.
FIFA vice-president and T&TFF special adviser Jack Warner will be at the heart of the matter. It is his verbal agreement with the Warriors over sponsorship revenue that preceded the rift.
Both parties agreed to a 50 per cent split before the 2006 World Cup in Germany but, last October, the T&TFF offered just $5,644.08 per player and insisted that expenses were to be deducted and money banked for the 2010 World Cup campaign before settling their deal.
The players rejected the offer and questioned the legitimacy of the T&TFF's accounts.
Townley said he dispatched several letters to the T&TFF but feels he has a better shot at a date with famous screen siren Angelina Jolie than a response from Camps or T&TFF general secretary Richard Groden.
"My letters, I think, have been sensibly written," he said, "and suggested that (failure to respond) would lead to a bigger problem. But the longest response I got was dismissive...just two paragraphs.
"On a scale of one to ten, I think the dialogue between both parties is about one."
Townley, who has more than 20 years' experience in the sport law industry, accused Camps of deliberately misinterpreting the FIFA statues and said that, even if the T&TFF president was correct, such a law would not stand up in the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"I have been a lawyer in this area for 20 years now," said Townley, "and have never seen quoted or referenced a FIFA ruling which says a player cannot bring legal action against a federation and face this sanction.
"If there is a rule, FIFA is a Zurich-based organisation and that rule would be illegal in Switzerland to adopt as it will undoubtedly be illegal against the CAS legislation.
"In FIFA statutes, if a player brings a matter before the court where there is a binding arbitration clause, that may be a matter of sanction. But in the very first correspondence we wrote to T&TFF, last October or November, we asked specifically whether there was any such arbitration clause and they never answered yes or no.
"We are left to assume that the only way of finding justice is through a court of law."
Townley speculated that Camps had tried to use FIFA's law against political interference to suit the T&TFF.
"Camps should quote the rule correctly," he said. "I think this is a simple sophistry. It is a deliberate confusion about the rule of political interference.
"How could that possibly be the case here?"

Football / FPATT ‘Football Funday’ on May 20.
« on: April 27, 2007, 06:58:41 AM »
‘Football Funday’ on May 20.
By: T&T Newsday Reports.

A Trinidad and Tobago Celebrities football team will come up against the 2006 World Cup Warriors on “Football Funday”, May 20 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
The match is being staged to raise funds for the official launch and establishment of the Football Players Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT).
Representing the TT Celebrities team will be a combination of top local entertainers, Radio DJs, Sports, Media and other high-profile personalities, many of whom have already confirmed their participation. Among the players expected to be in the Warriors line-up are Kelvin Jack, Marvin Andrews, Brent Sancho, Atiba Charles, Cyd Gray, Aurtis Whitley, Silvio Spann, Chris Birchall, Stern John, Kenwyn Jones, Collin Samuel and Anthony Wolfe.
Efforts are also being made to have both Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy return for the historic event. As the title suggests, “Football Funday” is intended to be a day of total fun and enjoyment for the entire family. Among the days attactions will be an autograph signing session.
Master of ceremonies for the event will be Anil “Spalk” Roberts. “Football Funday” will be the first of several FPATT fund-raising events, which will culminate with the official launch of the organisation in June.
Representatives from FIFPRO, the worldwide representative organisation for professional players and player’s organisations and the England-based Professional Footballers Association are expected to travel to Trinidad for the official launch.
While here, the FIFPRO and EPFA representatives will conduct sessions to inform the local professionals players and the public at large about the importance and benefits of an organisation such as FPATT.
Other planned FPATT fund-raising events includes a black-tie dinner in June. A spokesperson for FPATT stated that the organisation is looking forward to the much-needed support from the Trinidad and Tobago public and is hopeful that the stadium will be sold-out for the event.
Admission to “Football Funday” is $20 for covered stands and $10 for uncovered.
For more information on “Football Funday” or other FPATT fund-raising events, interested sponsors, donors and other prospective contributors, can contact FPATT Marketing at 463-9460.

Football / MLS Thursday Nights on ESPN 2 - Shaka playing now
« on: April 26, 2007, 06:34:38 PM »

Dallas vs new York

Cricket Anyone / Lara retires from ALL International Cricket
« on: April 19, 2007, 04:25:41 PM »
Not only One Day Internationals but also Test matches.

source: Anil Roberts on the radio

Cricket Anyone / Battle for 4th spot?
« on: April 07, 2007, 07:26:36 PM »
Look like Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka run away with the top 3 spots?
Check the standings and schedule.
Tomorrow's matches with Aus vs Eng and  NZ vs IRE might make things clearer.
Those three have a good bit of matches against each other remaining with the first half of their matches looking easier than the second half coming up.

WI can make it close if they force RSA to need a win against NZ....and ENG needing a victory against same RSA.  It is a good thing we playing both of them...opportunity to deny them points same time.
First to 8 points.

ENG vs. AUS tomorrow  :nailbiting:

I only hope the very last match with WI vs. ENG is the decider.

They need to bring back Latas   :D

Football / Synergy Sports on TriniTV
« on: April 05, 2007, 11:08:16 AM »
Synergy Sports showing now on TriniTv

Sport for the youths.

Andre Baptiste hosting with guests:

Clayton Morris, Michael Phillips, Ato Boldon, Darren Ganga

General Discussion / Voter Padding - First ever convictions
« on: April 03, 2007, 03:56:21 PM »
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Tuesday, April 3 2007
PNM women guilty of voter-padding


TWO FEMALE supporters of the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) yesterday pleaded guilty to voter-padding. This was the first time someone was actually convicted and sentenced for voter-padding.

Voter-padding reared its head in 2000 when allegations were made against the United National Congress (UNC). Several UNC supporters were arrested and charged, but most of them were later discharged.

However, the arrests of two PNM supporters were kept low-keyed. The preliminary inquiry at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court was also kept away from the glare of the media. The only time the media found out about the arrests of the PNM supporters was just before their guilty plea yesterday.

Judy Joseph, 52, and her daughter Aleena, 29, were before Justice Rajendra Narine in the Port-of-Spain First Criminal Court charged with making a false statement to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

They claimed that they moved from the constituency of Morvant/Laventille because their Member of Parliament Fitzgerald Hinds, gave them nothing. They further claimed they moved to the San Juan/ Barataria constituency, but when the EBC and police caught up with them, both mother and daughter confessed.

The two Josephs entered in a plea agreement with the State and yesterday, their lawyers pleaded for a fine. In passing sentence, Justice Narine said the offences were very serious. He said the court could not condone such offences, but he took into account their clean record and the fact they did not waste the court’s time.

Narine imposed a $3,000 fine on each woman and gave them six months to pay the fine. He ended by telling them he hoped that they would not get themselves involved in this sort of thing in the future.

It was alleged that on Octo-ber 5, 2000 at Barataria, both women made false statements that they changed their address from Shende Street, San Juan to Water Lane, Sunshine Avenue in San Juan, in 1996.

State attorneys Jeron Joseph and Debby Ann Basaw prosecuted. Wayne Sturge appeared for Judy Joseph, while Owen Hinds Jr represented Aleena Joseph. The court heard that both women lived at 43 Shende Street.

On October 5, 2000, they went to the EBC office at Fifth Street, Barataria and tendered two Form 22 forms to the Commission. This form re-quires a person to notify the EBC of a change of address.

Investigations by the EBC later revealed that the two forms were invalid. The EBC then handed over the forms to Assistant Commissioner Gilbert Reyes, of the CID. Two policemen were appointed to investigate the matter. On November 1, 2000, the lawmen went to the home of both women.

When questioned about the Form 22, Judy Joseph said: “I really did that because Mr Hinds never really do nothing for me.” Five days later, both women were arrested and charged. They both gave statements to the police.

In her statement, Judy Joseph admitted telling the EBC she was living at Water Lane and wanted to vote in the San Juan/Barataria constituency, not Morvant/ Laventille. Judy Joseph said she committed the offence on her own. “Nobody told me to do that. When the police came, I told them what I did and why,” she said in her statement.

Sturge said the incident was the ‘zenith of diabolical conduct’. In pleading for leniency for his client, Sturge said Joseph did not want to call any names, neither did she want to make the PNM look bad.

General Discussion / Couva North in the House
« on: March 31, 2007, 11:45:46 PM »
Trinidad Guardian
Sunday 1st April, 2007
I will speak


Basdeo Panday

The decision of the Court of Appeal to quash the conviction and sentence in the case against the Member of Parliament for Couva North appears to have thrown the hierarchy of this PNM Government into a tail spin from which they seem unable to recover.

When they caused me to be charged for failing to declare a bank account in the joint names of my wife and me, they must have thought that that was the end of my political life. The Integrity Commission, instead of pointing out to me my error as they have done with other PNM bigwigs, rushed to have me charged. In fact, one of them is reported to have said: “We have the son of a b---h to hang.”

From all the evidence now in our possession, it is clear there was a massive conspiracy designed to send me to prison, and to remove me from Parliament and, eventually, the political scene.

Their plan backfired when they tried to kill two birds with one stone by implicating Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma in their diabolical plot. This country does not know half of the truth of what occurred in this case; you have seen merely the tip of the huge iceberg of corruption, lies, deceit, threats and intimidation that went into the making of this conspiracy, which all began to unfurl when Chief Magistrate Sherman Mc Nicolls refused to testify and be cross-examined on his allegations against the Chief Justice.

The conspiracy intensified during the period March 24, 2006—when the evidence in my matter was completed—and April 24, 2006, the date set by the Chief Magistrate for decision.

When, on April 24, the Chief Magistrate delivered his decision in which he sentenced me to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour, President George Maxwell Richards broke all records for administrative speed, if not accuracy, by having me removed from my seat in the House in less than 36 hours.

There is no record of him having acted with such speed in the performance of his official duties neither before nor since. It is as if they knew what the sentence was going to be long before it was passed and had all the papers for my removal prepared well in advance.

As a consequence, I remained out of the House for some 11 months, during which time my constituents were deprived of their constitutional and democratic right to be represented in the Parliament by the representative of their choice.

On March 20, 2007, the Court of Appeal set aside the conviction and sentence on the ground of bias on the part of the Magistrate. The effect of that decision was to render the conviction and sentence of the Chief Magistrate null, void and of no effect ab initio—ie, from the beginning; it is as if it had never occurred.

It is trite law that, in such circumstances, all acts and things done in pursuance of the Chief Magistrate’s conviction and sentence were also rendered null and void and of no effect, and that would have included my removal from Parliament.

A similar case occurred in England (Attorney General vs Jones) and the court held that the MP was entitled to resume her seat in Parliament after the Court of Appeal quashed her conviction and sentence. The PNM’s plan to silence me forever appeared to be falling apart.

When I learnt that there would be a sitting of the House on the following day, March 21, I was advised by my lawyers that it would be lawful for me to attend and take my seat and it was so reported in the media.

Just before the sitting of the House, the Speaker phoned and asked to see me; we met. He told me he had seen in the newspapers that I had intended to attend the sitting of the House, to which I answered in the affirmative.

He said he would let me sit in House but I must not speak. I told him that that was totally unacceptable to me as it would be tantamount to betraying my constituents.

He then asked me if I would agree not to speak during the debate on the Equal Opportunity Bill, which was then before the House. I told him I could not give that undertaking but I would undertake not to speak on that day (Wednesday) as I had not got a copy of the new bill and was not fully prepared to participate in the debate at that time.

I took my seat in the House and the debate on the Equal Opportunity Bill began.

Much to my surprise, soon after the tea break, the Government suddenly adjourned the House to a date to be fixed.

The reason given by the Leader of Government Business, Mr Ken Valley, for adjourning the House to a date to be fixed was that members on the Government side had to go to a dinner that evening; that the following Friday was cricket; that Friday, March 30 was a public holiday; that the following Friday was Good Friday. Hence, it was not possible to adjourn the House to a fixed date. All this turned out to be false, of course.

In fact, on Friday, March 23, Members of Parliament were informed that the House would be meeting to pass a motion to ask the Court whether I should be allowed to take my seat in Parliament.

The Speaker refused to allow debate on the motion and Winston Dookeran and others members of the COP voted with the PNM to send the matter to the Court. Mr Valley again adjourned the House to date to be fixed.

But behold! Surprise! Surprise! The PNM convened the House again on Wednesday under the pretence of continuing the debate on the Equal Opportunity Bill.

Instead of debating this Bill, the Government moved another motion to send the matter to court; the sitting lasted about 15 minutes and the House was again adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Now, if this is not a waste of Parliamentary time, I do not know what is. But, worse, it is a demonstration of the most callous exercise of raw power—an ominous indication of an entry into parliamentary dictatorship, the dictatorship of the majority.

To the unsuspecting, it must be a source of great amazement that the PNM should be so terrified of my presence in Parliament that they would go to such lengths to close its doors in my face.

But you must remember that this is an election year; the PNM’s performance has been atrocious; it has not done at all well during its term in office; and the UNC under my leadership has been the only political party single-handedly to beat the PNM at the polls, not only once but twice.

That must be a terrifying thought for a regime that has been so corrupt, inefficient, incompetent, malicious and spiteful that it is mortally afraid to find itself in the Opposition. With nothing to show for the expenditure of over one hundred billion dollars in the past five years, they will do anything to stay in power and office.

How can they explain such an expenditure to the thousands of our citizens who are still without a regular supply of pipe-borne drinking water or proper roads?

The hundreds of families whose husbands, fathers, mothers, brothers or sisters have been brutally murdered or raped?

The thousands of businessmen and ordinary citizens who have been robbed?

The thousands who must endure each day the most frustrating traffic jams this country has ever seen?

The 30 per cent of the population who still live below the poverty line?

They cannot. And, since they cannot, then the only way out is to jail and/or otherwise victimise their political opponents, real or perceived.

There you have it!

General Discussion / VS Naipaul Thread
« on: March 25, 2007, 02:03:33 PM »

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Sunday, March 25 2007
Sir Vidia regains TT citizenship

THE GOVERNMENT of Trinidad and Tobago has restored the citizenship of
the country's 74-year-old Nobel Laureate Sir Vidiahar Surajprasad
Naipaul. As a result Naipaul, who was born in Chaguanas on August 17,
1932, and now enjoys dual citizenship.

The recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature said he was
deeply honoured to be invited by the University of the West Indies, St
Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate his work and achievements.
The internationally acclaimed author, made the comment when he visited
Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in London on Friday to collect his
new passport. He was accompanied by his wife Lady Naipaul.

Sir V S Naipaul will arrive in Trinidad in mid-April as a guest of the
University of the West Indies.

Football / Warrior Nation CANADA - Committee minutes
« on: March 21, 2007, 12:16:38 PM »
To all Warrior Nation members in the CANADA region (East and West):
Please review and give your feedback on the items in the minutes of the Canada East committee meeting.  These are the subject of ongoing discussions as recommendations to the Board of Directors who reserve final judgment.

Date: March 17, 2007

Time: 3:00 to 4:15 pm

Structure of Canada East Region – Ideas for BOD –

S1 - Appointed Committee by BOD (Regional head, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO) - yes
this was selected as the best of the three options.
Advantage of this structure is better teamwork

S2 - Members in the region democratically vote in their Committee members  - No

S3 - Appointed Manager who chooses his/her committee  - No

S4 - Merger into one region CANADA with one head and one manager in every major city – No

Business Outreach and Public Relations

B1 - Recruiting initiatives – University initiatives (connect up with the local University caribbean/trini clubs ), tap into the local community via Caribbean newspapers, simple business cards to hand out at events

B2 - Marketing initiatives – talk to local trini  business owners, organize proposals and links with established Caribbean/trini w to web sites e.g,  generic business cards for board member, a banner to display at events in gta e.g Caribana

B3 - Attracting Sponsors - talk to local business owners but we agreed this may be a difficult task. Business members with WN seems to be best bet for now, until WN becomes well known or 2010 APPROACHES.

Activities and Events

A1 - Plans for the summer and the rest of the year –  Warrior Nation Family day(change name form sweat) including a sweat,(activities for children, )  Plan to hold it in Toronto.

WN lime ( members meet to play cards and hang out to in attempt to tighten and reinforce nation membership bond)

the Board of directors hold a meeting in the early part of the summer to plan.

Question and Answers Session

Q1 - What is the local group trying to accomplish? - We reviewed the discussion of the recent General Body Meeting.  The BOD want to increase the number of supporters and attract sponsors.

Adjournment at 4:10 pm

Football / Boynes not going up for re-election
« on: March 20, 2007, 01:01:03 AM »
Trinidad Guardian
Tuesday 20th March, 2007
Rennie Dumas well positioned to contest Toco/Grande seat

LOCAL Government Minister Rennie Dumas has the “full support”of the 24 party groups in the Toco/Sangre Grande constituency in the run-up to the general elections, according to a top party official.

“Mr Dumas has been working in the Sangre Grande area for three years and he also assisted Mr (Roger) Boynes in the last Local Government elections, ensuring that the PNM won all seven seats,” the official said in a telephone interview.

He said Dumas also served as coordinator for the Cumuto/Manzanilla area in the last Local Government elections and was instrumental in establishing URP sub-offices in Biche and Cumuto.

Mr Dumas was also responsible for paving several roads, particularly the Cunapo Southern Main Road from Sangre Grande to Rio Claro,” the official said.

Tobago-born Dumas, a former teacher, is tipped to replace Toco/Manzanilla incumbent Roger Boynes as MP in a region, which has now been split into Toco/Sangre Grande and Cumuto/Manzanilla in the new Local Government arrangement.

Boynes, citing health reasons, decided against seeking renomination.


General Discussion / Ethanol in the US / Bio-Fuels
« on: March 11, 2007, 11:52:12 PM »
Trinidad Guardian
Thursday 8th March, 2007
Brazil, US to discuss an ‘Opec’ for ethanol

The US, which produces mainly corn-based ethanol, just recently pulled ahead of Brazil, which uses sugarcane, as the world’s largest producer of the bio-fuel. The two countries produce 72 per cent of the world’s ethanol.

Rio de Janeiro—Brazil’s home-grown fuel independence is set to be a cornerstone of discussions starting Friday when US President George Walker Bush visits Brazil. Mr Bush and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are expected to sign off on the joint creation of an “Opec” for ethanol, the bio-fuel that has freed Brazil from dependence on imported resources.

The proposed association—to be run along the lines of the oil cartel, Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries—is to be the main topic of talks in Sao Paulo, where Mr Bush is beginning a six-day tour of Latin America.

For both leaders, the prospect of expanded ethanol use is politically important for Mr Lula because of the leverage it would give him over the growing hegemony of oil-rich Venezuela, and for Mr Bush as an image correction of his anti-Kyoto policies.

The strategic association would provide for co-operation in bio-fuels in the private sector and aim to exploit third markets, starting with those in Central America.

The long-term goal is to turn ethanol into a global commodity.

The US, which produces mainly corn-based ethanol, just recently pulled ahead of Brazil, which uses sugarcane, as the world’s largest producer of the bio-fuel. The two countries produce 72 per cent of the world’s ethanol.

The joint enterprise represents an unexpected “prize” for a programme that was launched in 1975 with no further ambitions than to reduce Brazilian dependence on imported oil.

At that time, when he took over Brazil’s presidency during a military dictatorship, Ernesto Geisel saw the so-called “Brazilian economic miracle” being buried by the world oil crisis. At that time, Brazil imported more than half the oil it needed.

The programme was initially a success, but then got to the verge of collapse—the engines of cars manufactured in the country showed signs of rapid corrosion due to the use of anhydrous alcohol—and the supply of the product was drastically reduced with no prior notice due to the rise in the international price of sugar.

Further, fiscal incentives granted by the government to alcohol producers favoured mainly the large estates and encouraged large landowners to abandon food crops to cultivate sugarcane.

Despite the problems and the growing distrust of consumers, the programme underwent adaptations which nowadays include the obligatory use of a proportion of ethanol mixed with the petrol that is sold in Brazil. New engines were developed to handle the fuel.

According to physicist and former minister of science and technology Jose Goldemberg, if the South American country had not adopted such measures, it would consume double the amount of gasoline it does today.

With the current production of close to 12 billion litres of ethanol a year, Brazil gives out ten million tonnes of carbon less than it could be giving out. That reduction corresponds to 15 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions,” Mr Goldemberg said.

Three decades after it was launched, the Alcohol Programme has become a star at a time when energy and environmental protection have become central worries for developed countries.
©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited

General Discussion / COP meetings Live - Listen In
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General Discussion / T&T's famous cocoa
« on: March 01, 2007, 11:58:46 PM »
Trinidad Express
Thursday, March 1st 2007
T&T's famous cocoa
John Spence

Cocoa and chocolate are in the news. Medical research suggests that consumption of these products is beneficial to our health. This suggests an expanding international market for cocoa products and since many people would like to combine pleasure with healthy living this means that fine-flavoured chocolates should be in particular demand. Can this country capitalise through the fine-flavoured cocoa for which we are famous? To answer this question we need to discuss the history of cocoa in this country. But let us first refer to the findings on the beneficial health effects of cocoa and cocoa products.

The effect that has been most researched is on cardiac health. It has been suggested that flavonoids in cocoa acting as anti-oxidants have a beneficial effect on cardiac function that is similar to the effect of red wine. Based on preliminary findings a new effect has been suggested recently that the flavonoids in cocoa may increase the blood supply to the brain raising the prospect for treatment of dementia. In referring to these medical effects I am not in any way recommending medical treatments; each person should consult a physician for advice on chocolate consumption.

These reports, however, will no doubt improve the market for cocoa products. Dark (bitter) chocolates are likely to be more beneficial than chocolates with milk and/or various fillers. Flavour is more important in dark chocolates as it is not masked by the other elements. Since this country produces only fine-flavoured cocoa these new developments act in our favour.

In a previous article (Express, July 24, 2002) I discussed the history of cocoa in this country. I will now summarise the main points of that discussion.

Cocoa (fine-flavoured Criollo type) was first introduced into Trinidad in the 16th-century, centres of origin and diversity of cocoa being in South and Central America. Then in the 18th-century a disease devastated local plantations. Varieties known as Forastero which were disease-resistant, but of less fine flavour, were introduced from Venezuela. Interbreeding took place between what was left of the original Criollo and the newly introduced Forastero to produce a new type known as Trinitario. This material was selected by the planters to produce superior varieties and it is this type for which Trinidad is still famous.

In the late 1920s or early 1930s yet another cocoa disease (Witches' broom) was introduced into this country which attacked the Trinitario. This coincided with the worldwide economic depression of the 1930s and resulted in decline of the cocoa industry in this country.

Dr Pound, who worked both in the Department of Agriculture and at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), and others, made expeditions into South America to collect wild cocoa varieties resistant to Witches' broom. He had also made a selection in 1932 of 100 trees locally that are known as the Imperial College Selections (ICS) clones. Further collecting expeditions were made from Trinidad by Baker (1953-joint Anglo-Colombian expedition) and Chalmers in 1968 and 1972. Material of the Allen collection (from South America) has been moved to Trinidad and collections have been made in Belize by V. Mooledhar.

Because of the range of material assembled in Trinidad, this collection of over 2,000 accessions, is recognised as the most valuable collection in the world and is known as the International Cocoa Genebank, Trinidad (ICG,T) which is under the care of Cocoa Research Unit of the University of the West Indies.

A breeding programme, which is recognised as the most successful breeding of cocoa in the world, was started in the Department of Agriculture in 1949. W.E. Freeman continued the hybridisation through several generations over a period of some 30 years to produce the Trinidad Selected Hybrids (TSH) clones. The TSH clones are high yielding with a good measure of disease resistance while retaining the fine flavour for which Trinidad cocoa is famous.

Although this country does not officially allow the TSH material to be exported, a publication from Brazil refers to the use of a TSH clone in a cocoa breeding programme in that country. Every effort should be made to secure intellectual property protection for varieties that may be produced in the future but it is my understanding that a new variety is about to be released by the Ministry of Agriculture without protection!

There is no doubt that Trinidad and Tobago has led the world in basic and applied research on the cocoa plant and its pathogens and in spite of this the industry is in a sorry state. The annual production of cocoa in this country has declined from a high of 75 million pounds in the 1920's to between 1 and two million pounds, a level which could lead to the complete demise of the industry if drastic action is not taken.

In my next article I shall discuss the prospects for revival of the cocoa industry in this country.

Football / High-tech covers for stadium
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:49:11 PM »
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
High-tech covers for stadium

Tuesday, February 20 2007

PARTYGOERS at Machel Montano’s Alternative Concept 5 were the first to experience the newly installed surface covering at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last Saturday.

Installed in just two days under the supervision of the National Insurance Property Development Company Ltd (Nipdec), the system is comprised of two distinct elements — one for the field (87,000 square feet) and the other (33,000 square feet) for the Mondo track. Both are interlocking, roll-up modular systems. The Portafloor EX, used for the grassy area, allows air to circulate below and so maintains the health of the grass for up to five days.

At a cost of approximately TT$7M, both covers are rugged, durable and easy to store.

Acoording to the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, the equipment will ensure that the integrity of the playing surfaces at the Hasely Crawford Stadium is maintained.

Cultural and other shows or displays can be accommodated with little or no disturbance to the sporting community.

General Discussion / DNA Bill
« on: February 11, 2007, 07:05:47 PM »
Trinidad Express
Hinds: Everyone should be required to submit DNA
-Juhel Browne

Sunday, February 11th 2007


Minister in the Ministry of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds says that everyone should be required to submit a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) sample since anyone has the potential to commit a crime.

Hinds made the assertion as he wound up the debate on the DNA Bill, 2006, late Friday night.

Earlier in the sitting, Congress of the People political leader Winston Dookeran, the St Augustine MP, was one of the Opposition members who said all members of the protective services and members of Parliament should submit DNA samples as a requirement of employment.

"We agree with the principle that all police officers, all soldiers, all coast guard officers, all teachers, all Parliamentarians, all judges, all public servants, all masons, we feel every single individual in Trinidad and Tobago should be profiled because we are all possessed of the evil potential to commit crime," Hinds said.

He said, however, that there are some significant impediments to what he called this laudable objective.

"We can't put in the legislation for everyone to be so sampled because our capacity at the Forensic Science Centre just would not accommodate it," Hinds said.

To support his point that everyone should submit DNA samples, he made reference to a crime that occurred abroad.

"I saw on the TV a few nights ago, a general in the US Army, well-respected, well-known, he took his wife to some island on a vacation and killed the woman and after extensive investigations, they discovered it was him. We all have the capacity to do that," he said.

As for the police, Hinds said that there are some labour issues involved in obtaining DNA samples from all police officers, so only those who go on crime scenes and new recruits will be sampled to eliminate them from suspicion for the time being.

Football / Plymouth v Sunderland
« on: February 09, 2007, 07:32:45 PM »

I doh bound to see any other games tomorrow if I could see this one.

Any chance of that?

game time 10:00 EST

Football / Chile vs Venezuela
« on: February 07, 2007, 04:55:45 PM »
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23 January 2007
From New Scientist Print Edition
Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers
by Andy Coghlan

New Scientist has received an unprecedented amount of interest in this
story from readers. If you would like up-to-date information on any
plans for clinical trials of DCA in patients with cancer, or would
like to donate towards a fund for such trials, please visit the site
set up by the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board
. We
will also follow events closely and will report any progress as it

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that
kills almost all cancers by switching off their "immortality". The
drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat
rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction
of the cost of newly developed drugs.

Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada,
and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body
and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not
healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer
also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several

DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make
their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in
distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called
glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar.

Until now it had been assumed that cancer cells used glycolysis
because their mitochondria were irreparably damaged. However,
Michelakis's experiments prove this is not the case, because DCA
reawakened the mitochondria in cancer cells. The cells then withered
and died (Cancer Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.020).

Michelakis suggests that the switch to glycolysis as an energy source
occurs when cells in the middle of an abnormal but benign lump don't
get enough oxygen for their mitochondria to work properly (see
diagram). In order to survive, they switch off their mitochondria and
start producing energy through glycolysis.

Crucially, though, mitochondria do another job in cells: they activate
apoptosis, the process by which abnormal cells self-destruct. When
cells switch mitochondria off, they become "immortal", outliving other
cells in the tumour and so becoming dominant. Once reawakened by DCA,
mitochondria reactivate apoptosis and order the abnormal cells to die.

"The results are intriguing because they point to a critical role that
mitochondria play:

they impart a unique trait to cancer cells that can be exploited for
cancer therapy," says Dario Altieri, director of the University of
Massachusetts Cancer Center in Worcester.

The phenomenon might also explain how secondary cancers form.
Glycolysis generates lactic acid, which can break down the collagen
matrix holding cells together. This means abnormal cells can be
released and float to other parts of the body, where they seed new

DCA can cause pain, numbness and gait disturbances in some patients,
but this may be a price worth paying if it turns out to

be effective against all cancers. The next step is to run clinical
trials of DCA in people with cancer. These may have to be funded by
charities, universities and governments: pharmaceutical companies are
unlikely to pay because they can't make money on unpatented medicines.
The pay-off is that if DCA does work, it will be easy to manufacture
and dirt cheap.

Paul Clarke, a cancer cell biologist at the University of Dundee in
the UK, says the findings challenge the current assumption that
mutations, not metabolism, spark off cancers. "The question is: which
comes first?" he says.

General Discussion / Robbie vex
« on: February 05, 2007, 11:19:41 AM »
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Monday, February 5 2007
Robinson slams PNM, UNC, COP

By Clint Chan Tack

FORMER PRESIDENT and prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Arthur NR Robinson, yesterday condemned successive PNM and UNC governments for never investigating why the July 27, 1990 attempted coup took place. Robinson also condemned the PNM, Opposition UNC and Congress of the People (COP) for continuously bringing this nation’s Parliament into disrepute by their actions.

No UNC or COP MPs attended yesterday’s celebrations at the Red House and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the re-opening of the Red House. Foreign Affairs Minister Arnold Piggott and Laventille West MP Eulalie James were the only Government MPs attending the celebrations yesterday. Piggott said Prime Minister Patrick Manning is still overseas and is due to return home on Wednesday.

Speaking with Newsday at the Red House, Robinson said Parliament was not only an enduring symbol of the country’s democracy “but a symbol of peace and justice in our nation.” The former PM, who was one of several persons held hostage in the Red House by members of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen during the attempted coup, said he remains deeply saddened to this day by the behaviour of members of “both sides” of the then PNM and UNC during that dark period in the country’s history.

“I don’t see how it (the attempted coup) could have happened. Just look at the events of 1990 and subsequent events and you will see that no objective attempt to ascertain the truth of the event could ever be obtained. This is going to be an eternal shame on our nation,” Robinson declared.

Robinson said the current crop of PNM, UNC and COP MPs were not upholding TT’s parliamentary traditions. He said the UNC and COP were only opposing for “the sake of opposition” and not advancing any constructive proposals for governance. “As of now, what happens is, it is a continuous attack and hostile vendetta against the Government of the nation. One must allow the Government to govern and oppose in matters where we have a constructive proposal to make. That is the purpose of an opposition. That is how I behaved when I was in opposition in this very Parliament,” he said.

Robinson criticised the PNM for not being as open, accountable or generous as it should be as a government. He said the Government should try its best to make genuine proposals and meet with members of the Opposition. “ I think that is necessary. There must not always be a contest for the population for votes,” Robinson added. He also lamented a lack of “genuine patriotism” by people in TT today.

House Speaker Barry Sinanan said he noted that only two PNM MPs attended yesterday’s celebrations and no Opposition MPs were present. Sinanan was aware that Manning was still abroad but said none of the other MPs informed him that they would not have been attending yesterday’s celebrations.

Among the dignitaries attending yesterday’s celebrations were President George Maxwell Richards and First Lady Dr Jean Richards, former president Sir Ellis Clarke, former Senate presidents Michael Williams and Emmanuel Carter, former House Speaker Occah Seapaul, former UNC ministers Trevor Sudama and Bill Chaitan and Tobago House of Assembly minority leader Ashworth Jack.

General Discussion / Caribbean and Floridian Association (CAFA)
« on: February 04, 2007, 01:54:08 PM »

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Trini heads Caribbean group in US

Sunday, February 4 2007

TRINIDADIAN Eunice V Roberts was recently installed as the new president of the Caribbean and Floridian Association (CAFA) at a function in Kissimmee, Florida. She replaced Jamaican born Dr Casmore A Shaw.

Roberts, a highly qualified Nephrology nurse, and eight other members of the organisation, were installed by Gloria Rose-Eddy, a retired Trinidadian-born health care executive who lives in Florida. The installation ceremony, took place at the Solid Rock Church of God, 1904 North Michigan Avenue, in Kissimmee.

With a membership of associations from various islands of the Caribbean, CAFA has been in existence for 17 years. Its mandate, among other things, is to promote within the Caribbean community and other communities existing in Florida, the importance of cultural awareness, education, and participation in community affairs. Originally from Tragarete Road, St James, in Trinidad, Roberts migrated to London, England in the early ’70s. In Great Britain, she obtained her early nursing education and later moved to New York; subsequently relocating in Florida in 1992.

Jokes / PNM: Freedom of expression, assembly
« on: January 28, 2007, 03:35:11 PM »
Trinidad Express
Sunday, January 28th 2007
PNM: Freedom of expression, assembly

THE ruling People's National Movement (PNM) in a release yesterday "reiterate its commitment to the democratic principles enshrined in Trinidad and Tobago's Constitution, which emphatically provide for freedom of expression and freedom of assembly".

The release stressed that it was the PNM "which insisted on these provisions being contained in this country's 1962 Independence Constitution and strengthened in the 1976 Republican Constitution.

"These principles have been upheld by every PNM administration since 1956 and were preserved even after 1971 when after winning every seat in a general election, the PNM sought to govern with full respect for these democratic ideals.

"The PNM will never support or be party to any action which seeks to deny any citizen of Trinidad and Tobago these fundamental rights and freedoms. This includes the recognition of having a judiciary and a police service free from political interference as has been the practice of successive PNM administrations throughout several terms in office."       :D

General Discussion / I need a Woman By My Side
« on: January 25, 2007, 11:31:25 AM »

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