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4-year-old boy mauled by dogs...Pre-schooler fights for life at Sando hospital

VIDEO: http://www.guardian.co.tt/content/wen7boymp4

Published: Thu, 2011-04-14 21:10
Sascha Wilson
Ezekiel Renne Cambridge, four, who is in a critical condition after being mauled by two dogs near his Palmiste home on Tuesday night. Ezekiel Renne Cambridge, 4, is fighting for his life at San Fernando General Hospital after he was brutally mauled by two German shepherd dogs, while walking with his grandmother in Palmiste, South Trinidad, on Tuesday night. The ferocious dogs tore into Ezekiel’s abdomen and back before a neighbour used a piece of iron to fend them off. The boy was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He is now hooked up to a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Doctors say his condition is critical.

This is the second time in approximately one year that the dogs,  two-year-old Hanszo and nine-month- old Joze, have attacked a child. They also attacked another dog. Neighbours have been calling for their owner, Vidya Emrith, to get rid of them. Emrith, who described the dogs as family pets who were “very sweet,” said yesterday that she had kept the dogs after the previous attacks because she thought she could control them. “Now this happen... I don’t know why they attacked the child,” she said yesterday, before sending the dogs to a ranch in Penal.

Expressing sorrow for the fate of little Ezekiel, Emrith added: “In my heart, it is the most difficult thing to do, but if the law says to put them to sleep, I will have to do it.” At Ezekiel’s home at Crissy Street, Block Five, a relative, who requested anonymity, relived the ordeal. She said the Open Bible pre-school pupil was taking his customary evening stroll in the neighbourhood with his grandmother Yolande Peters-Renne at around 9 pm. The woman said Peters-Renne usually took Ezekiel and his cousin for a walk on evenings, but on this occasion the cousin was asleep and stayed home. She explained: “His grandmother was holding his hand. About two houses from here (Ezekiel home), two dogs came from nowhere and ‘raff’ him away from her.

“The dogs knocked him to the ground and started to maul him. His grandmother tried in vain, to pull the dogs off. A neighbour heard their screams and came out with a piece of iron and began beating the dogs,” the relative said. Peters-Renne ran to their home with the bleeding child and wrapped him in a blanket. His parents arrived as the grandmother was leaving with him for the hospital. The relative said Ezekiel lost a lot of blood and his intestines were protruding. “His abdomen was torn open and his back was torn open,” she said. At the nearby Cinnamon Court where she lives with her two children, Rachelle Emrith and Lawrence Pariag, Emrith was bidding a teary farewell to the dogs.

Expressing her heartfelt apologies, Emrith said she could not explain why her dogs attacked the child. She was not at home when the incident occurred. “I know it is our fault,” sobbed Emrith, admitting that they forgot to padlock their gate. She said her children only knew the dogs had escaped when a neighbour alerted them. “By the time my son got in the van to look for the dogs, they had already attacked the child...He was hearing the screams,” she said. Emrith said she felt terrible about the incident.

“Moreso for the little child. His father showed me the pictures of the injuries. I started to cry.” She said she would see that the child got the best medical attention. San Fernando police officers, who are investigating the incident, could not say whether charges would be laid against the dogs’ owner. “We have a report and the matter is under investigation,” a policeman said

Football / Re: Fire Otto Pfister Thread.
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:41:56 PM »

General Discussion / Re: The Dwayne Gibbs Thread.
« on: April 03, 2011, 03:16:49 AM »
Nizam wants to replace him with someone else

General Discussion / Re: VCU's Shaka Smart
« on: April 03, 2011, 03:08:37 AM »
i went to school with a few Smart's. Probably related but they dont resemble

General Discussion / Re: Trinidad Police Strike
« on: February 27, 2011, 11:00:05 AM »
Different kinds of strategies coming starting this week. if the gov't dont budge

Football / Re: $7m for Soca Warriors
« on: February 26, 2011, 09:20:20 AM »
kamla and anil will NEVER investigate that. Dem is jack puppets     

Football / Re: Judge slams TTFF....awards interim payment to warriors
« on: February 26, 2011, 09:18:10 AM »
Jack: Give them the money
By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

Story Updated: Feb 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM ECT

FIFA Vice President Jack Warner said yesterday that he believes the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) should pay the Soca Warriors the money owed to them as ordered by the courts.

Warner, also the Minister of Works and Transport, made the comment following the adjournment of the Parliament sitting.

"I am not involved in that, you know, the TTFF will have to decide. I imagine they will appeal, I really don't know. I haven't spoken to the TTFF," Warner said.

Pressed for further comment, he said: "I have taken myself out of that a long time ago. They had asked for $100 million, at one time was $50 million, then it came to $20 million, one month ago it was $10 million, now the courts says $6 million, okay.

"If I were to advise the TTFF, I would tell them of course to give it to them and call it a day, because at the end of the day this thing is just protracted, a waste of time and in the end nobody will believe it."

Questioned on criticisms that he is responsible for the legal position taken by the players, Warner said, "The country will judge me by my deeds. If the country believes that I am a person who treats people unfairly, I will pay a price for that. If the country believes that I treat people fairly, I will also be praised for that. I don't have to prove anything to anybody, my deeds speak for themselves and this is good enough for me."

He added, "It's one man and one man only who has been fighting this thing, Shaka Hislop and his father. We have paid much more money than you have here.

"What is to gain in all this? What it shows of course is how frivolous this whole thing has been and what it does show is how one man, one person only could lead a multitude to do nonsense. It didn't have to reach this far, from $100 million to now $6 million."

Mixed reaction from players
By Kern De Freitas

Story Updated: Feb 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM ECT

For the 13 Soca Warriors involved in a legal battle against the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), it was a bittersweet moment when they were awarded an interim payment of in excess of $7 million (US$1.1 million) yesterday.

Ex-T&T defender Brent Sancho, one of the most vocal players during the case that dates back to 2006, was relieved to finally have some progress in a matter that has had its fair share of twists and turns.

"It's a happy/sad moment because we're finally moving forward in the case. The sad point is where is the money gone because they (TTFF) can't show where the money is gone," Sancho said.

In 2006, 16 players took legal action against the TTFF over 2006 World Cup bonus money they claimed was promised by TTFF special adviser, now Minister of Works, Jack Warner.

After being awarded the money by a sports arbitration body in England, the TTFF took it to the local courts, where High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad ordered the TTFF to pay the players and asked to see the federation's books.

The Express learned that in addition to awarding the footballers an interim sum, to be confirmed next Friday, the TTFF has also been directed to redo their books and present them again to the courts.

Sancho yesterday called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Minister of Sports Anil Roberts to investigate the matter. He added that the players are happy with the judgment.

"Everybody is happy, but it is astonishing what happened with the accounts, where the money has gone. Where is the money going? Whose pocket is it lining? They want to get paid but in the end they want to see football do well."

George Hislop, father of former T&T goalkeeper Shaka Hislop and one of the legal counsel representing the players in the matter, said the result was a "favourable one" for them.

Football / Re: Judge slams TTFF....awards interim payment to warriors
« on: February 25, 2011, 12:18:42 PM »
just in time for all the footballers to go carnival fetes  :rotfl:

good job mayor

Football / Re: Kenwyne jones.
« on: February 21, 2011, 02:37:14 AM »
Carew take over the big target man role and looks a lot more active than KJ in the same role.
KJ's effort is deficient.

for a big man Kenwyne does play rel soft. Its good that stoke pick up Carew, i like that player

General Discussion / Re: Trinidad Police Strike
« on: February 18, 2011, 05:01:13 AM »
hmm so where they found this money overnight? From cutting Suatt?  ::)  20% is closer to 5% than the 40% asked for.  If accepted it will be a win for Kamla. Police going to still negotiate and might at least settle for an offer closer to 23%... Alot of Police going to call off last minute for Chutney Monarch event tomorrow and Pan semis on Sunday if nothing better is offered.

General Discussion / Re: Carnage on T&T Roads
« on: February 15, 2011, 11:58:03 PM »
Call for justice at Sabga funeral
By Aabida Allaham aabida.allaham@trinidadexpress.com

Story Created: Feb 15, 2011 at 10:53 PM ECT

Story Updated: Feb 15, 2011 at 10:53 PM ECT

RELATIVES of textile merchant Ramon Sabga are calling on the government to ensure justice is served in the case.

They made the call yesterday at Sabga's funeral service at the Church of the Assumption in Maraval, where hundreds turned up to bid the "arrow" of the family goodbye. His relatives insisted that the law must be enforced in order to create a "disciplined society".

During the intercessory prayer, one of Sabga's nieces, Jacky Elias-Hadeed, broke down in tears as she prayed for the Government to do something about the lawlessness that has taken over Trinidad and Tobago.

In an interview with the Express afterwards, his nephew, Marc Sabga, said, "Uncle Ramon would want us to forgive because he was like that. That's the kind of person that he was, but this kind of thing must not happen again."

In delivering the eulogy, Sabga's brother and business partner, Richard Sabga, said, "Not only have we lost a brother and a friend, but Trinidad and Tobago has lost a good son of the soil. My brother, Ramon Sabga, was not only a hero to our family, but a hero to all who knew him."

Richard said everyone loved being in his brother's company. Others, including another nephew, John Paul Nahous, described him as a lover of music and fine food.

Fr Reginald Hezekiah, who delivered the homily, said Sabga was the kind of person who preferred to teach a man to fish rather than give him a fish.

Hezekiah, however, spoke at lengths about forgiveness and reminded those present that "forgiveness was a part of love" and was part of the legacy that Sabga left behind.

Sabga was later laid to rest at the Lapeyrouse Cemetery.

General Discussion / Re: Trinidad Police Strike
« on: February 15, 2011, 11:52:56 PM »
I don't understand the 40% increase nonsense....who gets that in any part of the world?  Kamla might have to pull a Ronald Reagan and fire all ah them like he did with the Air Traffic Controllers....

They get $1k a month extra plus the proposed 5%.  But to ask for a 40% increase is ridiculous.....If I was the PM, I not giving in on that either....  Plus they eh solving no fricken crime so what yuh paying them for?  Please.....  I agree with performance appraisals but that's also dangerous b/c if you put quotas on police real men (many innocent) go get lock up...  It's a fine line but that's what happens when people could care less about the population and safety in general.

Very good points... "performance appraisals" is not the solution, what criteria are you going to use to deny a man a pay raise?  Also, I not too hung up on the 40% talk, that is a starting point for negotiations... just like 5% should be, except Kamla insisting that that is final.  I don't agree with the sick out either, but Kamla can't pull a Regan since they not striking (the thread title is misleading[/b])... yuh can't fire a man for using his sick leave.

As I said in the comments TnT needs a Labor Relations Board (if there isn't already one in place) to deal with situations like this.

Yes its a starting point in reality in negotiations, so Kamla shouldn't have said 5% is the final because that riled up so many in the force to lead to take actions.  The Police service was promises a huge salary increase, many equipment advancements, Global Positioning System (GPS)in every vehicle, safety & insurance for family members, and more.  Only received a COP whos based salary was increased, dictatiing an increased workload in especially in hot spot areas but yet no pay increase for the ones whose hours and work has increased.  Expect continued sick outs in many hotspot area and governmental areas

General Discussion / Re: Trinidad Police Strike
« on: February 15, 2011, 04:22:05 AM »
Tobago    111    3
Eastern Division    All persons reported to work    
Western Division    52    30
Northern Division    N/A    23
South Western Division    114    26
Southern Division    97    83
Port-of-Spain Division    43    31
Central Division    65    31
North Eastern Division    89    23

General Discussion / Re: Manning passes on the baton
« on: February 15, 2011, 04:11:35 AM »

General Discussion / Trinidad Police Strike
« on: February 15, 2011, 02:36:09 AM »
Hope citizens in trini have their own protection by now because this going to get worst.  Hearing this straight from sources in east-west corridor branches and central branches.... This all rooted from the disbelief of paying the COP millions of dollars salary last year, yet other ranks are only offered a 5% raise...  Also calling in Sick ffrom working in carnival events are next....

Security lapse
PM, CJ, AG homes affected as cops sick out again
By Akile Simon

Story Created: Feb 15, 2011 at 12:53 AM ECT

SECURITY at the private residence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Chief Justice Ivor Archie was reportedly affected yesterday, as scores of police officers stayed off the job in protest action over the state of their salary negotiations.

Police officers have been up in arms over the Chief Personnel Officer's (CPO) proposed five per cent increase in salaries.

Sources at the Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB), which provides 24-hour security at the PM, AG and CJ's residences, said none of their officers showed up for duty yesterday and the same is expected today, when the protest action is to continue.

The Express was told that alternative security arrangements were eventually put in place to ensure the homes of the senior State officials were adequately protected.

Operations at several magistrates' courts throughout the country were also severely affected as police officers called in sick, resulting in prisoners not being taken from the prisons.

Yesterday's action came on the heels of a meeting last Friday by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association's general council to chart a way forward.

Two Mondays ago, officers also stayed off the job. Yesterday, they intensified those actions, demanding that the Government intervene in the impasse with the CPO regarding negotiations.

Many police stations along the East-West Corridor were deserted yesterday and the handful of CID officers present were assigned to the charge rooms to supplement the strength of their missing colleagues.

There was also a large number of absenteeism at the Traffic Branch. Motorists took full advantage of the absence of officers along the highway, as many of them drove along the shoulder as they made their way into Port of Spain during the early morning rush-hour traffic.

The majority of officers who showed up for duty were Special Reserve Police officers, who themselves are disgruntled after not being paid money owed to them since last July.

Operations within several policing divisions, sections and units throughout the Police Service are expected to be affected again today and tomorrow, as police officers have vowed to continue their "protest action".

Police officers have threatened to shut down all Carnival activities, including fetes, leading up to Carnival Monday and Tuesday, if their demands are not met.

Officers are seeking a 40 per cent increase as opposed to the consolidated offer of five per cent over a three-year period offered by the CPO.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and National Security Minister Brigadier John Sandy have condemned the sick-out action by the police, saying that five per cent is all that can be offered at this stage.

Sandy described the officers who stayed off the job last week as "unpatriotic".

Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs also pleaded with police officers to put their grouses aside and put the security of their country first. He also promised that steps are being taken to ensure a safe Carnival, should there be any further action by police officers.

The police association has distanced itself from the action taken by its officers.

General Discussion / Re: Kamla Persad-Bissessar first 100-days.
« on: February 13, 2011, 03:36:08 AM »
Kamla’s rating falls
PP comes under fire
Published: Sun, 2011-02-13 23:53
Anika Gumbs-Sandiford and Malissa Lara-Patterson

Eight months and 20 days after the People’s Partnership has been voted into office, the coalition Government has come under fire from the population. Blunders and a failure to deliver on some aspects of its 120 days immediate action plan are responsible for the Prime Minister and the party’s popularity slipping. There is also growing dissatisfaction with the way Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been handling serious blunders affecting her Government. This, according to findings of a random digital dialling nationwide survey conducted by Ansa Mcal Psychological Research Centre, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, that has revealed disappointment and disenchantment among the electorate. The opinion poll conducted between February 3 to 6 was supervised by the manager and senior lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Sciences Dr Derek Chadee.

A total of 509 respondents rated the performance of Persad-Bissessar and the PP in five categories—excellent, good, fair, poor and extremely poor. The biggest faux pas to date, according to the respondents, is the controversial hiring of former Strategic Services Agency (SSA) director Reshmi Usha Ramnarine. This has hurt the PM’s image the most. Ranking the performance of Persad-Bissessar as fair, 38 per cent of respondents felt the Prime Minister has failed to be proactive and suggested that she adopts the more-action-less-talk approach. However, respondents said the PM’s decision to apologise on certain matters gained her some points, but she needed to get a grip and control some of her ministers.

Warner her closest rival
Her closest rival on performance is Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner, who received a good rating of 35 per cent for handling traffic congestion. The PM was rated as follows: Excellent-12 per cent, Good-31 per cent, Fair-38 per cent, Poor-14 per cent, Extremely Poor-5 per cent. Those who rated the PM’s performance as “fair” said she was trying but some of the problems still existed. They also felt she was yet to seriously address the problem of crime. It was in the PM’s Old Year’s night address to the nation, that she spoke of a three-prong approach to crime—prevention, detection and conviction.  However,  the country has recorded 56 murders in 42 days to date. The 31 per cent of respondents who gave her a “good” rating said she had been doing her best but she inherited the problems of the former administration. However, 14 per cent of the respondents agreed that the Reshmi Ramnarine fiasco negatively affected the PM’s image. Some felt the Prime Minister needed to do less talking and act more. Regarding ethnicity, Indo-Trinidadians were more likely than Afro-Trinidadians to rate the PMs performance to date as “good.” Precisely 58 per cent Indo-Trinidadians, 37 per cent Mixed and 30 per cent Afro-Trinidadians stated “good.”

Further, Mixed Trinidadians (45 per cent) and Afro-Trinidadians (43 per cent) were more likely than Indo-Trinidadians (31 per cent) to give a rating of “fair.” Acknowledging that the PP was new in Government, respondents also rated their performance as fair. This found favour with only 43 per cent. Respondents said apart from not delivering on election promises the PP lacked unity. The PP was rated as follows: Excellent-eight per cent, Good-29 per cent, Fair-43 per cent, Poor-15 per cent, Extremely Poor-five per cent. The respondents who gave the PP a “fair” rating cited leadership issues as one of the main challenge of the party. In addition, respondents suggested that they need to be united. While some respondents felt the PP needed time to perform, they said election promises were broken. Those who rated the Partnership’s performance as “good” said more could be done for the country even though some of the manifesto promises were fulfilled.

Blunders and apologies
• The controversial SSA fiasco has taken centre stage since the PP came into Government.
Even as a new SSA director is set to be appointed, there is no letting up with respect to the handling of the appointment of former director, Reshmi Usha Ramnarine, who has been severely criticised.
Calls from several quarters for Persad-Bissessar to apologise met with stern resistance.  Her eventual apology, which was long in coming, has been condemned in several quarters.

• The revelation of the Security Intelligence Agency created a tit-for-tat between the Prime Minister and Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs over who had control of the agency. The Prime Minister eventually apologised for the mix-up.

• In November, Persad-Bissessar received a tongue-lashing from Caricom neighbours regarding her Hurricane Tomas statements.  It was while surveying the trail of destruction left behind in St Lucia, Persad-Bissessar vowed to assist but said in return T&T must benefit.

• It fuelled earlier criticisms levelled against the PM in July when she attended her first Regional Heads of Government Conference and stated regional countries should no longer regard T&T as an ATM card. The PM later apologised, ensuring her commitment to regional integration.

• Attorney General Anand Ramlogan continues to grab headlines with alarming statements which has caused the Government some embarrassment.
Most recently is the allegations of a missing piano from the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.
After much brouhaha and public outcry, the piano was discovered in the same spot where Ramlogan claimed it could not be found. Ramlogan refused to apologise. The PM was also heavily criticised by the public for Ramlogan’s failure to say he was sorry, as the population felt she did not have a handle on her ministers and senators.

• Ramlogan was again in the spotlight when he claimed investigations into the controversial CL Financial fiasco were concluded and in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard. The DPP announced that investigations had not started.

• Ramlogan last week took on Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, claiming there is sufficient evidence to charge former Udecott executive chairman, Calder Hart. The DPP later refuted this in a press, saying he did not file on the Hart matter at his office.

• Eyebrows raised when Ramlogan, not the National Security Minister, took a jab at the new CoP, Dwayne Gibbs for failing to stop Pena from leaving the country during a high-profile criminal investigation.  He then publicly informed Gibbs his honeymoon was over.

• Congress of the People Leader Winston Dookeran on July said: “I now feel that I have a party that can run on its own. And I have for the first time real politicians in the COP, for they can win elections too,” as he addressed a meeting in Chaguanas. This comment sparked controversy in the PP, with some MPs calling on Dookeran to explain what he meant. Dookeran later claimed his comment was taken out of context.

• Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Anil Roberts apologised to Parliament for denying that expletives were used at the Nicki Minaj concert.

• Minister of Justice Herbert Volney claimed Chief Justice Ivor Archie benefited from a ‘sweetheart deal’ granted by former AG, John Jeremie. Questions arose as to why the CJ did not have an official residence instead of taxpayers being burdened with such a $64,000 monthly rental.
It was later discovered that a decision was taken by the then United National Congress administration to sell all government properties.

Promises delivered
• Laptops to every Secondary Entrance Assessment student
• Property tax rescinded
• The expansion of Gate is being addressed
• A Ministry of the People has been established
• The Water and Sewerage Authority has embarked on a repair programme of all disrupted water mains.
• The minimum wage has been reviewed and stands at $12.50 per hour
• A Life Fund for children undergoing surgery has been set up
• The reviewing of laws and institutions to address white-collar crime
Broken promises
The PP, in its manifesto, promised 120 days of immediate action but the party has come under heavy criticisms from the public for its failure to deliver on some of its 32 plans.

• Failure to deal with crime and roll out an effective crime plan.
• Beginning the introduction of camera technology at traffic lights and set into motion an efficient system of ticket offenders.
• Establishing a Ways and Means Committee to formulate a project plan on a phased basis to make all government public services more accessible to residents of Tobago.

The people: The PP must deliver
Regarding the delivery of election promises, analysts said the PP gave the electorate certain expectations and they need to fulfil them at a faster pace. Political analyst, Bishnu Ragoonath, said: “The Prime Minister needs to take responsibility for the inability to deliver as fast as the people are expecting. I accept that things take time, but there are issues people expect to move a little faster. She needs to make sure there is more than talk and some degree of action.”

‘Busy putting out bush fires’
Also echoing similar sentiments was analyst Indira Rampersad, who said disappointment was expected given that the PP made many promises. “The people were expecting more at a faster pace.  This was not necessarily unreasonable because the PP came into power with a lot of promises. Ministers have been busy putting out bush fires; they have been more reactive than proactive, quite frankly people were expecting to see action.”

Distribution of laptops the biggest achievement
Noting that the Prime Minister was seen as a hope of change for many, Ghany said there were certain expectations that needed to be kept. “The Prime Minister came into office on a wave of hope and change that propelled her to heights in the public imagination that were unreal. As a consequence, the expectation factor was very high.” Meanwhile, Ghany said the PM’s biggest achievement to date is the distribution of laptops to all Secondary Entrance Assessment students. On another issue, the analysts said the PP was elected into office on an anti-corruption slate and should desist from doing otherwise.

Electorate not easing up
Political analysts viewed the change as a dawn of a new era—out with the authoritarian style of leadership and welcoming a humanitarian type of governance. The PP made promises on the election campaign trail and the electorate is not easing up. They are insisting that the Persad-Bissessar led Government must deliver. Assessing the performance of the Prime Minister, political analysts agreed that the controversial SSA fiasco has negatively impacted her leadership.

Ghany: Govt reeling from SSA
In fact, Dr Hamid Ghany said the Prime Minister’s first response to the media on the controversial issue demonstrated an element of authoritarianism. “The Government is still reeling from the effects of that move. She has now taken full responsibility for the matter which is the better way for her to go as a new Prime Minister,” he said. However, Ghany said, though the apology was late in coming, the Prime Minister showed a level of humility when she still opted to apologise.

Ragoonath: Proceed with caution
Urging the Prime Minister to proceed with caution, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath said Persad-Bissessar needed to desist from making blunders. “There are several. The most recent one would be the SSA issue; That would be the biggest blunder.  She should double check her sources before making appointments, bearing in mind that this is not only scrutinised by the Opposition but rather by the world.”

Keep AG, ministers in line
Referring to the alleged “missing piano” raised by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Ragoonath said: “He should have said sorry. What she needs to do is have her ministers in line and know when they need to apologise to the citizenry at large. One has seen instances where the Attorney General would have made statements which I think, clearly, were not correct and insisted he would not apologise.”

Rampersad: Damage control overdue
Meanwhile, Dr Indira Rampersad said damage control was overdue. “The criticisms had already escalated out of proportion. If she had come forward earlier it probably would not have negatively impacted her leadership as it did.  She handled the other issues very well up until the SSA issue.” However, Rampersad said leaders must be careful with how they interact with the media, noting that a badly handled interview can make or break any government.

Football / Re: Sunderland Forever Thread.
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:41:44 PM »
Sunderland gone from Trini, UK to Ghana, UK  ::)

Football / Re: The Jack Warner Thread.
« on: February 09, 2011, 11:42:37 PM »

i recall there was a posting/video while back that showed a Haitian getting his hand chop off when he cross the brodfer into the Dominican republic ... apparently this happened on a frequent basis.

dat was NOT a Haitian and it was NOT teh DR...

they said from the accents its was either venezuela or colombia... any wahy heres a download link to the Maraval chopping LINK>> http://www.sendspace.com/file/dk9xgr

General Discussion / Re: Caribbean Airlines to settle jet fleet
« on: January 26, 2011, 05:10:44 PM »
I just want 24 hr ATR 72-600s plane flight to and from Tobago please

General Discussion / Re: The Dwayne Gibbs Thread.
« on: January 25, 2011, 07:06:47 AM »
while the PP was feteing in Rienzi this is what was happening on the streets yesterday.

plus 4 more murders yesterday

General Discussion / Re: SIA Shocker
« on: January 25, 2011, 03:25:07 AM »
I wonder if this could be the straw that break the camel back .

no way. people on the ground and streets doh really study this issue that much nah. by next week they forget this if they even know. kamla and jack propaganda have the population locked. they rel know how to take care of the trini 10-day mentality. it would have to take a calder hart type issue to bring down the PP. they real strong in controlling opinions.

General Discussion / Re: Carnage on T&T Roads
« on: January 25, 2011, 12:11:42 AM »
How them cars bend up so?  They driving that fast or are the cars built with cheaper materials?  It looks like those cars need higher safety standards.
ill say both. car look like plastic. made light weight for racing

« on: January 23, 2011, 11:06:21 PM »
Death after Fire fete
Coast Guardsman, 15-year-old Bishop's girl killed in crash
By Joel Julien and Carolyn Kissoon

Story Created: Jan 23, 2011 at 11:52 PM ECT

A member of the Coast Guard and his friend, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, were killed in a car crash yesterday after attending a Carnival fete.

Dead are 24-year-old Ordinary Seaman Jason West and Chelsi De Castro, a pupil of Bishop Anstey High School in Port of Spain

It was confirmed that West attended the Fire Services fete at Fitzblackman Drive off Wrightson Road, Port of Spain on Saturday night.

West, a member of the Coast Guard for the past three years, drove home after the fete to feed his eight pitbull dogs, his mother Sandra West said yesterday.

West lived at his family's home at Upper Covigne Road, Diego Martin.

While it could not be immediately confirmed that De Castro attended the fete with West, he left his house to drop her off after feeding his dogs in Diego Martin.

De Castro lived with her family at Lange Park, Chaguanas. ... more http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Death_after_Fire_fete-114464609.html

Football / Re: De Minister of Sport doing everything but Sports !!!!
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:01:00 AM »
WASA Fete!  Nicki Minaj Fete!  Maroon 5 Fete!   How bout a Football Fete to raise money to PAY THE FOOTBALLERS 

General Discussion / Re: Attorney General Anand Ramlogan Thread
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:20:57 PM »
Thank you Mr Impulse, I could not have said it better.

lol now come to post this

General Discussion / Re: New T&T passport
« on: January 19, 2011, 12:03:26 AM »
if you know anyone in passport office you can get it the next day. get the form and recommendations set, they interview you, take photo. and collect it in few days. thats what im doing  :devil:

General Discussion / Re: Attorney General Anand Ramlogan Thread
« on: January 18, 2011, 11:52:38 PM »
Rowley vows to take on Anil, Anand

By Carol Matroo Tuesday, January 18 2011

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has gone on the offensive again against two Government ministers saying their conduct in Parliament has been scandalous and “low class”.

Rowley says Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Roberts and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan are setting poor standards of behaviour in their effort to “buss mark” on the former PNM administration.

Responding to allegations made by Roberts in Parliament last Friday, that he had granted approval for Joseph Rahael’s building in Glencoe in 2003, Rowley said as a Government minister Roberts’ conduct was “reprehensible.” “Since he has raised the matter in the Parliament, I will respond to him in the Parliament. There is absolutely no truth to what he has said. His conduct is quite scandalous. He represents a kind of Government where Government ministers believe that their job is to vilify, to lie, to ‘buss mark’ and to expose wrongdoing,” Rowley said.

Rowley said that was how People’s Partnership ministers saw their duty and it was only a matter of time before they became a general nuisance to the population. “I think that Anil Roberts has reached that stage,” Rowley said. He spoke to reporters during a walkabout of Durata Gardens, Sangre Grande, last evening. On the issue of the “lost and found” piano at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s, the Opposition Leader said Ramlogan did not have the class to apologise.

Rowley said there were too many intelligent people in TT and that people wanted to be represented by people of class.

“But what is worrisome, is that this is no ordinary citizen, no ordinary office-holder. This is the AG, the person who is supposed to protect each and every one of us under the Constitution, under the laws, who swore an oath of office to treat fairly with all manner of persons, without fear, without malice, without ill-will, and to stand up in the Parliament and virtually accuse a former prime minister (Patrick Manning) of stealing a piano...and when he’s exposed as being ridiculous in the matter, he says ‘well I don’t care.’ He might not care but we care,” Rowley said.

He added, “the AG has demonstrated time and time again, that class and Anand Ramlogan don’t go together.”

On allegations that Emerald Plaza, owned by Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner, did not receive approval for construction at the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation, Rowley said he did not want to comment, as he did not have the facts.

However, he said he would not be surprised if this were so, since many buildings in TT were constructed without approval.

General Discussion / Re: Kamla Persad-Bissessar first 100-days.
« on: January 18, 2011, 11:51:17 PM »
Comrade Rudy to run URP

By Andre Bagoo Tuesday, January 18 2011

Welcome comrade: Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod, left, welcomes Rudy Indarsingh to the Ministry of Labour after his reassignment from Ministry of Works...

NEWLY-appointed Minister in the Ministry of Labour Rudy Indarsingh’s main responsibility in his new post will be to take charge of the Unemployment Relief Programme (URP), amid deepening dissatisfaction with the programme in the Cabinet.

“I intend to make it more accountable and to see it become more productive,” Indarsingh told Newsday moments after he was introduced to senior heads of staff at the ministry at a special meeting at the International Waterfront Complex in downtown Port-of-Spain.

At the event, held in a conference room on the sixth floor of Tower C of the complex, Indarsingh was dubbed “Comrade Indarsingh” and welcomed by Minister of Labour Errol Mc Leod who announced to staff that the URP section of the Labour portfolio has been assigned to Indarsingh.

“Comrade Indarsingh is going to be concentrating mainly on the URP programme but will also be involved in other of the ministry’s work,” Mc Leod said.

“This ministry is a large one, though it is often not identified as such. In the past people were of the mistaken view that this was the Ministry of the URP,” he said.

“But recognising the enormous task that we have here at the ministry, the Prime Minister (Kamla Persad-Bissessar) in her wisdom decided that I will work better with a comrade,” Mc Leod said. Mc Leod, who was once a key figure in the Oilfield Workers Trade Union, noted his shared labour background with Indarsingh, who was once president of the All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers Trade Union.

Indarsingh noted the ministry is now run by a trade unionist from the oil industry and a unionist from the sugar industry.

“It is a strange twist of fate, sugar and oil at the helm of the Ministry of Labour,” he said. “This is quite a pleasure for me. This is a very large ministry and a critical ministry to the economy of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Of the State’s plans for the URP, both Mc Leod and Indarsingh noted the URP remains under an “ongoing” review. Indarsingh is due, in the coming days, to be briefed on all of the Cabinet’s decisions on the URP taken over the last six months.

The URP programme has been a complex and problematic issue for Mc Leod, who last year faced protests over late wages from URP workers. Senior URP staff, who had allegedly fired workers without authorisation and contravention of government policy, were also last year issued with suspension letters.

At the sixth floor of Tower C yesterday there was no office for Indarsingh to work from, an indication of his abrupt re-assignment. Staff yesterday temporarily assigned an office used by a deputy permanent secretary as Indarsingh’s office.

Newsday understands there has been some Cabinet disquiet over the URP. It is understood that the scale of the programme has caused some delay which has placed pressure on the Ministry of Labour.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar confirmed an exclusive Newsday story which broke the news of Indarsingh’s re-assignment to the Labour Ministry from the Ministry of Works and Transport. Indarsingh yesterday said he had no word on who his replacement at the Ministry of Works and Transport, headed by Jack Warner, might be. He also said he was unsure if there would be a replacement assigned at all.

Other Cabinet sources were also mum on other possible shifts to occur in the wake of the Prime Minister saying two ministers without portfolio could be assigned to the Ministry of Finance. Senator Patrick Watson, tipped to be a clear candidate, offered no comment on the issue.

Other ministers, who may be in line to be shifted, also offered no comment. These included Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Colin Partap and Parliamentary Secretary Kevin Ramnarine. Senior Cabinet sources said the shifting of lower-level portfolio-holders is not a prelude to a larger reshuffle.

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