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Football / Re: 2013 Confederation Cup
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:26:03 PM »
2013 Confederations Cup Displays the Good and Bad of Neymar

 COMMENTARY | The 2013 Confederations Cup was always destined to be the Neymar Show. The 21-year old YouTube sensation and Santos superstar confirmed his highly anticipated move to Spanish giants Barcelona in May, and he needed but three minutes in the Confederations Cup opening match to find the back of the net in Brazil's 3-0 victory over Japan, a result that set the wheels in motion for the player who would go on to win the competition's Golden Ball and the hosts who won a tournament surrounded by protests that continued even after the last Brazil player hoisted the trophy. Neymar, the latest (insert name of any all-time great here), is being labeled as the next big thing in world football, someone seemingly on his way to a plethora of titles and personal awards.

He's also being called a diver and a cheat.

Fans who watched Neymar come up through the Santos system would say that this is hardly a new story. Flops don't make for flattering highlight videos, and thus those of us who don't live and breathe Brazilian football have really only caught glimpses of Neymar minus the occasional international friendly or World Cup Qualifier. It was on the stage of the Confederations Cup that the world was able to come together and catch all of Neymar's greatness; and also the part of his game that will earn him a notorious reputation sooner than later.

It would be a disservice to all involved to mention Neymar without first spotlighting the commendable parts of his game that he displayed over the past several weeks. His finishes against Mexico and in the final versus Spain were top class, and his on-the-ball skill that set up Brazil's second goal against Mexico was a move straight out of FIFA 13. Neymar was the definition of "unplayable" throughout the competition, Kryptonite to the Superman that was, up until the final Sunday of June 2013, Spanish football.

That he was responsible for at least one incident per match that saw him either go to ground far too easily or make a meal out of even the slightest contact has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many. Uruguay captain Diego Lugano mentioned the issue before his side faced off against Brazil, saying the following: "Neymar is very lightweight, he can drop to the ground and fool the referee. Neymar can feign a foul so, we must be watchful that nobody's fooled by his ability." A tumble from Neymar in that very match became the cause of Internet memes and viral videos that poked fun at the player.

Part of the problem regarding Neymar's growing reputation as a diver is that he plays in an era of high definition TV, one in which players, analysts and fans alike can view clear second-by-second replays of every spill. He's also not helped out by the fact that diving is a very hot topic all around the world. There are more than a few respected people in world football who believe that players deemed guilty of such offenses should face immediate suspension at both the club and international levels.

Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez are just two phenomenal players who were constantly criticized during the 2012-13 Premier League campaign for not keeping their feet. Neymar will have it a little easier than did those two players last season in that he'll be playing in Spain's La Liga, a league known for being a bit more sympathetic towards its stars when it comes to this particular matter. His playing for Barcelona and alongside Lionel Messi also probably won't hurt his cause.

Neymar is undeniably the real deal, an absolute joy to watch and perhaps the most talented 21-year old footballer on the planet. He may be "too good" for the theatrics that we saw far too often during the Confederations Cup, but he also has little incentive to stop throwing himself to the turf until he is sent a message by a manager/coach or referees. Maybe I'm just cynical, but I won't be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.

« on: July 01, 2013, 02:50:47 PM »
Moonilal and his family at risk  :cursing: :bs:

By TTnewsflash Reporter)

MINISTER of Housing Dr. Roodal Moonilal claims that his life and that of his family are now at risk because of a Guardian Newspaper report.

The article dated today, highlighted Moonilal’s application for a siren and two strobe lights on his government leased Land Rover.

Moonilal claimed that his request was based on security reasons, since he said there are criminal elements operating in the housing industry.

He claimed that the article has exposed his family to danger and that he will now be forced to change vehicles.
- See more at:

General Discussion / LIAT Thread.
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:17:12 AM »
'Hilarious' Airline Complaint Letter Catches Eye of CEO

 Most airline complaint letters are so filled with rage and tales of woe, it's hard to see any humor in the situation.

But that's not the case with a letter written to LIAT, a small airline serving 21 destinations in the Caribbean. The complaint waged in a letter to the airline is so funny that it prompted another airline's CEO to tweet it to his more than 3 million followers.

"How to write a complaint letter -- read this hilarious note from a frustrated airline passenger," tweeted Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

He even blogged about it.

Not all letters to airlines are to complain. Check out this letter to Delta's CEO after he gave up his seat for a mom late to pick her daughter up from a special-needs camp.

The LIAT letter appeared in the weekly British Virgin Islands newspaper, the BVI Beacon, earlier this year.

The letter was penned by Londoner Arthur Hicks and titled "An Open Letter to LIAT."

 Dear LIAT,

May I say how considerate it is of you to enable your passengers such an in-depth and thorough tour of the Caribbean.

Most other airlines I have travelled on would simply wish to take me from point A to B in rather a hurry. I was intrigued that we were allowed to stop at not a lowly one or two but a magnificent six airports yesterday. And who wants to fly on the same airplane the entire time? We got to change and refuel every step of the way!

I particularly enjoyed sampling the security scanners at each and every airport. I find it preposterous that people imagine them all to be the same. And as for being patted down by a variety of islanders, well, I feel as if I've been hugged by most of the Caribbean already. I also found it unique that this was all done on "island time," because I do like to have time to absorb the atmosphere of the various departure lounges. As for our arrival, well, who wants to have to take a ferry at the end of all that flying anyway? I'm glad the boat was long gone by the time we arrived into Tortola last night -- and that all those noisy bars and restaurants were closed.

So thank you, LIAT. I now truly understand why you are "The Caribbean Airline."

P.S. Keep the bag. I never liked it anyway.

Branson himself was once the recipient of what some think is the most epic airline complaint letter of all time. In that letter, the author likens his flight on Virgin to a "culinary journey of hell."

General Discussion / Re: Section 34 Thread
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:32:25 AM »
AG has no trust in cops

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is confident a compromise will be reached with police to allow for his cellphone and other electronic devices to be handed over soon to investigate the Section 34 e-mail matter. But he is insisting that only an international IT expert will be allowed to look at them because he is not confident the police will ensure the information remains confidential. In fact, he fears his confidential information might be leaked and used against him on a People’s National Movement platform. Ramlogan said so in response to questions from reporters during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Prime Minister’s office in St Clair. “In the current climate there are current international best practices, protocols and procedures that must be followed in circumstances such as these,” he said.

He said his lawyer Pamela Elder, SC, had refused to hand over his devices on Tuesday because the proper arrangements were not in place for their safety and integrity. Once proper arrangements were put in place, the devices would be handed over, he said. But he insisted no local investigator will be allowed to look at the devices. “I have no difficulty [with] an international IT expert whose credibility and reputation are beyond reproach and question going through my stuff,” Ramlogan said. “The agreement is, that is the only person that can go through the equipment. I have no difficulty with that, but I have a serious problem with anybody else going through your business that contains anything and everything.” Ramlogan said his reason for adopting that stance was obvious. “We are all human beings and we have a private life, a personal life, but more than that, we have a professional life as a government minister. I am the AG of the country, I sit on the National Security Council.”


During the 2011 state of emergency, he said, he went on national television and invited citizens to e-mail and inbox him on Facebook their suggestions to fight crime. “A lot of that intelligence was presented by ordinary citizens and the spectrum is very wide—including inside the Police Service, outside the Police Service, drug blocks, et cetera.” Ramlogan said he had “to be very careful in my dealings with other countries, other international law-enforcement agencies, that the sanctity and confidentiality of those communications are not unwittingly compromised.”
He said he had a responsibility to ensure the identity and content of correspondence from those people were protected. He insisted: “If the Police Service selects an international IT expert whose reputation, credentials and credibility are beyond question, I will give them all the devices.”



Speaking on behalf of himself, the Prime Minister and Local Government and Works Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan, he said: “We are not suspects in any criminal investigation. We are in fact voluntarily co-operating with the police because we feel that we are the victims of a massive political fraud and conspiracy...we would like to get to the truth, so that the perpetrator of that political conspiracy and fraud can be caught, charged and prosecuted and that is why we are co-operating.” He said everyone had a right to privacy “and my right to privacy is not less because I am a government minister and nor will I wish it in any way to hinder an investigation.” Ramlogan said he was prepared to give the devices to the police but not in a carte-blanche manner without any rules and procedures that obtained internationally.


He explained: “There may be things on my system that pertains to the Police Service itself, pertaining to corrupt officers, corruption within the Police Service and so on. “So I have to be very careful. You don’t just use this as a window of opportunity to have somebody sitting down and going through all your business, only to perhaps get political ammunition to slip to the PNM, so it comes up on a political platform, or to have any police officer or any citizen suspected of being involved in criminal activity suddenly disappear from the scene.” He added: “It is not a very simple matter, it is a very complicated matter. It can be made very simple if the police have a defined and clear procedure and practice and protocol.” He said things had been made worse by the police failing to honour a promise to return the devices of Gary Griffith, national security adviser to the Prime Minister. Ramlogan said Griffith’s devices had been in the hands of the police for about a month. “That is unforgivable in the circumstances, when someone is voluntarily co-operating in a situation when they are not a suspect.”

If the US was really serious about capturing Snowden, they would get de Mossad to kidnap his tail. lol By all accounts they're very good at that sort of stuff.
If the US was really serious about capturing Snowden, they would get de Mossad to kidnap his tail. lol By all accounts they're very good at that sort of stuff.

And how they doing that?

Recruit Ian Alleyne and Sargent Alexander  :beermug:

General Discussion / Housing Development Corporation Thread.
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:02:16 AM »

HDC foots Roodal's $.8m Range Rover bill

One of the first issues that soon-to-be-appointed Housing Development Corporation (HDC) chairman Rabindra Moonan will have to deal with is whether he will approve the extension of a lease on a Range Rover for Minister of Housing Dr Roodal Moonilal. Moonilal currently enjoys the use of a black Range Rover leased by the HDC for $289,800 a year.

 The Range Rover HSE, which carries the licence plate PCR 5656, has been leased from Furness Car Rentals. The T&T Guardian has confirmed that the HDC pays a monthly bill of $24,150 for the vehicle, while the total lease agreement for the three-year period is $869,400. Sources say the lease took effect on February 2011 and ends in February 2014. The Range Rover has been customised to include blue police strobe lights in the centre of the grill at the front and back. A police siren has also been installed.

Questions have been raised about why such a vehicle has been leased for the minister, and also why a state enterprise is financing the lease, given that the ministry that Moonilal heads has several vehicles which can be used for official government business. Apart from this, sources say other vehicles could have been leased at a much cheaper rate. Sources say when vehicles are leased, the ministers do not pay for the vehicles’ maintenance or operational costs. These costs as well as the leases are borne by taxpayers.

 At the time of the approval, the HDC board was chaired by Henckle Lall and included Douglas Johnson, Gunness Sudama, Graig Davis, Reyna Kowlessar, Naddia Ali and James Lambert. Efforts to contact those board members were unsuccessful. Last year, a slew of criticism was levelled against then Food Production Minister Vasant Bharath over the purchase of a $400,000 duty-free Porsche Cayenne as the official vehicle for his ministry.

 Bharath defended the purchase, saying it was not extravagant. Contacted on the matter, a government minister said if a request to lease the Range Rover had been made to Cabinet there would have been strong objection. Since the People’s Partnership government took office, ministers are now entitled to use a ministry vehicle for official purposes. This entitlement was put in place after Sport Minister Anil Roberts was involved in an accident on October 6, 2010.

 Minister replies
In response to several text messages sent by the T&T Guardian, Moonilal yesterday responded by defending the use of the leased vehicle. He wrote: “The Rover is very sturdy. The vehicle was provided as a lease vehicle in keeping with (the) practice before to provide vehicle to minister. “I also use other vehicles depending on work requirements.

“As for choice, Rover is strong and equipped for the terrain. You seldom see a Rover in highway crash.” He added that Cepep also provided transport support when needed. The T&T Guardian then pointed out that such a high-maintenance vehicle “puts a strain on taxpayers, given there are other options,” to which Moonilal repled: “But Rover is very good vehicle, you should buy one if possible.”

The T&T Guardian repeated its initial question on whether Moonilal had approached the HDC board to ask it to lease the Range Rover. He is yet to respond. Asked whether he had received permission from the acting Commissioner of Police or Transport Commissioner to use the blue lights and siren on the Range Rover, Moonilal said he did not comment on matters of security.

 “The devices are matters under the purview of security authorities, I don’t comment on security issues. Suffice to say we act according to the law at all times,” he texted.


On January 17, 2012, Moonilal denied claims that his ministry had purchased a Range Rover for his use. Speaking during a Parliament debate, Moonilal said MPs are entitled to concessions on cars and most take advantage of these, using their personal funds. He said while in opposition he purchased a BMW X53 but subsequently sold it and bought a Range Rover for his personal use, using his personal funds.


Moonilal also said the Environment Ministry planned to buy two hybrid vehicles at a total cost of $600,000. To date, sources say this is yet to happen.


 More info

According to the Salaries Review Commission Web site, the last pay hike for ministers and MPs was in 2006. The Prime Minister’s salary was increased to $48,000 a month; Cabinet ministers’ salaries increased to $33,000 a month and non-Cabinet ministers to $27,000. The Leader of the Opposition moved to $23,800, MPs (non-ministers) increased to $14,000 and senators (non-ministers) $10,500. Among the allowances given to government ministers are transport facilities. These include:
(i) A maximum loan of $350,000 at a six per cent per annum repayable over six years for the purchase of either:
(a) a new  vehicle with full exemption from motor vehicle tax, VAT and customs duty; or
(b) a used vehicle with full exemption from special motor vehicle tax, VAT and customs duty.
(ii) A loan to cover the cost of car insurance at a rate of interest of six per cent per annum.
(iii) A maximum loan of $20,000 at a rate of interest of six per cent per annum for repairs to a vehicle.
(iv) A transportation allowance of $4,700 per month.
(v) A personal chauffeur

General Discussion / Re: Wrecked for $6.5m
« on: June 21, 2013, 06:00:57 AM »
Anil: Blame the Fire Chief

Blame the Chief Fire Officer for the entire firetruck fiasco!

Sport Minister Anil Roberts said the fiasco occurred not with the former minister of National Security or the Cabinet which approved the funding but with the public servants.

Roberts said ex-minister Jack Warner first learned about the firetruck issue when a note was prepared for him to take to Cabinet, asking for its approval of the $10.1 million payment to retrieve a Fire Service water tender from a precipice in Blanchisseuse last November.

 The fee was subsequently reduced to $6.8 million.

 “The first sight of it the minister had was when the note was ready to go to Cabinet. Before that, there was no ministerial intervention.”

At yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, Roberts said the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) had the ability to incur that kind of cost and then notify the minister and Cabinet.

He said the Cabinet was presen­ted with a fait accompli. He said the CFO asked a company to tell him how much it would cost to get the truck out.

 “At some time, the CFO approved and requested of the company to take out the truck. The company presented an invoice to the CFO. The CFO sent a memo for payment to the PS (permanent secretary) on November 27.

 “Notice, no Cabinet nor minister was involved.”

The CFO’s memo, which came with an invoice, said: “The payment to Sammy’s Multilift Services Limited in the sum of $10,189,115 remains outstanding.”

Roberts said he had perused the invoice and found its contents to be genuine.

He said there was covering approval for cases of emergencies for persons to spend money and then seek approval of Cabinet.

 “The work had been done, done, done,” Roberts said. “He did not have to call a minister and get the minister to say, ‘Hey, take out the truck.’ The minister was sleeping, talking politics....”

 He said the Cabinet then had to decide whether to pay the bill or renege and go to court.

 Roberts said that is the system that has existed since 1962.

 The Chief Fire Officer who was involved in this matter has since retired.

However, accounting officers yesterday disputed Roberts’ statement, saying the CFO did not have the authority to award a $10 million contract and without tender.

 Sources told the Express the very reason the contract ended up before the Cabinet for approval for funding was because the permanent secretary recognised that neither she nor the Chief Fire Officer had the legal authority to award a contract for more than $1 million without a tender.

At the post-Cabinet news conference, Roberts also said, similarly, that the recent Auditor General’s report, which found many irregula­rities, was not about ministers but public servants since ministers “did not write cheques, approve invoices, do the accounting”.

[1] From:

Date: Sat 2 Sep 2012 22:11:00 – 0400


Subject: RE: Update

My lady, please relax, everything is in place, nothing to worry about. We will soon chat.

[2] Subject: Re: What’s up



Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 02:07:36 +0000

I am worried AG. I do not want this to blow up in our faces. This has to be done seamlessly.

[3] Subject: Re: Update



Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 02:15:14 +0000

How are things going with this, do you need to brief me on anything. Did you make contact yet? Will he be on board. I don’t want surprises.

[4] From:

Date: 9/06/12 22:02:45


Subject: Worry not

Nothing will be traced back to you. We are always united.

[5] Subj: Monies owed

Date: 9/06/12 11:38:04 AM SA Western Standard Time




Are you sure everything is in place. Did you chat with the DPP and ask him about it? Try and find out.

Btw, she says you are asking for much money.

[6] Subject: Re: Monies owed



Date: 9/06/12 12:15:01

I scoff that it’s too much. We are the ones taking the risk. At the end of this I want a helipad on my roof top.

There is no price for freedom they know this. I do not know why you engage her.

I am yet to approach him, but will do soon.

[7] Subject: Re: Monies owed



Date: 9/06/12 12:35:45

It’s not a matter of engaging, she has done so much for us and I appreciate her. Tone down your requests and focus elsewhere for now.

[8] Subject: Re: Monies owed



Date:9/06/12 12:45:11

As you wish my lady, Take care and we shall chat later.

[9] From

Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:15:40-0500


Subject: Help needed

There’s an article a reporter from Guardian called me about involving our boys. I need you to get your feelers out there and nip the story. Call the Sunday Guardian Editor and threaten her with ads if you have too just make sure the article does not come out. Will call you later.

[10] Subject: Meeting

On Sat. Sep 8, 2012 at 10:06:05 PM, wrote

Call a meeting, we need to talk urgently


Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 14:51:18-0500


Subject: Guardian article


What is going? Did you see the article. I thought you had friends in the Guardian. How could this happen? Fix it.

[12] On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM, wrote:

I saw the article. Not to worry, remember Opposition supported this. That will be our defense

[13] FROM:


Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:27 PM

Deal with this mess.

Did she speak with James? You said he could be trusted. Does she have a copy?

[14] Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:30PM

James knows he cannot say anything. I doubt she has a copy. She is bluffing. I will retain him to write a letter refuting what she said. I sent out a release already. Remember everyone supported this. The PNM will loose out for allowing this to happen. Do not worry.

[15] FROM:


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:33 AM

We have a problem. Things are getting heated. Need access to taps in DPP office. I want to know what his next move is. How soon can you arrange?

[16] FROM:


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

I will call SSA and get B. Ganpat is out of the country, he would be against this move. You know he leaks

[17]On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM, wrote:

I gave instructions to B to sent him Germany for two weeks. I want someone to monitor DPP for this week. He made some statements. The normal protocol applies.

[18] FROM:


Mon Sep 10, 2012 at …AM

Everything is already in place in DPP office. Nothing out of the ordinary yet, Spoke with PM and she is furious

about the article. What about the reporter, tag her as well? My person..Guardian said she has a copy

of Lewis advice and is just toying with you. She does have someone in the US Embassy and is asking questions.

Last time we checked she contact Counselor to the Attorney General Channing Phillips.

Do you think someone there is feeding her?

[19] On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM, wrote:

That f….. whore don’t have sh… on me. More than likely she called Thomas at the Embassy.

Do a trace on her, every reporter has skeletons in their closet and post it to our FB people

Find out how the f… she quoted from something she has no access too. I want this by this evening and I want to know who is her source.

[20] FROM:


Mon. Sep 10, 2012 at 11:15AM

Yes boss.

That will take the heat off a while when other things pop up. Deal with this matter AG


Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2012 23:51:31 -0400;

Subject: RE: Urgent

The US contacted me and are f…… angry, I thought you had a hold on this

This will cause major backlash. They even threatened to black-list us. Come up with a plan AG.

[22] Subject: Re: Urgent



Date:Wed, 11 Sep 2012 09:21:44 +0000

Right now our best bet will be giving Gaspard a position on the bench and bring in a replacement. We could also feed our media people that Gaspard was part of the consultation at the Hall of Justice this year and he did not have a problem at the meeting. Let’s try the judge position first.


Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 09:54:39


Subject: RE: Urgent

Have a chat with Archie, let them offer him the position. Archie is normally co-operative.

[24]Subject: Re: Urgent


Have you dealt with the mess yet? We are getting bad press. Deal with this AG

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 09:59:44

[25] Subject: Re: Urgent

To: anan@gmailcom;

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 13:00:42 -0000

How things looking? The media are having a field day, PM is angry. The US also on the case.

[26] Subject: Re: Urgent


Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:22 +0000

Something is not right with that she knows too much. Did you find out her source? I was the only one who had this and she does not know Lewis. She does not know any QC, that I found out from her court colleague. She quoted things and asking questions to lawyers that no one knows.. did you find out anything on are things at DPP.

[27] Subject: Re: Urgent



Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 15:00

Will check with DPP status and give you a report later. The reporter does have a history. She has a’s really touch and go. She was in Florida at an institution in late 2003. attempted suicide. Her family are PNM, dad was in jail and recently released. Also added some stuff and sent it to FB. They will take it from there.

[28] From:

Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:47:08

Subject: Deal with the problem

This b…ch is becoming a problem to me. I’m told she has copies of documents and possibly cheques I don’t want

to leave anything to chance. I want this dealt with. find a way. I passed info to FB and they would f… her up but that’s not enough. Do something to slow her, PM is angry I assured her things will be good. I feel like I failed.. just deal with that b…ch soon if she has what I think, then we will all be implicated.

[29] Subject: Re: Deal with problem


Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:58:-2

What did you have in mind: Does she drive, walk, do you know her movements. We should meet and discuss. How soon.

[30] Re: Deal with problem

Hide Details



Message flagged

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:00PM

I don’t care what you do, just deal with the problem soon. Gary has the file on her . Whatever is one, let it be done through a third party. This is getting out of hand now. PM is frantic and is begging me for a distraction. I don’t think anything on Hart will provide that. I gave her the assurance that things will be ok. I also advised her to get rid of Volney, but she is weighing her options.

[31] Subject: Re: deal with problem



Date: Wed 19 Sep 2012 10:08:32

She will face opposition if she even contemplates getting rid of you. But don’t worry, we will chat tomorrow and finalize plans for that girl .

Rowley releases section 34 email ‘conspiracy’ .....calls of President to appoint Integrity Commission

By Richard Charan

Story Created: May 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM ECT

Story Updated: May 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM ECT
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley today read an exchange of emails alleging a conspiracy meant to silence the media and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in connection with the proclamation of Section 34.

The emails which were released by Rowley during debate on his no confidence motion in the government, detailed a plan to tap the phone of DPP Roger Gaspard, remove him from office, and dig up dirt on a Guardian reporter pursuing the Section 34 story.

Among the email addresses mentioned by Rowley - ,, and

However, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan responded to the charges, has denied the emails belonged to him, saying he had nothing to hide and the claims made by Rowley was a shameful attempt to damage the international reputation of the government.

He said the claim was "pure and utter fabrication", "an act of
political desperation", and "nothing short of character assassination".

Opposition Chief Whip Marlene McDonald responded by saying that the Attorney general had failed to respond to Rowley's motion.

The email exchange is purported to have happened last September
when there was swift public outrage sparked by the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.

Section 34 enabled persons who stand accused of an indictable offence to apply to a judge to throw out a case if more than ten years had passed since the commission of the alleged offence and if the trial had not yet started.

United National Congress (UNC) financiers Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson were among several accused who applied to the court to be freed and whose cases were thrown out in the High Court and now appealed. Section 34 was eventually repealed in a special sitting of the Parliament.

The no confidence motion being debated reads: Whereas the sanctity of the Parliament and lawfully constituted institutions and other authorities are fundamental to our democracy and must be protected at all times; and Whereas by a series of actions, the UNC-led Government of Trinidad and Tobago under the leadership of the Prime Minister, has attacked and conspired to undermine key institutions of State, namely: The Judiciary; The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; The Parliamentary Opposition; and The Media; and Whereas other Members of the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago, specifically, the Attorney General and the Minister of Local Government have also participated in such attacks against these important institutions of our democracy: Be it resolved that this House confirms its loss of confidence in the Prime Minister and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rowley called on the office of the DPP to take action to protect citizens, and for President Anthony Carmona to moved swiftly to appoint members to the Integrity Commission so that it could investigate the claims made.

Debate is expected to continue into tonight.

General Discussion / Re: Fake pilot flew Airbus A320 into London
« on: May 13, 2013, 03:41:53 PM »
He better check CAL... only jokers running CAL now.....

General Discussion / Re: ‘UNGRATEFUL’
« on: May 10, 2013, 06:22:07 AM »
I wonder if he would have said that, if these people were of a different ethnicity?  ??? ??? ???

General Discussion / ‘UNGRATEFUL’
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:31:17 AM »
Fuad blasts sextuplets’ parents on complaints:
By Anna Ramdass

Story Created: May 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM ECT

Story Updated: May 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM ECT

The sextuplets’ parents are ungrateful and owe the Government, the Prime Minister and the taxpayers of this country a “thank you” for all that was done to ensure that mother and babies had the best care possible, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said yesterday.

The March 4 birth of the sextuplets to parents Petra Lee Foon, a teacher, and Kieron Cummings, a bank employee, was a first for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. 

Extensive plans were put into place at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital to ensure a smooth Caesarian-section delivery of the babies, and close to $5 million was spent to purchase equipment for the babies’ aftercare at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Two of the babies—the youngest and eldest—have since died.

Cummings, according to a Guardian report, said he regretted not ta­king his wife abroad as he was dis­satisfied with the aftercare at Mt Hope.

An upset Khan, speaking to the Express yesterday after the post-Cabinet news conference at the St Clair office of the Prime Minister, took issue with Cummings’ statements.

I hope he doesn’t have a complaint about the house now that he has gotten from the Government. I wonder if he will say that the room is too small, or they need air-conditioning or they need another storey put on. Looking at their method of approach to what the health sector did for them and to know what is happening now, sometimes, people have to be grateful in life,” said Khan.

Last Friday, the parents were giv­en keys to a three-bedroom Housing Development Corporation (HDC) house in Edinburgh 500.

Cummings, following the birth of his babies, had said that top priority was having a home to raise his children as he lived with his parents in Arima and the mother lived with her parents in Central.

Cummings has said he plans to marry his babies’ mother following her recovery.

Khan said not only were millions spent to ensure the babies had first-class treatment, great sacrifices were also made as other babies had to be accommodated at the Port of Spain General Hospital and the San Fernando General Hospital when the sextuplets were at the NICU.

“I think, at the end of the day, when people get things easy, they don’t appreciate it,” said Khan.

Questioned on the aftercare of the babies at the NICU, which Cummings has taken issue with, Khan responded: “According to the head of the neonatal unit, Dr Carmanee Lutchman, she indicated to me that the aftercare was on international standards, based on all the things we put into place.”

“Now, at the end of the day, one has to ask: what is the motive? Why are they (parents) doing this?” said Khan.

“Time has come to actually tell the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and, hopefully, the Prime Minister thank you for the house when other people didn’t get it, and thank you for bending over backwards to assist us,” Khan added.

He questioned further how exactly was Cummings going to afford international care for his wife and babies if he had to apply for Government housing and depend on the HDC for a home.

Khan said the public health sector strives to deliver the best care possible for all patients and will continue, despite the negative comments from persons who are ungrateful.

He said further that the pregnancy was not a natural one as fertility drugs were used.

“One has to investigate the use of Clomid; Clomid brings out congenital birth malformations,” said Khan as he stressed that in these pregnancies where the babies are premature, there are numerous complications and, therefore, it was unjust to blame the health system for the two babies that died.

Khan said studies were done on the drug that needed to be looked at.

According to a report on website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labelled Clomid as a drug that should not be used in pregnancy because it raises the risk of major birth defects.

The report stated a study was done on Clomid which found that women who opted to use Clomid on their own, without medical supervision, had a 300 per cent higher risk of having a baby born with a birth defect compared with fertile couples.

Football / Re: U-17: T&T vs Panama Thread (13-Apr-13)
« on: April 13, 2013, 07:27:50 PM »
In due jeep nest :beermug:

$12 Million Fire at Inshan Ishmael's Business

...television studio spared
By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin Express South Bureau

Story Created: Mar 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM ECT

Story Updated: Mar 27, 2013 at 4:21 PM ECT
Fire today destroyed the used car business owned by Inshan Ishmael, the broadcaster who operates the Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN) cable television channel.

The business is located at Bamboo Settlement No 2, Valsayn, on the same compound as the studio where Ishmael produces his Breaking Barriers programme.

Damage is estimated at $12 million. No one was injured.
The studio was not damaged, Ishmael told the Express today.
He said that at around 9 a.m, workers saw boxes on fire and tried to put out the flames using every fire extinguisher they could find.
He said the "got out of hand".

He said the first fire fighters arrived within minutes, and other appliances arrived 45 minutes later.

He said "I have been begging for fire hydrants for over a year. Mr (Jack) Warner (Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West) can verify that".

He said that the double parking along the main road by customers of used car and parts businesses prevented fire tenders from getting to the scene quickly.

Ishmael said that none of his workers would be laid off.

"God will give me strength to rebuild. The TV station was spared".
Ishmael said nothing was insured, since he was told he had built on agricultural land.

- reporting by Dave Persad

Football / Re: Jack Warner sons arrested?
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:20:09 PM »
De bouncing start, De bouncing start :banginghead:

Muslim TV station, IBN, destroyed by fire

TTnewsflash understands that Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN) Channel 8 owned by Inshan Ishmael was completely destroyed by fire this morning.

Stay tuned for more details.

International Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca Monarch no more

TTnewsflash understands that William Munro, Chairman of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts has bowed out of the competition.

Munro in an exclusive interview with etceterabuzz claimed that he was “fed up” with the competition.

On March 12, TTnewsflash published an exclusive article stating that at the prize giving ceremony winning soca artistes were given blank cheques in envelopes.  The artistes were allegedly told that night that they would get their monies the following week.  However, up to today, the artistes have not received their cash winnings.

Munroe in the eceterabuzz article claimed that ministry officials has promised to pay the entertainers by next week.

Football / Anil to sue media houses, COP chairman
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:58:59 PM »
Anil to sue media houses, COP chairman

By Anna Ramdass

Story Created: Mar 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM ECT

Armed with proof—a letter from the Integrity Commission which stated he was not under probe—Sport Minister Anil Roberts yesterday said he will be seeking justice in court against Guardian Media Ltd for false reports, as well as Congress of the People (COP) chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the Integrity Commission last week referred Roberts to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in relation to a complaint of alleged misappropriation of funds at the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control.
Yesterday, the Guardian reported further that Roberts was summoned to a meeting by the COP on this issue and that Seepersad-Bachan, as well as former head of the Public Service Reggie Dumas, had indicated he should demit office pending the DPP probe.
Political analyst Bishnu Ragoonath had also commented on the matter in the Guardian report.
Roberts was the lone minister at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair yesterday.
He came to clear the air that he was under no investigation, and as a result, he will be taking legal action against a number of persons.
In addition to Guardian Media Ltd and Seepersad-Bachan, Roberts said he also intends to sue Dumas, Ragoonath, COP general secretary Clyde Weatherhead and Ricardo Phillip, former boxing board member, who filed the complaint with the Integrity Commission in 2011.
Other media facing a lawsuit include i95FM and the Trinidad Express.
The minister said he was willing to forgive Dumas and Ragoonath, should they apologise, as he claimed they were “duped” by Guardian reporter Anika Gumbs-Sandiford.
Roberts said following the Guardian report on Wednesday, his brother Shastri Roberts, an attorney, wrote to the Integrity Commission on his behalf, seeking answers.
The minister said on that same day, at 3.15 p.m., his brother received an e-mail from the commission, from the legal counsel of investigations and compliance, indicating he (Roberts) had not been referred to the DPP for investigation. The commission, by letter dated March 21, also stated same.
Roberts said he shared the e-mail with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who was relieved, and with fellow-ministers who were concerned and, also, Seepersad-Bachan.
“...When I showed that letter to Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, she was the only one who requested to read it twice; she questioned the veracity of the document and went on to mumble and mutter, ‘But they told me’ that time, I said, ‘Ma’am, I hope you did not make a statement on something that you failed to get the facts on’.”
Roberts pointed out that Seepersad-Bachan had instructed Weatherhead to call him to a meeting—and this was done after she had already commented on the issue.
While he intends to engage in legal battle with Seepersad-Bachan, Roberts commended COP political leader Prakash Ramadhar for being a “gentleman”.
Ramadhar, he said, discussed the issue with him via phone and did not “rush to judgment”.
Roberts, in response to questions, said he remains in the COP despite his issues with some of the party’s executive members as the COP membership supported him and were happy with his performance.
Roberts also made grave allegations against the Guardian reporter, claiming she never spoke to him yet quoted him in a report.
The minister said he never spoke to Gumbs-Sandiford and challenged her to produce phone records proving otherwise.
He said a pre-action protocol letter was already sent to Guardian editor-in-chief Judy Raymond and Gumbs-Sandiford.
Roberts also disclosed he had inside information on what was going on at the Guardian.
“To Ms Judy Raymond, who congratulated at 10.02 a.m. on Thursday, who congratulated, on the second floor of Guardian Media Ltd, Anika Gumbs-Sandiford for her lead story and told her she is now mandated to get a comment from the minister, who gave no such comment, but Anika Gumbs-Sandiford created, fabricated and published a quote purported to come from me.”
Roberts said he also intends to write Norman Sabga and Jerry Brooks of the Ansa McAl group on the issue.

General Discussion / Re: Anybody know any good whore house in T&T ?
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:04:28 AM »
Marlene keeps Anil quiet

PNM MP Marlene McDonald silenced the usually talkative Government MP Anil Roberts in Parliament yesterday when she dropped several sharp references to “Spanish” and “Room 201” in Roberts’ direction. McDonald was delivering a fiery contribution in yesterday’s debate on legislation to precept soldiers for the anti-crime fight, when Roberts appeared to tease her.


McDonald shot back: “I doh need no clap! When I learn to speak Spanish I’ll go and talk to him, I’ll go to Room 201.” The Parliament chamber rang with a loud chorus of “Oh!” Calling for the bill to be withdrawn, McDonald said the Government should have further consultation and then return it. Describing the bill as “a half-picked duck,” McDonald said the Government was ill-advised and didn’t understand its consequences.


She expressed concern that the Police Complaints Authority might not have jurisdiction over complaints concerning soldiers and the latter, claiming immunity, might be free to commit abuses of people or property and there would be no redress for citizens. She said during the 2011 state of emergency, the army picked up many people from depressed areas like Duncan Street, Beetham, Laventille and Sea Lots.


McDonald said the legislation could set the stage for a “showdown” between police and soldiers. She queried who would control the police. “Ramesh,” some PP MPs murmured. McDonald asked why there was “reluctance” to give control to the Police Commissioner. She claimed the bill might be the first step to institutionalise the involvement of military power.


She said the Government’s move to amend a segment and give the Chief of Defence  Staff supervisory power, rather than the National Security Minister, was still wrong, since the CDS reported to the minister.

f**k PHIL NOONAN  :cursing:

General Discussion / Re: Anybody know any good whore house in T&T ?
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:56:39 PM »

AN explosive video showing a high Government Official engaging in sex and drug taking with a Spanish speaking woman, has surfaced. It is said to be in the possession of some elements in the ruling People’s Partnership (PP). In the video the Official was shown making a spliff (a marijuana cigarette) and speaking loudly. The conversation with the woman was in Spanish but at times the official is heard shouting to someone, in English, off camera “Hold on, ah coming now.” The disgruntled PP operatives said the waste of time official was brazen to be involved in such illegal activities while wearing his Ministry’s emblemon his shirt.In the midst of the activity, the official was making jokes with the woman and eventually got down to steamy sex in
room 201, the number prominently displayed on the key ring.
When this video is eventually released to the public it will definitely be the end of the political career for this particular moron who is well known for his vociferous manner in public forums.

An activist of the ruling PP Government said it was really unfortunate that if such a scandal erupts now it can only harm the party and when one considers the ongoing rumour that the Prime Minister cannot fire a top official because he has certain confidential files on her, “This can only make it 1worse for us,” he declared

This scandal comes on the heels of several Government ministers being involved, one way or the other, with offences that saw the intervention of the police.
Former Minister in the Ministry of National Security Colin Partap is currently before the courts for failure to take a breathalyser test, Minister Dr. Rupert Griffith was recently freed by the court after he clashed with a police officer and Vasant Bharath admitted to driving his vehicle over a woman’s instep last year during the carnival celebrations.

Additionally, two Government ministers were involved in serious vehicle accidents. Chandresh Sharma was rescued by Opposition Member of Parliament Donna Cox
when his vehicle was involved in an accident on the Lady Young Road.
The Ministry of Sports vehicle was badly damaged with Minister Anil Roberts. To date, the cost of damage has not been released by the Government and there was no information forthcoming from the Insurance company.

Recently, a politician suggested that MPs and members of Government ought to be subjected to drug and lie detector tests given the spate of unfortunate accidents and altercations with the public and law enforcement agencies that plagued these high ranking persons over the years.
It is only a matter of time before this video is exposed and is more than likely to rock the nation.
The Prime Minister should stop the rot and read the riot act, immediately.

General Discussion / Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:33:51 PM »
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns amid state, federal probe of non-profit veterans group (she must be ralated to Renraw)

By Tia Mitchell and Mary Ellen Klas
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE -- Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned amid law enforcement questions about a Florida Internet sweepstakes company at the center of a nationwide criminal investigation that has led authorities to arrest nearly 60 people in six states.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Carroll Monday about her connections to the company, Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based non-profit that operates a chain of Internet cafes.

Carroll once owned a public relations firm that represented Allied Veterans, and she did work for the company at the same time she served in the Florida House. She resigned Tuesday. She has not been charged with any crime.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement officials, speaking at a news conference in Orlando on Wedneday afternoon, said the multistate investigation — dubbed “Operation Reveal the Deal” — of the purported veterans’ charity led to arrest warrants for 57 people in Florida and five other states. Charges include racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and possession of slot machines. Earlier this week, top leaders of Allied Veterans and the head of Jacksonville’s police union were arrested on charges of racketeering and money laundering.

“It is shameful that Allied Veterans of the World allegedly attempted to use the guise of a charitable organization to help veterans in order to lend credibility to this $300 million illegal gambling scheme,” said Bondi in a statement. “The Office of Statewide Prosecution will be filing formal charges related to illegal gambling, racketeering and money laundering, and they will prosecute the participants in the scheme to the fullest extent of the law.”

Soca star’s husband held for sexual assault

The husband of a popular soca star was arrested early yesterday morning and is expected to be charged for grievous sexual assault. The man, who spent last night at the Chaguanas Police Station, was arrested around 3 am yesterday at a house at Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas.Reports reveal that a woman who works with the entertainer was asleep at her home, when, around 2 am, she was awakened and found the man lying on the bed attempting to assault her.



The woman left the entertainer’s home and later filed a report at the Chaguanas station. Following inquiries, the man, who was believed to be intoxicated, was arrested at the entertainer’s home and taken to the station, where he was placed in a cell and left to sober up. Senior officials yesterday confirmed the man had been questioned, and that statements had also been recorded from the entertainer.


Calls to the entertainer’s cellphone went unanswered yesterday, while there were also no responses to text messages and voicemails were not returned.

General Discussion / Re: Anybody know any good whore house in T&T ?
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:40:52 AM »

Cops probe farmer’s murder

A 55-year-old farmer was chopped to death during a robbery at his Arouca garden on Saturday afternoon. According to reports, around 4.20 pm, Anand Ramdass, of Boundary Road, Aranguez, was found murdered at Paw Paw Drive, Orange Grove Road (South), Arouca. Police said that Ramdass left home early yesterday morning to go to his garden. Relatives became worried when he did not return home in the afternoon and after several calls to his cell phone went unanswered.


His brother-in-law, Gregory Pooran later went to the garden where he found him lying face down in a field in his underwear. Ramdass had several chop wounds to his arms and neck. Police said that his body had several other visible marks of violence which indicate that he may have been beaten by the robbers before he was killed. His wallet, jewelery, cell phone and his Toyota Hilux van were missing.


He was pronounced dead on the scene by District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr Gopaul, who ordered his body removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James. A post-mortem is to be conducted today. The murder toll now stands at 84, as compared to 61 for the corresponding period last year. According to statistics from the Police Service’s Crime and Problem Analysis Branch (CAPA) there were 377 murders in 2012.


Superintendent Baldeo Nanan and detectives of the Region Two Homicide Bureau are probing Ramdass’ murder.

General Discussion / Re: "no African-American nurse"
« on: March 03, 2013, 07:51:07 AM »
[i]Man Suing Grocery Store For Banning Him After He Refused a “Negroid” Bagger: Freedom of Religion, Property Rights, and the Right to Refuse Service[/i]

A Hawkins man is claiming his civil rights and religious freedom were violated earlier this year when a black man sacked his groceries and a Big Sandy grocery store owner banned the customer from the business…

[Dewitt Thomas] stated in a nine-page, hand-written lawsuit that he told the grocery sacker, a black man, “Wait a minute, don’t touch my groceries. I can’t have someone negroidal touch my food. It’s against my creed.”

Thomas claimed the cashier was “perplexed” by his request and yelled at him to take his items and leave.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Thomas said, “It’s pretty simple. They treated me really bad because I told them it was against my creed.”

…The sacker, Aaron Menefee, said he thought Thomas was just kidding around.

“The first time he said it, I thought he was joking,” Menefee said. “Then he just kept repeating it.”

Menefee said once he realized Thomas was serious, he called for someone else to sack the groceries, at which time Menefee went to another part of the store…
When Thomas returned two days later, he noticed the same black man would be sacking his groceries, so he again requested the “Negro” not handle his groceries, according to the lawsuit.

This time, Langston was there. He called police to serve Thomas a criminal trespass warning. While waiting for the police, an employee locked the doors, and the lawsuit claims Thomas was “unlawfully restrained.”

Thomas said Langston broke the law the night he locked him in the store.

“We were closing, and I don’t know of a business that doesn’t lock their doors when they close. It keeps more people from coming in,” Langston said.

Thomas said he doesn’t understand why he had to deal with the same situation twice.
“My question is, why after I told them how I felt and that it was against my creed did this negroid try to impress himself upon me and try to handle my groceries again.” Thomas said…

Thomas said he is going forward with his complaint because Langston has no right to stand against what he believes in.

“If he wants to stand in opposition of who I am, then we are going to go forward with this here thing,” Thomas said.

That count includes the 2 bodies found in a burnt out care trunk?

Two men locked in the trunk of a car burnt to death -

OFFICERS who responded to a report that a car was on fire at the Heights of Guanapo later discovered the burnt bodies of two persons in its trunk.

The bodies were identified as Jerome and Dale Ramsahai.

According to a police report, at about 12.15 pm officers of the Arima Police and Fire Stations responded to a report of a car on fire at 3 3/4mm, Heights of Guanapo. Upon arrival at the scene the blaze was extinguished, and upon checking the Nissan Tida motor car, the officers found the bodies of two persons in the trunk burnt beyond recognition. The District Medical Officer visited the scene and made the pronouncement. Police have reportedly identified the bodies at the scene.

Investigations are continuing.

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