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General Discussion / Dad Accidentally Shot By Police
« on: October 30, 2009, 04:29:25 AM »
Trinidad Express
Friday, October 30th 2009

   
Acting Commissioner of Police James Philbert has confirmed that a police bullet did in fact hit Lander Rodney while he was standing at the corner of Edward and Duke Streets in Port of Spain.

However, Philbert was quick to add that his officers were rushing to investigate a report when a firearm was accidentally discharged.

Philbert said an investigation has already been launched and he is awaiting a report.

"The person was struck by a fragment and thankfully he is doing fine," Philbert said.

On Monday around 3.15 p.m., Rodney, 45, was holding his five-year-old daughter's hand at the corner of Edward and Duke Streets when he was shot. In an interview with the Express shortly after the shooting, Rodney said a police van had passed around that same time, but when he looked he saw the vehicle's windows up.

Rodney said passers-by stopped and helped him and he later made a report to the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Division.

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Ontario cellphone ban starts Monday, violators could face $500 fine
By Maria Babbage (CP) – 7 hours ago


TORONTO — Starting Monday, Ontario drivers will be the latest Canadians prohibited from using cellphones or BlackBerrys while behind the wheel.
Millions of motorists in the country's most populous province are banned from using any hand-held electronic devices to text, email or talk while driving, except for 911 calls.
They're also forbidden from using portable video games or DVD players while chugging along. Global positioning systems are allowed, as long as they're properly secured to the dashboard.
It's the fourth province to enact such a ban, following Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Manitoba's cellphone ban is expected to be proclaimed into law next year, British Columbia has introduced similar legislation and Saskatchewan has promised a bill this fall.
Hands-free devices aren't covered under the Ontario ban, but provincial officials say they're not recommended for use while driving.
Cabinet ministers usually have a driver to shuttle them around on official business, but Ontario Corrections and Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci said he still made sure he was prepared for the ban.
"Guess what? I purchased my earpiece," he said.
"I won't be using my hands to use the cellphone. I respect the law because it respects the safety of my fellow Ontarians."
Ontario drivers could be fined up to $500 if they're caught, but unlike other provinces, there are no demerit points attached.
There will be an "education" period in the first three months where police will show some leniency and, in many cases, simply let drivers off with a warning.
But make no mistake - drivers should not assume they're "scot-free" until February, said Sgt. Dave Woodford, a spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police.

Cops still have discretion to lay charges by way of summons under the new law, where the driver would have to go to court to find out how big the fine will be, he said.
Motorists using a banned device can also be charged under careless driving laws and face fines, six demerit points, licence suspension - even jail time.
"If we see someone driving erratically or they're involved in a collision and they've been on their cellphone, there are already offences in place under the Highway Traffic Act where people can be charged," he said.
"So you don't want to send out he wrong messaging that you're allowed to talk on the phone for the next three months and not be charged with any offences, because you could be."
According to the 2006 Ontario Road Safety annual report, there were 77 fatalities among the 33,551 accidents due to "inattentive" drivers, which included talking on a cellphone while driving.
It's hard to know how many accidents were caused by drivers talking on their cellphones, said Woodford. The cause of many accidents are never known because the driver was killed.
Ontario was the first province to extend the ban to all hand-held electronic devices, a move that B.C. has followed in legislation introduced last week.
The proposed new rules - billed as the most comprehensive in Canada - would go a step further by banning new drivers in B.C. from hands-free phones. Drivers caught violating the rules would receive three penalty points on top of a $167 fine.

But motorists should go beyond the letter of the law if they want to stay safe on the roads, said Robert Tremblay of the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
"Using hands-free devices while driving is certainly better than using hand-held devices, but not using any distracting devices, or participating in any distracting behaviour at all, is the best policy," he said in a statement.
The bureau's tips for obeying the new law include:
-Eat before driving so you won't be tempted to juggle distracting snacks behind the wheel.
-Pull over and park before using a cellphone or other hand-held electronic device.
-Create a "driving" playlist on your iPod or music player and activate it before you hit the road so you won't be searching for a good song while driving.
-If there's something distracting you - something fell on the floor, the kids are acting up in the back seat - pull over to a safe area first, then deal with it.

-Check the map, adjust the seat, the climate control and the radio, and familiarize yourself with the dashboard controls, before heading out.

-Make sure pets are safely secured and in the back seat.

-Listen to your GPS device, don't look at it.


Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

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Jokes / Rasta Man Revenge
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:45:29 PM »

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General Discussion / Internship At A Caribbean Magazine
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:09:33 PM »
Passing some information around. I'm sure somebody knows somebody who would be interested.....

Toute Bagai Publishing (TBP) - publisher of MACO Caribbean Living, Destinations, MACO People, and other great publications - is inviting applications for internships for the period May to August, 2009. TBP is looking for three interns.

Candidates must be studying journalism and/ or publishing, and have an interest in magazine publishing specifically. The internship will require research, editorial work and general administration. Additionally, candidates must have basic computer knowledge: Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word etc. Graphics capability in CS3 and Illustrator is a plus. Applicants should be between the ages of 18 to 25.

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, creative, responsible, eager to learn, and possess initiative. This isn’t your average internship; each day you will be an actual part of a working team producing a world class magazine – so bring your A game!!!

Please submit your CV or letter of interest by May 15, 2009 via email to jannue@macomag.com

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General Discussion / After months of looking...
« on: April 20, 2009, 05:59:33 PM »
...ah finally found Liza and Henry
I remembered at 3 years old watching this with with my brother.

There's a Hole in the Bucket (classic Sesame Street)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/MAfCQ-t7xY0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/MAfCQ-t7xY0</a>



I can't locate the video thread  :-\

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Never judge the book...
« on: April 15, 2009, 03:58:08 PM »
....by it's cover

Britains Got Talent 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk


she made me cry yes :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

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General Discussion / Presenter held for Internet nudes
« on: April 04, 2009, 11:21:46 PM »

Published: April 4th, 2009
Trinidad Guardian
Akile Simon |


A news presenter at a popular radio station in Port-of-Spain has been arrested by police, after he allegedly distributed nude pictures of a popular female soca artist across the Internet. Publication of the photos reportedly stemmed from the artist’s decision to end a relationship with the suspect.
Police said the suspect posted lewd pictures and videos of the artist on the popular Facebook Web site. According to the site, the posting of pornographic material is prohibited. Officers said e-mail of the lewd material also were sent to other popular soca stars as well as entertainers, disc jockeys and radio and TV personalities.

Sources said millions of people might have had access to the material, which was “spreading like wildfire.” According to police, the suspect, who is also employed with a telecommunications company, was involved in a relationship with the soca star for the past 18 months. A few weeks ago, the artist met the suspect at the radio station during the morning period. But, according to sources, around 4 pm that day, the suspect walked down the aisle with another woman at his side. Only recently, sources said, the suspect returned from his honeymoon. According to police: “All hell broke loose” when the soca star found out the suspect had “run off” with another woman and got married.

Police said when the artist confronted the suspect about his recent marriage, he denied it. According to police, the woman ended the relationship, but the suspect disagreed. “He wanted her back, but she did not want to have anything to do with him,” said a source. Police said the suspect then allegedly started to distribute the material in what they described as “an act of revenge.” After the woman found out that nude pictures of herself were in circulation on the Internet, she went to Besson Street Police Station and lodged a report on Friday afternoon. The suspect was arrested later at his Maloney home. Police executed a search warrant at the man’s home yesterday and seized several electronic devices, including a laptop computer. Up to late yesterday, he remained in police custody, and is expected to face several charges in connection with the alleged incident.

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General Discussion / Another Plane Crash
« on: March 22, 2009, 06:21:27 PM »
 (CNN) -- A single-engine airplane crashed near Butte, Montana, on Sunday, killing at least 17 people, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
The plane crashed Sunday near a cemetery about 500 feet from an airport runway, officials said.

The plane crashed Sunday near a cemetery about 500 feet from an airport runway, officials said.

The Pilatus PC-12 left Orville, California, at 11 a.m. PT for Bozeman, Montana, but rerouted to Butte instead, FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said. The plane crashed 500 feet short of the runway at Bert Mooney Airport.

The plane, manufactured in 2001, was registered to Eagle Cap Leasing in Enterprise, Oregon, according to the FAA. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene.

According to The Montana Standard newspaper, a fireman said the plane may have been carrying several children on their way to a ski vacation.

Martha Guidoni told CNN she and her husband were driving near the airport when they "watched this plane just take a nosedive" at a cemetery.

"We drove [there] to see if there was any way my husband could help someone, and we were too late," Guidoni said. "There was nothing to help."

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Tito Lara
« on: February 27, 2009, 04:38:57 PM »
I heard something, but I ain't want to say what I hear until someone come in here and say something.

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General Discussion / Happy Valentines Day
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:10:43 PM »
Sending  :-* :-* to you all and one slap in dey arse for Capo  ;D



A little note....if allyuh planning on roses and chocolate for the misses, forget that.
Try something different for a change. Cook, a potted plant or best yet leave the house for the day

She will appreciate it even more.

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Jokes / A REALLY BAD NIGHT.....
« on: February 07, 2009, 04:13:40 PM »
--- I'm never drinking again.



I'm never drinking again.


I'm never drinking again.



I'm never drinking again.



I'm never drinking again!




Capo I heard about it. You okay ???




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Jokes / Who's regretting their decision now???
« on: February 03, 2009, 04:28:54 PM »
I almost pass out in meh office with this one.... :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:



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General Discussion / Month of Murders, Fires and Road fatalities
« on: February 01, 2009, 07:03:30 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
BY RHONDOR DOWLAT Sunday, February 1 2009



NATIONAL Security Minister Martin Joseph’s predictions of this year’s murder toll figure, being less than last year’s of 546, sadly may be nothing more than a “genie-bottle” wish.

On January 27 the murder toll was more than one a day, standing at 45 which surpassed the month of January 2008 when the total was 43. What does Joseph plan to do to ensure that the trend will not get worse as the months of 2009 come and go?

The criminal minds out there are not interested in statistics and couldn’t care less about Joseph’s hope.

On January 22, Joseph during a Post-Cabinet media conference admitted a growth in the homicide rate, which, up to that same day, stood at 35 murders as compared to 32 for the same date last year. He, however, announced that there was no way that the country would face the same situation this year as it did last year.

“What I can assure you is that no way are we going to find ourselves in a situation in 2009, which we found ourselves in 2008. We had a situation in 2008 that was unacceptable in terms of homicide.”

Less than eight hours after Joseph’s attempt to reassure there were two killings in the Morvant area which brought the toll to 36, that trend continued over the weekend (January 23 to January 25) recording six more murders — with the toll now at 42.

Between the evening of January 23 and January 24, alone, five persons were killed.

Three days into the new year — on January 3, four murders were recorded. The first murder victim for 2009 was identified as Curtis Grant, a man described by police as a petty thief, who was beaten to death in San Juan. Also killed in separate incidents were ‘PH’ driver Brent Green, State witness Sultan King and another man of Morvant.

One incident which was deemed heart-rending was on January 4, when the decomposing body of 15-year-old Devika Lalman was found with her jeans pulled down to her ankles and her head partially submerged in water. Investigators believe she may have been sexually assaulted and killed in the rice field in Warrenville, Caroni. Lalman, who was a Form Three student of the Cunupia High School was reported missing from her Las Lomas No 1 home on December 30 2008.

Another horror story occurred on January 23 — Three-month-old baby boy, Zion was heard crying at in the bedroom of his Phase One, Powder Magazine, Cocorite home. Checks by a family friend, discovered baby Zion crawling around in his parents blood next to their bodies. His dad, Devon Joseph, 27, and his mother Kimlin Kassie Joseph, 28, were both dead. Zion’s cousin, 14-year-old Kyle Joseph was also killed. The throats of the victims had been slit.

A January murder victim included businessman Wimbally Bhadai, 70, of New Colonial Road, Barrackpore who was shot dead on January 12 outside the RBTT bank and robbed of a bag containing $60,000. Bhadai owned a gas station.

Road carnage which also falls under the crime desk continued this year as to date there have been 11 deaths recorded. In 2008 the figure was 20.

The year started off grimly for our national athletes and persons in the entertainment world.

On January 1 2008 Olympian Sprinters Richard Thompson, 23, and Monique Cabral, were returning from an Old Year’s night party at the popular Club 51 Degrees on Cipriani Boulevard at about 4.30 am when they were involved in a vehicular accident. It was stated that Thompson was driving his white Nissan Cefero across Marli Street when he collided with a silver Toyota Rav 4. Thompson and Cabral were both hospitalised at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

Not so lucky, on January 4, however, was 21-year-old female boxing champion Giselle Salandy.

Salandy, holder of nine international championship belts in the light middleweight category, died at 8.29 am at Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

She was rushed to the institution an hour earlier after being pulled out of the wreckage of a black Toyota Yaris which reportedly careened off the west-bound lane of the Beetham Highway near the Flyover, hitting a tree and a concrete embankment before flipping over several times. The other occupant of the car, 22-year-old female footballer Tamar Watson, who attends Shorter College in Georgia, USA and has played for Trinidad and Tobago at the Under-20 level, was hospitalised in a critical condition.

Salandy was the fourth local sporting figure to be involved in an accident this year. The Siparia-born Salandy who was undefeated in her 17-fight professional career, last fought on December 26 (Boxing Day) successfully making a first mandatory defence of her championship titles against Yahaira Hernandez of the Dominican Republic.

Awarded on the same night, “Boxer of the Year” honours by the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA), Salandy gave what boxing experts considered her most accomplished performance, winning on an unanimous points decision.

Salandy was honoured with a National Award (Chaconia Gold) and last year copped the prestigious First Citizens Sports Personality of the Year Award.

At age 11, she was attracted to boxing and after several years, made history when at 14, she become the youngest boxer to capture a world title.

On January 11, tragedy struck the entertainment world when Wayne Ephraim, sound engineer with the Machel Montano HD soca band died instantly when the taxi, in which he was a passenger, crashed along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in the vicinity of Courts Mega Store, Barataria.

Venezuelan national, Edar Farria, 28, was also recorded as a road fatality statistic. On January 7, Farria, who was a Pizza delivery motorcyclist was killed during a collision with a vehicle driven by Port-of-Spain Magistrate Andrew Stroude. Farria was employed with Domino’s Pizza.

According to police, Farria was driving his scooter west along the Western Main Road in St James at about 11.45 am when the scooter crashed into the door on the driver’s side of the magistrate’s Toyota Lexus SUV. The impact sent Farria crashing into the window of the SUV.

He died while being transported to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Farria was on his way to make a delivery at the time of the accident.

There were several house fires this month, where over 40 persons were made homeless.

On January 1, at about 5.15 pm pensioner Popo Jaikeran, who has been bedridden for the past two years, had to be rescued by her 72-year-old daughter Ruby Jaikeran when fire broke out at their two-storey home at George Street, Siparia. Also left homeless were Jaikeran’s grandson Daveanand Sirju, his wife Rajdaye and their children Shivana, Shivan, Nirmala and Dyanand.

On January 6, Three persons including an eight-year-old boy were left homeless after fire destroyed their Marabella home. It was reported that at about 8 am, neighbours heard loud crackling sounds and saw flames coming from the wooden house. They attempted to douse the flames which quickly engulfed the house. At the time of the fire, no one was at home at as Anderson Marryshaw, 46 and his wife Kellyann James had both already left for work while their son Nickle James, had left for classes at St Clements Hindu School.

On January 7, at 5 pm fire completely destroyed several HDC apartments at Rushworth Street, San Fernando, 15 persons were left homeless.

Also on January 7, at about 6 pm this time, 20 persons inclusive of toddlers were rendered homeless after fire destroyed a two storey apartment.

On January 13, the house of Stacy Gustave was completely destroyed by fire shortly after 10 am — ten minutes after she left home. The night before at about 11.25 pm the house was riddled by bullets. Police believe that the incident was gang-related. Gustave, her common-law-husband and four children between the ages of 13 and nine-months were left homeless.

This month also saw the police fighting white collar crime when they went to the Licensing offices in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando to investigate reports of corruption.

On January 5, police raided the Licensing Offices and seized several documents as they probed a racket in which stolen vehicles are reportedly being re-registered by licensing employees. Documents said to be presently in the hands of Fraud Squad officers, point to a lucrative business between car thieves, garage owners and employees of the Licensing Division.

Police were working on key information that stolen cars are being given new registration numbers for a fee.

The raid followed the seizure of over 20 vehicles — Nissan Sentra B-15s and Almeras — from two garages in Chaguanas between January 4 and January 5 — to that date 12 persons were detained and questioned by Fraud Squad investigators.

As the exercise continued, on January 6, 45 vehicles believed to have been stolen and which were confiscated during a police raid in Central Trinidad, were brought to the Barataria Police Station and the Vehicle Maintenance Corporation of TT (VMCOTT) compound off the Beetham Highway where they were being kept pending further investigations.Ten of the vehicles are parked at the police station while the rest are at the VMCOTT compound. The cars, range from luxury vehicles to Nissan Almeras, Subarus and Sunny B15s.

January then has seen — murders, fires, road fatalities and alleged crime in Government offices. So what can we expect for the month of February?
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Football / Crash kills Nigerian footballers
« on: January 25, 2009, 07:20:21 PM »
Not sure if this was posted before...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7850271.stm

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General Discussion / How To Fix Ya Computer
« on: January 24, 2009, 08:21:42 PM »
Now I know some of allyuh nerds in here love to mash up ya computer den put it back together with a extra piece of foil paper and paper clip, and next thing you know you is the newest Bill Gates on dey block.

In past times I've seen threads upon threads of people asking technical questions about their PC and laptops/notbooks - and the answers from some of you guys actually worked.

So as ah girl who like her PC and notebook to run fast with no problems - so I forever spending much money upgrading every year to make sure her girls running smooth, I think it's time that a thread for questions about technical issues put forward on the table.

Now HEAR MEH WELL....doh mash up meh facking thread with nonsense. I'm ah girl on dey edge where my computer is concerned... ah need good advice.

 



Feel Free to ask any questions concerning problems/issues, the latest technology in software, hard drives etc. I'm sure someone had your problem before, and is willing to give good advice on what to do with it.


Ah serious allyuh doh mash up this thread.

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Urgent request
« on: January 19, 2009, 05:02:33 PM »
Folks I need this information urgently

Does anyone know where I can find the lyrics to "How many more must die" by Mighty Duke ???

NOT the song, the lyrics.

I really need it urgently.


Much thanks in advance

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General Discussion / How much of allyuh had one of these ??
« on: January 15, 2009, 09:41:56 PM »


And hear nah, it holding every flecking thing. Only part ah didn't like is when ya pointie HB2 pencil pricking through dey cloth and sticking ya tail

Ah looking for dey West Indies (Indian) Reader....it was ah small red book.
Ah sharper
Ah copybook wid dey 12 times table at dey back
Ah rudder
2 salt prunes in dey brown paper
Ah penna cool

Ah didn't have ah lunch kit because ah was living near to school...

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General Discussion / Uhmm - Ah loss for words
« on: December 18, 2008, 09:39:42 PM »
Ah seriously doh know where to put this thread. Jokes or General Discussion...
Because ah laughing but yet ah worried no arse...

I got this email today, so lemme here allyuh thoughts on this one.

********

This was taken  at a construction site in San Fernando.
Boy my partner living next to the construction site by toyota on the link road on the cross next to skinner park where them chinee them buildin som ting there... so he say he sit down in his gallery a evenin an all he hear was tyre screechin an bang.. so next ting he see ah chinee man runnin commin down the road an run across the road an pick up the dog an gone in the construction site... he say wen he see the man pick up the dog like he get stupid an he pick up the camera instead of the video cam ... wen i see he sen this i ball to bad yes... like that chinee tell himself he eh lettin good meat go to waste lol ....

 






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The man from New Orleans did it for me boy....

Ordinary people making beautiful music for free. Would have been nice if someone like Rudder could have put his chords in this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

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General Discussion / 'Escape from Jonestown'
« on: November 14, 2008, 06:28:04 PM »
I was looking at it via CNN last night, but lawd after viewing the bloated bodies, CONSTANLY, I switched the station. But now I regret not staying on. I believe tonight CNN will be airing it again.

Of course YouTube had to give me something.

Cnn Soledad O'Brien_Escape from Jonestown Part 1/9. This is the 1st part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHJPs3hA1JI

You all can continue viewing. 9 screens



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General Discussion / Deadly school collapse in Haiti
« on: November 08, 2008, 12:10:31 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7717030.stm

Is how much more this country could take :(

*********************
NYTimes.com

PÉTIONVILLE, Haiti — Rescuers digging through a collapsed school in Haiti pulled more bodies from sandwiched slabs of concrete, raising the death toll to 75 on Saturday as crews continued searching for survivors.

A fireman carried a child who was rescued from the rubble of a school that collapsed in Pétionville, Haiti, on Friday.
Haiti’s president, Rene Preval, said that poor construction, including a lack of steel reinforcement, was to blame for Friday’s collapse of the concrete Collège La Promesse Evangelique in Pétionville. Roughly 500 children and teenagers typically crowded into the three-story building.

Structures throughout Haiti face similar risks because of poor construction and a lack of government oversight, Mr. Preval said.

“It’s not just schools, it’s where people live, it’s churches,” he said at the site of the collapse as crews picked through the wreckage in search of more victims.

Doctors Without Borders was treating more than 80 people, many with serious injuries, said Francois Servranckx, a spokesman for the aid group.

Mayor Claire Lydie Parent of Pétionville said that at least 17 students were found crushed in a single classroom on Saturday but the report was denied by a doctor and firefighter at the scene.

“There are a lot of rumors, you know,” said Cap Haitien Fire Chief Ardouin Zephirin, who was brought in from Haiti’s second-largest city to help with the disaster on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Mr. Preval said a previous mayor of Pétionville had tried to halt the expansion of La Promesse because of safety concerns but the effort faltered when a new mayor came into power in the hillside suburb.

“We have got to have a consistent policy that when one administration leaves office the next continues its work,” the president said. “The next time the mayor speaks and the authorities speak, people will listen.”

International aid was trickling in.

Nearly 40 search-and-rescue officials from Fairfax, Va., were expected to arrive with dogs by Saturday afternoon, said Alexandre Deprez, acting director of the local United States Agency for International Development.

“I see a dramatic turnabout in the situation once they’re here,” he said. “We’ve done everything we possibly can practically from the first hour.”

The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispañiola with Haiti, was sending two helicopters to help, Dominican Health Minister Bautista Rojas said.

France also sent a team of 15 firefighters and doctors with two rescue dogs. A French civil protection official, Commandant Patrick Vailli, said Saturday that the workers spotted five people believed to be alive in the school’s two basements and recovered two bodies.

Haiti’s police commissioner, Francene Moreau, said the minister who runs the church-operated school could face criminal charges. Efforts to reach the preacher were not successful.

Thousands looked on from beside the school and across the valley, cheering each time a live student was extricated from the debris. One student who emerged and was lifted on a stretcher cried and made the sign of the cross over and over.

Thousands of Haitian laborers live in collapse-prone hillside slums around the capital to be near the mansions of the foreign diplomats, United Nations staff and wealthy elite for whom they work.

Ms. Parent said they toiled endlessly throughout the year to afford the school’s $1,500 tuition in hopes of empowering their children to someday escape poverty.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has been struggling to recover from widespread riots over rising food prices, a string of hurricanes and tropical storms that left nearly 800 people dead.

The United Nations peacekeepers were sent to Haiti after the ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. They have tried to improve security by fighting gangs and training the local police.


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General Discussion / Uproar at P Town Senior Comp
« on: November 04, 2008, 03:51:19 PM »
RADHICA SOOKRAJ
Trinidad Guardian


Pandemonium broke out in Princes Town Senior Comprehensive School yesterday, when teachers were forced to hide in the principal’s office to escape a barrage of bottles, stones and pieces of wood.

A school source said teachers hid in the principal’s office while the students rattled the doors and windows.

Principal Angela Lalla dismissed school early, and called an emergency meeting with her staff. However, several teachers left, saying their safety was at risk.

Sources said the incident started during recess around 10 am, when two female Form Four students began fighting over a ring.

It is alleged that both students were taken to the principal’s office and questioned.

“Eventually, one of the girls was allowed to leave,” a source said.

It is alleged that around 1 pm, the girl returned with a gang of students. They went inside the principal’s office to demand the return of the ring.

Sources said a teacher attempted to speak to the students. However, the gang took up a piece of wood and threatened to beat him. Another teacher came to his assistance, but the gang became angry and started pelting stones.

Both teachers fled. Other members of staff locked themselves in the staff room as the situation escalated.

“All the students went into a state of disorder. They were uncontrollable; there was nothing the teachers could do,” a source said.

Principal Lalla contacted Princes Town police.

“Over 100 students kept walking up and down the corridor. No teacher could come out. They threatened to damage our cars,” a source said.

Police arrived on the scene one hour later and took statements regarding the ring.

However, sources said there were attempts to downplay the incident.

Senior police officers confirmed the chaos, but attempts to contact Lalla for comment proved futile.

The school, with an enrolment of 1,000, has 100 teachers and 30 auxiliary staff.

A report has since been made to the Education Ministry.
 
 
©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited
 

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General Discussion / Wall was approved by Beetham groups’
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:35:23 PM »
Michelle Loubon
The Guardian







Managing Director of the East Port-of-Spain Development Company Limited Deborah Thomas maintains there was consultation and approval by the Beetham Gardens community over the proposed development plan.

The plan includes the construction of a four-foot retaining wall along the front of the development.

The berm, a landscaped mound or bank of earth, now under construction, is expected to cost about $5 million and extend from Beetham Gardens to the Priority Bus Route.

Landscaped berms exist at Millennium Park, Trincity and St Clair.

Thomas made this comment at a press conference at Kent House in Maraval yesterday.

Among those present were chairman of East Port-of-Spain Development Company Anthony Fifi and project officer Keith Edwards.

Prior to Thomas’ remarks, a video, dubbed Development Meets Me, was shown, featuring proposals for development work in 19 communities such as Laventille, Trou Macaque, Picton and Belmont.

The company got Cabinet’s approval.

Zeroing in on Beetham Gardens, Thomas said, “Several residents are saying they were not consulted. There were consultations with community groups and stakeholders (September 1, 2006).

Sharing Thomas’ sentiments, Fifi said the construction of the berm and the overall development plan would generate employment, beautify the area and improve sanitation from Phases 1 to 5.

Work to be done

Thomas said the company had met at the Beetham Government Primary School to discuss issues affecting the community like poor drainage, pollution from industrial effluent, vehicle emissions and the nearby landfill.

High unemployment, low incomes, inadequate social infrastructure and informal settlements with poor housing conditions and physical infrastructure were also addressed.

Among the other proposals highlighted were the upgrade and refurbishment of a multi purpose court at Beetham Phase 4, cleaning, clearing and rehabilitation of roadside drains and construction of an East Port-of-Spain Sport and Cultural Complex.

There were also plans to upgrade the recreation ground at Phase 2 and develop homework and business development programmes.

Crime challenge

Thomas admitted they were working amid challenges like crime and violence.

"The challenges are high levels of crime and established contractors unwilling to work there. Contractors had to stop work. Tendering process went out for the berm," she said.

The work continues and is expected to be completed within five to six months.

She said there were plans to extend the landscaped berm to the Priority Bus Route to provide a buffer between the community and the road, improve its aesthetics and reduce the noise and pollution affecting the area.

"The landscaped berm would protect against noise and fumes and afford the residents' privacy. There are breaks in the berm. It allows for pedestrian traffic, not vehicular traffic," she said.

When it comes to upgrading the PBR area, she added, "They are looking at small kiosks to replace the tents and shacks there...like the thriving bar-be-cue business."
 
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Managing Director of the East Port-of-Spain Development Company Limited Deborah Thomas maintains there was consultation and approval by the Beetham Gardens community over the proposed development plan.

The plan includes the construction of a four-foot retaining wall along the front of the development.

The berm, a landscaped mound or bank of earth, now under construction, is expected to cost about $5 million and extend from Beetham Gardens to the Priority Bus Route.

Landscaped berms exist at Millennium Park, Trincity and St Clair.

Thomas made this comment at a press conference at Kent House in Maraval yesterday.

Among those present were chairman of East Port-of-Spain Development Company Anthony Fifi and project officer Keith Edwards.

Prior to Thomas’ remarks, a video, dubbed Development Meets Me, was shown, featuring proposals for development work in 19 communities such as Laventille, Trou Macaque, Picton and Belmont.

The company got Cabinet’s approval.

Zeroing in on Beetham Gardens, Thomas said, “Several residents are saying they were not consulted. There were consultations with community groups and stakeholders (September 1, 2006).

Sharing Thomas’ sentiments, Fifi said the construction of the berm and the overall development plan would generate employment, beautify the area and improve sanitation from Phases 1 to 5.

Work to be done

Thomas said the company had met at the Beetham Government Primary School to discuss issues affecting the community like poor drainage, pollution from industrial effluent, vehicle emissions and the nearby landfill.

High unemployment, low incomes, inadequate social infrastructure and informal settlements with poor housing conditions and physical infrastructure were also addressed.

Among the other proposals highlighted were the upgrade and refurbishment of a multi purpose court at Beetham Phase 4, cleaning, clearing and rehabilitation of roadside drains and construction of an East Port-of-Spain Sport and Cultural Complex.

There were also plans to upgrade the recreation ground at Phase 2 and develop homework and business development programmes.

Crime challenge

Thomas admitted they were working amid challenges like crime and violence.

"The challenges are high levels of crime and established contractors unwilling to work there. Contractors had to stop work. Tendering process went out for the berm," she said.

The work continues and is expected to be completed within five to six months.

She said there were plans to extend the landscaped berm to the Priority Bus Route to provide a buffer between the community and the road, improve its aesthetics and reduce the noise and pollution affecting the area.

"The landscaped berm would protect against noise and fumes and afford the residents' privacy. There are breaks in the berm. It allows for pedestrian traffic, not vehicular traffic," she said.

When it comes to upgrading the PBR area, she added, "They are looking at small kiosks to replace the tents and shacks there...like the thriving bar-be-cue business."
 
©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited 


Managing Director of the East Port-of-Spain Development Company Limited Deborah Thomas maintains there was consultation and approval by the Beetham Gardens community over the proposed development plan.

The plan includes the construction of a four-foot retaining wall along the front of the development.

The berm, a landscaped mound or bank of earth, now under construction, is expected to cost about $5 million and extend from Beetham Gardens to the Priority Bus Route.

Landscaped berms exist at Millennium Park, Trincity and St Clair.

Thomas made this comment at a press conference at Kent House in Maraval yesterday.

Among those present were chairman of East Port-of-Spain Development Company Anthony Fifi and project officer Keith Edwards.

Prior to Thomas’ remarks, a video, dubbed Development Meets Me, was shown, featuring proposals for development work in 19 communities such as Laventille, Trou Macaque, Picton and Belmont.

The company got Cabinet’s approval.

Zeroing in on Beetham Gardens, Thomas said, “Several residents are saying they were not consulted. There were consultations with community groups and stakeholders (September 1, 2006).

Sharing Thomas’ sentiments, Fifi said the construction of the berm and the overall development plan would generate employment, beautify the area and improve sanitation from Phases 1 to 5.

Work to be done

Thomas said the company had met at the Beetham Government Primary School to discuss issues affecting the community like poor drainage, pollution from industrial effluent, vehicle emissions and the nearby landfill.

High unemployment, low incomes, inadequate social infrastructure and informal settlements with poor housing conditions and physical infrastructure were also addressed.

Among the other proposals highlighted were the upgrade and refurbishment of a multi purpose court at Beetham Phase 4, cleaning, clearing and rehabilitation of roadside drains and construction of an East Port-of-Spain Sport and Cultural Complex.

There were also plans to upgrade the recreation ground at Phase 2 and develop homework and business development programmes.

Crime challenge

Thomas admitted they were working amid challenges like crime and violence.

"The challenges are high levels of crime and established contractors unwilling to work there. Contractors had to stop work. Tendering process went out for the berm," she said.

The work continues and is expected to be completed within five to six months.

She said there were plans to extend the landscaped berm to the Priority Bus Route to provide a buffer between the community and the road, improve its aesthetics and reduce the noise and pollution affecting the area.

"The landscaped berm would protect against noise and fumes and afford the residents' privacy. There are breaks in the berm. It allows for pedestrian traffic, not vehicular traffic," she said.

When it comes to upgrading the PBR area, she added, "They are looking at small kiosks to replace the tents and shacks there...like the thriving bar-be-cue business."
 
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55
Jokes / Sexual Harassment
« on: October 18, 2008, 10:50:03 AM »
Every day, a male co-worker walks up very close to a lady at the
 coffee machine, inhales a big breath of air, and tells her that her
 hair smells nice.
 
 After a week of this, she can't stand it anymore, takes her complaint
 to a Supervisor in the personnel department and asks to file a sexual
 harassment grievance against him.
 
 The Human Resources supervisor is puzzled, and asks:
 
 'What's sexually threatening about a co-worker telling you your hair
 smells nice?'
 
 The woman replies, 'It's Keith. The midget.

56
General Discussion / Domestic row ends in murder/suicide
« on: September 29, 2008, 03:57:30 PM »
4 sets in 1 month.....allyuh men ain't easy nah

BY CAMILLE CLARKE
Trinidad Guardian


Another domestic dispute has ended with the deaths of a 22-year-old woman and her former lover, who succumbed to his injuries after jumping from the fourth floor of Port-of-Spain General Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Police said Felicia Morris, of Morvant, was stabbed 21 times by her former common-law husband Jason Thomas, 29, of Malabar in Arima.

According to the police, the couple had separated recently, after living together for eight months on Ramnath Street in Malabar.

On Saturday afternoon, mere hours before committing suicide, Thomas went to Malabar police post and informed officers about a domestic dispute with Morris on Tuesday.

Police said Thomas told them Morris had come to the apartment on Tuesday, and that they got into an argument, during which she damaged appliances and broke furniture items.

Thomas told them the relationship had ended.

Investigators suspect that Morris had visited Thomas around 2 pm on Saturday to resolve the issue, because a police investigation had already started. Police said another argument began and Thomas was fatally stabbed.

During the melee, Thomas was also wounded and sought medical attention at Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

Detectives said while at the hospital, Thomas confessed to a nurse that he had killed Morris earlier in the afternoon. He then threw himself over the fourth floor.

He sustained severe injuries and died later in the night.

A nurse, who spoke on Saturday, said Thomas was not a patient of the hospital. She said he had visited someone in one of the wards.

One investigator said Thomas “seemed like a reasonable man when he spoke and had an appointment to return to Malabar Police Station today.”

Four people have been killed in the past few months as a result of domestic disputes.
 




 
 

58
General Discussion / Knol - Wikipedia should be worried
« on: July 25, 2008, 07:07:39 PM »

Google Introduces the ‘Knol’

Google launches Knol, rival to Wikipedia
By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 25/07/2008


Google has launched its rival to Wikipedia, the sprawling online encyclopaedia that ranks among the world's most visited websites.

Like Wikipedia, Google's Knol - its term for a unit of knowledge - is a collection of user-generated articles on specific topics.

But whereas Wikipedia lets any visitor make alterations to its online pages and contributions remain anonymous, Knol articles are authored by an individual and stress personal opinion.

advertisementThe aim of the free service is to "help people share their knowledge", the internet search and advertising giant said.

Google would "not serve as an editor in any way" or "bless content", leaving editorial responsibilities up to the author.

It also plans to reward authors of popular posts by enabling them to profit from their entries, if they allow Google to place advertisements on their pages.

The more page views the article gets, the more a contributor can earn.

Google generates profits from online advertising targeted at users of its free online services and Knol is seen as an attempt to boost income by attracting some of the millions who use Wikipedia, which is non-profit and advertising-free.

Mr Dupont denied Knol was designed as a "Wikipedia killer", telling the New York Times: "Google is very happy with Wikipedia being so successful. Anyone who tries to kill them would hurt us."

By yesterday, the fledgling project appeared to be gaining little ground on the seven-year-old Wikipedia, which boasts more than 8.2 million articles in more than 200 languages (nearly 2.5 million in English).

The highlighted knols on the site's front page were mainly related to health issues such as migraines or irritable bowel syndrome and searches for entries on Barack Obama, John McCain, God, Madonna and even Wikipedia all returned a "no results found" page.

Some have questioned whether Knol marks a shift in Google's identity of "organising the world's information" to creating and publishing information that could potentially compromise its neutrality in organising search results.

Google has stressed its Search Quality team will rank knol entries "appropriately when they appear in Google search results".

Danny Sullivan, editor of searchengineland.com, tested Google's assertion "that just because content sits on Google's Knol site, it won't gain any ranking authority from being part of the Knol domain" a day after its launch.

"I found one third of the pages listed on the Knol home page that I tested ranked in the top results," he writes.

"I came away feeling that being on Knol does indeed give pages an advantage they might not get if they'd been hosted on some other brand new website."

While Wikipedia has officially welcomed Knol, Florence Devouard, the Wikimedia Foundation chair, wrote last December: "Knol is probably our biggest threat since the creation of Wikipedia."
 

The Example of Knol
http://www.google.com/help/knol_screenshot.html

59
General Discussion / Courts Megastore Up in Flames
« on: July 01, 2008, 03:15:58 PM »
I just got this email from one of my peeps - I don't know if the sender was the one took take these pics.....any details ??? Such an coincidence that 2 weeks ago my aunty retired after 43 years service...ah sure she bawling and her phone line only busy  :(






60
General Discussion / No bail for ‘best friend’
« on: July 01, 2008, 07:26:22 AM »
With ah best friend like dis, who need enemies oui :-\

BY DAVID THURTON
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Shanice Ramcharan

Reported stolen

A Honda Civic worth $40,000
A $600 bracelet
A $630 brown and black handbag
$760 in cash
A $200 silver guard
A $250 black wallet
A $1,300 LG cellphone
A driver’s permit worth $200
A Western Union card worth $20
A Unit Trust Corporation Card $20


She’s 20; holds a level one in certified accounting, and is charged with Avita Bissoondath’s kidnapping.

Shanice Ramcharan stood in Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with kidnapping for ransom the 21-year-old university student.

As Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor read the charge, Ramcharan’s mother sat in the public gallery.

Her mother also heard the two other charges which Ramcharan faces.

Namely, Ramcharan and others robbed Bissoondath, using aggravation, and abducted and unlawfully detained her at Streatham Lodge in Tunapuna on June 21.

PC Bhagwandeen laid the charges.

Bissoondath was last seen by her family when she left her Soledad Road, Lange Park, home to meet a friend at Price Plaza Mall.

Her burnt Honda Civic motor car was discovered in the Valencia Forest.

Last Wednesday, police rescued Bissoondath from a shack in a forested area off the North Coast Road near Maracas Bay.

The lawmen killed one of her abductors in the shoot-out that ensued.

Bissoondath is the daughter of attorney Darin Bissoondath, and is also a distant cousin of Senior Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan.

BAIL CONFUSION

Even though kidnapping for ransom is not a bailable offence, both parties, including the presiding magistrate, forgot about the 2005 Bail Amendment Act.

Ramcharan’s attorney Simon Selvon said his client deserved bail, because this was the first time she was brought before the courts. Selvon also added:

“She has six O-Level passes, four A- Levels, a Level One Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and attended St Augustine Community College.”
  :-\

While the prosecution objected to bail, it was not for reasons expressed in the act.

“We object to bail on the grounds that the police have to inquire further into the matter,” Cpl Lancelot Samuel said in the Fifth Court.

Baboolal-Gafoor entertained the application, but after hearing about five minutes of submissions between the parties, the magistrate changed her decision.

“What? Why are people asking for bail. A court shouldn’t grant bail for a person in kidnapping for ransom,” Baboolal-Gafoor said.

The magistrate transferred the matter to Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court, and adjourned it to July 2.
 
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