Wet brown paper could cut Jack

By Raffique Shah
August 02, 2015

Raffique ShahIN days of old here in Trinidad, people one or two generations ahead of mine used an adage, “when yuh crooked, wet brown paper could cut you”.

The word “crooked” in that context usually meant “a run of bad luck”, although in the instant case of Jack Warner, to whom it now applies, it could be a double-entendre. And if wet brown paper could cut you, then you were really deep in the doo-doo.
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Blunder after plunder: Kamla discusses Reshmi, LifeSport and Vikings in odd Q&A

By Mr. Live Wire
Friday 31, July 2015 – wired868.com

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar“Have you ever seen a TV show called Vikings?” Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar asked Dr Morgan Job, who was one of her three interviewers last night.

‘Vikings’, in case you don’t know, is an Irish-Canadian television drama that is not short of historical inaccuracies but big on sacking and plundering. It was a simpler time when tendering policy was usually “take what you can carry” and ship captains never asked to see CVs.
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U.S. Says T&T Police and Immigration Officers Involved in Sex Trafficking

2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: TIER 2 WATCH LIST

United States State Department
Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
July 27, 2015 – state.gov

United States State DepartmentTrinidad and Tobago is a destination, transit, and possible source country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Women and girls from the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia are subjected to sex trafficking in brothels and clubs, with young women from Venezuela especially vulnerable.
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TT loves alcohol

By Miranda La Rose
July 27 2015 – newsday.co.tt

Trini PeopleTRINIDAD and Tobago and two other CARICOM countries were identified in a Pan American/World Health Organisation report on alcohol use as having the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the Americas, and Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says it may be linked to the culture of Carnival.
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Questions over jailbreak

By Raffique Shah
July 25, 2015

Raffique ShahTRUST Trinidad and Tobago to make history of a most dubious nature at a time when most countries similarly endowed are forging ahead in positive ways.

Last Friday’s jailbreak, in which three high-risk prisoners escaped by shooting their way out of one of the most secure prisons in the Caribbean, was historic in the sense that it was the first of its kind in the country, and maybe even in the region.
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11 charged with Seetahal’s murder

Newsday
July 25, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

Dana SeetahalDeputy Commissioner of Police Glen Hackett today confirmed that 11 persons have been charged with the murder of Senior Counsel, Dana Seetahal.

Hackett was addressing a press conference at the Police Adminstration Building, Edward Street, Port-of-Spain.

The 11 charged are, Rajaee Ali, his brother Hamid Ali, Devaughn Cummings, Ricardo Stewart, Earl Richards, Stephan Cummings, Ishmael Ali, Kevin Parkinson, Leston Gonzales, Roget Boucher and Gareth Wiseman
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Volney lands job at Health Ministry

By Sue-Ann Wayow
July 22, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com

Herbert VolneyFORMER Minister of Justice Herbert Volney who was fired in September 2012 by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for his role in the Section 34 fiasco, was hired several months ago by the Ministry of Health as a legal consultant.

Volney was working for a monthly salary of between $25,000 and $30,000.

The Sunshine newspaper first reported on Volney’s new position, and gave his monthly remuneration as $30,000.
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Jack Warner and the sub judice rule

Express Editorial
July 21, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com

Jack WarnerEven before the arrest and incarceration of Jack Warner on May 27, 2015, Mr Warner’s perceived and alleged wrongdoings in FIFA occupied headlines in national, regional and international newspapers and electronic media.

Since the arrest, scores of articles, talk shows and news items have been most liberal with matters existing out of Mr Warner’s US indictment for fraud, racketeering and money laundering. As we say in Trinidad and Tobago, every Tom, Dick and Harrilal have “washed their mouth” on Mr Warner’s charges.
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Abu Bakr detained by police for questioning in relation to Dana Seetahal’s murder

By Derek Achong
July 20, 2015 – guardian.co.tt

Jamaat al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu BakrJamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr was detained by police this morning in connection with the murder of former independent senator Dana Seetahal, SC.

Bakr, 81, also known as Lennox Phillip, remains detained at the Central Police Station at St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain after he was arrested at his Long Circular Road, St James home around 4.30 am.

His son, Fuad Abu Bakr complained that police were witholding information about the reason for his detention and planned to protest outside the police station later today.
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Please, not the Country Club

By Raffique Shah
July 18, 2015

Raffique ShahWHEN you don’t have a sense of history, especially your own, you can end up saying or doing the stupidest things, convinced that you are yourself making history.

Take the UNC’s choice of venue for its last Monday night meeting, the Country Club in Maraval. When I first heard the advertisement for the meeting, I thought there must have been some mistake, that maybe some upper-class support group had organised a soirée or banquet or some such social event to raise funds for the party’s campaign.
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