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Calder Hart’s Castle for Sale

Former executive chairman of Udecott, Calder Hart

Former executive chairman of Udecott, Calder Hart

By Anika Gumbs-Sandiford
June 20, 2010 – guardian.co.tt

Investigators may have to extradite former executive chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott) John Calder Hart, as he has moved to block criminal charges by severing all ties from this jurisdiction. The shocking new twist comes on the heels of the whopping $3,400,000 million selling price tag on Hart’s sprawling mansion at #No 6 De Lima Road, Second Avenue, Cascade. A deed dated May 20, prepared by attorney Mark Laquis of Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon of Pembroke Street, Port-of-Spain was delivered anonymously to the Trinidad Guardian Head Office on Friday evening, in an unmarked envelope.
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Which party are you supporting in this election and why?

Election 2010: Open Thread

How do you think people should vote?
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Cutting Corners Mister Project Manager?

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

THE EDITOR: The following quote was reported in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper on 17th May, 2010, and it has been attributed to the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago:

“Prime Minister Patrick Manning last night conceded that State enterprise Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) may have ‘cut corners’ in order to deliver on its mandate. Manning also stated that the governance model with UDeCOTT and other special purpose and state enterprises ‘require improvements.’ He said such companies ‘cut corners all the time,’ but that this was done in order to get around bureaucracy and to meet the demands placed on them.”
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Rowley’s PNM problem

Diego Martin West candidate Dr Keith Rowley

Diego Martin West candidate Dr Keith Rowley

Express Editorial
May 20th 2010 – trinidadexpress.com

As he sat on the People’s National Movement (PNM) platform on Tuesday night, Diego Martin West MP Keith Rowley was clearly a man between a rock and a hard place.
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Kamla: PM Linked to Church

Lighthouse of the Lord Jesus Christ Church under construction at the Heights of Guanapo - Inset: Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Lighthouse of the Lord Jesus Christ Church under construction at the Heights of Guanapo - Inset: Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Kamla: PM Linked to Church
…Calder Hart too

By Anna Ramdass

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday produced documents purporting to show a direct connection between Prime Minister Patrick Manning and former UDeCOTT executive chairman Calder Hart in the design and construction of the Lighthouse of the Lord Jesus Christ Church at the Heights of Guanapo, Arima.
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Really, Mr Manning?

Dr Keith Rowley, Calder Hart, Patrick Manning & Hazel Manning

Keith Rowley, Calder Hart, Patrick Manning & Hazel Manning

Newsday Editorial
Friday, May 14 2010

MANY must surely question how closely PNM leader Prime Minister Patrick Manning is actually following the wonderful list of ideals for handling his Cabinet Ministers, that he espoused to a PNM rally at Fyzabad on Wednesday night.
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Flattering to Deceive

Diego Martin West PNM candidate Dr Keith Rowley

Diego Martin West PNM candidate Dr Keith Rowley

By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
May 13, 2010

From all accounts Keith Rowley came out as a hero when he announced that he preferred to stay aboard a sinking ship (or certainly a troubled ship) rather than abandon it. He declared, “I am a sailor on the PNM ship and I know what my duty is. And it does not matter what shape the ship is in, don’t give up the ship.” Although he sounded convincing, the question was not whether he was abandoning or staying on ship but what could he propose to return the ship to an even keel and bring it safely back to shore.
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PM made mistake to trust Calder Hart

PM Patrick Manning, Dr Keith Rowley and Calder Hart

PM Patrick Manning, Dr Keith Rowley and Calder Hart

By Andre Bagoo
Tuesday, May 11 2010

PNM DIEGO MARTIN West candidate Dr Keith Rowley last night broke his silence on the Udecott issue, calling on the Government to assure the nation before May 24, that all 91 recommendations of the Uff Commission of Inquiry into Udecott, will be implemented.

He conceded that the issue was “a big one” in this year’s election campaign and told his constituents that Prime Minister Patrick Manning had “made a mistake in trusting” the State company’s former executive chairman Calder Hart.
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Manning must explain

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Newsday Editorial
Tuesday, May 4 2010

PRIME Minister Patrick Manning’s remarks about letting the Udecott “chips fall where they may” strikes us as platitudinous at best and as a cynical cop-out at worst.

Yes, it is true that the Government held the Uff Commission of Inquiry into Udecott and then laid the full, uncut report, in Parliament, as said by Manning, but his remarks at the PNM rally on Sunday at Woodford Square really sidestepped several matters. Quite simply, Manning failed to explain his relationship with former Udecott head, Calder Hart.
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Election 2010: An Opportunity for Change

Election 2010

By Heru
May 03, 2010
www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/blog

Here is my blunt take on this upcoming election. Neither the UNC and their United Force of Change nor the PNM are truly convincing to me but that cannot stop me from taking steps now that would be part of a process to get improved governance. Doing nothing is not an option as it can encourage the wrongs that exist to continue and for non-doers to be also complicit in them. There is no way that we will be absolutely absolved from complicity in the wrongs of any government. We have to continually work at ebbing away our complicity by working towards improved governance which starts with people being honest and objective about what they want and how they go about getting it.
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