Monthly Archive for May, 2008

Hope’s Killer Commits Suicide

Sunil Ali
Sunil Ali (Photo Credit: newsday.co.tt)

Sunil Ali, the man charged with the murder of eight year old Hope Arismandez, has committed suicide in his cell at Remand Yard Prison, Port of Spain.
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Hope is Dead

By Rhondor Dowlat
Wednesday, May 28 2008
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Hope is DeadEIGHT-YEAR-OLD Hope Arismandez is dead.

The little girl’s battered and bruised body was found in a canefield in the village of Petersfield, on the outskirts of Felicity, late last evening.

Hope was raped, buggered and stabbed to death. Her semi-nude body was left on a dirt road in the canefield, which runs parallel to Pierre Road, Charlieville.

Homicide detectives disclosed that there was a stab-wound to the anus and a knife was recovered from the canefield.
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A ‘failed state’? Not my native land

By Raffique Shah
May 25, 2008

Hall of Justice“Breathes there the man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! If such there breathe, go, mark him well; for him no minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, boundless his wealth as wish can claim, Despite those titles, power, and pelf, the wretch, concentered all in self”

Sir Walter Scott

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Commission of inquiry to probe Udecott

By Sean Douglas
Saturday, May 24 2008
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Patrick ManningPRIME Minister Patrick Manning yesterday agreed to set up a commission on inquiry into the controversial Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott) and the practices of the construction industry, in place of the joint select committee (JSC) he had previously proposed.
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Teens freed from YTC

…3-month lock-up illegal, says judge

By Denyse Renne
May 22nd 2008
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Hall of JusticeBrothers Rion and Jerivorn Woods were reunited with their grandmother yesterday after a High Court judge ruled that their three-month incarceration by a magistrate during a custody dispute was illegal.

Justice Amrika Tiwary-Reddy, presiding at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain ordered that the two boys be immediately released into the care of their grandmother Francelia Woods and a detailed letter be written to the Commissioner of Prisons John Rougier and Tobago Magistrate Joan Gill expressing the court’s “grave concern of this matter…”.
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Nothing to hide, nothing to fear

By Raffique Shah
Sunday, May 18th 2008

Calder HartI have spoken with Calder Hart only once, when he belatedly responded to a call I had made to UDeCOTT seeking to talk with him on a story I was working on. It turned out that he had been out of the country when I had tried to reach him. He was very polite, even effusive, promising to talk with me anytime, on any matter concerning UDeCOTT. He came across as a journalist’s delight: most people in his position normally refer lowly plebs of the Fourth Estate to some PR “spin doctors”, who, in turn, ask for questions to be formally e-mailed to them, and then take forever to give half-answers.
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Keeping PNM Honest

By Dr. Selwyn R Cudjoe
May 15, 2008

PNMFive months ago, the PNM was elected to serve as the Government of the people of T&T although it received 43 per cent of the votes.

On that November night, after hearing the results of the elections I, among others, streamed down to Balisier House to celebrate yet another victory. We were elated that our party had captured government for another five years.
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UDeCOTT’s Calder Hart Responds

Perfect performer

By Sean Douglas
Thursday, May 15 2008

Calder HartThe Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott) is above board, executive chairman Calder Hart said yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain, in a keenly-awaited media conference which drew the focus away from Hart and leant towards the technical details of Udecott’s operations.

Hart led four Udecott directors and six managers to face reporters the day after Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s nod in the Senate for Udecott to be probed by a parliamentary Joint Select Committee (JSC) — but not by a commission of inquiry — after charges of insufficient oversight made by fired Trade Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
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Damn right to deny MPs ‘gallery’ time

By Raffique Shah
May 11, 2008

ParliamentThere should be no tears shed over Government’s decision to hold parliamentary Joint Select Committee meetings in camera, and not on camera. Already, members of the Opposition and some independent senators have expressed outrage, accusing the Government of using its majority to muzzle MPs and senators. Many people who follow parliamentary proceedings also view the move as one to deny the public the right to follow the proceedings of these committees. It reeks of cover-up, they argue.
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Percy Sledge – Mother’s Night Out

Soulful Percy Sledge Serenades Mothers

TriniView.com Reporters
Event Date: May 10, 2008
Posted: May 21, 2008

Mothers and their loved ones filled the National Stadium on Saturday 10th May, 2008, to revel in the entertainment that was in store for them which was the dynamic and talented trio – International Soul Superstar Percy Sledge, legendary Calypsonian Slinger ‘Mighty Sparrow’ Francisco and dramatist and comedian Learie Joseph. The show, for the most part, was very successful and must be praised for its punctual start at 8 p.m. sharp. Most audience members arrived early and were able to partake in a show that was organized for them – especially the mothers. What was also surprising, especially since there were several other Mother’s Day concerts that night, was that the length and breadth of the stadium was occupied.
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