Monthly Archive for September, 2008

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Daly Questions ‘Illegal’ Rally

PM wrong to take part

By Ria Taitt Political Editor

PNMPresident of the Law Association, Senior Counsel Martin Daly, yesterday criticised Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s participation in a ‘march’ last Friday at Woodford Square, Port of Spain.

Daly raised the question of whether the Prime Minister had committed a criminal offence.
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Dictatorship Politics in TnT

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
September 15, 2008

PM Patrick ManningWhile the leaders of the labor/trade union movement should be lauded for attempting to shut down the country on the 8th September, “Day of Protest”, one must, however, posit this protest action within the context of dictatorship politics, political immaturity and those people electoral politics in TnT.
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Manufacturing Motion Mania

By Raffique Shah
September 14, 2008

PM Patrick ManningI am often guilty of making a fool of myself, although those who know me well would agree that I readily admit to my stupidity. There I was last Sunday, pontificating on American politics and politicians, their weaknesses and hypocrisy, when in my own country our politicians are making fools of us all. It’s bad enough millions of Americans see salvation in Sarah Palin, a woman whose thinking is archaic and unimpressive, to say the least. Now, trapped in this Mickey Mouse country where clowns rule or aspire to rule, I find myself falling flat on my backside, ashamed of being a Trini.
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The Motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister

PM: Tell dem leave me

By Rhondor Dowlat

PRIME Minister Patrick Manning yesterday made his defence against an Opposition motion of no-confidence not to the Parliament but to Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain where thousands of PNM supporters gathered to stand with him.
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Pigs, Fish and Politics

By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
September 12, 2008

Sarah PalinSarah Palin, it seems, is about to topple the Presidential apple cart. My friend Louis Lee Sing (we were in Chicago to look at the T&T vs. USA soccer match) is afraid. “Selwyn,” he says, “it seems as though Palin might do it.” It’s all about the best made plans of mice and men and thunder striking from afar. Here, in Chicago, the home of Obama, there is cautious optimism. In Boston where I teach, there is tentativeness about how to interpret Palin’s candidacy; and in New York where I visited the last weekend to take my daughter to dinner for her birthday signs of apprehension abound.
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TT Olympians get their Chaconia Gold, $$

T&T Olympic Silver Medalists get their Chaconia Gold
Olympic Medalists get Chaconia. LEFT: Keston Bledman, Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Aaron Armstrong

By Liselle Maraj

Six of the nation’s top athletes yesterday received the Chaconia Gold National Award for their outstanding achievement at the XXIX Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China last month.
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A Looming Maritime Disaster

By Stephen Kangal
September 10, 2008

Trinidad and TobagoCitizens of T&T must now awake. Let us discard our politically partisan lenses with which we have viewed and assessed the recent conduct of governance by PM Manning. We must demand immediate answers from him on what is going on with the defence of the integrity and continuing ownership of our abundant, rich-yielding maritime patrimony from the creeping encroachment of Barbados.
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Cost of PM’s house rises to $175.3M

By Gail Alexander

PM Residence

The cost of the Prime Minister’s official residence and diplomatic centre in St Ann’s has increased from $148 million to $175.3 million, due to additional external works outside the original scope of the project.
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Adventure partially to hell and back through the Cumaca Forest

By Charlene De Gale
September 07, 2008

HikingEver hiked in drenching rain, knee high mud, with impending landslides looming overhead and crossing swelling rivers to the Cumaca Caves, literally hidden in the Cumaca Forest in Valencia, Trinidad? Not too long ago, maybe just last year, I went through it all and when I thought I’d never go back in that neck of the woods, on August 15th 2008, I was back! This time not to the caves but to do several compulsory visits to farmers whose estates go far beyond the distance of the caves!
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Obama, McCain avoid America’s core problems

By Raffique Shah
Sunday, September 7th 2008

Obama, McCainThe world is virtually under siege with problems, caused in the main by man’s misuse and abuse of Earth’s resources. Three hurricanes in the Caribbean at one time; flooding in parts India, the worst in 60 years; drought in Africa and Australia, the worst in living memory; and, of course, the two polar ice-caps melting faster than the proverbial sno-cone-in-the-sun. Global bee population is declining to frightening levels, raising questions about plant pollination, hence declining food supplies. Marine life, much of which, besides its ecological importance, serves as food for man, is disappearing in huge swathes of the oceans.
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