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Kamla aims at Imbert

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has ques­tioned whether or not Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert per­son­al­ly ben­e­fit­ted from tax ex­emp­tions on a 55-mil­lion-dol­lar hous­ing project re­sult­ing from a bill he passed.

At the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress Mon­day Night Fo­rum in St He­le­na, Per­sad-Bisses­sar said Min­is­ter Im­bert and his wife Suzanne Williams Im­bert be­came the di­rec­tors of a com­pa­ny called Bel­grave Prop­er­ties Lim­it­ed in 2012, which owned prop­er­ties at 61, 63 and 65 Pic­ton Street, Port-of-Spain.

Over 5,000 patients seen as Comfort’s visit ends

Doctors perform a Gallstones surgery on a patient on the USNS Comfort at Port Brighton in La Brea, yesterday.

PHOTO: Rishi Ragoonath

 

When the USNS Com­fort rais­es its an­chor and sails out of the Gulf of Paria, crew mem­bers leave know­ing that they’ve changed the lives of over 5,000 peo­ple through a week-long med­ical in­ter­ven­tion.

It’s an ac­com­plish­ment even the Prime Min­is­ter praised, al­though he said it was not an “in­dict­ment” on this coun­try’s health care sys­tem.

School students rally behind the Bahamas

Chil­dren in schools across T&T have been asked to do­nate non-per­ish­able food items to as­sist per­sons from The Ba­hamas who have been dis­placed by Hur­ri­cane Do­ri­an.

The re­lief ef­fort which is be­ing co­or­di­nat­ed by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will span a pe­ri­od of two weeks from Sep­tem­ber 16 to 27.

Junior Sammy’s $3.5m court levy delayed

A con­tract­ing com­pa­ny was yes­ter­day forced to tem­porar­i­ly with­draw its levy against Ju­nior Sam­my Con­trac­tors Lim­it­ed over an un­paid $3.5 mil­lion court judge­ment. 

Court mar­shals, po­lice of­fi­cers and lawyers rep­re­sent­ing West­ern Gen­er­al Con­trac­tors Ser­vices Lim­it­ed went to Ju­nior Sam­my’s com­pound in Clax­ton Bay, around 6 am yes­ter­day morn­ing, to ex­e­cute the judge­ment and be­gin the process of seiz­ing items to re­cov­er the debt. 

Tears as ‘Batman’ of the TTPS laid to rest

He was known as the Black Knight of the South West­ern Po­lice Di­vi­sion, a hum­ble po­lice of­fi­cer whose gut in­stinct and su­perb crime de­tec­tion skills led to the in­car­cer­a­tion of over 100 crim­i­nals.

On Tues­day morn­ing be­fore his col­leagues, friends and fam­i­ly, Po­lice Sargeant Adesh Gookool was giv­en a mil­i­tary send­off at his Darsan Trace, Siparia home.

Maharaj calls for review of Sedition Act

Using the Sedition laws to curtail free speech is a violation of the tenants of democracy.

So said former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj days after Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly Watson Duke was charged for sedition.

Speaking on the Morning Brew yesterday, Maharaj said sedition laws are a contravention to freedom of expression.

"It interferes with the right to freedom of speech but the right to express political views, and the freedom of the press," Maharaj said.

Welder's murder a 'hit'

Naresh "Venesh" Basant, 40, of Charlieville was lured to his death under the pretence that someone needed him to do a job estimate for a roof at Korea Village in Carapichaima.

More than a week ago, Basant began to get calls on his cellphone. The female voice kept asking him if he can do a roofing job for her.

But when Basant did manage to find the time and go to the site at Jagbir Street he was instead gunned down. He was shot 12 times about the body believed to be by a high-powered rifle shortly after 6 pm on Monday.

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