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MARLENE 'ALIGNED HERSELF TO WRONG PERSON'
It "certainly" was the appear-
ance of Sea Lots community
leader Cedric "Burkie" Burke
with Marlene McDonald at Pres-
ident's House last Friday which
caused Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley to fire her.
Karla Ramon: The PM had no
Brian Parker: The PNM needs to
get rid of all ties to certain so-called
Kenrick Purcell: The PM hands
were tied...The UNC would have
rode this horse till the next general
elections...People crying out to see
something done about corruption
but expect a tainted leader to get
the job done? Giving the UNC "am-
munition" is nonessential in my
Ryan Steinberg Jr: When a team
is playing badly they don't fire the
players, they fire the manager. So
this is on you because you are re-
peating your mistakes.
Seeta Durjan Begui: Thank you
PM Rowley, we appreciate all you
do for Trinidad and Tobago. Change
will come to our universe when we
all change our behaviours towards all
God's children. I am sending a prayer
for wisdom, unity, guidance, for the
government to compromise, unite
and govern for all.
Haroon Mohammed: If Mr
Burke came from a prominent busi-
ness background and did not live in
Sea Lots, was not a Afro Trini, wore
a suit and tie, was not on the guest
list for the swearing in of the MP
because he is from her community...
but did have a checkered past and
was known to the National Security
services...do you think the Prime
Minister would have acted the same
UNC's attempt to
challenge property tax
in Privy Council fails
The United National Con-
gress (UNC) has been de-
nied permission to appeal
to the Privy Council over the dis-
missal of an injunction against
the collection of valuation return
forms required for calculation of
Karla Ramon: I hope they make
them lawyers pay from their deep
pockets for wasting the courts' time
Julius Coyle Springer: It was
never a strong case. And is best we
save d foreign exchange.
Jake C Gosine: I cannot see the
logical reason in trying to stop the
property tax. Pay it up and improve
the country. Give it a chance. Noth-
ing else seems to work for the peo-
ple, maybe this tax will bring better
services and infrastructure.
Frank John: Someone will feel
vindicated just now.
Melina Hutchinson: I knew they
would fail to get permission to go to
the Privy Council because this mat-
ter is frivolous and vexatious. The
Law Lords have a multitude of im-
portant matters to deal with than to
have to deal with this duncy action.
These people have no shame!
Frank White: This ruling only
concerns the injunction where the
court said the citizens can volunteer
to submit the forms. The legality of
the tax itself has not come up as yet.
Dulam Jagdeo: Come on, give it
a chance. Use the funds for proper
planning and development. Each
county will see what is important
and need to fix the problems.
Nikki S John: We pay taxes in
the USA because when our homes
get flooded we get money back from
the government to fix it; we also get
money back in our tax returns and
we have more benefits. That's some-
thing Trinidad and Tobago govern-
ment will not offer. Why pay taxes to
live in a lagoon?
Sleeping boy, 4,
Four-year-old Kamalee Wil-
son was asleep at his Co-
corite home yesterday when
a huge embankment of dirt tum-
bled onto his house, smashing
through his mother's bedroom
just a few inches from where he
Irieroots Spice: Thank God, an-
gels covering this baby.
Betty Motilal: Thank you Jesus
for your hedge of protection.
Olatunji Denbow: Allahu akbar.
Trinidad Nice: Jehovah's angel
was watching him as he slept. Sad
Shyankaran Lalla: I cautioned
both the ODPM and Minister of
Works about the possibility of land-
slides and to be proactive but...
Melissa Scott: It's interesting
that she is grateful for life and safety
of family, but even more, her focus is
to better herself. The fact she didn't
ask for a house she should be helped
because she definitely sounds like
she has her head on and is a progres-
Javed Baksh: Wow, everybody
here only want to thank an invisible
being in the sky, but not one person
moving an inch to say "let me see if I
can offer her assistance."
JSC told illegal gun trade
makes $100m annually
The illegal gun trade in T&T cre-
ates revenue in excess of $100
million annually, members of
the Strategic Services Agency told a
Joint Select Committee on national
Andrew Jodhan: The govern-
ment knows that guns and drugs
contribute to this country's econo-
Loraine Charles: Revenue for
Robert Singh: If the ones that
you inspect do not contain the guns,
then it makes sense that the ones
you don't inspect should be suspect.
Garcia Mary: The 1% running
things and becoming millionaires,
too big for TTPS. The 1% bragged
Sabita Holassie: Where's Tax-
bert, he could get some revenue in
this million-dollar industry.
Harry Ramharack: Rowley's
approach to reducing crimes in Oc-
tober of 2016 was to have the police
marine branch to attack contrabands
and smuggling of people, arms and
ammunition. JSC confirms that this
$100 million illegal trade continues
unabated. Talk is useless without
action in the crime world.
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messing up the
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--- Harry S Truman
Wrenwick Wilson shows from where their Cocorite home was damaged by a
landslide on Monday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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