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Vice-president of the Media Asso-
ciation (Matt) Judy Raymond yester-
day criticised former national security
minister Jack Warner for his negative
remarks against other local newspa-
Warner launched his weekly tabloid---
the Trinidad and Tobago Sunshine
Newspaper, in Arouca, last Friday.
At the launch, Warner claimed sleaze
and sensationalism were used to sell
In an e-mail yesterday, Raymond
said: "Sleaze and sensationalism? What
is he talking about? Has Mr Warner
never read an English tabloid? The local
media are meek and mild by compar-
ison. Nor can you paint all the local
media with the same brush, because
the range is so wide.
"He certainly can t point to a story
in the T&T Guardian that could be
described as sleaze, " she said.
"The standard of local journalism
does need to be improved; he is correct
about that. Where we fall down is not
having enough journalists with the
skills, the confidence and the status to
press people like Mr Warner---in his
various incarnations---to answer ques-
tions that the media need to ask on
behalf of the public; to produce enough
informed, accurate analysis and com-
mentary, and to do more to ensure
accountability and transparency in pub-
"Journalism is a highly-skilled, spe-
cialised, difficult and demanding job.
But sadly, local media houses have never
been willing to offer either training or
the kind of salaries that would attract
enough aspiring journalists of the right
Matt president Suzanne Sheppard
said the papers will adhere to best prac-
"A newspaper is published by various
organisations and it isn t limited to
any," she said.
"In terms of Matt being the repre-
sentatives of the profession, we hope
it (Sunshine) adheres to the best prac-
tices, that their works are compensated
well and all the best tenets of journalism
are upheld," she said.
People s National Movement s Dr
Amery Browne said he hoped Warner
did well with the newspapers.
"I am sure Jack Warner is not the
only old-school politician who would
like to own their own newspaper and
say nice things about themselves but
unfortunately or fortunately, he seems
to have the means to do so," he said.
"I wish him well in his new endeav-
ours and hope he does better at media
ownership than he has done in uphold-
ing the public trust," he said.
Former MP Jack Warner has
revealed the day he intends to file
nomination papers to be a candidate
for the UNC for the upcoming by-
election for the Chaguanas West seat.
Speaking to the media at the start
of a walkabout yesterday evening at
Munroe Road Junction, Chaguanas,
Warner said he would file the papers
on Thursday at 1.30 pm at Rienzi Com-
plex, Couva. Warner is redoubling cam-
paign efforts following the results of
an ANSA McAL poll in the Sunday
Guardian which put him as the most
popular candidate to win the upcoming
He said he was "happy" with the
ANSA McAL poll but he would not
allow the poll results to make "cavalier"
or ease the pace of his campaign. He
said his camp would be boosting its
efforts and reaching out to all voters
in the constituency.
The T&T Guardian understands that
a representative from Warner s team
collected nomination forms for the for-
mer national security minister at UNC
headquarters, Rienzi Complex, Couva
over the weekend.
Two potential candidates, who are
set to oppose Warner in the Chaguanas
West by-election, also retrieved their
nomination forms as well.
However those forms are yet to be
returned to Rienzi Complex to confirm
Officials at the UNC headquarters
were tightlipped about the two candi-
dates planning to oppose Warner for
---with reporting by Reshma
Explosives were found at a
house at Gatwell Avenue, Pinto
Road, Arima, on Saturday.
Four detonating devices and 12
pounds of explosives were discov-
ered by the police.
A 31-year-old mechanic was up
to late yesterday assisting the police
A report said around 4.30 pm,
officers Insp Wayne Baptiste and
a team of officers from the Arima
CID executed a search warrant at
a house and found the items.
Investigators said the items,
which were partially labelled in
Spanish, were used for quarrying.
A suspect is expected to appear
before an Arima magistrate today.
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man
will appear before a Port-of-Spain
magistrate charged with possession
of firearms, ammunition and mar-
ijuana for the purpose of traffick-
Thirty-five packs of marijuana,
a firearm, a ski mask and an
assortment of ammunition were
discovered at his house at Essaw
Road, El Socorro, on Saturday.
In an unrelated incident, the
police are seeking the public assis-
tance in identifying the body of a
man found on Saturday at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima.
The head was found shortly
after 6 am close to a car park and
the body was later found off Spring
Road Extension, Carapo.
Warner comes under fire:
Matt upset over
Jack: I'll file papers as UNC
candidate for by-election
Cops find explosives at Arima house
PNM Women's League vice chairman, Penelope Beckles-Robinson, left, presents a bouquet to former
Attorney General Glenda Morean-Phillip, who was the guest speaker at the Women's League 57th
anniversary function at the Port-of-Spain City Hall yesterday. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
The 15th session of the Com-
mission of Enquiry into the 1990
attempted coup begins at the
Caribbean Court of Justice, Port-
The commission is chaired by
former chief justice of Barbados,
Sir David Simmons.
Hearings will begin at 9.30 am
and run until 2 pm each day from
today to Friday. On Thursday, the
hearings will be held in private.
Hearings are to be broadcast live
on Channel 4 and will stream at
Leader of the Opposition Dr
Keith Rowley will present a
motion in his name at 1.30 this
afternoon in the House of Rep-
resentatives calling on all Gov-
ernment and Opposition MPs to
express their lack of confidence
in Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Up to yesterday, Rowley was
making his final preparations for
today s debate. Among the issues
Rowley is expected to raise are the
April 26 resignation of former
National Security Minister Jack
Warner as MP and the recent dis-
missal of the Caribbean Airlines
All 11 Opposition MPs are
expected use the maximum time
allotted to them to speak. And the
Government, which has 28 MPs,
is expected to respond. Commu-
nications Minister Jamal
Mohammed said the Government
is prepared for the debate.
Leader of Government Business
Dr Roodal Moonilal said the
motion was "irrelevant like the
He said Rowley s motion was
According to Moonilal, Rowley s
failure to consult his own members
meant that he cannot get support
even in the his own party, the Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM).
"Instead of distracting the Gov-
ernment, he has distracted him-
self," Moonilal told the T&T
Moonilal said the People s Part-
nership Government will drop a
few surprises during today s
"The Government will respond
to the motion... We do have a few
surprises in store," he said.
1990 attempted coup hearings begin today
Rowley's no confidence in PM motion for debate today
Expect Govt surprises---Moonilal
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