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MATT LogoThe Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) expressed its disgust at what it called “continued attacks on members of the media” by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.

The Association claimed that it “condemned in the strongest possible way” Ramlogan’s “virulent attack” on a member of the media, Anika Gumbs, suggesting she continues to “lick up the Government” in the course of her duties.

The Attorney General commented recently on an article written by Gumbs based on reports from the Police Complaints Authority and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on the existence of a New Flying Squad.

MATT has clearly stated that the freedom of the press must be preserved and any attempt by any power to limit this freedom must be resisted by all right-thinking people.

The Association also added that it was the duty of the media to report fairly and fearlessly on matters of public importance.

It urged its members to continue to freely, accurately and fearlessly cover the news, and not be cowered by the attacks of the Attorney General or anyone else who yields power.

 
Roger Hamel-Smith

Roger Hamel-Smith

President Anthony Carmona has reappointed retired judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Roger Hamel-Smith to the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC).

Justice Hamel-Smith has acted as Chief Justice of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on no fewer than 16 occasions during the tenure of the last three Chief Justices.

A released from the Office of the President says Justice Hamel-Smith hails from a family that can only be described as possessing impeccable legal pedigree.

The release added President Carmona thanked Justice Hamel-Smith for his commitment to serve in public office.

 

ANADDDDMembers of the Police Social and Welfare Association are calling for an immediate enquiry into the breach of a report on the flying squad matter that has reached the hands of Opposition Senator Faris Al Rawi.

The association’s President, Inspector Anand Ramesar says after careful deliberation among key members, the decision was reached for the director to step aside so that a full investigation can be launched.

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He is also calling on Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar to intervene in the event that the authority wants to do its own investigation.

He says in doing so, the integrity of an organization such as the Police Complaints authority will be preserved and some level of damage control will be maintained.

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CHAGConsultations continue among various stakeholders as the borough of Chaguanas push towards achieving city status.

Chaguanas Business Association President, Richie Sookai, in a News Power Now interview this afternoon said the necessary ground work is taking place to ensure order is maintained in the growing commercial borough. Mr Sookai said the discussions among key interest groups will be on-going.

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The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard continues its search for Alex Sookoo who went missing while bathing at Icacos Bay on Sunday.Twenty eight year old Sookoo of Lowkie Trace, Penal disappeared after he allegedly dove from a rock into the water at the bay.
In a News Power interview this afternoon, T.T.C.G. Public Relations Officer, Lieutenant Commander, Kirk Jean Baptiste, said the latest search by divers has not yielded a discovery.
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trinidad lifeguardLife Guards are again complaining about a lack of man power at the nations beaches.

They say the situation has been ongoing for approximately three years.

Life Guard General Branch Secretary, Curtis Hernandez, in an interview with News Power Now this afternoon said the situation is heightened during the Easter Holidays.

He said at this time of year there is an influx of persons at the nation’s beaches especially so- Maracas, Las Cuevas, and Tyrico.

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Mr. Hernandez is hoping that the issue is urgently addressed by the recently appointed Tourism Minister, Gerald Hadeed.

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