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Property Matters – Housing Issues – part 1

by AfraRaymond The ongoing and serious allegations against Housing & Urban Development Minister, Marlene McDonald, and UDECOTT Chairman, Noel Garcia, are obvious distractions launched for plainly political reasons. That is not to dismiss the details of those serious allegations, since at this early stage it is impossible to make any real judgement as to guilt or blame. The current furore

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Law Association of Trinidad (LATT) Calls for Attorney General to Resign

Barbadians join many others following the serious matter of allegations made against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Anand Ramlogan. Is it all of a sudden the region appear to be grip in a daily course of controversy?  We note the strong call by the Law Association of Trinidad (LATT), the Barbados Bar Association (BBA) equivalent for Ramlogan to resign as Attorney General.

Parallels anyone?

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Invader’s Bay – Suspicious Motives

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
The proposed development of Invader’s Bay will be the largest in our Capital City in living memory. The entire process is tainted by fundamental irregularities, any one of which ought to be enough to stop the development. Some of those irregularities at Invader’s Bay include an improper and voidable tendering process; failure or refusal to…

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Re-Route Truth

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
The leader of the Highway Reroute Movement, Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh, has started another hunger-strike in protest at the actions of the State in relation to the hotly-contested Debe-Mon Desir link of the Point Fortin Highway.  Some of the issues now emerging offer disturbing echoes from Kublalsingh’s first hunger-strike in November 2012, but it seems to…

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Dana Seetahal: Our Lost People

All reports indicate Dana Seetahal was a model citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, an attorney, law lecturer, independent Senator, newspaper columnist are a few achievements which dotted her career. Despite all of her achievements she was murdered on the weekend by people unknown who attached no value to her life. The news of how she died should be worrying to

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FAILURE to ACCOUNT

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
The main issue now arising in relation to the Beetham Water Recycling Project (BWRP) is the complete failure of our country’s system of Public Financial Management. The $1.043 Billion BWRP was omitted from Trinidad & Tobago’s 2014 national budget.  By any standard that is an unpardonable failure to account for that mammoth sum of Public…

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Guarding the Guards

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
Our country continues its perpetual grappling with the question of conduct in public office, but at this time we are faced with particular threats and opportunities in respect of the Public Interest. Before getting to the present particulars, some critical facts and concepts must be stated. Trinidad & Tobago is a leading nation in the…

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
Government to Government arrangements (G2G) are made between two states, so that the less developed one can benefit from the technology and methods of the more advanced one. Given the scale of projects now being undertaken via these arrangements; the current high-level State mission to China, with its key objective of deepening the strategic ties;…

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The Elephant in the Room

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
The huge potential supply of State-built, unfinished office buildings in our capital is the ‘Elephant in the Room‘. There are potent elements at play here in terms of the viability of the long-term and large-scale investments which have been made in Port-of-Spain by private and public capital. At this point, taking account of offices over…

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Public Procurement Pressure

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
The complete overhaul of our country’s public procurement system is urgently required, given the daily reports of large-scale theft and waste of public money. The last administration lost public confidence due largely to the high levels of corruption, as revealed in the Uff Enquiry into the Public Sector Construction Industry. The JCC met in April…

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AUDIO: Heritage Radio Interview: Public Procurement, etc. – 04 December 2013

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
JCC President Afra Raymond interviewed on Heritage Radio 101.7FM by Hans Hanoomansingh to discuss JCC matters such as Public Procurement, Invader’s Bay and G2G Arrangements. 04 December 2013. Audio courtesy Heritage Radio 101.7 FM Programme Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2013 Programme Length: 1:23:27 [audio http://afraraymond.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/part1.mp3%5D

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