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Man shot dead in Laventille

The murder toll has risen to 68 after a man was shot dead in East Port of Spain on Saturday afternoon.

The Women's League of the People's National Movement is ready to fight for seats in the General Election.

On Saturday the female arm of the party gathered in the San Fernando City Hall to commemorate International Women's Day.

The Chairman of the PNM Women's League Camille Robinson-Regis said the women's arm is a strong force in the party.

She told them 41 seats are up for grabs in the general election and called on them to make sure those seats fall into the hands of the PNM.

Former chairman of the women's arm and former President of the Senate Dr. Linda Baboolal said the HDC houses being distributed by the hundreds were built by her party, although she didn't have contention with them being given out.

And while the PNM women arm told its supports it's time to rally the troops to lead the PNM to victory.

The Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been on the trail hitting the marginal constituencies during the two Monday Night Forums, rallying the “Rising Sun Troops.”

 

Political analysts on election race

With the excitement and pace building behind what's fast turning into a General Election campaign, speculation has been building as to what date for the polls, whether the electorate can go the distance and where the parties are lining up, week by week.

C-news has been gauging the expert opinions of two political analysts - Dr Hamid Ghany and Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, on some of the finer points of what will be a race of attrition.

There is a saying: the race is not only to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

If the last two weeks are anything to go by, it's going to be down to those who have the best track record and political mileage and whether they can effectively 'sell' their political stall to the electorate.

So far the fights started in the marginals - La Horqueta, Moruga/Tableland with the UNC, St Augustine and Arima with the COP, and Marabella with the PNM.

Almost fortnightly, there are polls suggested one of the two parties are ahead - even though it might be a fraction.

However, consistently, numbers show the prime minister has so far, been the top person to lead the country.

But the truth is, with no idea of an election date - do those polls mean much?

Those deliverables as the professor puts it, relates to the UWI South Campus, the Children's Hospital, the 100 houses a week delivery promise and the Couva Hospital and the Point Fortin Highway.

On the other hand, Dr Hamid Ghany thinks the Prime Minister will make the electorate go the distance - 5 months forward.

Choosing the date is a tradition versus constitutionality.

In the 2010 election, the UNC contested 29 seats, the COP 10 with, the TOP going for 2.

NJAC joined with the COP and MSJ went under the UNC banner, before deciding to leave.

Both political analysts agree step 2, from the weekly forums is about partners, selection and the new configuration of the PP.

However both Dr Ragoonath and Dr Ghany agree the race might still be in its' embryonic stages, but make no mistake, it's a race of attrition and bruises all the way to the ballot box.

 

Chaguanas police are investigating a suspected murder in Freeport that occurred in the early hours of this morning.

The victim has been identified as Garvin Andrews from Train Line in Marabella.

According to official reports, there were signs of a robbery, and a Taurus pistol and 49 rounds of assorted ammunition were found under a mattress.

Andrew's killing pushes the murder toll to 69.

In other news, a 23-year-old Cunupia man is the latest road fatality.

Alex Atherton of Chin Chin road Cunupia was riding a red Yamaha motor bike along Chin Chin road late last night, when he attempted to negotiate a bend but lost control.

The bike ran off the road and crashed into a wire fence and then hit a concrete pillar.

Atherton died instantly

 

Debe Road fixed

After over 40 years of pot holes, and a dilapidated road residents of Sanahie Trace in Debe can now breathe a sigh of relief, with the rehabilitation of their trace.

Sanahie trace, which is located off Debe Main Road will now serve as an access road to motorists, which will also connect them to intervening roads in and around the Oropouche East area.

Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, Premchand Sookoo, listed the other infrastructural projects, Minister Moonilal completed.

 

 

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