Rowley maintains Vernella misused ‘Govt credit card’
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By Ria Taitt Political Editor

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday maintained that Tobago Development Minister Vernella Alleyne-Toppin misused the Government- issued credit card, notwithstanding her explanation that she did not know that she could not withdraw cash on the card and that the card could be used for local entertainment expenses.
He said he would reveal more “later on”.
Rowley leaves for India today as part of a parliamentary delegation which includes Planning Minister Bhoe Tewarie, House Speaker Wade Mark, Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith, Minister in the Ministry of Education, Clifton De Coteau and Independent Senator Helen Drayton.
The team will spend one full day observing India’s Parliament, Sansad Bhawan.
The tickets to India were paid for by the Parliament, but accommodation, meals, transport and other expenses will be paid for by the Indian Government. The Trinidad and Tobago delegation will return on March 20.
The visit comes two months after the Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led a delegation of State officials to India. Thus far, the Government has reveal…………… continues on Trinidad & Tobago Express

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A Depot Entertainment District bar owner said two Texas Tech football players arrested early Friday on second-degree felony charges of credit card abuse used a card without their name on it to buy about $ 100 in drinks and tried to use their status as Red Raiders to avoid arrest.

Texas Tech sophomores Jace Amaro and Kenny Williams were arrested about 2:20 a.m. Friday at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave., after employees of the bar became suspicious when the men were accused of offering a “big tip” to a bartender for using the credit card that didn’t match the names on their identification cards, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and Chris Bourne, owner of the bar.

Amaro and Williams, both 19, were booked into the Lubbock County Criminal Detention Center just before 6:45 p.m. Friday. A second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $ 10,000.

Bourne said the pair successfully paid for several rounds of drinks on the card during several transactions before employees became suspicious as the 2 a.m. bar-closing time approached.

He said Amaro and Williams were wearing Tech Under Armour football attire and, as bar employees called police, the players repeatedly reminded bar staff they were Tech football players.

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