The war of words between Opposition Leader Kamla Persad- Bissessar and Finance Minister Colm Imbert about the sale of Clico policies continues with Persad-Bissessar now claiming that since she first raised the issue in her Budget response last Friday, more allegations have surfaced.
Loggers are planning to file an injunction against the Government as it moves to offer larger acreages of prime teak and pine fields to large scale saw millers.
The threat of litigation comes despite assurances from Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat that the new changes in the distribution of lucrative teak fields will not trigger massive job loss and decimation of small scale sawmilling operations.
The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) has announced that as a result of the technical issues experienced this morning on the Paria Bullet, the 3:30 pm sailing from Port of Spain has been cancelled.
NIDCO announced that the 4:30 pm and the 5:40 pm sailings will remain as scheduled.
It has apologised for any inconvenience caused.
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh says the Government is working on a new centrally-located centre which will focus on treating Mental Health.
Two men were arrested and a quantity of forged US currency seized by officers of the Special Branch and Northern Division during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Tunapuna district last week.
During the exercise which was conducted around 11 pm, on Thursday 10th October 2019, officers intercepted a vehicle with a lone male occupant along the Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the officers finding $1,200 of forged US currency in the man’s possession.
Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal, is calling on the Finance Minister to clarify the wage increase for both CEPEP and URP workers.
During the Finance Minister’s 2020 Budget Presentation last Monday, Government explained that these workers' wage increase takes into account the new cap for the Minimum Wage.
However, Dr Moonilal says this explanation has raised more questions than provided answers.
One of the major talking points coming out of the $53 billion 2020 budget delivered by Finance Minister Colm Imbert last week Monday (Oct 7th) was the increase in salaries for CEPEP (Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme) and URP Unemployment Relief Programme) workers of 15 per cent.
The move was hailed by some as a good one but criticized by others as being a local government election ploy.