Sawmillers plan to file injunction against Govt

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.

Water taxi 3.30 pm sailing cancelled

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.

Two held with fake US currency

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.

MOONILAL: "What's the real story with CEPEP and URP wage increases?"

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.

CEPEP workers ‘tricked’, less money allocated in budget

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.