Service station closures begin to hit taxi drivers

The closure of the Unipet gas station in Princes Town has triggered hardship for taxi drivers plying the Princes Town to Rio Claro route.

During an interview with Guardian Media taxi driver, Roland Sookoo said since the gas station closed he has been unable to make his trips because of the chaos at gas stations.

"Every day I have to wait for more than an hour to get into the gas station at New Grant. It is crazy because lots of time is being wasted and I have to fill up the tank every day, " he added.

Today's swearings-in cancelled in Sando

The swearings-in of councillors for the San Fernando City Corporation carded for today has been postponed.

Personnel from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said that some of the councillors-elect indicated that they could not make it to today’s ceremony at the San Fernando City Hall. Former San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello said it was cancelled until further notice, but sources said

Monday has been given as a tentative date.

South East POS teachers agree to work after stay bullet incident

Teach­ers of South East Port-of-Spain Sec­ondary School have agreed to work to en­sure that all end of term ex­am­i­na­tions are con­duct­ed for form four, five and six stu­dents be­gin­ning yes­ter­day and end­ing on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 13.

The de­ci­sion came in the wake of se­cu­ri­ty con­cerns ex­pressed by staff at the school fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent where a teacher was grazed by a stray bul­let dur­ing gang ac­tiv­i­ty in the east Port-of-Spain area last week.

Ramdeen threatens court action against Judiciary

At­tor­ney Ger­ald Ramdeen has threat­ened to sue the Ju­di­cia­ry over al­leged in­ef­fi­cien­cies in its re­cent­ly in­tro­duced Court Mail sys­tem. 

In a let­ter sent to Supreme Court Reg­is­trar Ni­rala Bansee-Sookai, yes­ter­day, Ramdeen sought to out­line his and his clients’ ex­pe­ri­ence with the sys­tem, in which the Ju­di­cia­ry sends or­ders, no­tices, and doc­u­ments to lawyers elec­tron­i­cal­ly. 

UNC gets first Diego Martin alderman since 2010

Af­ter Mon­day’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions, the Op­po­si­tion UNC will now have an al­der­man in the Diego Mar­tin Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion for the first time since 2010, but the UNC is blank­ing to­day’s swear­ing-in of coun­cil­lors in sev­er­al cor­po­ra­tions.

Opposition: Why the rush?

Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) chair­man David Lee is ask­ing why the Gov­ern­ment is rush­ing to amend the Cen­tral Bank Act over the week­end to al­low the re­lease of new poly­mer $100 bills on the mar­ket and the re­moval of the old cot­ton-based blue note.

Rush to change: New $100 bill within 14 days

A new poly­mer $100 bill will be in cir­cu­la­tion with­in the next two weeks. Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day an­nounced a Cab­i­net de­ci­sion to re­move the ex­ist­ing $100 bill and re­place it with a new hard­er to coun­ter­feit note.

Environmental partnership declaration signed in Tobago

En­vi­ron­men­tal stake­hold­ers. in­clud­ing NGOs, THA of­fi­cials, en­vi­ron­ment part­ners, ER­IC & En­vi­ron­ment To­ba­go, civ­il groups, Shell T&T and the Em­bassy of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many to T&T have giv­en full com­mit­ment to pro­tect To­ba­go's en­vi­ron­ment.

It took place dur­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny held on Wednes­day.