PM: UNC's property tax challenge affecting local govt reform

Prime Minister Dr Kieth Rowley says the UNC's legal challenge on property tax put the local government reform initiative on standby because the revenue that it would generate was going to be the lifeblood of reform. 

But he told party supporters at the Exodus panyard in Tunapuna that the PNM will be bringing back the tax. 

Kamla Persad Bissessar meanwhile said the UNC will not. 

But Dr Rowley said the Opposition is making the property tax out to be a bad thing when it is done in most developed nations. 

Deyalsingh: UNC hid flu death statistics

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh claims Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar instructed public officials to hide flu mortality statistics for the period 2013-2015.

Speaking at a PNM public meeting at the Exodus pan yard in Tunapuna last night, the minister said he has always been transparent about the flu death statistics.

He said between 2015 and 2017 there were no deaths, there were eight last year and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) had previously said there were three deaths so far this year. 

Camille: Where is UNC's sexual harassment policy?

Camille Robin­son-Reg­is says the UNC must stop ob­sess­ing about Dar­ryl Smith and in­stead tell the pub­lic about an in­ci­dent where a for­mer Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship (PP) gov­ern­ment min­is­ter sex­u­al­ly ha­rassed a woman who was then al­leged­ly giv­en a house to keep qui­et.

Nigerian shot 6 times during robbery, wants to go home

“I want to go home!”, cried Niger­ian na­tion­al, Saubana Bel­lo.

Bel­lo en­tered Trinidad in No­vem­ber 2005 il­le­gal­ly from Venezuela, af­ter the eco­nom­ic cri­sis cre­at­ed un­cer­tain­ty.

Lawyer files suit over Darryl Smith report: Challenges Govt’s conduct into findings

The at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing for­mer food pro­duc­tion min­is­ter De­vant Ma­haraj, in a law­suit against the State, plans to ask the court to scru­ti­nise Gov­ern­ment’s con­duct in the han­dling of the Dar­ryl Smith re­port.

In a let­ter to At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi, Che Din­di­al ques­tioned the Gov­ern­ment’s un­will­ing­ness and mixed re­spons­es to­wards re­leas­ing the find­ings of a com­mit­tee set up by the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter.

Official funeral for Bernard tomorrow

The late re­tired chief jus­tice Clin­ton Bernard will be laid to rest to­mor­row fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial fu­ner­al ser­vice in his ho­n­our.

A state­ment yes­ter­day from the Min­istry of For­eign and Cari­com Af­fairs said fu­ner­al will take place at the Church of the As­sump­tion, 70-72 Long Cir­cu­lar Road, Mar­aval, from 9.30 am.

TTUTA takes protest to San Fernando

De­spite the omi­nous weath­er threat­en­ing to spoil their protest, thou­sands of teach­ers were re­lent­less in voic­ing their dis­con­tent over Gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to amend their salaries since 2014. 

As the red army pro­ceed­ed through the streets of San Fer­nan­do yes­ter­day, there was some traf­fic con­ges­tion and cu­rios­i­ty among shop­pers, pedes­tri­ans and work­ers in their busi­ness­es.

WASA: Restrictions still in place, reservoirs remain low

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says the water-use restrictions implemented in January 2019 remains in effect.

This as the three main impounding reservoirs in Trinidad remain considerably low for this time of year, a statement by WASA notes.

WASA says the levels of storage and respective Long Term Averages (LTAs) at the authority’s impounding reservoirs as at today – Tuesday 5th November 2019 are as follows.

· Arena: 52.01%, LTA - 80.89%
· Navet: 36.42%, LTA - 80.30%
· Hollis: 44.75%, LTA - 78.71%
· Hillsborough: 100%, LTA - 92.75%

DPP: Use police line-ups before video footage

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, believes identification through police line-up should be the first form of identification for a suspect, instead of the use of video footage.

He made the recommendation at today’s meeting of a Special Select Committee of Parliament, examining the Evidence Amendment Bill 2019.

DPP Gaspard said it gives the police and the witness a broader scope and a better chance at pinpointing a suspect.