Tobago businesses say they are concerned about the Tobago House of Assembly now having the ability to borrow money on the international market, and cannot endorse it.
That’s the word from Diane Hadad, of the Tobago arm of the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
During the recent presentation of the 2020 Budget, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced that the Tobago House of Assembly would now have the ability to raise financing for Tobago development projects via bonds worth some US$300 million.
Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, has confirmed that CEPEP and URP workers will have their wages upgraded to the new minimum wage, before their proposed 15 per cent increase is added.
The Labour Minister says Government had hoped to increase the Minimum Wage to as much as $18.25, but the economy would not have sustained such a steep rise.
Political Leader of the MSJ—David Abdullah—is refuting claims by Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal, of conspiracy and corruption in the OWTU’s bid for the Petrotrin Refinery.
The MSJ leader says he will be consulting his attorneys and exploring all his legal options in the matter.
Oropouche East MP Roodal Moonilal wants to know if there is third party manipulation of the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union’s (OWTU) recent acquisition of the Pointe-a-Pierre oil refinery.
In his contribution to the Budget debate yesterday, the Opposition MP raised questions about who facilitated a meeting between CEO of Sunstone Equities John Van Dyke and members of the union.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday that a file is being compiled and will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the company involved in the drug which caused seven patients to go blind in either one eye or both eyes.
The responsibility for care and protection for babies with microcephaly should be in the state’s hands since Government was late in responding to preparations for last year’s Zika mosquito epidemic and babies with Microcephaly were later born, says UNC MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
Gopeesingh was speaking in yesterday’s 2020 Budget debate in the Lower House.
Microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is smaller than normal, is caused by the Zika virus among other conditions.
Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has called on his successor Terrence Deyalsingh to pay special attention to the children of incarcerated people.
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.
The 117-year-old St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital is to be de-commissioned.
Confirmation has come from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, during his contribution to the 2020 Budget debate this morning.
Minister Deyalsingh says the Government is working on a new centrally located centre which will focus on treating Mental Health.
This he says will be a part of a change in approach to the treatment of Mental Health in the country, which he termed, "Behavioural Health Wellness services".
In her opening salvos of her response to the Finance Minister’s Budget Presentation… Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar S.C., has described the 2020 Budget as an insult to the poor.
She says government should call the general election now.
According to Opposition Leader, the Finance Minister did little more than throw crumbs at the most vulnerable in the society.
The Opposition Leader argues that government’s provisions have meant that CEPEP’s allocation was the lowest in years.