Cabinet calls on UTT to explain process by which lecturers were dismissed

Cabinet is calling on the management of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to explain to the public the process that was undertaken to arrive at the decision to dismiss staff.

A statement by the Ministry of Education says that while the Cabinet is aware and understands the need for this move, the UTT must be given the opportunity to fully elaborate on the process that was followed to the public.

The point was also made, that the letters of termination that have already been issued to academic staff members will stand as valid.

$8 million upgrade for ports to accommodate Galleons Passage

Cabinet has approved the spending of close to $8 million by the Port Authority of T&T to get the ports of Port-of-Spain and Scarborough ready for the Galleons Passage.

Port chairman Lyle Alexander told the T&T Guardian yesterday that the Port requested the money to ensure that the pier is ready for when the Galleons Passage arrives.

The vessel inched closer to its final destination yesterday when it arrived in Panama. From Panama the vessel heads to Cuba.

Jwala loses in court

Former Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambaran has lost in court, in a bid to have the court order the Cabinet to give a Statement of Reasons for his dismissal.

The court found that the application was made too late and Rambaran has also been found guilty of non-disclosure.

The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance today in relation to the matter:

Breaking: Darryl Smith fired

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has fired former Sports Minister Darryl Smith, who, just yesterday, was demoted to the position of Minister in the Ministry of Housing.

The following is a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister on the dismissal.

Moonilal: It's an abomination and a joke

Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal is describing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's Cabinet reshuffle as an abomination and a joke.

According to him, the adjustments are untenable given the allegations lingering over the heads of the reshuffled ministers.

Dr Moonilal says he is particularly concerned with Dr Rowley's new role as Housing Minister.


Devant: PM rewarded Smith instead of firing him

Former UNC Government Minister Devant Maharaj says the prime minister should have reprimanded and removed Minister Darryl Smith, instead of shifting his portfolio.

Maharaj issued a statement minutes after the announcement of a reshuffle by the Office of the Prime Minister:

Cabinet approves two additional scholarships in Natural Sciences

Cabinet has approved the award of National Additional scholarships in the Natural Sciences grouping to two persons.

They are Janardan Mahabir formerly of Presentation College, Chaguanas and D’Nae Bartholomew formerly of Bishop Anstey High School and Trinity East College.

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia made the announcement during his address to Parliament on Friday, saying these students have presented reviewed results which have met the benchmarks for this award.