Colm Imbert

JTUM warns Government over failure to settle outstanding negotiations quickly

One month the delivering a letter to the Finance Minister in which they requested priority focus be placed on the settlement of outstanding salary negotiations to all public servants, the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) today delivered a “gentle reminder” to Colm Imbert that 2020 may not begin as smoothly as the government is anticipating.

Imbert to banks: Ease up the elderly, please

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he will be asking the banks to waive their service fee for changing the $100 bills, especially for elderly citizens, but noted that the state cannot compel them to do so by law.

The minister told Parliament this morning that under the current law the central bank is empowered to fix bank charges and fees with respect to loans, deposits and credit finances, but it does not apply to over the counter transactions.

He said they may need to consider changing that.

LOTTO agents threaten shutdown

The Trinidad and Tobago Lotto Agents Association (TTLAA) is calling on the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert to intervene in the running of the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) or their members would desist from selling lottery tickets and return the machines to the control board.

In a press conference today, the TTLAA president, Allen Campbell, described the lotteries governing agency as a" runaway horse". He said the NLCB continues to give agents conflicting information and unilaterally suppressing their machines.

Camille urges supporters to give PNM win at polls

“Knock on every door and get every vote out!”

That was the com­mand from PNM la­dy Vice-Chair­man Camille Robin­son-Reg­is to the sea-of red-clad PN­Mites who showed up for Sun­day’s par­ty con­ven­tion and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment cam­paign launch.

“Call out every ounce of pas­sion and strength!” she ap­pealed. “We need to en­sure we get it done!”

Themed Get­ting It Done! the PNM yes­ter­day re­leased its cam­paign song at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah which at­tract­ed a large crowd from all con­stituen­cies, in­clud­ing youth del­e­gates.

UNC: “We are not against the OWTU…”

The United National Congress has made it clear that the party did not file any lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery.

The political party has issued an official statement, in which it explains that concerned citizens are the ones who’ve filed the constitutional claim.

The lawsuit has been filed against the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Energy Affairs—Finance Minister Colm Imbert—over his failure to convene a meeting for close to two years.

Imbert: ‘I’m like the Hulk’

“I’m like the Hulk.”

That was Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert’s grin­ning con­fes­sion yes­ter­day as he re­spond­ed to UNC MP Fazal Karim’s queries dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee (SFC) scruti­ny of 2020 Bud­get items for the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA).

UNC moves to block sale of Petrotrin

The Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) is seek­ing an in­junc­tion tem­porar­i­ly block­ing the sale of Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre re­fin­ery. 

The par­ty, through its for­mer sen­a­tor Wayne Sturge, filed the in­junc­tion ap­pli­ca­tion yes­ter­day as part of a con­sti­tu­tion­al mo­tion law­suit over the fail­ure of Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert to hold a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee (JSC) on En­er­gy Af­fairs for the past 19 months. 

No CEPEP cuts, circumstances permitting—Minister

Cir­cum­stances “per­mit­ting,” there will be no cuts in the CEPEP labour force or con­trac­tors, said Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein yes­ter­day.

Ho­sein said if the need aris­es, it may be re­viewed, “but as of to­day there will be no cuts”. He stressed this dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee scruti­ny of the 2020 Bud­get.

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