Government

Rambharat: Government hasn’t abandoned flood victims

Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat, says government has not abandoned those who are suffering as a result of the recent flooding disaster in South Trinidad.

Speaking in Parliament today, the minister reported that local government officials have been on the ground since yesterday, and the Defence Force has lent its assistance.

Minister Rambharat confirmed his Cabinet colleagues—the ministers of Transport and Local Government—are on the ground, getting an assessment of the extent of the flooding damage for themselves.

Ummah T&T: Muslims Disrespected Again

UMMAH T&T Muslim Federation has instructed its attorney to initiate moves to file a constitutional motion against the legislation to take out of circulation the existing $100 dollar bills within a restricted period of time.

This was revealed by Imam Rasheed Karim, chairman of the largest local group of independent Islamic organizations who criticized the move.

According to the Imam, the switch to the polymer bills infringes on the rights of the 180,000 strong Muslim community.

TT Government and EU agree on solar park project at Piarco

The Government  of  the  Republic  of  Trinidad  and  Tobago (GORTT) and  the  European  Union  (EU)  have agreed to the installation of a commercial scale solar panel system, via a solar park, at Piarco International Airport.

The solar park will have an annual generation capacity of 1,443,830 Kilowatt hours (kWh).

According to a release from the Planning and Development Ministry, the project will begin during the first quarter of 2020, with implementation taking place over a  period  of  48  months. 

Kamla: “No Bail Bill support without our amendments…”

The Opposition Leader says she and her party will not support Government's Bail Amendment Bill this Wednesday in its current form.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar argues that the current Bill allows for persons to be framed by police, or unfairly denied bail just by being at the wrong place and the wrong time.

In paying respects to former Vision on Mission head, Wayne Chance, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said he believed that people need a second chance. She said while the UNC is committed to fighting crime it does not intend to lock people away and throw away the key.

National Security Minister extends condolences on Wayne Chance's passing

Condolences on the death of Wayne Chance, Founder and Executive President of Vision on Mission (VOM) continue to pour in.

The most recent have come from National Security Minister, Stuart Young.

The full text of the minister’s statement, follows…

“On behalf of the Ministry of National Security, Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Wayne Chance on his passing last night.

PM extends condolences on Wayne Chance's passing

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended his condolences on the passing of Wayne Chance, Founder and Executive President of Vision on Mission (VOM).

In an official statement, the prime minister describes Mr Chance as “a leading light of useful activism”.

Dr Rowley lauded Mr Chance’s creation of VOM, which he says [quote] “helped many people and in doing so saved the nation from totally discarding many of those who ran afoul of the law and paid their dues after having been sentenced…”

Ramdial: PNM failing on crime and services

The prime minister is being advised to stop obsessing over Cambridge Analytica, and instead focus on dealing with the crime scourge in this country.

The advice comes from Couva North MP, Ramona Ramdial.

At a news conference on Wednesday at her constituency offices at Chase Village in Chaguanas, the Couva North MP said she has been bombarded with complaints from constituents about crime and a lack of basic services.

She says the national security minister—and the government overall—have failed citizens on the crime issue.

NATUC: Stop delaying settlement of outstanding wage negotiations

The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) is renewing its calls for government to address all outstanding negotiations without further delay.

In an official statement issued today, NATUC argues that government’s excuses—that the “country has no money, so wages and salaries increases cannot be paid at this time” or the other narrative “if we pay the increase  of wages and salaries, government workers will have to be retrenched”—are misleading  and calculated to put fear in the  hearts of workers.

Maraj: “Allegations against UNC very serious…”

Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says it is critical that the United National Congress clear the air—very quickly—on allegations of its seeming relationship with Cambridge Analytica and the possibly illegal use of citizens’ private information for political purposes.

He believes the probe, which the national security minister signalled yesterday that government intends to launch, will answer several crucial questions.

Point Fortin Hospital to be completed in 2020

The Point Fortin hospital is set to be completed and opened within the next four months.

The announcement was made by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during the Urgent Questions session in the Senate, today. 

“My information is it will be opened by March 2020,” Deyalsingh said.

This, as two subcontractors took legal action against a company linked to the main contractor, over funding for work on the Point Fortin Hospital, Austrian firm Vamed. 

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