JSC on Energy Affairs met today

The Joint Select Committee on Energy Affairs had their 13th meeting today at the office of the Parliament.

The meeting was held in camera (private). This is the first meeting of the energy JSC in roughly two years.

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DAVID ABDULLAH: "Moonilal is making mischief..."

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.

Kamla: Economy dead under PNM

The econ­o­my has gone from be­ing on life sup­port to to­tal­ly dead un­der the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment.

This was how Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar summed up Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert’s pre­sen­ta­tion on the Mid-Year Bud­get Re­view yes­ter­day in Par­lia­ment, adding he did not put for­ward any pol­i­cy or plans in place for the coun­try’s re­al de­vel­op­ment.

Opposition votes against whistleblower legislation

The Whistle­blow­er Blow­er pro­tec­tion leg­is­la­tion failed to be passed in the Low­er House on Mon­day night af­ter the Op­po­si­tion opt­ed not to vote in favour of the bill.

All 16 Op­po­si­tion mem­bers vot­ed against the bill at the end of the two-day de­bate in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The bill re­quired a three-fifth ma­jor­i­ty, so de­spite all 22 gov­ern­ment mem­bers vot­ing in favour, the bill was not passed.

The Bill was re­ferred to the Com­mit­tee at around 8 pm.

Kamla: Gov't fell flat on face with Sandals deal

Gov­ern­ment “fell flat” on its face on its flag­ship San­dals project af­ter the ad­min­is­tra­tion with­held in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic and dis­missed con­cerns on it, says Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad- Bisses­sar.

“The po­si­tion pre­sent­ed dur­ing (yes­ter­day’s) press con­fer­ence that San­dals with­drew based on neg­a­tive pub­lic­i­ty is bor­der­ing on ab­surd. It’s yet an­oth­er at­tempt by Gov­ern­ment to de­flect at­ten­tion from their in­com­pe­tence, “Per­sad-Bisses­sar added in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Opposition to probe cost of PM’s televised address

What was the cost of the show? Why was there no mention of crime-handling? Where was attention to the basics affecting citizens?

These and other questions have been raised by the Opposition, former head of the public service Reginald Dumas and economist Mariano Browne on Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s paid political announcement, which aired between Sunday and Monday night local TV.

The first segment was billed as an address to the nation.

The second, which was a continuation of the first, was prefaced by an announcement that it was a paid political announcement.