PM on McDonald: No crisis - Ship of State flows smoothly along

"As far as the Government is concerned, there is no crisis in Trinidad and Tobago."

Those were the words of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he began addressing Thursday's post-Cabinet news conference on the matter of dismissed minister Marlene McDonald.

"A crisis means different things for different people. For us the ship of state flows smoothly along," he said.

But the prime minister has admitted that he made an error in judgement by having returned Marlene McDonald to the Cabinet, despite the allegations she had been facing when he did.

PM flies out this weekend for energy meetings

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will leave the country this Sunday for a series of meetings with energy companies that operate in Trinidad and Tobago.

The prime minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that he will lead a government delegation for meetings that will take him out of the country for 10 days.

He will first go to Holland where he will meet with officials of Shell.

From Holland, the PM and team will journey to London for meetings with Bp officials.

He will also meet with nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in London.

PM: Heritage buildings back in shape by December

White­hall should be the home of the Cab­i­net once again by the end of June, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has an­nounced.

The Prime Min­is­ter, while ad­dress­ing a Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment po­lit­i­cal meet­ing in Ch­agua­nas on Tues­day, said the restora­tion of White­hall, was mere­ly a part of con­tin­u­ing re­fur­bish­ment of the Mag­nif­i­cent Sev­en, which he said should trans­form Queen’s Park West by De­cem­ber.

PM meets with Muslim community in wake of New Zealand attack

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is meeting with leaders of the Muslim community for discussions related to security concerns following the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand.

The meeting began at 3 pm at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

PM delivers homes to Merikin descendants

While the as­pi­ra­tion for 180,000 cit­i­zens is the se­cu­ri­ty of a home from the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC), Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley says that dream may nev­er be a re­al­i­ty for many.

It was be­cause while the Gov­ern­ment looks for more mon­ey to fund sub­sidised State-hous­ing, he says there is less than be­fore.

PM tours Tobago projects

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today toured several projects in Tobago.

The Office of the Prime Minister issued several photos of the prime minister on tour, including him at the construction site of the Roxborough Police Station, the Roxborough District Hospital and the Roxborough Fire Station.

The tour also included the newly-constructed Shirvan Road Police Station, the Dwight Yorke Stadium and the Shirvan Road Police Station.

The prime minister was accompanied by several Cabinet ministers.

PM: T&T's gas production increasing

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has said that this country's gas production is on the rise and that the government is hoping that with some new initiatives production will continue to steadily increase. 

Dr Rowley, who was speaking at the opening of the Energy Conference on Monday, said new production is expected to be brought on stream, which will bring this country's production level to 3.9 billion cubic feet in 2019. 

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.

No mortgage, rental payments until January for flood-affected HDC residents

Households affected by flooding will begin getting flat cheques from tomorrow, amounting to $15,000 for households without children and $20,000 for households with children, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced on Thursday.

In addition, Housing Development Corporation (HDC) residents affected by the floods will have their mortgage and rent payments deferred until January 2019, to allow them to have more money to recover.

HDC residents pay mortgages to the Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Limited and rent payments are made to the HDC.

PM on decision to turn down regional help: "We've been coping well"

Al­though T&T is fac­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­ri­od fol­low­ing dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing last week­end, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley ad­mits he felt com­pelled to turn down help from Cari­com coun­tries be­cause "we have been cop­ing .... and cop­ing very well."

Row­ley said he said noth­ing wrong by not ac­cept­ing help from our Caribbean neigh­bours.

The PM made the com­ment ear­li­er to­day as he de­liv­ered the fea­ture ad­dress at the sod turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the $49 mil­lion Diego Mar­tin Health Cen­tre.