MOONILAL: "What's the real story with CEPEP and URP wage increases?"

Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal, is calling on the Finance Minister to clarify the wage increase for both CEPEP and URP workers.

During the Finance Minister’s 2020 Budget Presentation last Monday, Government explained that these workers' wage increase takes into account the new cap for the Minimum Wage.

However, Dr Moonilal says this explanation has raised more questions than provided answers.

UNC not worried about litigation threats over San Fernando Highway project

The United National Congress says it is not surprised by threats of litigation coming from the People's National Movement, over the San Fernando Highway Extension Project.


During his contribution to the budget debate on Friday, Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Fitzgerald Hinds, spoke about the Project, stating that “there was a tremendous amount of litigation taking place arising out of land acquisition in those matters”.

POLITICAL ANALYST: Expect more voters for LGE 2019

Political analyst, Dr Winford James, is predicting that this year will see a higher than normal turnout for the local government elections.

According to Dr James, voter participation in the last local government election was at roughly 34 percent. He notes, though, that having two major elections so close together will impact voter participation. He says people also will be going to the polls because of how they feel about the Rowley administration, as well as any momentum which the UNC can generate for itself.

Political parties says they're ready for LGE 2019

Local political parties say they are ready for Local Government Elections (LGE) 2019, which are scheduled to take place on Monday December 2nd.

On Friday, during the Opposition Leader’s response to the 2020 Budget Presentation, the Prime Minister’s Office released a brief statement confirming the date for the local government elections.

Ball in PM’s court for damage control

The rul­ing PNM gov­ern­ment seems to be lurch­ing from one cri­sis to an­oth­er. This was how po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre re­spond­ed to the re­cent fir­ing of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald and Mon­day’s can­cel­la­tion of Garvin Si­mon­ette’s ap­point­ment as her re­place­ment.

Mc­Don­ald, a deputy po­lit­i­cal leader of the PNM, and pow­er­house in both the Par­lia­ment and the po­lit­i­cal was charged with sev­en crim­i­nal of­fences yes­ter­day along with four oth­ers in­clud­ing her com­pan­ion.

PNM saddened by McDonald situation

The Peoples National Movement says it is saddened by this turn of events involving Port of Spain MP Marlene McDonald.

In a release issued a short while ago, the PNM says it is thankful for the yeoman service Ms. Mcdonald has provided, for the past 12 years.

The party says it has long stood on the side of the law, and particularly under the stewardship of Dr. Rowley.

In this regard, and mindful that the matter is now before the courts, the party wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the independence of the major stakeholders in this ongoing situation.

Audit coming over gangster contracts

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts giv­en to sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers at two PNM-con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions will now be the sub­ject of an ex­pan­sive au­dit that will al­so in­clude the 12 oth­er re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein in a me­dia re­lease is­sued on Wednes­day in which he sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to have this mat­ter prop­er­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

PNM begins screening this weekend

The PNM starts screen­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment nom­i­nees from this week­end, be­gin­ning with can­di­dates for San­gre Grande to­mor­row and San Fer­nan­do on Sun­day.

Al­ready, three San Fer­nan­do coun­cil­lors have been nom­i­nat­ed un­op­posed.

Screen­ing was con­firmed by PNM’s Bal­isi­er House head­quar­ters.

PNM con­trols both cor­po­ra­tions. Af­ter this week­end, screen­ing con­tin­ues dai­ly next week for oth­er ar­eas.

PNM Tobago distances itself from alleged paedophile

Chairman of the People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council Stanford Callender is distancing the party from the actions of a youth activist's accused of sexting a 15-year-old boy.

On Wednesday morning, Tobago woke to the news that the activist, who works with youths in the Tobago House of Assembly(THA) and appears on some of the party's political platforms, sent WhatsApp messages to the underage child, soliciting oral sex.