LA GUERRE: “2020 Election a two party race…”

Political analyst, Professor John La Guerre, is predicting that the upcoming 2020 General Election will be very, very close, and predominantly, a two-party race.

He also warns that there may be a lot of mud-slinging, as both major parties try to poach voters from each other, to gain ascendancy.

According to Professor La Guerre, times have changed dramatically, as has the electorate, and it won’t be easy for any one political party to get an overwhelming majority.

He told us if the election were called today, it would be a dead heat between the PNM and the UNC.

Murder accused linked to contract to kill AG

The death threat made against At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi came from some­one be­hind prison walls by a man al­ready fac­ing a mur­der charge on the high-pro­file mat­ter.

Guardian Me­dia was able to con­firm that the man’s fa­ther is al­so be­ing mon­i­tored by po­lice as he has been try­ing to meet with Al-Rawi to de­mand a speedy tri­al for his son.

Kamla wants answers from Imbert on Clico

The war of words be­tween Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad- Bisses­sar and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert about the sale of Cli­co poli­cies con­tin­ues with Per­sad-Bisses­sar now claim­ing that since she first raised the is­sue in her Bud­get re­sponse last Fri­day, more al­le­ga­tions have sur­faced.

Sawmillers plan to file injunction against Govt

Log­gers are plan­ning to file an in­junc­tion against the Gov­ern­ment as it moves to of­fer larg­er acreages of prime teak and pine fields to large scale saw millers.

The threat of lit­i­ga­tion comes de­spite as­sur­ances from Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Clarence Ramb­harat that the new changes in the dis­tri­b­u­tion of lu­cra­tive teak fields will not trig­ger mas­sive job loss and dec­i­ma­tion of small scale sawmilling op­er­a­tions.

MSJ: Demeaning, improper to announce election date via press release

Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) political leader, David Abdulah, contends it is "demeaning" and "improper" for the Prime Minister to announce the date for local government elections via a press release and a post on Facebook.

Abdulah reacted to the Prime Minister's selection of December 2 as election day for new councillors and aldermen at the 14 local government corporations across Trinidad. 

Apple Leisure Group to take over management of Magdelena Grand Resort

American travel and hospitality conglomerate apple leisure group is close to expanding its footprint with a possible take over of the Magdelena grand beach and golf resort in Tobago.

During a post-budget meeting today, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced that an agreement is being finalized with one of the group's subsidiaries.

Its a move he says could boost the tourism sector on the island.

Reporter: Jesse Ramdeo

Kamla: Budget was the final rites to bury the economy

While Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar yes­ter­day ex­pressed de­light with Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert’s pro­pos­al to in­crease the min­i­mum wage from $15 to $17.50 an hour for 194,000 low in­come work­ers across the coun­try, she feels the pay hike was in­suf­fi­cient as it should have been $20 an hour in­stead.

This was how Per­sad-Bisses­sar re­spond­ed at a press con­fer­ence at the Par­lia­ment Build­ing, Port-of-Spain, min­utes af­ter Im­bert de­liv­ered his $53 bil­lion 2019/20120 bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Collin Partap joins PNM, Gyspy being wooed

They were prime movers in the UNC but for­mer UNC Cu­mu­to-Man­zanil­la MP Collin Par­tap start­ed work­ing with PNM's Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment cam­paign two weeks ago, while ex-UNC Ma­yaro MP Win­ston "Gyp­sy" Pe­ters is be­ing wooed by the PNM to take Ma­yaro in the gen­er­al polls.

Both spoke to the Guardian be­tween Fri­day and Sat­ur­day.