President off to Barbados

Pres­i­dent Paula-Mae Weekes will trav­el to Bar­ba­dos on Sat­ur­day to ad­dress lo­cal stu­dents there.

A state­ment from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent said Weekes will speak to Trinidad and To­ba­go Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Ed­u­ca­tion­al Fo­rum on Mon­day at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies Cave Hill Cam­pus.

The Ed­u­ca­tion­al Fo­rum is part of the cam­pus’ pro­mo­tion of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals as pre­scribed by the Unit­ed Na­tions.

The theme of the event is “Bal­anc­ing the Equa­tion: Break­ing Bar­ri­ers and Build­ing Bridges”.

EBC to send election report to PM

The Elec­tions and Bound­aries will send a re­port on its pre­pared­ness for the gen­er­al elec­tion to the Prime Min­is­ter with­in two weeks— but non-na­tion­als in­clud­ing Venezue­lans can­not vote in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions un­less they're TTT cit­i­zens.

Such in­for­ma­tion was con­veyed to a team from the Op­po­si­tion UNC which met with the EBC Board and EBC Chief Elec­tions Of­fi­cer Fern Nar­cis.

UNC chair­man Pe­ter Kan­hai head­ed the UNC team in­clud­ing MPs Bhoe Tewarie, UNC sen­a­tor Wade Mark and oth­ers.

JSC hears of fraud at Diego corporation

Al­leged fraud at Diego Mar­tin Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion, now be­ing probed by po­lice, in­clude sit­u­a­tions in 2016 where the cor­po­ra­tion broke rules and paid a ven­dor in ad­vance for items which didn’t ma­te­ri­alise ful­ly—plus an­oth­er mat­ter where 300 peo­ple were hired fraud­u­lent­ly.

And the per­son al­leged to be at is­sue in the hir­ing mat­ter was trans­ferred from the cor­po­ra­tion to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment’s Kent House head of­fice.

Young: Kamla misleading public by claiming PNM played race card

National Security Minister Stuart Young is accusing Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar of misleading the public by claiming the PNM was playing race cards to win votes.

Responding to Persad-Bissesar's statements, Young said, "This latest attempt by the UNC to change a narrative and change the focus from their unacceptable behaviour is very transparent and easily fact-checked. The UNC’s attempt, as articulated by Mrs Persad Bissesar on a public platform last night, to move the focus of their naked use of race away from themselves is easily contradicted."

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.

Works minister disappointed with protest, wants police to take action

Minister of Works and Infrastructure Rohan Sinanan says he’s disappointed with residents of Fishing Pond Road in Sangre Grande who this morning blocked the roadway with burning debris to protest its condition.

There have been several protests there over the years and last year a segment of the road was paved. However, residents living beyond where the paving stopped as asking when the rest of the roadway will be attended to.

Chinese firm to build new PoS hospital block

Shang­hai Con­struc­tion has been award­ed a bil­lion-dol­lar con­tract to build the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal’s new cen­tral block and the two-year project is ex­pect­ed to be­gin in Sep­tem­ber.

St James Med­ical Com­plex will al­so be­come the St James Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a $5m up­grade.

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert and Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh an­nounced both de­vel­op­ments at Thurs­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing.