PNM gears up in Siparia

As the new­ly elect­ed coun­cil­lors of the Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion took their oath of of­fice yes­ter­day, Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) mem­bers are al­ready gear­ing up to let their voic­es be heard.

Their voic­es are all they have as out­go­ing chair­man Dr Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh con­firmed that the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress now has the ma­jor­i­ty to win all votes. 

Minister: 180,000 still awaiting HDC homes

As the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) dis­trib­uted new homes to 244 fam­i­lies yes­ter­day, Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon said this was a small fig­ure com­pared to the 180,000 ap­pli­cants in its data­base.

“That’s just a small drop in the ocean com­pared to the 180,000 per­sons who are wait­ing for units. You are not con­sid­er­ing your­selves lucky, but con­sid­er your­selves in a good po­si­tion this morn­ing,” Dil­lon told re­cip­i­ents at a dis­tri­b­u­tion cer­e­mo­ny in Cy­press Hills, San Fer­nan­do.

National Security Minister announces new $100 bill

A new polymer $100 bill will be displayed on the Central Bank website at 4 pm today.

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young announced Government's plan to roll out a new $100 bill to replace the blue note at today's Post-Cabinet press briefing.

Young said the replacement 100 note will be harder to counterfeit and would also undermine the use of stored cash to fund criminal activity.

the new bill is expected to be in circulation within 14 days and not the usual 30-day period for new bills.

Duke: People frustrated with local politics

Political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots, Watson Duke, says the local government election results show the level of frustration by the population.

Watson Duke says he is expecting similar results in next year's General Election.

He says young people in particular are growing fed up of local politics and are finding ways to have their voices heard.

According to the PDP leader, young people will not suffer their voice to be silenced by anyone. That is why there are so many youth-led protests happening around the world.

Political analysts: PNM and UNC must work hard to woo electorate

As the country now gears up for campaigning ahead of the 2020 general election, political analysts agree that both major parties—PNM and UNC—will have their work cut out for them, trying to convince the undecideds and independent voters.

According to Dr Winford James, yesterday’s local government election results have cemented the reality that Trinidad and Tobago is a two party country. He says a third political force may never be able to fully impact the political landscape, notwithstanding how many people continue to call for change.

Terry Rondon: “Sangre Grande is still PNM country…”

Outgoing chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, Terry Rondon, is disappointed that the People’s National Movement (PNM) was unable to hold on to the corporation.

The local government stalwart believes the party must go back to the drawing board and re-focus on serving the people.

He says what happened yesterday was less a rejection of the PNM itself, and more a statement that the way local government candidates are selected must change.