Politics

Govt moves to allow retirement from 60 onwards

Gov­ern­ment is "eye­ing" op­tions, in­clud­ing al­low­ing peo­ple to choose to re­tire at var­i­ous ages from 60 on­wards, in its bid to se­cure the Na­tion­al In­sur­ance (NIS) fund.

But there's def­i­nite­ly no rec­om­men­da­tion or con­sid­er­a­tion to re­duce the NIS pen­sion.

Min­is­ter in the Min­istry of in Fi­nance Alyson West con­firmed the po­si­tions yes­ter­day when asked by the T&T Guardian about re­cent con­cerns about the NIS sys­tem/re­tire­ment age voiced by the Op­po­si­tion and labour lead­ers pri­or to, and dur­ing Labour Day.

"PNM wants Venezuelan votes to win elections" - Kamla

Opposition Leader  Kamla Persad-Bissessar has accused the PNM of wanting to use Venezuelan migrants to steal upcoming elections. 

Persad-Bissessar, who is also the UNC leader, was at the time delivering the feature address when Ummah TT/Muslim Federation held its annual Eid Dinner on Sunday night June 23, at the Felicity Diplomatic Centre, Chaguanas.

She said the government is seeking to pass legislation that would give the aliens the right to vote. 

THA wants $4.7 billion for next fiscal year

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) wants $4.72 billion to run Tobago's affairs for the financial year 2019/2020.

Of that sum, the THA is projected to collect $212.9 million in taxes and non-taxes in Tobago.

This from Finance and the Economy Secretary Joel Jack as he presented the draft estimates for revenue and expenditure at the THA's 27th Plenary Sitting held in the Assembly  Chamber, Jerningham Street, Scarborough on Monday, June 24.

Abdulah: Let labour govern

The Move­ment for So­cial Jus­tice (MSJ) po­lit­i­cal leader David Ab­du­lah has lament­ed that 90 per cent of work­ers have not had a wage or salary in­crease in the last six years, even while the Par­lia­ment de­bat­ed pen­sion in­creas­es for re­tired judges, MPs, prime min­is­ters and pres­i­dents.

He said this was one of the many is­sues the work­ing class faces un­der an in­equitable eco­nom­ic sys­tem that the PNM and UNC have sub­ject­ed the coun­try to, as he called on thou­sands to par­tic­i­pate in to­day’s Labour Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Jean de la Vallette arrives in T&T

The fast fer­ry HSC Jean de la Valette has ar­rived safe­ly in Trinidad and To­ba­go.

The ves­sel docked at the Port of Port-of-Spain short­ly af­ter 8 am af­ter a jour­ney from Spain that start­ed last Fri­day.

A state­ment from NID­CO said the ves­sel will now un­der­go rou­tine in­spec­tion and clear­ance by Cus­toms and Ex­cise and the process of ac­quir­ing rel­e­vant ap­provals and train­ing of lo­cal staff as re­quired for the ves­sel’s op­er­a­tion will start.

MSJ to contest local, general elections

The Move­ment for So­cial Jus­tice (MSJ) says it will con­test all 114 elec­toral dis­tricts in the up­com­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions and 41 con­stituen­cies in next year’s Gen­er­al Elec­tion as it seeks to over­throw the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM).

Nom­i­na­tions for can­di­dates will take place at the par­ty’s head­quar­ters from Ju­ly 1 to 31 be­tween 9 am and 4 pm. Forms are avail­able at the head­quar­ters and on­line. Can­di­dates will be screened fol­low­ing nom­i­na­tion.

Charles: Smooth transition for Tobago residents at new airport building

Chief sec­re­tary of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Kelvin Charles is as­sur­ing To­ba­go res­i­dents af­fect­ed by the con­struc­tion of a new ter­mi­nal build­ing and as­so­ci­at­ed works at the ANR Robin­son In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port that the THA will pro­vide sup­port to en­sure the smoothest pos­si­ble tran­si­tion.

Paula-Mae to get $1.4m pension

T&T Pres­i­dent Paula-Mae Weekes will stand to col­lect a pen­sion of $1.4m an­nu­al­ly un­der Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed pen­sion amend­ments, UNC Sen­a­tor Wade Mark said yes­ter­day.

He said the Op­po­si­tion had cal­cu­lat­ed the ben­e­fits to be ac­crued un­der the pen­sion amend­ment pro­posed by Gov­ern­ment for in­creased pen­sions for the Prime Min­is­ter, Pres­i­dent, judges and leg­is­la­tors.

Govt: Systems in place for Venezuelan visa

Gov­ern­ment is “try­ing to en­sure” it has suf­fi­cient re­sources at its Cara­cas em­bassy to process visa ap­pli­ca­tions for Venezue­lans. But some Venezue­lans have ap­pealed for a brief waiv­er for those trav­el­ling this week since visa in­for­ma­tion is not forth­com­ing from the em­bassy.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day spoke about try­ing to “en­sure suf­fi­cient re­sources” to process the visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

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