Politics

Kamla warns of possible fuel shortages

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar says the Prime Min­is­ter's re­cent 'at­tack' on pub­lic ser­vants could be an in­di­ca­tion that he plans to fire them.

Speak­ing at the UNC's Mon­day night fo­rum, Per­sad-Bisses­sar said the gov­ern­ment is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to find mon­ey to pay pub­lic ser­vants be­cause Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley had shut down Petrotrin with­out cre­at­ing new av­enues for rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

Moonilal: People who speak out are being persecuted by police

Peo­ple who speak out against the gov­ern­ment are fac­ing per­se­cu­tion from po­lice, Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal said Mon­day night in re­sponse to re­ports that po­lice had ar­rest­ed mi­nor­i­ty leader of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly Wat­son Duke.

Speak­ing at the UNC Mon­day night fo­rum, Mooni­lal said, " At this mo­ment they are ques­tion­ing Wat­son Duke. To­day or to­mor­row he could face charges."

Opposition Leader warns of possible job cuts in public sector

The opposition leader has sounded an alarm about possible job cuts in the public service.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes the prime minister's recent acerbic commentary on public servants may be a hint that many of them may soon be put on the breadline.

Last week, Dr Rowley took public servants to task, suggesting they were not delivering a fair day's work but expected to be paid on time.

At a political meeting last evening, the UNC leader urged the public to read between the lines as the utterances could be an indication of the government's plans to fire workers.

Daddy Padarath: MP now father of baby girl

Princes Town MP Bar­ry Padarath, who has spent years cham­pi­oning a move­ment for the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren, now has a ba­by girl of his own.

How­ev­er, just like any oth­er fa­ther Padarath says he has ab­solute­ly no in­ten­tion of putting his daugh­ter in the spot­light even though there is al­ready some con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing her birth.

I never called anyone lazy—Rowley

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing heavy crit­i­cism for his com­ments that some pub­lic ser­vants have been col­lect­ing a salary even though they “pro­duce noth­ing when the day comes,” Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has now is­sued a state­ment deny­ing that he ever ac­cused the Pub­lic Ser­vice work­ers of be­ing lazy.

In a state­ment is­sued on his Face­book page, Row­ley said, “I nev­er used the word lazy nor did I ac­cuse all pub­lic ser­vants nor did I ac­cuse the Pub­lic Ser­vice of be­ing lazy.”

PM off to Barbados

Prime minister Dr Keith Rowley left the country this morning to go to Barbados where he will participate in the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

According to a statement from the office of the prime minister, the agreement, which will be signed tomorrow, is related to cooperation in energy development for hydrocarbons that extend across the maritime boundary of both territories.

Siparia Corp ‘saves’ jobs of 120 workers

The jobs of 120 ca­su­al and tem­po­rary work­ers at the Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion jobs were saved on Mon­day af­ter mon­ey was sourced from an­oth­er ac­count to pay them in a last-ditch ef­fort.

But PNM coun­cil­lors claimed it was a ploy by the UNC to milk po­lit­i­cal mileage from a sit­u­a­tion which could have been avoid­ed.

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