AG: Draft legal ganja laws completed

The Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al has com­plet­ed draft­ing leg­is­la­tion for the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of mar­i­jua­na.

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi made the dis­clo­sure dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice in Port-of-Spain, on Wednes­day.

Al-Rawi said he would now have to seek Cab­i­net’s ap­proval for the draft leg­is­la­tion be­fore it is tabled in Par­lia­ment and de­bat­ed.

He did not give time­line for com­plet­ing the process.

AG praises work of Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau

The An­ti-Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bu­reau (ACIB) has laid a to­tal of 1,093 charges be­tween 2015 and April 2019 — in­clud­ing charges against a for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­er­al and a for­mer UNC Sen­a­tor.

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi in­di­cat­ed this in Par­lia­ment on Wednes­day while re­ply­ing to Op­po­si­tion ques­tions on the ACIB’s work.

He said there were no pros­e­cu­tions or con­vic­tions over 2015-2016. But in 2017, some 144 charges were laid with ze­ro con­vic­tions.

Roodal ready to apologise, but will consult lawyers first

While UNC MP Roodal Mooni­lal has in­di­cat­ed will­ing­ness to apol­o­gise for al­leged “threat­en­ing” words to­wards PNM MP Fitzger­ald Hinds, he says he has to con­sult his lawyers since he still has a case in court re­gard­ing the Par­lia­ment’s Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee han­dling of the mat­ter.

Mooni­lal in­di­cat­ed thi­son Wednes­day to Guardian Me­dia af­ter a ma­jor­i­ty Gov­ern­ment vote in Par­lia­ment adopt­ed a mo­tion call­ing on him to apol­o­gise to Par­lia­ment and Hinds at the next sit­ting of Par­lia­ment.

Sando mayor: Don’t feed the homeless on the street

With the San Fer­nan­do Cen­tre for Dis­placed Per­sons now opened to the home­less, San Fer­nan­do May­or Ju­nia Re­grel­lo is again ap­peal­ing for cit­i­zens to stop feed­ing the home­less along Har­ris Prom­e­nade.

While there have been sim­i­lar calls be­fore and a by-law passed pro­hibit­ing peo­ple from feed­ing the home­less on the streets, Re­grel­lo ex­plained that new mea­sures have been put in place to al­low the home­less to be fed in a dig­ni­fied and safe man­ner.

No Venezuelan visas at T&T Embassy, business deal under threat

A phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal con­sul­tant says he will take le­gal ac­tion against the State if a mil­lion dol­lar deal falls through be­cause of the Gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to put prop­er struc­tures in place for Venezue­lan visas.

Lin­wald Be­har­ry, a con­sul­tant with a ma­jor strate­gic firm, said he start­ed ne­go­ti­at­ing with a Pana­ma-based com­pa­ny to pro­vide phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals to T&T, two years ago.

Kamla:No Opposition support for Immigration changes

Changes to the Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tions, pro­posed by the Gov­ern­ment will not re­ceive any sup­port from the Op­po­si­tion.

Speak­ing at the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress' Mon­day Night Fo­rum at the Aran­juez North Sec­on­dar School, Op­po­si­tion leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar said that the Gov­ern­ment filed "some­thing known as Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tion".

"And we have ap­plied to an­nul those reg­u­la­tions," she said.

Russian ship arrives in T&T tomorrow

Four months af­ter a Russ­ian sur­veil­lance ship left T&T, the Min­istry of For­eign and Cari­com Af­fairs has giv­en naval clear­ance for an­oth­er Russ­ian ship to dock in T&T’s ter­ri­to­r­i­al wa­ters to­mor­row..

The medi­um-sized Russ­ian Navy sea tanker ship, named Ka­ma from the Russ­ian Navy North­ern Fleet, is ex­pect­ed to en­ter and berth in T&T’s wa­ters be­tween to­mor­row and Thurs­day.

In a con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ment leaked to Guardian Me­dia, the min­istry ex­tend­ed com­pli­ments to the Em­bassy of the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion.