Politics

PM: All budgets are sweetheart budgets

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has down­played the Op­po­si­tion’s ex­pec­ta­tion of the “sweet­en­er bud­get” say­ing that all bud­gets in T&T are sweet­hearts.

In a re­sponse to the Op­po­si­tion’s ex­pec­ta­tion that the Gov­ern­ment would bring out “bud­get good­ies” in pos­si­bly the last year be­fore the 2020 gen­er­al elec­tions, Row­ley said that this year’s fis­cal pack­age will be no dif­fer­ent to the oth­ers.

“The bud­get­ing process in Trinidad & To­ba­go is an an­nu­al ex­er­cise and this one will be no dif­fer­ent.

Kamla aims at Imbert

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has ques­tioned whether or not Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert per­son­al­ly ben­e­fit­ted from tax ex­emp­tions on a 55-mil­lion-dol­lar hous­ing project re­sult­ing from a bill he passed.

At the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress Mon­day Night Fo­rum in St He­le­na, Per­sad-Bisses­sar said Min­is­ter Im­bert and his wife Suzanne Williams Im­bert be­came the di­rec­tors of a com­pa­ny called Bel­grave Prop­er­ties Lim­it­ed in 2012, which owned prop­er­ties at 61, 63 and 65 Pic­ton Street, Port-of-Spain.

Rowley: Former PM told Marlene about charges month before arrest

An in­con­gru­ous po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion led Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley to re­veal to the Par­lia­ment that Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad Bisses­sar tipped off her po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­sary, Mar­lene Mc Don­ald one month be­fore her ar­rest.

Gun bill passed in House

Peo­ple held with il­le­gal firearms will now be in for se­vere penal­ties—in­clud­ing jail sen­tences for the rest of one’s life— and big fines af­ter Gov­ern­ment’s Firearms Bill was passed in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day night with Op­po­si­tion sup­port.

Maharaj calls for review of Sedition Act

Us­ing the Sedi­tion laws to cur­tail free speech is a vi­o­la­tion of the ten­ants of democ­ra­cy.

So said for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Ramesh Lawrence Ma­haraj days af­ter Mi­nor­i­ty Leader of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly Wat­son Duke was charged for sedi­tion.

Opposition, experts expect ‘election’ goodies in budget

Ex­pect an ‘elec­tion’ Bud­get when Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Colm Im­bert de­liv­ers the 2020 Bud­get on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 7, so said the ex­perts as well as the Op­po­si­tion.

The pro­jec­tions came yes­ter­day af­ter Im­bert an­nounced the bud­get’s de­liv­ery date dur­ing a brief state­ment in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

PM: Let’s show Bahamas our generosity and compassion

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has ap­pealed to “all cit­i­zens who are able and will­ing,” to demon­strate Trinidad and To­ba­go’s “usu­al gen­eros­i­ty and com­pas­sion to the peo­ple of the Ba­hamas.”

The prime min­is­ter made the call in a state­ment is­sued yeste­day evening.

PTSC to resume holiday service, if bus drivers forgo overtime pay

Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of the Pub­lic Trans­port Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion (PTSC) Bashir Mo­hammed said if bus dri­vers are will­ing to work on pub­lic hol­i­days for the stan­dard rate rather than triple time pay, the com­pa­ny might re­sume the ser­vice.

The PTSC re­cent­ly an­nounced that it would sus­pend the ser­vice be­cause of the costs.

How­ev­er, Mo­hammed said he is will­ing to meet with two unions rep­re­sent­ing 619 bus dri­vers to come up with a plan to re­sume the bus ser­vice on hol­i­days.

Kamla wants sedition law revoked, immediately

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar is call­ing for the sedi­tion law to be im­me­di­ate­ly re­pealed.

She made the call while speak­ing at a Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress Mon­day Night Fo­rum at the Preysal High School.

Watson Duke steps down as PSA president

Watson Duke has announced he will step down from his leadership position at the PSA from Nov. 30 as his Progressive Democratic Patriots prepare to launch a national election campaign.

He made the announcement during a press conference at the PSA headquarters this morning, as he spoke out for the first time about his sedition charges. Duke said he is facing "trumped up charges" because he fired back at Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for "down crying" public servants.

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