Politics

Queen street vendors plead to mayor to allow them to sell their good on the street for Christmas season

Queen Street vendors are appealing to Mayor Joel Martinez to give them a chance to sell their goods on the streets for this Christmas season.

Since Saturday, vendors have been arrested and charged and their goods seized by Municipal Police officers.

Vendor David Nedd said he was fined $900 by a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday for illegally vending.

Around noon today, Municipal police swooped down on Queen Street and arrested several vendors and seized their goods.

Cannabis activist happy marijuana has been decriminalised

Cannabis activist Nazma Muller is describing Monday’s scheduled proclamation of legislation to decriminalise marijuana as a victory.

Muller says for years she has advocated, lobbied and even petitioned for the legalization of cannabis, as she deemed existing laws in contravention of citizen's constitutional right to freedom.

She had previously expressed concerns with clauses made to the Dangerous Drugs and Cannabis Control Bill.

Barrackpore Bridge opens

Less than a week after the Barrackpore Bridge collapsed following devastating floods, a temporary bailey bridge has been opened to the public.

Local government minister Senator Kazim Hosein visited the area on Friday and met with residents who expressed relief that the New Colonial Road was finally opened again.

At Number 2 Junction, Eddie Surjan said even though the bridge was incomplete, he was thankful it was still open.

UNC Youth support Chaguanas Mayor

The National Youth Arm of the United National Congress is calling on Chaguanas burgesses to give their support to newly installed Mayor of the Borough, Vandana Mohit.

In an official statement issued today, the UNC's Youth Arm congratulates the new Mayor on her posting, describing her as "an intelligent, dedicated, motivational and vibrant young woman" who has been selfless in her service to citizens of this country.

Former Clerk of THA gets second chance as Presiding Officer

Former Clerk of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Vanessa Cutting-Thomas, is the new Presiding Officer of the Assembly Legislature of the THA. She was sworn in on Thursday morning.  She replaces Dr. Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, who served as Presiding Officer for the last two and half years.

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