No NIS deductions for working Venezuelans

Thou­sands of Venezue­lan mi­grants are ex­pect­ed to en­ter the coun­try’s work­force fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent reg­is­tra­tion pol­i­cy pro­gramme and while em­ploy­ment will pro­vide many with the life­line need­ed dur­ing their stay, no mea­sures have been im­ple­ment­ed by the gov­ern­ment for the state’s cof­fers to reap any ben­e­fits.

Ghanaian president to visit T&T next week

President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will visit Trinidad and Tobago next week.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said the visit will take place on June 13th and 14th, 2019.

During the visit, President Akufo-Addo will call on President Paula-Mae Weekes and will meet with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, to advance interest to both countries in the fields of energy, health, finance, education, tourism and culture.

Imbert: Caribbean must become energy efficient

The Caribbean must as­pire to be en­er­gy ef­fi­cient as the re­gion is one of the world’s largest un­tapped sources of re­new­able en­er­gy, with po­ten­tial in so­lar, wind, ge­ot­her­mal and ma­rine en­er­gy.

This was the ap­peal from act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert as he ad­dressed the open­ing of the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank’s (CDB) 49th an­nu­al meet­ing of the Board of Gov­er­nors at the Hy­att Re­gency ho­tel in Port-of-Spain yes­ter­day.

T&TEC owed 700 million by customers

Pub­lic Util­i­ties Min­is­ter Robert Le Hunte says out­stand­ing pay­ments owed to the Elec­tric­i­ty Com­mis­sion (T&TEC) for the sup­ply of ser­vices is ap­prox­i­mate­ly $700 mil­lion—with the ma­jor­i­ty of ar­rears owed by Gov­ern­ment di­vi­sions.

In con­firm­ing the fig­ure fol­low­ing a query by the T&T Guardian re­cent­ly, Le Hunte said the amount owed by house­hold con­sumers made up the small­est amount—$100 mil­lion.

PM meets with BHP executives in Houston

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Tuesday met with Geraldine Slattery, President of BHP Petroleum and Vincent Pereira, President BHP Trinidad and Tobago at the energy company’s petroleum Headquarters in Houston, Texas.

The discussions focused on BHP’s current exploration programme and the opportunities available for collaboration with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago aimed at increasing oil and gas production.

492 positions available in UNC constituency polls

A to­tal of 492 po­si­tions will be up for grabs in the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress’ (UNC) con­stituen­cy ex­ec­u­tive elec­tions due this month.

Con­fir­ma­tion came from the par­ty’s deputy po­lit­i­cal leader David Lee, two days af­ter the UNC an­nounced on its web­site that the par­ty will hold its con­stituen­cy ex­ec­u­tive elec­tions, as well as its woman’s arm and youth arm elec­tions, as it pre­pares for the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment and gen­er­al elec­tions.

The con­stituen­cy ex­ec­u­tive elec­tions will be held on two days — June 23 and 30.

Hosein: No move to postpone Local Govt polls

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein has de­nied Op­po­si­tion claims that Gov­ern­ment’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment re­form bill in­cludes a clause to fa­cil­i­tate a “back­door” ap­proach” to post­pone Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment polls.

Ho­sein con­firmed this re­cent­ly af­ter Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar last week called for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the Mis­cel­la­neous Pro­vi­sions (Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­form) Bill 2019 which was laid in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, just over a week ago.

Duke to give up PSA title

Pres­i­dent of the Pub­lic Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) Wat­son Duke says he will not con­test next year’s PSA elec­tions.

In­stead, he plans to fo­cus on his ca­reer as a politi­cian which he be­gan in 2016 hav­ing formed the Pro­gres­sive De­mo­c­ra­t­ic Pa­tri­ots (PDP).

His par­ty won two of the 12 con­test­ed seats and he be­came the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly’s Mi­nor­i­ty Coun­cil Leader on Jan­u­ary 23, 2017. Duke re­vealed his fu­ture plans dur­ing a live Face­book broad­cast on Sun­day.

Sat: T&T becoming a despotic state

Cit­ing sev­er­al high pro­file ar­rests of East In­di­ans cit­i­zens, Hin­du leader Sat­narayan Ma­haraj yes­ter­day claimed that a cer­tain group of peo­ple are be­ing tar­get­ed by the au­thor­i­ties.

In his ad­dress at the Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha’s (SDMS) 19th an­nu­al In­di­an Ar­rival Day cel­e­bra­tions at Par­vati Girls’ Hin­du Col­lege in Debe yes­ter­day, Ma­haraj said he has been warned that he too will join that list.

Slow registration of asylum seekers in Tobago

On day one of the reg­is­tra­tion process to grant Venezue­lan asy­lum seek­ers amnesty, on­ly a few turned up at the To­ba­go cen­tre lo­cat­ed at Car­o­line Build­ing, 36 Wil­son Road, Scar­bor­ough.

One of them, Au­drey Hen­der­son, who has been liv­ing and work­ing in To­ba­go for the past 18 months was among the first to ar­rive. He said pri­or to the eco­nom­ic cri­sis in Venezuela he lived a " good life" as a sailor.