A giant among men, a lioness and true solider.
That was how Dr Linda Baboolal was described yesterday, as hundreds showed up at the All Saints Anglican Church, Marli Street, Port-of-Spain to bid her farewell.
"Soon," was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's response to reporters yesterday when they asked him when the date for Local Government elections will be announced.
Rowley the reply at a media conference about his recent trip to the United States. Local Government polls are constitutionally due between November and early February. PNM officials have projected that the election will be held later this year since Carnival 2020 takes place early next year.
If the government does not hold true to the many promises it made when it first met with Crown Point property owners affected by the ANR Robinson Airport expansion project, the residents will take legal action.
So said Rhonda Hackett, chairperson of the Provide Equivalent Equitable Compensation for Everyone(PEECE).
The government says it has so far approved three thousand and ninety-one registration cards for Venezuelan migrants who would have registered during the two week amnesty period.
The acting prime minister, Colm Imbert said of the estimated sixteen thousand who registered during that time, five thousand, one hundred and forty-eight applications in total were processed and are awaiting ministerial approval.
Minister Imbert told the parliament that all registrants needed to be verified by Venezuelan law enforcement, local law enforcement and Interpol.
It took almost two and a half months but Dr Roodal Moonilal has finally formally apologised to the lower house for comments he made about Laventille West MP, Fitzgerald Hinds.
In late June the parliament's privileges committee found that comments Dr Moonilal made in October 2018 warranted an apology not only to Mr Hinds but to the entire house.
It’s been four days since a tip-off revelation from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that shocked and in some cases confused the Lower House of Parliament and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has not put out a defense.
The funeral expenses of Dr Linda Baboolal will be paid by the State, the Office of the Prime Minister has stated.
“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, as a mark of respect, has offered to undertake the funeral expenses of this patriot, and her family has accepted,” the release stated yesterday.
Although admitting that Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald inquired whether he knew of an investigation into her, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi denies making any queries to the police.
Al-Rawi said a few months before McDonald was arrested in a corruption investigation last month, she approached him in the Parliament.
Speaking to reporters at Skinner Park yesterday, he said McDonald told him as a matter of fact that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had informed the MP about her impending arrest.
Tributes have been pouring in since Dr. Linda Baboolal's passing early this morning.
Former Health Minister and MP for Barataria/San Juan, Dr Fuad Khan, said had fond memories of Baboolal, who represented that constituency from 199-21995.
"She was my first political opponent in 1995, she was an extremely nice person and never practised nasty politics. We shared a good relationship before she went into politics, leaving behind a lucrative private practice where she was loved and admired by her patients as well as colleagues.
Former president of the Senate Dr Linda Baboolal has died.
CNC3 news understands Dr Baboolal died at 4.44 this morning at the Mt Hope Hospital.
The 78-year-old politician had been ailing for some time.
Dr Baboolal was this country's first female president of the senate.
She served in this position between 2002 and 2007.
She also held several ministerial portfolios under the People's National Movement.