Politics

'Lioness' Linda laid to rest

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.

PM: Local election date soon

"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.

Crown Point residents seek legal advice on airport expansion project

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).

Imbert: Gov't has approved 3091 registration cards for Venezuelan migrants so far

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.

 

Moonilal apologises to Hinds

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. 

Kamla remains silent

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.

State to pay for Dr Baboolal’s funeral

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.

Al-Rawi: I made no inquiry about Marlene’s impending arrest

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.

Fuad Khan on Linda Baboolal's passing: Why no health insurance for parliamentarians?

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 senate president Dr Linda Baboolal has died

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.

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