Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should not have ventured into a tit-for-tat situation with the United States.
So said former director of the University of the West Indies Institute of International Relations Prof Andy Knight in response to Rowley's attack last Friday on the US State Department for T&T's ranking in their 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report which placed the country at Tier 2.
Rowley accused the US of hypocrisy, given their own struggles with migrants.
The Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) Minority Council says the THA’s draft estimates for revenue and expenditure for fiscal 2020 presented by Finance and Economy Secretary Joel Jack yesterday are “a colossal failure.”
In an immediate reaction just after Jack presented the over two-hour long $4.72 billion budget, Minority Leader Watson Duke gave the budget a failing grade.
Round one of the internal UNC constituency elections are over and victorious slates are now mobilizing to prepare for the local and general elections.
Newly elected public relations officer of the Fyzabad constituency Doodnath Mayrhoo said the healing process has started as they have reached out to the losing slates so there will be cooperation in the real fight against the PNM.
Chairman of the UNC David Lee said the constituency elections was proof of the democracy that existed in the UNC.
Government is "eyeing" options, including allowing people to choose to retire at various ages from 60 onwards, in its bid to secure the National Insurance (NIS) fund.
But there's definitely no recommendation or consideration to reduce the NIS pension.
Minister in the Ministry of in Finance Alyson West confirmed the positions yesterday when asked by the T&T Guardian about recent concerns about the NIS system/retirement age voiced by the Opposition and labour leaders prior to, and during Labour Day.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has accused the PNM of wanting to use Venezuelan migrants to steal upcoming elections.
Persad-Bissessar, who is also the UNC leader, was at the time delivering the feature address when Ummah TT/Muslim Federation held its annual Eid Dinner on Sunday night June 23, at the Felicity Diplomatic Centre, Chaguanas.
She said the government is seeking to pass legislation that would give the aliens the right to vote.
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) wants $4.72 billion to run Tobago's affairs for the financial year 2019/2020.
Of that sum, the THA is projected to collect $212.9 million in taxes and non-taxes in Tobago.
This from Finance and the Economy Secretary Joel Jack as he presented the draft estimates for revenue and expenditure at the THA's 27th Plenary Sitting held in the Assembly Chamber, Jerningham Street, Scarborough on Monday, June 24.
The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) political leader David Abdulah has lamented that 90 per cent of workers have not had a wage or salary increase in the last six years, even while the Parliament debated pension increases for retired judges, MPs, prime ministers and presidents.
He said this was one of the many issues the working class faces under an inequitable economic system that the PNM and UNC have subjected the country to, as he called on thousands to participate in today’s Labour Day celebrations.
The fast ferry HSC Jean de la Valette has arrived safely in Trinidad and Tobago.
The vessel docked at the Port of Port-of-Spain shortly after 8 am after a journey from Spain that started last Friday.
A statement from NIDCO said the vessel will now undergo routine inspection and clearance by Customs and Excise and the process of acquiring relevant approvals and training of local staff as required for the vessel’s operation will start.
The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) says it will contest all 114 electoral districts in the upcoming Local Government Elections and 41 constituencies in next year’s General Election as it seeks to overthrow the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Nominations for candidates will take place at the party’s headquarters from July 1 to 31 between 9 am and 4 pm. Forms are available at the headquarters and online. Candidates will be screened following nomination.