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PM extends condolences on Wayne Chance's passing

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended his condolences on the passing of Wayne Chance, Founder and Executive President of Vision on Mission (VOM).

In an official statement, the prime minister describes Mr Chance as “a leading light of useful activism”.

Dr Rowley lauded Mr Chance’s creation of VOM, which he says [quote] “helped many people and in doing so saved the nation from totally discarding many of those who ran afoul of the law and paid their dues after having been sentenced…”

PM can back up his statements—Rohan Sinanan

Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, says the prime minister did not make his statements this week about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, lightly.

On a political platform this week, the PM indicated that a certain advertising agency was involved in the data mining scheme.

Since Dr Rowley’s claims that company has threatened to sue.

Minister Sinanan says the prime minister knows what he is doing.

PM ROWLEY: “We must care about Cambridge Analytica…”

The prime minister has identified suspicious transactions allegedly in relation to payments by the former Peoples Partnership Government to Cambridge Analytica for data mining services.

Dr Rowley's comment comes after the UNC said there was nothing pinning the party to claims that members were responsible for breaching citizens’ privacy.

The PM told a meeting in Montrose, Chaguanas, last night, that Ross Advertising Agency appears to have been involved in the suspicious transactions.

Rowley: UNC and PNM not the same

The PNM’s prin­ci­ples are sound, PNM’s hands are clean and its doors are open.

That was Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s pitch to vot­ers at yes­ter­day’s PNM 49th con­ven­tion and launch of the PNM’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tion cam­paign, based on the theme “Get­ting the Job Done.”

DEVANT MAHARAJ: Plot to erase Smith Report

Former government minister Devant Maharaj is questioning whether attorney Elaine Green will continue to receive state briefs, given the outcome of the Darryl Smith Report.

The report has been discarded. It was commissioned by the prime minister, to determine the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Smith's personal assistant, after she filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit and sexual harassment claims against him.

Darryl's attorney calls on AG to destroy report

For­mer sport and youth af­fairs min­is­ter Dar­ryl Smith is de­mand­ing that the Gov­ern­ment de­stroy all copies of the re­port in­to the pay­ment of $150,000 to his for­mer per­son­al as­sis­tant af­ter she was fired and al­leged sex­u­al ha­rass­ment.

In a let­ter sent to At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi on Fri­day, Smith’s At­tor­ney Annabelle Sook­lal al­so ac­cused Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley of giv­ing the me­dia mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion and try­ing to di­min­ish Smith’s claim of a breach of nat­ur­al jus­tice.

Charge errant attorneys who help criminals

The Law As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T (LATT) says if Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith has ev­i­dence that at­tor­neys are as­sist­ing crim­i­nals in their ac­tiv­i­ties, he should “has­ten to lay charges against these er­rant at­tor­neys.”

MARAJ: “PM needs to clear air on Smith Report…”

Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley needs to account to the country for his statement that the Smith Report could not be made public, since Mr Smith had not been interviewed by the investigative committee.

It has since been revealed that Darryl Smith was interviewed by the committee, which was probing the sexual harassment allegations against him.

Speaking on THE MORNING BREW today, Ralph Maraj stated that the PM needs to let the people know whether he was ill-informed on the matter, or whether he told an outright untruth.

INT'L: EU agrees to Brexit delay, but no date yet

EU ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week.

The European Commission said work on this would "continue in the coming days".

The talks came after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted the government's deadline to deliver Brexit next Thursday "can't be met".

Boris Johnson said he was waiting for the EU to decide "what they want to do".

MPs are expected on Monday to consider the prime minister's call for an early general election.

Analyst wants police account of PM death threats

The back and forth po­lit­i­cal ban­ter re­gard­ing death threats against the Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­er­al has prompt­ed a well-known po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst to call for the po­lice to clear the air on the mat­ter.

Dur­ing a post-bud­get po­lit­i­cal meet­ing in Bel­mont on Fri­day night, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley said that in the lead up to the 2015 gen­er­al elec­tions two hit­men were of­fered US$2 mil­lion to as­sas­si­nate him.

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