Govt gets licks for NPO Bill; Senators feel charity groups will be hit hard

Licks from the Op­po­si­tion, plus licks from some In­de­pen­dent sen­a­tors.

That was the state of play yes­ter­day as the Sen­ate be­gan de­bat­ing Gov­ern­ment’s con­tro­ver­sial bill to reg­u­late Non-Prof­it Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NPO) - leg­is­la­tion which the In­de­pen­dent bench’s first two speak­ers feared could de­stroy the NPO sec­tor and dis­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in it.

The bill, which was passed in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­cent­ly, has gen­er­at­ed con­cern from some or­gan­i­sa­tions which said they weren’t con­sult­ed.

Cedros residents plead for 24-hour health centre

Calls are again be­ing made for the Ce­dros Health Cen­tre to be made op­er­a­tional on a 24-hour ba­sis af­ter the death of a vil­lager fol­low­ing a med­ical emer­gency at Ica­cos.

Stephen Boodoo, 70, a fish­er­man died af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack on the Ica­cos Beach on Mon­day night.

Boodoo’s rel­a­tives be­lieve if he had ac­cess to an am­bu­lance, para­medics and med­ica­tion, he would have sur­vived.

$700,000 bail for 7 cops charged with conspiracy to defraud Toyota

Seven police officers appeared at the Port-of-Spain First Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Marista Gomez today on Tuesday, charged with various counts of conspiracy to defraud and other offences.

The officers were prosecuted as follows:

* Ag. Cpl. Marvin Bascombe, 42 with 20 years of service and former Chief Clerk of the Snr. Supt. Traffic office was charged with four counts of conspiracy to defraud Toyota; his bail was set at $100,000.

Tabaquite residents protest bad bridge

Frus­trat­ed over a dan­ger­ous rick­ety wood­en bridge in their com­mu­ni­ty, res­i­dents of Pi­paro Road, Tabaquite yes­ter­day held a fiery protest call­ing for a new bridge.

Shout­ing “we want we bridge fix right now,” the res­i­dents with plac­ards burned de­bris and gath­ered at the Pi­paro Road bridge.

The road is the main ac­cess point to and from their com­mu­ni­ty. They com­plained that on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, res­i­dents’ feet have gone through gap­ing holes in the bridge caus­ing them in­juries while ve­hi­cles have been dam­aged.

Young: Men need to get used to women leaders

Women are tak­ing up more promi­nent lead­er­ship roles in gov­er­nance and law en­force­ment and men need to get used to it. That is the view ex­pressed by Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young in his ad­dress at a Na­tion­al Work­shop for the Strength­en­ing of Gen­der Equal­i­ty in Coun­ter­drug Law En­force­ment Agen­cies at the Po­lice Train­ing Acad­e­my yes­ter­day.