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.
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.
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.
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.
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.