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Water taxi 3.30 pm sailing cancelled

The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) has announced that as a result of the technical issues experienced this morning on the Paria Bullet, the 3:30 pm sailing from Port of Spain has been cancelled.

NIDCO announced that the 4:30 pm and the 5:40 pm sailings will remain as scheduled.

It has apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Two held with fake US currency

Two men were arrested and a quantity of forged US currency seized by officers of the Special Branch and Northern Division during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Tunapuna district last week.

During the exercise which was conducted around 11 pm, on Thursday 10th October 2019, officers intercepted a vehicle with a lone male occupant along the Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the officers finding $1,200 of forged US currency in the man’s possession.

MOONILAL: "What's the real story with CEPEP and URP wage increases?"

Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal, is calling on the Finance Minister to clarify the wage increase for both CEPEP and URP workers.

During the Finance Minister’s 2020 Budget Presentation last Monday, Government explained that these workers' wage increase takes into account the new cap for the Minimum Wage.

However, Dr Moonilal says this explanation has raised more questions than provided answers.

CEPEP workers ‘tricked’, less money allocated in budget

One of the ma­jor talk­ing points com­ing out of the $53 bil­lion 2020 bud­get de­liv­ered by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert last week Mon­day (Oct 7th) was the in­crease in salaries for CEPEP (Com­mu­ni­ty-Based En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Pro­gramme) and URP Un­em­ploy­ment Re­lief Pro­gramme) work­ers of 15 per cent.

The move was hailed by some as a good one but crit­i­cized by oth­ers as be­ing a lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion ploy.

INTERNATIONAL: New laws on crime, health and the environment in Queen's Speech

The government of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out "ambitious" policies on crime, health, the environment and Brexit in a Queen's Speech that opposition parties have dismissed as an "election manifesto".

Plans for tougher sentences for violent offenders and legal targets for cutting plastic pollution are among 26 bills set out at Parliament's State Opening.

But with the PM having no majority, many of the bills may not become law.

HEALTH MINISTER: St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital to be de-commissioned

The 117-year-old St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital is to be de-commissioned.

Confirmation has come from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, during his contribution to the 2020 Budget debate this morning.

Minister Deyalsingh says the Government is working on a new centrally located centre which will focus on treating Mental Health.

This he says will be a part of a change in approach to the treatment of Mental Health in the country, which he termed, "Behavioural Health Wellness services".

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