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Over 100 properties acquired for highway no longer needed

The State is sad­dled with $345 mil­lion in claims for prop­er­ties that were ac­quired to make way for the con­struc­tion of the Solomon Ho­choy High­way Ex­ten­sion to Point Fortin.

And over 100 prop­er­ties were ac­quired that are no longer in the way of the pro­posed road de­vel­op­ment.

This was re­vealed by Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan on Wednes­day dur­ing an event in Guapo, where Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley turned the sod for pack­ages, 5D, 6C and 3A of the high­way ex­ten­sion project.

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.

Imbert: US lobbyist seeking opportunities for Govt

The Group DC LLC, the US lob­by­ist firm, which un­der­took sev­er­al trade and in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion ini­tia­tives for the T&T Gov­ern­ment last year, iden­ti­fied op­por­tu­ni­ties and strate­gies to en­gage multi­na­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions to po­ten­tial­ly in­crease com­mer­cial ship­ping and dry­dock con­struc­tion here.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert out­lined the work the firm did in 2018 in re­sponse to ques­tions from Na­pari­ma MP Rod­ney Charles in Par­lia­ment on Fri­day.

T&T, El Salvador sign MOU on financial intelligence-sharing

The Directors of the Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) of El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework to facilitate the timely exchange of information and intelligence that is reasonably considered relevant to the investigation of a money laundering or financing of terrorism case.

The MOU was executed at the Caribbean Financial Action Task Fork (CFATF) XLVIII Plenary held during November 19-23, 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

PM holds talks with IDB

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a team of accompanying ministers and other Government officials today met with a high-level team from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno led the team of officials who represented the bank.

The meeting was held at the Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie, St Anns.

Caribbean Airlines lost $260M on London route

Caribbean Airlines lost more than a quarter of a billion dollars flying the London route between June 2012 and January 2016, according to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

Dr. Rowley was speaking in the Parliament on Wednesday evening on a motion to vest the assets of Petrotrin into three companies which will comprise the restructured entity.

In responding to the opposition’s position that it would not have shut down the state-owned refinery, Dr. Rowley referenced Caribbean Airlines’ London route.

Cabinet meets in Tobago tomorrow

This week's regular Cabinet meeting with take place in Tobago on Friday.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says the Cabinet will meet at the Magdalena Grand Hotel tomorrow.

It says details regarding the Post-Cabinet Media Conference will be sent in a subsequent notice

Several government ministers were due in Tobago this weekend as the PNM's National Convention is taking place in Tobago on Sunday.

 

 

Sinanan: Reconstruction of collapsed road begins this weekend

Works Minister Rohan Sinanan is promising that reconstruction of the partially collapsed road at Balmain, Couva will begin by this weekend.

Responding to complaints from motorists about the horrendous traffic along the Balmain Main Road, Sinanan said it was not true that the entire road had collapsed. He said one lane was still passable.

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