Opposition submits 5-point agenda for Friday's "crime crisis" meeting with Government

The Opposition has agreed to meet with a Government team led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Friday to discuss the country's crime situation.

UNC chairman David Lee has responded in a letter to the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Sandra Jones.

The following is the letter:

"Dear Madam,

Government goes after GATE defaulters; dropouts may have to repay funds

The Education Ministry has announced that the Government will soon begin a drive to recover funds from persons who participated in the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme but did not offer themselves for employment.

Director of Funding and Grants at the Ministry, Teresa Davidson made the announcement at a news conference today.

It comes just one week after the Government announced changes to the GATE programme to eliminate wastage.

Prakash Ramadhar explains reason for joining Government delegation to Jamaica

Opposition Member of Parliament, Prakash Ramadhar says his decision to accompany the prime minister on an overseas mission to Jamaica next week, is his recognition that all elected representatives should do what they can to repair relations between the two countries.

Mr Ramadhar issued the following statement this evening, after it was announced at today's post-Cabinet media conference that he had agreed to an invitation to join the official delegation.

NATUC: ArcelorMittal's closure a blessing in disguise

The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) believes the closure of ArcelorMittal is a blessing in disguise as it can set the stage for new laws to protect workers.

NATUC issued a statement this morning challenging the Government to review the Severance Benefits Act and the Companies Ordinance.

The following is NATUC's statement:

Persad-Bissessar: "VAT changes one of biggest political lies ever"

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is accusing the Government of perpetuating one of the biggest political lies in this country with the changes to the VAT regime to take place on Monday.

Persad-Bissessar says the changes will result on more financial hardship for thousands of citizens, something she says was not communicated to the population when the measures were introduced.

The following is a statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition:

Government seeks to borrow $15 billion

The Government will present a motion in Parliament on Friday, seeking authorisation to borrow as much as $15 billion dollars either locally or externally.

The motion forms part of the Order Paper released by the Parliament this morning.

It will also present another motion that will seek to set a limit of $45 billion for borrowings of companies that are guaranteed by the Government.