Persad-Bissessar launches legal challenge against Cabinet on vacant Local Government seats

Political Leader of the United National Congress and Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, has issued pre-action protocol letters to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, signaling her intention to challenge in the courts, the failure of the Rowley Cabinet to declare two local government seats - Barataria and Belmont East, vacant and to advise the president to call the elections to elect new councillors.

Ministry: We were misrepresented at OAS regarding position on Dominica

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a "misrepresentation" by a public official is to blame for Trinidad and Tobago's object to a request by Dominica to have its OAS fees waived as it recovers from recent hurricanes.

In a media statement issued Thursday, the Ministry insists that the position offered by Ambassador Phillip-Spencer, is not the position of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry says it has launched an investigation into what transpired and that the findings will be sent to the prime minister.

The following is the statement issued by the Ministry today.

AG on new land law: People on State land for 30 years can now make claim

New land title laws will allow people who’ve been on State land uninterrupted and peacefully for 30 years to have potential claim for a vesting order to request the land be given to them, says Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

The process will be available via adjudication by a Land Tribunal under the package of land laws passed in the House of Representatives over recent days, Al-Rawi added. It will be debated in the Senate next week.

Cabinet gives green light for new $500 million Tobago airport terminal

Finance Minister Clm Imbert has announced that the Cabinet has agreed to begin the construction of a new terminal building for the ANR Robinson Airport in Tobago, by the end of this year.

It's expected to cost $500 million, but the acquisition of property is not included in that figure.

He made the announcement at today's post-Cabinet media conference.

While the current terminal building is located at the start of the runway, the new terminal will be located at the end of the runway.

LIAT airbridge arrangement to cost $3.9 million

The Finance Minister says the wet lease between Caribbean Airlines and LIAT will cost nearly $3.9 million.

Speaking in the Parliament this morning, the government was asked by the Opposition about the cost of this arrangement which is meant to help transport passengers to and from Tobago in light of the sea bridge suspension.

The lease ends on April 30th.

Minister Imbert said LIAT will accommodate 544 passengers in March and 680 in April.


Gov't planning to close nation's landfills

The Government is planning to shut down all the landlfills in Trinidad and Tobago replace them with modern, scientific methods of waste capture and disposal.

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis made the announcement at a forum on approaches to sustainable integrated waste and chemicals management hosted by the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC–Caribbean).

She said the plan will be centred on a nationwide waste recycling project, which has already been initiated by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) from January 2018.