Politics

Mickela Panday launches Patriotic Front

"It’s Time." That's the word from for­mer Oropouche-West MP Mick­ela Pan­day. With the gen­er­al elec­tion due in 16 months, this is the mes­sage that T&T’s newest po­lit­i­cal par­ty lead by Pan­day is send­ing out as it promis­es to rev­o­lu­tionise gov­er­nance by putting youths at the fore­front.

The Pa­tri­ot­ic Front held its launch in Ch­agua­nas to­day and was con­fi­dent of form­ing the next gov­ern­ment. 

"It’s a long time in pol­i­tics, one year and four months," Pan­day, daugh­ter of for­mer prime min­is­ter Bas­deo Pan­day told re­porters.

PM flies out this weekend for energy meetings

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will leave the country this Sunday for a series of meetings with energy companies that operate in Trinidad and Tobago.

The prime minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that he will lead a government delegation for meetings that will take him out of the country for 10 days.

He will first go to Holland where he will meet with officials of Shell.

From Holland, the PM and team will journey to London for meetings with Bp officials.

He will also meet with nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in London.

PM instructs that Petrotrin release documents in Malcolm Jones matter

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has given instructions for Petrotin to release documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act, that became the subject of a ruling by the Privy Council this week.

Dr Rowley addressed Thursday's post-Cabinet media conference, telling reporters that he has instructed the Minister of Energy, Franklin Khan, to in-turn instruct Petrotrin to release the documents.

PM: T&T is not Venezuela's solution; volume will become a burden

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says that Trinidad and Tobago cannot be the solution for millions of Venezuelans who are fleeing the country and that there will come a time when the volume of Venezuelans coming here will become a burden.

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

The prime minister said the first priority of the government is the welfare of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Corporation chairman detained

Of­fi­cers from the An­ti-Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bu­reau (ACIB) have de­tained Glen Ram, chair­man of the Ma­yaro/Rio Claro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion, for ques­tion­ing.

A po­lice source from the East­ern Di­vi­sion con­firmed to Guardian Me­dia that charges are ex­pect­ed to be laid for cor­rupt­ly so­lic­it­ing and re­ceiv­ing funds.

A source, who asked not to be named, said po­lice of­fi­cers vis­it­ed the cor­po­ra­tion's of­fices at Ranns Plaza on High Street, Rio Claro, around 10 am and es­cort­ed Ram out of the build­ing.

PNM asks EBC to rename three constituencies

The People's National Movement (PNM) has asked the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to consider a name change for three electoral seats.

The EBC was asked to consider renaming D’Abadie/O’Meara to Malabar/O’Meara, Mayaro to Rio Claro/Mayaro, and Siparia to Penal/Siparia.

“We’ve presented them with our analysis and asked them to consider a name change and they’ll come back to us on that,” PNM chairman Colm Imbert said.

Faris: It was no landmark judgement

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi says that Monday’s Privy Court ruling in favour of Ravi Balgobin-Maharaj was a “run of the mill judicial review application”; not a landmark judgment pertaining to Freedom of Information applications that is being portrayed by the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bisessar.

His comments came at a press conference today at Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs to address the issue.

He said currently, the leading case for Freedom of Information appeals is the Joint Consultative Council’s (JCC) Invaders Bay case. 

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