Opposition: Why the rush?

Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) chair­man David Lee is ask­ing why the Gov­ern­ment is rush­ing to amend the Cen­tral Bank Act over the week­end to al­low the re­lease of new poly­mer $100 bills on the mar­ket and the re­moval of the old cot­ton-based blue note.

Rush to change: New $100 bill within 14 days

A new poly­mer $100 bill will be in cir­cu­la­tion with­in the next two weeks. Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day an­nounced a Cab­i­net de­ci­sion to re­move the ex­ist­ing $100 bill and re­place it with a new hard­er to coun­ter­feit note.

Environmental partnership declaration signed in Tobago

En­vi­ron­men­tal stake­hold­ers. in­clud­ing NGOs, THA of­fi­cials, en­vi­ron­ment part­ners, ER­IC & En­vi­ron­ment To­ba­go, civ­il groups, Shell T&T and the Em­bassy of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many to T&T have giv­en full com­mit­ment to pro­tect To­ba­go's en­vi­ron­ment.

It took place dur­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny held on Wednes­day.

WASA: Reservoirs still low

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says its three main impounding reservoirs in Trinidad continue to be significantly below respective Long Term Averages (LTAs) for this time of year.

The levels of storage and respective LTAs at WASA’s impounding reservoirs as at today – Thursday 5 th December, 2019 are as follows.

• Arena: 65.33%, LTA - 91.00%

• Navet: 62.47%, LTA - 91.93%

• Hollis: 57.89%, LTA - 91.76%

Claxton Bay Man Held with Gun and Ammo

One man was arrested and a firearm and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Central Division Task Force during an anticrime exercise conducted in the Claxton Bay district, this week.

During the exercise, which was conducted between Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December, several  search  warrants  were  executed  and  several drug blocks searched.

Police reports indicated that officers  observed  a  vehicle  parked  along Diamond  Road,  Diamond  Village,  Claxton  Bay,  with  a  lone  male occupant. 

Venezuelan Arrested with Gun and Ammo

One  Venezuelan  national  was  detained  by  officers  of  the Emergency Response Patrol Unit,  during  an anti-crime  exercise, last evening.

According to official police reports, whilst  on  patrol  along   Debe  Main  Road, officers PC Charles and PC Tambie had cause to  search  a  Venezuelan  national.

The officers found  in  his possession, one Beretta pistol with 6  rounds 9mm ammunition.

Officers  seized  the  gun  and  ammunition  and  the  suspect  was arrested and taken to the Barrackpore Police Station.

Enquiries are continuing.


Venezuelan national held with gun and ammunition

One Venezuelan national was detained by officers of the Emergency Response Patrol Unit, during an anti-crime exercise, last evening.

According to police reports whilst on patrol along Debe Main Road on December 4th, officers PC Charles and PC Tambie had cause to search a Venezuelan national where they found in his possession, one Beretta pistol with 6 rounds 9mm ammunition.

Officers seized the gun and ammunition and the suspect was arrested and taken to the Barrackpore Police Station. Enquiries are continuing. 

TT students get a “Brighter View”

Some 3,000 students across Trinidad and Tobago have benefitted from a special initiative that provides free vision screening and testing and spectacles.

The Brighter View initiative, carried out by Courts Optical, was launched in 2017 in Trinidad as a wider part of Unicomer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.   It was then expanded to the wider Caribbean region to the tune of USD$50K and has reached the islands of  Jamaica, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts and Belize last year. 

National Security Minister announces new $100 bill

A new polymer $100 bill will be displayed on the Central Bank website at 4 pm today.

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young announced Government's plan to roll out a new $100 bill to replace the blue note at today's Post-Cabinet press briefing.

Young said the replacement 100 note will be harder to counterfeit and would also undermine the use of stored cash to fund criminal activity.

the new bill is expected to be in circulation within 14 days and not the usual 30-day period for new bills.