Government gives Shell "favourable updates" on requests made

The Government says it has given Shell's executives "favourable updates" on requests made by the company at a meeting Wednesday.

Among the things including Shell had asked for was accelerated approvals for the company's work programmes.

The following is a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister.

"Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley met today (May 10, 2017) with senior executives from Shell, who provided him with a progress report on a number of matters that were discussed on his trip to Houston last March.

PM: Government staying out Marcia fiasco

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday insisted that Government will not be roped into the ongoing controversy with the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC), Chief Justice Ivor Archie and former High Court judge Marcia Ayers-Caesar, saying they would maintain a “Great Wall of China” approach on the issue.

Rowley said the matter fell within the borders of the Judiciary and the executives and as such saw no reason why the Government should request a commission of enquiry on the matter.

Three Chambers call for Property Tax to be deferred to next year

Three Chambers of Commerce, are calling on the government to defer the implementation of theProperty Tax until next year.

The Chambers say while they have no problem with the tax, the government must be mindful that many are already barely surviving due to rising costs.

The following is a joint statement by the Chaguanas, Penal and Couva/Point Lisas Chambers: