Gopeesingh: "Government failed T&T on Zika..."

The re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for care and pro­tec­tion for ba­bies with mi­cro­cephaly should be in the state’s hands since Gov­ern­ment was late in re­spond­ing to prepa­ra­tions for last year’s Zi­ka mos­qui­to epi­dem­ic and ba­bies with Mi­cro­cephaly were lat­er born, says UNC MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

Gopeesingh was speak­ing in yes­ter­day’s 2020 Bud­get de­bate in the Low­er House.

Mi­cro­cephaly, a con­di­tion where a ba­by’s head is small­er than nor­mal, is caused by the Zi­ka virus among oth­er con­di­tions.

Opposition Leader: “2020 Budget an insult to the poor.”

In her opening salvos of her response to the Finance Minister’s Budget Presentation… Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar S.C., has described the 2020 Budget as an insult to the poor.

She says government should call the general election now.

According to Opposition Leader, the Finance Minister did little more than throw crumbs at the most vulnerable in the society.

The Opposition Leader argues that government’s provisions have meant that CEPEP’s allocation was the lowest in years.

Congress of the People on 2020 Budget


The political leader of the Congress of the People says Monday’s budget failed to address urgent measures needed to transform the country's economy.

According to Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, the fiscal measures announced only appear to achieve short term political gains, as opposed to sustainable development.

She said the government's macroeconomic position was out of sync with reality.

Over 100 properties acquired for highway no longer needed

The State is sad­dled with $345 mil­lion in claims for prop­er­ties that were ac­quired to make way for the con­struc­tion of the Solomon Ho­choy High­way Ex­ten­sion to Point Fortin.

And over 100 prop­er­ties were ac­quired that are no longer in the way of the pro­posed road de­vel­op­ment.

This was re­vealed by Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan on Wednes­day dur­ing an event in Guapo, where Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley turned the sod for pack­ages, 5D, 6C and 3A of the high­way ex­ten­sion project.

Govt gets licks for NPO Bill; Senators feel charity groups will be hit hard

Licks from the Op­po­si­tion, plus licks from some In­de­pen­dent sen­a­tors.

That was the state of play yes­ter­day as the Sen­ate be­gan de­bat­ing Gov­ern­ment’s con­tro­ver­sial bill to reg­u­late Non-Prof­it Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NPO) - leg­is­la­tion which the In­de­pen­dent bench’s first two speak­ers feared could de­stroy the NPO sec­tor and dis­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in it.

The bill, which was passed in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­cent­ly, has gen­er­at­ed con­cern from some or­gan­i­sa­tions which said they weren’t con­sult­ed.

Young: Majority of amendments were made by Gov't over weekend

The Government has said that it is pleased that the Civil Asset Recovery and Management Unexplained Wealth Bill 2019 was passed in the Lower House last evening, April 8, 2019.

The bill received the unanimous support of Government and Opposition Members of Parliament.

Imbert: US lobbyist seeking opportunities for Govt

The Group DC LLC, the US lob­by­ist firm, which un­der­took sev­er­al trade and in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion ini­tia­tives for the T&T Gov­ern­ment last year, iden­ti­fied op­por­tu­ni­ties and strate­gies to en­gage multi­na­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions to po­ten­tial­ly in­crease com­mer­cial ship­ping and dry­dock con­struc­tion here.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert out­lined the work the firm did in 2018 in re­sponse to ques­tions from Na­pari­ma MP Rod­ney Charles in Par­lia­ment on Fri­day.

New board appointed to Rural Development Company

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has delivered instruments of appointment to the new board of Directors for the Rural Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (RDC).

T&T, El Salvador sign MOU on financial intelligence-sharing

The Directors of the Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) of El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework to facilitate the timely exchange of information and intelligence that is reasonably considered relevant to the investigation of a money laundering or financing of terrorism case.

The MOU was executed at the Caribbean Financial Action Task Fork (CFATF) XLVIII Plenary held during November 19-23, 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

PM holds talks with IDB

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a team of accompanying ministers and other Government officials today met with a high-level team from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno led the team of officials who represented the bank.

The meeting was held at the Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie, St Anns.