Government plans $9 billion housing plan

In a bid to provide shelter for the growing number of Housing Development Corporation (HDC) applicants, Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Dr Keith Rowley plans to inject $9 billion into the housing sector, which is expected to yield 10,000 homes in the coming months.

This was revealed yesterday by Rowley, as he delivered the feature address at the Real Spring housing development key distribution ceremony at Valsayn South.

Government, Anglican Church decide to close St Michael's School for Boys

The Government and the Anglican Church have decided to close the St Michael's School for Boys.

The decision was made via statement by the Office of the Prime Minister today.

"The Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) and the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago (the Anglican Church) are advising of the mutual decision to close the St Michael’s School for Boys (the School) located on the Diego Martin Main Road, Diego Martin.

The reason for the closure of the School is the drastic reduction in the number of residents at the School.

T&T falls 5 places on World Press Freedom Index

Trinidad and Tobago has fallen five spots on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, from 39 in 2017 to 34 in 2018.

The index and accompanying report was released by Reporters Without Borders today.

It notes that Trinidad and Tobago’s controversial Libel and Defamation Act was partly amended in 2014, but “malicious defamatory libel known to be false” is still punishable by up to two years in prison as well as a fine.

It states that most media outlets are privately-owned but those regarded as favorable to the government get the lion’s share of state advertising.

Government meets with UN representatives following repatriation debacle

Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon and Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, today held a meeting with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Richard Blewitt and Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruben Barbado, in light of the recent repatriation of Venezuelan citizens.

Government signs for first tranche of CAF loan, valued at US$180 million

Minister of Finance Colm Imbert has signed the first tranche of a Policy-Based Loan Agreement in the sum of US$180 million with the Corporación Andina De Fomento (CAF) Development Bank.

The total loan of US$300 million will be used for the implementation of the programme to support Government’s “Medium-term Fiscal Consolidation Strategy – Phase II”, to boost potential growth and reduce the economy’s vulnerability to external fluctuations and volatility of external terms of trade.

Khan: T&T needs to join march towards decriminalisation of marijuana

Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says Trinidad and Tobago needs to join the march towards decriminalization of marijuana, particularly for medical use.

Today, as many around the world celebrates 4-20, Dr Khan is once again pointed out the many benefits to the economy by legalizing marijuana, its medical uses and the need to desist from criminalizing young men in particular for using small amounts.

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.