Politics

No impeachment! PM not acting on Archie

Chief Justice Ivor Archie will not face impeachment proceedings over misconduct allegations levelled against him.

Responding to questions during the post-Cabinet press briefing at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's, this afternoon, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that he would not exercise his exclusive discretion under S137 of the Constitution to institute the proceedings against Archie. 

PM: No apology, no resignation

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says there is no need for him to apologize to the Opposition Leader or resign over the 'Emailgate' fiasco.

Dr Rowley was responding to the announcement yesterday by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) that it has officially closed the investigation.

Making it clear he will not go down the Opposition’s “rabbit hole”, the prime minister accused the UNC of “twisting” the “facts” as is outlined in the file handed to the TTPS by the Director or Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Jean de la Valette completes inaugural sailing

The Jean de la Valette has completed its inaugural sailing between Scarborough and Port of Spain on Thursday morning. 

The vessel, carrying over 700 passengers and 130 vehicles, took about three hours to arrive at the Port of Port of Spain.

On-site to oversee the operations was Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan, who has so far reported that it was a smooth sailing.

Many said the trip was smooth and exceeded expectations, however, some were dissatisfied with the disembarking arrangements.

Reporter: Jesse Ramdeo

Medical emergency delays inaugural sailing of new ferry

he in­au­gur­al sail­ing of the Jean De La Valette (JDLV) on do­mes­tic seabridge was de­layed this morn­ing be­cause of a med­ical emer­gency.

Vil­ma Lewis- Cock­burn, act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of the T&T In­ter-Is­land Trans­porta­tion Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed, said the ves­sel de­part­ed Scar­bor­ough at 6.57 am, 27 min­utes lat­er than its ex­pect­ed de­par­ture time.

Audit coming over gangster contracts

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts giv­en to sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers at two PNM-con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions will now be the sub­ject of an ex­pan­sive au­dit that will al­so in­clude the 12 oth­er re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein in a me­dia re­lease is­sued on Wednes­day in which he sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to have this mat­ter prop­er­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

Khan on Emailgate: "Investigate Rowley"

In the wake of the Police Service officially closing the "Emailgate" investigations, attorney Senior Counsel Israel Khan is calling on the Director of Public Prosecutions to now aim his sights on the man who brought the documents to light. 

In a news conference Wednesday, Khan called upon the DPP to "request that the police set up a team of officers to investigate the now Prime Minister, the then leader of the Opposition, whether he conspired with a person unknown or a person known in order to pervert the course of public justice."

Young knocks Tewarie for spreading fake news

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has slammed Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie for rat­ing T&T sixth in the world as one of the most dan­ger­ous places to vis­it.

Young ripped in­to Tewarie yes­ter­day while de­liv­er­ing the fea­ture ad­dress at the open­ing of the Barataria Com­mu­ni­ty Li­brary, by draw­ing ref­er­ence to the pre­vi­ous speak­er Cather­ine Ro­main who warned chil­dren to be wary of mis­in­for­ma­tion and fake news cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia.

Criminologist: Kamla's crime plan a pie in the sky

A pie in the sky.

That was the re­ac­tion of crim­i­nol­o­gist Dau­rius Figueira to Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar's short, medi­um and long term crime-fight­ing mea­sures, which she promised to in­sti­tute when the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress as­sumes of­fice again.

Ad­dress­ing UNC sup­port­ers at the Mon­day Night Fo­rum in Ch­agua­nas, Per­sad-Bisses­sar rolled out her plans, stat­ing that the Gov­ern­ment had been clue­less in bring­ing the mur­der rate down.

Kamla to Imbert: Where is IMF team?

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar is call­ing on the Fi­nance Min­is­ter to say whether the In­ter­na­tion­al Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) has been in­vit­ed to T&T for its an­nu­al Ar­ti­cle IV re­view.

Ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers at the UNC's Mon­day Night Fo­rum at the Ch­agua­nas South Sec­ondary School in Ch­agua­nas, Per­sad-Bisses­sar ques­tioned whether Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert was afraid of what an IMF re­view will re­veal.

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