Politics

Young: Cabinet to discuss register for Venezuelans next week

One year amnesty for Venezue­lans near­er?

The Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­istry’s pro­posed reg­is­ter for Venezue­lans in T&T will be dis­cussed in Cab­i­net next week.

At the post-cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young said a note will be tak­en to Cab­i­net on the is­sue then.

Cabinet approves start of 'mixed-use' tower for Piccadilly

The Cabinet has approved the demolition of the old Besson Street police station, as the first phase of a Piccadilly development project.

This will make way for what is being described as a mixed-use tower building.

The announcement was made at today's post-Cabinet media conference by the Minister of  Housing and Urban Development, Edmund Dillon.

The tower building will involve space for economic activity on the ground floor, recreational space on the second floor and residential apartments on the other floors.

PM returns on Tuesday

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will return to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening next week.

Acting prime minister, Finance Minister Colm Imbert told today's post-Cabinet news conference that Dr Rowley will travel home to T&T on Caribbean Airlines via New York.

Imbert said that he was advised that the tests went very well and that the prime minister does not require surgery.

"We are thankful our prayers were answered," Minister Imbert said.

EU updates non-co-operative tax list and T&T's still on it

EU finance ministers have updated the EU list of non-co-operative tax jurisdictions, and Trinidad and Tobago remains on it.

Over the course of last year, the Commission assessed 92 countries based on three criteria: tax transparency, good governance and real economic activity, as well as one indicator, the existence of a zero corporate tax rate.

60 countries took action on the Commission’s concerns and over 100 harmful regimes were eliminated. The list has also had a positive influence on internationally agreed tax good governance standards.

PM's wife to women: Seek financial independence

The wife of Prime Min­is­ter on Tues­day ad­vised all women to at­tain fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence.

She was speak­ing at the Women of In­flu­ence sym­po­sium host­ed by the Bankers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T (BATT) and AFETT held at the Hy­att Re­gency ho­tel yes­ter­day.

“I make my own mon­ey. I have my own bank ac­count and I cer­tain­ly don’t have to ask the Prime Min­is­ter for mon­ey,” she said.

She de­scribed her­self as an in­de­pen­dent woman who still works and who, pri­or to 2015, had man­aged the fam­i­ly’s house­hold.

Relieved PM doesn’t need heart surgery

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley is a re­lieved man af­ter his car­di­ol­o­gist de­liv­ered good news say­ing that there is no need for heart surgery.

A smil­ing Row­ley post­ed the good news just af­ter 11 pm Tues­day on his Face­book page.

Along­side a pho­to of him and his doc­tor in Cal­i­for­nia, Row­ley said: "All smiles at lunch with my car­di­ol­o­gist. To­day (Thurs­day) I was told there is no need for surgery."

Row­ley said, how­ev­er, that he will re­main un­der ob­ser­va­tion for a few more days and re­turn home to T&T soon.

UNC PRO: Ground Max 8s over T&T

Public Relations Officer of the United National Congress, Senator Anita Haynes says the government must move to stop the use of Boeing Max 8s in T&T's airspace. 

“Instead of taking time to blast a newspaper reporter for an article on concerns regarding Boeing 737 Max 8, the Finance Minister, who is the line Minister for Caribbean Airlines, should take immediate action to suspend the intended lease of 12 of these aircraft,” Haynes said in a statement. 

Sinanan to hold talks with contractors as trucks damage roads

Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan says over­laden trucks be­long­ing to con­trac­tors the min­istry hires to re­pair the na­tion’s roads are caus­ing more dam­age to Gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture.

He made the com­ment at the open­ing of the new $3.2 mil­lion con­crete, drainage and road project at Up­per Laven­tille Road, Sou Sou Lands, Febeau Vil­lage, San Juan, yon Sat­ur­day.

Kamla to speak at International Women’s Day event in Barbados

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is carded to speak at an International Women’s Day event organized by the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (AMCHAM BEC). 

The event takes place on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2019, with the theme: “Journey to Greatness – Her Story”.    

Persad-Bissessar will be part of a panel of leading women from the region, sharing her inspirational story as a woman politician, leader and Trinidad and Tobago’s first female prime minister. 

THA team to promote tourism in Germany

To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles and Sec­re­tary for Tourism, Cul­ture and Trans­porta­tion Na­dine Stew­art-Phillips left for Ger­many yes­ter­day to at­tend the In­ter­na­tionale Touris­mus-Borse (ITB) in Berlin, Ger­many.

Charles and Stew­art-Phillips will lead the team to the tourism con­fer­ence, along­side To­ba­go Tourism Agency CEO Louis Lewis and oth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Di­vi­sion of Tourism, Cul­ture and Trans­porta­tion and the To­ba­go Tourism Agency Ltd.

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