Minister: NALIS has over $26M, 'toilet-paper' memo was ill-advised

Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis has told the Parliament that the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) has an account with $26 million and that a memo asking staff to walk with their own water and toilet paper, may have been ill-advised.

Robinson-Regis was speaking in the House of Representatives in response to a question asked by the Opposition.

She was responding on behalf of Minister of Communications Stuart Young, who is currently out of the country.

Mark accuses Govt of $18m voter-padding scheme

The Op­po­si­tion has ac­cused the PNM Gov­ern­ment of us­ing tax­pay­ers’ mon­ey to build hous­es in four mar­gin­al con­stituen­cies held by PNM MPs to “vot­er pad” for elec­tions.

“We have a lot of in­for­ma­tion on this and a lot to say on it ahead,” UNC Sen­a­tor Wade Mark told the Sen­ate yes­ter­day.

Mark re­ferred to Gov­ern­ment’s Mid-Year Bud­get Re­view an­nounce­ment which al­lo­cat­ed $18 mil­lion for the Hous­ing Min­istry for works un­der the Hous­ing and Vil­lage Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme. Mark ques­tioned the in­tent of that pro­gramme.

Moonilal calls for Young’s head over prison break

Re­sign im­me­di­ate­ly over yes­ter­day’s “twin dis­as­ters.”

This was the call to Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young from Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress MP Roodal Mooni­lal fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s “twin dis­as­ters” where pris­on­ers es­caped cus­tody from the Re­mand Sec­tion of the Gold­en Grove prison in Arou­ca, while a search he­li­copter in­volved in the man­hunt crashed.

Mahabir replaces Ramdeen as UNC senator

The United National Congress has appointed attorney-at-law Ashvani Mahabir as its new Opposition Senator following the resignation of Gerald Ramdeen.

In a statement the UNC says Mahabir, who is also a communications consultant, has been appointed to its team of senators.

It goes on to say that Mahabir, has a long-standing relationship with the unc having served as youth arm chairman and working in various capacities in research as well as political and strategic communication over the years.

West: Government does not anticipate Property Tax being due this year

Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Allyson West, says Government does not anticipate Property Tax being due this year as valuations are still progressing slowly while they await the outcome of the matter that is currently before the courts.

While Minister Colm Imbert announced a tax amnesty for three months, yesterday there was no word on the due date for property tax payments.

In 2017, the Ministry of Finance put out a press release requesting property owners to complete and submit valuation forms along with relevant documents.

Babwah: Increased car sales no indication of robust economy

President of the T&T Automotive Dealers Association Visham Babwah says increased vehicle sales is not an indication of a robust economy but highlights the failures of public transportation.

He was responding to statements from Minister of Finance Colm Imbert that vehicle sales were averaging over 25,000 per year and the to­tal num­ber of ve­hi­cles registered in T&T was well over the one mil­lion mark.

Colm gets a fair rating from stakeholders

Econ­o­mist Dr Ronald Ramkissoon says from a short-term per­spec­tive, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert did a fair job with the coun­try’s econ­o­my. He, how­ev­er, not­ed that for cit­i­zens to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits from any eco­nom­ic growth more needs to be done.

“To the ex­tent that there is growth – it is pos­i­tive and I think we have to recog­nise that. Un­less we come up with the strat­e­gy to grow by up­wards of three, four per cent – some would say five per cent – we not go­ing to make any fun­da­men­tal change to the lives of peo­ple.”

Kamla: Economy dead under PNM

The econ­o­my has gone from be­ing on life sup­port to to­tal­ly dead un­der the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment.

This was how Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar summed up Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert’s pre­sen­ta­tion on the Mid-Year Bud­get Re­view yes­ter­day in Par­lia­ment, adding he did not put for­ward any pol­i­cy or plans in place for the coun­try’s re­al de­vel­op­ment.

Finance Minister hits critics, commentators

Peren­ni­al­ly neg­a­tive com­men­ta­tors!

That’s how Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert dis­missed as­sort­ed com­ment on the econ­o­my dur­ing his Mid-Year Bud­get Re­view yes­ter­day.

De­tail­ing his de­fence of Gov­ern­ment’s eco­nom­ic man­age­ment via what he said was ac­tu­al da­ta, Im­bert main­tained T&T’s econ­o­my sus­tained three con­sec­u­tive quar­ters of growth in 2018