Sunday, September 17, 2017


Crisis in education *

Sep. 16, 2017, 9:11 PM AST Comments

Andy Johnson—A FRESH row has broken out between the government and the country’s trade union leaders, over the question of retrenchment, or alleged plans to do so, in the State sector.


Sep. 15, 2017, 10:47 PM AST Comments

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been a guest at the private residence of Haniff (Nazim) Baksh, the owner of A&V Drilling, “about five or six times” in the last seven years. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Question Time in Parliament yesterday at the International Waterfront Cen

UNC chairman Lee: Why degrade a female leader?*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:44 PM AST Comments

Chairman of the United National Congress (UNC) David Lee has condemned Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s use of the word “jamettry” to describe statements by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in alleging a “fake oil” scandal at State-owned Petrotrin. Lee stated in

Ex-minister: Petrotrin should send report to DPP, CoP*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:39 PM AST Comments

FORMER energy minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to mandate the board of Petrotrin to “immediately forward the report dealing with the fraudulent sales of indigenous crude oil to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Commissioner of Polic

‘Comply or face legal action’*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:35 PM AST Comments

A&V Oil & Gas Ltd, the company claimed by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-­Bissessar to have defrauded State-owned Petrotrin of some $80 million, is now seeking from her an apology and compensation for defamation. In a legal letter issued through attorneys Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, Ronnie Bissessar an

Pepper spray and tasers for women*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:33 PM AST Comments

The Commissioner of Police (CoP) is actively considering the use of non-lethal weapons such as tasers and pepper spray “for citizens, women and particularly the security services”, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday. He was responding to a question from Couva North MP Ramona R

Rowley gets ferry report from Mouttet*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:32 PM AST Comments

The report of sole investigator Victor Mouttet into the ferry fiasco is now complete and with the Prime Minister. During the Prime Minister Question Time in Parliament yesterday, Rowley said Mouttet, who had been appointed on August 15 and mandated to finish his assignment in 30 days, submitted his

October 2 is budget day; early pay day this month*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:25 PM AST Comments

Monday, October 2 is budget day. Finance Minister Colm Imbert made the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday. Imbert said the 2018 budget will be presented at 1.30 p.m. And apparently in preparation for this, the Ministry of Finance announced yesterday the payment of Government sala

‘Tarzan’ rescued*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:22 PM AST Comments

Seven people, among them two women, have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping for ransom of a man in South Trinidad yesterday. Police, soldiers and Coast Guard personnel ventured deep into a mangrove swamp in Marabella to rescue the 71-year-old man who was kidnapped from his home. The $7

‘Dole Chadee of car theft’ nabbed*

Sep. 15, 2017, 10:20 PM AST Comments

A MAN whom police have described as “the Dole Chadee of stolen vehicles” is currently in police custody. The suspect, said to be a 41-year-old man from Longdenville, was held during a police exercise in Arima on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, police said, is “well known” t