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SPLIT VOTE
Support for the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was last night split among the Indepen­dent senators. Speaking in the Senate, at Tower D, International Water­front Centre, Port of Spain, du­ring day two of the debate on the bill, Dr Dhaneshwar Mahabir recommended, with respect to the run-off aspect, Government adopt the French model of 20 per cent of the votes instead of the proposed 50 per cent. With such an amendment, he felt he could support the bill.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:23:18 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Analyst: Bill not an ‘election gimmick’
Though it has been called an “election gimmick” by members of the public opposed to its passing, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 is no such thing. Political analyst Dr Indira Rampersad gave this opinion yesterday, during a telephone interview with the Express.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:18:22 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
T&T entering unchartered waters, says Small
TRINIDAD and Tobago will be ente­ring “unchartered waters” with the package of legislation being proposed in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Independent Senator David Small has said. Small said only one country in the world, Kirabati (pronounced KIRR-i-bas), currently has both the run-off and recall provisions included in their constitution.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:16:48 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
AG: Right-of-recall a powerful weapon
ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday the right-of-recall mechanism proposed by the Government in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 is a “weapon” that should not be ignored.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:12:45 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Protest over notice to leave Salvatori
About 35 small business proprietors took up position outside Parliament last evening to protest a notice from the Port of Spain City Corporation which said they had to leave Salvatori Building, Port of Spain, by Sunday.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:09:38 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Race, religion spoiling the country, says Roach
INDEPENDENT Senator Ian Roach, in an impassioned delivery yesterday, said race, religion and geographic location are “spoiling” the country. Roach, who was clear about his rejection of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 that was debated in the Senate again yesterday, at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, said he lived in South Africa for 20 years before returning to Trinidad and Tobago and, on coming back, he found the country was not the same place.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:08:39 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
No cooperation from the people
Independent Senator Dr Victor Wheeler says unless the Government holds a referendum on the measures in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014, he would not support the legislation “as presented”.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:06:29 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Tewarie supports MPs constituency fund
PLANNING and Development Minister Senator Dr Bhoe Tewarie has defended Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s confirmation in the Senate Tuesday of a constituency fund for MPs, saying there was nothing wrong with the timing of the disclosure.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:04:59 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
TTPS: We respect citizens’ rights
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) wants citizens to know their rights are respected and recognised by the men and women in the service. This was the message yesterday from ASP Joanne Archie during the weekly news briefing at Riverside Plaza, Port of Spain, less than 24 hours after policemen and citizens clashed outside Parliament, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, during protests over the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:01:03 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
‘We were not paid to support the Govt’
“It is sheer propaganda. We were not paid to come here. That’s insulting.” People’s Partnership supporters echoed these sentiments when asked to respond to suggestions they were paid to support Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar or the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill and its run-off provision.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:57:38 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Amcham wants Govt to address issues at BIR
The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham T&T) is worried about what it calls “significant impediments” to doing business with the Board of Inland Revenue.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:46:20 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
‘Drop VAT, duties from security equipment’
As Finance Minister Larry Howai prepares to deliver the national budget in Parliament on September 8, a former head of the Supermarkets Association, Balliram Maharaj, is calling for critical areas to be addressed in the 2014/2015 fiscal package.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:15:11 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Gourmet cupcake plan cops $50,000 first prize
A business plan for a gourmet line of premium chocolate cupcakes and desserts, synthesising an optimal blend of locally grown cocoa and internationally sourced ingredients has captured the $50,000 first prize in the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp competition jointly held by The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, the National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (Nedco) and the Entrepreneurial Training Institute & Incubation Centre.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:03:29 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Massy rebrands
Today we at Bourse take a closer look at the two largest conglomerates listed on the Trinidad Stock Exchange (TTSE)—Massy Holdings Limited (MASSY) generating over $9 billion in Revenue yearly and ANSA McAl Limited (AMCL) with over $6 billion.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:30:12 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Remove VAT from gasoline
The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago has proposed several measures for the upcoming 2014/2015 budget which it said yesterday are linked to attracting investment, incentivising exploration and production, facilitating local energy service company growth and helping Government reduce expenditure.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:35:17 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
TTMA wants Beverage Bill
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) has refuted a statement by Minister in the Environment Ministry Ramona Ramdial that the business group was a cause for the delay in the Beverage Container Bill’s progression through its stages toward implementation.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:18:32 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
B’dos minister defends Massy
A senior Barbados government minister yesterday offered some choice words to people complaining about the Trinidad-based Massy Group perceived takeover, its ownership, its nationality and its politics.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:17:56 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
‘Finish Lara Stadium’
JOSEPH RAHAEL, developer of SouthPark near Tarouba Link Road in San Fernando, is calling for the completion of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and the San Fernando waterfront project.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:01:19 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Central Bank sells US$50m more
The Central Bank sold US$50 million to the banking system yesterday as part of what it said was a programme of scheduled foreign exchange interventions.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:49:20 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
Bello is Virgin’s new commercial manager
International carrier Virgin Atlantic has appointed Andre Bello as its new commercial manager, Caribbean.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:48:32 GMT Full Story @ TT Express
HERO'S HONOUR
Nicholas Seucharan risked his life to save two drowning boys from the rough seas of Mayaro and paid the ultimate price, dying after he got the children to safety.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:01:00 GMT Read Full Story @ Newsday
Call elections
THE GOVERNMENT should follow the example of former Prime Minister, Patrick Manning, and call an early general election to renew its mandate, Independent Senator, Ian Roach, said yesterday as he signaled his unwillingness to support the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2014 on the basis of “improper process.”
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Read Full Story @ Newsday
3-day Int'l Conference and Panorama scheduled next year
The International Conference and Panorama (ICP) is an opportunity to establish “once and for all” that Trinidad and Tobago is the home and birthplace of the steelpan.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Read Full Story @ Newsday
TTPS lays down the law on marches, protests
Communications officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Joanne Archie, yesterday assured the public that the role of the TTPS, when dealing with any form of demonstration is strictly crowd control.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Read Full Story @ Newsday
AG sends Google email report to Rowley, police, DPP, Integrity Commission
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yesterday released letters sent to Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, the Integrity Commission and law enforcement officers referring them to the findings of Google in relation to the alleged Section 34 email plot.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Read Full Story @ Newsday
Lynette Seebaran-Suite welcomes service at EOC
Attorney Lynette Seebaran-Suite said yesterday she welcomed the opportunity to continue her work on discrimination, mainly against women and young girls.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Read Full Story @ Newsday
Gary: No plans to sue Rowley over E-mailgate
Kevon FelmineNational Security Minister Gary Griffith has no plans to sue Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley over the E-mailgate fiasco, despite the advice of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Speaking... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:58:24 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
CoP still silent on E-mailgate probe
Radica SookrajPolice Commissioner Stephen Williams is remaining silent on ongoing police investigations into the E-mailgate scandal involving top Government officials, including Attorney General Anan... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:52:57 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Archie defends officers outside Parliament: It was to avoid confrontation
Dereck AchongPolice officers who were assigned duties outside the Parliament building on Tuesday moved protesters from the pavement to avoid any confrontation with opposing groups. So said Supt Joanne... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:48:15 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Take it to at-risk youths
Sharlene RampersadA councillor says the Ministry of National Security’s current national consultation on marijuana would be more effective if it was done in at-risk communities where he believes the m... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:45:11 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Prakash hits back at Drayton: Runoff our best option
Radica SookrajA day after he was chastised by Independent Senator Helen Drayton for his “flip-flop” stance on the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2014, Congress of the People (COP) leader Prakash Ram... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:43:32 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Voting not a legal right
Kalifa ClyneThere is no human right to vote in T&T’s Constitution, Attorney General Ramlogan says. He made the comment as he responded in the Senate to Opposition statements that the runoff system... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:42:07 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Nicholas: System was discussed in public forums
Kevon FelmineThe runoff system included in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 came from public consultations, Government Senator Garvin Nicholas said yesterday. He was responding in the Senate to... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:37:28 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Protesters jeer senators outside House as Runoff heat gets hotter
Kalifa ClyneIndependent Senator Ian Roach said yesterday he would not hesitate or have troubled thoughts over what would serve the public interest in the ongoing debate over the Constitution (Amendmen... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:36:30 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Integrity body, DPP get Google info
A lawyer for Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has written to the Integrity Commission (IC) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions urging the two bodies to act decisively on new inform... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:32:53 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Plan to bring world for pan conference
Anna-Lisa PaulIn an effort to establish T&T as the home of the steelpan and showcase the national instrument on the world stage, Pan Trinbago will host a steelband conference next August, which wi... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:01:17 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Gary: No plans to sue Rowley over E-mailgate
Kevon FelmineNational Security Minister Gary Griffith has no plans to sue Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley over the E-mailgate fiasco, despite the advice of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Speaking... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:58:24 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
CoP still silent on E-mailgate probe
Radica SookrajPolice Commissioner Stephen Williams is remaining silent on ongoing police investigations into the E-mailgate scandal involving top Government officials, including Attorney General Anan... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:52:57 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Archie defends officers outside Parliament: It was to avoid confrontation
Dereck AchongPolice officers who were assigned duties outside the Parliament building on Tuesday moved protesters from the pavement to avoid any confrontation with opposing groups. So said Supt Joanne... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:48:15 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Take it to at-risk youths
Sharlene RampersadA councillor says the Ministry of National Security’s current national consultation on marijuana would be more effective if it was done in at-risk communities where he believes the m... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:45:11 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Prakash hits back at Drayton: Runoff our best option
Radica SookrajA day after he was chastised by Independent Senator Helen Drayton for his “flip-flop” stance on the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2014, Congress of the People (COP) leader Prakash Ram... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:43:32 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Voting not a legal right
Kalifa ClyneThere is no human right to vote in T&T’s Constitution, Attorney General Ramlogan says. He made the comment as he responded in the Senate to Opposition statements that the runoff system... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:42:07 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Nicholas: System was discussed in public forums
Kevon FelmineThe runoff system included in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 came from public consultations, Government Senator Garvin Nicholas said yesterday. He was responding in the Senate to... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:37:28 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Protesters jeer senators outside House as Runoff heat gets hotter
Kalifa ClyneIndependent Senator Ian Roach said yesterday he would not hesitate or have troubled thoughts over what would serve the public interest in the ongoing debate over the Constitution (Amendmen... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:36:30 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Integrity body, DPP get Google info
A lawyer for Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has written to the Integrity Commission (IC) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions urging the two bodies to act decisively on new inform... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:32:53 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Voices of a young democracy
One of the major revelations of the protest and support actions outside the Senate and two weeks ago when the House of Representatives met to debate the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2014 is the... Read more...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:01:10 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Need for review as traffic wardens deliver
As the fifth batch of traffic wardens graduated last week, Minister of Works and Infrastructure Dr Surujrattan Rambachan noted that the Traffic Warden Division was responsible for revenue of $7.5 m... Read more...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:27:17 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Critical moment for Constitution Bill
Today, the learned minds of the Upper House will consider and debate on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014, now on its last phase of Parliamentary discussion before being passed into law. It’s... Read more...
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:31:55 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
National awards promote service not self
The annual granting of national awards is one of the few areas of public affairs in T&T that calls for the involvement of the country’s three top office holders: ... Read more...
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:11:45 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Tending the flock while planning the barn
At Thursday’s post-Cabinet press conference, Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan announced some welcome, if overdue initiatives to improve public healthcare. These announcements come on the heels of is... Read more...
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:50:43 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
New dawn for TCL shareholders
Tuesday’s special compulsory meeting of Trinidad Cement Ltd shareholders at a Port-of-Spain hotel may have left many of the attending shareholders feeling slightly let down by the lack of drama, bu... Read more...
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:11:19 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Prevention can help reduce substance abuse
Focusing on young people is the best approach since recent research confirms that preventing substance abuse before it begins is the most cost-effective way to reduce addiction and its cons... Read more...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:14:15 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Teens setting new standards of excellence
Within two weeks we have had two wonderful examples of teenage discipline, ambition and the display of intent to succeed.... Read more...
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:11:18 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
Prison plans not well thought out
It’s been clear for some time that the prisons infrastructure is in a terrible state of decay.... Read more...
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:14:26 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian
CPL a stroke in the right direction
There will always be the benchmark for the game, Test cricket, to set the standard for sustained play, concentration, strategy and stamina.... Read more...
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:44:09 +0000 Read Full Story @ Guardian

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