PM: Moonilal made OWTU refinery bid unsure

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that the suspicions raised in Parliament by Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal against the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) financiers to take over the refinery may topple the entire deal.

He said that Moonilal raising questions about who would benefit from the sale of the refinery and questions about whether the Prime Minister was involved in some underhanded bid to sell off the refinery for private profit would hurt the OWTU's chance of securing a loan.

Young: No more hiding behind fake profiles

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young says with the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice’s (TTPS) new so­cial me­dia sur­veil­lance pro­gramme, those who hide be­hind ‘fake’ ac­counts to com­mit crimes will be brought to jus­tice.

Young made the com­ment dur­ing the Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee’s de­bate on the Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill for the fi­nan­cial year 2020 in Par­lia­ment. At the time, Young was re­spond­ing to ques­tions posed by Op­po­si­tion MP for Na­pari­ma Rod­ney Charles.

Cops probe TSTT CCTV camera upgrade deal

Po­lice are prob­ing al­leged ex­or­bi­tant costs in­volved in the up­grade of CCTV cam­eras dur­ing 2011 to 2014 - and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are al­so be­ing con­duct­ed in­to com­plaints that for­eign “spir­i­tu­al­ists” op­er­at­ing lo­cal­ly are fleec­ing some na­tion­als, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day con­firmed.

Young con­firmed the probes dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee meet­ing which met for the third day of de­lib­er­a­tions on ex­pen­di­ture and oth­er items in 2020 Bud­get doc­u­ments.

Search intensifies for YTC escapees

The search for the five young of­fend­ers who es­caped from the Youth Train­ing Cen­tre (YTC) has in­ten­si­fied as new in­for­ma­tion sug­gests that they are be­lieved to be hid­ing out in the thick forest­ed hills if the North­ern Range.

Sources told the Guardian Me­dia on Fri­day that the men were be­lieved to have been spot­ted at a spe­cif­ic lo­ca­tion.

Young: UNC in talks with jailed gang leader

High-rank­ing mem­bers of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) are al­leged­ly in­volved in talks with known crim­i­nals and locked-up gang-lead­ers.

That was the claim made by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at last night’s Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) post-Bud­get meet­ing at Pig­gott’s Cor­ner, Bel­mont, Port-of-Spain.

Kamla warns OWTU: Don’t threaten the UNC

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has told the Oil­field Work­ers Trade Union, its pres­i­dent gen­er­al An­cel Ro­get and David Ab­du­lah to take their ul­ti­ma­tums else­where and said she and her par­ty will not be black­mailed to re­main silent on is­sues of na­tion­al im­por­tance.

Yes­ter­day Per­sad-Bisses­sar re­spond­ed to a 48-hour ul­ti­ma­tum by the union for the op­po­si­tion to state its po­si­tion on the Pa­tri­ot­ic En­er­gies and Tech­nol­o­gy Com­pa­ny win­ning the bid to ac­quire the re­fin­ery or face the force of the union.

Moonilal unfazed by union

Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal has said he will not be in­tim­i­dat­ed in­to re­tract­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in the Oil­fields Work­ers’ Trade Union’s ac­qui­si­tion of the Petrotrin re­fin­ery.

His com­ment fol­lowed a re­cent threat by the union to launch a na­tion­al cam­paign against the UNC just weeks away from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

‘We’re lucky to be alive’

Twen­ty-one homes - one of which was de­stroyed - and a pri­ma­ry school were dam­aged dur­ing a freak storm in Gas­par­il­lo on Thurs­day.

The Bonne Aven­ture Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School re­mained closed on Fri­day while arrange­ments were be­ing made to re­pair the toi­let roof which was torn off be­cause of the strong winds.