Cabinet

National gender-based violence policy overdue—Conflict Women

Founder of Conflict Women Limited, Asiya Mohammed, says it is time that perpetrators of gender based and sexual violence face serious penalties for their behaviour.

Speaking on The Morning Brew, today, Asiya Mohammed argues that the current justice system continues enabling the perpetrators of gender based, sexual and domestic violence, because it takes so long to bring them to account.

She says that leaves them more opportunities to continue abusing their spouses and children.

Ramdial: Give Child Protection Unit more resources

The Member of Parliament for Couva North is calling for the allocation of more resources to the Police Service's Child Protection Unit (CPU).

According to Ramona Ramdial, the Unit is not fully equipped with the necessary tools nor human resources, to deal with crimes against children. She also recommends that the Children’s Authority be given the authority and manpower to deal with complaints brought to them.

Citizens say CANCEL or POSTPONE Carnival... as Wuhan coronavirus fears mount

Cabinet is meeting today to discuss what protocols should be activated in the event of a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh will be taking a note to Cabinet concerning how to deal with the possibility. He also will be asking for the creation of an early warning system concerning health epidemics for this country, as well as recommending a region-wide early warning system for CARICOM, especially in light of the recent coronavirus scare in Jamaica, earlier this week.

Cabinet to get report on flooding today

Cabinet will be getting a report today on the flooding situation in the Penal-Debe Regional Corporation.

This after both the ministers for Works and Transport Minister, as well as Rural Development and Local Governement, have an opportunity to liaise with their teams in the field.

Ministers Rohan Sinanan and Kazim Hosein have joined their respective teams who have been working on the ground in response to the flooding in the riverine areas of Penal Rock Road, Barrackpore and Debe.

Sinanan: More fraud to be found as Licensing Division is modernised

Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, has revealed that at least 16 people may have been caught in the web of an ongoing police probe, into possible fraud at the Licensing Office.

The minister says the three year project to modernise and computerise the day-to-day operations at Licensing, has made it impossible for irregularities to remain hidden.

He confirms that they have been cooperating with police, and he expects that as the initiative continues, more illegal behaviour will be uncovered.

Garcia: Nothing sinister in scholarships delay

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is nothing sinister regarding the as yet-unannounced 2019 CAPE Scholarship results.

Seeking to reassure students and their parents, Garcia said, “We have to make sure we are very careful in deciding.”

“The performance of our students has been very good, excellent in fact. And therefore we have to make sure that in making these decisions we give everybody an equal chance.”

Fears over national scholarships delay

Fears have been expressed that Government may be attempting to manipulate the national scholarship results, and may even wait until just before the local government elections to release them.

The alarm has been raised by the Spiritual Leader of the Satya Anand Ashram of Bliss and Truth, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj.

In a statement issued today, Pundit Maharaj says parents have been coming to him, sharing concerns that the Government “is ‘doctoring’ the scholarships to reflect not merit but ethnic and political qualifications”.

Tewarie tells Govt: "Pay cane farmers before they die..."

Ca­roni Cen­tral MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie made a pas­sion­ate plea for Gov­ern­ment to pay the coun­try’s age­ing cane farm­ers who he claimed are owed mil­lions of dol­lars be­fore they die one-by-one.

The mat­ter was raised at yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee in ex­am­in­ing the 2020 ex­pen­di­ture of the Min­istry of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment in Par­lia­ment.

The com­mit­tee was told that $5 mil­lion was al­lo­cat­ed in the 2019 bud­get for the farm­ers of which $1.7 mil­lion had been spent.

OWTU to buy Petrotrin refinery for US$700 million

Cab­i­net has agreed to se­lect Pa­tri­ot­ic En­er­gies and Tech­nolo­gies Com­pa­ny Ltd (PET­CL),- a com­pa­ny whol­ly owned by the Oil­field Work­ers Trade Union (OW­TU) as the pre­ferred bid­der for the sale of Petrotrin's re­fin­ery.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert in Par­lia­ment.

Cabinet meets in Tobago tomorrow

This week's regular Cabinet meeting with take place in Tobago on Friday.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says the Cabinet will meet at the Magdalena Grand Hotel tomorrow.

It says details regarding the Post-Cabinet Media Conference will be sent in a subsequent notice

Several government ministers were due in Tobago this weekend as the PNM's National Convention is taking place in Tobago on Sunday.

 

 

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