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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.

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.

Government credibility at stake over crime crisis

One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.

Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.

He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.

Business community committed to helping end crime crisis

The Chief Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce says the country needs all hands on deck to deal with the crime crisis.

Gabriel Faria says almost every citizen believes there is a crisis and that something must be done to take back T&T from the hands of criminals.

According to Mr Faria, Team Trinidad and Tobago needs all her players focussing on ending the crime scourge.

“Unless we all have a congruence of goals, we cannot fight the criminal elements in Trinidad and Tobago,” he says.

Citizens want crime-fighting results, not more rhetoric—political scientist

“Recent rhetoric and deflection on the part of the National Security Minister is not helpful and borders on propaganda…”

That assessment from UWI political scientist, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, as he commented on the minister's statements about deliberately orchestrated acts of terror, during yesterday's Post-Cabinet News Briefing.

Dr Ragoonath also is Chairman of the Committee for Responsible Political Behaviour.

According to Dr Ragoonath, rather than engaging in propaganda, Government needs to start delivering some real results from its various anti-crime strategies.

Jack Warner: Activate a State of Emergency now

Former National Security Minister, Jack Warner, says it is time that Government officially activates a State of Emergency (SoE), to deal with the crime crisis in the country.

Mr Warner was reacting to news of the most recent incidents of gang violence in the capital city, Port of Spain.

He believes the authorities here need to take a page out of the Jamaica playbook with targeted SoEs in hotspot areas, in order to get a handle on gang violence.

Millennials will challenge marijuana policies of companies—HR Expert

As it stands, the policy adopted by most companies T&T for marijuana use or possession is termination.

But after the Government decriminalised possession of 30 grammes or less on 23rd December, 2019, some organisations are now forced to review their policies.

At a conference held today by the Employers' Consultative Association of T&T (ECA) on marijuana's impact on the workplace, the ECA announced that based on a survey done by the Association, 50 per cent of companies do not have a policy for marijuana. There were over 170 responses to the survey.

Government neglect causing businesses to lose out—Couva North MP

Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial says businesses are losing out because of Government neglect.

The MP made the statement during the opening of her sub-office along the Southern Main Road, Couva, on Monday night.

MP Ramdial said businesses in Couva continue to suffer because of the crumbling infrastructure in the area. She said when the People’s Partnership Government was in power, the drains in the area were cleaned at a cost of $1.2 million in 2012. She said the move then curbed heavy flooding.

National Prevention Strategy against domestic violence desperately needed

The head of UWI's Gender and Development Studies Institute is urging government to activate a national response to deal with the crisis of domestic violence in this country.

This, as the latest statistics collated by Dr Gabrielle Hosein and her team show that one in three women in T&T is a survivor of intimate partner violence, and that roughly 10,000 women are living in domestic violence situations.

She says it is time the country make a declaration that domestic violence—and especially violence against women—is unacceptable.

Garvin Nicholas: Brace for nasty politics in 2020

Former Attorney General, Garvin Nicholas, is predicting that the 2020 General Election season will be one of the nastiest this country has seen.

The former AG observes that globally, there seems to be a change in the tenor of the conduct of politics, and here in T&T, we are mirroring that trend.

He says we got an inkling of what’s to come in the recent Local Government Elections.

And he believes the recent Cabinet reshuffle clearly demonstrates that ‘old school’ politics will continue to dominate the local landscape. 

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