UNC calls on PM to take action against Dillon

The United National Congress (UNC) is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to take action against National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, following reports that he is before the US Supreme Court in a civil matter involving allegations of financial abuse.

The UNC issued the following statement today.

"The United National Congress is disturbed by allegations of fraud and misconduct levelled against yet another member of the Keith Rowley administration.

PM discusses finance and trade with Chinese delegation

Finance and trade were the principal topics of a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and His Excellency Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee today.

The discussions were aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations between Trinidad and Tobago and China towards fostering mutual interests in finance and commerce.

Prime Minister Rowley says he welcomes Chinese interest in expanding into areas of regional trade where Trinidad and Tobago has a geographic and commercial advantage.

AG on new land law: People on State land for 30 years can now make claim

New land title laws will allow people who’ve been on State land uninterrupted and peacefully for 30 years to have potential claim for a vesting order to request the land be given to them, says Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

The process will be available via adjudication by a Land Tribunal under the package of land laws passed in the House of Representatives over recent days, Al-Rawi added. It will be debated in the Senate next week.

Cabinet gives green light for new $500 million Tobago airport terminal

Finance Minister Clm Imbert has announced that the Cabinet has agreed to begin the construction of a new terminal building for the ANR Robinson Airport in Tobago, by the end of this year.

It's expected to cost $500 million, but the acquisition of property is not included in that figure.

He made the announcement at today's post-Cabinet media conference.

While the current terminal building is located at the start of the runway, the new terminal will be located at the end of the runway.

AG close to taking sabbatical case to court

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, who was instructed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to get an interpretation on whether judges are entitled to sabbatical leaves, said yesterday that the matter may soon go before the court.

Last Thursday, Al-Rawi was instructed to take relevant steps to clarify whether there exists any such leave for members of the judiciary after Chief Justice Ivor Archie had applied for sabbatical leave before changing it to vacation leave after controversy stirred over whether he in fact qualified to take sabbatical.