Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

UNC loses election petitions appeal

The United National Congress (UNC) has lost its novel challenge over the dismissal of its election petitions for five marginal seats in the 2015 General Elections.

Delivering a 43-page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, Appellate Judges Justice Gregory Smith, Justice Mark Mohammed, and Justice Peter Rajkumar dismissed the appeal, in which the Opposition party was seeking to overturn the decision of another three-member appeal panel. That panel had upheld the decision of High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer to dismiss the petitions in October 2016.

US sanctions force T&T and Venezuela to tear up gas agreement

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela have rescinded their agreement to jointly exploit 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Loran Manatee field and would instead develop it independently.

Rowley said the continued US sanctions on the Bolivarian Republic had made it all but impossible to jointly develop the gas and as a result, the two countries will go independently.

Cannabis activist happy marijuana has been decriminalised

Cannabis activist Nazma Muller is describing Monday’s scheduled proclamation of legislation to decriminalise marijuana as a victory.

Muller says for years she has advocated, lobbied and even petitioned for the legalization of cannabis, as she deemed existing laws in contravention of citizen's constitutional right to freedom.

She had previously expressed concerns with clauses made to the Dangerous Drugs and Cannabis Control Bill.

Trade Unions to meet with PM tomorrow

The Trade Union Federations which include the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGO's (FITUN) says they received correspondence from the office of the Prime Minister agreeing to meet.

The unions requested a meeting with the PM following a march through the city on Friday, August 4th, 2017.

During the march, Ancel Roget issued an ultimatum to Rowley to meet with the unions within the next two weeks or else there would be heightened action.

Opposition Leader says PM must answer for Tobago ferry scandal

The Opposition Leader has described the current Tobago ferry situation as a "scandal of the highest order." These remarks were made following the cancellation of the Ocean Flower 2 contract by the Government. The following is a press release by the Opposition Party: