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Title: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 13, 2015, 06:16:59 AM
The election battle is over. It's time to govern the nation.

Use this thread for articles and opinion regarding policies, initiatives, ideas etc. proposed by Prime Minister Rowley, his Cabinet, and the broader administration.

Doh use this thread for discussion of the September 7, 2015 General Election. There's a thread for that.

Talk yuh talk here about how de country running under Rowley ... and about future prospects for the Rowley Administration.

I'll kick things off with an article - found in the Jamaica Observer - that presents a somewhat dim view of the future.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 13, 2015, 06:20:45 AM
Opinion-Editorial: With this new Keith Rowley Cabinet, T&T is in for a rough ride
By Gerald Vincent, (Jamaica Observer).


As expected, a collective sigh of relief has blanketed the nation following the end of the 2015 General Election in Trinidad & Tobago.

The People's National Movement (PNM) leader has somehow manoeuvred his way into the driver's seat and, because of a mysterious decision to extend voting outside of extraordinary circumstances, suspicion will forever haunt him as to the legitimacy of the Government and Cabinet he now leads.

At least half the population already sees him as illegitimate. And with a 20-year reputation of ill-tempered and erratic outbursts, serious credibility questions and a slew of allegations, Keith Rowley appears to be kicking off his term in very bad form.

Following a botched swearing-in, where somehow Rowley thought it sensible to swear in Cabinet members before he himself took the oath of office, Rowley read from a speech prepared for him by someone who clearly doesn't understand the man.

While one would want to think that his election proves some kind of political superiority, or even the greatness of his party, that's not so. Rowley's election, in fact, proves the power of marketing, especially when his opponents put up a multi-level fight that failed to truly represent the former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and the unprecedented term of performance and delivery she led.

In Rowley's entire political career he has never taken a political stand for the people; he has never taken up issues that affected anyone but himself; he destabilised his own party (the PNM) twice, and all through his career some people have refused to work with him because of what they say is his arrogance and irrational behaviour.

His most memorable outburst came after he decided to out his former leader, Patrick Manning, because he was fired for attempting to bully the Cabinet to get his way. His then leader would finally admit to the nation that he had had as much of Rowley as he could take, describing him as a raging bull who couldn't take 'no' for an answer. It also speaks volumes about a man who has gone so far once as to accuse the former Government of conspiring to murder a journalist. When it was later found that his e-mails never actually existed, Rowley and the PNM immediately went silent and avoided questions on what became known as "email-gate".

Building on this dubious reputation, during his campaign Keith Rowley made a number of promises, including the end of the Ministry of Local Government, an increase in salaries and benefits for himself and his Cabinet ministers, widespread spending cuts, and that elected members of parliament would be made to do the work of the people they represent, and not all occupy Cabinet positions. With mere days since the general election, Rowley has already recanted on some promises. He has taken the local government ministry and combined it with a Rural Development Ministry, placing his long-time friend and PNM chairman, Franklin Khan, as minister. Trouble is that the former Persad-Bissessar Administration undertook a comprehensive rural infrastructure transformation programme that leaves little work to be done in rural areas.

On his platform, Keith Rowley also boasted of the diversity of his party, one that has historically been seen as pro-Afro based political organisation. He also boasted fresh new faces, but the line-up of his Cabinet, so far, tells another story. It is, perhaps, another indication of a Government term that can be expected to be filled with broken promises and even repeats of the PNM's history of discrimination.

A look at his Cabinet tells a story. Faris Al Rawi, an old party stalwart who supported Rowley's bid, is now attorney general, but the more popular newcomer, Stuart Young, is Al Rawi's junior.

Clarence Rambharat, who was resoundingly rejected by the Mayaro electorate, has been appointed minister of agriculture, as if to say to the people, "No one really cares what you think."

Camille Robinson Regis, who was forced out of the Manning Government for misusing a Government credit card, has been returned to the senior post of planning and development minister.

Fitzgerald Hinds, who has long enjoyed his reputation of being anti-Indian, has been appointed to the mega Ministry of Works and Transport. Hinds has never been able to explain how he was able to afford a TT$14-million (US$2M plus) mansion in the upper-income Maraval district.

Colm Imbert has been appointed minister of finance. Imbert once almost faced criminal negligence charges for building a Grenada stadium that started falling apart, risking the lives of thousands. This is quite like the Tarouba Stadium project started by the PNM, where the budget was increased five times without the project being completed. The stadium is now considered unsafe.

Marlene McDonald has been appointed minister of housing and urban development. While in Opposition, she established a reputation as being resentful of development projects in communities outside of Port of Spain and the East/West corridor. She led the rebirth of the phrase "south of the Caroni River". She has also never fully answered for having her husband benefit from hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding under a paper NGO during the previous PNM Government.

Shamfa Cudjoe has been appointed minister of tourism, coming on the heels of years in Opposition singing the song of victim for Tobago, claiming the island should have been getting more out of the national budget, but refusing to entertain questions on what Tobago stands to contribute to the treasury.

All of these appointments, notwithstanding, Avinash Singh who has been the lone East Indian front-liner for the PNM, having fought and lost two general elections in the name of the PNM, has been given the most junior government post of parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. Singh's position is even junior to a Tobago PNM MP, Ayanna Webster, who was appointed -- seemingly as an afterthought -- as a minister of state in the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has been handed to an unknown in Nicole Oliveirre. The previous PNM Government left the energy sector in shambles, with oil and gas production plummeting, and with the exploration and energy services subsectors almost fully collapsed. With a newcomer now having to sit across negotiations with some of the most powerful CEOs on the planet, we await news of a reversal of the growth achieved in the past five years.

And who can forget Maxie Cuffie, the new minister of Rowley's information machinery. As a former editor of a weekly tabloid, the TnT Mirror, one wonders whether government information will be similar to the stories in the highly distrusted tabloid.

Trade and industry is now taken by Paula Gopee-Scoon, one of Trinidad & Tobago's most failing foreign affairs ministers under a previous PNM Government. We await news on what will happen to undo the work done by former Minister Vasant Bharath who earned the reputation of having the Midas touch by revolutionising the ease of doing business in Trinidad & Tobago.

What these appointments and revelations all point to is that Trinidad & Tobago is in for a rough ride. Not because of low energy prices, but because Keith Rowley's Cabinet has brought together the usual suspects who, all told, spent over $400 billion between 2001 and 2010 and, by the time they left office, left behind incomplete, over-budgeted projects, with contractors being owed billions. The PNM has never been able to manage the economy outside of boom conditions, and Trinidad & Tobago might just have made its final fatal error by putting the PNM to manage what will certainly be the decline of what could have been a great nation.

Already, people are asking, "Oh, my God, what have we done?"

Gerald Vincent resides in Trinidad and Tobago. Send comments to the Observer or to geraldvincent.tt@ gmail.com.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: MEP on September 13, 2015, 09:54:35 AM
Don't give that article any credence it's a disgruntled UNC member posing as a journalist. Pure non-sense.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Socapro on September 13, 2015, 10:20:28 AM
Don't give that article any credence it's a disgruntled UNC member posing as a journalist. Pure non-sense.

:thumbsup:

That article is total garbage.

Also the new administration is not the Rowley Admininstarion, it is the PNM Administration.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 13, 2015, 11:17:43 AM
Don't give that article any credence it's a disgruntled UNC member posing as a journalist. Pure non-sense.

:thumbsup:

That article is total garbage.

Also the new administration is not the Rowley Admininstarion, it is the PNM Administration.

Pro, once a government takes office it is customary to refer to the gov't as such. The party apparatus at Balisier House continues to function separately. Hence, for example, why Faris Al-Rawi stepped away from his position as PRO. Of course, we know which party won the election, but the emergent entity is the gov't ... not the party. The government has to cloak itself in governance, not in electoral triumphalism. The party addresses a different priority.

It's also "why" the PM indicated he is the PM of all, and not PM of the PNM. It is "his" admin and gov't.

Also, substantively, there are at least nuanced differences in administrative approaches despite PMs holding party affiliations in common. The Williams gov't was not the same as the Manning gov't despite both gov'ts emerging from PNM victories at the polls. Similarly, the Panday administration was not the same as the Persad-Bissessar administration, despite the commonality of party affiliation.

Once "party" is conflated with "administration", the journey down the wrong path has begun.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: MEP on September 13, 2015, 11:27:24 AM
-Socapro
  It is part of the UNC propaganda machine at work again. I wonder how many Caribbean newspapers they are bombarding with articles.
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All of these appointments, notwithstanding, Avinash Singh who has been the lone East Indian front-liner for the PNM,
[/b] that highly concerns me as everything becomes race oriented again.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 13, 2015, 11:27:56 AM
I found it interesting that the article was presented to the Jamaican audience. Is the writer Trini or Jamaican?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Socapro on September 13, 2015, 03:55:25 PM
I found it interesting that the article was presented to the Jamaican audience. Is the writer Trini or Jamaican?

Don't matter who wrote the article it is total garbage.
If you can't identify garbage when you read it then you are in danger of becoming like the average brainwashed and misinformed UNC supporter.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 13, 2015, 05:47:40 PM
I found it interesting that the article was presented to the Jamaican audience. Is the writer Trini or Jamaican?

Don't matter who wrote the article it is total garbage.
If you can't identify garbage when you read it then you are in danger of becoming like the average brainwashed and misinformed UNC supporter.

Bredrin, I didn't sniff the glue ... just posted the article on the "wall" for general consumption and discussion. I'm not in the habit of posting only that with which I am in agreement.

I would be interested in learning more about the writer. That would unearth things.

Indicating that the writer "resides in Trinidad and Tobago" could point to the writer being a Jamaican expat.

 Maybe this guy? (https://tt.linkedin.com/pub/gerald-vincent/78/836/ba8)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: R45 on September 14, 2015, 09:00:53 AM
Bredrin, I didn't sniff the glue ... just posted the article on the "wall" for general consumption and discussion. I'm not in the habit of posting only that with which I am in agreement.

I would be interested in learning more about the writer. That would unearth things.

Indicating that the writer "resides in Trinidad and Tobago" could point to the writer being a Jamaican expat.

 Maybe this guy? (https://tt.linkedin.com/pub/gerald-vincent/78/836/ba8)

It wasn't written by Gerald Vincent - it was actually written by Marcia Braveboy. She is Trinidad's equivalent to a Sean Hannity / Glen Beck. A very toxic woman that thrives on being controversial and getting attention. I'd suggest ignoring this article and paying no attention to her.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bakes on September 14, 2015, 09:14:45 AM
Interesting... and not surprising if true.  That Grenadian has been working as a paid hatchetwoman for the PP for the past couple years.  Too bad they can't deport she.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on September 14, 2015, 02:26:44 PM
Interesting... and not surprising if true.  That Grenadian has been working as a paid hatchetwoman for the PP for the past couple years.  Too bad they can't deport she.
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word is CNMG staff now in mad tussle to find lawyers to fight for their jobs......ting is political pawn is a role dat has a shelf life d same as d gov't in power, and dem people engage in  some real vile and repulsive behavior on top of all dat so..................
Title: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: grimm01 on September 14, 2015, 06:42:24 PM
Interesting... and not surprising if true.  That Grenadian has been working as a paid hatchetwoman for the PP for the past couple years.  Too bad they can't deport she.

Ever notice that when the UNC want to really dig into Rowley and the PNM they use a certain type of surrogate to carry out the attack? What does Jack Warner, Vernella Toppin, Rodney Charles and Marcia Braveboy all have in common? They are all...








Damn Ugly
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 14, 2015, 10:26:43 PM


PM ADDRESSES PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley addressed Government Ministers and Permanent Secretaries at the Office of the Prime Minister today

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153636226197996/ (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153636226197996/)

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 15, 2015, 03:23:45 PM
JCC continues push for procurement
By Sean Nero, (Guardian).


The Keith Rowley administration will get no honeymoon from the Joint Consultative Council (JCC). The lobby group will continue its push for full implementation of the procurement legislation, as well as the Planning and Facilitation of Development Act, its president Afra Raymond told the T&T Guardian.

Raymond said the JCC will also not be letting up on the controversial issue of how the Dachin Group was trying to develop Invaders Bay in Woodbrook. We achieved a certain amount with respect to the Planning and Facilitation of Development Act in June last year and that is still partially proclaimed and is still being implemented. There are important elements of work to be done on that.

“The one that has been the headline item has really been the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, which was partially proclaimed by President (Anthony) Carmona on the 31st of July. It was partially proclaimed. I should hasten to add (that) in accordance with our wishes as the main campaigners in terms of what parts we wanted proclaimed,” he said.

“So this is no Section 34 situation, where there was any ambush in the night. And we want to note again that we were very concerned about Section 34 and regard it as a completely wrong situation. And that’s not what happened here, with the partial proclamation of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act.”

Raymond’s realisation of the procurement law was not due to the efforts of the JCC alone. He praised the T&T Chamber of Commerce, the T&T Manufacturers Association (TTMA), the Transparency Institute, the Local Content Chamber, the American Chamber of Commerce T&T, Fitun and the T&T Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI) for their work to push for the legislation.

“I could say that the public has become a lot more sensitive and aware of procurement as an issue and it is an important issue that needs to be strongly tackled if the country is to move forward,” he said.

“We need to break this cycle of electing a new government (having) a few weeks of hope and then they get caught up in some nonsense (where) people start with the no comment, no comment. Then they want to get advice from their lawyers and lawyers’ letters start flying.

“We want to get out of that cycle and get to a cycle where when the country spends a dollar, we get a dollar in value. We want to break out of the cycle of disappointment and the cycle of waste and the cycle of theft. I think the public is well informed as to what are the significant things here.”

Raymond said the time has come for the public to become more proactive by getting involved in groups such as the Constitutional Reform Forum and the Transparency Institute which are more than talk shops.

“They can play a greater role, but more people need to get involved and people who have the energy and have ideas and they have objectives. Citizens can get involved and can have an effect. Our fight is fundamentally in respect of the improper process that was deployed to develop the land at Invaders Bay and we maintain the view that what has taken place there is totally illegal; a complete breach of all professional practice and should have been withdrawn when all of that was pointed out to them,” he said.

“It wasn’t withdrawn, so we ended up having to take up particular points to the courts which we won on the 14th of July last year and we have now gone to the Appeal Court. This propensity to litigate everything is a bit regrettable. We would like some good sense where something is wrong we can pause and try again to get it right.”
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 15, 2015, 03:31:12 PM
Dear Prime Minister
By Mark Lyndersay, (Guardian).


Good day, sir. I have no doubt that there are many things that demand priority action from you at this time. The budget is coming up, and you’ve got to figure out what to do about the energy sector. Deciding how to cut spending over the next three years and how to spend what’s left is going to be mission number one.

The adjustments you have to make must be ruthless if 2025 is to be a good year for this country and they must begin now, while the party enjoys a surge in its popularity. Immediately noticeable among your first acts has been the consolidation of a sprawl of 31 ministries condensed into 23, and the promotion of Caricom as a Ministry focus alongside the demotion of gender.

Also disappearing is the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, the component parts of which are likely to return to the ministries they were extracted from. While that ministry was more focused on tertiary education than anything else, the idea of an arm of government devoted to technology remains compelling.

Technology desperately needs a knowledgeable czar to drive radical and overdue change in the development profile of T&T. There probably isn’t a need for a dedicated ministry to achieve that, though a Ministry of Technology would be a statement so dramatic and bold that it would demand a supporting agenda and profile of action to justify its existence.

That’s been missing in this country’s long foundering efforts to press into meaningful service the deliberations of technocrats in both the private and public sectors who have put serious work into charting a path forward for this country over the last 20 years.

Those efforts have generated sprawling and ambitious plans from which previous governments have plucked the least important, most publicly palatable bits to offer as evidence of a commitment to technology development. So what should you be doing about this, then, good sir?

You aren’t the first Prime Minister I’ve written to after being sworn into office. A few things I wrote about here (http://technewstt.com/bd732/) got started, I hope you find the time to address some of these concerns.

For one thing, the government has no business getting involved in actual tech development. Bureaucracies move too slowly and the ambitions of politicians are far too small for serious tech projects. The business of government generally, and more specifically in the arena of technology, must be in providing an enabling environment for businesses of all sizes to invest in the sector.

This country, which has long nursed ambitions of being the financial hub of the Caribbean archipelago, must address the long delayed issue of online payments, the first lubrication point for the establishment of a growth-poised tech sector.

The most immediate technology related challenge awaiting the new administration will be making sense of the PP government’s distribution of hundreds of thousands of laptops into the school system over the last five years.

I believe, quite sincerely, that it was both a smart and a good thing to do, despite the dramatic disconnect that emerged between the devices and classroom and teaching pedagogy. I’m an unabashed champion of putting powerful technology in front of young minds and for that reason alone; the project should be continued.

But the failures of the project must be addressed, and I must be frank, your — quite literally — old-school Minister of Education is not the person to drive a reevaluation of this initiative.

You’ve decided to be a Prime Minister of oversight instead of micromanagement. To do that, you will need to understand the nation you are governing through impartial, continuously updated data, not sanitised reports designed to inflate egos or cover vulnerable asses. And speaking of data, your party may have won the popular vote, but almost as many who had the franchise chose not to vote at all.

You must forgive my bluntness here, sir, but the PNM did less to win the election than the UNC did to lose it. Use technology to take the pulse of the people in your charge. A disturbing number of young citizens feel no connection with a bureaucracy they barely understand, far less support.

Create a moderated online chatroom and commit to spending an hour in it once a week to respond to questions about the country and your governance. Listen to what the people have to say and respond honestly and frankly. You’ll be surprised at what you discover about the T&T that lies just out of reach and beyond the campaign trail.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 15, 2015, 03:35:46 PM
Imbert: Jwala not a priority at this time
By Darren Bahaw and Renuka Singh, (Guardian).


Finance Minister Colm Imbert is set to review the tenure of Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran.

The move comes in the face of a pending audit by the Office of the Auditor General, which is expected to wrap up its exercise before year’s end, and a series of public complaints by financial institutions over the shortage of foreign currency.

The T&T Guardian understands that the State is seeking to use provisions of the Central Bank Act in order to remove Rambarran, who was appointed on July 13, 2012—for a five-year term—from office. The government would have to prove that he failed to conduct his duties or functions as prescribed by the Act.

The issues being raised against Rambarran include his implementation of a foreign exchange system that has created shortages for both the public and businesses and that under his watch the staff ballooned by over 200 people, Central Bank sources said.

Former Clico chairman Gerald Yetming, who was sacked on June 5, has called for Rambarran to be fired over his decision to terminate his (Yetming) and Carolyn John’s appointments at Clico.

Sources said former finance minister Larry Howai had requested a report from Rambarran regarding the sacking of Yetming and John but the report was only sent on September 7, the day of the general election.

The T&T Guardian has learned that Rambarran has already retained lawyers to sift through the Central Bank Act in order to defend his position as governor, should the question of his dismissal or suspension arise.

Central Bank insiders said under Rambarran’s tenure he stopped the bank’s monthly meeting with regulatory and financial institutions leaving them in the dark and with little option but to raise their concerns in public.

“We have never had such a scenario before,” said one long-standing Central Bank employee.

One of the key legacy items under Rambarran’s tenure, the issuance of a $50 note, which the bank spent a considerable sum to launch, has also hit several crippling hurdles, including the fact that Automatic Teller Machines, used by commercial banks, cannot dispense the new polymer note.

Sources said that the Central Bank suggested that commercial banks change their machines to accommodate the note, but this was rejected.

Imbert last night in an email exchange said his primary focus was preparing the 2016 budget.

“I have already made it clear on more than one occasion since being sworn in, including as recently as this morning on the radio, that my primary focus at this time is on preparing the 2016 budget, which, by law, I must have debated and passed by October latest.

“In the circumstances, why on earth would you think I would be ‘looking’ at something else, like this, at this time?” Imbert asked.

Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie told the T&T Guardian that he was unaware of such reports and referred the T&T Guardian to Imbert.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said last night the matter had not been referred to him and also referred it back to Imbert.

In May last year, the People’s National Movement (PNM) openly criticised Rambarran for implementing a new foreign exchange system which led to critical shortages in the commercial banking sector.

The PNM said then that Rambarran’s new system had the potential to create a shortage and hoarding of US currency.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Central Bank responded to one of the questions posed by the T&T Guardian regarding the hiring of over 200 more staff under Rambarran’s tenure.

“As indicated in the Central Bank Annual Reports 2012, 2013 and 2014, the bank’s manpower numbers grew consistent with expanded accountabilities of the institution and improvements in operational efficiency,” the bank said.

It said the Financial Institutions Supervision Department (FISD) accounted for the second largest piece of the recruitment pie at 14 per cent.

This was primarily due to the bank’s expanding responsibility to supervise Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs)—Unit Trust Corporation (UTC), the National Insurance Board (NIB), Home Mortgage Bank (HMB), T&T Mortgage Finance Company (TTMF) and the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB)—as well as the increased importance of anti-money laundering efforts.

According to the bank’s statement, the newly-created Statistics Department accounted for approximately six per cent of the recruitments.

The bank established a Statistics Department in 2013 out of the Statistics Unit of the Research Department, as there was a need to streamline the statistical functions being undertaken by a number of bank departments.

It was apparent that these processes had inherent inefficiencies that led to delays in information dissemination, the bank said.

The bank also cited retirement as one of the reasons for the increased hires, saying that 38 per cent of employee separations over the past three years were as a result of retirements.

​MORE INFO

In June 2014, then Opposition MP Colm Imbert contributing to a motion on Government’s failure to deal effectively with the current foreign exchange crisis described Rambarran as an “on-the-job trainee.”

Imbert also accused Rambarran of having no experience managing a large organisation.

“I am speaking the truth and going to take full responsibility for that. The governor of the Central Bank has introduced a system where 90 per cent of the available foreign exchange is auctioned to 12 foreign exchange dealers, including foreign exchange dealers who have a very small customer base... giving large sums of foreign exchange to financial institutions that don’t need it,” Imbert said then.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 15, 2015, 03:38:26 PM
Baptiste-Primus wants productivity linked to wage hikes
By Sean Nero, (Guardian).


The creation and ultimate implementation of systems to link productivity to higher wages in the public sector will be a priority of the Dr Keith Rowley administration, Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste–Primus has said. “One important area that I would place before the tripartite committee is the development of a formula of linking wage increases to productivity,” she said during yesterday’s Showdown programme on I95.5FM.

“I remember a couple years ago, when I was president of the PSA (Public services Association) I had written the then minister of public administration indicating that we were prepared to sit and discuss how do we go about improving and increasing productivity in the public service: incentives, the kinds of tool and equipment, the work environment. There are certain factors that you have to pull together in order to develop that formula. That is an area of priority that I would want to place before the tripartite committee.”

Baptiste said her intent was to strengthen the small business development programme under her portfolio to further stimulate the economy and achieve a greater push toward economic diversification.

“As we all know, the backbone of any successful economy are the small businesses. And therefore, I would want to go in there (the ministry) see what is happening, what the statistic tells us, how much money has been loaned out for different businesses. Are these functioning loans? But how successful are these businesses for which the monies were loaned in term of their contribution to the economic activity of the country and there contribution to the employment rate?

“I have high expectations for this ministry. Very high benchmarks will be established. That can’t be done until an assessment is done on what is existing, at this time,” said the minister.

Baptiste-Primus said stated owned National Enterprise Development Company Limited (NEDCO) was the mechanism through which taxpayers were providing funds to be channelled in the form of start-up capital to citizens desirous of driving the motor of economic activity.

As such, she said citizens needed to know “whether or not those loans are being repaid? Whether or not there are lapses? What kind of mechanisms are in place to ensure this wheel continues to turn in a positive way?” Addressing the issue of income inequality, she said the matter would be put before the tripartite committee, which she insisted was an important organ and mechanism that would bring everyone on board. 

“We know the scale will never be equally balanced. That would be Utopian,” Baptiste-Primus said. “But at least people can earn what is popularly referred to as a living wage. When people work and they cannot sustain themselves, then there is a negative spin-off in the crime rate; in all the other negative areas of the society.”   
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bakes on September 15, 2015, 07:53:16 PM
Ever notice that when the UNC want to really dig into Rowley and the PNM they use a certain type of surrogate to carry out the attack? What does Jack Warner, Vernella Toppin, Rodney Charles and Marcia Braveboy all have in common? They are all...








Damn Ugly

The ethnicity of the attack dog seems pointed too... either to preempt cries of racism, or to rub salt in the wound by the ironic use.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 16, 2015, 08:11:25 AM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 17, 2015, 04:13:29 PM

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Cabinet has approved appointments to three major state boards. Former Independent Senator Helen Drayton will serve as Chairman of a new board which will oversee the operations of CNMG/GISL. While former Chief Operating Officer of the ANSA McAL Group, Gerry Brooks, has been appointed as the new Chairman of NGC. Andrew Jupiter a Professor of Petroleum Studies at UWI has been appointed as the new chairman of Petrotrin.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 17, 2015, 04:14:55 PM

CONFIRMED: T&T’s 2015-2016 Budget will be presented in Parliament on Monday, 5th October at 1:30 PM.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 17, 2015, 09:15:53 PM

FORMER attorney general Bridgid Annisette- George will be the Government’s nominee for the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley confirmed to Newsday on Friday.

Speaking moments after the inauguration of the new Cabinet, Rowley said, “The Speaker is going to be Bridgid Annisette- George, that is our offering to the Parliament


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 23, 2015, 01:51:20 PM

Prime Minister announces a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving

http://www.looptt.com/content/prime-minister-announces-day-prayer-and-thanksgiving (http://www.looptt.com/content/prime-minister-announces-day-prayer-and-thanksgiving)

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has invited all members of the public to join in the launch of a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving, which will take place at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah on Republic Day from 9 am.

A release from the President's office says a cross section of the country’s religious leaders will join the National Steel Symphony Orchestra, the Lydians and others, in celebrating 39 years of Republican Status, a strong democracy illustrated by peaceful transitions of governments over the years, the richness of our diversity and the prosperity we have enjoyed.

"Nationals of all faiths are encouraged to pray, individually or together, for peace and harmony in the Nation, and for guidance for its leaders to steer the ship of State on a path of progress, for the benefit of all our people," the release said.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 23, 2015, 06:22:13 PM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 24, 2015, 10:49:34 AM

Prime Minister announces a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving

http://www.looptt.com/content/prime-minister-announces-day-prayer-and-thanksgiving (http://www.looptt.com/content/prime-minister-announces-day-prayer-and-thanksgiving)

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has invited all members of the public to join in the launch of a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving, which will take place at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah on Republic Day from 9 am.

A release from the President's office says a cross section of the country’s religious leaders will join the National Steel Symphony Orchestra, the Lydians and others, in celebrating 39 years of Republican Status, a strong democracy illustrated by peaceful transitions of governments over the years, the richness of our diversity and the prosperity we have enjoyed.

"Nationals of all faiths are encouraged to pray, individually or together, for peace and harmony in the Nation, and for guidance for its leaders to steer the ship of State on a path of progress, for the benefit of all our people," the release said.





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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 24, 2015, 10:56:54 AM

PRIME MINISTER DR KEITH ROWLEY'S REPUBLIC DAY MESSAGE

The following has been submitted by the Office of the Prime Minister:

"Fellow citizens of Trinidad and Tobago

Today we celebrate the 39th anniversary of our country’s Republican Status.

Simply put, today we recognise and commemorate that historic day on 1st August 1976 when we, as an Independent Nation, took that defining decision that we no longer owed allegiance to the Queen of England; but rather that we had attained the maturity and confidence to fully govern ourselves through our own Head of State, the President, nominated from the citizenry.

We celebrate the holiday annually on the 24th September, as that was the date in 1976 of the first meeting of Parliament under the new Republican Constitution.

Governed by our Republican Constitution, Trinidad and Tobago subscribes to a body of rules and principles which ensures that all citizens regardless of race, sex religion, political or other opinion, status or birth enjoy fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Equally as important, our Constitution created various Service Commissions and an Integrity Commission to facilitate impartiality, correctness, decency and morality in public affairs.

I say to you today that my Government will bring to this nation accountable, responsive, transparent, equitable and efficient governance.

In moving forward, every citizen of this Nation will become inspired to do what is right, what is necessary and what is in the best interest of our communities and our country.

Our onward journey may be dotted by a few challenges. But let us trust in that same acumen, determination and self-assurance which guided us to embrace a Republican status, to lead us to even greater achievements and success.

I give you my commitment that I and the members of my government, working closely with you, will use our expertise and experience, to put Trinidad and Tobago on a path to real transformation, growth and peace.

On this, the occasion of Republic Day 2015, let us all accept the responsibility we have as citizens to our nation and re-commit to building an even stronger Trinidad and Tobago.

It is with this understanding that I make a call to the entire nation to designate and observe this Republic Day as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer, as we continue to ask God’s blessings on all the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

I wish you all a very happy and safe Republic Day.

May God continue to bless us all and may God bless our Nation."

https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/photos/a.270658877995.143179.126206357995/10153658460447996/?type=3 (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/photos/a.270658877995.143179.126206357995/10153658460447996/?type=3)


Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: frico on September 25, 2015, 04:01:48 AM
So Hinds is not anti Indian,and doesn't have a $14,000,000 mansion,I have been reading the Express for the last 10 or 12 years,and I seem to recall all the points made to be true,some I can clearly remember,some are vague,but I certainly don't think it's garbage.I hope the new government carries on the good work the UNC started,especially in the rural areas,the places that the PNM didn't know existed,lastly TBH Rowley is not the right man to head the PNM,and if he is the best,then that tells a story.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on September 25, 2015, 05:26:42 AM
So Frico, in your honest opinion, give it to we straight. We are mature people. election done. Who is the right person to lead the PNM?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Socapro on September 25, 2015, 06:13:23 AM
So Frico, in your honest opinion, give it to we straight. We are mature people. election done. Who is the right person to lead the PNM?

You bothering with Frico? His anti-India remark reminds me of some of these UNC people who have been promoting UNC propaganda on facebook in many of those UNC groups.

Since they lost elections many of them finally came out and said how they really felt and I am glad that they did so we now know the mentality of many of the UNC people we are dealing with.

Many of them seem to have forgotten that there are many many Afro-Trinis who support the UNC and many many Indo-Trinis who support the PNM which is a reflection of T&T as a multi-cultural nation.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on September 25, 2015, 09:11:25 AM
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Photos of the recent meeting of T&T and Venezuelan functionaries. Unless I'm mistaken, the reception of the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs constitutes the new PM's first meeting with a foreign government at this level.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 25, 2015, 09:13:48 AM
So Frico, in your honest opinion, give it to we straight. We are mature people. election done. Who is the right person to lead the PNM?

Watch Frico tell yuh Sat Maharaj  :)

Yuh aint see how the man so focused on race.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on September 25, 2015, 09:19:16 AM
frico is ah card carryin racist from long time  best to ignore him and he shit
Title: Mischief-makers out to distract*
Post by: Socapro on September 28, 2015, 05:14:43 PM
Mischief-makers out to distract* (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20150927/news/mischief-makers-out-to-distract)
By Joel Julien, joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com
Published on Sep 27, 2015, 9:28 pm AST (T&T Express)


MISCHIEF-MAKERS are trying to “derail” Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley from governing the country, but they will all fail, general secretary of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Ashton Ford has said.

Ford made the comments yesterday as he responded to concerns raised about Rowley wearing a balisier tie to the funeral of former PNM minister Errol Mahabir last Friday.

Ford said in 2012 the general council of the PNM ruled that the wearing of the tie bearing the party’s logo will be optional.

“We made the wearing of the tie optional. Individuals can wear it in the Parliament if they wish, but it is optional. More importantly, at all PNM events and PNM activities, all officers of the Movement wear the balisier tie,” Ford said.

Ford said that is exactly what Rowley did on Friday.

“At Mahabir’s funeral, PNM flags were flown at half mast and we paid due respect to him as an ex-officer of the Movement, ex-minister under the PNM government and a ex-parliamentary representative under the PNM government and we gave him his due, flags were flown at half mast and people wore balisier ties at the funeral. The balisier tie will always be there,” Ford said.

Ford said Rowley wearing the Balisier tie was a non-issue.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 29, 2015, 09:57:24 AM

Hopes rise for Rowley home-based diplomacy

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20150926/editorial/hopes-rise-for-rowley-home-based-diplomacy (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20150926/editorial/hopes-rise-for-rowley-home-based-diplomacy)

PRIME Minister Keith Rowley has demonstrated ability to resist the lure of international bright lights, in favour of pursuing diplomacy at home. The annual United Nations General Assembly was reported to have drawn 170 world leaders to its New York sessions that included a celebrity appearance by Pope Francis.

That Dr Rowley chose to have the T&T UN delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses reflects positively on a disposition against indulging in foreign travel likely yielding unclear national benefits. In Mr Moses, T&T could be assured of competent representation by someone with training and experience in international relations.

Dr Rowley was able, however, to advance T&T interests through a direct encounter with a high-level visiting Venezuelan delegation. Steady deterioration in relations between closest neighbour, Venezuela, and Caricom partner, Guyana, represents a worrisome development.

Dr Rowley was able to convey to the Caracas government leadership T&T’s concerns for a lowering of tensions between Venezuela and Guyana. He also pressed exhortations that “neither side will do anything to escalate” the dispute which should be “resolved in the best interest of all and in accordance with international law”.

Such highest-level T&T diplomatic involvement came against the background of reports that Venezuela had deployed troops to a contested area of its border with Guyana. Those moves had raised alarms in Georgetown which was this week the scene of a street parade by Guyanese troops.

Nothing is to be gained by military muscle-flexing by either side. Along with the region and the world, T&T hopes the Guyanese military show of defiance will not trigger responses in kind from its far more powerful neighbour.

For now, T&T can only urge peace and restraint in a dispute that has mounted with the discovery of oil on the Guyanese side of a border not recognised by Venezuela. Appropriately, the differences will be aired, for hopeful settlement through mediation, at the current UN sessions where T&T will have another opportunity for diplomatic input.

In Port of Spain, however, Prime Minister Rowley was also able to press the case for T&T-Venezuela collaboration in energy, trade, security, arts and culture. Most urgent among T&T interests remains that of joint natural gas exploitation in the Loran-Manatee cross-border field.

Both countries stand to gain from early implementation of that project. T&T, however, suffering a painful natural gas shortage, is especially keen to realise progress on this front.

Any positive steps toward earliest bringing ashore of cross-border gas would easily justify Dr Rowley’s stay-home decision, over sharing the big-time spotlight in New York.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 30, 2015, 06:17:31 AM
Minister to tackle outstanding $$ disputes*
Jenny and JTUM in labour meeting

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20150929/news/minister-to-tackle-outstanding-disputes (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20150929/news/minister-to-tackle-outstanding-disputes)

Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus yesterday announced that three committees will be set up to examine all outstanding wage negotiations, some of which date back to 2008.

The minister gave the assurance following a meeting with the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), at the ministry’s office, Tower C, International Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain.

“We are not comfortable at all about negotiations being outstanding for such long periods. It contributes to a lot of wasted man hours and the usual hostility that we can learn to grow out of if we do things in the proper manner,” she said.
Baptiste-Primus said during the meeting with JTUM, the stalled negotiations at Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies was flagged.
Negotiations at the college have been going on for more than four years now.

The Minister said this had to be addressed as it reflected badly on the Ministry of Labour.
“I have given the undertaking that the new board would be given a mandate to not only settle negotiations but to develop a new vision for that college, because that college’s history, in terms of the empowerment of not only workers but persons from the co-operative arena, must be channelled in a very positive way,” she stated.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 01, 2015, 06:01:09 PM


https://www.youtube.com/v/9o5es_i6JQY
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 01, 2015, 06:29:52 PM

Minister: We will act on school bullying

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2015-09-30/minister-we-will-act-school-bullying (http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2015-09-30/minister-we-will-act-school-bullying)

The Ministry of Education says it will act on any information brought to its attention as it relates to school violence and bullying.

Speaking briefly in a telephone yesterday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia expressed concern over the posting of online videos on social media, which depicted incidents of violence.

In the latest video posted to Facebook on Tuesday a male student from a secondary school in north Trinidad was seen slapping a younger boy in a classroom several times, while shouting obscenities and racial slurs at him.

The video was filmed by another student, while other students could be seen looking on.

Pressed to say what was the ministry’s policy regarding violence and bullying, Garcia said school principals had the authority to suspend students believed to be involved in such incidents.

Revealing that his ministry will soon host a national consultation, which will focus primarily on the syllabus and school discipline, Garcia said school supervisors also were assigned to each school, as part of the support mechanism to principals.

Garcia explained it was their responsibility to liaise with officials to ensure the smooth operation of the respective school.

Admitting that once an incident occurred the school first had to do its own investigation, Garcia said deans also were identified at each school to support the efforts of the principal to enforce discipline and the code of conduct.

Referring to the Education Act which empowers principals to suspend students “who go overboard,” Garcia said once a student/students were determined as the cause of injury/harm to others, they had the authority to suspend the child/children for a maximum of seven days.

He added: “If the situation was grave enough, principals can also apply to the ministry for an extension of the suspension.”

At least three new videos were posted to Facebook yesterday, showing students (both male and female), engaged in similar activities.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 05, 2015, 09:15:29 AM


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 05, 2015, 05:20:33 PM

GA$ UP, VAT DOWN


http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151005/news/gas-up-vat-down (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151005/news/gas-up-vat-down)

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert spent two hours this afternoon detailing how he said the previous administration mismanaged the economy and squandered the country's money, before calling on citizens to help reverse the decline.

Among the actions to be taken to reduce the budget deficit and generate revenue lost from declining oil and gas revenue, citizens were told that with immediate effect, they could expect a 15 per cent increase in the price of super gasoline and diesel.

Delivering the new government's first budget, having taken office September 7, Imbert said the increase was the beginning of the PNM Government's plan to roll back the fuel subsidy, which had cost the country $19 billion in the past four years.

The price of super gasoline will increase from $2.70 per litre to $3.11 per litre.

The diesel price goes from $1.50 per litre to $1.73 per litre.

Imbert, addressing Parliament at the International Waterfront, Port of Spain, said the increase in fuel prices will see a $340 million reduction annual subsidies, however the fuel subsidy is still expected to exceed $1 billion.

The budget has been pegged at an oil price of $45 per barrel of oil.

Citizens can also expect to pay less Value Added Tax (VAT) on non-luxury items (from 15 per cent to 12.5 per cent), but should start saving to pay the property tax which will be reintroduced as of January 1, while the Revenue Authority is established before the end of next year.

Big business can expect to pay more through the business fund levy and green fund, with a taxation regime to be devised for the gaming industry.

However, there will be multiple incentives for the Agriculture sector with tax exemptions for agriculture-related tools, supplies and chemicals.

Imbert also disclosed that the Judiciary would be given the financial autonomy that he had sought for many years. In 2016 there would also be the introduction of a video conference system from remand Yard, with lay magistrates to deal with minor offences in order to deal with the backlog of cases.

And $2.772 billion will go to Tobago, which represents 4.4 percent of the total budget, significantly above minimum, and more in percentage terms than Tobago from the Peoples Partnership government. He said that Tobago is to receive a further $1.13 billion from Central Government.

In addition, Imbert said the Solomon Hochoy Highway Project to Point Fortin would be completed, and the highway between San Fernando to Mayaro would be started, along with a new road to Toco (where a ferry terminal to Tobago is th be constructed), and a new road to Moruga, where new fishing facility would be built.

 
Other highlights:

- There will be a review and audit of the Children's Life Fund, the brainchild of the former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

- The government to make full use of the sporting facilities nearing completion.

Budget Figures:

Total Revenue:$60.28 billion.

Total Expenditure: $63.048 billion.

Pegged oil Price:US$45

National Security: $10.81 billion

Education and Training: 9.763 billion

Health: $6.088 billion

Public utilities $4.452 billion

Local government $2.72 billion

Works and Infrastructure: $1.95 billion

Housing: $1.663 billion

Transport: $1.563 billion

Agriculture: $831 million


Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 05, 2015, 05:23:23 PM

GA$ UP, VAT DOWN


http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151005/news/gas-up-vat-down (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151005/news/gas-up-vat-down)

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert spent two hours this afternoon detailing how he said the previous administration mismanaged the economy and squandered the country's money, before calling on citizens to help reverse the decline.

Among the actions to be taken to reduce the budget deficit and generate revenue lost from declining oil and gas revenue, citizens were told that with immediate effect, they could expect a 15 per cent increase in the price of super gasoline and diesel.

Delivering the new government's first budget, having taken office September 7, Imbert said the increase was the beginning of the PNM Government's plan to roll back the fuel subsidy, which had cost the country $19 billion in the past four years.

The price of super gasoline will increase from $2.70 per litre to $3.11 per litre.

The diesel price goes from $1.50 per litre to $1.73 per litre.

Imbert, addressing Parliament at the International Waterfront, Port of Spain, said the increase in fuel prices will see a $340 million reduction annual subsidies, however the fuel subsidy is still expected to exceed $1 billion.

The budget has been pegged at an oil price of $45 per barrel of oil.

Citizens can also expect to pay less Value Added Tax (VAT) on non-luxury items (from 15 per cent to 12.5 per cent), but should start saving to pay the property tax which will be reintroduced as of January 1, while the Revenue Authority is established before the end of next year.

Big business can expect to pay more through the business fund levy and green fund, with a taxation regime to be devised for the gaming industry.

However, there will be multiple incentives for the Agriculture sector with tax exemptions for agriculture-related tools, supplies and chemicals.

Imbert also disclosed that the Judiciary would be given the financial autonomy that he had sought for many years. In 2016 there would also be the introduction of a video conference system from remand Yard, with lay magistrates to deal with minor offences in order to deal with the backlog of cases.

And $2.772 billion will go to Tobago, which represents 4.4 percent of the total budget, significantly above minimum, and more in percentage terms than Tobago from the Peoples Partnership government. He said that Tobago is to receive a further $1.13 billion from Central Government.

In addition, Imbert said the Solomon Hochoy Highway Project to Point Fortin would be completed, and the highway between San Fernando to Mayaro would be started, along with a new road to Toco (where a ferry terminal to Tobago is th be constructed), and a new road to Moruga, where new fishing facility would be built.

 
Other highlights:

- There will be a review and audit of the Children's Life Fund, the brainchild of the former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

- The government to make full use of the sporting facilities nearing completion.

Budget Figures:

Total Revenue:$60.28 billion.

Total Expenditure: $63.048 billion.

Pegged oil Price:US$45

National Security: $10.81 billion

Education and Training: 9.763 billion

Health: $6.088 billion

Public utilities $4.452 billion

Local government $2.72 billion

Works and Infrastructure: $1.95 billion

Housing: $1.663 billion

Transport: $1.563 billion

Agriculture: $831 million




Download Budget Statement 2015/2016 delivered by Finance Min. Colm Imbert

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8A7QPkKr8NaRWgzWkIxYVA0bWc/view?pli=1
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on October 05, 2015, 07:32:04 PM
I eh see how much of that going into sport? I don't see the RR being built in the near future either. More important priorities to attend first. So brace for traffic  :(.  National security get the lion share.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 05, 2015, 07:57:56 PM
I eh see how much of that going into sport? I don't see the RR being built in the near future either. More important priorities to attend first. So brace for traffic  :(.  National security get the lion share.

Of course. what did you expect? Crime is a REAL problem in T&T
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 05, 2015, 07:59:33 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153681466687996/ (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153681466687996/)

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PRIME MINISTER DR KEITH ROWLEY SPREAKS AFTER BUDGET
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on October 05, 2015, 09:45:50 PM
I eh see how much of that going into sport? I don't see the RR being built in the near future either. More important priorities to attend first. So brace for traffic  :(.  National security get the lion share.

Of course. what did you expect? Crime is a REAL problem in T&T

Breds, the sad face was for the traffic. I have no issue with NS getting the lion share because our internal security is in shambles.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 05, 2015, 11:50:34 PM
I eh see how much of that going into sport? I don't see the RR being built in the near future either. More important priorities to attend first. So brace for traffic  :(.  National security get the lion share.

Of course. what did you expect? Crime is a REAL problem in T&T

Breds, the sad face was for the traffic. I have no issue with NS getting the lion share because our internal security is in shambles.
so has the crime issue been due to underfunding at National security ? Ok. Here's a idea ( nb: not mine, but I like it ), as done in other parts of the world, anybody especially the top dawgs, who have been found and convicted of being involved in funding of criminal activities, all assets - including immediate family assets seized and sold..similarly all officers of the law to be court marshalled, but no deals, general population .i.e. All criminals...surely deals may be made to ensure convictions, eg. Private cells.i.e.yes not part of general prison population but no buy out can occur here. No special privileges ,just as much National security as can be provided. These assets would pay for themselves. Whether be drugs or white collar issues, seize and sell their assets. The clicos, life sports,the corner pusher, the adult mugger,..for lesser crimes that does not affect or injure members of the population, strike rule..yes, we will give u opportunity to walk the right path or hide yuh stuff from us.. Since we have relationship with other countries, come to agreement to acquire/borrow manpower and patrol with local forces,  ensuring we do not suddenly live in an army state. Use proceeds of sales of assets to offset these initiatives.
I do think, the lion's share should go to the social programs,security for such workers in the troubled areas,and other such initiatives, however, I honestly, don't know what that ministry is. Probably, mental health.. I just prattling and brain storming doh..so any criticism or extrapolation of such welcome
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 06, 2015, 12:41:51 AM
I eh see how much of that going into sport? I don't see the RR being built in the near future either. More important priorities to attend first. So brace for traffic  :(.  National security get the lion share.

Of course. what did you expect? Crime is a REAL problem in T&T

Breds, the sad face was for the traffic. I have no issue with NS getting the lion share because our internal security is in shambles.
so has the crime issue been due to underfunding at National security ? Ok. Here's a idea ( nb: not mine, but I like it ), as done in other parts of the world, anybody especially the top dawgs, who have been found and convicted of being involved in funding of criminal activities, all assets - including immediate family assets seized and sold..similarly all officers of the law to be court marshalled, but no deals, general population .i.e. All criminals...surely deals may be made to ensure convictions, eg. Private cells.i.e.yes not part of general prison population but no buy out can occur here. No special privileges ,just as much National security as can be provided. These assets would pay for themselves. Whether be drugs or white collar issues, seize and sell their assets. The clicos, life sports,the corner pusher, the adult mugger,..for lesser crimes that does not affect or injure members of the population, strike rule..yes, we will give u opportunity to walk the right path or hide yuh stuff from us.. Since we have relationship with other countries, come to agreement to acquire/borrow manpower and patrol with local forces,  ensuring we do not suddenly live in an army state. Use proceeds of sales of assets to offset these initiatives.
I do think, the lion's share should go to the social programs,security for such workers in the troubled areas,and other such initiatives, however, I honestly, don't know what that ministry is. Probably, mental health.. I just prattling and brain storming doh..so any criticism or extrapolation of such welcome


I will just accept your response as someone who is just rambling out of frustration.  :D

Like you said in part of your ramble.. "You don't know".. "Probably", therefore leaving us to believe your response was not well thought through.  You would also want the lion share of the budget go to social programs. Ok I understand critical thinking is not your forte  :D
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 06, 2015, 02:20:45 PM
I eh see how much of that going into sport? I don't see the RR being built in the near future either. More important priorities to attend first. So brace for traffic  :(.  National security get the lion share.

Of course. what did you expect? Crime is a REAL problem in T&T

Breds, the sad face was for the traffic. I have no issue with NS getting the lion share because our internal security is in shambles.
so has the crime issue been due to underfunding at National security ? Ok. Here's a idea ( nb: not mine, but I like it ), as done in other parts of the world, anybody especially the top dawgs, who have been found and convicted of being involved in funding of criminal activities, all assets - including immediate family assets seized and sold..similarly all officers of the law to be court marshalled, but no deals, general population .i.e. All criminals...surely deals may be made to ensure convictions, eg. Private cells.i.e.yes not part of general prison population but no buy out can occur here. No special privileges ,just as much National security as can be provided. These assets would pay for themselves. Whether be drugs or white collar issues, seize and sell their assets. The clicos, life sports,the corner pusher, the adult mugger,..for lesser crimes that does not affect or injure members of the population, strike rule..yes, we will give u opportunity to walk the right path or hide yuh stuff from us.. Since we have relationship with other countries, come to agreement to acquire/borrow manpower and patrol with local forces,  ensuring we do not suddenly live in an army state. Use proceeds of sales of assets to offset these initiatives.
I do think, the lion's share should go to the social programs,security for such workers in the troubled areas,and other such initiatives, however, I honestly, don't know what that ministry is. Probably, mental health.. I just prattling and brain storming doh..so any criticism or extrapolation of such welcome


I will just accept your response as someone who is just rambling out of frustration.  :D

Like you said in part of your ramble.. "You don't know".. "Probably", therefore leaving us to believe your response was not well thought through.  You would also want the lion share of the budget go to social programs. Ok I understand critical thinking is not your forte  :D
nope.. as you hint that critical thinking is yours, please pass the knowledge. I am willing to listen/read and learn. what are your well thought out suggestions. Open discussion, no insults. well,unless u know my type so well and have already determined, i'm not even capable of learning. Go ahead. Educate, don't denigrate
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 06, 2015, 06:26:45 PM
Here is a start  of idea exchange , I just chose a few at random, readily available, no particular reason.

http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/en/reseau/services.php             select Social problems see if any of it may apply

http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/research/forum/e081/e081f-eng.shtml
http://lionheart.org/prison/
https://www.guelphhumber.ca/fcss
http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/parenting/social-services-and-your-family/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 07, 2015, 05:36:28 PM
Here is a start  of idea exchange , I just chose a few at random, readily available, no particular reason.

http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/en/reseau/services.php             select Social problems see if any of it may apply

http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/research/forum/e081/e081f-eng.shtml
http://lionheart.org/prison/
https://www.guelphhumber.ca/fcss
http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/parenting/social-services-and-your-family/


Pumping more money into social services is not the answer, if anything you do not want to establish a culture where one is reliant on handouts. I am in support for assistance of those who need help to get back on their feet but not to the extreme where large portions of the national budget that is derived from tax payers dollars and national revenue is going towards handouts.


As for social problems go hand in hand with family values and discipline. The Govt can pump all the billions of dollars you are dreaming for in the budget for social programs but to solve this problem families have to take responsibility. This problem will always exist in a society where parents are not taking the responsibility to instill morals and values in their children. One of many examples is the value for hard work and gradual success has been replaced by getting rich quick (sometimes by illegal means).

 
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 07, 2015, 05:41:07 PM

T&T MINISTER OF FOREIGN AND CARICOM AFFAIRS DELIVERS FIRST ADDRESS TO UNITED NATIONS' GENERAL ASSEMBLY

https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153684535782996/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 07, 2015, 05:55:34 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153685094357996/ (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153685094357996/)

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MINISTER IMBERT AT CHAMBER

The Minister of Finance says if the government had removed the entire fuel subsidy it could have led to an uprising in the country similar to what happened in Nigeria.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 07, 2015, 06:42:23 PM
Here is a start  of idea exchange , I just chose a few at random, readily available, no particular reason.

http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/en/reseau/services.php             select Social problems see if any of it may apply

http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/research/forum/e081/e081f-eng.shtml
http://lionheart.org/prison/
https://www.guelphhumber.ca/fcss
http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/parenting/social-services-and-your-family/


Pumping more money into social services is not the answer, if anything you do not want to establish a culture where one is reliant on handouts. I am in support for assistance of those who need help to get back on their feet but not to the extreme where large portions of the national budget that is derived from tax payers dollars and national revenue is going towards handouts.


As for social problems go hand in hand with family values and discipline. The Govt can pump all the billions of dollars you are dreaming for in the budget for social programs but to solve this problem families have to take responsibility. This problem will always exist in a society where parents are not taking the responsibility to instill morals and values in their children. One of many examples is the value for hard work and gradual success has been replaced by getting rich quick (sometimes by illegal means).
What if the Morality & Values has skipped the parents generation, who is to show the children and those parents the way ? I'm not purporting that we add more financial welfare, but more moral building blocks to mend the social fibre that has obviously deteriorated. The problem is not the parents alone, it all of ours, we all have to handle it together. If even by setting examples and lending our assistance where necessary, better guided by people who study and understand the behavioural issues and startegies required.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on October 07, 2015, 07:02:29 PM
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What if the Morality & Values has skipped the parents generation, who is to show the children and those parents the way ? I'm not purporting that we add more financial welfare, but more moral building blocks to mend the social fibre that has obviously deteriorated. The problem is not the parents alone, it all of ours, we all have to handle it together. If even by setting examples and lending our assistance where necessary, better guided by people who study and understand the behavioural issues and startegies required.

this  :applause:

always dem problem, or UNC or PNM .. "YOUR Gov't.. never "our"! We don't take ownership (as SP said - responsibility)


Yuh notice we done start seeing the same sort of 'blame' thing like when PP took office. Rather than saying we have x.y and z problem and lets deal with it.


Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 07, 2015, 08:11:38 PM
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James: Budget favourably received by the population

https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153625163830610/ (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153625163830610/)

The 2016 budget was favourably received by the population. Political Analyst Dr. Winford James said the 2016 fiscal measures and noted that there seems to be an attitude of accommodation on the part of the population. Dr. James said the budget was in line with what was outlined in the PNM Manifesto
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 07, 2015, 10:25:54 PM
least we forget

https://www.google.ca/search?q=seizure+or+criminal+assets&ie=&oe=
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 07, 2015, 10:34:08 PM
Here is a start  of idea exchange , I just chose a few at random, readily available, no particular reason.

http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/en/reseau/services.php             select Social problems see if any of it may apply

http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/research/forum/e081/e081f-eng.shtml
http://lionheart.org/prison/
https://www.guelphhumber.ca/fcss
http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/parenting/social-services-and-your-family/


Pumping more money into social services is not the answer, if anything you do not want to establish a culture where one is reliant on handouts. I am in support for assistance of those who need help to get back on their feet but not to the extreme where large portions of the national budget that is derived from tax payers dollars and national revenue is going towards handouts.


As for social problems go hand in hand with family values and discipline. The Govt can pump all the billions of dollars you are dreaming for in the budget for social programs but to solve this problem families have to take responsibility. This problem will always exist in a society where parents are not taking the responsibility to instill morals and values in their children. One of many examples is the value for hard work and gradual success has been replaced by getting rich quick (sometimes by illegal means).
What if the Morality & Values has skipped the parents generation, who is to show the children and those parents the way ? I'm not purporting that we add more financial welfare, but more moral building blocks to mend the social fibre that has obviously deteriorated. The problem is not the parents alone, it all of ours, we all have to handle it together. If even by setting examples and lending our assistance where necessary, better guided by people who study and understand the behavioural issues and startegies required.

Not disagreeing with you. But like I said discipline and values are instilled from home. Yes the Govt can have programs and workshops to help with the problem and as a community we can address the problems BUT the parents and guardians at home are always the FIRST ones to mould their children to becoming future good productive citizens or lawless parasites of T&T

Now tell me what type of environment do you think this young girl has at home? Don't be shy, what comes to mind first? And this is just one out of many I can show you.

https://www.facebook.com/231192483608140/videos/944120415648673/ (https://www.facebook.com/231192483608140/videos/944120415648673/)

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 08, 2015, 11:32:31 AM
at work now, can't open FB will check laterMy point is. the discipline and values are NOT in the home. I saw this going out the door from since my time when my parents chose to send me away in '71. We have allways been a very free open society, but there is always a price to be paid with freedom...usually discipline, and wrong follow wrong without any restraint.  In many cases,
The parents either ignore or are ignorant to what the child does. (u know how much crap, i a GOOD boy get away with ?) Not that i did anything bad by today's standards, but my parents were totally oblivious to where i was. Them think I in savannah playing football, but I down in Chag, gone for a dip. They ketch meh is cutarse, but I never fraid no cutarse. Today's youth, more daring, more dangerous. Many of the GOOD parents are busy making the ends meet and/or have no time to monitor the youth. In some cases the youth from small has been rebellious and uncontrollable and parents have little control. they are still just parents..and especially when you have parents with weaknesses and morality issues, cause they themselves do what they learned to survive. , then you have nothing but the street and media to teach. Bad teachers.

I have very good kids, they love, respect and listen to me yet fraid meh to bad, cause they have seen me lose it. Yet, You think I can make them do what I want ? I constantly negotiating. Many ppl today, parents included do not have that time to invest and teach.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 08, 2015, 03:27:47 PM
at work now, can't open FB will check laterMy point is. the discipline and values are NOT in the home. I saw this going out the door from since my time when my parents chose to send me away in '71. We have allways been a very free open society, but there is always a price to be paid with freedom...usually discipline, and wrong follow wrong without any restraint.  In many cases,
The parents either ignore or are ignorant to what the child does. (u know how much crap, i a GOOD boy get away with ?) Not that i did anything bad by today's standards, but my parents were totally oblivious to where i was. Them think I in savannah playing football, but I down in Chag, gone for a dip. They ketch meh is cutarse, but I never fraid no cutarse. Today's youth, more daring, more dangerous. Many of the GOOD parents are busy making the ends meet and/or have no time to monitor the youth. In some cases the youth from small has been rebellious and uncontrollable and parents have little control. they are still just parents..and especially when you have parents with weaknesses and morality issues, cause they themselves do what they learned to survive. , then you have nothing but the street and media to teach. Bad teachers.

I have very good kids, they love, respect and listen to me yet fraid meh to bad, cause they have seen me lose it. Yet, You think I can make them do what I want ? I constantly negotiating. Many ppl today, parents included do not have that time to invest and teach.

So let me ask yuh ah question eh. So these so called good parents who too busy to be involved in a meaningful way in their children lives have time to fete? what about lime? how about being in the rum shop drinking for hours? eh? Are they too busy for all of dat? You want billions more spent on social programs to get them to change these habits?

How many of these so called good very busy parents you have mentioned take the time to have meaningful discussion with their children about school? about their children friends? What issues are bothering their children in class, in life, in the community? Iz Fathers engaging their daughters on the topic of sex and what type of man should be involved in their daughters future? or dey just too busy like yuh say?

My point is your desire to have more government finances involved does have some merits but the buck starts and stops at home with the parents because you can have all the educational workshops and programs in the school BUT the environment you go home to is most influential. So until parents and families take responsibility for their own families future you would not have presented an appropriate solution to a complex disease that is widespread in T&T today.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: maxg on October 08, 2015, 10:28:56 PM
Boss, I ent make it how it is. I can't say how or why. I only telling yuh as I see, and you calling it as you see too. Yeah, it shouldn't be so, yeah, it should be as you say. but who is to show that, is additional policing the answer ? more jails ? more patrol boats ? you, me, or bonafide leaders, and ppl who study social behaviours, methods and strategies ?

add:unlike many, I do not propose to have all the answers or think there is only one answer. I just suggested a possible method not previously or substantially implemented. If someone thinks that something as suggested won't help and the tried methods are to be stuck with, I cannot debate the possible outcomes or shortfalls. It is not my area of expertise, yet over the course of years it seems that past methods are not working, shouldn't we along with those then try to implement something else ?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 10, 2015, 05:35:03 PM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 10, 2015, 09:21:18 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153630002005610/ (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153630002005610/)

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Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe has raised concerns about the Tourism Development Company (TDC), which she has described as a, 'runaway horse'.

Minister Cudjoe, speaking in the house of representatives on Saturday morning, claimed that the TDC is out of control, and questioned how one director,a former national cricketer received thousands of US dollars for a CPL project.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 10, 2015, 09:25:17 PM
I want to salute the MP's of Laventille :salute:. This is EXACTLY what is needed in our nation communities. Some communities need it more than others. :applause:  :beermug: well done to everyone involved!

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=913622792055547&id=826120904139070 (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=913622792055547&id=826120904139070)

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Today's event at the Laventille Technology and Continuing Centre was a resounding success. The turn out of interesting parents and youth was overwhelming.

M.P. Hinds, M.P. Leonce and Chairman Thomas were in attendance with a host of U.T.T. facilitators.
There message was well received by all in attendance and it is an indication of good things to come for the residents of Laventille East/West
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 11, 2015, 05:49:26 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153630002005610/ (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153630002005610/)

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Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe has raised concerns about the Tourism Development Company (TDC), which she has described as a, 'runaway horse'.

Minister Cudjoe, speaking in the house of representatives on Saturday morning, claimed that the TDC is out of control, and questioned how one director,a former national cricketer received thousands of US dollars for a CPL project.

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/12118877_10208163427753244_1227405559771872573_n.jpg?oh=0f21741947e9489c0c30adf5f18ea512&oe=569885C7)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 12, 2015, 11:06:52 PM
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The bad behaviour in the parliament continues as a member of the opposition can be heard making crude remarks to the Attorney General and the MP for San Fernando West. The speaker called for respect among members.

Moonilal just being himself again. No surprise here https://www.facebook.com/CCNTV6/videos/956719001036959/ (https://www.facebook.com/CCNTV6/videos/956719001036959/)
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on October 13, 2015, 06:36:53 AM
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The bad behaviour in the parliament continues as a member of the opposition can be heard making crude remarks to the Attorney General and the MP for San Fernando West. The speaker called for respect among members.

Moonilal just being himself again. No surprise here https://www.facebook.com/CCNTV6/videos/956719001036959/ (https://www.facebook.com/CCNTV6/videos/956719001036959/)
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at d same time Rowley need to reign in all dat "we time now" and homophobic rhetoric, appearances is everything and right now yuh NOT seeing d spirit of d victory speech playin out in parliament

dey could prosecute all d wrong doing sans d aloofness
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: R45 on October 14, 2015, 10:38:09 AM
at d same time Rowley need to reign in all dat "we time now" and homophobic rhetoric, appearances is everything and right now yuh NOT seeing d spirit of d victory speech playin out in parliament

dey could prosecute all d wrong doing sans d aloofness

I think he (Rowley) has been trying to keep it civil, but there are some real loosed lipped characters in his government (Imbert, Hinds, McDonald for example) that are prone to saying offensive things and using dumb rhetoric. It'll be interesting to see how he manages the message/tone of the government.

Manning had a very autocratic style, and micro-managed his cabinet / controlled the message. Rowley has campaigned on the opposite, so it'll be a test to reign in the personalities without completely muzzling them.

It ain't an easy job.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on October 14, 2015, 10:42:56 AM
Fair enough let's see how it goes.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 14, 2015, 01:20:25 PM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 14, 2015, 01:47:34 PM

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Mammy ah could not stop mehself, Hinds make meh do it  :'(
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 14, 2015, 02:11:02 PM

Imbert ends on positive note

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151014/news/imbert-ends-on-positive-note (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151014/news/imbert-ends-on-positive-note)

Finance Minister Colm Imbert closed the 2015-2016 budget debate in the House of Representatives on a positive note on Wednesday.

Imbert gave a crude oil price forecast which suggested that oil prices can reach close to US $70 a barrel in 2017.

He stated that a long term forecast for the period 2015 to 2025, done by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Economic Intelligenct Unit and OECD, predicted a steady increase in oil prices in 2016 and 2017.


Imbert said the World Bak projected that oil prices would reach approximately $61 a barrel in 2016 and $64 a barrel in 2017. The IMF projected $60 a barrel in 2016 and $63 a barrel in 2017, while the Economic Intelligent Unit projected $69 a barrel in 2016 and $80 in 2017, he said. The OECD projected $65 a barrel in 2016 and close to $70 a barrel in 2017.

Imbert said, ?Assuming all these analysts are correct we should expect to see a recovery of oil prices by 2017 of somewhere in the vicinity of $65 in 2017 for West Texas Intermediate and $65 a barrel is quite similar to the average price received for fiscal year 2015.?

He said with US$65 a barrel of oil, Trinidad and Tobago's revenue should be significantly enhanced.

Imbert noted that Pricewaterhouse estimated that with proper revenue collection, Trinidad and Tobago should be able to collect an additional $5 billion in revenue.

?If oil prices recover and we get that additional $10 billion and if we can reach target in terms of revenue collection of another $5 billion, we should have enhanced revenue by 2016 of $15 billion which should be able to continue on the path to growth and recovery,? he said.

However, should oil prices continue to slump, Imbert said, the Government would have to look at other fiscal measures and policies. ?But we are reasonably confident in terms of revenue collection reform, in terms of having national dialogue with the country on fuel subsidy, in terms of efficiency in the VAT administration that we will be able to bring country unto sustainable path by 2017,? he said.

He explained that in 2017, if it became necessar, the Government would have to avail itself of the last significant asset from the repayment of advances made to the CL Group with respect to the Government's bailout of the CL Group.


Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 16, 2015, 08:21:21 AM

First-class for high-level officials only *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only)

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First-class and business travel will now be restricted to only high-level persons in public office and the judiciary.

Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said yesterday that Cabinet accepted the recommendation for a proposal for a review of the travel arrangements for official overseas travel.

Speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, Cuffie said in an effort to streamline operations, Cabinet decided certain officers would be entitled to first-class travel and other officers would be asked to use the other classifications of travel that are available.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Socapro on October 16, 2015, 09:42:23 AM

First-class for high-level officials only *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only)

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First-class and business travel will now be restricted to only high-level persons in public office and the judiciary.

Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said yesterday that Cabinet accepted the recommendation for a proposal for a review of the travel arrangements for official overseas travel.

Speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, Cuffie said in an effort to streamline operations, Cabinet decided certain officers would be entitled to first-class travel and other officers would be asked to use the other classifications of travel that are available.

This move should save T&T taxpayers money on first class travel tickets for all government ministers.
Let them mix and interact with the general public who are they are supposed to be serving a little more rather than being encouraged to believe they are above the general flying travelling public.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 16, 2015, 03:23:36 PM
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MINISTRY OF TOURISM ADVISES THAT LIFEGUARDS WILL BE PAID OUTSTANDING MONEY TODAY

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/photos/a.270658877995.143179.126206357995/10153703449722996/?type=3 (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/photos/a.270658877995.143179.126206357995/10153703449722996/?type=3)

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The following is a statement from the Ministry of Tourism:

"The Ministry of Tourism has received notification that the Ministry of National Security will be paying the lifeguards today – Friday October 16, 2015.

The Lifeguard Services Division was formally transferred to the Ministry of National Security with effect from September 11, 2015.

Wages were delayed this month as the Financial Year 2014/2015 closed prior to the reading of the National Budget and the finalisation of the necessary financial and administrative processes especially with the re-assignment of the Lifeguard Services to the Ministry of National Security.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: pull stones on October 16, 2015, 05:33:08 PM

First-class for high-level officials only *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only)

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First-class and business travel will now be restricted to only high-level persons in public office and the judiciary.

Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said yesterday that Cabinet accepted the recommendation for a proposal for a review of the travel arrangements for official overseas travel.

Speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, Cuffie said in an effort to streamline operations, Cabinet decided certain officers would be entitled to first-class travel and other officers would be asked to use the other classifications of travel that are available.

This move should save T&T taxpayers money on first class travel tickets for all government ministers.
Let them mix and interact with the general public who are they are supposed to be serving a little more rather than being encouraged to believe they are above the general flying travelling public.
why? i am broke and i don't travel coach, so why should someone on official business travel coach only to show face? i think ministers-permanent secretaries-and CEO's on the country's business should be as comfortable as possible, but regular administrative officers and managers should not be afforded the luxury.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 17, 2015, 03:12:14 AM

Remember the song "take dat and cool it ?"..dat come to mind after seeing Imbert response to Kamla  ;D
 
Imbert has done a good so far in explaining drops and increases in budget allocations during the standing finance committee.

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153641421245610/ (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153641421245610/)

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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has questioned a drop in the allocation of the Food Support Programme. The former Prime Minister raised the question during the Finance Committee Sitting in the Parliament on Friday. However, Finance Minister Colm Imbert responded that the Government is seeking to cut mismanagement and corruption.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 17, 2015, 03:20:19 AM

First-class for high-level officials only *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151015/news/first-class-for-high-level-officials-only)

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First-class and business travel will now be restricted to only high-level persons in public office and the judiciary.

Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said yesterday that Cabinet accepted the recommendation for a proposal for a review of the travel arrangements for official overseas travel.

Speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, Cuffie said in an effort to streamline operations, Cabinet decided certain officers would be entitled to first-class travel and other officers would be asked to use the other classifications of travel that are available.

This move should save T&T taxpayers money on first class travel tickets for all government ministers.
Let them mix and interact with the general public who are they are supposed to be serving a little more rather than being encouraged to believe they are above the general flying travelling public.
why? i am broke and i don't travel coach, so why should someone on official business travel coach only to show face? i think ministers-permanent secretaries-and CEO's on the country's business should be as comfortable as possible, but regular administrative officers and managers should not be afforded the luxury.

https://www.facebook.com/CCNTV6/videos/958472200861639/ (https://www.facebook.com/CCNTV6/videos/958472200861639/)

NO FLY ZONE

The PNM Administration wants to drastically change the way the government handles travel.
Travel only when absolutely necessary, only a select few get to fly first or business class...and NO more free rides for the media.
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Title: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: grimm01 on October 17, 2015, 08:43:22 AM
So I was late to follow the so called controversy with Padarath and the princess and bull-it proof vest comments. I noticed that immediately after the comments the gay and lesbian community get in a huff and Smith end up apologizing to the gay community as well as Padarath.

However I was wondering, has Padarath ever come out officially and said he was gay? Or is it being assumed because he looks like a Ken doll? If he's not it seems like the reaction of the gay community has done more to stigmatize him than the original comments.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 20, 2015, 12:27:15 PM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 20, 2015, 12:54:28 PM
So I was late to follow the so called controversy with Padarath and the princess and bull-it proof vest comments. I noticed that immediately after the comments the gay and lesbian community get in a huff and Smith end up apologizing to the gay community as well as Padarath.

However I was wondering, has Padarath ever come out officially and said he was gay? Or is it being assumed because he looks like a Ken doll? If he's not it seems like the reaction of the gay community has done more to stigmatize him than the original comments.

This is the latest with MP Padarath

https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/posts/10153646798520610:0 (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/posts/10153646798520610:0)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 23, 2015, 02:17:21 PM

GOVERNMENT SOON TO BEGIN CONSIDERING PROPOSALS FOR TOBAGO SELF-GOVERNMENT

The following is a statement issued by the THA Information Division:
Government will begin considering proposals from the Tobago House of Assembly for self-government on the island, starting in January.

This announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley earlier today (October 23, 2015) during his visit to alma mater Bishop’s High School in Mt. Marie, Scarborough.

https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/posts/10153716908392996:0 (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/posts/10153716908392996:0)

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on October 24, 2015, 11:49:24 AM

The Central Government and the Tobago House of Assembly are set to work more closely together. This was revealed by both Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and THA Chief Secretary Orville London following a meeting at the Magdalena Grand on this afternoon. The Chief Secretary told reporters that the talks centred on the level of cooperative interaction between the Central Government and the THA.


https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153652806545610/


Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on November 02, 2015, 04:47:07 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153735598452996/ (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153735598452996/)

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PM PROMISES TO COMPLETE OUTSTANDING PROJECTS

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had made a commitment that all unfinished government projects will be completed under his tenure.

The Brian Lara Stadium was among the many projects the prime minister says will be completed.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on November 05, 2015, 05:13:41 PM

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https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/photos/a.10150137684225610.332278.377693645609/10153675098990610/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/photos/a.10150137684225610.332278.377693645609/10153675098990610/?type=3&theater)

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Cabinet has approved a Committee to review the practice of doctors who are working in both the private and public sector. The Committee will be chaired by Dr Winston Welsh and includes Howard University's President Dr Wayne Frederick, along with Professor Karl Theodore, Martin De Gannes, Dr Adesh Sirjusingh, Valene Rawlins and one member still to be named.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on November 23, 2015, 07:14:04 PM

"Economist Indera Sagewan-Alli says Government's decision to lower the income ceiling from $45,000 to $25,000 for HDC Housing is a “good move”. She says however, that Government needs to be clear with respect to the role it is playing in the provision of Subsidized Housing. She believes that a Public-Private Partnership model similar to that of the Savannah Villas is needed in Trinidad and Tobago that will provide more housing and the opportunity for young professionals to become first time home owners" See Video https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153706223445610/ (https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153706223445610/)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on December 12, 2015, 11:34:16 AM

11th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Summary:
~ Three Papers will be laid.
~ Questions to the Prime Minister as allowed under the Standing Orders, on every 2nd Sitting of the HOR, in each calendar month
~ Six Urgent Questions will be answered.
~ Two questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Section 56 of the Customs Act, exempt from import duties of Customs (moved by the Minister of Trade and Industry)
. Motion #2: Section 56(1)(a) of the Customs Act, exempt from import duties of Customs (moved by the Minister of Trade and Industry)
~ Private Business
. Motion #1: Provision of Learning Materials to Students (moved by the Member for Caroni East)
Click the Order Paper link below for details.

https://www.youtube.com/v/HMkWMNnOdOk
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on December 19, 2015, 01:34:25 PM

Whistle-blower law ‘in new year’

Government is hoping to have new whistle-blower legislation become law in the New Year.

This is according to Attorney General and chairman of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on whistle-blower legislation, Faris Al-Rawi.

The committee, which includes the leader of opposition business in the Senate, Wade Mark; Independent Senator Sophia Chote; and National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, held a news conference at the Parliament, yesterday, to update the nation on plans to have the proposed matter addressed.

The Whistle-blower Protection Bill, 2015, was laid in the House of Representatives on November 13 by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Al-Rawi said yesterday it was intended to combat corruption and other wrongdoings by encouraging and disseminating disclosures of improper conduct in the public and private sectors.

Al-Rawi said he hoped the matter would be dealt with and approved before the Parliament completed its first year’s work during this session by July.

He said the legislation would address the issue of witnesses and witness protection in relation to crime in the broadest sense, adding that those crimes could include any breaches in the public or private sector.

He said crimes could not be solved without witnesses, adding that the proposed law would make people comfortable in reporting the alleged breaches to different agencies, including the Integrity Commission. He said consultations with all stakeholders were expected to commence shortly. Among those being invited were the Law Association, the T&T Chamber of Commerce, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the media.

Al-Rawi said the committee was expected to submit its first report to the Parliament by January 22.

The proposed legislation alters the Constitution and requires a special three-fifths majority support to become law.

Mark said, yesterday, he was “not a crystal ball bearer. I can’t say what will happen in the future.”

He said the JSC was “working as a team with a view to bringing forward the best possible legislation that will incorporate and encompass all those measures that will ensure a balance in this whole process, so that you wouldn’t have malicious gossip being translated into disclosures.”

Mark said, “Whatever we do, we don’t want the legislation to be interpreted as if it is all part of a witch hunt.”

He said the legislation was “not about witch hunting anyone.”

Mark said T&T was “riddled with rumours, malicious gossip and you would not want persons purporting to be whistle blowers advancing frivolous, vexatious information and disclosures that can be detrimental to the reputation and good name of citizens in this republic."

Mark said there were provisions in the proposed legislation to deal with that matter. He said he maintained that whoever did the crime must do the time. Mark said the UNC was “not afraid of anything. We are committed to the development of a just, fair and equal society for all citizens.”
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on December 24, 2015, 03:14:46 AM
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JWALA, YOU'RE FIRED*
Govt writes President to revoke Central Bank Governor's appointment after controversial statement on foreign exchange, recession

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151223/news/jwala-youre-fired

CABINET yesterday took the decision to recommend to the President that the employment of Jwala Rambarran as Central Bank Governor be terminated.
It is understood that the acting President has signed off on Rambarran's dismissal.
President Anthony Carmona is overseas on vacation and Senate President Christine Kangaloo is acting as President.
Under the Constitution she has all the powers of the President and therefore is the competent authority to act upon the Cabinet's recommendation.

Sources said one of the key factors affecting the Cabinet's decision was that the Government had several legal opinions which indicated Rambarran had breached the provisions of the Central Bank Act and the Financial Institutions Act.


Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on December 24, 2015, 03:15:16 AM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: TdotTrini on December 24, 2015, 06:01:51 AM
NGC moves against SIS: $180m in assets frozen
Published on Dec 23, 2015, 9:16 pm AST
By Asha Javeed
asha.javeed@trinidadexpress.com

The National Gas Company (NGC) was yesterday granted an ex-parte order against Super Industrial Services (SIS) and Rain Forest Resorts Limited to freeze $180 million worth of assets.
In addition, SIS has to provide NGC’s attorneys with a list of all its assets, solely or jointly owned, exceeding $10,000, within 96 hours.
The order was granted by Justice Frank Seepersad.
The order explained that the prohibition includes the following assets in particular: the property and assets of SIS’s business or the sale money if any of them has been sold; and any money standing to the credit of any bank account, including the amount of any cheque drawn on such account which has not been cleared.
If SIS is able to pay $180 million to the court as security, or make provision in that sum by another method, the order will cease to have any effect.
The order allows SIS to spend $750,000 on legal advice and representation.
However, before SIS can spend any money, it must tell the NGC’s legal team “where the money is to come from”.
The order noted that:
1. It is a contempt of court for any person or entity notified of this Order knowingly to assist in or permit a breach of this Order. Any person or entity doing so may be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.
2. This injunction does not prevent any bank from exercising any right of set off it may have in respect of any facility which it gave to the Intended First Defendant (SIS) before it was notified of this Order.
3. No bank need enquire as to the application or proposed application of any money withdrawn by the Intended First Defendant (SIS) if the withdrawal appears to be permitted by this Order.
With regard to Rain Forest Resorts Limited, the order said the company was prohibited from dealing with or disposing of its property and assets.
Both SIS and Rain Forest have until 4 p.m. today to file a claim form.
There will another hearing on December 29 at 10 a.m. before Justice Robin Mohammed.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on December 29, 2015, 09:23:16 PM

Here’s the Full Address delivered by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on the State of the Economy

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153777794165610/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: kounty on December 30, 2015, 03:41:40 PM
I thought about T&T when I read about Saudi Arabia's new budget and economic response to the lower than expected oil prices. A good read for every Trinbagonian in my opinion.
Saudi Arabia hikes petrol prices by 40% at the pump (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/saudi-arabia-hikes-petrol-prices-40-pump-151228154350415.html)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on December 30, 2015, 05:53:22 PM
I thought about T&T when I read about Saudi Arabia's new budget and economic response to the lower than expected oil prices. A good read for every Trinbagonian in my opinion.
Saudi Arabia hikes petrol prices by 40% at the pump (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/saudi-arabia-hikes-petrol-prices-40-pump-151228154350415.html)


Saudis making adjustments but Kamla bumpin her gum.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on January 03, 2016, 08:14:44 AM
kinda ironic (whole dependency on fossil fuel), since the Saudis have one of the largest invested budget in solar power.

I'm sure they would be ah bumpin too if 3 canal wasn't against throat.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 12, 2016, 05:48:39 AM

12th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Summary:
- There are five papers to be laid.
- Eighteen questions qualified for oral answer
- The Finance Bill 2016 will be introduced. The Bill is expected to be read a second time and debated.

https://www.youtube.com/v/zizaLK6AYjA
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 12, 2016, 05:35:20 PM
The former People’s Partnership Administration stockpiled OVER $400,000 in alcohol at the PM's Official Residence in St Ann's. According to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley there are no records to show where the alcohol came from or who it was purchased from.
WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153807931100610/?fref=nf
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on January 12, 2016, 09:57:37 PM
Don't be petty Keith. That was and is for entertaining dignitaries, local and foreign.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: pull stones on January 13, 2016, 01:48:44 AM
So true. he's beginning to bug me with the car chasing. I would hope that someone in his court would tug on his coat tail and keep him in line with what's important instead of barking at flying birds. Enough already with the campaigning its much too early for that nonsense.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 13, 2016, 07:21:04 AM

Cuffie calls on all to share the burden*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160112/news/cuffie-calls-on-all-to-share-the-burden

WE must all pay our way.

This was the view of Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie as he defended the Government’s move to increase the number of items subject to VAT during his contribution to the Finance Bill on Monday.
Cuffie said it was necessary to take action as the country was not earning as much as it used to due to declining oil and gas prices.
“The increase in the number of items subject to VAT, while lowering the VAT rate, will ensure that Value Added Tax will now make a greater contribution to the economy of Trinidad and Tobago in the foreseeable future and, to some extent, compensate for our fall in oil revenues,” he said.
He said while many were seeing the current situation as an economic crisis, the Government viewed it as an opportunity.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 18, 2016, 01:50:14 PM

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the population must brace for adjustments in the light of the recession. Speaking at the opening of the Energy Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel this morning, the Prime Minister said declining oil prices and reduced demand required new government proposals. But he said this oil bust is different than the recession of 1986. WATCH:https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153820358895610/

He says adjustments must be made and the burden must be shared equally. Here’s the full address delivered by the Prime Minister at the Conference, which is being hosted by the Energy Chamber. The theme of the conference, which concludes on Wednesday 20th January 2016, is “Energy and Development”.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 21, 2016, 03:08:02 PM

JUST IN: Finance Minister the Honourable Colm Imbert joined Communications Minister the Honourable Maxie Cuffie at the post Cabinet news conference today.

Minister Imbert spoke of a $500 increase in pension payments and personal tax exemption limit re: VAT issue. The Minister displayed changes to the VAT schedule at the news conference. He says 59,000 will receive some $200 more in their pay packets.

Minister Imbert said 1/3 of households will experience an increase of about $50 a month in grocery bills due to new VAT schedule.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 21, 2016, 03:26:29 PM
13th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Summary:
~ Nine (9) papers will be laid.
~ Prime Minister's Question Time will be held.
~ Four Urgent Questions will be posed for answer.
~ Six questions qualified for Oral Answer.
~ Private Business
. Motion #1: Selection Process Order for Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police (moved by the Member for Chaguanas West)
. Motion #2: Qualification and Selection Criteria Order for Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police (moved by the Member for Chaguanas West)

https://www.youtube.com/v/FLjSa49zalg&spfreload=10

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on January 21, 2016, 10:21:09 PM
Keithos worried bout liquor found and school boys getting gunned down on their way home. (real sad)

Really thought this gov't would make ah dent on crime. Maybe it's time for SP plan oui!
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 22, 2016, 07:20:29 AM
Keithos worried bout liquor found and school boys getting gunned down on their way home. (real sad)

Really thought this gov't would make ah dent on crime. Maybe it's time for SP plan oui!

ting is I doh tink it as hard to arrest d violence in Laventile, tink dat everybody concerned to much with d political risk involved, I still at a loss as to how Diego get ah temporary base and we cyah put a detachment on d hill.....d way I see it d crime could slow down or if dem fellas on d hill stupid to fire on d army, open a door to stronger action.......but as it stands somebody have to grow d balls to wrest control of the hill from d criminal element........even if sneakily creating the justification for doing so.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 22, 2016, 07:59:11 AM

Public servants to get their backpay before September


Newsday
Friday, January 22, 2016

Good news for public servants who are awaiting their backpay.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert is assuring that all public servants will be paid “long before September 2016.” Imbert said “we are out there in the banking sector right now, determining how much money is available, what it will cost, but we will be borrowing to pay the arrears because we simply don’t have the cash.

That will be done long before September 2016.

I don’t want to give a precise date at this time but in a month or two, I will be able to give a precise date as to when we will be settling the arrears,” the minister told reporters.

Questioned about money owed to contractors, Minister Imbert said the “last administration didn’t pay their bills (so) more and more debts are piling up and more and more payments are due.”

Revealing the total to be in the billions, Minister Imbert said paying off the debt would “require a debt management strategy” by his ministry if it is to pay contractors while investing in projects to stimulate the economy. Government is looking at the issuance of bonds to do so.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on January 22, 2016, 08:44:13 AM

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ting is I doh tink it as hard to arrest d violence in Laventile, tink dat everybody concerned to much with d political risk involved, I still at a loss as to how Diego get ah temporary base and we cyah put a detachment on d hill.....d way I see it d crime could slow down or if dem fellas on d hill stupid to fire on d army, open a door to stronger action.......but as it stands somebody have to grow d balls to wrest control of the hill from d criminal element........even if sneakily creating the justification for doing so.

But Diego was/is hot too! Granted I doh live on the hill nor do I know what it's like... but the citizens really have to come to a point and say enough is enough and start pointing fingers and assist the law. But then, the same "law" is 'said' to have ties with gang and criminal elements. Real mess!
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 22, 2016, 09:12:56 AM

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ting is I doh tink it as hard to arrest d violence in Laventile, tink dat everybody concerned to much with d political risk involved, I still at a loss as to how Diego get ah temporary base and we cyah put a detachment on d hill.....d way I see it d crime could slow down or if dem fellas on d hill stupid to fire on d army, open a door to stronger action.......but as it stands somebody have to grow d balls to wrest control of the hill from d criminal element........even if sneakily creating the justification for doing so.


But Diego was/is hot too! Granted I doh live on the hill nor do I know what it's like... but the citizens really have to come to a point and say enough is enough and start pointing fingers and assist the law. But then, the same "law" is 'said' to have ties with gang and criminal elements. Real mess!

Everywhere in Trinidad has a lot of crime from Enterprise to Moruga to POS to Grande.. so iz not a Laventille or Diego issue. Also it did not start yesterday and did not start few months ago.. started a long time ago. We need more solutions and public dialogue among the people about the culture of crime instead of sitting back waiting for the Government to instill values and good conduct in citizens.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 22, 2016, 09:52:13 AM

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ting is I doh tink it as hard to arrest d violence in Laventile, tink dat everybody concerned to much with d political risk involved, I still at a loss as to how Diego get ah temporary base and we cyah put a detachment on d hill.....d way I see it d crime could slow down or if dem fellas on d hill stupid to fire on d army, open a door to stronger action.......but as it stands somebody have to grow d balls to wrest control of the hill from d criminal element........even if sneakily creating the justification for doing so.


But Diego was/is hot too! Granted I doh live on the hill nor do I know what it's like... but the citizens really have to come to a point and say enough is enough and start pointing fingers and assist the law. But then, the same "law" is 'said' to have ties with gang and criminal elements. Real mess!

Everywhere in Trinidad has a lot of crime from Enterprise to Moruga to POS to Grande.. so iz not a Laventille or Diego issue. Also it did not start yesterday and did not start few months ago.. started a long time ago. We need more solutions and public dialogue among the people about the culture of crime instead of sitting back waiting for the Government to instill values and good conduct in citizens.
.

sando we reach a stage where a govt must take genuine and decisive action on crime, changing d attitude of people is one ting.....but a mind dat already rotten may be beyond redemption....so addressin law enforcement deficiencies like visibility and most importantly the apparent complete lack deductive investigation skills in our police force is key................It still boggles the mind that we don't have "rostered" patrolling and central trackin and dispatch for police in this country and worst that the police themselves actively campaign against such efforts....if u are to believe some of the stories u hear
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 22, 2016, 09:57:54 AM

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ting is I doh tink it as hard to arrest d violence in Laventile, tink dat everybody concerned to much with d political risk involved, I still at a loss as to how Diego get ah temporary base and we cyah put a detachment on d hill.....d way I see it d crime could slow down or if dem fellas on d hill stupid to fire on d army, open a door to stronger action.......but as it stands somebody have to grow d balls to wrest control of the hill from d criminal element........even if sneakily creating the justification for doing so.


But Diego was/is hot too! Granted I doh live on the hill nor do I know what it's like... but the citizens really have to come to a point and say enough is enough and start pointing fingers and assist the law. But then, the same "law" is 'said' to have ties with gang and criminal elements. Real mess!

Everywhere in Trinidad has a lot of crime from Enterprise to Moruga to POS to Grande.. so iz not a Laventille or Diego issue. Also it did not start yesterday and did not start few months ago.. started a long time ago. We need more solutions and public dialogue among the people about the culture of crime instead of sitting back waiting for the Government to instill values and good conduct in citizens.
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sando we reach a stage where a govt must take genuine and decisive action on crime, changing d attitude of people is one ting.....but a mind dat already rotten may be beyond redemption....so addressin law enforcement deficiencies like visibility and most importantly the apparent complete lack deductive investigation skills in our police force is key................It still boggles the mind that we don't have "rostered" patrolling and central trackin and dispatch for police in this country and worst that the police themselves actively campaign against such efforts....if u are to believe some of the stories u hear

Government has a vital role in crime such as reforming a broken judicial system and preventing drugs and guns from coming into the country but if the people have a culture of crime then there will always be a problem. If the youths have no positive role models a home but instead its a dancehall artist or hip hop artist who is preaching violence then there is a problem. If there is mentality to get rich quick instead of working hard then there is a problem. If parents do not want to be parents and instill values and good conduct in children there will always be a problem. All of this is related to crime. Because the young men who are victims to this environment will do what it takes even by illegal means to get the life they desire even if its not the right life. So what that being said, like I said before there has to be a national dialogue among the public especially the youth about crime. And we must own up to the failures in our communities so we can properly find solutions.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 22, 2016, 10:15:41 AM
@ Sando prince

Who is waiting for the government to instill values and good conduct in citizens? Rather, the populace at large is "waiting" for a government to attack crime with steadfast application and to spawn results that reflect a notable diminution in crime, inclusive of "serious offenses".

Public dialogue? How much more are you urging? If both internal (within the law enforcement apparatus of the state) and external purges are necessary to stop the rot, then that is what must occur. Unfortunately, I detect a taint of defensive and subjective partisanship in your comments.

There must be political will manifested in action to retard the expressions of criminal activity that indicate nothing other than impunity and callous disregard for the reach of the state. If this present administration fails to recognize the magnitude of the task to which it has become a signatory, it will squander more than political consequences.

Crime is the Number One issue (even considering economic realities) and it should be treated as such, in a manner that is everything other than business as usual. Enough about the persisting legacy of the criminal environment. That is apologist nonsense. I am less interested in when it started, and more interested in how/when it will be mitigated. And, my guess is, accomplishing that would be a vote winner.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 22, 2016, 10:36:30 AM
@ Sando prince

Who is waiting for the government to instill values and good conduct in citizens? Rather, the populace at large is "waiting" for a government to attack crime with steadfast application and to spawn results that reflect a notable diminution in crime, inclusive of "serious offenses".

Public dialogue? How much more are you urging? If both internal (within the law enforcement apparatus of the state) and external purges are necessary to stop the rot, then that is what must occur. Unfortunately, I detect a taint of defensive and subjective partisanship in your comments.

There must be political will manifested in action to retard the expressions of criminal activity that indicate nothing other than impunity and callous disregard for the reach of the state. If this present administration fails to recognize the magnitude of the task to which it has become a signatory, it will squander more than political consequences.

Crime is the Number One issue (even considering economic realities) and it should be treated as such, in a manner that is everything other than business as usual. Enough about the persisting legacy of the criminal environment. That is apologist nonsense. I am less interested in when it started, and more interested in how/when it will be mitigated. And, my guess is, accomplishing that would be a vote winner.

 :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: could not have said it better myself, gov't come and go and no one has ever put a real policy forward for attacking crime............is time to crack d whip and maybe  a few skulls where crime is concerned...............there is an underlying impression among many in the citizenry that on many issues of crime, that the political directorate in this country is hogtied when it comes to taking real action both in the pits and at the top where the real money is, for fear of biting the hand that feeds you.

yes I said it   
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 22, 2016, 11:45:09 AM
@asyumseeker this is how I know you don't live in Trinidad. Yes the Government has a vital role in tackling crime. I am sure I said that in my previous post but with that being said once there is a breakdown in family and breakdown in community crime will ALWAYS exist. It is the society itself who must also confront the issue. See you must not be aware of widespread school violence around our country. Where do you think our youths learn to behave violently? Where did they learn this from? You must not know about the increase in school bullying as well? There are numrous videos on Facebook for you to go look and see. At the end of the day crime is as much as a social problem as it is a systematic one and one cannot see the glass half full if wants to find solutions for the problem. Like I said before the people themselves have to embrace the issue as a community and family problem.

Refer to my previous post as to many examples that contribute to the culture of crime in T&T
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 22, 2016, 12:40:53 PM
@asyumseeker this is how I know you don't live in Trinidad. Yes the Government has a vital role in tacking crime. I am sure I said that in my previous post but with that being said once there is a breakdown in family and breakdown in community crime will ALWAYS exist. See you must not be aware of widespread school violence around our country. Where do you think our youths learn to behave violently? Where did they learn this from? You must not know about the increase in school bullying as well? There are numrous videos on Facebook for you to go look and see. At the end of the day crime is as much as a social problem as it is a systemic one and one cannot see the glass half full if wants to find solutions for the problem. Like I said before the people themselves have to embrace the issue as a community and family problem.

Refer to my previous post as to many examples that contribute to the culture of crime in T&T
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Identifying symptoms is one thing. Stemming the tide is another.

Also, you are superimposing the valuation that the change in the criminal landscape in Trinidad & Tobago occurred as a result of dysfunctional intra-societal, socio-cultural issues. I am here to tell you that you are WRONG.

Incidentally, I wish geography were relevant and material to achieving an outcome regarding the criminal context in Trinidad & Tobago. However, we know that it is not. Certainly, evident outcomes suggest that the policymaking directorate (driven by our/your fellow citizens) has not made a dent by way of remediating the problem. As such, spare me the education regarding the ills of the country. It is not needed, and it wouldn't matter even if I was waving a red flag from either Guiria or Delta Amacuro, Venezuela or tracking the flight of corbeaux in Icacos.

It is high time to treat criminal conduct in Trinidad and Tobago as the orchestrated enterprise that it is.

As for bullying in schools? Am I supposed to recognize that as a new phenomenon that is untreatable? Lehwe get serious nah. Enough of the excuses already.



Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 22, 2016, 02:29:39 PM
@asyumseeker this is how I know you don't live in Trinidad. Yes the Government has a vital role in tacking crime. I am sure I said that in my previous post but with that being said once there is a breakdown in family and breakdown in community crime will ALWAYS exist. See you must not be aware of widespread school violence around our country. Where do you think our youths learn to behave violently? Where did they learn this from? You must not know about the increase in school bullying as well? There are numrous videos on Facebook for you to go look and see. At the end of the day crime is as much as a social problem as it is a systemic one and one cannot see the glass half full if wants to find solutions for the problem. Like I said before the people themselves have to embrace the issue as a community and family problem.

Refer to my previous post as to many examples that contribute to the culture of crime in T&T
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Identifying symptoms is one thing. Stemming the tide is another.

Also, you are superimposing the valuation that the change in the criminal landscape in Trinidad & Tobago occurred as a result of dysfunctional intra-societal, socio-cultural issues. I am here to tell you that you are WRONG.

Incidentally, I wish geography were relevant and material to achieving an outcome regarding the criminal context in Trinidad & Tobago. However, we know that it is not. Certainly, evident outcomes suggest that the policymaking directorate (driven by our/your fellow citizens) has not made a dent by way of remediating the problem. As such, spare me the education regarding the ills of the country. It is not needed, and it wouldn't matter even if I was waving a red flag from either Guiria or Delta Amacuro, Venezuela or tracking the flight of corbeaux in Icacos.

It is high time to treat criminal conduct in Trinidad and Tobago as the orchestrated enterprise that it is.

As for bullying in schools? Am I supposed to recognize that as a new phenomenon that is untreatable? Lehwe get serious nah. Enough of the excuses already.





Well It seems we will have to agree to disagree simply because it is clear you really believe there is not a positive correlation with the disfunction in T&T due to the family breakdown/ community breakdown demise in society and the widespread culture of crime around the country. I am one of many who will definitely disagree with your point of view as I can see everyday what is taking place in the country.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 22, 2016, 05:32:33 PM

Public servants to get their backpay before September


Newsday
Friday, January 22, 2016

Good news for public servants who are awaiting their backpay.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert is assuring that all public servants will be paid “long before September 2016.” Imbert said “we are out there in the banking sector right now, determining how much money is available, what it will cost, but we will be borrowing to pay the arrears because we simply don’t have the cash.

That will be done long before September 2016.

I don’t want to give a precise date at this time but in a month or two, I will be able to give a precise date as to when we will be settling the arrears,” the minister told reporters.

Questioned about money owed to contractors, Minister Imbert said the “last administration didn’t pay their bills (so) more and more debts are piling up and more and more payments are due.”

Revealing the total to be in the billions, Minister Imbert said paying off the debt would “require a debt management strategy” by his ministry if it is to pay contractors while investing in projects to stimulate the economy. Government is looking at the issuance of bonds to do so.


WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153827481390610/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on January 23, 2016, 07:26:50 AM
Reading about how 'good' the boys were (hyped or not).. it's said that laughter was heard after they were shot. For f**k sakes man!

Keithos action is needed sir.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 23, 2016, 10:33:05 AM


Quote
The Prime Minister announces security initiatives following the murders of two students from Success Laventille Secondary School

https://www.youtube.com/v/OlnZYI9WQN0&feature=share
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 23, 2016, 11:51:37 AM
Well It seems we will have to agree to disagree simply because it is clear you really believe there is not a positive correlation with the disfunction in T&T due to the family breakdown/ community breakdown demise in society and the widespread culture of crime around the country. I am one of many who will definitely disagree with your point of view as I can see everyday what is taking place in the country.
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And this is what I am talking about.. A culture of crime that is engrained from a young age. Everything starts at home. Where did these children learn this behaviour from?  Many many more examples like this..

https://www.facebook.com/100010398488509/videos/179664619056820/

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Preacher on January 23, 2016, 04:53:35 PM
Ban Carnival.   
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on January 23, 2016, 05:48:59 PM
Ban Carnival.   

Why? Carnival is not the cause of these murderous behavior? Pick something else.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Preacher on January 23, 2016, 07:18:35 PM
Ban Carnival.   

Why? Carnival is not the cause of these murderous behavior? Pick something else.

You seem so certain.  Highly, spiritual country with selective spirituality.  Especially when it comes to the merits of Carnival and what it has become. 
 
Ok, then ban Bacchus..  The same spiritual being from which we get our very popular word, Bacchanal.. 

"Dionysus was also known as Bacchus and the frenzy he induces, "bakcheia". He is the patron deity of agriculture and the theatre. He was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing one from one's normal self, by madness, ecstasy, or wine. The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of the aulos and to bring an end to care and worry. Scholars have discussed Dionysus' relationship to the "cult of the souls" and his ability to preside over communication between the living and the dead." http://www.crystalinks.com/bacchus.html 

To eat the fruit you must sow the seed.  You can't solve this stuff half way.  You can't behave you cyah fete.   :P
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 23, 2016, 10:21:45 PM
You can't behave, you can't fete?!!

Except Preacher, we are the irreverent authors of the "curfew fete". The paradox of it all. :)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Preacher on January 23, 2016, 11:16:30 PM
You can't behave, you can't fete?!!

Except Preacher, we are the irreverent authors of the "curfew fete". The paradox of it all. :)

Then at least you know who you feteing with.  But let me ask this.

Do you think the populace of our blessed homeland is ready to be armed?  As in own a licensed firearm or is that going in another direction?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 23, 2016, 11:50:22 PM
You can't behave, you can't fete?!!

Except Preacher, we are the irreverent authors of the "curfew fete". The paradox of it all. :)

Then at least you know who you feteing with.  But let me ask this.

Do you think the populace of our blessed homeland is ready to be armed?  As in own a licensed firearm or is that going in another direction?

Right now, many ppl with licensed firearms are unaffected by the goings-on.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 24, 2016, 11:46:07 AM
14th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Summary:
~ Three papers will be laid.
~ Two interim reports of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Whistleblower Protection Bill, 2015 will be presented.
~ One report of the Standing Finance Committee will be presented.
~ Three questions qualify for oral answer.
~ The Finance (Variation of Appropriation) (Financial Year 2015) Bill, 2016 will be introduced.
~ Motions:
. Adoption of the 1st Report of the Standing Finance Committee on the consideration of proposals for the Variation of Appropriation for the fiscal year 2015. (moved by the Minister of Finance)

https://www.youtube.com/v/aJlfgU86H3w&spfreload=10
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 25, 2016, 02:37:55 PM
14th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Summary:
~ Three papers will be laid.
~ Two interim reports of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Whistleblower Protection Bill, 2015 will be presented.
~ One report of the Standing Finance Committee will be presented.
~ Three questions qualify for oral answer.
~ The Finance (Variation of Appropriation) (Financial Year 2015) Bill, 2016 will be introduced.
~ Motions:
. Adoption of the 1st Report of the Standing Finance Committee on the consideration of proposals for the Variation of Appropriation for the fiscal year 2015. (moved by the Minister of Finance)

https://www.youtube.com/v/aJlfgU86H3w&spfreload=10
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Terrance and Al Rawi most times seem to have the Opposition on the defence and confused as to how to respond to their contributions.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 25, 2016, 07:09:35 PM
I love how we continue to act like crime and criminality is something specific to us and our "breakdown" in family values and moral..Blah blah blah blah.

How are the actions of these men any different to what ISIS doing in Syria? Men executing children in school uniform in the street and we here still talking about dialogue? Soldiers going on "patrol"...is a f**k airstrike them need...plain and simple...These are not men..they are beasts...I don't care that bullying as increased and the crime is now part of our culture. If they know for a fact that they could commit crime and get away they would do it....How much more dialogue is needed before we admit to ourselves that we simply need to wipe those people off the face of earth.

Is a small handful of people who have this country in chaos...Both upper and lower society scum
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 25, 2016, 09:44:02 PM
I love how we continue to act like crime and criminality is something specific to us and our "breakdown" in family values and moral..Blah blah blah blah.

How are the actions of these men any different to what ISIS doing in Syria? Men executing children in school uniform in the street and we here still talking about dialogue? Soldiers going on "patrol"...is a f**k airstrike them need...plain and simple...These are not men..they are beasts...I don't care that bullying as increased and the crime is now part of our culture. If they know for a fact that they could commit crime and get away they would do it....How much more dialogue is needed before we admit to ourselves that we simply need to wipe those people off the face of earth.

Is a small handful of people who have this country in chaos...Both upper and lower society scum

You do not? Well plenty people care.. Yuh have to be careful for your life if yuh mash a man foot, teachers scared of students, shop keepers getting robbed in broad daylight at gun point..etc you CANNOT deny the social aspect that need to be confronted when it comes to crime. A lot of violent behaviour that lead to criminal activity starts at home and in the community. A lot of parents do not care, some know their children out on the streets engaging in crime but they ignore it, some know their sons on the street corner looking to get involved in SHIT and they turn a blind eye.. my point is we cannot deny there is a culture of crime that exist in T&T and we cannot just submit to just not caring because it will only get worse.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 25, 2016, 10:19:38 PM
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says pensioners will receive their payments by the close of the business today.

Minister Imbert was speaking in the Lower House this afternoon.

The Ministry of Finance wishes to advise the public of a delay in the processing of government pensions for January.


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 04:02:06 AM
I love how we continue to act like crime and criminality is something specific to us and our "breakdown" in family values and moral..Blah blah blah blah.

How are the actions of these men any different to what ISIS doing in Syria? Men executing children in school uniform in the street and we here still talking about dialogue? Soldiers going on "patrol"...is a f**k airstrike them need...plain and simple...These are not men..they are beasts...I don't care that bullying as increased and the crime is now part of our culture. If they know for a fact that they could commit crime and get away they would do it....How much more dialogue is needed before we admit to ourselves that we simply need to wipe those people off the face of earth.

Is a small handful of people who have this country in chaos...Both upper and lower society scum

You do not? Well plenty people care.. Yuh have to be careful for your life if yuh mash a man foot, teachers scared of students, shop keepers getting robbed in broad daylight at gun point..etc you CANNOT deny the social aspect that need to be confronted when it comes to crime. A lot of violent behaviour that lead to criminal activity starts at home and in the community. A lot of parents do not care, some know their children out on the streets engaging in crime but they ignore it, some know their sons on the street corner looking to get involved in SHIT and they turn a blind eye.. my point is we cannot deny there is a culture of crime that exist in T&T and we cannot just submit to just not caring because it will only get worse.
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Why you talking about all that? Is the murders today and tomorrow we should be focusing on. Everything you talking about there takes time and more long term planning. Given the choice I will always invest in body bags and bullets for those pests up the hill and around the country. It is remarkable the amount of resources those parts of the country has received and have very little to show for it. Laventille has a Technology centre. PNM put the technology center there. You know how many people worldwide wish they could have access to a technology center. Stop being apologists for those people. For too long now the state has pussyfooted around these people. You talking about bullying in school and school violence, you eh realise that shows a complete breakdown in society and only drastic and severe measures could bring it back.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 04:06:55 AM
Every fete in this country pack to the brim...The problem is not that we cant mobilise, we just choose what and for whom we mobilise for. A white boy drowned off blanchisseuse and for three days it was trending on social media and made national news. Two school boys dragged from a taxi on their way home, publicly executed and people trying to rationalise it "they hadda be in thing." What madness is this? This one eating away at meh bad....
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 26, 2016, 05:56:53 AM
congo boy, I hadda applaud yuh pussyfootin is joke.....d time for sending ah clear message to dem animal "both d shippers and users" is now....I tellin alyuh it have a real lack of political will balls to do what needs done, and it ent "talk"...d time for talk is over.....yuh know when dey goh realize, is when somebody go crazy and do someting drastic......is decades now people living in fear in a community, and gov't after gov't refuse to take ah hardline........make an example of ah known gang leader or two and I sure yuh will see ah change
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Michael-j on January 26, 2016, 06:50:31 AM
congo boy, I hadda applaud yuh pussyfootin is joke.....d time for sending ah clear message to dem animal "both d shippers and users" is now....I tellin alyuh it have a real lack of political will balls to do what needs done, and it ent "talk"...d time for talk is over.....yuh know when dey goh realize, is when somebody go crazy and do someting drastic......is decades now people living in fear in a community, and gov't after gov't refuse to take ah hardline........make an example of ah known gang leader or two and I sure yuh will see ah change

Definitely agree with this! Every time there's a murder we always hear that the victim was a  "known gang leader" or a "known drug dealer". If they were known criminals why weren't they removed from the streets??...why are these pests allowed to roam around unhindered??  Aren't there already anti-gang laws in place??
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 08:07:27 AM
You ever more dotishness. When a gang member is killed, the police always comes out and say they expecting reprisals? Lo and behold a couple "reprisal" killings take place soon after. How you could claim to be police, expecting reprisals and said reprisals take place. You aint no police. Most of them playing dress up. A bunch on uneducated pests up on those hills running amok making innocent people live in hell. Just today I pass up there and I wondering to myself how much people in trinidad probably wish they could have hiked up there...go behind the hill....I dont even know how behind that hill does look....They basically annexed themselves from there. People can't explore their country in its entirety. That land up there expensive, that is prime real estate. People should have the opportunity to build and live up there in peace. This is beyond frustrating. 
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 08:13:38 AM
I love how we continue to act like crime and criminality is something specific to us and our "breakdown" in family values and moral..Blah blah blah blah.

How are the actions of these men any different to what ISIS doing in Syria? Men executing children in school uniform in the street and we here still talking about dialogue? Soldiers going on "patrol"...is a f**k airstrike them need...plain and simple...These are not men..they are beasts...I don't care that bullying as increased and the crime is now part of our culture. If they know for a fact that they could commit crime and get away they would do it....How much more dialogue is needed before we admit to ourselves that we simply need to wipe those people off the face of earth.

Is a small handful of people who have this country in chaos...Both upper and lower society scum

You do not? Well plenty people care.. Yuh have to be careful for your life if yuh mash a man foot, teachers scared of students, shop keepers getting robbed in broad daylight at gun point..etc you CANNOT deny the social aspect that need to be confronted when it comes to crime. A lot of violent behaviour that lead to criminal activity starts at home and in the community. A lot of parents do not care, some know their children out on the streets engaging in crime but they ignore it, some know their sons on the street corner looking to get involved in SHIT and they turn a blind eye.. my point is we cannot deny there is a culture of crime that exist in T&T and we cannot just submit to just not caring because it will only get worse.
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Why you talking about all that? Is the murders today and tomorrow we should be focusing on. Everything you talking about there takes time and more long term planning. Given the choice I will always invest in body bags and bullets for those pests up the hill and around the country. It is remarkable the amount of resources those parts of the country has received and have very little to show for it. Laventille has a Technology centre. PNM put the technology center there. You know how many people worldwide wish they could have access to a technology center. Stop being apologists for those people. For too long now the state has pussyfooted around these people. You talking about bullying in school and school violence, you eh realise that shows a complete breakdown in society and only drastic and severe measures could bring it back.


LOL what? Did you just ask me why I am talking about all that for? I am talking about CRIME. I am talking about everyday crime. This is why we continue to have a CRIME CULTURE in T&T. There some people who refuse to confront some of the social issues therefore it is not tackled by society.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on January 26, 2016, 08:49:18 AM
Something have to be done with the legal system and the police service. When a police arrest a socalled bandit, gang leader and he is charged. Next thing the guy is out on some technicality. Police did not follow procedures, etc. then there is evidence tampering. Evidence for cases missing.  That is totally on the police. Cases taking too long. Remand yard in chaos. Witness no protection. Absolutely abysmal.

 Unless the army overthrow the govt and heavy hand for a year or two, NOTHING eh changing. Like Patrick, KR only reacting to the incidence of unbrazen murders. Lock down, shut down, SOE. Whatever it takes.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 26, 2016, 09:11:44 AM
Something have to be done with the legal system and the police service. When a police arrest a socalled bandit, gang leader and he is charged. Next thing the guy is out on some technicality. Police did not follow procedures, etc. then there is evidence tampering. Evidence for cases missing.  That is totally on the police. Cases taking too long. Remand yard in chaos. Witness no protection. Absolutely abysmal.

 Unless the army overthrow the govt and heavy hand for a year or two, NOTHING eh changing. Like Patrick, KR only reacting to the incidence of unbrazen murders. Lock down, shut down, SOE. Whatever it takes.

deeks another SoE will be bad for Trinidad on many levels, what we need is what several gov't in developing nations have done from time to time, a specialized unit of well vetted individuals to handle any operations into gang activity  all kinda man using cell phone in d prison and planty ah dem from up dey...doh jam, intercept and use dem communications and use it to your advantage, treat Laventile and other hot spots like terror cell and intercept every single piece ah chatter going in and coming out, constitutional rights be damned (d bad doh deserve none IMO) and d good people ent goh mind if d bad people disappearing......
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 09:31:13 AM
Something have to be done with the legal system and the police service. When a police arrest a socalled bandit, gang leader and he is charged. Next thing the guy is out on some technicality. Police did not follow procedures, etc. then there is evidence tampering. Evidence for cases missing.  That is totally on the police. Cases taking too long. Remand yard in chaos. Witness no protection. Absolutely abysmal.

 Unless the army overthrow the govt and heavy hand for a year or two, NOTHING eh changing. Like Patrick, KR only reacting to the incidence of unbrazen murders. Lock down, shut down, SOE. Whatever it takes.

deeks another SoE will be bad for Trinidad on many levels, what we need is what several gov't in developing nations have done from time to time, a specialized unit of well vetted individuals to handle any operations into gang activity  all kinda man using cell phone in d prison and planty ah dem from up dey...doh jam, intercept and use dem communications and use it to your advantage, treat Laventile and other hot spots like terror cell and intercept every single piece ah chatter going in and coming out, constitutional rights be damned (d bad doh deserve none IMO) and d good people ent goh mind if d bad people disappearing......

Is not rocket science...Is small group of people acting inimical to the well being of innocent citizens. Citizens literally living in fear and all they could offer is soldiers on "patrol". WTF them train to do? Is a peacekeeping force we have? A prison break out resulted in the death of a police officer and up to now there hasn't been an inquest into how and why it happened. This is a lawless society on the brink of total collapse. We need finality in matters. I don't about crime culture and changing crime culture. Let's talk about eradication. The culture change could happen over time.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 09:36:11 AM


The future of our nation right here for everyone to see. Yuh know some will blame the teachers but everything starts at home. I will leave this right here.

https://www.facebook.com/100010398488509/videos/179664619056820/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 09:38:20 AM
Something have to be done with the legal system and the police service. When a police arrest a socalled bandit, gang leader and he is charged. Next thing the guy is out on some technicality. Police did not follow procedures, etc. then there is evidence tampering. Evidence for cases missing.  That is totally on the police. Cases taking too long. Remand yard in chaos. Witness no protection. Absolutely abysmal.

 Unless the army overthrow the govt and heavy hand for a year or two, NOTHING eh changing. Like Patrick, KR only reacting to the incidence of unbrazen murders. Lock down, shut down, SOE. Whatever it takes.

deeks another SoE will be bad for Trinidad on many levels, what we need is what several gov't in developing nations have done from time to time, a specialized unit of well vetted individuals to handle any operations into gang activity  all kinda man using cell phone in d prison and planty ah dem from up dey...doh jam, intercept and use dem communications and use it to your advantage, treat Laventile and other hot spots like terror cell and intercept every single piece ah chatter going in and coming out, constitutional rights be damned (d bad doh deserve none IMO) and d good people ent goh mind if d bad people disappearing......

Is not rocket science...Is small group of people acting inimical to the well being of innocent citizens. Citizens literally living in fear and all they could offer is soldiers on "patrol". WTF them train to do? Is a peacekeeping force we have? A prison break out resulted in the death of a police officer and up to now there hasn't been an inquest into how and why it happened. This is a lawless society on the brink of total collapse. We need finality in matters. I don't about crime culture and changing crime culture. Let's talk about eradication. The culture change could happen over time.

That is definitely not true. Crime is WIDESPREAD all over T&T. Definitely NOT a small group of individuals.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 26, 2016, 10:03:02 AM

That is definitely not true. Crime is WIDESPREAD all over T&T. Definitely NOT a small group of individuals.
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sando u sound like u would be firmly against a targeted assault on criminal activities in these areas, all you have been offering is platitudes and fringe psychobabble to d arguments put forward, yuh is a bleedin heart pacifist or your viewpoint clouded by d potential political consideration regardin these issues?

politics aside people need to get dead or get jail for anything good to happen with d hot spot areas whether u like it or not
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2016, 10:07:54 AM
What is meant by "widespread"?

Geographical dispersion of crime does not automatically/necessarily equate to a large number of participants in criminal activity ...

Also, as expressed above, a contributing factor to the environment of criminality is that there is a sense that there will be an impotent response by the state. However, this decision-making is employed by a significant minority acting with blatant disregard of law and order.

Also agree with the comment(s) that the the PM's response has been reactionary. That may get us to Friday, but not to long-term resolution.

Kudos to congo, lefty et al for recognising that the solutions need to involve powder other than baby powder.

End the impotence of the state. Grow some balls and apply Viagra in the policy mix.

Wake up, my people.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:12:23 AM
What is meant by "widespread"?

Geographical dispersion of crime does not automatically/necessarily equate to a large number of participants in criminal activity ...


Ok to cut your ramblings short. When I said widespread I meant there are many players involved in criminal activity. Widespread in numbers and not geographical location.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:14:35 AM

That is definitely not true. Crime is WIDESPREAD all over T&T. Definitely NOT a small group of individuals.
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sando u sound like u would be firmly against a targeted assault on criminal activities in these areas, all you have been offering is platitudes and fringe psychobabble to d arguments put forward, yuh is a bleedin heart pacifist or your viewpoint clouded by d potential political consideration regardin these issues?

politics aside people need to get dead or get jail for anything good to happen with d hot spot areas whether u like it or not

How I sound? LOL is this a serious comment?  and again you have a personal agenda a you pointed out political reasons. You are simply assuming because you do not shit about who have political reasons. This alone shows your intentions when you responded to my comment. Now let me break it down for in simplest form. Crime is a multi-face problem and will need a multi-facet approach. targeting one or two area will NOT solve crime in T&T. I have explained this in several posts earlier.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:17:23 AM

That is definitely not true. Crime is WIDESPREAD all over T&T. Definitely NOT a small group of individuals.
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sando u sound like u would be firmly against a targeted assault on criminal activities in these areas, all you have been offering is platitudes and fringe psychobabble to d arguments put forward, yuh is a bleedin heart pacifist or your viewpoint clouded by d potential political consideration regardin these issues?

politics aside people need to get dead or get jail for anything good to happen with d hot spot areas whether u like it or not

You take your forces and you put these people on the run....I bet you they don't survive 6 months of constant pursuit and scrutiny. They will have to flee, go venezuela or something. Alot of them not even from here, any little heat and they running St vincent etc. Time we put some boots on their throats once and for all. The people of laventille and the wider country deserve some peace of mind. It not that hard to identify males of military age who not contributing positively to the national landscape there. What them so afraid of? Losing votes? They profiting somehow from the onslaught?

Is only around times like these that trinis does know to mind they own business.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2016, 10:19:26 AM
What is meant by "widespread"?

Geographical dispersion of crime does not automatically/necessarily equate to a large number of participants in criminal activity ...


Ok to cut your ramblings short. When I said widespread I meant there are many players involved in criminal activity. Widespread in numbers and not geographical location.

Ah know it's not convenient for you to acknowledge the deficiencies residing in the PM's response.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:19:56 AM
People talking about Politics aside. Yes Politics aside, how many young men on your street corner hanging out looking to get into SHiT. ALL OVER T&T. Yes Politics aside. Where in T&T can a shop open at night and not be worried about getting robbed? WHERE? We living in a country with a CRIME CULTURE. How many youths want to live the gangster lifestyle? The 'get rich quick by any means necessary" lifestyle? resulting to illegal practices? ALL OVER T&T.

Get a damn hold of allyuh selves. This lefty court jester want to come here pointing to me about my political reasons. Voices in yuh head making you not want to admit the obvious. Steupse. Do not be embarrassed to confront the problems
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:21:10 AM
Sando, many players involved but is the black on black crime that is most damaging. Too many guns in this country and too many murderers walking around free. It have youth who eh even 15 walking around with multiple ghosts on them. That is not no joke....How you as a prime minister/ leader could rest comfortably knowing that is the state of the nation. How much more dialogue we need? Why is it America could find and kill a terrorist in an allied sovereign nation and we can't find some people who have outstanding warrants. We really serious in this life. This thing overbearing now..Time for drastic measures. A good culling is needed, sad to say...Need to eradicate some "heads" so them youths coming up with get a chance to breathe and a chance at life.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2016, 10:22:26 AM
Trinidad and Tobago does not have a culture of crime. Stop the nonsense, man. It has a culture of acquiescence and permissiveness that has allowed for crime to fester. Get it right!
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:22:53 AM
Sando, many players involved but is the black on black crime that is most damaging. Too many guns in this country and too many murderers walking around free. It have youth who eh even 15 walking around with multiple ghosts on them. That is not no joke....How you as a prime minister/ leader could rest comfortably knowing that is the state of the nation. How much more dialogue we need? Why is it America could find and kill a terrorist in an allied sovereign nation and we can't find some people who have outstanding warrants. We really serious in this life. This thing overbearing now..Time for drastic measures. A good culling is needed, sad to say...Need to eradicate some "heads" so them youths coming up with get a chance to breathe and a chance at life.

Simple america have the intelligence, technology and personnel mechanism to accomplish this. You really want to compare T&T CRIME CULTURE with America's capability to capture a terrorist? Are you serious? Are you a comedian?

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:24:33 AM
Trinidad and Tobago does not have a culture of crime. Stop the nonsense, man. It has a culture of acquiescence that has allowed for crime to fester. Get it right!

Simple for someone to say this who not living in T&T. Anyone who live ANYWHERE in T&T who see what is happening around them, watch the news, heard of a friend or family or neighbour in a tragic incident or situation..(I can go on and on with more examples) will easily disagree with you..
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:25:14 AM
We have people here with the means and power to accept and export over 1 billion dollar worth of cocaine...make no joke about it. Those houses in westmoorings etc directly benefiting from that? When last an upscale area in Trinidad experienced a violent murder etc....I tell you, something wrong with them on the hill...hadda save them from themselves and quickly. Is two bright youthmen died last week. Two youthmen who were doing something with their lives and going places. That sour we up to now.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:26:24 AM
 congo your problem is you believe killing all badman in Laventille will solve crime in T&T. Very simple reasoning for a very complex problem.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:27:19 AM
Sando, many players involved but is the black on black crime that is most damaging. Too many guns in this country and too many murderers walking around free. It have youth who eh even 15 walking around with multiple ghosts on them. That is not no joke....How you as a prime minister/ leader could rest comfortably knowing that is the state of the nation. How much more dialogue we need? Why is it America could find and kill a terrorist in an allied sovereign nation and we can't find some people who have outstanding warrants. We really serious in this life. This thing overbearing now..Time for drastic measures. A good culling is needed, sad to say...Need to eradicate some "heads" so them youths coming up with get a chance to breathe and a chance at life.

Simple america have the intelligence, technology and personnel mechanism to accomplish this. You really want to compare T&T CRIME CULTURE with America's capability to capture a terrorist? Are you serious? Are you a comedian?



You hadd abe the comedian cause you living in a country where they can't capture and prosecute a mango thief....All those things you talk about could be easily imported. What we don't have is the will or drive to get it done. That's the difference.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:29:29 AM
congo your problem is you believe killing all badman in Laventille will solve crime in T&T. Very simple reasoning for a very complex problem.

How many badmen have left laventille and taken with them their badjohn behaviour elsewhere...Killing all badmen in laventille will lay the foundation for the rest of the nation. Most violent crime happen in laventille and its surroundings. Dealing with laventille will send a message. Laventille's advantage for them "badmen" is the lack of infrastructure.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:31:42 AM
Sando, many players involved but is the black on black crime that is most damaging. Too many guns in this country and too many murderers walking around free. It have youth who eh even 15 walking around with multiple ghosts on them. That is not no joke....How you as a prime minister/ leader could rest comfortably knowing that is the state of the nation. How much more dialogue we need? Why is it America could find and kill a terrorist in an allied sovereign nation and we can't find some people who have outstanding warrants. We really serious in this life. This thing overbearing now..Time for drastic measures. A good culling is needed, sad to say...Need to eradicate some "heads" so them youths coming up with get a chance to breathe and a chance at life.

Simple america have the intelligence, technology and personnel mechanism to accomplish this. You really want to compare T&T CRIME CULTURE with America's capability to capture a terrorist? Are you serious? Are you a comedian?



You hadd abe the comedian cause you living in a country where they can't capture and prosecute a mango thief....All those things you talk about could be easily imported. What we don't have is the will or drive to get it done. That's the difference.

Equipment can be imported. However it is not just equipment that is the reason for the American success stories that you point out to (for example the capture of bin laden and terrorist) You do not understand in these countries the people who work in these security institutions have a more disciplined mindset, trained better at doing their jobs, just better exposure as to how to deal with these challenges. You cannot import this.. You have a narrow understanding how law enforcement and homeland security functions and how it functions efficiently. You believe T&T can spend a couple millions to import equipment and all of a sudden we will have a well oiled security system. NO the culture within the system also has to change, the mindset of the personal also has to change. Again you have a naive understanding of how the system works..and like I said before you and others in here do not want to confront the social ills that start at home and in the community that contribute to the CRIME CULTURE in T&T.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:33:40 AM
Trinidad and Tobago does not have a culture of crime. Stop the nonsense, man. It has a culture of acquiescence that has allowed for crime to fester. Get it right!

Simple for someone to say this who not living in T&T. Anyone who live ANYWHERE in T&T who see what is happening around them, watch the news, heard of a friend or family or neighbour in a tragic incident or situation..(I can go on and on with more examples) will easily disagree with you..
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You talking but you don't realise that violent crime taking up all of our law enforcement resources? You want road deaths and accidents etc to go down then you'll have to enforce the road laws. Police can't even enforce the road laws cause they now available....Police should be patrolling the beaches to ensure nobody litter. They can't do that cause violent crime is the focus. The state of lawlessness is from lack of enforcement of basic rules and laws. People are naturally lawless.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:35:51 AM
congo your problem is you believe killing all badman in Laventille will solve crime in T&T. Very simple reasoning for a very complex problem.

How many badmen have left laventille and taken with them their badjohn behaviour elsewhere...Killing all badmen in laventille will lay the foundation for the rest of the nation. Most violent crime happen in laventille and its surroundings. Dealing with laventille will send a message. Laventille's advantage for them "badmen" is the lack of infrastructure.



Again let me repeat for you Crime is WIDESPREAD in T&T ( and for asylum seeker I mean widespread in numbers). You need to check the factual stats. From the East-West Corridor, to Tobago to Enterprise.. EVERYWHERE. It is definitely not just a few individuals in one area. You probably don't leave anywhere close to POS when travelling in T&T. You are not aware of what is happening around the country? and NO! violent crime is happening everywhere! Do your research
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:41:20 AM
Oh and let's not forget the trinis who fighting with ISIS in active warzones. Whilst our soldiers are going up laventille for a "stroll" they are actually gaining battle experience.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:45:34 AM
I'm not saying that the social welfare side of it isn't important, all I am saying is that is more a long term solution. The short team needs a drastic measure. Those guys are battle hard and they are not going to put down no arms just for the sake of it. If it was possible, I would encourage airstrikes on that area. That is how drastic it is. We reach a point where we can't even afford to carry them back and forth to the courts.....It just doesn't make sense. People are hoping that they kill off themselves....Manning said so himself...That too me a pussyfoot solution from people who want the power but none of the stained hands that come with the responsibility.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 26, 2016, 10:46:29 AM

That is definitely not true. Crime is WIDESPREAD all over T&T. Definitely NOT a small group of individuals.
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sando u sound like u would be firmly against a targeted assault on criminal activities in these areas, all you have been offering is platitudes and fringe psychobabble to d arguments put forward, yuh is a bleedin heart pacifist or your viewpoint clouded by d potential political consideration regardin these issues?

politics aside people need to get dead or get jail for anything good to happen with d hot spot areas whether u like it or not

How I sound? LOL is this a serious comment?  and again you have a personal agenda a you pointed out political reasons. You are simply assuming because you do not shit about who have political reasons. This alone shows your intentions when you responded to my comment. Now let me break it down for in simplest form. Crime is a multi-face problem and will need a multi-facet approach. targeting one or two area will NOT solve crime in T&T. I have explained this in several posts earlier.
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dread u really goin to make ah issue of a figure of speech and what agenda?....seein trinidad safe?.....well I tell you ......I did not know PNM sycophants can be just as dense and annoying as UNC ones.....separate yuh self from d politics lil bit nah, jeezan steups....u is like ah anti contro/warmonga
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:47:49 AM

That is definitely not true. Crime is WIDESPREAD all over T&T. Definitely NOT a small group of individuals.
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sando u sound like u would be firmly against a targeted assault on criminal activities in these areas, all you have been offering is platitudes and fringe psychobabble to d arguments put forward, yuh is a bleedin heart pacifist or your viewpoint clouded by d potential political consideration regardin these issues?

politics aside people need to get dead or get jail for anything good to happen with d hot spot areas whether u like it or not

How I sound? LOL is this a serious comment?  and again you have a personal agenda a you pointed out political reasons. You are simply assuming because you do not shit about who have political reasons. This alone shows your intentions when you responded to my comment. Now let me break it down for in simplest form. Crime is a multi-face problem and will need a multi-facet approach. targeting one or two area will NOT solve crime in T&T. I have explained this in several posts earlier.
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dread u really goin to make ah issue of a figure of speech and what agenda?....seein trinidad safe?.....well I tell you ......I did not know PNM sycophants can be just as dense and annoying as UNC ones.....separate yuh self from d politics lil bit nah, jeezan steups....u is like ah anti contro/warmonga

You brought out your personal agenda by making an ass of yourself by assuming my posts are politically motivated and I do not care about solving crime. See your previous comment if you suffer from short term memory.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:48:24 AM
Alluh see the video of the chinese businessman who was gunned down infront of his wife and baby daughter? Alluh see how brazen the gunman was....How you could see a baby and still gun down its father right infront of his wife and child....They sick
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 10:50:32 AM
Alluh see the video of the chinese businessman who was gunned down infront of his wife and baby daughter? Alluh see how brazen the gunman was....How you could see a baby and still gun down its father right infront of his wife and child....They sick

How yuh say?

Hmm like I have been saying along there is a culture of crime in T&T. The gunman do not share any emotions like you are sharing about this murder because he was most likely raised in a criminal environment. I am sure he showed signs long time of criminal behaviour BUT his family and community just ignored the signs as if it is the norm. As the culture is becoming the norm more will ignore. The social aspect of crime cannot be ignored if we are seeking real long term solutions.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 26, 2016, 10:51:00 AM

You brought out your personal agenda by making an ass of yourself by assuming my posts are politically motivated and I do not care about solving crime. See your previous comment if you suffer from short term memory.



dread.... again........ what?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 10:53:33 AM
Alluh see the video of the chinese businessman who was gunned down infront of his wife and baby daughter? Alluh see how brazen the gunman was....How you could see a baby and still gun down its father right infront of his wife and child....They sick

How yuh say?

Hmm like I have been saying along there is a culture of crime in T&T. The gunman do not share any emotions like you are sharing about this murder because he was most likely raised in a criminal environment. I am sure he showed signs long time of criminal behaviour BUT his family and community just ignored as if it is the norm. As the culture is becoming the norm. The social aspect of crime cannot be ignored.
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So wtf I pay my taxes so that police officers and judges can be paid for? What does the family and community has to do with criminal behaviour? We have law enforcement for what? It was for law enforcement to recognise this behaviour and apply the appropriate response.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2016, 10:54:16 AM
Trinidad and Tobago does not have a culture of crime. Stop the nonsense, man. It has a culture of acquiescence that has allowed for crime to fester. Get it right!

Simple for someone to say this who not living in T&T. Anyone who live ANYWHERE in T&T who see what is happening around them, watch the news, heard of a friend or family or neighbour in a tragic incident or situation..(I can go on and on with more examples) will easily disagree with you..
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Words of distraction. And ... you're back to the nonsensical geography thing again.

Let me ask you this: when foreign governments issue travel advisories decrying the environment of insecurity in T&T, do you challenge their standing to comment authoritatively on public safety in Trinidad and Tobago? I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and you are avoiding the direct issue with a distractor. Instead, I wish you had reconsidered the "culture of crime" drivel that you have taken aboard as "who we are".

Aside from it not mattering where I live (more important in your absorption of the issue should be my concern and interest in attaining a societally-beneficial outcome and the reality that I don't see this issue through the tint of rose-coloured glasses that you do ... not to mention the superior viability of my position regarding resolving the problem).

Nonetheless, aside from having family residing on the very "hill" (that is not to exclude the fact that you can't speak authoritatively on my personal experiences, even if they were supremely relevant), I shouldn't have to state the obvious: I am not a stranger to the Trinidad and Tobago you are living in. However, I am a stranger to the naive approach you think offers a solution to solving the problem.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 11:01:50 AM
Alluh see the video of the chinese businessman who was gunned down infront of his wife and baby daughter? Alluh see how brazen the gunman was....How you could see a baby and still gun down its father right infront of his wife and child....They sick

How yuh say?

Hmm like I have been saying along there is a culture of crime in T&T. The gunman do not share any emotions like you are sharing about this murder because he was most likely raised in a criminal environment. I am sure he showed signs long time of criminal behaviour BUT his family and community just ignored as if it is the norm. As the culture is becoming the norm. The social aspect of crime cannot be ignored.
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So wtf I pay my taxes so that police officers and judges can be paid for? What does the family and community has to do with criminal behaviour? We have law enforcement for what? It was for law enforcement to recognise this behaviour and apply the appropriate response.

WOW! This explains your entire mindset on the issue. You actually ask what does the family and community have to do with crime? Hmmm You do not understand the integral role the family and community plays in crime and fighting crime. There are parents who just do not care and they will say the same as you knowing their children involved in criminal activity and violent behaviour. Youths soon to be killers and robbers. Remember the Chinese businessman you said got robbed and murdered. Think about hi killer. anyway I can go into further detail with this ..but now I understand your mindset so you will not understand until you see the bigger picture.

T&T right now has a crime culture that we need to confront. Allyuh can run and hide, choose not to talk about it, it will remain there until it is confronted by society.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2016, 11:05:41 AM
Alluh see the video of the chinese businessman who was gunned down infront of his wife and baby daughter? Alluh see how brazen the gunman was....How you could see a baby and still gun down its father right infront of his wife and child....They sick

How yuh say?

Hmm like I have been saying along there is a culture of crime in T&T. The gunman do not share any emotions like you are sharing about this murder because he was most likely raised in a criminal environment. I am sure he showed signs long time of criminal behaviour BUT his family and community just ignored as if it is the norm. As the culture is becoming the norm. The social aspect of crime cannot be ignored.
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So wtf I pay my taxes so that police officers and judges can be paid for? What does the family and community has to do with criminal behaviour? We have law enforcement for what? It was for law enforcement to recognise this behaviour and apply the appropriate response.

WOW! This explains your entire mindset on the issue. You actually ask what does the family and community have to do with crime? Hmmm You do not understand the integral role the family and community plays in crime and fighting crime. There are parents who just do not care and they will say the same as you knowing their children involved in criminal activity and violent behaviour. Youths soon to be killers and robbers. Remember the Chinese businessman you said got robbed. Think about hi killer. anyway I can go into further detail with this ..but now I understand your mindset so you will not understand until you see the bigger picture.

T&T right now has a crime culture that we need to confront. Allyuh can run and hide, choose not to talk about it, it will remain there until it is confronted by society.
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No, it (crime) will remain until meaningfully confronted by political will and the law enforcement and judicial apparatus. We can have the Kumbayah moments after.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 11:08:30 AM
You're a sad apologist....That is your problem...Family this and family that? What does that have to do with law enforcement's failure to effectively apprehend and prosecute said individual before he becomes a menace to society? Where the family and community fails the state needs to come intervene. The state has been failing in that regard.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 11:10:06 AM
Ok so we have a crime problem....let us make gun ownership easier for the average citizen to adequately protect themselves nah?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 11:10:22 AM
Alluh see the video of the chinese businessman who was gunned down infront of his wife and baby daughter? Alluh see how brazen the gunman was....How you could see a baby and still gun down its father right infront of his wife and child....They sick

How yuh say?

Hmm like I have been saying along there is a culture of crime in T&T. The gunman do not share any emotions like you are sharing about this murder because he was most likely raised in a criminal environment. I am sure he showed signs long time of criminal behaviour BUT his family and community just ignored as if it is the norm. As the culture is becoming the norm. The social aspect of crime cannot be ignored.
.

So wtf I pay my taxes so that police officers and judges can be paid for? What does the family and community has to do with criminal behaviour? We have law enforcement for what? It was for law enforcement to recognise this behaviour and apply the appropriate response.

WOW! This explains your entire mindset on the issue. You actually ask what does the family and community have to do with crime? Hmmm You do not understand the integral role the family and community plays in crime and fighting crime. There are parents who just do not care and they will say the same as you knowing their children involved in criminal activity and violent behaviour. Youths soon to be killers and robbers. Remember the Chinese businessman you said got robbed. Think about hi killer. anyway I can go into further detail with this ..but now I understand your mindset so you will not understand until you see the bigger picture.

T&T right now has a crime culture that we need to confront. Allyuh can run and hide, choose not to talk about it, it will remain there until it is confronted by society.
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No, it (crime) will remain until meaningfully confronted by political will and the law enforcement and judicial apparatus. We can have the Kumbayah moments after.

Law enforcement will arrest criminals, Courts can prosecute criminals, however it is society that BREED criminals. So a society with a CRIME CULTURE will continue to breed criminals.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 11:12:37 AM
Not if we kill them out faster than they can breed. ::)
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 11:13:41 AM
You're a sad apologist....That is your problem...Family this and family that? What does that have to do with law enforcement's failure to effectively apprehend and prosecute said individual before he becomes a menace to society? Where the family and community fails the state needs to come intervene. The state has been failing in that regard.

Seems like you are an apologists for the breakdown in family and community that started this whole crime culture in T&T. Not once i have said law enforcement and judicial system need not to be enhanced and improved BUT what you fail to see once the culture of crime exist in the communities you will continue to breed violence and criminals, which leads to robberies and murders. Now you can choose to swallow the truth painfully or easily. If you want to swallow it easily then you should look within the communities and ask yourself what has been the social issues for years?
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 11:16:55 AM
Like you don't seem to get the difference between short term and long terms solutions. Carry on
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 11:19:45 AM
You're a sad apologist....That is your problem...Family this and family that? What does that have to do with law enforcement's failure to effectively apprehend and prosecute said individual before he becomes a menace to society? Where the family and community fails the state needs to come intervene. The state has been failing in that regard.

Seems like you are an apologists for the breakdown in family and community that started this whole crime culture in T&T. Not once i have said law enforcement and judicial system need not to be enhanced and improved BUT what you fail to see once the culture of crime exist in the communities you will continue to breed violence and criminals, which leads to robberies and murders. Now you can choose to swallow the truth painfully or easily. If you want to swallow it easily then you should look within the communities and ask yourself what has been the social issues for years?
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I hope you do realise that "breakdown" happened all the way back in slavery days....carry on goldfish
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 26, 2016, 11:28:22 AM

Law enforcement will arrest criminals, Courts can prosecute criminals, however it is society that BREED criminals. So a society with a CRIME CULTURE will continue to breed criminals.


You do realise that if you do the first 2 effectively then the last one will essentially be impossible to create right.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 11:35:37 AM

Law enforcement will arrest criminals, Courts can prosecute criminals, however it is society that BREED criminals. So a society with a CRIME CULTURE will continue to breed criminals.


You do realise that if you do the first 2 effectively then the last one will essentially be impossible to create right.

Again this shows how naive you are.. There are countries that have effective law enforcement and judicial systems but still struggle with communities that are riddled by criminal activity. I will leave you to do the research.

Once the culture of crime exist in communities, neighborhoods and societies the potential for criminals will always manifest itself into reality.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: R45 on January 26, 2016, 03:47:16 PM
I said before the election that I was worried that Edmund Dillon would be a poor choice for Minister of National Security (based on the PNM townhalls), but people attacked me for judging the man on what he said. Couple months in, he is recycling the same shyt as his predecessors.

We have several failures, but #1 is our law enforcement. Have people actually listened to the vast majority of police officers speak? It's evident that our police our under-educated and untrained. Every single foreign partner of T&T (US, Canada, UK, etc.) have all emphasized that the fundamental problem with our law enforcement is training. The police have enough guns. Sending soldiers into Laventille is a stop-gap measure. When the murder solve rate is less than 20%, they're simply not doing the job. Even if people get arrested, the Prison Service has no control of the jails. Men are locked up and conducting business normal normal behind bars. Don't get me started on white collar crime - the T&T fraud squad has neither the political will, education, skills, nor tools (and regulatory support) to actually even deal with the real "big fish" in the drug trade.

Extra-judicial killings are not the solution (for airstrike advocates, etc.) - we'd be opening a big can of worms and going down a road that may have no return (you can look at our Latin American neighbours and see how well that works). Frankly I think the first step we need to do is completely blow up the existing forces. We need to completely purge/retrain both the police and prison service. They need to start with BASIC education, and basic policing (gathering evidence that can actually be used in court). Prison officers need basic training in how to actually run a modern jail. There needs to be proper oversight and controls to prevent the systematic failures that allow the jails to run like a block. 

As much as I agree that we do need to deal with the societal problems long term (trace that root cause back to slavery, fix broken families) that have all these ghetto youths and badjohns joining gangs, an effective law enforcement force can make a significant dent. Chicago, amongst the worst in the US, ain't anywhere near the craziness going on in Trinidad due to having a professional police force. Chicago's per capita murder rate is 15.1 per 100,000 persons. Trinidad is around 112 murders per 100,000 persons. If we had Chicago's murder rate, we would be talking about less than 200 murders per year.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on January 26, 2016, 06:24:15 PM
I said before the election that I was worried that Edmund Dillon would be a poor choice for Minister of National Security (based on the PNM townhalls), but people attacked me for judging the man on what he said. Couple months in, he is recycling the same shyt as his predecessors.

We have several failures, but #1 is our law enforcement. Have people actually listened to the vast majority of police officers speak? It's evident that our police our under-educated and untrained. Every single foreign partner of T&T (US, Canada, UK, etc.) have all emphasized that the fundamental problem with our law enforcement is training. The police have enough guns. Sending soldiers into Laventille is a stop-gap measure. When the murder solve rate is less than 20%, they're simply not doing the job. Even if people get arrested, the Prison Service has no control of the jails. Men are locked up and conducting business normal normal behind bars. Don't get me started on white collar crime - the T&T fraud squad has neither the political will, education, skills, nor tools (and regulatory support) to actually even deal with the real "big fish" in the drug trade.

Extra-judicial killings are not the solution (for airstrike advocates, etc.) - we'd be opening a big can of worms and going down a road that may have no return (you can look at our Latin American neighbours and see how well that works). Frankly I think the first step we need to do is completely blow up the existing forces. We need to completely purge/retrain both the police and prison service. They need to start with BASIC education, and basic policing (gathering evidence that can actually be used in court). Prison officers need basic training in how to actually run a modern jail. There needs to be proper oversight and controls to prevent the systematic failures that allow the jails to run like a block. 

As much as I agree that we do need to deal with the societal problems long term (trace that root cause back to slavery, fix broken families) that have all these ghetto youths and badjohns joining gangs, an effective law enforcement force can make a significant dent. Chicago, amongst the worst in the US, ain't anywhere near the craziness going on in Trinidad due to having a professional police force. Chicago's per capita murder rate is 15.1 per 100,000 persons. Trinidad is around 112 murders per 100,000 persons. If we had Chicago's murder rate, we would be talking about less than 200 murders per year.
All very relevant points and u ent not d only one that have noted d underdevelopment of our police force training wise, I had said since d Gibbs experiment that we needed to retrain our trainers and revamp our archaic academy system........we have seen several laughable excuse for police work over the years that that point is a no brainer, still on the point of special police squads, I still believe that an eavesdropping program is a good stop gap measure in the short term, constitutional issues notwithstanding, to plug d police education gap, along with proper DNA legislation, most ah we criminals does be in and out of jail and dey eh really DAT smart.... so again some ting else to plug d police education gap in d short term.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 07:07:06 PM
Ah love the comments! people are waking up! It's about your Life decisions!

https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/posts/10153836505010610

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Tonight we ask, Do you agree Sports & Culture could help resolve turf wars?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 07:08:54 PM

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Government is intensifying efforts to stave off the Zika Virus ahead of the carnival season. Speaking in the Senate today the Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said fogging is being increased and mosquito nets are being distributed. He urges citizens to do their part and keep their premises clean in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153836696495610/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on January 26, 2016, 07:32:37 PM
Sports and culture is always there. Our generation gravitated to sports easily. The community rivalries were there in football, windball cricket and steelband but not as vicious as today. The now generation has many more distractions. Some very deadly.You could have gone anywhere in POS in the 70s without being bothered. Each generation has to be channeled to sports and cultural activities.We take it for granted that they will follow our footsteps.  The methods used in my or our time(lil bit of encouragement and pushing love for sports and pan) appear not to be working for this generation.

Now there is a racial element to this behavior. Black Trinis are f--king up. They must bear full responsibility for what is happening. I don't see our East Indian kids having these kinds of attitude.  Some of our parents have given up hope on their black head chickens. Sorry I have to lay it out like that. We are underachieving. We running football, basketball and netball. We cant even get money to help our children go to the next island to play. Black people have to resolve this on their own. The only govt intervention to help is SOE, lock down and jail suspects indefinitely.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 26, 2016, 07:38:29 PM
Sports and culture is always there. Our generation gravitated to sports easily. The community rivalries were there in football, windball cricket and steelband but not as vicious as today. The now generation has many more distractions. Some very deadly.You could have gone anywhere in POS in the 70s without being bothered. Each generation has to be channeled to sports and cultural activities.We take it for granted that they will follow our footsteps.  The methods used in my or our time(lil bit of encouragement and pushing love for sports and pan) appear not to be working for this generation.

Now there is a racial element to this behavior. Black Trinis are f--king up. They must bear full responsibility for what is happening. I don't see our East Indian kids having these kinds of attitude.  Some of our parents have given up hope on their black head chickens. Sorry I have to lay it out like that. We are underachieving. We running football, basketball and netball. We cant even get money to help our children go to the next island to play. Black people have to resolve this on their own. The only govt intervention to help is SOE, lock down and jail suspects indefinitely.

Right and most who commented will agree with you. Most of the comments are directed at the decisions these criminals are making from a young age. Sports and Culture is great but this issue goes beyond the football field or knowing how to play our national instrument. We have a culture of crime in T&T that needs to be confronted from a social perspective. As you can see there are people who feel this way.

 Like I said people are waking up.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 27, 2016, 02:53:30 PM



JUST IN: PNM Senator Foster Cummings said it was time for a national discussion on youths living in at risk areas.


Speaking in the Senate yesterday, PNM Senator Foster Cummings said it was time for a national discussion on youths living in at risk areas.

“They gave a lot of attention in the media to negatives and the issues of crime coming out of these areas.... Everybody knows that there is a problem. Maybe it is time for us to engage, have a discussion on how do we target and deal with the specific problem in certain urban centres. Am I talking about Sealots, Laventille.?” he said.

Referring to the murders of the two students of Success/Laventille Secondary School, 16 year old Mark Richards and 17 year old Deneilson Smith, Senator Cummings said, “We were all taken aback when we lost two young boys on the outskirts of Port of Spain. And the national discussion started and finger pointing took place.. But it all points right back to the question of poverty and education.”

Senator Cummings told UNC Senator Gerald Hadeed that the Couva Hospital would not stand empty for five years because the PNM would not do what the UNC did to Brian Lara Stadium. “We value the people’s money,” the PNM Senator said.

Senator Cummings said he often passed through Chaguanas, “the back road by the Police Station which takes you to the court”, and there is a “massive storage” of millions of dollars worth of PVC pipes stockpiled there. He said he was informed that the pipes were substandard and could not be used, even though they were paid for with taxpayers’ money.

Senator Cummings said while he heard Senator Hadeed’s call for the Government not to discard everything associated with the People’s Partnership, the problem this administration had was that “every time you try to examine one of the policies (of the PP), you must get sidetracked with the corruption involved in the process. It is inescapable. Every programme, plan you look at, the first thing that hits you in the face is the corrupt practices that were involved.”
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on January 27, 2016, 10:56:14 PM
Discuss / Talk my facking ass!

Sickening!


A pregnant woman was robbed and then gang raped while a nine-year-old schoolgirl escaped a man she believed was about to abduct her on Tuesday evening. The schoolgirl was forced to jump through the window of a moving red-band maxi-taxi on Tuesday after the driver left the route in Mt Lambert.

Source| Full Report: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-01-28/manhunt-3-gang-rapists
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 27, 2016, 11:57:43 PM
Seemingly, in Sando prince's view of our "culture of crime", this is the way things have been since Day One. Yet, mysteriously, although there have long been people living in challenging circumstances, none of this used to be an everyday occurrence. And, much of it is unprecedented.

Really? Pregnant women and children? No one in officialdom should sleep until these scoundrels are dragged into daylight.

By the way, Jumbie ... according to Sando prince's view, you doh have standing to participate in the proposed "national dialogue" due to your distant perch. For some reason, that makes excessive sense to him.

While 'Rome' bunning, he could twiddle his thumbs. Yuh eh missing nutten. It hasn't occurred to him that water will out de blaze.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 28, 2016, 06:12:20 AM
According to Sando we need to find some these people and find out what went wrong...What they had for breakfast? Did they have regular access to the 5 food groups..All these murders occuring for years and we don't even know if some are being committed by serial killers.
That culture of crime is bs...Too much talk does take place in this country. Wayyy too much talk.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 07:41:17 AM
Seemingly, in Sando prince's view of our "culture of crime", this is the way things have been since Day One. Yet, mysteriously, although there have long been people living in challenging circumstances, none of this used to be an everyday occurrence. And, much of it is unprecedented.

Really? Pregnant women and children? No one in officialdom should sleep until these scoundrels are dragged into daylight.

By the way, Jumbie ... according to Sando prince's view, you doh have standing to participate in the proposed "national dialogue" due to your distant perch. For some reason, that makes excessive sense to him.

While 'Rome' bunning, he could twiddle his thumbs. Yuh eh missing nutten. It hasn't occurred to him that water will out de blaze.


I am sure Sando Prince never said this but instead he said we have a culture of crime that developed over time. and now we have a society that continue to BREED criminals due to our CULTURE of CRIME. In your mind you have a naive believe that just arresting criminals will solve crime as opposed to having a multi-facet approach to solving which crime which includes confronting the social aspect of rime that is rooted in the home and community.

However we see you have a personal agenda with Sando Prince. At the end of the day all you have is your opinion. You can disagree with Sando Prince opinion but proof is in the pudding as anyone who lives in T&T see what is happening around them.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 07:53:12 AM


“Let me remind you that this Government and this Minister intends to deliver every single lease or land that has to be delivered to keep our commitment to you the former workers of Caroni 1975 Limited,” says the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries the Honourable Clarence Rambharat.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Minister Rambharat says that his Ministry will finish the distribution of agricultural lots this year.


(https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12645022_595449267270579_2687803673307650333_n.jpg?oh=a04d6c62bd18027607874f7bc49b5857&oe=5733A133)


Speaking at an event hosted by the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Minister Rambharat says that his Ministry will finish the distribution of agricultural lots this year.

“I have given a commitment that I will distribute no fewer than 350 leases every month for this year, no fewer. For the next distribution carded for Friday, February 26, 2016 we will return home to the Rienzi Complex for that distribution and I will aim to deliver more than 500 on that date.”
The Minister believes that the distribution of lands should return to Caroni 1975 Limited.

“The administration of this whole land distribution, the two acre and the residential lots should return to Caroni 1975 Limited because I think it is best performed there. By the end of February Caroni will have the Unit set up to take charge of all the administrative requirements to expedite this whole process.”

Minister Rambharat also says that the issue of the payment to former cane farmers rests with the Ministry of Planning and Development.

IETV News

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 28, 2016, 07:57:48 AM
Bro, what you are suggesting is a long term plan for crime. If I am not mistaken what you are talking about is what most governments focused on in the first place. There is a lot of social services etc that is there and is being utilised to decrease crime. For whatever reason it not working..This whole talk about "crime culture" is foolishness. You can't claim to have a "culture of crime" in a country with a deplorable crime detection and conviction rate. Get real
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 08:01:04 AM
Bro, what you are suggesting is a long term plan for crime. If I am not mistaken what you are talking about is what most governments focused on in the first place. There is a lot of social services etc that is there and is being utilised to decrease crime. For whatever reason it not working..This whole talk about "crime culture" is foolishness. You can't claim to have a "culture of crime" in a country with a deplorable crime detection and conviction rate. Get real


You keep repeating the same thing over and over and over.. and I will tell you the same thing over and over and of. Police is responsible for arresting criminals and the courts can prosecute criminals but once you have communities where violence and crime is glorified, nurtured and ignored you will CONTINUE to have crime and you will CONTINUE to have problems. The social programs are not widespread across the country and should be enhanced to be effective. Also parents have to take responsibility for their children but for this to happen in great numbers parents themselves must be part of the dialogue. You have to stop crime from the root core. You are the one who earlier made the most ridiculous request suggesting the army should have air raids on communities that will kill many people. lmao.. hoss have a seat.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: R45 on January 28, 2016, 08:16:10 AM
I don't get why you all are arguing so much. Trying to address social issues / fix the breakdown in society is not mutually exclusive from fixing the protective services - both can be done at the same time.

The only thing I'd say is that at least having a somewhat useful protective services would help to start addressing the social issues in the ghetto areas. At this point, non-profit / non-government organizations cannot even get to these areas because they are so dangerous - even the government can't effectively operate in these areas without Guard and Emergency branch escorts (same for WASA, T&TEC, etc.). Laventille 20 years ago was always dangerous, but now it's a literal war zone. It's near impossible to operate community programs in the current state for the areas that really need it.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 08:26:35 AM

Govt gives $25,000*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160127/news/govt-gives-25000

THE Office of the Prime Minister has contributed $25,000 towards the medical expenses of 14-year-old former chess champion Della-Marie Walcott.

Walcott, who spent almost a month at St Clair Medical Centre’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and underwent two surgeries, has accumulated a medical bill of more than $600,000.

The Office of the Prime Minister is now making an appeal to “other corporate and private citizens” to contribute.
Anyone willing to assist in Walcott’s medical bills can make a deposit to the Republic Bank Ltd account number 180801224831, in the name of Friends of Della-Marie Walcott.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 28, 2016, 08:56:54 AM
Seemingly, in Sando prince's view of our "culture of crime", this is the way things have been since Day One. Yet, mysteriously, although there have long been people living in challenging circumstances, none of this used to be an everyday occurrence. And, much of it is unprecedented.

Really? Pregnant women and children? No one in officialdom should sleep until these scoundrels are dragged into daylight.

By the way, Jumbie ... according to Sando prince's view, you doh have standing to participate in the proposed "national dialogue" due to your distant perch. For some reason, that makes excessive sense to him.

While 'Rome' bunning, he could twiddle his thumbs. Yuh eh missing nutten. It hasn't occurred to him that water will out de blaze.


I am sure Sando Prince never said this but instead he said we have a culture of crime that developed over time. and now we have a society that continue to BREED criminals due to our CULTURE of CRIME. In your mind you have a naive believe that just arresting criminals will solve crime as opposed to having a multi-facet approach to solving which crime which includes confronting the social aspect of rime that is rooted in the home and community.

However we see you have a personal agenda with Sando Prince.At the end of the day all you have is your opinion. You can disagree with Sando Prince opinion but proof is in the pudding as anyone who lives in T&T see what is happening around them.
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I challenge you to locate quotes that assert these assertions as reflecting my position.

(In the interim, read and re-read and absorb and re-absorb, the second paragraph of R45's contribution).
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 09:01:57 AM
Seemingly, in Sando prince's view of our "culture of crime", this is the way things have been since Day One. Yet, mysteriously, although there have long been people living in challenging circumstances, none of this used to be an everyday occurrence. And, much of it is unprecedented.

Really? Pregnant women and children? No one in officialdom should sleep until these scoundrels are dragged into daylight.

By the way, Jumbie ... according to Sando prince's view, you doh have standing to participate in the proposed "national dialogue" due to your distant perch. For some reason, that makes excessive sense to him.

While 'Rome' bunning, he could twiddle his thumbs. Yuh eh missing nutten. It hasn't occurred to him that water will out de blaze.


I am sure Sando Prince never said this but instead he said we have a culture of crime that developed over time. and now we have a society that continue to BREED criminals due to our CULTURE of CRIME. In your mind you have a naive believe that just arresting criminals will solve crime as opposed to having a multi-facet approach to solving which crime which includes confronting the social aspect of rime that is rooted in the home and community.

However we see you have a personal agenda with Sando Prince.At the end of the day all you have is your opinion. You can disagree with Sando Prince opinion but proof is in the pudding as anyone who lives in T&T see what is happening around them.
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I challenge you to locate quotes that assert these assertions as reflecting my position.

(In the interim, read and re-read and absorb and re-absorb, the second paragraph of R45's contribution).

Oh so you accepted the fact that you tried your best but failed when you said "Seemingly, in Sando prince's view of our "culture of crime", this is the way things have been since Day One."

I challenge you to to locate the quotes where i said our current culture of crime started from day one. Bring the respective response before Christmas. It is comical you lie then challenge me to answer you in your response.

Don't worry I am reading every poster response. No need for you to ride another poster back. Now what R45 posted was already responded by me from my earlier responses. What I am seeing clearly, are posters repeating what have been said before and this is expected as some of these posters (including yourself) do not live on the ground in T&T therefore do not have the grasp of the core of the problem.

So I want you to not just absorb this post but memorise it then sleep on it..
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 28, 2016, 09:04:42 AM
Are you having difficulty understanding the word "seemingly"?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 09:05:40 AM
Are you having difficulty understanding the word "seemingly"?

And what led you to have this wild assumption in your fragile imagination?

absord the question, then re-absorb it again

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 28, 2016, 09:12:52 AM
Are you having difficulty understanding the word "seemingly"?

And what led you to have this wild assumption in your fragile imagination?

absord the question, then re-absorb it again



 ;D

In other words, you do NOT understand what "seemingly" means. Much of your confusion will be resolved when I get to a laptop.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 09:15:21 AM
Are you having difficulty understanding the word "seemingly"?

And what led you to have this wild assumption in your fragile imagination?

absord the question, then re-absorb it again



 ;D

In other words, you do NOT understand what "seemingly" means. Much of your confusion will be resolved when I get to a laptop.

 :)  No laptop eh? In other words we understand why you cannot simple questions. Maybe not enough time as your public library time is about to end.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on January 28, 2016, 09:20:05 AM
Consider it a headstart. You'll need it.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 09:25:08 AM


“Let me remind you that this Government and this Minister intends to deliver every single lease or land that has to be delivered to keep our commitment to you the former workers of Caroni 1975 Limited,” says the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries the Honourable Clarence Rambharat.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Minister Rambharat says that his Ministry will finish the distribution of agricultural lots this year.


(https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12645022_595449267270579_2687803673307650333_n.jpg?oh=a04d6c62bd18027607874f7bc49b5857&oe=5733A133)


Speaking at an event hosted by the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Minister Rambharat says that his Ministry will finish the distribution of agricultural lots this year.

“I have given a commitment that I will distribute no fewer than 350 leases every month for this year, no fewer. For the next distribution carded for Friday, February 26, 2016 we will return home to the Rienzi Complex for that distribution and I will aim to deliver more than 500 on that date.”
The Minister believes that the distribution of lands should return to Caroni 1975 Limited.

“The administration of this whole land distribution, the two acre and the residential lots should return to Caroni 1975 Limited because I think it is best performed there. By the end of February Caroni will have the Unit set up to take charge of all the administrative requirements to expedite this whole process.”

Minister Rambharat also says that the issue of the payment to former cane farmers rests with the Ministry of Planning and Development.

IETV News



Now keep in mind these people were waiting on this for YEARS eh
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 28, 2016, 10:09:07 AM
The man wanna attack the root cause of crime but up to now he eh say how he going after the killers of the two youthmen. So sort of plan for apprehending and stopping these murderous individuals. A pregnant woman get gang raped and they rob her of all her money....Hear nah people like you have the country in the state it in. That kind of pacifist, kumbaya outlook alluh wanna have. Is level lead poisoning them boys hadda taste.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 10:15:17 AM
The man wanna attack the root cause of crime but up to now he eh say how he going after the killers of the two youthmen. So sort of plan for apprehending and stopping these murderous individuals. A pregnant woman get gang raped and they rob her of all her money....Hear nah people like you have the country in the state it in. That kind of pacifist, kumbaya outlook alluh wanna have. Is level lead poisoning them boys hadda taste.

after you arrest and prosecute these individuals for their murders you will have other murderers to replace them. There are many homes and communities that glorify, encourage, ignore criminal activity and violence which results in the country having to pay the unfortunate price. Until you address the crime culture in T&T so we can change the culture then crime will not be solved.

So yes we can talk about arresting these individuals (as it is already reported police has arrested suspects for the youth men killing so you are obviously unaware what is happening) and yes they should be taken off the streets but recent history has shown other murderers will evolve from the crime culture we have in T&T. So again we must address the root of the problem and not see the glass half full.

I do not know how else to break it down for you. Anything simpler will be in a,b,c form.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 10:32:52 AM
The man wanna attack the root cause of crime but up to now he eh say how he going after the killers of the two youthmen. So sort of plan for apprehending and stopping these murderous individuals. A pregnant woman get gang raped and they rob her of all her money....Hear nah people like you have the country in the state it in. That kind of pacifist, kumbaya outlook alluh wanna have. Is level lead poisoning them boys hadda taste.

This is why we have another thread dealing with crime but I will post this in here here just for you.. (also see my previous comment above this comment in this thread in regards to crime in T&T)

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Just one day after Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley gave instructions for the Defence Force to permanently be stationed in hotspot areas, four men believed to be connected to last Thursday's shooting death of two teenagers have been held in Laventille.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 28, 2016, 10:35:21 AM


Now just for you congo since you are unaware of what is happening in T&T. Here is the thread, and you will find out more about any future arrests of murderers

http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=63883.90
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 28, 2016, 10:46:08 AM
You talking as if most of these things lead to successful convictions. What world you living pal...But I guess you really don't live here so is happy pappy. What does posting soldiers up in laventille do? They have been posted before. It's all just window dressings. Failed politicians with failed initiatives. They don't have the testicular fortitude to do what is necessary at this point.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on January 28, 2016, 12:24:53 PM
You talking as if most of these things lead to successful convictions. What world you living pal...But I guess you really don't live here so is happy pappy. What does posting soldiers up in laventille do? They have been posted before. It's all just window dressings. Failed politicians with failed initiatives. They don't have the testicular fortitude to do what is necessary at this point.

Posting soldiers there to assist the police and NGOs deliver their services should be long term and not a 6 week project. It may take 2  to 4 years, maybe more. It has to be 24/7 ..... 365. In addition the govt need to find the cure for this culture of crime. This cannot and should not be a vay-Kee-vay project. This has to be long term. Everything has to work together. Police/soldier, govt/NGOs,lawyers/judges, carrot/bull-pistle.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 29, 2016, 08:21:08 AM
Sando, would you say that the UK has a crime culture?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 29, 2016, 08:25:27 AM
Sando, would you say that the UK has a crime culture?

Sando riding your mind because you cannot handle the fact that we have failed homes and communities that helps to the social aspect that contribute to the CRIME CULTURE in T&T. Do not blame Sando for what is obvious around the country.

Now share this with the youths in YOUR community

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205670479861340&set=a.1016948464036.2002450.1234846515&type=3&theater

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 29, 2016, 09:27:54 AM
Sando, countries like the UK have more incidences of youth delinquency and pregnancy etc. The family structure and community is essentially broken over there. How come they are not riddled with crime like us. How many of our criminals are chronic repeat offenders. How many criminals who are killed had outstanding warrants or matters before the court? Steups
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 29, 2016, 09:41:44 AM
Sando, countries like the UK have more incidences of youth delinquency and pregnancy etc. The family structure and community is essentially broken over there. How come they are not riddled with crime like us. How many of our criminals are chronic repeat offenders. How many criminals who are killed had outstanding warrants or matters before the court? Steups

Your stats are misguided because you basing on share numbers instead of proportionality. Also this goes beyond delinquency and pregnancy. You are absolutley LOST on the issue and instead of confronting the issue you are ignoring what is around you and running away from the issue..

You remind me of parents who know their youths involve in criminal activity but ignore it, because it is accepted as the norm in many homes and communities..
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: congo on January 29, 2016, 10:07:45 AM
Yeah but what does the parents knowing that their youth involved with crime has to do with our lack of enforcement for simple criminal offenses. What about the duty of the state to enforce the law. Why are you comfortable with placing all blame on the shoulders of the parents and very little on the state's failure to protect its innocent citizens. I guess the parents of terrorists should be blamed for terrorism according to your logic.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 29, 2016, 10:26:33 AM
Yeah but what does the parents knowing that their youth involved with crime has to do with our lack of enforcement for simple criminal offenses. What about the duty of the state to enforce the law. Why are you comfortable with placing all blame on the shoulders of the parents and very little on the state's failure to protect its innocent citizens. I guess the parents of terrorists should be blamed for terrorism according to your logic.



after you arrest and prosecute these individuals for their murders you will have other murderers to replace them. There are many homes and communities that glorify, encourage, ignore criminal activity and violence which results in the country having to pay the unfortunate price. Until you address the crime culture in T&T so we can change the culture then crime will not be solved.

So yes we can talk about arresting these individuals (as it is already reported police has arrested suspects for the youth men killing so you are obviously unaware what is happening) and yes they should be taken off the streets but recent history has shown other murderers will evolve from the crime culture we have in T&T. So again we must address the root of the problem and not see the glass half full.

I do not know how else to break it down for you. Anything simpler will be in a,b,c form.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 29, 2016, 10:31:37 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh declares national public health emergency due to the Zika virus.
Speaking at today’s Press Conference, Minister Deyalsingh says, “We have sprayed over 51,000 homes for mosquitoes in recent months, and we will amplify our efforts.”

The Minister advises that “pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant, to avoid visiting countries where the Zika Virus present.” He adds, “Caring for a child with microcephaly is a lifelong commitment, and I don't want that burden to befall anyone.”

The PAHO representative present at today’s press conference says, “CARPHA has the ability to test for the Zika virus. The results are available after 3 days. They will cross-test to rule out dengue and Chikungunya.”

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on January 30, 2016, 12:32:02 PM

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New plan coming to help lawless minors

New legislation is being prepared to assist minors charged with crimes in the country.

Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Stuart Young said during Wednesday’s public consultations on local government reform at Guaico Government Secondary School, Sangre Grande.

He was responding to a question on the issue of restorative justice within the Ministry of Local Government.

Young said that did not fall within the local government portfolio and the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs was working on a suite of legislation to deal with children.

He said: “As part of that process we are going to have something revolutionary called peer testing/assessment.

“With respect to minors they (will) actually have the opportunity, if they have been charged with a crime (offence) and they admit to it, to then present themselves to their peers—a group of trained peers—to discuss what will be meted out to them (sanctions).

“We are hoping that would be the first step towards the type of restorative justice you are talking about.”

Rural Development and Local Government Minister Franklin Khan, who also addressed the consultation, said there may be a reduction of the number of regional corporations. There are currently 14 corporations across Trinidad while the Tobago House of Assembly is in charge of the affairs on that island.

Among those who were present among the hundreds of people from the region were Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis, MPs for Toco/Sangre Grande and Cumuto/Manzanilla Glenda Jennings-Smith and Christine Newallo-Hosein.

Khan said the Ministry of Local Government was being disbanded because it was not about local government. He said under the existing arrangement every act to be taken by the corporations must get the approval of the Minister of Local Government.

He said he was “fed up” with the amount of requests he gets from corporations daily to do simple things.

Khan said he frequently asked the permanent secretary in the ministry if he had to approve those things. He said she told him yes based on the existing law.

However, Khan said he did not want to approve those things anymore. He said those requests for approval should be in the hands of the mayor and chairman of the respective corporations across Trinidad.

He said the new powers would be given to all corporations and not just those controlled by the People’s National Movement.

Khan said the local government corporations will be accountable to the Minister of Finance and the Auditor General under the proposed system.

He said the existing local government administrative structure was sluggish, adding local government was very unproductive under the existing arrangement. He urged the audience to say if the proposal was foolishness if they felt it was. The minister said the new system would give the corporation executive authority. Many of the concerns raised by residents related to existing problems within the local government system.

http://www.trinibuzz.com/new-plan-coming-to-help-lawless-minors-ttnews/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 01, 2016, 09:10:19 PM

New sophisticated Coast Guard radar equipment to help in fight against drug trade

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/new-sophisticated-coast-guard-radar-equipment-help-fight-against-drug-trade

Drug-runners will find it even more difficult to elude the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, following the installation of sophisticated radar equipment on some of the vessels.

Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, has announced the installation of its new SharpEye upmast radar system on four new vessels commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
 
It named the four vessels (CNC3 has opted not to name them) outfitted with the equipment, all of which will patrol Trinidad and Tobago's coastal waters and are also capable of operating in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
 
The company says the SharpEye radar was selected as the surveillance radar due to its superior target detection capability especially in poor weather conditions such as heavy rain and high sea states.

Dedicated primarily to surface search and surveillance to counteract illegal activity, the radar will also be used in support of the vessels’ navigational magnetron radar to provide the safety and situational awareness required in high clutter conditions.
 
With its longer range target detection capability and low power output - reducing the probability of detection by ESM equipment - the SharpEye radar will enable the craft to remain out of visual sight and out of conventional radar detection range whilst still being able to track and monitor vessels under investigation.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 02, 2016, 05:53:40 PM
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WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153849974680610/

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has dismissed the Opposition as not being serious. Speaking to members of the media earlier today he said the former administration helped caused many of the problems facing Trinidad and Tobago and don't seem interested in helping to solving them. Dr. Keith Rowley: "We are not listening to any chastisement from the Opposition. The Opposition had five years, they caused most of these problems and we have to take our energies and focus on trying to solve them." The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters after an HDC Key Distribution Ceremony in Port of Spain.


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 03, 2016, 06:31:23 PM

Newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Mrs. Glenda Jennings-Smith goes after gangs

Wednesday, February 3 2016
By Andre Bagoo

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley yesterday signaled the State’s intention to “make full use” of anti-gang legislation as he announced a raft of initiatives in an effort to combat crime.
For the year, 47 murders have been committed.

Dr. Rowley said one of the main functions of newly-appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Glenda Jennings- Smith - a former assistant commissioner of police - will be to implement anti-gang legislation.

“Her job would be to make full use of the anti-gang legislation to ensure....that that piece of legislation is used to protect us from those who would overthrow our communities,” Dr. Rowley said, hours after Jennings-Smith’s appointment was announced.

He was speaking at a function held at the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) headquarters at South Quay, Port-of-Spain.
The Anti-Gang Act was passed in 2011 outlawing gang activity. While it was passed with the support of both sides of the House of Representatives, criticism arose when the legislation was implemented during a state of emergency that year. At one stage, Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard SC, appeared in court to discontinue a series of charges brought under the legislation citing a lack of evidence.
Dr. Rowley also said Jennings- Smith will be in charge of a series of social initiatives and made a plea to each citizen to take a young person under their wings. “Wherever you are, mentor one boy, mentor one girl,” Rowley said.

“We will put the programmes in place where you will be able to participate.The intention is to eradicate and to suppress the general destructive behaviour of criminal conduct in Trinidad and Tobago.” The Prime Minister said there will be a number of outreach programmes involving the participation of the Coast Guard, Police, and the general community in order to direct people away from a life of crime.
“The Government will begin to re-invest in the youth camp programme, and to expand the mentorship programme,” he said. Dr. Rowley assured the State will deploy all of the resources at its disposal to see persons face justice in court.

“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to providing all the resources available to root out persons who have taken the position that they can commit those (criminal) acts,” the Prime Minister said. “It is a great pity that in this time of shortage we have to divert our resources to treat with national security.”

But, he added, this was necessary as, “If you do not have personal safety nothing else matters.”

Of the recent addition of Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses to the Security Ministry, Dr. Rowley said the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security would function in relation to, “work permits, immigration issues, and treating with our foreign contacts”.

This, he said, would free the Ministry of National Security to deal with “operation and response.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on February 03, 2016, 06:58:38 PM
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: R45 on February 05, 2016, 11:10:42 AM
Steups, is the anti-gang act even enforceable? I thought after the last SOE, it was said that the legislation as it is written is impossible to prosecute - maybe someone familiar with the legislation can clarify. Nonetheless, since 2011 it was assented, there has been a single conviction under the act.

Also, deja vu on the radar - does the 360 degree radar that Manning bought from Israel even work anymore? Once again we are spending money on technology to battle crime while ignoring the fundamentals. Also keep in mind that, according to every report done on the illegal drug trade, the majority of illegal drugs and guns that come into the country via LEGAL ports in shipping containers.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 05, 2016, 03:25:14 PM
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Ministry, manufacturers to tackle childhood obesity


http://www.looptt.com/content/ministry-manufacturers-tackle-childhood-obesity

Sensitising manufacturers to the link between sugar consumption, obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) formed part of recent discussions between Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and manufacturers of non-alcoholic beverages.

The discussions also focused on developing a collaborative strategy to reduce the growing problem of childhood obesity in T&T. 

Deyalsingh revealed his intention to meet with various stakeholders in the sector to address the other contributors to NCDs, like, salt, fat and tobacco.

Childhood obesity has been linked to NCD development in adults. The Minister stressed the need for multi-sectoral action to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke, which account for over 60 percent of deaths in Trinidad and Tobago each year.

He indicated that government’s focus is primary health care with an emphasis on preventing illness, rather than expending large sums on treatment and care of chronic conditions.

He stressed the multi-factoral nature of chronic diseases, and acknowledged the need for a holistic approach to target its common risk factors, including tobacco use, unhealthy eating, and obesity.

By the end of the meeting, the group agreed that it will meet to develop comprehensive proposals to contribute to the holistic approach for impacting the prevalence of childhood obesity and NCDs in the population.

Businessman Dominic Hadeed agreed to chair the sectoral meeting and the group will report to the Minister of Health in three months.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 08, 2016, 03:50:48 PM


Exploratory well being drilled in Fyzabad


http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160207/news/exploratory-well-being-drilled-in-fyzabad

If commercial hydrocarbons are found at a site being drilled in Santa Flora, that could result in the drilling of additional wells.
On Friday, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries the Honourable Nicole Olivierre toured the well site of FZ 1050 located at Wells Services Rig 4, Sudama Trace, Santa Flora.

Following the tour, Minister Olivierre said: “This is an appraisal well that is being drilled to investigate the northern extent of hydrocarbons within the Unit 5A(gas condensate reservoir) and Unit 5B (oil sand reservoir) sand reservoirs of the oil-prolific Cruse Formation. It lies on the southern flank of the Fyzabad Anticline. The proposed total depth (PTD) is 7541 feet. The rig is expected to spend one month in drilling the well, which spud on January 22.”

The Minister told the Express: “This location was selected for drilling from a portfolio of drilling candidates, developed through geological and geophysical evaluation of the North West District (NWD) 3D Seismic Survey undertaken by Petrotrin in 2010. It is the first appraisal well drilled in this area by Petrotrin, in several decades. The well is expected to penetrate a total of 100 feet net hydrocarbon sands in Unit 5A and Unit 5B.”
Minister Olivierre also said: “Success in finding commercial hydrocarbons at FZ1050 could result in the drilling of additional wells to drain the remaining oil reserves in the immediate area, and validate the interpretation of the 3D seismic data. This will improve the confidence factors for similar drilling within Petrotrin’s fields.”
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 08, 2016, 03:54:56 PM
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24 detained during PBR operation
Clampdown on illegals; Tightening of land and sea borders


http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-02-05/clampdown-illegals

Illegal entry into T&T is being made more difficult as the Government steps up border security on land and sea.

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon yesterday confirmed moves to step up border security following Wednesday’s exercise by police and immigration in which 30 people were questioned and 24 detained.

During the exercise, authorities checking vehicles along the Priority Bus Route asked commuters for identification. The 24 people who were detained were placed at the Detention Centre.

The National Security Ministry yesterday confirmed that the exercise was the latest phase of operations to deal with illegal immigrants. It said those detained in Wednesday’s exercise included four Jamaicans, one Dominican Republic national, two Cubans, one Grenadian, ten Guyanese, one Nigerian, three Chinese, one Vincentian and one person from Sierra Leone.

In February 2015, then National Security Minister Gary Griffith, in announcing a “crackdown on illegals,” estimated that there were 110,000 illegal immigrants from 16 countries living in T&T.

He said they would have been given the opportunity to regularise their status and if non-compliant would be located and returned to their homeland. He added that there were many illegal immigrants in T&T contributing heavily to crime and gang activity and if these undesirables were removed it would have a positive impact on the anti-crime fight.

Yesterday, Dillon said maritime borders—prime points for illegal entry—were being tightened, as were entry points on land in his government’s heightened efforts to deal with crime and gang warfare.

Dillon is planning visits to various areas and agencies in coming weeks to reinforce those plans.

Dillon said he would visit the Detention Centre soon since it was in a “terrible” state.

He said he has called for certain rearrangements to be done at the centre and for the processes regarding Caricom nationals to be expedited when such individuals have to be returned to their homeland.

He said discussions had been held with the Jamaican high commissioner on such matters.

The minister said halting illegal access to T&T was also geared towards clamping down on foreign culprits involved in terrorist activities entering T&T.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, meanwhile, told the T&T Guardian that the Government was using a multi-pronged approach to dealing with returning T&T-born terrorist fighters—those who had served with ISIS in the Middle East—and this would involve operationalising existing law plus co-operation with international parties.

That is currently being finalised at various levels of the Government.

“A special Anti-Terrorism Unit has also been established in the Attorney General’s office to handle such matters,” Al-Rawi said.

“We’ve retooled arrangements which had existed in the AG’s office, but hadn’t been used. The past administration, which had co-sponsored the United Nations anti-terrorism resolution, however, didn’t operationalise what they were doing.”

Al-Rawi also said authorities who mounted a surprise search in the Port-of-Spain prison between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning found 28 new high-tech cell phones.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 12, 2016, 09:13:11 AM


The Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Trade will be strengthened, as the government seeks to protect consumers from paying more than they should in the nation's supermarkets. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, told reporters he has observed consumers complaining about selected prices, since the VAT was reduced from 15 percent to 12.5 percent.
WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153869229310610/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 13, 2016, 01:37:29 PM

Bigger fines coming for unkept lands
Health Minister on fight against Zika:

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160212/news/bigger-fines-coming-for-unkept-lands

There will be greater fines imposed upon owners of abandoned and overgrown properties as the Ministry of Health continues its mosquito eradication exercises to fight against the Zika virus.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh made the announcement at yesterday’s weekly news briefing at the ministry’s Park Street, Port of Spain headquarters.
“We are also going to be fighting Zika on a legislative footing,” he said. “The Ministry of Health’s legislative department is currently reviewing the yellow fever regulations which falls under the Public Health Ordinance to significantly increase the fines...”
The current fine is $500. Deyalsingh said this would be increased “by a multiple”, but said an exact figure could not be revealed yet as the matter has to go to Cabinet.

“I am taking legislative reform to the Cabinet to fight Zika by putting a severe financial penalty on owners of properties who do not keep their properties cut, especially abandoned lots,” he said.

Additionally, Deyalsingh said $5 million has been set aside, from the ministry’s budget allocation, to fund the purchase of additional chemicals for spraying.

The University of the West Indies will also be setting up a “Zika task force”, Deyalsingh said.
He said these measures would enable Trinidad and Tobago to receive international funding to fight the Zika virus.
He added that the ministry would need the assistance of each regional corporation to conduct spraying.
“The fight (against) Zika is a multi-million, multi-sectoral battle,” he said.

He noted that it was impossible to screen persons for the Zika virus as many do not exhibit any symptoms. However, he said doctors in both the public and private sector may send blood samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Port of Spain for testing if they have reason to suspect a Zika infection in patients.

Yesterday, Deyalsingh said Trinidad and Tobago was being used as a model for the rest of the world when it comes to fighting the Zika virus. He said every thing done in T&T, including the declaration of a public health emergency, was subsequently done in other countries.
“I am very proud that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Health, we have been so proactive, that this is now a model to be used in the fight against Zika,” he said.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in T&T. However, the Health Minister has stated on several occasions that the virus may already be here.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 13, 2016, 01:46:46 PM

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PM Dr. Rowley picks Penelope Beckles-Robinson as UN Ambassador

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160211/news/rowley-picks-pennelope-as-un-ambassador

Former Member of Parliament for Arima Mrs. Pennelope Beckles-Robinson is to be appointed permanent representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, in New York, USA, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced yesterday.

Mrs. Beckles-Robinson who once challenged Dr. Rowley for leadership of the People's National Movement (PNM), was last year rejected as the candidate for Arima in the General Election.

Dr. Rowley revealed to reporters in Point Cumana that yesterday morning he signed off on the recommendation for President Anthony Carmona to appoint her to the position.

“She is very well qualified for the position and I've had no difficulty in making the appointment,” he said.

Dr. Rowley assured other appointments of Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the United Kingdom and the United States will soon be made.

“You know there is a process, right. First, you have to select persons then you have to offer them to the various countries and wait for their acceptance.,” he explained.

“We are in the process of waiting for agreement for a number of persons we have put forward for our high commissioners and ambassadors, so very soon we will be informed about that when we get the responses,” he said.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 19, 2016, 12:55:50 PM
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The Prime Minister is taking control of the restoration of five historically significant buildings in the capital. He says it is necessary because of their significance to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and the amount of money that has been spent on them so far. C News Reporter Soyini Grey and Cameraman Shaka Telesford toured the five buildings, and spoke to the principals involved about the Government's plan to restore them.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 19, 2016, 12:57:06 PM

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Govt launches $7m mosquito assault *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160218/news/govt-launches-7m-mosquito-assault

REGIONAL corporations are to receive $7 million in funding to fight the Zika virus, which Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed this week is present in Trinidad.

In a media statement yesterday, The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government advised of the allocation, which is to be used by the corporations to “assist in preventing the spread of the Zika virus”.

Deyalsingh announced on Wednesday that Trinidad's first confirmed case of Zika was a 61-year-old Diego Martin woman, who has since recovered.

The woman was tested on February 10 and was confirmed to be Zika-positive by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) two days later. The woman was not quarantined as she was said to have recovered by the time the testing confirmed she did in fact have Zika.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 19, 2016, 12:59:00 PM

JUST IN: The Minister of Agriculture the Honourable Clarence Rambharat:

“Caroni rice farmers have been granted their water abstraction licence by WASA and have an agreement for the use of the Ministry's pump to abstract water.
The Ministry is also able to abstract water from the Caroni River to assist farmers.”
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on February 19, 2016, 05:41:20 PM

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Govt launches $7m mosquito assault *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160218/news/govt-launches-7m-mosquito-assault

REGIONAL corporations are to receive $7 million in funding to fight the Zika virus, which Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed this week is present in Trinidad.

In a media statement yesterday, The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government advised of the allocation, which is to be used by the corporations to “assist in preventing the spread of the Zika virus”.

Deyalsingh announced on Wednesday that Trinidad's first confirmed case of Zika was a 61-year-old Diego Martin woman, who has since recovered.

The woman was tested on February 10 and was confirmed to be Zika-positive by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) two days later. The woman was not quarantined as she was said to have recovered by the time the testing confirmed she did in fact have Zika.

Why is take derelict police car by the side of the road.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 20, 2016, 06:49:58 PM

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Govt launches $7m mosquito assault *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160218/news/govt-launches-7m-mosquito-assault

REGIONAL corporations are to receive $7 million in funding to fight the Zika virus, which Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed this week is present in Trinidad.

In a media statement yesterday, The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government advised of the allocation, which is to be used by the corporations to “assist in preventing the spread of the Zika virus”.

Deyalsingh announced on Wednesday that Trinidad's first confirmed case of Zika was a 61-year-old Diego Martin woman, who has since recovered.

The woman was tested on February 10 and was confirmed to be Zika-positive by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) two days later. The woman was not quarantined as she was said to have recovered by the time the testing confirmed she did in fact have Zika.

Why is take derelict police car by the side of the road.

good question. this is what the Express chose to highlight. ah should have not published that pic in here
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 20, 2016, 06:53:42 PM

JUST IN: The Minister of Agriculture the Honourable Clarence Rambharat:

“Caroni rice farmers have been granted their water abstraction licence by WASA and have an agreement for the use of the Ministry's pump to abstract water.
The Ministry is also able to abstract water from the Caroni River to assist farmers.”


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 20, 2016, 06:55:37 PM

15th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Friday February 19, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ Fourteen Papers will be laid.
~ Seven questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Introduction of Bills: The Family and Children Division Bill, 2016
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Notification of the nomination of Mr. Dinanath Ramkissoon as a member of the Police Service Commission (moved by the Leader of the House)

https://www.youtube.com/v/iY1O5-HjZtA
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 22, 2016, 03:43:45 AM

Govt to set up oversight body to monitor performance of Police Service...

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160220/news/inspectorate-a-welcome-addition

THE announcement by Government to establish an oversight body to manage and monitor the performance of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is a step in the right direction, stakeholders have said.

Speaking to the Sunday Express last week, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said the Police Service Inspectorate will be given the responsibility “for quality assurance, quality control, evaluation and measurement of all police stations, the results of which will be reported to Parliament”.

Dillon said the inspectorate will be monitoring the performance of the TTPS “and will also be looking at the different structures within the Police Service”.

On January 15, Finance Minister Colm Imbert told the Senate that $2 million had been allocated to establish the Police Management Agency and the Police Service Inspectorate, in a bid to deal with crime.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on February 22, 2016, 03:46:23 AM

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San Fernando gets new medical facility for patient recovery

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by Carolyn Kissoon (T&T Express)

A multi-million dollar facility is now open to provide recovery services for patients in San Fernando.

Acropolis Medical Centre, located at Circular Road, San Fernando, was opened on Thursday.

San Fernando West MP Faris Al-Rawi and San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein were among the dignatories who attended the ceremony.

Reverend Cecil Quamina, Chairman of the Acropolis Medical Centre, was described as the visionary behind the establishment of the facility.

The facility provides services in family/general medicine, internal medicine, cardiothoracic, paediatrics, dental, diagnostic and imaging services, among others.

Acropolis also provides wellness programmes for individuals, families, entrepre¬neurs and non-profit organisations.

Reverend Quamina said the Centre aims to improve the health and wellness of communities by providing quality services that adhere to the highest standards of care and clinical excellence.

He said the centre was outfitted with first-class facilities—an elegant ambience, innovative informa¬tion tech¬nologies and electronic health records (EHR).

Reverend Quamina said Acropolis was staffed with well-qualified and customer-focused medical and support teams.

Acropolis Medical Centre is open Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Acropolis Medical Centre is a first class, elegant facility located along the slope of San Fernando Hill. It is community-based uniquely positioned to provide patients and their families with premium health care.

The staff is well-qualified & willing to serve with a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience while patients gain ready access to local and international clinical specialists and state of the art equipment & technologies.

Vision: We are a group of caring professionals who inspire love, hope and trust.

Mission: We aim to improve the health of communities by providing quality services that adhere to the highest standards of care and clinical excellence.

The Acropolis Medical Centre offer access to an extensive array of outpatient services to fulfil its promise of patients' holistic health. Services include:

1. Family / General Medicine

2. Internal Medicine

3. Cardio-Thoracic

4. Paediatrics (General / Developmental)

5. Dental (coming soon!)

6. Dialysis Treatment / Nephrology (coming soon!)

7. Telemedicine

8. Diagnostic and Imaging - X-Ray, Cardiac - Stress, Echo, ECG

9. Pharmacy

10. Laboratory Service

11. Allied Health Services

- Nutritional & Dietetic Consultation

- Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapy

- Sleep Apnea

- Occupational Therapy

Specialties

Family/General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardio-Thoracic Services, Paediatrics, Telemedicine, Diagnostic & Imaging (X-Ray, Cardiac - Stress Testing, Echo, ECG), Pharmacy, Laboratory, Dental, Dialysis, Allied Health Services
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Post by: Deeks on February 22, 2016, 08:49:27 AM
So this is a private hospital, I presume.
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Post by: Sando prince on February 25, 2016, 06:03:52 AM
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Minister intervenes in labour dispute *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160222/business/minister-intervenes-in-labour-dispute

LABOUR Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus has intervened in the dispute between steel giant ArcelorMittal and its laid-off workers, who have now been paid a portion of their basic wages.

Speaking to reporters after the Tripartite Stakeholder Consultations on the Industrial Relations (Amendments) Bill 2015 at the National Energy Skills Centre in Couva yesterday, Baptiste-Primus said Government's concern was the welfare of the steel workers.

She said she questioned company officials in early February about the welfare of those workers who would be home for 45 days.
“My first question was how these workers would survive being home for 45 days without pay? They have families, they have children to send to school. And these were the sentiments I expressed to the employer,” said Baptiste-Primus. She said that the ArcelorMittal had agreed to allow the laid-off workers to en-cash payment for up to ten days of vacation leave, which gave ex-workers approximately 90 per cent of their basic wage.
However, Baptiste-Primus said both parties have not fully come to an agreement, and that the Ministry is facilitating meetings between them.
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Post by: weary1969 on February 25, 2016, 01:24:45 PM
So this is a private hospital, I presume.

YES
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Post by: Deeks on February 25, 2016, 05:57:04 PM
So this is a private hospital, I presume.

YES

Thanks!
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Post by: Sando prince on February 26, 2016, 07:15:53 PM

NIDCO designing road to Toco

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Government yesterday took a step towards keeping its 2015 general election campaign promise to build a first class road from Valencia to Toco, with the engagement of the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) as the executing agency to provide procurement, project and contract management services for the development of 32 kilometres of this road.

In making the announcement at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said, “As part of the engagement of this process, NIDCO is expected to prepare a route alignment and conceptual design for the construction of the first class road.” Asked by Newsday whether NIDCO’s engagement in this project will affect its ability to oversee the completion of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension project, Cuffie said it would not.

“NIDCO is a project management company and they will be doing this highway,” he explained. Cuffie said once NIDCO submits its proposals for the route alignment and design for the new Valencia- Toco road, the company would come up with a cost and then there would be considerations regarding the budget to build this road.

The Minister also said the necessary clearances from the Environmental Management Authority would be obtained before construction begins. On funding for this project, Cuffie said he believed that would come from the Consolidated Fund.

The Valencia to Toco Road is a PNM Manifesto promise made by Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley on August 19, 2015 where he stated this will also expand the economy of Tobago.

“So you can drive from Port of Spain to Toco on an A class road, meaning that you can get in comfort and get very quickly to a ferry port in Toco and that will bring Tobago to Trinidad and Trinidad to Tobago in a way we have never been and the effect of that road will be very significant to the economy of Tobago,” Dr. Rowley stated.

The PNM Manifesto outlines plans of an ‘A’ class road with ferry services available from Toco to Tobago in the future.

Dr. Rowley believed this development will significantly impact both Trinidad and Tobago.
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Post by: Deeks on February 26, 2016, 08:07:37 PM
Makes sense.
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Post by: Sando prince on February 27, 2016, 11:52:40 AM
WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153901178715610/

The Prime Minister was a bit late for Parliament on Friday, prompting the Opposition to express concern about his willingness to answer their questions but as Peter Christopher reports, he indeed turned up to answer questions.

Also Dr. Rowley confirmed that people still have access to the children's fund. He was asked about the fund by Princes Town MP Barry Padarath in Parliament. Dr. Rowley added that a further 16 people had applied for aid from the fund.
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Post by: Jumbie on February 27, 2016, 07:09:44 PM
NIDCO designing road to Toco

 :applause:
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Post by: Sando prince on February 28, 2016, 04:58:59 PM


Central Bank reveals: $32bn in blocked accounts

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-02-27/central-bank-reveals-32bn-blocked-accounts

The Government has $31.9 billion in blocked accounts at the Central Bank, monies that were placed there in an attempt to sterilize excess liquidity, the bank disclosed on Friday.

The Central Bank was responding to questions from the Guardian, following the publication of a newspaper notice last week that the Government intended to unblock some $1.84 billion that would then be available for use by the State.

“The $1.84 billion that was unblocked represented the proceeds of two bonds that had been issued in 2003 and 2008 ($640 million and $1.2 billion respectively) under the Development Loans Act. The Government made a specific request for the unblocking of these particular funds,” the Central Bank said.

The Government moved to unblock the $1.84 billion as a result of a sharp reduction in excess liquidity in the fourth quarter of 2015 that was partly due to the sale of US$500 million by the Central Bank to authorised dealers of foreign exchange at the end of October.

The sale of the US$500 million would have removed TT$3.2 billion from the authorised dealers, who are mostly commercial banks. T&T commercial banks had $3.36 billion in average excess reserves (excess liquidity) in December 2015, down from $7.19 billion at the start of the year.

The money in the blocked accounts belongs to the Government and it “represents the proceeds of the sales of Government of T&T securities,” for liquidity absorption purposes, the Central Bank said.

In piloting legislation in December to increase the government’s borrowing limit from $70 to $120 billion, Finance Minister Colm Imbert told Parliament that the previous administration had pledged funds of $12 billion in the Green Fund and the Unemployment Fund against borrowings it undertook. He made no mention of funds in the blocked accounts in December.

A Ministry of Finance official indicated yesterday, however, that T&T’s Exchequer Account had been overdrawn by more than $30 billion.

The official said yesterday, “As far as I know, the Government does not have any access to the funds in the blocked accounts, except the $1.84 billion it just unfroze.

“Additionally, you need to appreciate that the Government will have to replace that $1.84 billion when the principal payments become due in 2017 and 2018, either from revenue or from borrowings.”

Imbert has blamed the issues surrounding the government’s overdrawn accounts as being responsible for its inability to settle up to $2 billion owed to contractors and suppliers and some $5 billion in backpay owed to employees of regional health authorities and members of the protective services.

When it became clear in December that tight domestic liquidity was preventing the Government from borrowing money from the banks to pay those debts, the banks were reported to have suggested to the minister that the solution would be to lower the reserve requirement.

The reserve requirement, which currently stands at 17 per cent, is the percentage of commercial banks’ deposit liabilities that they are required to maintain in non-interest bearing accounts at the Central Bank.

On Friday, responding to a question on the advantages of unblocking the $31.9 billion held in blocked accounts for liquidity absorption compared with lowering the reserve requirement, the Central Bank made it clear that unblocking the accounts gives the Government access to its funds at the Central Bank.

According to the Central Bank, “Lowering the reserve requirement would mean that commercial banks are obliged to keep a smaller proportion of their eligible deposits at the Central Bank, thus directly increasing banking system liquidity.

“On the other hand removing the proceeds from the blocked account increases the funds available to the Government for its fiscal operations; until these funds are withdrawn there is no impact on system liquidity. Over time, liquidity may increase as the funds are withdrawn.

“Consequently, lowering the reserve requirement may have a more immediate impact on liquidity than unblocking the account.

“Moreover, in the case of lowering the reserve requirement, it is the banks that have more access to their funds held at the Central Bank, while unblocking the government accounts provides the government with greater access to its funds at the Central Bank.”

Economist cautions:

Be mindful of the damage if $$ released too quickly

But an economist yesterday cautioned that even if the entire $31.9 billion were available to the Government, it would need to be very mindful of the damage to the country’s inflation rate and the demand for foreign exchange that releasing that money too quickly could have on the economy.

“Unblocking the accounts is, in effect, creating money and the Government would need to be very cautious about the inflationary and foreign exchange impact of unleashing too much, too soon,” said the economist, who requested anonymity.

Asked if the unblocking of the accounts was a form of quantitative easing, the Central Bank said, “Broadly speaking, quantitative easing is a process by which Central Banks increase the level of liquidity in the financial system by purchasing financial assets from banks and other financial institutions.

“Removing money from the blocked accounts will make more money available for fiscal operations; liquidity could eventually be impacted according to the level and pace of government spending.

“Overall, therefore, unblocking the accounts could potentially have a similar result as Central Bank purchasing of financial assets on liquidity but the impact may be slower.”
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Post by: Sando prince on February 28, 2016, 05:01:23 PM

16th Sitting of the House of Representatives -

1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Friday February 26, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ Twelve questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Private Business
. Motion #1: Initiation of a Programme in schools to meet the needs of children with ADD/ADHD (moved by the Member for Tabaquite)

https://www.youtube.com/v/v-EHJHai9vQ&spfreload=10
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Post by: Deeks on February 29, 2016, 03:37:42 PM
NIDCO designing road to Toco

 :applause:

Long overdue.
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Post by: Sando prince on March 03, 2016, 12:25:26 AM

In the RIENZI COMPLEX??😂😂

The Minister of Agriculture continued to distribute land leases to the Caroni workers.

http://www.guardian.co.tt/business/2016-02-29/target-set-caroni-land-leases

Target set for Caroni land leases


Although Government has accelerated the preparation of leases for distribution to former Caroni (1975) Limited workers, more than 200 of them cannot be distributed because the beneficiaries never showed up to execute them, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said. The leases are for two-acre parcels of agricultural lands allocated under a 2003 VSEP agreement.

Speaking at an agricultural and residential lease distribution ceremony for the former Caroni workers at Rienzi Complex, Couva, the minister reiterated his commitment to meet a target delivery of some 7,246 leases for the plots by December 31.

He said: “I learnt only last evening, that of those persons called to execute leases towards the end of January, 205 failed to show up and there are leases available for execution that have not yet been executed.

“So today, I ask that the union work alongside Caroni and the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries to make sure that we communicate with those persons whose leases are ready and awaiting execution so that we can move the process along.”

Rambharat told approximately 300 farmers at the ceremony that by the end of March he will make a clear
statement as to how his ministry intends to address the backlog of commitments for distribution of State lands for agricultural purposes.

He lamented on the plight of farmers, including those in Mayaro, who are squatting on State lands, despite the voiced intentions of previous administrations to regularise land tenure. He said it was imperative that the resources of the ministry be put to use to fulfil Government’s commitment on land tenure.

“I have the wonderful task of holding the very said ministry the Prime Minister held when he first became a minister in 1991, having previously served in his first job in the public service as a Fisheries Officer in Tobago,” he said.

“The Honourable Prime Minister is also a registered farmer so everything will be alright, not because of what I do, but what he makes sure I do.”

Jerry Hospedales, chairman, Caroni (1975) Limited, described the restructuring of the company as “an important step in the strengthening of the economy of Trinidad and Tobago with the reallocation of idle human and capital resources to much more efficient uses.”

He added: “Indeed, with the current diversification plans to develop the agricultural sector the Government has committed itself to an efficient agro-based industry which could flourish in the country. The recently-appointed Committee for the Monitoring of Food Imports by Minister Rambharat would undoubtedly facilitate the expansion of agricultural production. This initiative would lead to the rebuilding and the repositioning of agriculture as a major sector which would anchor the achievement of food security in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Hospedales said establishment of commercial and industrial economic zones will facilitate the revitalisation of Caroni lands and the emerging and alternative economic opportunities will make difference in the lives of the former employees.

“These lives would now be placed on a more sustainable footing than they were in the business model anchored on the sugar industry which had long lost its competitiveness and which depended on the State for regular subventions for survival,” he said.

“This model was not in the best interest of you the former employees and the distribution of leases today marks a turning point in your lives and indeed that of the communities within which the residential and agricultural estates are located.”
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Post by: Sando prince on March 08, 2016, 11:26:20 AM

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Minister of State Ayanna Webster-Roy have extended greetings to all women in commemoration of International Women's Day.

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Post by: Sando prince on March 10, 2016, 09:37:35 AM

Must See! Contribution for AG AL Rawi

https://www.facebook.com/pnmpartygroup15/videos/251312088534135/
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Post by: Sando prince on March 10, 2016, 09:43:37 AM

Government’s mid-year review to be done on Friday April 8.

Finance Minister, Colm Imbert announced yesterday in Parliament that the Government’s mid-year review will be done on Friday April 8 of this year.

Minister Imbert made the announcement while replying to a motion by Opposition MP Suruj Rambachan who sought annulment of government’s 12.5 per cent VAT implementation.

He said that following wide consultations over the upcoming six months—the Government would make appropriate adjustments to the 2016 Budget in the March 2016 mid-year review, to ensure the Budget is a comprehensive regime for restoring long-term discipline.”

- See more at: http://news.power102fm.com/governments-mid-year-review-to-be-done-on-friday-april-8-34026#sthash.uMAZ1JEZ.dpuf
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Post by: Sando prince on March 10, 2016, 09:45:05 AM

1st Extraordinary Sitting of the House of Representatives


Summary:
~ Private Business
. Motion #1: Annulment of the VAT (Amendment to Schedule 2) Order 2016 (moved by the Member for Tabaquite)

https://www.youtube.com/v/cUYdXwGVzQA
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Post by: Sando prince on March 11, 2016, 02:52:02 PM

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Dr Amery Browne appointed Ambassador to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and more

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/dr-amery-browne-appointed-ambassador-brazil-argentina-chile-and-more


The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that former Government Minister and Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne has been appointed as Ambassador to Brazil, Argentina and three other South American countries.

The Prime Minister's Office has also announced former La Brea MP Fitzgerald Jeffery as the High Commissioner to Jamaica.

The following is the statement from the Office of the Prime Minister:

"The media and by extension the people of Trinidad and Tobago are hereby informed that acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, in accordance with the provisions of section 135 of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency, President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona has appointed Mr. Fitzgerald Mc Arthur Jeffrey as High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica, resident in Kingston with accreditation to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, under section 135 of the Constitution, Dr. Amery Browne has been appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil with accreditation to Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Paraguay.

The President has issued the Instrument of Appointment with respect to both appointments which will take effect from the respective dates of assumption.

The Office of the Prime Minister advises that other appointments will be confirmed as agreéments are obtained from the receiving countries."

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Post by: asylumseeker on March 11, 2016, 11:47:00 PM

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Dr Amery Browne appointed Ambassador to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and more

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/dr-amery-browne-appointed-ambassador-brazil-argentina-chile-and-more


The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that former Government Minister and Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne ...

1. Perhaps someone at the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs (or perhaps at the actual embassy in Brasilia!!! Let me suggest the Chargé d'affaires?!) will finally deem it wise to apprise visitors to the embassy's website to a BASIC six month old fact at the core of the fundamental premise to the embassy's raison d'être ... to wit, the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago is Dr. Keith Rowley ... "only" since September, 2015, ent?  ::)

http://brazil.foreign.gov.tt/

Absolutely inexcusable for multiple reasons ... and, if we find it excusable or acceptable, citizens and residents visiting offices of the state and/or government on Monday morning, should find no quarrel if they are greeted with a representative portrait of anyone other than the current PM.

But let me suggest it's likely a fairly one-sided bet that Justin Trudeau's image graces all Canadian arms of the executive, judiciary, and legislature despite being elected roughly 60 days after our PM.

2. A related issue here is the conduct of business of the state and government via a gmail address ... What is an embassy doing with a gmail address? There is a more structured manner in which the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago should be proceeding as a best practice.

Moving on ...

3. "One envoy" to cover roughly 5 million square miles of territory? Hmmm. Not so sure how viable a position that is given the specific circumstances involved.

What are we seeking to accomplish as concrete foreign policy objectives vis-a-vis the proverbial bang for the buck?

I  would encourage the media on the political and diplomatic beats to make such inquiry.

Frankly, it would be instructive to refer to the travel logs of Dr. Browne's predecessors ... although, I know that will take us down a blind alley ... that is, one other than the one informed by this geographical arrangement.



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Post by: Sando prince on March 12, 2016, 11:40:03 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/v/m1u3r2O3k64&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 12, 2016, 09:02:52 PM

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has intervened in plans by ArcelorMittal, Point Lisas to liquidate the steel plant and send home close to 700 workers.

In a media release issued on Saturday, the Prime Minister says the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Finance stand ready to re-engage ArcelorMittal.

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153940994735610/
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Post by: Sando prince on March 15, 2016, 03:32:48 PM

Al-Rawi: Stiffer measures for deadbeat parents*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160311/news/al-rawi-stiffer-measures-for-deadbeat-parents

The Children’s (Amendment) Bill will bring stiffer measures for deadbeat parents who fail to pay maintenance.
Piloting the bill yesterday, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the bill would allow for those who are in default of their maintenance obligations to be brought before the court on a “show cause” basis to say why they should not be punished or why they should be given extra time.
“We must deal with the issue of people with responsibility for children who do not meet their societal obligations,” he said.

“Until parents are brought to bear on their obligations to support their children financially by way of education etc, we would be breeding a terrible problem in our homes which spill out to society. And the Government’s response is to broaden the structures so that the law can be applied to dead-beat fathers, dead-beat mothers and dead-beat persons with responsibility who do not meet their obligations,” he said.
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Post by: Sando prince on March 15, 2016, 03:34:48 PM

China firms to pay T&T


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 By Andre Bagoo Tuesday, March 15 2016

Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon has made a final determination that Chinese exporters have been dumping aluminium products in TT and has ordered the Comptroller of Customs and Excise to impose anti-dumping duties. Chinese exporters will be asked to pay duties of six per cent for aluminium bars, rods and profiles, and nine per cent for aluminium tubes and pipes, according to an order dated February 21 and signed by the Minister. The duties are effective as at February 21, and stay in effect for five years.

“Imports of aluminium extrusions originating in the People’s Republic of China were sold at a dumped price and have caused material injury to the domestic industry,” the Minister concluded in a final determination of a complaint brought in 2014.
“The existence of significant price effects on the local market having a negative impact on the production of like goods by the local industry demonstrates a causal relationship between the existence of the dumped import on the local market and the injury suffered by the complainant.” The findings, dated February 21, 2016, relate to a 2014 complaint brought in relation to aluminium extrusions, namely aluminium bars, rods, tubes and pipes.

A local producer, Cantrex, in June 2014 filed a complaint under the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Act in relation to China.
Seven exporters were identified: Guangdong Xinhe Aluminium Company; Guandong Grandshire Construction Material Company Ltd; Meiyuan Sanxing Aluminium Industry Company Ltd; Nahai Hongjia Aluminium Company; Guangcheng Aluminium Company Ltd; Shangdong Hylong Aluminium Company Ltd; Shanghai Ruiy Metal Ltd.

The local industry alleged the metal products “are being dumped on the local market and provided sufficient prima facie evidence of dumping and injury and a causal link between dumping and injury. By “injury” the complaint alleged injury to production in TT of like goods.
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Post by: kounty on March 15, 2016, 09:45:32 PM

China firms to pay T&T


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 By Andre Bagoo Tuesday, March 15 2016

Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon has made a final determination that Chinese exporters have been dumping aluminium products in TT and has ordered the Comptroller of Customs and Excise to impose anti-dumping duties. Chinese exporters will be asked to pay duties of six per cent for aluminium bars, rods and profiles, and nine per cent for aluminium tubes and pipes, according to an order dated February 21 and signed by the Minister. The duties are effective as at February 21, and stay in effect for five years.

“Imports of aluminium extrusions originating in the People’s Republic of China were sold at a dumped price and have caused material injury to the domestic industry,” the Minister concluded in a final determination of a complaint brought in 2014.
“The existence of significant price effects on the local market having a negative impact on the production of like goods by the local industry demonstrates a causal relationship between the existence of the dumped import on the local market and the injury suffered by the complainant.” The findings, dated February 21, 2016, relate to a 2014 complaint brought in relation to aluminium extrusions, namely aluminium bars, rods, tubes and pipes.

A local producer, Cantrex, in June 2014 filed a complaint under the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Act in relation to China.
Seven exporters were identified: Guangdong Xinhe Aluminium Company; Guandong Grandshire Construction Material Company Ltd; Meiyuan Sanxing Aluminium Industry Company Ltd; Nahai Hongjia Aluminium Company; Guangcheng Aluminium Company Ltd; Shangdong Hylong Aluminium Company Ltd; Shanghai Ruiy Metal Ltd.

The local industry alleged the metal products “are being dumped on the local market and provided sufficient prima facie evidence of dumping and injury and a causal link between dumping and injury. By “injury” the complaint alleged injury to production in TT of like goods.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 16, 2016, 02:02:33 PM

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has intervened in plans by ArcelorMittal, Point Lisas to liquidate the steel plant and send home close to 700 workers.

In a media release issued on Saturday, the Prime Minister says the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Finance stand ready to re-engage ArcelorMittal.

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153940994735610/
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ArcelorMittal responds to Dr Keith Rowley


http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/arcelormittal-responds-dr-keith-rowley
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on March 18, 2016, 04:47:24 AM
So............Marlene is gone,............make she self look bad for some man........going forward, I hope Rowley becomes a bit more circumspect when dealing  with accusations against his ministers...... and maybe as a measure of reciprocity, start looking for all d money dat gone missing........
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 18, 2016, 07:45:18 AM
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Breaking News: Mr. Randall Mitchell replaces Ms. Marlene Mc Donald as the Minister of Housing & Urban Development.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 18, 2016, 07:54:38 AM

Six Months In: An Interview with the Prime Minister (FULL INTERVIEW)

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/six-months-interview-prime-minister-full-interview
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 18, 2016, 07:49:44 PM

So if Marlene was fired for breaching integrity act in public office then this new piece of news about Kamla should lead to her leaving office as Opposition Leader. Not so?

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/kamla-employs-relative

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on March 18, 2016, 09:57:32 PM

So if Marlene was fired for breaching integrity act in public office then this new piece of news about Kamla should lead to her leaving office as Opposition Leader. Not so?

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/kamla-employs-relative

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One rule for PNM no rules for the UNC.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 18, 2016, 10:58:03 PM

https://www.youtube.com/v/d03pSaOUvkQ
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 20, 2016, 09:57:02 AM
(http://www.guardian.co.tt/sites/default/files/field/image/RANDALL%20MITCHELL.png)

In an immediate response, Mr. Randall Mitchell says he is "grateful for the opportunity to now serve" as the Minister of Housing.

Minister Mitchell has been reassigned from Minister of Public Administration to Minister with responsibility for Housing and Urban Development.

Mr. Randall Mitchell first entered Parliament as the representative for San Fernando East in the 11th Parliament, replacing the longest serving Member of Parliament in Trinidad and Tobago, former Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 20, 2016, 09:59:43 AM
(http://news.power102fm.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Senator-Clarence-Rambharat-300x300.jpg)

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat visited a few farms in Cumuto and Valencia today (Saturday).
He also believes imported pork which competes with the local pig farmers in Wallerfield and Carlsen Field “gets here in breach of conditions under which it is imported.”

Minister Rambharat has reiterated the call for persons to “buy local,” adding, “we are doing the research and my approach to it, is to identify opportunities for import substitution and to develop some sectors.”
Yesterday in Parliament Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley stated, “I am pleased to report that the Government is not aware of any impending food shortage.”

Dr. Rowley said the Ministry of Agriculture was investing time, effort and resources to ensure that more farmers were involved in the cultivation of food and that the lands given to former Caroni workers come into use for the purpose from which they were given: cultivation of food.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 20, 2016, 10:04:34 AM

18th Sitting of the House of Representatives


1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Friday March 18, 2016

Summary:
~ One Report was presented.
~ Prime Minister's Question Time took place.
~ Five urgent questions were posed.
~ Two questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Approve Draft EBC (Local Government and THA) Order 2016 (moved by the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government)
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. Bill #1: Strategic Services Agency (Amendment) Bill 2016


https://www.youtube.com/v/nsCUdwaKwiE&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on March 20, 2016, 08:43:27 PM

So if Marlene was fired for breaching integrity act in public office then this new piece of news about Kamla should lead to her leaving office as Opposition Leader. Not so?

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/kamla-employs-relative

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Not allegations of fraud and misconduct?

Saw the opposition leader attempt to address the issue. Said something bout 14 and 20 yrs the 'relatives' working in that office and that the specific law (regulations) came into place after the last elections.

Can some clarify this?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on March 22, 2016, 03:44:43 PM
3rd time now crime has hit HOME! Last night we were robbed/home invasion at gun point.

Keith! SOS.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Peong on March 22, 2016, 07:43:29 PM
Serious talk? Sorry to hear that! Anybody hurt? What area is this?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on March 22, 2016, 10:20:26 PM
The only good thing about this, is  that we not wishing condolences. Be prepared and be careful , Breds. God Bless!!!
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 23, 2016, 08:13:30 AM

18th Sitting of the House of Representatives


1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Friday March 18, 2016

Summary:
~ One Report was presented.
~ Prime Minister's Question Time took place.
~ Five urgent questions were posed.
~ Two questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Approve Draft EBC (Local Government and THA) Order 2016 (moved by the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government)
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. Bill #1: Strategic Services Agency (Amendment) Bill 2016


https://www.youtube.com/v/nsCUdwaKwiE&spfreload=10

Lincoln Myers contribution was noticed and paid tribute in T&T Parliament. Watch this from minute 2:55:22
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on March 23, 2016, 12:12:49 PM
Serious talk? Sorry to hear that! Anybody hurt? What area is this?

Guaracara (small village on the way to Tabaquite from San Fernando. So when we once thought that "country side" was relatively safe. Not any more.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on March 23, 2016, 12:13:30 PM
The only good thing about this, is  that we not wishing condolences. Be prepared and be careful , Breds. God Bless!!!

Very true and thankful.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 24, 2016, 04:07:11 PM

Communication Education Skills Training Programme 2016

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts is about to launch its 2016 Skills Training Programme in various districts across Trinidad. Through this programme, you can learn many skills such as cake making, plumbing, tiling, hair dressing and even become computer literate.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=619381598210679&set=gm.1123201454398782&type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=619381598210679&set=gm.1123201454398782&type=3&theater)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/10399885_619381598210679_6009381247890262593_n.jpg?oh=e386a45b354d1ac6d1c18238183ea874&oe=574F72EC)
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 26, 2016, 11:03:29 AM

Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs

First Prison Reform Consultation to be held on April 6th at the Port of Spain City Hall's Auditorium

1 P.M. - 4 P.M


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=620397808109058&set=gm.1124917764227151&type=3&theater
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 26, 2016, 04:03:50 PM

"As we celebrate Easter, we celebrate in faith that tomorrow will echo the gift of hope that was the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We ask that the spirit of Easter bring us hope, peace, and the promise of a better tomorrow" - Hon. Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications."

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=620406351441537&set=gm.1124926274226300&type=3&theater
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 28, 2016, 10:16:33 AM

Minister says why Government chose not to buy ArcelorMittal

Watch: http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/minister-says-why-government-chose-not-buy-arcelormittal

$3 billion in debt and a crippled export market.
Those key factors are why Government will not buy ArcelorMittal.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says his focus is now on ensuring that workers receive their benefits.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 30, 2016, 10:20:55 AM

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator Clarence Rambharat-

"Thanks to those who supported the farmers at the Easter Farmers' Market at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. This is another step in the full implementation of our Farm to Table Programme, to bring lower prices and better quality to a wider range of consumers.

These Farmers' Markets will be "pop up" markets operating throughout the country alongside the regular NAMDEVCO farmers markets in Point Fortin, Diego Martin, and the larger ones at Macoya and Debe.

Thanks to the Namdevco Board, employees and our farmers. Locations will be announced and the produce on offer will be expanded. Look out for it as Namdevco pushes from Farm to Table.”



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=621253528023486&set=gm.1126436084075319&type=3&theater

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 01, 2016, 07:07:30 PM
A Sexual Offenders Registry is to be operational by mid-2016

WATCH VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10154009125435610/

A Sexual Offenders Registry is to be operational by mid-2016 and is to be established to provide a database of all sex offenders in the country (past and present) to assist in the easy detection of sex offenders or paedophiles.

This was announced by Minister of National Security Edmund Dillion in the House of Representatives on Friday.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 07, 2016, 08:00:35 PM

Quote
Full Post Cabinet Press Briefing. Announcements and Q&A session.

https://www.youtube.com/v/G3NNEIT2niE&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 09, 2016, 08:13:53 AM

PM: Take small doses of pain now, avoid IMF*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160408/news/pm-take-small-doses-of-pain-now-avoid-imf

IT is much better to take the “small doses of pain” now than have the country end up in the hands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the future, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has advised citizens.
Rowley made the statement in the House of Representatives last evening during his contribution to the mid-year review of the budget presented by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

“Anybody who is trying to make you believe as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago that it is same old, same old and that nothing has happened to make these changes relevant and required, as Lloyd Best would say, ‘dem is ­people to watch’.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 10, 2016, 07:45:52 PM

Mid-year Budget Review highlights

http://www.looptt.com/content/mid-year-budget-review-highlights

The country’s 2015-2016 budget of $63 billion has been revised down to $59 billion, pegged on a budgeted oil price of US $35 per barrel and a gas price of $2 per mmbtu.

Revenue is set at $44 billion, while the fiscal deficit is four percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

A number of measures were announced during government’s Mid-year Budget Review in Parliament today, including increased taxation on several goods and services.

Here’s a look at the top 10 measures as indicated by Finance Minister Colm Imbert:

1.      The cost of super gasoline will be increased by 15 percent to $3.58 and diesel also by 15 percent to $2 per litre. The measure will be implemented with immediate effect.
 

2.      A seven percent levy on online purchase of goods and services through the internet from retail companies resident overseas that are not subject to taxes in this country, for example, Walmart, Amazon, Dell etc. This measure will take effect by September 2016. 

 

3.      A revised GATE programme will be announced in time for the start of the new school term with the aim of conserving expenditure and to ensure better alignment with the country’s development means. A committee mandated to review GATE will give its report by July 2016.

 

4.      Imposition of increases on taxes for gaming, alcohol and tobacco industry. There will be increased taxes on alcohol and tobacco products effective May 2016, after legislation is passed.

 

5.      Fifty percent increase in the customs duties and Motor Vehicle Tax on luxury vehicles with engine size exceeding 1999ccs, with immediate effect.

 

6.      Fifty percent of arrears to be paid to public servants by end of June 2016.

 

7.      CEPEP to be returned to its original moorings in 2017 when government intends to reduce its direct support for contractors. Meanwhile, URP will be restructured to include substantive community construction projects, with agriculture in rural areas.

 

8.      Closing of $15 billion gap in revenue and with borrowings and one off items of extraordinary income, such as proceeds from the sale of CLICO assets, repayment of past lending to TGU (Trinidad Generation Unlimited), dividends from NGC (National Gas Company), drawdowns from the HSF (Heritage and Stabilisation Fund), the proceeds of the Phoenix Park IPO,

 

9.      Tax concessions for the construction of multi-storey car parks and commercial buildings to be extended to 2025.

 

10.  Tax holidays and other incentives to agricultural processing industries.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 10, 2016, 07:48:00 PM
19th Sitting of the House of Representatives

19th Sitting of the House of Representatives - 1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Friday April 1, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ Six Papers were laid.
~ Two Urgent questions were posed.
~ Nine questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. Bill #1: Strategic Services Agency (Amendment) Bill 2016
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Approve Draft EBC (Local Government and THA) Order 2016 (moved by the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government)


https://www.youtube.com/v/7WqhZZRWu_U&spfreload=10
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 10, 2016, 07:50:32 PM

Minister to pupils: Make the best of it
As schools reopen


http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160410/news/minister-to-pupils-make-the-best-of-it

All schools are in a state of readiness for re-opening after the two-week vacation Easter says Education Minister Anthony Garcia.
Speaking to the Express by phone, Garcia said that pupils must make the best use of the opportunities they have as in many other countries others do not have this privilege.

“Education is very important and when our students readily avail themselves of the educational opportunities then they can better themselves,” he said.
“Be steadfast in your studies and do not allow any distraction to derail you from your purpose,” said the Minister as he issued an appeal for students to focus on their goals.

Garcia also disclosed that he will be holding a news conference today to address the Ministry’s position with respect to issues raised by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the Parliament last Friday.
These include the laptop programme, the school feeding programme and the textbook programme.
Garcia also explained that although there was a realignment of resources from the Education Ministry to the Labour Ministry in terms of the shifting of the On the Job Training Programme (OJT) he said the programmes in place will continue and the education sector will not be starved for resources.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 10, 2016, 07:52:51 PM

Hon. Minister of Finance on Housing and the Gaming Industry.

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/pnmpartygroup15/videos/269720070026670/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 10, 2016, 07:54:39 PM

Hon. Minister of Finance on Housing and the Gaming Industry.

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/pnmpartygroup15/videos/269720070026670/

He has a point. Why would the Opposition boast about over spending when they were in Govt. The present Govt has to face with the difficulties that happened due to over spending.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 12, 2016, 06:25:59 AM
20th Sitting of the House of Representatives

 - 1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Friday April 8, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ Nine Papers will be laid.
~ One report will be presented.
~ Prime Minister's Question Time
~ Four Urgent questions will be posed.
~ Government Business: Motions
Adopt the Second Report of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives (moved by the Minister of Finance)
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading The Finance (Variation of Appropriation)(Financial Year 2016) Bill, 2016 (moved by the Minister of Finance)
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https://www.youtube.com/v/h8BvGVeKNgA&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 12, 2016, 06:34:57 AM

Minister Colm Imbert on Morning Edition yesterday:

Part 1: http://cdn.field59.com/TV6/f8d34f5cee773a0ea59138476656807b1034d4da_fl9-480p.mp4

Part 2: http://cdn.field59.com/TV6/f53cbd66c7a7243d03dd8fe7a4d17b0a41e8f2a0_fl9-480p.mp4
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: frico on April 13, 2016, 04:54:02 AM

PM: Take small doses of pain now, avoid IMF*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160408/news/pm-take-small-doses-of-pain-now-avoid-imf

IT is much better to take the “small doses of pain” now than have the country end up in the hands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the future, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has advised citizens.
Rowley made the statement in the House of Representatives last evening during his contribution to the mid-year review of the budget presented by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

“Anybody who is trying to make you believe as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago that it is same old, same old and that nothing has happened to make these changes relevant and required, as Lloyd Best would say, ‘dem is ­people to watch’.

That is a very honourable approach to take,but under the UNC the Unions didn't see it that way.I recall quite clearly the attitude of Roget and Duke,they seemed intent on bringing down the UNC with their constant demands,and that was only a few months ago,where are they now.The Unions were always an arm of the PNM,and I would like certain portion of our population to understand,they will never be able to hold power in TT with the freedom the PNM have,when they are in power.I see the murders are climbing everyday,but i remember the PNM refusing to come together with the UNC on the hanging issue.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on April 13, 2016, 10:51:58 AM

PM: Take small doses of pain now, avoid IMF*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160408/news/pm-take-small-doses-of-pain-now-avoid-imf

IT is much better to take the “small doses of pain” now than have the country end up in the hands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the future, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has advised citizens.
Rowley made the statement in the House of Representatives last evening during his contribution to the mid-year review of the budget presented by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

“Anybody who is trying to make you believe as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago that it is same old, same old and that nothing has happened to make these changes relevant and required, as Lloyd Best would say, ‘dem is ­people to watch’.

That is a very honourable approach to take,but under the UNC the Unions didn't see it that way.I recall quite clearly the attitude of Roget and Duke,they seemed intent on bringing down the UNC with their constant demands,and that was only a few months ago,where are they now.The Unions were always an arm of the PNM,and I would like certain portion of our population to understand,they will never be able to hold power in TT with the freedom the PNM have,when they are in power.I see the murders are climbing everyday,but i remember the PNM refusing to come together with the UNC on the hanging issue.

The union is an arm of the PNM but MSJ was in the PP. FYI when the UNC was in government 95-01 they proposed the change re: the COP. When they came into power they voted against their own lefislation which resulted in this nonsense taht we have now with Chilly Willy acting for nuff years. You guys stay in the UK read the online newspapers and social media and feel all yuh know what going on in the country. I live here and was working police at the time when they refused to support their own legislation. They were only intrested in freeing Ish and Steve so when they failed they repealed the entire Bill that looked at the Criminal Justice System.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on April 13, 2016, 11:06:24 AM
Weary, I did not know you were a police lady. I have to stop cussin on the forum.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on April 13, 2016, 11:31:28 AM
Weary, I did not know you were a police lady. I have to stop cussin on the forum.

I worked police never said I was a police.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: frico on April 13, 2016, 12:25:45 PM

 Good Manning to you weary1969.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on April 13, 2016, 12:28:27 PM

 Good Manning to you weary1969.

That joke very stale.Yuh forget I iz Manning woman. All who called me that hiding because their PP was a PISS POOR PATHETHIC POSSE.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: frico on April 13, 2016, 05:01:45 PM

 Good Manning to you weary1969.

That joke very stale.Yuh forget I iz Manning woman. All who called me that hiding because their PP was a PISS POOR PATHETHIC POSSE.
You don't have long to wait to find that the present administration will be worse than piss poor,they have always been a posse.Good ting Kamla build some houses,fix up some ramshackle schools build hospitals,build some roads,bridges,drains,give the education of children gifts of computers.Maning did build a church at a cost of 30 million dollars with tax payers money,but he said he doh know nothing bout it.It makes you larf,how much racket went dong with the Lara Stadium,don't tell meh yuh doh know.How bout UDECOT?
Look weary,i aint no hard core UNC,is only tings i read,but I have to question,why after 50 years of PNM rule,why has the richest country at one time,has deteriorated to such a degree.Why don't you all give someone else a chance to run the country,the PNM has failed,worst of all their most loyal supporters are no better than 60 years ago,soon they will be eating each other.All the big talk bout PNM don't fool no one apart from their supporters.I know many Trinis,and none would go their for a holiday,wot ah ting,people fraid dey own country,PNM must take the blame,just like a bad parent bringing bad ass children.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 14, 2016, 04:40:01 AM

Jennifer: Govt working on contract labour challenges*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160413/business/jennifer-govt-working-on-contract-labour-challenges

THE Ministry of Labour has sought the intervention of the Public Service Commission’s Director of Personnel Administration to unfreeze public service positions and make them available to public officers on a permanent basis.

Noting that over the years contract labour had spiralled out of control, Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus said yesterday many have been speaking about it but little action has been taken to facilitate genuine dialogue and serious examination of the issue.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on April 14, 2016, 01:10:04 PM

 Good Manning to you weary1969.

That joke very stale.Yuh forget I iz Manning woman. All who called me that hiding because their PP was a PISS POOR PATHETHIC POSSE.
You don't have long to wait to find that the present administration will be worse than piss poor,they have always been a posse.Good ting Kamla build some houses,fix up some ramshackle schools build hospitals,build some roads,bridges,drains,give the education of children gifts of computers.Maning did build a church at a cost of 30 million dollars with tax payers money,but he said he doh know nothing bout it.It makes you larf,how much racket went dong with the Lara Stadium,don't tell meh yuh doh know.How bout UDECOT?
Look weary,i aint no hard core UNC,is only tings i read,but I have to question,why after 50 years of PNM rule,why has the richest country at one time,has deteriorated to such a degree.Why don't you all give someone else a chance to run the country,the PNM has failed,worst of all their most loyal supporters are no better than 60 years ago,soon they will be eating each other.All the big talk bout PNM don't fool no one apart from their supporters.I know many Trinis,and none would go their for a holiday,wot ah ting,people fraid dey own country,PNM must take the blame,just like a bad parent bringing bad ass children.

What house Kamla build hers in the Phillipine? Where the person falling from the sky? You have to vote who you have before you and once the racist corrupt UNC is the other option PNM will get my vote. It is simple as that. You need to listen to Laventille Nights on I95 and you would hear that not everybody in Laventille living in a shack. You feel the UNC supporters better than the PNM supporters I can take you to parts of Caroni and you would see real poverty. UNC fix there friends and them they eh do nothing collectively for the East Indian Community but their seat sure because Indians vote straight race in Central. The policies of Eric Williams insured that education was avialable to all so my aunt who went Success Laventille RC got her scholarship of $77 went to Bishop and is a Senior Magistrate today. In the 70's that happen. In the 2000's Manning build the Laventille Technology Centre but lots of them Laventille residents not intrested they rather run guns and drugs and then claim they want wuk. They got to skill. PNM government far from perfect but they put systems in place for everybody to benefit it is up to you to benefit. Once upon a time they got breakfast, lunch, tickets books and free University education. Now the gate is about to close. I nevr got Dollar for dolar or Gate but I made the sacrifice and got my education so if they want to complain they free to.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on April 14, 2016, 01:20:45 PM

Jennifer: Govt working on contract labour challenges*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160413/business/jennifer-govt-working-on-contract-labour-challenges

THE Ministry of Labour has sought the intervention of the Public Service Commission’s Director of Personnel Administration to unfreeze public service positions and make them available to public officers on a permanent basis.

Noting that over the years contract labour had spiralled out of control, Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus said yesterday many have been speaking about it but little action has been taken to facilitate genuine dialogue and serious examination of the issue.

As a contract worker since 2000 in my 3rd agency  every time I hear about this I does have to pray real hard not to cuss. There are some careers in the Public Service IT/ Coporate Communications for instance do not exist on the Public Service establishment. Are all these positions going to become apart of the Public Service establishment? At what range? Do they know that when I was appointed in 93 they had to insure that there was pension before I could be appointed.

Professionals in the Public Service work on contract and then move onto the next contract. So Madam Minister unfreeze who you have to unfreeze but please focus on the contract workers who have been on short term for years since Nan the Goat was Minister of Public Administration refused to renew persons contract but they need to get their job done so they have us in 2016 working without any leave.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 15, 2016, 03:15:11 PM

Minister Imbert on Economic Stratification

https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10154134047322996/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 15, 2016, 03:15:57 PM

The Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Gender and Child Abuse launched the Trinidad and Tobago Central Registry on Domestic Violence today.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=630721267076712&set=gm.1140769869308607&type=3&theater
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 20, 2016, 07:56:52 AM
21st Sitting of the House of Representatives- Part 1

Friday April 15, 2016 - Part 1

Summary:
~ Six Papers were be laid.
~ One urgent question was posed.
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. Bill: Strategic Services Agency (Amendment) Bill 2016 (moved by the Attorney General)


https://www.youtube.com/v/QEFPrFjDEDg&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 20, 2016, 07:58:45 AM

21st Sitting of the House of Representatives- Part 2

Friday April 15, 2016 - Part 2

Summary:
~ Six Papers were laid.
~ One urgent question was posed.
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. Bill: Strategic Services Agency (Amendment) Bill 2016 (moved by the Attorney General)

https://www.youtube.com/v/LaZh_4iVGLA
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 27, 2016, 10:40:22 AM

Colm Imbert reads from the Standard & Poor's report that details exactly why we were downgraded by the ratings agency. The report says that "loose fiscal policy during an election year" and economic contraction contributed to our 2014-2015 fiscal deficit. Net General Government Debt increased in 2015 because the "previous government incurred substantial payment arrears". Finally, while our Current Account was previously in surplus, it slipped into deficit due to "government's heavy borrowing from the Central Bank prior to the election". They labelled these reckless actions as "poor debt management" ‪

WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/SpeakOutTnT/videos/1006378306115629/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 29, 2016, 11:38:42 AM


Minister of Works and Transport Fitzgerald Hinds says he has heard no public outcry for the increase of the speed limit from 80 km/h.
The fine for speeding is 1000 dollars. Mr. Hinds calls on drivers to have a change of attitude on the roads.

Speaking at a press conference today the Minister says the use of speed cameras will be legal come Monday (Monday, May 2, 2016).
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service currently has 6 speed guns. The procurement procedure is in place to acquire more.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/921547324564197/permalink/1149676328417961/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 29, 2016, 02:16:05 PM

The Government has announced plans to introduce speed guns to fine drivers for going over the speed-limit which is 80 kph on the highways from Monday.
What's your view?
Tell us: Do you believe the speed limit should be increased above 80 kilometres per hour on the highways?


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 30, 2016, 07:35:50 AM
22nd Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 1

Friday April 22, 2016
1:30pm - 4:27pm

Summary:
~ Five Papers will be laid.
~ Two urgent questions will be posed.
~ Four questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Private Business: Motions
. Motion #1: Initiation of a programme in schools to meet the needs of children with ADD/ADHD

https://www.youtube.com/v/pc_0h8HPV1s&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 30, 2016, 07:37:59 AM
22nd Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 2

Friday April 22, 2016
5:00pm -

Summary:
~ Five Papers will be laid.
~ Two urgent questions will be posed.
~ Four questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Private Business: Motions
. Motion #1: Initiation of a programme in schools to meet the needs of children with ADD/ADHD
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https://www.youtube.com/v/vZrJM7i2Kfc&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on April 30, 2016, 08:29:44 AM


(http://www.guardian.co.tt/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Untitled-1_292.jpg?itok=3lUwanBz)

Speeding drivers will be stopped, fined

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-04-30/speeding-drivers-will-be-stopped-fined

Speed guns are to be introduced on T&T’s roads and highways on Monday in an attempt to significantly reduce the incidence of fatalities, Works and Transport Minister Fitzgerald Hinds told a news conference yesterday.

The speed guns, a device used by police to measure the speed of moving vehicles, will be in effect after the legal order is gazetted on Monday.

Hinds and senior police officers are appealing to motorists to drive within the 80 kilometres per hour (kph) speed limit on the highways and 50 kph on main roads to avoid being arrested and fined.

Hinds spoke about the initiative at his London Street, Port-of-Spain office yesterday.

The speed guns will be able to take a picture and have the relevant information available to present to the offending driver instantly. If the offending driver refuses to stop at that point he will be stopped by police officers at a nearby location. The relevant information will be emailed to the second officer for presentation to the offending driver. A fine of $1,000 is the penalty for the ticketed offence.

Hinds said speeding was the cause of 55 per cent of the accidents on the nation’s roads, adding that Cabinet on Thursday approved the introduction of the devices.

Hinds was expected to sign the order yesterday. He said once the order is published on Monday, it will go into effect and police officers were being encouraged to implement it with “full force.” Hinds said many of the accidents resulted from “bad behaviour” by motorists and they can be prevented.

“The law, as of Monday, will permit the police to use these speed-measuring devices to manage bad behaviour and excessive driving on our nations roads,” the minister said. He called on citizens not to be irresponsible on the roads this weekend, adding that the speed-measuring devices were “a check and balance on bad driving” along the roads.

Hinds said police officers were “adequately and suitably trained” to use the devices and they will enforce the law “with full force.”

He said weak or non-existent law enforcement was a major cause of some of the nation’s problems and urged the police to redouble their efforts to enforce the law.

In response to a question, Hinds said he was not aware of any public outcry over the existing speed limit.

Earlier, Hinds indicated that there was a lot of “bad behaviour” on the roads and motorists must now change that because accidents are preventable.

The new device is being implemented to ensure drivers who exceed the speed limit will be captured by a camera and intercepted by officers.

Road safety non-governmental organisation Arrive Alive has been calling for this device to be introduced in this country. Yesterday President of the group, Sharon Inglefield, was unavailable for comment when the T&T Guardian attempted to reach her but at a road safety conference last week the group released statistics that indicated in 2015, there were 127 fatal road accidents in which 146 persons lost their lives. Thirty two per cent of these belonged to the 24-35 age group; 88 per cent were males while 12 per cent were female.

Speeding was the reason behind 55 per cent of all fatal accidents, while alcohol was responsible for 30 per cent of fatal accidents.

Under the new system drivers caught driving over the limit will be given a ticket with evidence to support the charge.

Hinds advised  that motorists should not use this weekend to be taken as a free for all to speed on the nation’s roads.

According to Hinds, statistics obtained at one speed trap at an unidentified location in the country showed that when the limit was set at 80 kilometres miles per hour, more than 500 people were in violation.

Hinds said he has not heard any public call for the 80 kph limit to be increased but if it is raised it will be given the required consideration
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 01, 2016, 06:21:59 PM
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley addressed the audience at 'Laventille Nights 2016' at St Barb's Community Centre on Saturday evening.

Dr. Rowley told Laventille that more opportunities are coming their way but it's up to them to take advantage of them.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/921547324564197/permalink/1151159318269662/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 03, 2016, 11:10:30 AM

(http://www.trinidadexpress.com/storyimage/TT/20160502/LOCAL/160509904/AR/0/AR-160509904.jpg&MaxW=730&imageversion=Article)

PM: No plans for legal ganja *

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160502/news/pm-no-plans-for-legal-ganja

The decriminalisation of marijuana is not something the Government is examining at this point in time, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday.

Rowley was responding to questions from the media at the VIP lounge of Piarco International Airport on a Guardian story headlined “AG looks at legal ganja”, in which Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is quoted as saying that there is a drive to gather statistical information on the issue of decriminalising ganja.
The AG was quoted at length in the Guardian report speaking about consultations and the need for a holistic approach on the controversial topic.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 03, 2016, 11:12:30 AM
23rd Sitting of the House of Representatives- Part 1

Monday April 25, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 4:28 p.m.
1:30pm - 4:28pm

Summary:
~ Thirteen Papers were laid.
~ Government Business: Motions
. Motion #1: Confirm the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) (No. 2) Order, 2016
. Motion #2: Confirm the Customs (Amendment to the First Schedule) Order, 2016
Both Motions were debated together since they are related.
Click the Order Paper below for details.
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https://www.youtube.com/v/SURyOXT7dQk&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 03, 2016, 11:14:26 AM

23rd Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 2


Monday April 25, 2016
4:58pm -

Summary:
~ Thirteen Papers were laid.
~ Government Business: Motions
. Motion #1: Confirm the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) (No. 2) Order, 2016
. Motion #2: Confirm the Customs (Amendment to the First Schedule) Order, 2016
Both motions were debated together since they were related.
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https://www.youtube.com/v/DEgrgtbeK4o&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: pull stones on May 03, 2016, 11:34:18 PM
no pun intended. i am looking for the speech that rowley made at the airport lounge yesterday. i know i've been told before to do a web search before i come crying for help so i did and nothing showed up. maybe someone who knows the ins and outs of the internet and facebook could probably pull it up. thank you.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 05, 2016, 04:13:12 PM
Faris Al Rawi accuses UNC of fear-mogering re SSA Bill

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/morning-brew/faris-al-rawi-accuses-unc-fear-mogering-re-ssa-bill
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Brownsugar on May 07, 2016, 06:28:45 PM


Minister of Works and Transport Fitzgerald Hinds says he has heard no public outcry for the increase of the speed limit from 80 km/h.
The fine for speeding is 1000 dollars. Mr. Hinds calls on drivers to have a change of attitude on the roads.

Speaking at a press conference today the Minister says the use of speed cameras will be legal come Monday (Monday, May 2, 2016).
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service currently has 6 speed guns. The procurement procedure is in place to acquire more.

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Ppl adjust to that 80 Km/h real fast dread......everybody going at that pace or less in all de lanes on the highway....pressure!!!....
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on May 07, 2016, 07:08:53 PM
Pressure is joke done not a friend of driving now this 80 is real hard. So come tomorrow a cool Sunday I have to fight to drive 80. We go take a lil 100
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 12, 2016, 05:13:47 PM

Senate passes controversial Strategic Services Agency bill

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160511/news/senate-passes-controversial-strategic-services-agency-bill

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 11, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government overcame its first major parliamentary huddle since it won the September 7 general elections last year after two independent legislators sided with it and ensured the passage of the controversial Strategic Services Agency (SSA) bill late on Tuesday night.

The Keith Rowley administration needed the support of the Independent Senators to ensure passage of the bill after the opposition legislators said they would not support the measures they said that were contained in the bill and which would erode the privacy of ordinary citizens.

TT ParliamentnnThe opposition had earlier threatened to storm a meeting between technocrats and independent legislators on Monday to discuss the bill, but they later withdrew that threat and instead met with the officials a few hours before the debate on Tuesday.

The bill was passed close to midnight by a 17-12 margin with the two Senators, including a temporary legislator, Justin Junkere giving their support to the government.

The bill, which was already passed in the House of Assembly, goes to President Anthony Carmona for assent and will empower the SSA to handle “information that could facilitate the detection and prevention” of any crime with a jail-term of five years or more.

In wrapping up the debate on the legislation Attorney General Faris Al Rawi said the Solicitor General Carol Hernandez had advised that the legislation did not require a three fifths majority.

Al Rawi also said the bill was key to anti-terrorism collaboration with unnamed international bodies.

None of the amendments circulated by the Opposition or proposed by the Independents were approved during the Committee Stage and the Attorney General said while some of these counter-proposals were palatable, the government was not prepared to entertain them now.

Earlier, Independent Senator Taurel Shrikissoon had warned that the bill would make the SSA Director more powerful than the Police Commissioner in some respects.

“I am concerned about the freedom of the SSA Director. When the information hits the SSA Director and he chooses to dispense it to third parties, there is no obligation to treat with the information confidentially. The subject cannot access the information but third parties can have access. Where is the equality and fairness?”

Shrikissoon also said that the Police Commissioner was subjected to the discipline of the Police Service Commission. But this was not the case for the SSA Director.

He said the SSA Director has a “collaborative” relationship with the Minister of National Security, who sits in Cabinet.

“Where is the independence, where is the protection?” Shrikissoon asked, arguing that oversight by the Auditor General's Department was not adequate as this would be limited to financial oversight not internal control.

Another legislator, Jennifer Raffoul said the legislation infringed on the right to privacy and that government had given no data to justify an expansion of the SSA.

“As a citizen when I read the constitution I think I have a right to privacy,” Raffoul said while Senator Sophia Chote SC told legislators that she could not support this legislation.

“This is a legislative shell,” said the Senior Counsel.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 12, 2016, 05:18:04 PM

Senate passes controversial Strategic Services Agency bill

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160511/news/senate-passes-controversial-strategic-services-agency-bill

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 11, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government overcame its first major parliamentary huddle since it won the September 7 general elections last year after two independent legislators sided with it and ensured the passage of the controversial Strategic Services Agency (SSA) bill late on Tuesday night.

The Keith Rowley administration needed the support of the Independent Senators to ensure passage of the bill after the opposition legislators said they would not support the measures they said that were contained in the bill and which would erode the privacy of ordinary citizens.

TT ParliamentnnThe opposition had earlier threatened to storm a meeting between technocrats and independent legislators on Monday to discuss the bill, but they later withdrew that threat and instead met with the officials a few hours before the debate on Tuesday.

The bill was passed close to midnight by a 17-12 margin with the two Senators, including a temporary legislator, Justin Junkere giving their support to the government.

The bill, which was already passed in the House of Assembly, goes to President Anthony Carmona for assent and will empower the SSA to handle “information that could facilitate the detection and prevention” of any crime with a jail-term of five years or more.

In wrapping up the debate on the legislation Attorney General Faris Al Rawi said the Solicitor General Carol Hernandez had advised that the legislation did not require a three fifths majority.

Al Rawi also said the bill was key to anti-terrorism collaboration with unnamed international bodies.

None of the amendments circulated by the Opposition or proposed by the Independents were approved during the Committee Stage and the Attorney General said while some of these counter-proposals were palatable, the government was not prepared to entertain them now.

Earlier, Independent Senator Taurel Shrikissoon had warned that the bill would make the SSA Director more powerful than the Police Commissioner in some respects.

“I am concerned about the freedom of the SSA Director. When the information hits the SSA Director and he chooses to dispense it to third parties, there is no obligation to treat with the information confidentially. The subject cannot access the information but third parties can have access. Where is the equality and fairness?”

Shrikissoon also said that the Police Commissioner was subjected to the discipline of the Police Service Commission. But this was not the case for the SSA Director.

He said the SSA Director has a “collaborative” relationship with the Minister of National Security, who sits in Cabinet.

“Where is the independence, where is the protection?” Shrikissoon asked, arguing that oversight by the Auditor General's Department was not adequate as this would be limited to financial oversight not internal control.

Another legislator, Jennifer Raffoul said the legislation infringed on the right to privacy and that government had given no data to justify an expansion of the SSA.

“As a citizen when I read the constitution I think I have a right to privacy,” Raffoul said while Senator Sophia Chote SC told legislators that she could not support this legislation.

“This is a legislative shell,” said the Senior Counsel.


The SSA Amendment Bill explained

http://www.looptt.com/content/ssa-amendment-bill-explained

Much has been said about the Strategic Services Agency (SSA) Amendment Bill which was passed in the Senate on Tuesday night.

The Opposition has claimed that the Bill expands the scope for spying while others have called for more consultation.

With all the stories out there, how much do you really know about this Bill.

We break it down below.

1)The SSA Amendment Bill seeks to widen the scope of responsibility SSA established by Act No. 24 of 1995.

2)The  SSA is currently authorised to police only drug-related offences. The amendment seeks to extend the agency’s mandate to operate in relation to serious crimes

3) Clause 3 of the Bill broadens the scope and functions of the Strategic Service Agency by including an expansive definition for serious crimes. The following areas are now under the remit of the Agency: Offences related to homicide; treason; terrorist acts; terrorist financing; cybercrime; chemical, biological and nuclear weapons; money laundering; weapons of mass destruction; trafficking in children & persons; gangs; Illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals; corruption; offences which carry a penalty of not less than five year’s imprisonment; firearms and ammunition; and smuggling.​

4)The Agency will now be charged with the responsibility for maintaining databases of persons involved in “serious crimes” .

5)The Bill expands the category of donors and the purpose of the donations or gifts given to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago under Section 9 (c) of the Strategic Services Agency Act. It now includes donations or gifts for assistance given by regional and international bodies for assisting in the prevention of crime.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bourbon on May 14, 2016, 04:45:56 PM
Most people dont realise that it basically authorizes the SSA to use the Interception of Communications Act (passed and proclaimed by the PP) for a wider scope of offenses.


Which is why its important to research for yourself and not listen to frauds like Gerald Ramdeen (aka Mr. Prisongate) or KPB....or Wade Mark.

The powers to appoint the Director was always the same process. In fact think about it...who appointed Reshmi? How is it different now?
My biggest concern is appointments to an agency of this nature.....but....with the current system its difficult really to do it otherwise.


Everything else is a distraction from the matters at hand by the Opposition.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on May 14, 2016, 06:53:47 PM
Most people dont realise that it basically authorizes the SSA to use the Interception of Communications Act (passed and proclaimed by the PP) for a wider scope of offenses.


Which is why its important to research for yourself and not listen to frauds like Gerald Ramdeen (aka Mr. Prisongate) or KPB....or Wade Mark.

The powers to appoint the Director was always the same process. In fact think about it...who appointed Reshmi? How is it different now?
My biggest concern is appointments to an agency of this nature.....but....with the current system its difficult really to do it otherwise.


Everything else is a distraction from the matters at hand by the Opposition.


what else yuh expect
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 14, 2016, 06:59:57 PM

Gov’t considers 100 kph speed limit

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160512/news/govt-considers-100-kph-speed-limit

GOVERNMENT is considering raising the speed limit to 100 kilometres per hour according to acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert.

Imbert made the disclosure during Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing.

He said: “Based on the information that is available at this point in time it appears that it may not be unwise to establish a speed limit of 100 kilometres an hour.”

He said the Government will not raise the limit though unless it was scientifically proven that the increase will be beneficial.

His statement comes as several groups protest the existing speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour, which is being enforced by police using speed guns. Actions taking by groups included deliberately driving slowly causing a huge traffic pile up and an online petition lobbying for an increase in the speed limit.

Imbert said he did not want the issue “ to have a life of its own.”

He said: “I want the population to know decisively that we are actively considering as a government the increase of a maximum speed limit on the Churchill Roosevelt, Beetham and the Uriah Butler, Solomon to 100 (kilometres per hour) and then looking at all the other roads and all the quirks and anomalies.”

He said: “ All of the other routes will be looked at in terms of speed . The 65 kilometre per hour anomaly all of that will be looked that.”

Referring to the Diego Martin Highway, Imbert said traffic management were assessing the speed limit there as well.

He said: “They are looking at a recommendation to adjust the speed limit on the Diego Martin Highway , I believe it is 50 kilometres an hour and they said they have done tests they have looked at the geometry, they have looked at the laying width on the Diego Martin Highway and they are recommending an upward adjustment.”

Works and Transport Minister Fitzgerald Hinds said: “I would like to congratulate the driving public of Trinidad and Tobago who seemed to have reacted very beautifully and very positively to the implementation of the speed guns. I see approaches to a new driving culture.”
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bourbon on May 16, 2016, 08:18:14 PM
Could the speed limit be higher? Maybe.
Should it? When people could buy their permits and be on the road? When people driving pickup and eh even understand how different a heavy vehicle is with handling? When the drivers education poor? I eh feel so.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: pull stones on May 17, 2016, 03:59:56 PM
Could the speed limit be higher? Maybe.
Should it? When people could buy their permits and be on the road? When people driving pickup and eh even understand how different a heavy vehicle is with handling? When the drivers education poor? I eh feel so.
how is it that a whole lot of people don't perish on the roads in germany like they do in trinidad and jamaica in spite of the germans not having a speed limit on the freeways, is it because of a lack of road infrastructure and not speed?

i am a firm believer that a lot of our road fatalities is as a direct result of poor roads maintenance and infrastructure.

i remembered a few years ago every time i read the news where someone was killed on the road it was in direct relation to a vehicle crossing the median and colliding with cars traveling in the opposite direction, or someone leaving the roadway and winding up in a ditch, or a vehicle running into a lamppost, tree, under a bridge or turning over on the side of the road, but in most cases the people were killed because of a combination of speed and running off the road into another object.

i would say with scientific certainty that if our highways were secured with the proper infrastructure where vehicles after losing control for whatever reason, be it speed, lack of driving skill or both, had actually stayed on the roadway after they lost control, 85% of the people who died as a result would have survived their accident. our government needs to do better in this regard because it's not rocket science or a daunting task.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 17, 2016, 06:29:06 PM

Govt saves $25m in food cards

...4,000 recipients fail to requalify

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160512/news/govt-saves-25m-in-food-cards

Government has saved some $25 million so far in cleaning up the food card programme, says Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, Minister of Social Development and Family Services.

Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, Crichlow-Cockburn referred to a newspaper report that some 11,800 recipients of food cards had experienced an interruption in their payments.
The ministry, she said, currently services 175,000 grant recipients, and in an effort to be efficient with State resources, a biometric system was introduced to eliminate leak­ages and irregularities.

She said the ministry decided it would target those in the food card programme first, approximately 46,296 people.
Crichlow-Cockburn said some 33,681 people came forward and, after verification, a total of 29,681 were found to be still eligible for the receipt of the food card.
She said by removing some 4,000 people from the programme, Government saved $25 million.

13,000 yet to respond
to ministry

The minister explained the people who were removed included people who died, emigrated and people who would have simply passed the card on to friends and family.
She added some 13,000 people who are grant recipients did not respond to the ministry’s various requests for them to come in.
Crichlow-Cockburn said ap­prox­-imately $6.5 million is spent monthly on these grants, amounting to $78 million annually, and these people would have been in receipt of a food card for more than two years.

She said during the mandatory review, which takes place every two years, the ministry decided to place a hold on the accounts of these people who had not responded after additional attempts were made to contact them.
The minister said should these individuals report to the ministry in the next three months, an assessment will be carried out and if they are found eligible, they will continue to be recipients of the programme.
People who do not report to the ministry will be removed from the system, and should they wish to gain access to the grant, will have to reapply.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: grimm01 on May 18, 2016, 09:45:59 PM
Could the speed limit be higher? Maybe.
Should it? When people could buy their permits and be on the road? When people driving pickup and eh even understand how different a heavy vehicle is with handling? When the drivers education poor? I eh feel so.
how is it that a whole lot of people don't perish on the roads in germany like they do in trinidad and jamaica in spite of the germans not having a speed limit on the freeways, is it because of a lack of road infrastructure and not speed?

i am a firm believer that a lot of our road fatalities is as a direct result of poor roads maintenance and infrastructure.

i remembered a few years ago every time i read the news where someone was killed on the road it was in direct relation to a vehicle crossing the median and colliding with cars traveling in the opposite direction, or someone leaving the roadway and winding up in a ditch, or a vehicle running into a lamppost, tree, under a bridge or turning over on the side of the road, but in most cases the people were killed because of a combination of speed and running off the road into another object.

i would say with scientific certainty that if our highways were secured with the proper infrastructure where vehicles after losing control for whatever reason, be it speed, lack of driving skill or both, had actually stayed on the roadway after they lost control, 85% of the people who died as a result would have survived their accident. our government needs to do better in this regard because it's not rocket science or a daunting task.

Also don't forget the driver education is a crucial element. When me and my friend got our license it was all about passing a test, nothing about learning skills, defensive driving or controlling a car in different conditions. In Germany, it's multiple parts to the drivers education including first aid. When we were in Germany back in 2006 we were hanging with this girl and she was studying for her license and the study manual was a thick binder just for the winter driving portion of the overall exam.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 19, 2016, 11:53:43 AM

BREAKING NEWS! Office of the Prime Minister

Age of child marriage must be aligned to age of consensual sex
The Office of the Prime Minister has sent a strong indication that legislation will be introduced to do away with child marriages in this country.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Trinbagolife/permalink/2003201336571215/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 23, 2016, 04:29:50 PM
A 50 million dollar roving fund is to be set up between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. The announcement by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro and Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley during a joint press conference at the Diplomatic Centre.
WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10154125143380610/
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 25, 2016, 06:54:33 AM

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 27, 2016, 02:05:50 PM
A 50 million dollar roving fund is to be set up between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. The announcement by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro and Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley during a joint press conference at the Diplomatic Centre.
WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10154125143380610/
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Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago sign gas exploration, trade agreement


http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/25/Venezuela-Trinidad-and-Tobago-sign-gas-exploration-trade-agreement/4361464182088/

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 25 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed an agreement with the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago over trade and gas exploration.

Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago will initiate a joint effort to invest in gas projects across borders with the goal of selling products in the international market. The island nation will also provide Venezuela with manufactured goods through the establishment of a $50 million revolving fund set to increase trade between countries.

It is the first time the nations have joined efforts on gas exploration in their border reserves. At its closest, Trinidad and Tobago is about seven miles from Venezuela. More than 10 trillion cubic feet of gas is believed to be held in one of the main sites now shared by the countries.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley in Port of Spain for bilateral talks, where the leaders also discussed increased collaboration in the fight against drug trafficking.

"We have created a joint venture that would be responsible to conduct all the investments required in order to tap those resources for that benefit of both countries," Maduro said while in the island country. "We have also decided to increase the trade flow between the two nations. We have already established the contacts and very soon, through a revolving fund with $50 million, we will be able to strengthen the flow of trade between Trinidad and the eastern part of Venezuela."

Rowley said the talks with Maduro were "very productive and very useful," adding that the agreements "would be beneficial to both the people of the South American country and their Caribbean community neighbor."

Venezuela has been struck by an economic crisis that has left people lacking basic goods such as food and medicine. The economic crisis has escalated a political crisis in which the main opposition coalition in Venezuela is seeking to oust Maduro through a recall referendum.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 27, 2016, 03:05:05 PM
24th Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 1

Friday May 13, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ 00:02:40 Seventeen Papers were laid.
~ 00:06:45 Two reports were presented.
~ 00:07:19 Four urgent questions will be posed.
~ 00:17:52 Twelve questions qualified for oral answer.
~ 00:48:27 Motion related to the Sitting of the House and moved by a Minister
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Approve the Draft EBC (Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly) Order, 2016 (moved by the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government)
Contributions by:
00:49:50 Hon. Franklin Khan, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government
01:30:40 Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, MP for Tabaquite
02:16:20 Hon. Anthony Garcia, MP for Arima
02:45:29 Ms. Ramona Ramdial, MP for Couva North

https://www.youtube.com/v/i_vIvblg7to
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 27, 2016, 03:06:33 PM
24th Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wdAqo8n2x8

Friday May 13, 2016
5:00pm -

Summary:
~ Fifteen Papers will be laid.
~ Two reports will be presented.
~ Four urgent questions will be posed.
~ Twelve questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Approve the Draft EBC (Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly) Order, 2016 (moved by the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government)
Contributions by:
00:01:40 Ms. Ramona Ramdial, MP for Couva
00:36:45 Hon. Esmond Forde, MP for Tunapuna, Deputy Speaker
01:09:25 Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP for Caroni East
01:28:04 Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, MP for Tobago West
01:37:25 Hon. Franklin Khan, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government

https://www.youtube.com/v/6wdAqo8n2x8
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 27, 2016, 04:01:39 PM

24th Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wdAqo8n2x8

Friday May 13, 2016
5:00pm -

Summary:
~ Fifteen Papers will be laid.
~ Two reports will be presented.
~ Four urgent questions will be posed.
~ Twelve questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business
. Motion #1: Approve the Draft EBC (Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly) Order, 2016 (moved by the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government)
Contributions by:
00:01:40 Ms. Ramona Ramdial, MP for Couva
00:36:45 Hon. Esmond Forde, MP for Tunapuna, Deputy Speaker
01:09:25 Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP for Caroni East
01:28:04 Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, MP for Tobago West
01:37:25 Hon. Franklin Khan, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government

https://www.youtube.com/v/6wdAqo8n2x8

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Local Government reform to decentralise power, by giving more power to municipal and city corporations so they are less dependent on the Central Government is definitely the reform we need. This is an important bill.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 31, 2016, 07:28:10 AM
T&T to help supply gas to PetroCaribe*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160530/news/tt-to-help-supply-gas-to-petrocaribe

Venezuela’s discounted oil-on-credit, partial bartering programme, known as PetroCaribe, will expand to include natural gas and “all forms of alternative energy”, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told Caribbean and Central American energy ministers at PetroCaribe’s 16th Ministerial Council meeting in Caracas on Friday.

Some of that natural gas that Venezuela will send to the Caribbean and Central American countries, on similar preferential terms, will come from T&T’s cross-border fields with the South American nation, Maduro announced.
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on May 31, 2016, 07:23:00 PM

An important law that has been passed to fight terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking. well done to all involved.

https://www.facebook.com/ExpressNewspapers/posts/10153610148220814

The SSA Bill is now Law
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 02, 2016, 09:09:19 AM

Citizens 60 years and older are no longer required to pay a fee for the renewal of their passports, effective today.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/921547324564197/permalink/1170532209665706/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 02, 2016, 09:10:46 AM
25th Sitting of the House of Representatives- Part 1

Friday May 20, 2016
1:30 p.m.

Summary:
~ Eleven (11) papers were be laid.
~ Ten questions were posed under Prime Minister's Questions
~ Two Urgent Questions were posed
~ Twenty-eight (28) questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Committee Business
. Motion #1: Adopt the Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by the Member for Diego Martin North/East)

https://www.youtube.com/v/rwUc5Qhm4js&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 02, 2016, 09:13:04 AM
25th Sitting of the House of Representatives - Part 2

Friday May 20, 2016
5:00 p.m. -

Summary:
~ Eleven (11) papers were be laid.
~ Ten questions were posed under Prime Minister's Questions
~ Two Urgent Questions were posed
~ Twenty-eight (28) questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Committee Business
. Motion #1: Adopt the Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by the Member for Diego Martin North/East)

https://www.youtube.com/v/uXzy140oCbw&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 05, 2016, 07:23:34 PM

The United States says Trinidad and Tobago is taking steps to address the challenge of foreign terrorist fighters by forming a National Counterterrorism Working Group, chaired by the country’s Chief of Defence Staff.
http://antiguaobserver.com/us-says-trinidad-taking-steps-to-address-terrorism/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 06, 2016, 07:40:14 AM

Following the success of speed guns in reducing accidents on the nation’s roadways, Works and Transport Minister Fitzgerald Hinds has signalled Government’s intention to introduce legislation to “deal decisively” with those motorists who drink and drive.
http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,228734.html
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 15, 2016, 11:43:03 AM

Arima hospital to be completed by 2018

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The government is promising citizens that the new Arima hospital will be built by June 2018.

Today Arima MP Anthony Garcia toured the hospital site as the government sought to assure the public that works never stopped on the site and everything is going according to plan.

However, there will be one change. Akash Samaroo has more.

https://www.youtube.com/v/mommDJUSZs0
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 21, 2016, 08:17:44 AM

PM: 50% cash backpay by month-end*

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160617/business/pm-50-cash-backpay-by-month-end

Port of Spain

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley has assured that the protective services will receive 50 per cent of their backpay in cash by the end of June.
Other categories of public servants will receive their 50 per cent cash payments in July and August, according to an answer provided by the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Representatives yesterday.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 23, 2016, 11:43:14 AM

Government to audit food card holders

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-06-23/government-audit-food-card-holders

Social Development Minister Cherrie-Ann Critchlow-Cockburn said internal auditors have been asked to do an extensive audit of every one of the 240,000-plus recipients who receive food cards to ensure that they are eligible to be recipients.

The minister said they had undertaken the audit of every one of the files because they recognised during the enrolment process that a review was not done on all processes.

Critchlow-Cockburn referred to the tightening of the distribution of food cards under the new People National Movement’s (PNM) administration which had seen the removal of some 4,000 cardholders who were not eligible for the service. She said the removal of the 4,000 had saved government $25 million on an annual basis.

Advertisements she said were placed in the main stream media for cardholders to be enrolled to ensure those who were eligible could use the card to make their monthly purchase at supermarkets.

She said on July 15, the three-month extension for some 14,000 people who had not come in to be enrolled in the system would have expired and they would ultimately be removed.

The removal of that additional 14,000 people from the system, she said, would save the Government and additional $110 million annually. She said currently they had 240,000-plus people who received payment.

Critchlow-Cockburn said at least 24.5 per cent of the population in T&T was living in poverty in spite of successive governments expending billions of dollars on social sector programmes. She said one of the reasons for that had to do with education.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the education reform Minister of Education Anthony Garcia had undertaken would seek to break the cycle of children just passing through the system without benefitting from a proper education.

Speaking at a PNM political meeting in San Fernando on Tuesday night, Critchlow-Cockburn spoke of a number of initiatives to assist the “poor and indigent,” among them access to a number of grants as well as food cards.

While she spoke, a lone female protestor stood quietly at the back of the auditorium holding aloft a placard highlighting her plight for her just dues.

“URP workers on the breadline. We need to feed our children. Get rid of those paper criminals in URP. We want our money for the past month. That is wickedness.” She was ignored by the PNM hierarchy.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 24, 2016, 11:59:32 PM

26th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Friday June 10, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ Twenty Papers will be laid.
~ Eight urgent questions will be posed.
~ Twenty-six questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Government Business: Motions
. Motion #1: Approve the Privileges and Immunities [CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)] Order, 2016 (Moved by the Attorney General)

https://www.youtube.com/v/bO0Oqa-wOdk
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 28, 2016, 06:19:05 PM

(http://www.trinidadexpress.com/storyimage/TT/20160623/LOCAL/160629787/AR/0/AR-160629787.jpg&MaxW=730&imageversion=Article)

$800 million in local tourist dollars

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160623/business/800-million-in-local-tourist-dollars

Some $800 million is generated annually from local tourism says Government Minister Shamfa Cudjoe.

Speaking to the Express by phone, Cudjoe, the Tourism Minister said there was a presentation from the Tourism Development Company (TDC) of a study which was done in 2013, which found that some $800 million was derived from local tourism and the figures were calculated on how many trips made by families for the purpose of domestic tourism.

At the Joint Select Committee meeting where the Tourism Ministry came under scrutiny on Wednesday, committee chairman, Brigid Annisette-George questioned the pumping of resources into a local tourism drive when there was not sufficient transpiration via air and sea to Tobago.

Ministry officials disclosed that some $300,000 would be spent on marketing “Stay to Getaway” drive.

Cudjoe told the Express that this challenge of getting transportation to Tobago has been a long standing one as there are challenges with the ferry service and with Caribbean Airlines (CAL) but there are discussions with both entities in terms of improvement.

She said a domestic marketing campaign has not taken place since 2009 and in a couple weeks the initiative will take off.

At the JSC, Permanent secretary of the Tourism Ministry Samdaye Rampersad disclosed that there is an airlift committee that would be looking into the alleviating this challenge with domestic flights.

“I am just wondering if increasing a drive should come before ensuring that people can get there. If you can't ensure that you may need to reconsider how much you pump into that drive,” said Annisette-George.

The PS responded that the Ministry was also looking at exposing nationals to other sites within the country to visit.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 28, 2016, 06:29:38 PM

Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon says the views that the foreign used car market is failing cannot be substantiated.
https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10154210095115610/
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on June 28, 2016, 06:30:43 PM
how is a 'local tourist' determined and how do we calculate income from such? Is such $$ not just part of the general 'economy'?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bourbon on June 29, 2016, 10:24:39 PM
how is a 'local tourist' determined and how do we calculate income from such? Is such $$ not just part of the general 'economy'?

I guessing any Trini that goes to Tobago. Kinda difficult to quantify...what about Trinis who live abroad? What about Tobagonians who originally from Tobago and come back on vacation? Especially since they very likely to be using TT currency.

*Edit: I now remember an experience I had when I last went Tobago. Our group was doing a hike to Argyle Waterfall..and I was bringing up the rear as I was responsible for helping shuttle people from the campsite to the waterfall. The fees are different for locals and foreigners. So I stood by the entrance waiting for a friend...I see a vehicle looking like a horn chile of a big maxi and a bread van pull up...and a stream of Chinese looking people came out. I was kinda surprised eh...yuh normally doh see so much at one time especially in Tobago. Didnt hear a word of english.....Cantonese (I assume) or Mandarin or whatever being spoken in abundance.....I felt like I was in a kung fu movie with no subtitles.

The lady by the gate see the group....done start to check....about 25 tourists...NICE. In a slightly mamaguyishly gregarious fresh water tone she said "Hiiiii! Where you guys from? Hong Kong?"
Group gone silent...then one responded loudly in a distinctly Trini twang.."No! WE FROM TRINIDAD!!!"



However this is a very under utilized thing. Especially given the frequency with long weekends here. Right now Margarita has packages for approximately 2000 TT for 3 nights /4 days (or 4 nights...cant remember for sure.) Between Tobago, and Trinidad....there is a degree of potential for local appreciation and utilization of what we can do. Sadly things poorly done. Tickets for the ferry...poor facilities, lack of information...poor service....we only hurt ourselves.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on June 30, 2016, 12:39:59 PM

27th Sitting of the House of Representatives

Friday June 17, 2016
1:30pm

https://www.youtube.com/v/2ut7Ke6VpNk&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on July 01, 2016, 04:14:54 AM
I wonder then.. when a person from Tobago comes across (business, pleasure etc) to Trinidad.. are they considered a tourist? When a local (Tobago) take ah spin in ah glass bottom boat..tourist? If I hit the pitch lake with my sis.. tourist?

All I see is 'local economy"... but that's because I eh know what their definition of local tourist is.

 :rotfl:  :rotfl:  :rotfl: Hong Kong
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 01, 2016, 11:03:40 AM


T&T earns US$ 6.7 million during 2015-2016 cruise ship season

Trinidad and Tobago earned approximately $6.7 million US dollars during the 2015-2016 cruise ship season.

Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe says our twin-island state is growing in popularity, particularly in the cruise ship industry.

And she forecasts even greater arrivals and earnings for 2017.
http://www.cnc3.co.tt/business-watch/tt-earns-us-67-million-during-2015-2016-cruise-ship-season
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on July 02, 2016, 11:46:58 AM
Tobago is the hardest place to get to. I does 2 our check for international and Tobago. I do not play no way I not ma king that flight to Tobago.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Brownsugar on July 02, 2016, 03:18:42 PM
Group gone silent...then one responded loudly in a distinctly Trini twang.."No! WE FROM TRINIDAD!!!"

 :rotfl: :rotfl:

Local tourism in Tobago yes does refer to Trinis going to Tobago typically for a long weekend (or any weekend for that matter) and the July/August period.....certain elements of the "industry" can be measured.  Hotel and guest house accommodation, car rentals.....other aspects might not be as easy to measure.....food, the boat trips etc....but there is a market there.....outside of R&R why else do Trinis typically go to Tobago??
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on July 02, 2016, 10:43:21 PM
Actually a Trini going to spend time in Tobago is a tourist. We tend to associate tourists to be mainly foreign and either US, Canadian or Euro. But I would say if you are visiting a place you are a "tourist" I live in DC, and in the Spring and Summer,the museums gets tons of tourists from all over. The vast majority are American of all persuasions from other cities and states. I guess a Trini is a local tourist! :rotfl:
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: 100% Barataria on July 03, 2016, 07:45:43 PM
Group gone silent...then one responded loudly in a distinctly Trini twang.."No! WE FROM TRINIDAD!!!"

 :rotfl: :rotfl:

 :rotfl:

Classic yes.

Is like a situation in Penn Station (34th street NYC) one time few years back.  Must share!!

I wid a cousin of mine at TGIF.  He see's some girl he used to date and says "boi, ah had a real lorse head on dat girl when I used to live in Miami dread"

She was with someone highly likely from the LGBT community.  Anyway, dinner is over and she comes over to our table to speak to meh cous,  He playing nice and proper and introduce meh.  Anyway, girlfriend soldier walkin up and down in TGIF and speaking rank yankee to a few people, like he was Norm at Cheers.  Then meh cous ex eventually calls de soldier over to our table and introduces us, all of a sudden yuh hear from soldier man

"Buh wait, all yuh from Trinidad?"   :rotfl:
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 04, 2016, 10:34:18 PM
28th Sitting of the House of Representatives- Part 1

Friday June 24, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ Seven Papers will be laid.
~ Twenty-seven questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Private Business
. Motion #1: Loss of confidence in the Attorney General (moved by Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP)

https://www.youtube.com/v/fPsl_sukH3I&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 04, 2016, 10:36:30 PM
28th Sitting of the House of Representatives- Part 2

Friday June 24, 2016
5:00pm-

Summary:
~ Seven Papers will be laid.
~ Twenty-seven questions qualified for oral answer.
~ Private Business
. Motion #1: Loss of confidence in the Attorney General (moved by Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP)

https://www.youtube.com/v/Yeh_PQv0hxc
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 04, 2016, 10:41:16 PM
I cyah wait for the Red House to be completed, I always hate the inside chamber of this temporary Parliament.

The Red House chamber always look better and more elegant

http://crmstt.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/redhouse.jpg
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 04, 2016, 10:43:16 PM


No consensus on bail and anti-gang bills

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/news/no-consensus-bail-and-anti-gang-bills
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 08, 2016, 11:33:09 PM
29th Sitting of the House of Representatives  - Part 1

Friday July 1, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ 20 Papers will be laid.
~ 30 Questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. The Miscellaneous Provisions (Anti-Gang and Bail) Bill, 2016 (moved by the Attorney General)
.

https://www.youtube.com/v/BRhkeVDdkkc&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 08, 2016, 11:35:11 PM

29th Sitting of the House of Representatives  - Part 2

Friday July 1, 2016
1:30pm

Summary:
~ 20 Papers will be laid.
~ 30 Questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Government Business: Bills Second Reading
. The Miscellaneous Provisions (Anti-Gang and Bail) Bill, 2016 (moved by the Attorney General)
.

https://www.youtube.com/v/D3shCW6q4E8&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 19, 2016, 06:13:16 PM

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160719/news/kamla-reject-recommendations-for-gate

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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Government to reject the recommendations by the special task force set up to review the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme.

She said cuts to the GATE programme, before the start of the next academic year, will have negative effects on youths and the future development of Trinidad and Tobago.

Persad-Bissessar said she was concerned by the recommendations presented to the Government by the special task force.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 22, 2016, 12:06:05 PM

PM: Gate cuts will be best we can afford

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-07-21/pm-gate-cuts-will-be-best-we-can-afford

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (Gate) programme is staying. However, he says because of the trepidation over impending adjustments to the programme, it will be reviewed by his Cabinet with a caring eye.

Rowley made the comment while addressing T&T students during his visit to the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, Jamaica, as he continued activities on his five-day visit to Jamaica. 

The session took greater significance after widespread panic among the T&T student bodies across the region in the wake of a media report over the weekend that massive cuts were recommended by the Task Force appointed to review the programme.

This included a proposal that students pay up to one third of their fees. Under the existing arrangements, the cost of tuition is met fully by Government. But as he met with the student body yesterday, Rowley assured them there was no need for any panic.

“We didn’t just decide to cut the programme. We had a proper analysis done and that analysis looked at the comprehensive programme, including the requirement to preserve what we are investing in, because the money we are spending on you is an investment in the future of the country,” he explained.

He said the review was undertaken as the country was facing a very significant loss of revenue because of collapsed commodity prices internationally.

“That by itself is pushing us to have to close some very serious budget deficits,” he added.

He said notwithstanding that, the programme was due for a review after existing for several years and the review was “not meant to backtrack on our commitment to make sure that you all are educated or to be denied an education on the basis that you are not able to pay tuition.”

While the purpose of the task force report was to make recommendations on reducing overall expenditure, Rowley said: “We are committed to cutting out the waste, the abuse and the corruption and to ensure the sacrifice we make to pay for your education is the best we can afford.”

He said it costs Government $750 million each year to educate Gate-approved citizens and urged those gathered not to take taxpayers’ sacrifices for granted.

Noting the high demand for professionals in the field of medicine, he said: “You in the medical field ought not to worry. Even though we become more selective in what we fund, the area of health care delivery is an area of grave shortage in the country.”

Cabinet, he added, would meet to discuss the recommendations before any final decision was made “but what I can tell you is that we will review the recommendations with a very caring eye.”

Some students got to their feet, asking the PM that even if the decision is that they are to fund even part of their tuition, whether it would be possible to facilitate low interest student friendly loans.

Since 2004, over 65,000 students have passed through the programme.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 22, 2016, 12:08:24 PM
30th Sitting of the House of Representatives -Part 1

Monday July 4, 2016
1:30 p.m.

Summary:
~ Two papers will be laid.
~ Two urgent questions will be posed.
~ Three questions qualify for oral answer.

~ Government Business
. Bills Second Reading: The Finance (No.2) Bill, 2016
.

https://www.youtube.com/v/KGE-PZKNDjY&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 22, 2016, 12:09:41 PM
30th Sitting of the House of Representatives -Part 2

Monday July 4, 2016
1:30 p.m.

Summary:
~ Two papers will be laid.
~ Two urgent questions will be posed.
~ Three questions qualify for oral answer.
~ Government Business
. Bills Second Reading: The Finance (No.2) Bill, 2016
.

https://www.youtube.com/v/JZ9sxio9QkI&spfreload=10
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on July 29, 2016, 11:05:58 PM

(http://i1.wp.com/news.power102fm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/PTSC-Bus.jpg?resize=75%2C52)

PTSC Buses get WIFI

http://news.power102fm.com/ptsc-buses-get-wifi-38018

Passengers will soon have access to Wi-Fi connection while onboard Public Transport Service Corporation PTSC buses.

Minister of Public Administration and Communication, Maxie Cuffie has announced that this service, which will be accessible on selected routes during the initial phases, will become available to the public after its launch on Friday 29th July.

CLICK FOR AUDIO
http://news.power102fm.com/ptsc-buses-get-wifi-38018
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bourbon on August 01, 2016, 05:57:32 PM
Now if only they were regular and punctual.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Brownsugar on August 04, 2016, 04:24:18 AM
Now if only they were regular and punctual.

CO-SIGN!!
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on August 04, 2016, 12:24:54 PM

(http://www.cnc3.co.tt/sites/default/files/gate%20pic_0.jpg)

GATE no longer completely free; Government announces sweeping changes

http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/gate-no-longer-completely-free-government-announces-sweeping-changes

The Cabinet has announced sweeping changes to the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme that no longer sees the Government offering 100% financing for tertiary education from 2017.

The changes, announced by Education Minister Anthony Garcia, do not affect students who are already enrolled in programmes or who have registered to begin programmes this year.

The long anticipated changes were announced at a media briefing that followed a special Cabinet meeting today.

The Minister said that effective August 2016, students who are at presently enrolled at various programmes will continue to receive funding for their entire programmes.

He added that students registered to begin programmes in 2016 will also be fully funded for the 2016-2017 academic year.

However, from the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, a Means Test will be used to determine how much funding the government will offer in the GATE programme.

The Minister says that following the Means Test, students from households with incomes below $10,000, will be eligible for 100% funding.

Where the household income is above $10,000 students will have to pay 25% of the course fees, with the Government providing the other 75%.

Where the household income is above $20,000, students will have to pay 50% of the fees.

The Minister added that effective August 2017, funding for post-graduate degrees will be available to students whose programmes are "in alignment with the country's development needs".

The Minister did not detail what those programmes are.

Effective August 2017, students enrolled at medical programmes outside of the University of the West Indies will be funded at the level of the funding given to the University of the West Indies (UWI) students.

Effective August 2016, the government will discontinue funding of new students in the medical programme at the St Georges University in Grenada.

He said that effective August 2016, students will only be funded for one undergraduate programme and one post-graduate programme.

Also, effect August 2016, the loan ceiling for students at local institutions will be raised to $35,000 annually, with the $75,000 for regional students remaining.

Effective August 2016, persons over the age of 50 years, will no longer eligible for GATE funding but the Minister says that "continuing students" over the age of 50 will be granted funding to complete their programmes.

The Minister says the government will seek to offer education savings bonds and will announce arrangements and details soon.

He says the government will also seek to establish a National Education Savings Fund and will encourage the private sector, via tax incentives, to make fund contributions for children of employees.

The government will also offer fiscal incentives to encourage insurance companies and credit unions to invest in educational savings products, the Minister said.

"I have been advised that these initiatives would allow us to save, in the first year, $100 million and subsequent years, $200 million until we reach our target of $500 million on spending on the GATE programme," Minister Garcia said.

He added, "This government has given a commitment that it will retain GATE. It will ensure GATE is relevant, easily accessible and available to all those who need it," he said.

Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bourbon on August 04, 2016, 08:25:06 PM
I understand and agree with the principle.

I would have raised the lower limit to 15000.
Also keep in mind you can write off tertiary education expenses for taxes locally. So it not that bad.

While I also understand why persons over 50 not going and qualify for it...I think some allowance should be made and the most they could qualify for is 50%.

Multiple degree holders.....not sure how to deal with that yet...but.....probably a gradual reduction.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on August 05, 2016, 03:13:55 AM
Yeah, Bourbon ... In agreement with the position you've expressed regarding the $10,000 delineator. Seems not to allow for any margin in circumstances. Dahis imposing some serious "ban yuh belly".

Was there any mention of how size of household factors into eligibility?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on August 08, 2016, 12:29:54 PM
Also keep in mind you can write off tertiary education expenses for taxes locally. So it not that bad.
This is not accurate, the write off is for study at foreign university or if yuh doing through distance learning yuh get d foreign fees, UWI doh qualify regardless of campus.

 IIT Auditor, so ah know this for a fact, does disallow them automatically


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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Bourbon on August 08, 2016, 01:39:56 PM
Also keep in mind you can write off tertiary education expenses for taxes locally. So it not that bad.
This is not accurate, the write off is for study at foreign university or if yuh doing through distance learning yuh get d foreign fees, UWI doh qualify regardless of campus.

 IIT Auditor, so ah know this for a fact, does disallow them automatically


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Well thanks for that. That on the tax forms in a big way so I assumed it was something you could claim for. That really should be clarified... And especially in light of the changes made should be implemented as another way to ease the strain.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on August 08, 2016, 04:38:24 PM
Also keep in mind you can write off tertiary education expenses for taxes locally. So it not that bad.
This is not accurate, the write off is for study at foreign university or if yuh doing through distance learning yuh get d foreign fees, UWI doh qualify regardless of campus.

 IIT Auditor, so ah know this for a fact, does disallow them automatically


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Well thanks for that. That on the tax forms in a big way so I assumed it was something you could claim for. That really should be clarified... And especially in light of the changes made should be implemented as another way to ease the strain.

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Well that became board policy with d advent of GATE because trinis was taking gate and still claiming expenses, effectively getting money back that they were not spending sigh!, they may review it at some point though

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on August 10, 2016, 07:39:20 AM
You can claim tuition fees and books in the same section with annuity and NIS.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on August 10, 2016, 11:09:23 AM
You can claim tuition fees and books in the same section with annuity and NIS.
Yes but only if is foreign or distance learning, c

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on August 10, 2016, 12:16:21 PM
You can claim tuition fees and books in the same section with annuity and NIS.
Yes but only if is foreign or distance learning, c

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Has it changed? I got it in the past when I was at IOB. You see how long th eplace was not even called LOK JACK yet and I did a claim this year for someone who doing custom brokeage exams.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on August 10, 2016, 12:21:57 PM
Board decision stipulated that it only be allowed in the instances I mentioned due to people applying for gate and still claiming expenses.... So all local tertiary and technical studies are disallowed automatically technicalities notwithstanding.

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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Controversial on August 25, 2016, 09:30:00 PM
And where is all that added money going?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on August 26, 2016, 07:57:18 AM
To the national football team  ;D
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Jumbie on August 26, 2016, 01:32:42 PM
420 + body bags and overtime for Forensic Science Centre staff NOT cheap.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on August 27, 2016, 01:03:34 PM


More Local Produce To Be Used In School Feeding Programme


There will be some changes to the School Feeding Programme.

According to CEO of the National Schools Dietary Services Limited, Stacy Barran, more locally produced food will be used to prepare meals.
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https://www.youtube.com/v/IDIQVNmlUSs
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 10, 2016, 11:42:13 AM

APPROVED*
Nigel Henry poll on Govt's first anniversary: PM's job approval 51%


Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has a majority job-approval rating which stands at 51 per cent.
This is one of the main findings of a poll commissioned by the Express, done by Solution by Simulation (SBS, founded by Nigel Henry), to gauge public opinion in the context of Government’s first anniversary in office. Six hundred and one adults were interviewed via telephone during the period August 30 to September 5, 2016.

Forty one per cent disapproved of the job the Prime Minister was doing while eight per cent were undecided.
SBS noted the 51 per cent job approval rating for the Prime Minister is “significant considering the PNM Government was elected by a 51.7 majority” in September 2015.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 10, 2016, 11:45:52 AM

Local banking system, economy may crash if bill not passed—Finance Minister Colm Imbert

Meeting next Monday on way ahead as UNC stalls tax bill

Saturday, September 10, 2016

American banks will halt relations with T&T’s banking sector and that sector and the local economy will crash if the tax information sharing agreement legislation is not passed soon, Finance Minister Colm Imbert has warned.

“Put country first today. This isn’t a time for politicising,” Minister Imbert appealed to the Opposition during yesterday’s Parliament session when he piloted the legislation.
He made an impassioned plea for Opposition support, necessary to pass the bill, to the point of saying he was prepared to suspend the sitting and immediately hold talks with the Opposition to get its support before the September 30 deadline.

The UNC Opposition refused to support the Bill. Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar insisted she was “not going on any guilt trip that I will cripple the country, crash the country.”
Acting Attorney General Stuart Young dismissed the claims made by Persad-Bissessar in his contribution. Minutes later, he told reporters the former PP Cabinet had agreed to pass the said legislation since 2013 but it did not happen.

He said it was the Persad-Bissessar government which decided that the competent authority to deal with the measures in the bill should be the Minister of Finance. Persad-Bissessar had criticised the new Government for maintaining that decision.
Minister Young said the proposal to refer the matter to a joint select committee cannot be accepted because “Parliament prorogues on September 22, so the legislation needs to pass before that date.”
The Bill requires a three-fifths vote for passage since sections affect constitutional rights. Government needs 26 votes for passage but only has 23 on its side.

It will allow T&T’s Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) to share information with the US’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If the IRS seeks information on US citizens doing business in T&T or regarding a bank account, the BIR currently has discretion to refuse to give it. The new legislation will facilitate the BIR’s sharing the information.

Minister Imbert said T&T was now on a grey list since it did not have systems for sharing information in place and stood to be blacklisted resulting in the suspension of relations of US banks with T&T. He said that would cause the banking sector to crash and the economy to be similarly affected.

“All banks would lose the corresponding relations they have in the US if this legislation isn’t passed. We have to co-operate or T&T’s banking systems will crash and the economy will crash,” he added.

Trinidad Guardian and Trinidad Express
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: weary1969 on September 10, 2016, 08:10:09 PM
Address to the Nation tomorrow at 730 pm
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on September 28, 2016, 10:56:51 AM
The Minister of Finance recently signed a Customs Mutual Agreement with the United States, an agreement that can help identify and prosecute drug traffickers, gun runners etc.
WATCH:  https://www.facebook.com/SpeakOutTnT/videos/1116394215114037/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
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Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Sando prince on March 17, 2017, 01:43:25 PM

(http://www.trinidadexpress.com/storyimage/TT/20170316/LOCAL/170319651/AR/0/AR-170319651.jpg&MaxW=730&imageversion=Article)


Ramesh is helping Gov't carry out the death penalty
...PM says he believes in hanging for muder


http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20170316/news/ramesh-is-helping-govt-carry-out-the-death-penalty

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley, reacting today to the murder of woman police officer Nyasha Joseph, said he is “a firm believer” in the death penalty.

The PM also disclosed that Government had communicated openly with former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj on the issue and that he, Maharaj, was assisting in building the necessary pathway for executions to be carried out.

Maharaj was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Express this afternoon.

Rowley, speaking at the Post Cabinet briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, said his belief in capital punishment was not based on the practice as a deterrent to crime but rather as a punishment fitting the crime.

WPC Nyasha Joseph, 22, went missing last Thursday and immediately there were fears for her life as relatives said she would not have voluntarily left her four-year-old daughter.

Joseph's body was found yesterday at the mouth of Caroni River into the Gulf of Paria by fishermen dragging the sea bed for shrimp.

Earlier this year Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi had said the Office of the Attorney General was working towards re-animating the death penalty locally and he emphasised that the law in Trinidad and Tobago still permitted hanging until dead for the crime of murder.

Al-Rawi said his office was actively tracking a handful of cases currently on death row and that part of the issue was that after a convict had served a particular period of time, human rights concerns came into play where the death penalty was involved.

As of December 2016, the Attorney General said that there were 32 inmates on Death Row, but none qualified to meet the hangman.

He said the cases were being tracked so that the State would be on the side of the law if and when it looked to assert its right to employ the death penalty.

 

This was noted by Rowley who also remarked that he was unapologetic about his position.

Rowley said  a minority within the population had chosen the way of crime and also felt that there were no consequences to their actions and he was also not convinced that having a difficult life was an excuse to turn to crime.

At the start of addressing Joseph's murder, Rowley said that as a father of daughters who are often in the country, he too has moments when he says to himself, “There but for the grace of God go I.”

Rowley said he felt the pain of the families involved.

 

Rowley noted that the security services in Trinidad and Tobago was being provided with all the resources necessary to deal with crime.

He said it was costing the Government $41 million to maintain the Ministry of National Security helicopters “to fight a handful of criminals”. He said the Government was working on reducing that figure to $15 million.

The Prime Minister said the fight against crime should become a “national crusade” where citizens support the police and security services.

He pleaded with citizens to come forward with information which can assist officers in finding criminals.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on March 02, 2018, 10:57:08 AM
What does the scorecard read?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on March 02, 2018, 12:10:59 PM
What does the scorecard read?

trinis killed by they own: over 1000 in 2yrs VS Criminals/bandits: 0
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on March 04, 2018, 05:51:44 PM
What does the scorecard read?

trinis killed by they own: over 1000 in 2yrs VS Criminals/bandits: 0

So no better than under the current opposition.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: Deeks on March 04, 2018, 08:06:03 PM
What does the scorecard read?

trinis killed by they own: over 1000 in 2yrs VS Criminals/bandits: 0

So no better than under the current opposition.

Unfortunately, the situation does not appear to be changing.
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: lefty on March 09, 2018, 04:58:23 PM
What does the scorecard read?

trinis killed by they own: over 1000 in 2yrs VS Criminals/bandits: 0

So no better than under the current opposition.

Unfortunately, the situation does not appear to be changing.

We need to stop with d soldiers Ex as NatSec minister nonsense, there is a distinct lack of strategic and tactical acumen in our armed services since probably inception so putting men dat train and grow old in faulty outdated system not not goin and change nutten......all yuh gettin is ah setta gaudy platitudes in speeches and nutten dat looks like ah actual thought out plan comin together....sad to say but d only man dat even look like being anyting Tactical.......is Talky aka Gary Griffith.......

somebody did post ah ah Trini "Special" forces vid here ah while back dat gave ah stark AND EMBARRASSING indication as to how woefully unsophisticated our security Protocols may well be
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on March 15, 2018, 04:45:05 PM
Apparently everyone is happy (https://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/local/report-t-t-the-happiest-country-in-the-caribbean/article_1dd51a4c-288a-11e8-a526-f3fe6bfb2440.html). Or is it disillusioned or indifferent?
Title: Re: Governance under the Rowley Administration
Post by: asylumseeker on April 09, 2018, 09:35:42 AM
Darryl Smith removed from Sports Ministry
Trinidad Express


Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Monday announced a series of reassignment, revocations and ministerial appointments.

Rowley advised President Paula-Mae Weekes of the following in accordance with Sections 3(9) and 76(3) and 79(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago:

(i) reassign Mr. Darryl Smith as Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

This reassignment follows intense pressure for Rowley to acting against Smith, and is came a day after the Sunday Express reported Smith's alleged unwanted sexual advances on his personal secretary Carrie-Ann Moreau, which she detailed in her witness statement in support of her claim for wrongful dismissal at the Industrial Court.

(ii) reassign Ms. Shamfa Cudjoe as Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs;

There had also been widespread criticism of the performance of Cudjoe as Tourism Minister and her inability to successfully articulate the country's tourism policy at a time where other Caribbean islands have been seeing record tourist arrivals.

(iii) reassign Mr. Randall Mitchell as Minister of Tourism;

Mitchell previous held the portfolio of Housing Minister.

(iv) revoke the appointment of Mr. Maxie Cuffie as Minister of Public Administration and Communications and reassign Mr. Cuffie as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications;

Cuffie remains in the United States undergoing treatment for a debilitating stroke suffered last year which has left him unable to return to duties.

(v) appoint Ms. Marlene Mc Donald as Minister of Public Administration and Communications; and

Mc Donald previous was a Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.

(vi) revoke the Prime Minister’s assignment as Minister with responsibility for Public Administration and Communications, and in addition to his present duties as Prime Minister, appoint him as Minister of Housing and Urban Development.