PRIME MINISTER Patrick Manning feels “vindicated” by, the findings of the report of the Uff Commission of Inquiry into Udecott and the construction industry.
PM: I did it for the Opposition
PARLIAMENT was dissolved to prevent politicians from taking advantage of their parliamentary privilege to slander the name of the Government, as is normally the case in the build-up to an election, Prime Minister Patrick Manning said on Thursday night.
PM dares Opposition: ‘My lawyers ready for you’
PRIME MINISTER Patrick Manning warned Opposition UNC MPs that they will not be protected by parliamentary privilege when they go on a public platform and say things which they planned to say in the debate on the no-confidence motion in him which was scheduled to take place yesterday in the House of Representatives.
Chinese abandon church site…again
A DAY after Parliament was dissolved, paving the way for a snap general election, the Shanghai Construction Chinese labourers have packed up and yesterday deserted the construction site of the Lighthouse of the Lord Jesus Christ church at the Heights of Guanapo in Arima.
EBC to recruit 11,000 for election
THE ELECTIONS and Boundaries Commission (EBC), the body charged with administering the upcoming general election, will recruit 11,000 staff to assist with the 2010 polls which will see more than a million people eligible to vote.
PSA jubilant over TTRA’s failure
The Public Services Association (PSA) and employees of the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) and Customs and Excise Division are celebrating the failure of the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA) bill at Thursday’s sitting of the Senate.
Manning, Kamla in Tobago today
PNM, UNC launch campaigns Monday…
AG on way out
THIS country is likely to have a new Attorney General, even if the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) wins, as AG John Jeremie — according to sources close to him — will not put himself up for service in that post.
Gary Hunt drops out
Deputy Speaker Pennelope Beckles emerged from Balisier House last night, looking not totally confident that she will get the nod to again contest the Arima seat for the PNM. In the midst of all of this came reports last night that Sport Minister Gary Hunt has withdrawn his candidacy for the Port-of-Spain North/St Ann’s West for the PNM…
Hunt is out; Penny pressed – PM grills Beckles
The $2 million flag of honour at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain was yesterday transformed into a shroud in which the political prospects of Sports Minister Gary Hunt were buried.
Kamla to meet TOP today
Head of the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) Ashworth Jack said yesterday that unity was essential to take this country forward and remove the People’s National Movement from government.
Jack: More autonomy for Tobago
GREATER autonomy for Tobago will be a critical factor in sealing any political alliance between the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) and any other opposition party, TOP political leader Ashworth Jack said yesterday.
Tabaquite blanks Ramesh for Anand Ramlogan
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj may want another term as UNC Member of Parliament for Tabaquite, but it appears he has been deserted by the constituency executive in favour of attorney Anand Ramlogan.
COP, UNC: One candidate to fight PM
A single candidate approved by the UNC and COP may challenge Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s 39-year-old stranglehold on the constituency of San Fernando East in the pending general election, UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday.
Won’t be easy, but Treasury not empty
There is a theory that is picking up some traction that one of the reasons for Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s decision to call a snap general election is that it might be better for him to lose the poll and allow the Opposition to inherit the bitter chalice of an empty Treasury.
Avoiding the usual rhetoric
The opposition parties certainly have a lot of ammunition to use against the incumbent People’s National Movement in the election campaign. It would be a strategic mistake, however, if they were to rely solely, or even mainly, on critiquing the Government in order to win votes.
Kamla wants election observers
ALTHOUGH UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has issued a call for international observers to monitor the general election she also declared that voters are the main deterrent to electoral fraud.
Too late for counselling
What could have driven a young mother, as police believe, to have ended the lives of her two young children by hanging and then hang herself? Could the tragedy of the double murder/suicide, involving Rawtee Linda Boodoo, 31, and her children, Ashwaria, aged five and Kristina, 15 months, have been averted through timely counselling?
Rapid rail objectors too hot to handle
“Pack your bags and return to France!” These were the angry shouts of Central and East residents at a public consultation on the Rapid Rail project, at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, Thursday night.
Artists: NAPA waste of public funds
Newsday continues its publication of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Construction Sector which was submitted to President George Maxwell Richards on March 29 by commission chairman Professor John Uff.