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Rowley's reply to budget 2012
Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rowley's reply to budget 2012: An exercise in self-praise, deceit

...Chance of 'double-dip recession'

Speaker Wade Mark yesterday warned all 41 members of the House of Representatives against hurling any kind of object at each other, after Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley jokingly pelted Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner with a small piece of paper as Warner teased Rowley during his contribution to the 2012 Budget debate.

Delay as Rowley's mike goes dead...twice

Funding the NIS pension hike
Without the benefit of a full actuarial examination, it is probably impossible to indicate the many consequences of the decision to increase the pension benefits. Not only is it unclear which contributors will have to pay more to fund the increased National Insurance pension, it is also unclear how much more contributors will be required to pay.

Manning dares Govt: Lock up Hart and me
Former prime minister Patrick Manning yesterday dared the People's Partnership Government to lock up both him and former executive chairman of the Urban Development Corporation (Udecott) Calder Hart.

...'Lock me up'
IN A heated exchange during the Budget debate, former Prime Minister Patrick Manning yesterday defended former Udecott chairman Calder Hart crying out, "Look me here, lock me up! Not Calder Hart."

Oil prices rise near US$87 as recession fears ease

Rowley's turn
OPPOSITION Leader, Dr Keith Rowley, raised issues of who is to blame or praise for economic failure or success respectively and to what extent governments should continue the projects of their predecessors, or alternatively whether in fact much of human fate lies in the proverbial laps of the gods.

LYNNE ANNE WILLIAMS, executive director of the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (Impacs), has been fired. Williams's employment at the regional security agency was terminated on September 29 by the Council of National Security and Law enforcement (Consle), the governing body of Impacs.

DPP gives okay: 7 for trial on gang charges

14 alleged gangsters in court
HUNDRERDS of curious onlookers turned up outside the Sangre Grande Magistrates' Court hoping to catch a glimpse of several men who returned to court yesterday to answer charges of being members of criminal gangs.

PNM wants DPP input in gang arrests
The Opposition PNM will be proposing an amendment to the Anti-Gang law to allow for the Director of Public Prosecution's intervention before any citizen is charged under that law.

Guns destroyed
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday donned special protective gear as she manned a large saw and destroyed a gun - one of 1,650 weapons comprising illegal firearms and obsolete firearms from the Defence Force - which were destroyed over the past week.

Ghany on state of emergency: Kamla's defining moment

NWRHA head: 1,000 attempted suicides per year
An estimated 1,000 attempted suicide cases per year is recorded in Trinidad and Tobago. And Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan, says it is time for mental health to be placed on the front burner since it affects more of the population than does HIV.

Anya in T&T for 'Runway' party

...Designer among top 4 showing at Fashion Week

Bishop Anstey 'scandalised'
ANGLICAN Coadjutor Bishop Claude Berkley yesterday said that the Bishop Anstey High School in Port-of-Spain has been "scandalised" by news of improper conduct by a male teacher who has since resigned.

Prakash: PM correct to send Warner issue to AG
CONGRESS of the People political leader, Prakash Ramadhar, yesterday backed Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's decision to refer the issue of a leaked video tape in relation to former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.

Police were probing Warner 'quietly'

Cop in sodomy case meets with DPP
DIRECTOR of the Public Affairs Unit of the TT Police Service Sharon Lee-Assang yesterday confirmed that police officers met with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard for directions on how to proceed with investigations into allegations of sexual assault on a three-year-old boy.

2 cops go to court on bribery charges

PC on bribery charge after sting operation
A police officer has been charged with bribery. He was arrested by officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau during a sting operation on Thursday evening. The officer is assigned to the St Joseph Police Station. It is alleged he was caught taking a $6,000 bribe from a businessman outside a bar in St Joseph.

Video recording of prisoners' escape in CoP's hands

Officers to submit statements on 'beating'
POLICE OFFICERS involved in the beating of a homeless man at Library Corner, San Fernando on Thursday have been asked to submit statements to senior officers investigating their conduct.

Africans on hunger strike at Detention Centre
Some 55 African nationals held at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo have embarked on an indefinite hunger strike hoping to gain the attention of the authorities to speed up their matters...

47 nabbed for drugs, rape in raids

Judge gives Manning deadline
High Court Judge Carol Gobin said Wednesday that she wanted all parties involved in the civil lawsuit filed by former prime minister Patrick Manning to file their written submissions.

Naps SEA scholar gets second chance; ganja charge dropped

Mayor gives PNM meeting go-ahead
The People's National Movement has received permission from Arima Mayor Ghassan Youseph to use the Arima Town Hall to hold its public meeting next Wednesday.

Magistrate dismisses cop's contempt charge
THE police officer who was held in contempt of court, and ordered to prison for disagreeing with the magistrate's ruling against his attacker, was yesterday cleared of any wrongdoing.

'Kidnap victim' in court for $.1m fraud
A WALLERFIELD man who was feared kidnapped after he went missing last week, appeared before a Port of Spain magistrate on Thursday, charged with demanding money from his mother under false pretences.

Bandits strike again at CWU
BANDITS struck once again at the Upper Henry Street, Port of Spain, office of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) and made off with thousands of dollars. The incident is believed to be an inside job.

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