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Govt and Colombia working to secure T&T maritime borders
Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012

Govt and Colombia working to secure T&T maritime borders
A National Security Ministry team is collaborating with Colombia to undertake a site visit to view naval assets consistent with an established Request For Proposals (RFPs), Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday in Parliament.

Govt not foolish to buy BAE vessels after winning arbitrationóJack
National Security Minister Jack Warner says only a foolish government would buy second-hand military vessels from a company against whom it had just won an arbitration over the purchase of three new vessels.

Anand: No secret boat deal with UK firm
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has said there's no secret deal with the Government and UK-based BAE Systems for the acquisition of second-hand boats.

AG: We saved $$ millions
Millions were spent to save this country millions more.

OPV FIGURES
Overall costs from 2007 to 2012

Government got lucky, says Rowley
This country got lucky and escaped liability to the tune of millions when Brazil purchased the three offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) after the People's Partnership Government cancelled the contract, says Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.

Ramlogan: 'Evening Times' got it wrong
Scottish newspaper, the Evening Times, yesterday clarified that its article, which stated that Trinidad and Tobago has to pay BAE Systems £130 million in compensation over the cancellation of three offshore patrol vessels, was wrong.

2 die after 9 shot in 4 hours
Boy among shooting victims

VAT not axed
Consumers who shop at small groceries were still paying prices that include the 15 percent value added tax (VAT), checks by Newsday revealed yesterday.

Govt seeks to cut CET from basic foods
Not satisfied with the removal of value added tax (VAT) from thousands of food items, Government is seeking to make basic food items even cheaper by removing the common external tariff (CET).

PM wants mangoes
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday raised this possibility as she also announced the State was reviewing the possibility of the removal of import duties from food items in a bid to further cut the price of food.

Rowley slams 'unhealthy' VAT-free items
Unhealthy food items such as maraschino cherries that are now value added tax (VAT)-free are of no benefit to consumers, says Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.

Mark: No 'attack' on Acting President
House Speaker Wade Mark yesterday denied Government's request to send Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley to the Privileges Committee for statements made about Acting President Timothy Hamel-Smith, ruling that Rowley's right to freedom of speech outside of the House cannot be governed by the rules of the Standing Orders.

ENERGYDRINKSALERT
Health Minister urges citizens to refrain from drinking 'supplement' following 13 suspected deaths in the US

Making Lindquist report public another Section 34, says Ramesh
Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj says the decision and reasoning of the Government in conducting a commission of enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of insurance giant Clico remain "questionable."

Section 34 delegation to meet President
A delegation of leaders, or groups, who have been campaigning against the People's Partnership Government over the Section 34 fiasco will meet with President George Maxwell Richards on November 20.

Sagicor reports $38m after tax profits
Declaring half-year dividends of US $3.25 per preference share and US $0.20 per common share Sagicor Financial Corporation, in its financial results for the nine months ended September 30, reported after tax profits of $38,596,000.

Former education minister sceptical of Dr Tim's plans
Former education minister Dr Adesh Nanan is sceptical about the Education Facilities Co Ltd's ability to achieve Government's planned construction of 100 primary and secondary schools in two years.

Teachers 'rest' at home
NINETY percent of the nation's teachers heeded their trade union's call to abandon students in classrooms across the country, and stay home to "rest and reflect" on Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) Stephanie Lewis' four to six percent salary increase offer.

Tim: Laptops for St Lucia pupils
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's brainchild of providing free laptops to secondary school pupils has extended to St Lucia.

DPP requests more info on Collin Partap probe
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is not required to return the file on the investigation into former Minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap to acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams if he needs additional information on it.

Kublalsingh continues hunger strike
Head of the Highway Re-route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is expected to stage the third day of his hunger strike outside the home of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Phillipine this morning.

Not enough being done for the disabled
In TT there are disabled people who are "shut ins" and do not have the opportunity to participate in national life.

Dana Seetahal: Enough Govt 'information'

Tony Deyal: All in Paula Broadwell

Make cameras effective

Mother charged with murder of son, 8
Hours before the funeral service of eight-year-old Dimario Ragoonanan yesterday his mother Marcia Harper appeared in court charged with his murder.

State witness identifies 2 cops who 'threatened' him
The State's main witness yesterday identified the two policemen whom he said had threatened him into giving false evidence in the trial of Ezra Bhagwandeen.

'Cops told me who to point out in ID parade'
JOHAAN Cruickshank Samuel, the State's main witness in the "Dominoes Murder Trial", who has been deemed to be a "hostile witness", testified yesterday he was told by a police officer who he should point out in an identification parade.

DPP orders release of woman who confessed to stabbing man
A 27-year-old woman who confessed to fatally stabbing a Chaguanas father of three after a domestic dispute last weekend has been released by police.



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