Politics

OWTU to buy Petrotrin refinery for US$700 million

Cab­i­net has agreed to se­lect Pa­tri­ot­ic En­er­gies and Tech­nolo­gies Com­pa­ny Ltd (PET­CL),- a com­pa­ny whol­ly owned by the Oil­field Work­ers Trade Union (OW­TU) as the pre­ferred bid­der for the sale of Petrotrin's re­fin­ery.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert in Par­lia­ment.

Protective Services personnel still awaiting priority housing

Approximately 400 officers from the protective services of T&T who are in need of priority housing are still awaiting allocation.

This was revealed during a media conference called on Thursday by the President of the Fire Services Association of T&T, Leo Ramkissoon along with the President of the Prisons Officers Association, Ceron Richards.

In 2008, the Housing Ministry through a cabinet note, states that members of the protective services will be allocated ten per cent of the housing stock.

Thousands of Venezuelans await registration cards

Three months af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion process end­ed thou­sands of Venezue­lans are yet to re­ceive their reg­is­tra­tion cards.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia, one Venezue­lan na­tion­al who re­quest­ed anonymi­ty said he has been work­ing in a su­per­mar­ket since June even though he does not have his reg­is­tra­tion card.

Kamla stays mum on tip-off allegations

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has re­spond­ed to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley on al­le­ga­tions that she had no knowl­edge that Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald was to be ar­rest­ed, telling UNC sup­port­ers last night that she had “no pip”.

She spoke at a UNC meet­ing at the New Grant Gov­ern­ment School in Moru­ga yes­ter­day.

Analysts: ‘Back off Mr Prime Minister’

For­mer di­rec­tor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tion­al Re­la­tions Prof Andy Knight sees Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s move to pen a let­ter to the British gov­ern­ment about an in­ac­cu­rate British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (BBC) doc­u­men­tary that there are 40,000 Venezue­lans in T&T as lu­di­crous.

His com­ments came two days af­ter Row­ley ob­ject­ed to the BBC re­port ti­tled The Dis­placed which was cir­cu­lat­ed on so­cial me­dia.

PM: Local election date soon

"Soon," was Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley's re­sponse to re­porters yes­ter­day when they asked him when the date for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tions will be an­nounced.

Row­ley the re­ply at a me­dia con­fer­ence about his re­cent trip to the Unit­ed States. Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment polls are con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly due be­tween No­vem­ber and ear­ly Feb­ru­ary. PNM of­fi­cials have pro­ject­ed that the elec­tion will be held lat­er this year since Car­ni­val 2020 takes place ear­ly next year.

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