100% fake news - PM's office discredits claim Paria Trading being sold

The Office of the Prime Minister says there is no truth to information being circulated that Paria Fuel Trading Company is being sold to Simpson Oil Limited (SOL).

Minister Stuart Young has issued a statement saying that an image and associated information making these claims are completely false.

The image began circulating on social media Monday morning.

"This is another desperate attempt by the UNC to mislead the public of Trinidad and Tobago," the minister said. 

PM hoping Windies door to change opened

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he hopes that the door to change has opened with the change of leadership in West Indies cricket.

Ricky Skerritt defeated former president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron 8-4 in Sunday's election.

Dr Rowley issued the following statement on Monday:

 "I am pleased to hope that a door to far-reaching progressive change is now open. 

This holds out the prospect for the effecting of the much-needed restructuring of the management of the regional game with some sense of purpose and urgency.

PM waiting on good bids for Paria Fuel

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley says if some­one is buy­ing, then the Gov­ern­ment will sell Paria Fu­el Trad­ing Com­pa­ny.

He made the com­ment yes­ter­day as he gave the Gov­ern­ment’s fi­nal stance on the com­pa­ny’s fu­ture at the post-Cab­i­net brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s.

He ex­plained that while the Gov­ern­ment had not yet put the com­pa­ny up for sale, it would in­deed be open to of­fers.

Lessons learnt from Greenvale disaster

Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young has said the Green­vale dis­as­ter has proved a ma­jor les­son for this coun­try con­cern­ing its ap­proach to dis­as­ter prepa­ra­tion.

The Min­is­ter ad­mit­ted that there were nu­mer­ous chal­lenges which came to the fore­front when flood wa­ters rose sud­den­ly last Oc­to­ber leav­ing scores of res­i­dents in dan­ger.

He was speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the Na­tion­al Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Base­line As­sess­ment Work­shop at the Hilton Trinidad on Wednes­day.

Labour Minister: OJT is pre-employment programme

The Min­istry of Labour and Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment has ex­tend­ed an as­sur­ance to re­trenched work­ers that they are dili­gent­ly work­ing on a plan to ad­dress the peren­ni­al is­sue in a struc­tured and well-or­ches­trat­ed man­ner.

In­di­cat­ing the re­al­i­ty of these per­sons had prompt­ed staff at the min­istry to en­sure that ro­bust, car­ing and durable mech­a­nisms are put in place, of­fi­cials re­port­ed they are cur­rent­ly purs­ing amend­ments to the Re­trench­ment and Sev­er­ance Ben­e­fits Act Chap­ter 88:13.

Griffith reaches out to MPs of all 41 constituencies

The Office of the Commissioner of Police says it has reached out to members of Parliament across 41 constituencies within the nine policing divisions of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen stakeholder partnerships and community engagement.

The statement says that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has written to all MPs indicating his willingness and availability to meet with them to discuss crime initiatives and strategies, which can be beneficial to their constituents and by extension, Trinidad and Tobago.

Caricom source thinks Trump out to split OAS vote

T&T blanked!

T&T’s Prime Min­is­ter Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley and the lead­ers of two oth­er coun­tries who re­cent­ly sought peace in Venezuela’s cri­sis aren’t among the five Caribbean lead­ers who’ve been in­vit­ed to meet US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to­mor­row on is­sues, in­clud­ing Venezuela.

While Row­ley wasn’t on that in­vi­ta­tion list, as word of Trump’s meet­ing was an­nounced by the White House yes­ter­day, US Am­bas­sador Joseph Mon­del­lo held dis­cus­sions with Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar at her Port-of-Spain of­fice.

Kamla meets US Ambassador

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has met with US Ambassador of the United States of America to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello.

A statement by the Office of the Leader of the Opposition says that several matters of national importance were discussed during the meeting, which took place at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Charles Street, Port of Spain.

The statement did not go into any further details.