MATT against Cyber Crime Bill

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago has called for the withdrawal of the Cyber Crime Bill.
The bill was once again brought before the lower house on Friday, after initially being introduced in March 2014.
In a release today, MATT said the bill contains aspects that infringe on journalists' freedom to gather and report information and "threatens to criminalize and imprison journalists who report on documents obtained from whistleblowers and to undermine the ethical obligation of journalists to protect the identities of confidential sources."
Matt notes that many of the provisions that were challenged in 2014 were retained in the most recent reading of the bill in Parliament.
The release adds that while laws that protect digital information systems are pertinent in an evolving digital environment, MATT notes that the Bill provides no media exemption, consideration for public interest journalism or watchdog investigations. 

Concern over land for ex-Caroni workers

More concerns over land for Ex-Caroni workers.

The Head of the All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers Trade Union, Nirvan Maharaj, alleges that land has been taken from the ex-Caroni workers to be used for government purposes.

He is calling for an investigation.

The president of the union, and a team toured a number of sites identified for ex-Caroni workers on Saturday.

Maharaj is alleging that lands already allocated to some ex-Caroni workers have been taken away and are to be used for other purposes.

Over at factory road, Mr. Maharaj said there are still over four thousand ex-Caroni workers to receive leases and there is the suggestion that some of them will not get their due.

Mr. Maharaj says he will report to his membership next Saturday in mass meeting on this matter.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Rudranath Indarsingh assures they have not forgotten ex Caroni workers.

Speaking at a Caroni Workers Lease Distribution in Debe on Friday, the Minister explained that the government had absorbed the cost of over $200 million dollars to reverse a previous government's decision to impose additional costs on those who decided to turn form Caroni 1975 limited land into residential lots.

The Minister also explained other changes made from the previous administration which allowed all Caroni workers to access the land.

The People's National Movement says their MPs will return to Parliament on Friday.
Following the party's general council meeting at Balisier House, PNM chairman Franklin Khan explained that the MPs will return to debate motions put forward by the party on Private Member's Day.
The PNM boycott of the Lower House will come to an end, for at least one day, on Private members day, Friday May 22nd.
This was announced by party chairman Franklin Khan following their general council meeting on Saturday.
Khan explained that PNM had noticed government has doubled up on sittings, holding Parliament on Wednesdays & Fridays with the possible intention to declare opposition seats vacant due to absence from six consecutive sittings.
Khan said the Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley advised Mps to return on Friday, while also taking into consideration that Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon has a motion on the agenda for debate in relation to the Soldado Project at Trinmar for Private Members day.
The PNM Mps have stayed away from parliament since May 8, two days after Dr. Rowley was suspended.
They have missed three sittings since Rowley's suspension. Friday 22nd would be the fifth sitting since Dr. Rowley's suspension.
The PNM chairman added that Diego Martin North East MP Colm Imbert is also expected to raise a motion on Friday to open further discussion over Dr. Rowley's suspension.
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner's motion to rescind Dr. Rowley's suspension was shot down by house speaker Wade Mark on Friday.
Leader of the Independent Liberal Party - Austin Jack Warner said he expected to have his motion to rescind the suspension of the Opposition Leader from the house, defeated.
On Friday, Mr. Warner attempted to have the suspension of Dr Keith Rowley from parliament withdrawn but the speaker Wade Mark, ruled that the matter did not qualify as one of definite and urgent public importance.
The Independent Liberal Party leader says the motion will be debated on May 22nd and it is the only matter up for debate on that day.
Mr. Warner meanwhile debunked any notion that his party at this time, is planning to join with the People's National Movement.

The People's National Movement's decision to return to the Parliament this Friday is being viewed as strategic by Political Analyst Dr. Hamid Ghany.

Bharath assures economy still robust

Trade Minister Vasant Bharath has revealed the country's financial position in light of the Moody's downgrade.

Good morning. It’s good to be here at this 20th Caribbean Geological Conference that is being hosted by the GSTT.


The Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago advises members of the public that the following have been proclaimed by His Excellency President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago:

Caroni East MP Dr. Tim Gopeesingh says he wants to contest the seat again in the 2015 General Election.

The Member of Parliament for Pointe-a-Pierre, Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Errol Mc Leod, has hinted at bowing out of public life.

Tobago Channel 5 cameraman Nkem Scotland has been charged with obstructing a police officer while on duty and resisting arrest.

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