The murder figure in Tobago now stands at three for the year, after a 29 year old woman was stabbed to death on Monday morning.
Kent House, Maraval. November 28th, 2016: As the person responsible for the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government at this time, I would like to extend my thanks to all candidates who have offered themselves as local government representatives in this election. Taking on the task of representing your community is one which requires humility and bravery. So we all applaud you on stepping up, and for a race well run.
The Ministry of Health has issued an advisory regarding the use of HIV home testing kits. In a release issues a short while ago the Ministry warned members of the public about the practice and advised that the get tested at a to get tested at a Ministry of Health approved testing site.
The releases stated that persons using the homes testing method is not reviewed or approved by the Ministry and may lead to self-diagnosis outside of a supportive environment where they can be linked to clinical services for follow-up care for themselves or those that they care about.
The Ministry of Health reiterates, that if you have concerns about your HIV status, please present yourself to a quality assured Ministry of Health testing site for further evaluation.
For information on testing locations, persons may contact the HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit at 624-0116/ 627-2004.
The EBC has announced the relocation of two polling stations in the district of California/Point Lisas. A release issued by the election body a short while ago stated that of an administrative error caused the move.
According to the release electors from Polling Division 3185 are now required to vote at Esperanza Presbyterian Primary School, Hosein Street, Dow Village, California, instead of Dow Village Government Primary School, and electors in Polling Division 3190 are now required to vote at Dow Village Government Primary School, Dow Village, California.
The High Court ruled in favour of the UNC on Sunday morning, throwing out the ILP'S bid to removeShazar Ali the UNC’s candidate for the Munroe Road/Caroni Savannah district. The Political Leader of the UNC Kamla Persad Bissessar described the victory as a precedent for the party's fate come tomorrow.
Housing Minister Randall Mitchell says the Housing Development Corporation’s home distribution drive is not an election ploy, as the Opposition has charged. Speaking at a Presentation of Keys Ceremony held at Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies in Valsayn, Mitchell said that his Ministry and the HDC were merely delivering the service they were changed with.
Since the announcement of a “1,000 new houses by the end of December” was made a little over a week ago, Mitchell and the HDC have faced heavy criticism from former Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and other Opposition members. To this Mitchell said: “Since my announcement (at a similar key distribution function, National Academy for the Performing Arts’ South campus, San Fernando), those opposed to us have criticised and condemned this as an election ploy. If housing 1,000 families is an election ploy, we at the HDC will be happily and merrily ‘ploying’ all the way to Christmas,” he said.
Mitchell added: “We are simply doing our jobs, in a season where family and goodwill is extremely important to all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. So, I would simply say to Dr Moonilal.... just give me a chance. Allow me to do the work for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and you, the new owners.”
Mitchell said under the former administration, the HDC only focused on providing contracts to contractors, but not giving the houses to those in need. He explained that the last administration spent $5.5 billion to build 3,900 housing units. While the prior PNM administration spent $5 billion to build 16,000 units.
He further stated that there were about 1,500 hundred housing units that fell into the unfinished or vandalised category. The homes he said fell into a state of disrepair due to negligence and it is the job of the HDC to manage the situation as best as possible with limited resources. On his initial announcement of plans to sell the homes "as is" at no reduced cost, the Minister said this would be finalized after the HDC drafts a policy to be presented to Cabinet.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia has blamed parents for the delinquent and violent behaviour of some students at the nation’s schools. The Minister made the comments during a press conference at the El Dorado West Secondary School today after a video of a fight at the school went viral.
Describing the behaviour of the attackers in the video as that of “a mob”, Garcia said that the actions and inaction of some parents were allowing students to develop a disrespectful attitude towards those in authority and other students.
An investigation into the video, which recently started to circulate on multiple social media platforms, indicated that the incident took place a little over a month ago. The Minister said that he and officials at the School have requested a meeting with the students, who were involved, and their parents. He said that decisive action would be taken against those involved and assured more would be done to curb violence in the nation’s schools.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended condolences to the Cuban people following the passing of Fidel Castro. In a release issued this evening Dr Rowley said Castro’s passing marked “an end of an iconic period of history not only for the Caribbean and Latin American Region, but also for the world”. He added that Trinidad and Tobago and other CARICOM nations, have long enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations with Cuba and expressed hope that those relations would continue.
Here’s the Full Release titled: PM Rowley Extends Condolences on The Passing Of Fidel Castro
On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, it is with great sadness that I extend deepest condolences to the Government and people of Cuba and to his family on the passing of former President, Fidel Castro, who was one of the world’s longest serving leaders.
A letter expressing condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago has been dispatched to His Excellency General Raul Modesto Castro Ruiz, President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba. Our prayers accompany them in their time of grief.\
The people of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed many of our CARICOM nations, have long enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations with Cuba. The passing of Fidel Castro marks an end of an iconic period of history not only for the Caribbean and Latin American Region, but also for the world.
Again, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend our deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Cuba.
May he rest in peace.
Cricket Roundup: Zimbabwe defeated the West Indies by 5 runs, albeit via the Duckworth-Lewis method, in a rain affected Tri-Series Semi-Final; and rain has washed out the entire 1st day of the regional 4-day match between the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Leeward Islands hurricanes at the Queen's Park Oval.
C Sports continues to follow closely the developments out of the TTFA's sacking of Head Coach Stephen Hart.