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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Senator: Use EBC data to find best system

TEMPORARY Independent Senator Dr Sharon Legall has suggested the data the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has from previous elections be tested to determine exactly which electoral system would be the best fit for this country. Read more »

  • Robinson-Regis: Change of rules to gain advantage

    ONCE the People’s National Movement (PNM) is voted into office they will immediately repeal the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 if it is passed in the Upper House, Opposition Senator Camille Robinson-Regis has said. Read More »

  • OWTU: Chick V in Arima

    There are cases of the chikungunya virus close to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) compound in Arima, vice president of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Peter Burke has said. Read More »

  • Hadeed: We are fixing the problem with ’62 constitution

    THE People’s National Movement (PNM) has “agent provocateurs” placed in strategic places, including the media and the Law Association, who come out of the “woodwork” and try to halt any legislation that is opposed to that political party, Tourism Minister Senator Gerald Hadeed has said. Read More »

  • Seebaran-Suite sworn in as EOC chairman

    Attorney Lynette See­baran-Suite was sworn in on Wednesday as a member and chairman of the Equal Op­portunity Commission (EOC) by President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona. Read More »

  • Telephone problems at primary schools

    Principals and teachers were expected to return to school yesterday in preparation for the opening of the new school term next week. But most schools are without working telephones, says Lynsley Doodhai, second vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA). Read More »

  • SPLIT VOTE

    Support for the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was last night split among the Indepen­dent senators. Speaking in the Senate, at Tower D, International Water­front Centre, Port of Spain, du­ring day two of the debate on the bill, Dr Dhaneshwar Mahabir recommended, with respect to the run-off aspect, Government adopt the French model of 20 per cent of the votes instead of the proposed 50 per cent. With such an amendment, he felt he could support the bill. Read More »

  • Analyst: Bill not an 'election gimmick’

    Though it has been called an “election gimmick” by members of the public opposed to its passing, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 is no such thing. Political analyst Dr Indira Rampersad gave this opinion yesterday, during a telephone interview with the Express. Read More »

  • T&T entering unchartered waters, says Small

    TRINIDAD and Tobago will be ente­ring “unchartered waters” with the package of legislation being proposed in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Independent Senator David Small has said. Small said only one country in the world, Kirabati (pronounced KIRR-i-bas), currently has both the run-off and recall provisions included in their constitution. Read More »

  • AG: Right-of-recall a powerful weapon

    ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday the right-of-recall mechanism proposed by the Government in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 is a “weapon” that should not be ignored. Read More »

  • Protest over notice to leave Salvatori

    About 35 small business proprietors took up position outside Parliament last evening to protest a notice from the Port of Spain City Corporation which said they had to leave Salvatori Building, Port of Spain, by Sunday. Read More »

  • Race, religion spoiling the country, says Roach

    INDEPENDENT Senator Ian Roach, in an impassioned delivery yesterday, said race, religion and geographic location are “spoiling” the country. Roach, who was clear about his rejection of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 that was debated in the Senate again yesterday, at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, said he lived in South Africa for 20 years before returning to Trinidad and Tobago and, on coming back, he found the country was not the same place. Read More »

  • No cooperation from the people

    Independent Senator Dr Victor Wheeler says unless the Government holds a referendum on the measures in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014, he would not support the legislation “as presented”. Read More »

  • Tewarie supports MPs constituency fund

    PLANNING and Development Minister Senator Dr Bhoe Tewarie has defended Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s confirmation in the Senate Tuesday of a constituency fund for MPs, saying there was nothing wrong with the timing of the disclosure. Read More »

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