Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Antoine: Huge inflated WASA invoices*

Oct. 13, 2015, 9:19 PM AST Comments

Allegations of corruption continued to take centre stage in the budget debate yesterday with Public Utilities Minister Ancil Antoine alleging a massive “racket” at Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) with contractors submitting inflated invoices for works done under the pipe-laying progr

Francis: Education Ministry full of rats*

Oct. 13, 2015, 9:18 PM AST Comments

The Education Ministry is infested with rats. This was revealed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis, during the budget debate in the House of Representatives yesterday. Noting that the Ministry of Education, which has traditionally received the largest allocation in

$12m spent on armoured vehicles*

Oct. 13, 2015, 9:14 PM AST Comments

A FORMER national security minister ordered six Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) at a cost of $12 million without the knowledge of the ministry’s permanent secretary, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said yesterday. “There was no procurement, he simply wanted six (APCs) and he

Garvin: I tried to reduce former AG’s legal fees*

Oct. 13, 2015, 9:13 PM AST Comments

Former attorney general Garvin Nicholas has admitted that he tried to address the issue of exorbitant legal fees being paid by the Office of the AG under his tenure and that of his predecessor Anand Ramlogan. Nicholas, who was a guest on yesterday’s TV6 Morning Edition, said he tried to addres

Duke detained during Tobago protest

Oct. 13, 2015, 9:11 PM AST Comments

Police have launched an investigation into protest action taken by Public Services Association (PSA) president and leader of the Progressive Democratic Party Watson Duke in Tobago yesterday. Duke was yesterday detained by Tobago police after leading a protest in the village of Roxborough. Assistant


Oct. 13, 2015, 9:7 PM AST Comments

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley slammed what he saw as the flying squandermania of former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, saying taxpayers had to pick up the $6 million tab for her helicopter travel around Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking in the budget debate in the House of Representatives yeste

Roodal: PM flew to Tobago too

Oct. 13, 2015, 9:6 PM AST Comments

WITHIN one month of being Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley has already used the National Security helicopter to go to Tobago, Opposition Chief Whip Dr Roodal Moonilal claimed last night. Moonilal made the statement during the budget debate at the House of Representatives, Tower D, International Water

Garcia: A runaway horse*

Oct. 13, 2015, 8:51 PM AST Comments

Jacked-up bills and kickbacks. This was the manner in which business was conducted at the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL), according to Education Minister Anthony Garcia, who said the new board will audit the accounts and investigate immediately. EFCL is a State enterprise that falls und

...Not so at all, says Gopeesingh

Oct. 13, 2015, 8:48 PM AST Comments

FORMER education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yesterday he could not be accused of having perpetrated the inequality in the distribution of educational resources, or of overseeing financial impropriety during his tenure. Gopeesingh, in a rebuttal to claims of possible impropriety in the ministry

Schoolgirl dies days after crash*

Oct. 13, 2015, 8:45 PM AST Comments

Police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Form Four pupil, who succumbed to her injuries following a vehicular accident last week. This is the second 17-year-old girl within the space of two weeks to die following a vehicular accident. Selena Brown died in similar circumstances last week.

British woman, husband get bail on drug, ammo charges*

Oct. 13, 2015, 8:39 PM AST Comments

A Trinidadian man and his wife, a British citizen, were yesterday granted bail in the sum of $25,000 each after appearing in court charged with the possession of marijuana and ammunition. Nigel Lloyd, 49, and his 59-year-old wife, Andrea Lloyd, were arrested after a search warrant was executed on Mo

Man shot dead in ‘reprisal killing’

Oct. 13, 2015, 8:37 PM AST Comments

One man is dead while another is at Port of Spain General Hospital in what police officers believe is a reprisal killing for a murder on Saturday night in Petit Valley. Yesterday’s victim has been identified as 20-year-old Omari Noel. Around 3.15 a.m., Noel and his relatives were at their home

‘Couva Children’s Hospital will need 2,400 workers’*

Oct. 13, 2015, 8:35 PM AST Comments

THE State will need to find at least 2,400 staff members to work at Couva Children's Hospital when it becomes fully operational. The hospital, which has become a big topic during the current budget debate, is not yet opened for public use, although construction on the building has been completed. Sh