TTPS: Avoid elections-related offences

As the day for local government elections gets closer, the police service is reminding citizens to respect each other’s constitutional right to campaign for—and support the political party of—their choice.

The TTPS’ Sergeant Ashraf Ali is encouraging citizens to get familiar with the Representation of the People Act, which documents the various offences that should not be committed during election time.

PM holds talks with IDB

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a team of accompanying ministers and other Government officials today met with a high-level team from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno led the team of officials who represented the bank.

The meeting was held at the Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie, St Anns.

International: US CIA Chief holds secret meeting with Kim Jong Un

 US President Donald Trump has confirmed that CIA director Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

 Trump tweeted on Wednesday that a "good relationship" was formed at the meeting last week,

News of the visit first emerged on Tuesday.

US officials were quoted as saying the aim was to prepare a summit between Trump and Kim.

Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang.

But the unexpected and clandestine meeting marks the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000.

President meets with Independent Senators today

President Paula-Mae Weekes will meet with Independent Senators this afternoon. 

A statement by the Office of the President says that following upon the request on February 2nd 2018 of the coordinator of the Independent Bench Senator Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir for a one-on-one meeting with then President-Elect Weekes, “to discuss matters of relevance to the Independent Bench”, Her Excellency has decided to take the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the Independent Bench.

Abdullah stopped from entering Diplomatic Centre for meeting with PM

Head of the Islamic Front, Umar Abdullah was this afternoon barred from entering the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's.

Several Muslim leaders were invited by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for a meeting.

However, Abdullah says he saw that his name was highlighted in yellow on an attendance sheet.

He was then told without reason that he was not allowed in.

We will have more on this and the meeting later on.

Opposition Leader renews call for meeting on anti-gang legislation

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, has today repeated her call for an urgent meeting with the Government to discuss ways in which the Government and Opposition can work together in the fight against crime and the criminal element.

The Opposition Leader today responded to correspondence sent by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

The following is a statement by the United National Congress:

Opposition Leader: Meeting on presidential candidate was "cordial and productive"

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has described today’s meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and his team to discuss the nomination of an individual for the position of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as “cordial and productive.”

Persad-Bissessar indicated to the Prime Minister that the Opposition is keen on working with the Government to move this process forward, in the interests of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

PM invites Opposition Leader to meet on Friday

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has invited Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and a team to meet with him and a team on Friday.

A statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister and signed by Minister Stuart Young, confirms that the invitation was sent via email on Tuesday morning.

"I have sent you an email this morning inviting you and a small Opposition team to meet with the Honourable Prime Minister and a small Government team, on Friday January 05, 2018, at 10.00 am at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's," the letter said.