Opposition criticises government's response to flooding in south

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is criticising the government for being absent during flooding in south Trinidad. 

In a release Persad- Bissessar said as thousands of citizens in central and south Trinidad homes remain inundated with floodwaters, the prime minister and members of this government are nowhere to be found.

She wants to remind the prime minister that he is not the prime minister of PNM constituencies alone and that he is duty-bound to protect all citizens.

Weed bill passed in House, goes to Senate today

Gov­ern­ment’s bill to al­low peo­ple to use lim­it­ed amounts of mar­i­jua­na was passed in Par­lia­ment on Wednes­day night and changes made to the bill in­clude al­low­ing peo­ple who have a charge for pos­ses­sion of few­er than 60 grammes of “weed” to seek a dis­charge from the court.

Opposition wants JSC to examine weed bills

Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Fuad Khan yes­ter­day sug­gest­ed that the Cannabis Con­trol Bill and the Dan­ger­ous Drug Bill be sent be­fore a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee (JSC) be­cause they are too op­pres­sive and dra­con­ian and need to be re­worked.

PNM gears up in Siparia

As the new­ly elect­ed coun­cil­lors of the Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion took their oath of of­fice yes­ter­day, Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) mem­bers are al­ready gear­ing up to let their voic­es be heard.

Their voic­es are all they have as out­go­ing chair­man Dr Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh con­firmed that the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress now has the ma­jor­i­ty to win all votes. 

Minister: 180,000 still awaiting HDC homes

As the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) dis­trib­uted new homes to 244 fam­i­lies yes­ter­day, Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon said this was a small fig­ure com­pared to the 180,000 ap­pli­cants in its data­base.

“That’s just a small drop in the ocean com­pared to the 180,000 per­sons who are wait­ing for units. You are not con­sid­er­ing your­selves lucky, but con­sid­er your­selves in a good po­si­tion this morn­ing,” Dil­lon told re­cip­i­ents at a dis­tri­b­u­tion cer­e­mo­ny in Cy­press Hills, San Fer­nan­do.