UNC loses election petitions appeal

The United National Congress (UNC) has lost its novel challenge over the dismissal of its election petitions for five marginal seats in the 2015 General Elections.

Delivering a 43-page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, Appellate Judges Justice Gregory Smith, Justice Mark Mohammed, and Justice Peter Rajkumar dismissed the appeal, in which the Opposition party was seeking to overturn the decision of another three-member appeal panel. That panel had upheld the decision of High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer to dismiss the petitions in October 2016.

UK promises great relationship with Caribbean after Brexit

High Commissioner says not many Trinbagonians caught up in Windrush issue

The British High Commissioner has confirmed that not many Trinbagonians are caught up in the ongoing Windrush scandal that rocked the UK a couple years ago.

His Excellency Tim Stew made the statement, as the Boris Johnson Government is set to transport up to 50 people to Jamaica on February 11th. It is the second major deportation of its type since the first a couple years ago, under the Theresa May Administration.

President Trump cleared in impeachment trial

President Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to oust him from office that bitterly divided the US.

The Senate, run by the president's fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and by 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.

Democrats charged Mr Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival.

In November, Mr Trump will be the first impeached president to go for election.

Source:  BBC

Still no report into chopper crash months later

More than eight months since a Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty he­li­copter crashed in Windy Hill Arou­ca, a re­port about the in­ci­dent still has not been re­leased from the Civ­il Avi­a­tion Au­thor­i­ty to Na­tion­al He­li­copters Ser­vice Lim­it­ed.

This was re­vealed by Chair­man of the com­pa­ny Lar­ry McIn­tosh be­fore a Pub­lic Ac­counts (En­ter­pris­es) Com­mit­tee meet­ing on Mon­day af­ter he was asked by com­mit­tee chair­man Wade Mark about the crash.

Residents protest bad roads in Cunupia

Fed up with the deplorable state of roads in their community, the residents of Mc Nair New Trace, Cunupia, staged a protest demonstration on Monday.

Latchman Maharaj, resident and spokesman, said the roads and drains are in such a deplorable state that the drains are just a few inches lower that the roadway.

“The road is going down into the drain and blocking the drains. Whenever the rains come we have flooding taking place.”

Khan: Dragon will dance

Trinidad and To­ba­go is like­ly to de­vel­op all of the 10 tril­lion cu­bic feet of nat­ur­al gas in the Lo­ran and Man­a­tee gas fields, ac­cord­ing to En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklyn Khan.

Speak­ing at the Hy­att Re­gency on Tues­day, on the sec­ond day of the En­er­gy Cham­ber’s 2020 En­er­gy Con­fer­ence, Khan said while the agree­ment is to in­de­pen­dent­ly de­vel­op the Man­a­tee and Lo­ran fields, it was log­i­cal to as­sume that once first gas comes to T&T, then the Venezue­lans al­so are like­ly to al­low the re­sources in Lo­ran to be pro­duced here, as well.

Young links UNC deputy to murder accused

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has al­leged that a deputy po­lit­i­cal leader of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) has been in con­tact with a mur­der ac­cused who was al­so in­volved in the Life­S­port project.

He made the al­le­ga­tions in the Sen­ate yes­ter­day dur­ing de­bate on a pri­vate mo­tion brought by the Op­po­si­tion, which con­demned the Gov­ern­ment for its fail­ure to deal with crime.

“Some of the seeds that was sown in 2010 to 2015 that are lead­ing to the dif­fi­cul­ties we face as a so­ci­ety to­day,” Young said.

Mark accuses Govt of hijacking Constitution

For­mer House Speak­er Wade Mark has ac­cused the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion of hi­jack­ing this coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion and bla­tant­ly ig­nor­ing clear­ly out­lined pow­ers of sep­a­ra­tion to make de­ci­sions over-step­ping their au­thor­i­ty.