Trinidad : Prime Minister Patrick Manning in Cuba as speculation remains on new Minister of Energy

Posted on Friday 13 January 2006

Port of Spain, 13 Jan. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Prime Minister Patrick Manning returns from Cuba January 14 in the night as speculation remains high over who he intends to appoint as the new Minister of Energy and Energy Industries.
Manning was in Cuba, for what Whitehall called a routine medical check-up.
In October, 2004, Manning went to Cuba to have a pacemaker implanted to regularise his heartbeat and has returned to the communist Caribbean state several times for such check-ups.
He left for Cuba on January 12 in the morning without announcing a replacement for Port-of-Spain South MP (...)

Trinidad : Prime Minister Patrick Manning restates Petro Caribe warning

Posted on Thursday 12 January 2006

Port of Spain, 12 Jan. 06 [AlterPresse] --- While there may be distinct negatives for the oil industry in T&T from Venezuela’s Petro Caribe agreement, it could be even more dangerous for Caricom states looking for oil on soft terms, Prime Minister Patrick Manning has reiterated, the Stabroek News reported yesterday.
Speaking in Georgetown, Guyana, at the Caricom Secretariat in Liliendaal, Manning said discussions on the issue at the level of Caricom, on the positives and negatives for T&T and member states, have begun and they would continue at the Inter-Sessional Meeting of the (...)

Trinidad - Kidnapping : US Embassy’s advisory stays

Posted on Wednesday 11 January 2006

Port of Spain, 11 Jan. 06 [AlterPresse] --- The US Embassy says it is not going to alter its travel advisory to this country because of the recent discovery of the body of kidnap victim Balliram Maharaj.
The US Army veteran was kidnapped from the Saaman Tree Bar in Aranguez on April 6, last year.
Parts of his severed body was found last Sunday in a plastic barrel and styrofoam cooler in two holes in a forested area in Grand Curacaye, Santa Cruz. Yesterday, officials of the US Embassy said they had no intention of issuing a travel advisory because of the recent grisly find and offered no (...)

Trinidad - Corruption : Williams’ bail increased to $.6m

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 10th Jan 06 [AlterPresse] --- A day after he resigned as Energy Minister, Port-of-Spain South MP Eric Williams was yesterday granted bail in the sum of $.6 million when he appeared in court on seven charges of misbehaviour in public office.
Early yesterday morning, Williams, who consistently maintained his innocence of the charge that he accepted a total of $75,000 from PNM councillor Dansam Dhansook in 2003, as bribes for a seismic contract in Pt Galeota, surrendered to Fraud Squad head Supt Glenroy Woodley at Fraud Squad’s Richmond Street offices, where (...)

Trinidad : Government to purchase four helicopters for war against drugs

Posted on Friday 6 January 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 6 Jan. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Government is purchasing four armed helicopters specifically to launch an aerial assault on the drug and arms trades, which are at the heart of crime in T&T, says Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
Manning insists, though, they will not be military aircraft and will be used to deal with existing weaknesses in T&T’s drug interdiction capability.
Manning made the disclosure as he addressed the crime issue during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference-first for the year-at White Hall in Port-of-Spain.
On Saturday, the (...)

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