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Hon. Vernella Alleyne-
Minister of State in the Ministry of
the People and Social Development
and Member for Tobago East
Mrs. Alleyne-Toppin was rst
elected to the House of
Representatives on May 24, 2010, as the
Member for Tobago East. She was appointed
Minister of Tobago Development on May 28,
2010 and then as Minister of State in the
Ministry of the People and Social Development
on June 25, 2012. Mrs. Alleyne-Toppin is also
currently a member of the JSC on Municipal
Corporations and Service Commissions.
Constituency O ce: Bldg. No. 5 Breadfruit Alley,
Argyle, Tobago. Tel/Fax: 660-6775.
Mr. Hugh Russell Ian Roach rst
entered Parliament as a
Senator on March 26, 2013. He
was appointed an Independent
Senator on August 2, 2013. Mr. Roach serves as
the Vice-Chairman of the JSC on Municipal
Corporations and Service Commissions. An
Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Roach's appointment to
the Senate is distinguished by the fact that he
is the rst di erently-abled person to serve on
the Independent bench.
Sen. H.R. Ian Roach
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LIVE - FRIDAY DECEMBER 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. -- 34th Meeting of the Joint Select
Committee on Municipal Corporations and
The Committee will hold a public hearing with
o cials of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.
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The House will continue debate on the Public
Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (No 2)
LIVE TUESDAY DECEMBER 9, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 12th Sitting of the Senate
Debate will commence on the Precursor Chemicals
(No. 2) Bill, 2014. This Bill requires a three- fths
majority in order to be passed.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN PARLIAMENT
FROM DECEMBER 05 TO 11, 2014
The first Christmas card was created in England
on December . The first commercial
Christmas card to be sold was designed by Lon
don artist John Calcott Horsley. He was hired by a wealthy
British man to design a card that showed people feeding
and clothing the poor alongside a picture of a Christmas
party and read Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
to you .
Of the original 000 cards printed only remain today.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right,
kisses Pope Francis' head during an ecumenical
prayer at the Patriarchal Church of St George in
Istanbul November 29. The two major branches
of Christianity represented by Bartholomew and
Francis split in 1054 over differences on the
power of the papacy. The two spiritual heads
will participate in an ecumenical liturgy and sign
a joint declaration in the ongoing attempt to
reunite the churches. AP PHOTO
VATICAN CITY---The Vatican s economy minister
has said hundreds of millions of euros were found
"tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See
departments without having appeared in the city-
state s balance sheets.
In an article for Britain s Catholic Herald Magazine
to be published today, Australian Cardinal George
Pell wrote that the discovery meant overall Vatican
finances were in better shape than previously
"In fact, we have discovered that the situation is
much healthier than it seemed, because some hun-
dreds of millions of euros were tucked away in par-
ticular sectional accounts and did not appear on the
balance sheet," he wrote.
"It is important to point out that the Vatican is
not broke ... the Holy See is paying its way, while
possessing substantial assets and investments," Pell
said, according to an advance text made available
Pell did not suggest any wrongdoing but said Vat-
ican departments had long had "an almost free
hand" with their finances and followed "long-estab-
lished patterns" in managing their affairs.
Pell is an outsider from the English-speaking
world transferred by Pope Francis from Sydney to
Rome to oversee the Vatican s often muddled finances
after decades of control by Italians.
In his article, Pell said the reforms were "well
under way and already past the point where the
Vatican could return to the bad old days ." (Reuters)
millions of euros
"In fact, we have discovered that
the situation is much healthier
than it seemed, because some
hundreds of millions of euros
were tucked away in particular
sectional accounts and did not
appear on the balance sheet." ---
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