Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 11th 2015 Contents Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
is thanking the mothers of the country
for their contribution in building
In her Mother s Day message, the
PM paid tribute to mothers who run
home and communities.
"Today, as we fondly recall our own
personal memories of our mother, let
us also pay tribute to all the mothers who
have worked at the forefront to shape our
nation, those who work quietly in the back-
ground shaping and supporting the ideals of
their children and the many others who work
tirelessly everyday to keep their families
together, nurture their children and protect
She added, "In T&T, we are well aware
that many of our mothers face the joys and
trials of motherhood without significant male
support. In this regard my government has
put in place many initiatives to reduce the
burden of care encountered by many of our
mothers particularly our new, young moth-
The Prime Minister urged all mothers to
continue to continue their "innovativeness"
in building family life and the country.
"To the mothers; grandmothers; stepmoth-
ers; sisters, aunts and fathers who also take
on the role of mother, I salute your strength,
your innovativeness, your selflessness. For
all that you have given to us, I thank you."
She also pointed to several Government
programmes which she said have been assist-
ing mothers to build a better life.
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The ruling United National Congress (UNC) will this
morning seek nomination of candidates to contest all 41
seats in this year s general election, which is expected to
be held no later than September 17.
One week ago, party leader and Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar said nominations will begin today.
No date has as yet been announced for the election, which
Persad-Bissessar has repeatedly said she would call when it
was constitutionally due.
The last constitutional date for the election is September
17, which is three months after the Parliament is dissolved.
Contacted for comment yesterday, interim party chairman,
Khadijah Ameen said since Persad-Bissessar s announcement
of the opening date for nomination "several people have
expressed an interest in seeking nomination."
She said "among those who have expressed an interest are
people of a national note. We will have some interesting per-
sonalities seeking nomination."
She said the UNC will invite and approve nominations for
all 41 constituencies in the country.
She said the other three member units of the People s Part-
nership coalition---the Congress of the People (COP), the
Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) and the National
Joint Action Committee (NJAC)---have agreed that each party
invite and approve nominations from as many seats as possible
and at the appropriate time the leaders and campaign teams
will meet to negotiate which seat each party will contest on
the PP ticket.
In the 2010 general election, the UNC won 21 seats, the
COP, 6 and the TOP, 2.
Ameen said the nomination forms will be available from
9 am at the UNC headquarters, Rienzi Complex, Couva.
No date for the closure of the nomination process was
announced by Persad-Bissessar but Ameen said yesterday
that it was expected to be shortly after the election
date is announced.
Ameen said the nominees must be people with
"a good financial standing" in the party.
His or her nomination form must be endorsed by
40 people from the constituency.
She said incumbent MPs were also free to seek re-
Sources have hinted at major changes in the candidates
for the upcoming election.
The ministers of the People and Social Development and
Sport, Christine Hosein and Brent Sancho are tipped to contest
two seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
And COP party leader, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister
Prakash Ramadhar called an emergency meeting of all COP
MPs last Tuesday, less than 24 four hours after Persad-
Bissessar said nominations for UNC candidates were to begin
The one-hour inconclusive meeting took place at Ramadhar s
MP office. Sources say the COP has not as yet made any
official announcement on nomination of candidates.
The breakaway faction of the COP---the country s newest
party ---the Alliance of Independents, at its launch last week
said it contest 12 of the 41 seats.
The interim leader of the AOI is former parliamentary sec-
retary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nicole Dyer-Grif-
The Opposition PNM has already approved 40 prospective
candidates. It s screening committee is expected to meet with
the Chaguanas East constituency soon to choose a candidate
for that constituency.
Opposition Senator Diane Baldeo-Chadeesingh was chosen
months ago but she subsequently withdrew her candidacy.
The constituency executive are insisting that Nal Ramsingh
be accepted as the replacement candidate but this has not
been accepted by the screening committee.
At the last meeting two weeks ago, the constituency exec-
utive walked out of the meeting with the screening committee
over the matter.
No date has been announced for a fresh meeting to approve
the PNM s prospective candidate for Chaguanas East.
41 UNC seats
T&T s new gold polymer $50 note has
won an international Banknote of the Year
award, according to a release from by the
The note, produced in December 2014,
topped entries from several countries, includ-
ing Israel, Poland, Thailand and the Domini-
The contest was hosted by the International
Bank Note Society (IBNS), whose website
described the contest as an initiative to recog-
nise one exceptional banknote issued each
Nominations closed on January 31, 2015
and the winner was chosen at the society s
first board meeting this year.
The Central Bank said the $50 note "won
by a landslide, earning votes from thousands
of IBNS banknote collectors from around the
The bank said: "Over 90 percent of feed-
back we ve received on the polymer $50 has
It said there have been "calls to introduce
a new suite of notes made from the safer,
more durable polymer material and similar
When the note was introduced last year,
there was objection from some citizens who
expressed concern about the design.
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