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Ministries and the Judiciary. But he left in the evening
and wasn't present for conclusion of SFC deliber-
ations, despite the fact that he'd said earlier he had
questions on in the increases for National Security,
Legal Affairs, Justice, Tobago Development Ministry,
Trade and Housing.
The Lower House meets at 10 am today to approve
the SFC changes, PP House leader Roodal Moonilal
said. During the session, Works Minister Suruj Ram-
bachan said preliminary work will begin in the next
three to four weeks on the Mayaro Highway.
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Government s 2015 Appropriation pack-
age for T&T is being varied by increases
of $2.1 billion involving the shift of certain
sums from some ministries to others, fol-
lowing deliberations by Parliament s
Standing Finance Committee on Wednes-
The variation involves decreasing funding
to four ministries and shifting the extra
funds to 31 other ministries and entities.
People's Partnership (PP) Minister in the
Ministry of Finance Rudy Indarsingh yes-
terday made it clear, however, that the move
doesn't increase the 2015 Budget beyond its
$68 billion level, but sums not being used
in certain ministries are being shifted around
to increase amounts to other agencies.
Finance Minister Larry Howai has said
variation doesn't mean increasing the Budget
figure but simply varying sums in agencies
while supplementation - which is not being
done by the SFC deliberations - involves
adding extra funds. Howai had said the SFC
variation was in keeping with Government's
mandate to suppress expenditure due to
lower oil prices.
In the SFC deliberations, funding in four
ministries, ranging from a high of $1.4 billion
(in the Finance Ministry) to a low of $20
million (Social Development), is being
decreased while extra funding from those
areas are being shifted to increase funds for
31 state agencies/ministries. This includes
National Security, Tobago House of Assem-
bly, the Elections and Boundaries Commis-
sion and the Judiciary.
Among those receiving increased funding,
the Education Ministry received the largest
sum ($579m) as well as National Security
Sums from decreases in the four ministries
are also going to fund matters such as pay-
ment of salary increases and retroactive
payment for public servants currently being
computed and due to be paid from this
month into August.
SFC deliberations began at 1 pm Wednes-
day and was suspended at 1.49 pm after
dealing with 16 entities and resuming at
7.45 that night to complete the other 19.
ILP leader Jack Warner was the sole oppo-
sition MP questioning Government on the
shifts as PNM MPs continued their boycott
of Parliament, which started last month in
support of suspended PNM leader Dr Keith
Warner had questioned Government on
the changes for funding at the Finance,
Finance Ministry - $1.4
prises - $693.8m
Ministry of the
ment - $68m
Auditor General -
Judiciary - $73.7m
Industrial court - $1.8m
Parliament - $11.2m
Service Commissions -
Service Commission -
Elections and Bound-
aries Commission -
Tax Appeal Board -
and Certification Board -
Public Service Appeal
Board - $617,140
Office of the Prime
Minister - $15.2m
Tobago House of As-
sembly - $110m
National Security Min-
Attorney General -
Legal Affairs - $31.4m
Food Production - $55m
Education - $579m
Public Administration -
Transport - $69.2m
sion - $1.2m
Local Government -
Trade, Industry, Invest-
ment, Communications -
Justice - $36.9m
Tobago Development -
ment - $75m
Foreign Affairs - $32.4m.
Gender, Youth, Child De-
velopment - $4.8m
Development - $16m
FULL LIST OF VARIATIONS
That's the challenge thrown out by Con-
gress of the People (COP) leader Prakash
Ramadhar to embattled ILP leader Jack
Warner on evidence Warner claims to
Responding to Warner's "address to the
nation" on Wednesday, Ramadhar yester-
day stated, "For too long we, the people of
T&T, have endured the self serving mind
games meted out by Mr Austin "Jack"
"We, the COP, will not be quiet while Mr.
Warner attempts to hold the democracy
of our precious country to ransom. The
country is entitled to and deserves truth
During the address, Warner claimed to
have already provided evidence to lawyers
that he had used Fifa-sourced money to
help fund the PP's 2010 general election
To this, Ramadhar said, "Mr. Warner, if
you have evidence, you must bring it now!
It is unacceptable for you to once again
say "not tonight."
"Any delay in producing facts to prove
your allegations will demonstrate that you
are promoting your own self interest and
not the interest of the citizens of Trinidad
and Tobago. We deserve better." (GA)
RAMADHAR TELLS JACK
TO "BRING IT"
Government asks for $2.1b more
Children of the Santa Rosa Parish pose for a picture with instructors Narisha Mannette,
back left, and Denise Garcia-Chablal after receiving their First Holy Communion at the
Corpus Christi service of the Santa Rosa RC Church in Arima yesterday.
PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
Secondary school students continue
to heat up the Internet with videos of
themselves engaging in sexual activity
at their schools.
One of the recent videos posted
shows two students engaging in oral
sex, but it was taken down from Face-
book within a matter of hours as it
started to go viral.
Another video shows two students
engaging in sex in the classroom. At
one point the male student who is hav-
ing sex stops to acknowledge the stu-
dent shooting the video with a wave
In an interview yesterday, Lana
Maharaj-Boodoo, founder of Stop the
Bullying, said teachers needed to take
some of the blame for these acts, since
students needed more supervision if
this trend was to be curbed.
"It all comes to this, they (students)
cannot do these acts if they are super-
vised. They (ministry) need to put cam-
eras in the schools. They (teachers)
need to do their jobs, it is not only to
sit by a desk. They are responsible for
the children once they are in the school,"
Antonia De Freitas, first vice president
of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified
Teachers' Association (TTUTA), said it
was also social issue.
"Parents need to take responsibility
for what their children are doing and
instill the proper values and they would
not study to have sex," she said.
De Freitas said, however, that teachers
arrange school supervising and they
can't always account for the where-
abouts of the students.
"They hide all over the place, under
the stairs, behind the school. When
you contact the parents and inform
them about their children you don't
always get the correct response.
"It is a social problem. Parents allow children to
go places and watch all kinds of things, it is a social
problems," she said.
Contacted on this critical issue yesterday, Minister
of Education Tim Goopeesingh said he was not aware
of the matter and "could not comment."
He said he would normally be briefed on such
information through a channel of the principal, the
school supervisor and then the chief education offi-
School sex videos light up Facebook
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