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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 14, 2015
because right now
these hunters are
abusing it. They are
hunting too much
should limit the
amount of hunting
licences they give
Of course there
should be for
preservation and our
eco-system as T&T
are small islands as
compared to others
in the world. At least
there should be
there are other
chicken and goat.
Why take these
I think they
not be any
reduce the length
of the season as
we live in a small
months is not
enough time for
the animals to
reproduce. I think
they should leave
the season closed
half and then
open it back for
I believe so
are killing out
Should there be
limits on hunting?
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
says the Leader of the Opposition
Kamla Persad-Bissessar flew for 636
hours while she was head of gov-
ernment at a cost to taxpayers of
more than $6 million.
Rowley made the statement during
his contribution to yesterday s debate
on the 2016 national budget in the House
of Representatives. He said that might
be linked to a dubious contract for use
of specific helicopters by the National
Rowley said it was "extremely wasteful
for the (former) prime minister of T&T."
According to Rowley: "The records
show that the last prime minister occu-
pied helicopter time of 636 hours, 415
missions at a cost of over $6 million."
Rowley told legislators: "That kind of
expenditure ought not to be on the backs
of the people of T&T."
He said he had no intention to follow
in Persad-Bissessar s footsteps and would
be travelling by land and sea.
He said the NOC, which was set up
as a coordinating agency for national
security agencies in the country "seems
to be trying to become another opera-
tional arm of the State."
Rowley said when he assumed office
as Prime Minister he saw a document
requesting payment of a $500 million
commitment for a company called Bell
Helicopters. He said he had "some con-
cern as to how that contract was issued."
He said there was no money budgeted
for that helicopter contract "but the
country was contracted by an officer of
the State." He said when questions were
raised about who authorised the contract
Rowley said the National Helicopter
Services Ltd (NHSL) was approached
"to try to get them to sign on to this
thing and they refused."
According to Rowley, the "transaction
regarding the loan financing was not
completed by NHSL." Rowley said it was
a questionable arrangement.
He told Parliament the Ministry of
National Security "will look into this
and report to the population further as
we go forward."
Rowley also spoke about "another
troubling" matter within the Office of
the Prime Minister, which he said was
"another $500 million contract to a Chi-
nese company (unnamed) in Knowsley
building...I am told that this Chinese
company is putting in some system
which will allow us, electronically, to
look on television screens over the whole
He said he was "more concerned
about that as a security breach to our
He added that the contract entered
into "was not properly funded."
"These are billion dollars of contracting
for these two items with no proper
financing in place."
Rowley said earlier that Cemex, one
of the joint venture companies in the
Alutrint Smelter Plant in La Brea can-
celled by the former People s Partnership
government, "has submitted a letter to
Alutrint to institute the dispute resolution
clause in April 2015."
He said Alutrint sought an extension
and there had been no further develop-
ment on the matter to date.
Rowley also said there would be no
further amnesty for property tax and it
would be reintroduced next year.
PM: Kamla racks up
$6m helicopter bill
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