Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2017 Contents FEBRUARY
CASE REMAINS OPEN...
ONE YEAR LATER
n Homicide officials told the Guardian yes-
terday that 25 people have been interviewed
since the February 2016 murder of Japanese
national Asami Nagakiya. Six were deemed
“persons of interest” and two remain as such.
n Asami’s body, clad in a Legends costume,
was found last Ash Wednesday on the west-
ern side of Queen’s Park Savannah. She had
been strangled. Homicide officials said one
of those interviewed very, very early in the
issue—and released—was a man who was
recently killed in Woodbrook when—dressed
as a woman—he had attempted to rob a busi-
nessplace of $40,000. He was described as
having been seen with Nagakiya briefly. Police
also interviewed people in Japan using local
interpreters. “It’s no cold case—we’ll resolve
it,” detectives vowed. The case remains open.
n PM Rowley expected to attend Caricom’s
Inter-Sessional Conference in Guyana.
n Producers of 2014 multiple Academy
Award winning Dallas Buyers Club arrive
early 2017 for talks on T&T’s film industry.
n Resumption of Point Fortin Highway in
two-year completion plan.
n Toco highway/ferry port, Moruga first-
class road start at end of December.
n COP meets members to decide on
direction; invites groups, NGOs, third-
force entities to link.
guardian.co.tt Sunday, January 1, 2017
A busy political and national cal-
endar is shaping up for 2017—from
various ministerial projections, those
of political parties and other sources
connected with certain events of 2016
which remain open, have come several
highlights for this year’s national “cal-
LICENSING ADMIN STARTS
MOVE TO CARONI MVA
n UNC files for judicial review in
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
n Licensing PoS head office adminis-
tration moves to new Frederick
tlement Motor Vehicle Authority (MVA)
n Incoming US
Trump’s foreign policy and energy thrust
statements following his January 20
swearing in would help determine T&T’s
path. Trump’s policies will also determine
if there will be an increase in US deport-
ees to T&T and if legally documented T&T
nationals employed in the US may feel
the squeeze from Trump’s “America First”
n Tobago House of Assembly cam-
paign will feature government plans
including construction of the ANR Rob-
inson Airport terminal and Sandals resort
n Start of structures regarding prop-
erty tax collection via invoices issued to
owners and filing of owners’ returns to
state the annual rentable value of proper-
ty. Tax will be three per cent of this.
n 117 roads, bridges and infrastructure
projects, URP construction projects to
n With 2,056 plus retrenched for 2016,
Labour Ministry plans networking with
Caricom counterparts at ILO conference
to see where unemployed T&Tnationals
can assist other states; also exploring
job market in Guyana energy sector and
awaiting information from Steel Workers
Union on still unemployed ArcelorMittal
workers to provide Social Development
n UNC planing for executive elec-
tions by June.
n Congress of the People think
tank to organize feedback regard-
ing COP’s future.
POLICE PROBE OF
n After being removed from the Cabinet
last March, ex-minister Marlene McDonald is
keeping fingers crossed for speedy clearence
on Integrity Commission and police probes.
This, following allegations regarding HDC
apartment and Calabar Foundation issues,
mainly concerning personal associates.
Sources claimed she has been cleared by
the commission. IC officials did not respond
queries on this and the status of IC’s probe.
Police sources confirmed in mid-December
their probe was “ongoing”. Approximately
half dozen people were interviewed.
The PM has said if proven innocent, Mc-
Donald had every right to be reinstated to
Cabinet but it would be “another consider-
ation” if she had to answer a charge.
n Wallerfield to Manzanilla highway to
n VAT exemption for yacht owners;
Housing, education bonds in first quarter.
US, UK, CANADA TENDERS TO
OPERATE COUVA HOSPITAL
n The Couva Children’s Hospital is pro-
jected to open by April following selection
of an operator to run the hospital, the
Guardian confirmed. Proposals to operate
it under a public/private partnership were
obtained from eight operators. These in-
clude US, England, Canadian, Australian,
and one local (southern) medical firm.
n Imbert has been silent on whether
his gas price hike quip could become reali-
ty in the first quarter mid-year review. But
he confirmed the review, standard annual
practice for over 15 years, is on at the
halfway point in the fiscal year—March
31. This reviews revenue/expenditure,
projects, programmes, fiscal incentives
and fiscal/monetary policy.
The minister would then go to Parlia-
ment as soon as practicable after March
31 with results of the review. “Budgetary
adjustments are always made in review
because the budget is simply an estimate
of revenue and expenditure, based on
n Government sources said gas-hike
talk was off the table for now.
n COP executive elections.
PM GOING CHINA
n PM Rowley is expected to acccept an
invitation for a state visit to China between
late April and early May. The invitation was
extended in 2015.
n By May 2017, more of the 15 packages
for completion of work on the Red House
would be awarded. To date, four have been
awarded. Project on target for mid-2018
n Housing projects out of the pipeline
REVENUE AUTHORITY ENTRY
n Special majority legislation for the
Revenue Authority to boost tax collec-
tion—deemed an “urgent priority” in
the 2017 budget—to be in place by the
n When PM Rowley underwent health/
prostate checks last August he had said
he would continue checks within a year
n Academic year 2017-2018 brings budget
2017 changes to Gate—means test for appli-
cants; restructuring of funding; people over 50
and Grenada university studies out of Gate.
n FATCA law, if passed, must be opera-
tionalised by September.
n 2018 budget readiness.
OCTOBER to DECEMBER
n By then there may be word on the following long-pending matters: Appointment of a
Police Commisisoner (now with director of Personnel Administration); Prisongate (with police/
DPP); LifeSport (police); David West witness-tampering issue of 2015 (police/DPP); Emailgate
(police/DPP); plant-like-substance found at the Opposition Leader’s gazebo (police/DPP).
A YEAR INTO
THE CLICO REPORT
n By June 2017, it would have been a year
since the Colman Commission of Enquiry
report into the Clico-HCU collapse was pre-
sented to T&T and passed by the PM to the
Director of Public Prosecutions for urgent
attention. The COE cost T&T $109 million.
n Government 2017 revenue is ex-
pected to increase by several billion
by mid-year via sale of FCB shares,
partial divestment of Lake Asphalt
, Etech estate shares, Trinidad
Generation Unlimited, and NGC
NO RETURN FOR T&T WOMEN,
CHILD IN TURKEY
n In July 2016, eight T&T nationals were
held in Turkey en route with an alleged Syr-
ian “Isis recruiter.” The Foreign Affairs Min-
istry, confirming there are mainly women
and a child, told Guardian last week, “some
information” has been received from the
Turkish Government. But “no information
is available for release on what the group
was going to do in Syria.” The ministry was
unable to say “at this time” if the eight are
being charged with anything. Nor was there
information on any date of return to T&T or
any adverse report on their status. No local
relatives have contacted Government.
n COP leadership elections.
Links Archive December 31st 2016 January 2nd 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page