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Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Public is hereby noti ed that
NAPARIMA COLLEGE ASSOCIATION
OF PAST STUDENTS
proposes to apply to the
Environmental Management Authority (EMA)
for a variation in accordance with the
Noise Pollution Rules.
Party in Paradise
Annual Carnival Cooler Fete
Friday, February, 9th, 2018
ADDRESS OF EVENT:
Naparima Bowl, San Fernando
Duration Of Event: 7 hours
Start Time: 8 pm
End Time: 3 am
The public is invited to submit
comments within 5 working days of
publication of the notice to the EMA.
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
In Celebration of their
Invites you and your family
To Join with us
In Celebrating the Work and Witness of the Men and Women who served the
Presbyterian Church faithfully over the past 150 years
At a Memorial Service
To be held at the Iere Village Memorial Presbyterian Church
Iere Village, Princes Town.
On Thursday 11th January 2018
At 5.00 p.m.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
"since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,"
Eyes on crime, economy,
Petrotrin as PM
addresses the nation
Almost a year ago, on January 11,
2017, Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley addressed the nation about the
poor inancial state of ener y com-
pany Petrotrin. At that time, he said
it could not be business as usual with
the state-owned company because it
was already a drain on the Treasury.
Petrotrin is once again expected to
be in focus when Dr Rowley speaks
to the nation in a live broadcast at
7.30 this evening, just days after he
met with directors of the company
and received a report on plans for
its restructuring. The PM is also ex-
pected to address the issue of rising
crime---the murder toll hit 493 at the
end of 2017 and already, in just six
days, the murder rate has reached 17.
The economy and job losses are
also expected to be addressed. The
industrial relations climate in T&T
is also expected to come into focus.
The National Trade Union Centre,
during a new conference on Thurs-
day, called on the Government to
settle all outstanding issues affect-
ing the labour sector, including out-
At the start of 2017, there was
the threat of a strike at Petrotrin as
the Oil ields Workers Trade Union
(OWTU), led by Ancel Roget, pushed
for salary increases for workers, re-
jecting a three per cent offer for the
2014 2017 period.
Petrotrin of icials said it could not
agree to a salary hike as revenue had
declined by as much as 50 per cent
between 2012 2016.
Government intervened and the
threat of a three-month strike was
averted, with the union agreeing to
a ive per cent wage increase.
Petrotrin, the country's major oil
producer, accounts for more than
half of the country's total oil pro-
duction of about 72,000 barrels per
day and is a net earner of foreign ex-
change. The company is also an im-
portant contributor to tax revenues
and a guarantor of the country's en-
er y security.
However, in recent years, cash
flow dif iculties have resulted in ar-
rears of payments of royalties and
taxes to the Treasury of approxi-
mately $1.2 billion. Due to declining
earnings it had received government
guarantees in 2016 for short-term
loans of up to US$230 million in
order to continue oper-
ating and meeting basic
Petrotrin's annual wage
bill for its 5,000 employ-
ees is close to $2 billion---
approximately 50 per
cent of its annual operat-
In March, Prime Min-
ister Rowley appointed a
tee chaired by Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry
of Ener y Selwyn Lash-
ley to review Petrotrin's
operation. The com-
mittee submitted its re-
port four months later,
recommending that the
company be broken up into three
different areas: Exploration and Pro-
duction, Trinmar and Re ining and
By year's end, the Petrotrin board,
now chaired by businessman Wil-
fred Espinet, was still conducting its
review of the committee's report.
There have been other signi icant
developments at the ener y com-
pany in the past year. In July, after
two years at the helm, Andrew Jupi-
ter resigned as chairman citing per-
sonal reasons. He was replaced by
Espinet in mid-September.
At around that time, the compa-
ny's Internal Audit Department de-
tected an $80 million overpayment
for oil supplied to the company by
contractor A and V Oil and Gas from
its Catshill Field.
The audit indicated that between
January to June 2017, Petrotrin paid
for close to 350,000 barrels of oil
which it never received.
Details of the internal audit were
irst made public by Opposition
Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a
political meeting in early September
when she called for the resignation
of Ener y Minister Franklin Khan
over what she called the "fake oil
Investigations into that matter are
ongoing. Petrotrin has cancelled its
contract with A and V.
Petrotrin president Fitzroy
Harewood has tendered his resig-
Police seize alcohol from
Central Market vendors
CHARLES KONG SOO
Of icers from the Port-of-Spain
City Police Multi-Operation Unit
in collaboration with of icers from
the Special Investigation Unit of the
Customs and Excise Division seized
a large quantity of alcohol from
vendors who were allegedly selling
alcohol without a licence, camou-
flage clothing and wrapping paper
during an exercise in the Central
Market, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The ongoing exercise was spear-
headed by Supt Glen Charles.
During the exercise, which
began around 9 am, the of icers
searched several of the vendors'
booths and found cases of Carib,
Stag, Heineken, Carib Light beer
and Magnum wine.
Several of the vendors were ar-
rested and charged on multiple
occasions for selling alcoholic bev-
erages without a licence and the po-
lice were monitoring their activities.
The vendors were served notice by
the Customs of icers to appear at
Customs House tomorrow.
Charles said besides selling al-
cohol without a licence, the cam-
ouflage clothing was illegal for
civilians, the wrapping paper was
used to wrap marijuana and other
narcotics and a licence was needed
"The market is attracting some
"It's supposed to be a place for
people to come and make market,
but when you have the illegal sale of
drinks increasing, it's turning into a
"All the stores are getting cus-
tomers, so instead of people com-
ing to sell agricultural produce,
they are selling alcohol.
"They are staying there causing
criminal behaviour and conduct
with swearing and ighting."
He said while the authorities
were trying to bring the market
back to a safe place, some of the
vendors continued with their ille-
gal activities. But he said they were
not going to let up on their surveil-
Charles said there were other il-
legal activities at the market such
as drugs and the police had even
received reports of human traf ick-
ing because of Caricom trade. He
said the police were working with
intelligence information and being
Superintendent Glen Charles, centre, who is in charge of Port-of-Spain City Police, inspects the alcohol seized
during a raid at Port-of-Spain Central market yesterday. Also in photo is Constable Derron Francois, left, and Acting
Corporal Anthony Joseph.
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Dr Keith Rowley
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