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The Law Association
will soon have its own
home after 25 years as a
tenant in other build-
In a speech at the
association s annual din-
ner last week, vice-pres-
ident Gerry Brooks told
the audience about the
of a three-storey building
at 95-97 Frederick Street,
The building, near the
Oxford Street intersec-
tion, is currently being
renovated and mod-
ernised to work as an all-
purpose office with
ities as well as mediation
and arbitration rooms,
where parties can nego-
tiate legal cases and do
business in a private,
There will also be facil-
ities for training and
A press release said the
outfitting of the building
is designed to "service
the needs of the legal fra-
In a telephone inter-
view with the T&T
explained that for some
time, the association has
been housed on St Vin-
cent Street, in an office
space in the DocuCentre
building opposite the
magistrates court, a space
Brooks described as hav-
ing been "given, or rather
leased to us, by Karl
Hudson-Phillips," a for-
mer president of the
Asked how much the
acquisition and outfitting
of the building would
cost, Brooks declined to
Brooks expects the
building to be ready for
the association to move
in on April 2, 2014.
An estimated 15,000-20,000 people are expected
to benefit from a Cabinet decision to extend the
two per cent mortgage financing for low-income
Finance and the Economy Minister Larry Howai
announced this during yesterday s post-Cabinet news
conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St
Howai said the measure, which was introduced
by the Patrick Manning government in 2006, provides
for citizens to obtain 100 per cent financing from
the T&T Mortgage Finance Company. The future
homeowners will pay only two per cent interest on
Howai said the initial qualification requirement
was a family monthly income of no more than $8,000
and the programme was initially only for selected
people, including members of the protective services
and ex-Caroni workers.
The limit in 2006 was houses valued at $450,000,
but he said this has been increased to $625,000, and
the adjustment will open the initiative to a wider
20,000 to benefit as TTMF expands mortgage net
cross-section of the national community. The qual-
ifying requirements remain unchanged.
Howai said the measure was aimed at reducing
the number of applicants seeking Housing Develop-
ment Corporation units.
Cabinet has rejected the special Prisons Com-
mittee s recommendation of a commission of
enquiry into the Prisons Service.
This was revealed by Justice Minister Emmanuel
George during yesterday s post-Cabinet news con-
ference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St
George explained the reasons for the rejection.
"Cabinet felt that there were already several com-
missions of enquiry into the justice system conducted
in the past, and to have another one would not only
be costly but will also delay the implementation of
measures that could be implemented quickly," he
He said Cabinet felt it would be more appropriate
"to discuss with the judiciary, and particularly the
Chief Justice, matters having to do with the speedier
hearing of cases of inmates and persons on remand.
That will more than likely be more productive that
implementation of a commission of enquiry."
On another recommendation of the committee---
to arm prison officers---George said it was felt the
Commissioner of Police was best suited to deal with
that. He noted that under the Firearms Act, the CoP
was the sole authority to decide who would be issued
Cabinet agrees on 10 prisons recommendations...
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