Former Trinidad and Toabgo Prime Minister has been released from jail on bail which was granted in consideration of his health. In an unrelated matter UNC Chief Whip Ganga Singh resigned after colleagues in the Opposition walked out of Parliament accusing him of colluding with the Speaker.
Amid trade quarrels between the US and the European Union (EU) that caused the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to miss a deadline for restarting stalled global trade negotiations, nine Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) countries have petitioned the WTO to extend their export subsidy programmes to the year 2018 saying that they are “of great importance” to their economic and financial needs.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr. is set to present the 2nd annual ‘Caribbean NYC: The Future Is Today,’ conference on Monday, May 1 at the Brooklyn Museum, in NYC. Over 300 Caribbean New Yorkers, elected officials and community leaders are set to attend to discuss the importance of developing and nurturing strong business and community ties within the Caribbean community.
West Indies cricket fans seeking to take alcoholic beverages to cricket matches will no longer be allowed to do so. The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday declared a ban on alcohol being brought to international matches in the Caribbean though liquor will still be sold from concessionaire stands within the grounds.
Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday revealed they are questioning an unidentified man in the murder of Glen Jackson, the press secretary to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who was discovered dead on Mar. 6, 2006.
The 37-year-old security guard, who was gunned down on April 22 along with Guyana agriculture minister Satyadeow Sawh, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at the at Le Repentir Cemetery in Georgetown. Deputy Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Hydar Ally; Sawh’s son, Roger Sawh and General Secretary of the Guyana Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj, was among those who joined mourners to bid final farewell to Curtis Robertson.
U.S. officials want the Trinidad nationals accused of kidnapping and killing naturalized U.S. citizen and former Army veteran, Balram Maharaj, extradited. This week, a grand jury in the District of Columbia handed down indictments for four of the 10 who prosecutors allege, killed Maharaj, Trinidad media reports state.
A 35-year-old Jamaican national has continued to elude U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents since 2001 and remains one of 12 fugitives most wanted by the agency. Robert Anthony Walker, of St. James, Jamaica, is wanted by USICE on international drug smuggling charges.
Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Basdeo Panday remains behind bars for a third night as the hearing into his bail application has been postponed by 24 hours. This comes as his daughter Kamala Persad-Bissessar was appointed Leader of the Opposition by President of the twin island republic Maxwell Richards.
It’s déjà vu all over again. Trinidadian Brian Lara is for the third time Captain of the West Indies cricket team, this time with the support he needs for an effective job. However, he has cautioned that for West Indies cricket to be restored, the selectors also have a significant role to play.
The daughter of the jailed former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has been selected to succeed her father as Opposition leader. This as a High Court Judge moves up the bail hearing for Basdeo Panday by 24 hours.
A new and critically more urgent crisis has descended upon the opposition United National Congress, occasioned by yesterday’s declaration by the President that the position of Leader of the Opposition is now vacant. By virtue of the President’s declaration yesterday, Mr Panday’s position as Leader of the Opposition, the source of severe contention in the party in recent months given the effective split in the UNC leadership, came into sharp focus once more.
When the cries of “discrimination” die down and as the voices of the UNC executive members grow weary from shouting over the jailing of their political king and savant, they will have to address the issue of reorganisation of their political party.
Save for the politically partisan and ignorant, it must be a sad day in any country when a former prime minister is convicted on criminal charges. This is a sobering time for Trinidad and Tobago as a nation, as it must be an especially traumatic moment for that section of the citizenry who have placed their political hopes and aspirations on the altar of the United National Congress.