Natalie Karamath

‘challenging time’:

Natalie Karamath

“A LOT of cars were returned” to new vehicle dealers after the State-owned oil company was restructured from Petrotrin into Trinidad Petroleum Holdings Ltd (TPHL), which resulted in thousands of jobs being lost when Trini­dad and Tobago’s only oil refi­nery was closed in October last year, the chief executive of one of the nation’s largest new vehicle dealers has said.

Massy Motors CEO Natalie Karamath made the disclosure last week, saying “the automotive sector fell by about 31 per cent from 2015 to present”. She identified challenges with the foreign exchange supply as also having an impact on new car dealers.

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OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) is attempting to deflect scrutiny of what she described yesterday as its failure to protect former Petrotrin workers.

Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan said yesterday he was very concerned about fraudsters coming into the country and operating and working illegally as spiritualists and “ripping people off”. Noting that there were such persons “all over the country”, Rambachan said they were sometimes being facilitated by local people.

THE Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) said yesterday it will meet with the United National Congress (UNC) on Thursday, following the party’s complaint that the commission ignored its request to investigate some “1,684 inconsistencies and anomalies” within several electoral districts.

FIVE officials from the Licensing Authority were among six people who stood before a Port of Spain magistrate yesterday morning accused of fraud, conspiracy and misbehaviour charges related to the re-registration of a vehicle stolen from a Petit Valley man last year.

THE Ministry of Health employee whose image was plastered over social media earlier this month and labelled as a “bandit” has instructed his attorneys to issue a pre-action protocol letter to the woman who made the original post, seeking a public apology and “significant” monetary compensation for defamation of character.