IF you’re not legally married to the man or woman you live with, you won’t be invited to bring along a guest to functions hosted by the Office of the President. That also effectively rules out having your girlfriend or boyfriend accompany you.

Several State officials brought the issue to the attention of the Sunday Express last week, describing it as “embarrassing” and “backward” that officials who are unmarried and who have common-law relationships were not allowed to bring their partner to the national awards ceremony hosted by President Paula-Mae Weekes last Tuesday.

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Finance Minister Colm Imbert says his 2019/2020 $53 billion budget presented on Monday was no “election budget”. He said, if it were, then expenditure for fiscal 2020 would have been $60 billion.

Economists have raised a red flag over Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s 2020 national budget, saying it is full of election goodies but lacking in long term sustainable measures to create revenue.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley opened a $10.8 million walkover in Diego Martin yesterday, as he disclosed that more will be built along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.

“CEPEP workers are the hardest-working people I know. I see them out very early from around 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. I don’t know about the backpay. We would have to discuss it at a later date.”