Keith Rowley

Sod turned for new Hospital: Prime Minister Keith Rowley, centre, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Glenda Jennings-Smith, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of National Security and MP for Toco/Sangre Grande, turn the sod yesterday for the new Sangre Grande hospital. The new facility will function as a “partner” with the current Sangre Grande Hospital and the Enhanced Health Centre in providing a comprehensive set of healthcare services to the communities in East Trinidad.

Stop bad-talking Trinidad and Tobago and be more grateful. This was the advice ­given by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday, as he spoke at the sod-turning cere­mony for the new billion-dollar Sangre Grande hospital at Ojoe Road.

Addressing a caller who he said had called into a radio station following his presentation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, Rowley said citizens take too much for granted. The caller, he said, had taken issue with his comments at the General Assembly, where he spoke of T&T’s poverty eradication programme.

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A Trinidad and Tobago immigration official based in Caracas, Venezuela has sent a distress call to the T&T authorities to send him money to survive or bring him back home. 

FOR many who consider themselves the “man in the street”, in the Borough of Chaguanas, tomorrow’s national budget is something to fear. They fear that pri­ces of goods—especially food—will rise while wages will remain the same and retail business declines.

SPEND more money to tackle organised crime. This was the view of 55-year-old Westmoorings resident and businessman Peter Jackson on Friday when asked what his main concerns are, as Finance Minister Colm Imbert gets ready to present the national budget in Parliament tomorrow.

IT was a misstatement. Naparima MP Rodney Charles wants the country to know that he is not “mad” and was in no way endor­sing the People’s National Movement (PNM) when he delivered a speech at a Uni­­ted National Congress (UNC) meeting in Penal last week.

Opposition Chief Whip David Lee has written to House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George, objecting to the scheduling of the debate of the EBC Order on Budget day.