Allyson West

Wants positive change: Newly appointed Public Administration Minister Allyson West, right, attends the Ministry of Energy’s launch of the Three Tier Mentorship Programme for energy professionals at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) hotel, Port of Spain, yesterday. West remains a minister in the Ministry of Finance. To the left are Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon and Minister in the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis. 

FORMER public administration minister Marlene McDonald was a hard worker and there are big shoes to be filled at the ministry from which she was fired.

But her replacement, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Allyson West, says she hopes to make a positive difference, in particular in the IT sector.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday appointed West the new Minister of Public Administration.

She replaces McDonald, who was charged with corruption-­related offences.

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West will take control of the Public Administration Ministry while also continuing to work with Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

Speaking to the Express by phone yesterday, West said she would be taking up duty at the ­ministry today after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

West said McDonald’s corruption charges did not impact on the job that needs to be done.


All schools are to remain closed today. However, Government offices and businesses will be open as usual. National Security Minister Stuart Young made the announcement yesterday, during a joint media conference, held at the ministry’s office, Port of Spain.

PUBLIC UTILITIES Minister Robert Le Hunte said yesterday that the passage of Tropical Storm Karen would go a long way in restoring Trinidad’s supply of potable water.

Trinidad and Tobago awoke on Sunday to news that the tropical wave that was expected to pass over the islands yesterday morning had developed into Tropical Storm Karen, and that the country was under a Tropical Storm warning.

Dormant for 22 years, the Piparo Mud Volcano has stirred to life, and there is a strong likelihood that it will blow. Senior geoscientist at Touchstone Exploration, Xavier Moonan, who visited the site yesterday, said he had found all the signs for a significant eruption.