Ria Taitt

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Caricom countries will share Covid-19 vaccines with one another.

This is one of the decisions of the Caricom Heads of Government at its intersessional meeting yesterday.

At the meeting, leaders also agreed to issue a “strong statement” registering their “concern and dissatisfaction” with the way Caricom countries are being “squeezed” out of access to the Covid-19 vaccines.

These announcements were made by Caricom chairman and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the conclusion of the Caricom Heads of Government 32nd Intersessional meeting.

The Government has spoken to several international lenders on the issue of funding the transformation of debt-ridden water supplier WASA.

These include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Andean Development Bank (CAF), the government of France and the International Financial Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said.

“They all reached out to us, offering assistance, so we are blessed that we have offers of financial assistance to help turn around WASA. But we have also recognised that while (the turnaround) will require heavy capital investment, it will make absolutely no sense to spend millions of dollars to turn around WASA if we do not deal with all of the institutional problems,” he said during i95FM’s morning programme on Wednesday.

Gonzales said the revenue WASA gets from water rates was just a fraction of its operating costs.

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National Security Minister Stuart Young said yesterday there was no evidence the first immigration worker to become Covid-positive contracted the virus at work.

The minister was responding to an urgent question in the Senate from Opposition Senator Wade Mark.

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The Prime Minister yesterday rubbished the idea that the decision to have 15 seats in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) was arbitrary and designed to give the People’s National Movement (PNM) a political advantage in the next THA election.

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For the third time, OWTU’s Patriotic Energies and Technologies did not come up to scratch.

The union’s proposals for acquiring the Guaracara refinery fell short, again, and required a “huge government outlay” of TT$5 billion to $6 billion.

This was essentially the reason provided by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert for the Government’s rejection of the company’s most recent proposal.

“Essentially we could not accept the proposal because the burden on the Government was just too onerous and would take us back to where we were.... We were being asked to pay $5 billion to buy back our own asset and give it away for nothing and allowed it to be mortgaged to a third-party,” he said at a post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre yesterday.

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Members of the public would need a permit to purchase pepper spray.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he responded to a question from St Augustine MP Khadijah Ameen during Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Representatives on Friday.

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