President declares 2020 Carnival days

Her  Excellency,  Paula-Mae  Weekes,  President  of  the  Republic  of  Trinidad  and  Tobago  has officially declared the beginning and ending days and times for Carnival 2020.

In an official release issued today, the President made the following declarations in accordance with:

1.  Section 47 C (2) of the Liquor Licenses Act, the period of Carnival shall commence at 8:00 a.m.  on  Sunday  9th February,  2020  and  ending  at midnight  on  Tuesday  25th February, 2020; and

ANALYST: 2020 Elections driving latest Cabinet re-shuffle

Former government minister and political commentator, Ralph Maraj, says the latest Cabinet re-shuffle was done intentionally, to ensure the ruling PNM gets back in office.

Speaking with CNC3 NEWS today, Mr Maraj said it is not strange the change has come at this time, given that this is an election year, and it is politically motivated.

He points out that the Prime Minister's assumption of the Planning and Development portfolio could be seen as demotion for Camille Robinson-Regis, who has been moved to the Social Development Ministry… But it is not.

Prime Minister to be new Minister of Planning and Development after Cabinet re-shuffle

The Prime Minister will assume the portfolio of Minister of Planning and Development from Wednesday 1 January, 2020.

In what is another Cabinet re-shuffle, Dr Keith Rowley has advised the President that several existing ministerial appointments are to be revoked, and new appointments to be made, in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3(9), 76(3) and 79(1) and 82(1) of the Constitution

According to an official statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes is asked to:

Duke claps back at Penal/Debe Chamber

Watson Duke, Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly, is taking President of the Penal/Debe Chamber of Commerce Rampersad Sieuraj to task over statements on the use of Tobago's budgetary allocation.

On Monday, at a press conference in Couva, Sieuraj reportedly suggested that the corporation and THA exchange their annual budgetary allocations for two years so the corporation's flooding issue can be fixed.

Tobago gets just over $2 billion in allocations annually, while the corporation gets less than $100 million.

DOMA: Not so easy to copy new polymer $100

The president of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) believes too much fuss is being made over the alleged counterfeiting of the new one hundred dollar polymer note.

A video circulating on social media purporting to show the fake bill has raised questions about its security features.

However, according to Gregory Aboud, copying the recently introduced new note is not as easy as it seems.

Mr Aboud is confident that the roll out of the new blue bills will combat counterfeiting.

Gunmen cause havoc at SEPOS School

Gunmen climbed onto rooftops of the Plannings at Upper and Lower Nelson Street and were firing off "warning/message" gunshots at each other on Wednesday morning, when five stray bullets ended up penetrating a classroom at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School.

One of the bullets ricocheted and grazed a female teacher on the hand, while another bullet went just over the head of a pupil while he was sitting his end of term examination. The bullet missed his head by mere centimetres.

School maxi taxi drivers say protests not political

President of the Maxi-Taxi School Transport Concessionaires, Rodney Ramlogan, says their protest action has nothing to do with politics.

Rodney Ramlogan says they protested when they weren't getting a fair deal from the People's Partnership, and their recent protest has nothing to do with the fact that the PNM is now in office.

He states the drivers have been providing a service for 28 years, and want to continue to do so, but they must be paid on time, for the work they are doing.

New TTUTA Executive installed today

The new executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) will be sworn in today.

Antonia De Freitas was elected as TTUTA's president on October 22nd.

This is the first time a woman has been elected to the lead the organization.

She won with 3,623 votes, which was 297 more than the other presidential candidate Nirmala Chinebas-Dindial.

De Freitas was officially installed and presented with her instrument of appointment this morning, at TTUTA's head office in Curepe.

Robert Farrier has resigned as Cycling president

Robert Farrier has resigned as president of the T&T Cycling Federation. In a letter obtained by CNC3 Sports, Farrier said he resigned the post with immediate effect, citing "the level of volunteerism needed to lead, drive and propel the TTCF, and the sport further can no longer be sustained due to my other commitments."

Below is a copy of Farrier's resignation letter.