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Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, Prakash Ramadhar

A meeting held by Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, Prakash Ramadhar, on Tuesday has revealed, some level of discontent about issues surrounding the impending Property Tax enforcement in this country.

Noting the need to entertain party financing legislation in the parliament, even before property tax enforcement comes to fruition, Mr. Ramadhar, speaking with News Power Now on the heels of last evening’s meeting, said the response from those who attended the meeting, was overwhelmingly against property tax.

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Attorney at Law, Larry Lalla

Mr. Ramadhar said attorneys present last evening, which included Larry Lalla, spoke on the potential to challenge the law in its present state.

 
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former head of the National Operations Centre, Commander Garvin Heerah

The volatile situation that presently exists in neighboring Venezuela will ultimately have a bigger effect on Trinidad and Tobago and the question that hangs in the air now is what are we going to do about it.

This is the concern of Former head of the National Operations Centre (NOC), Commander Garvin Heerah.

He says that given the unrest in the country, T&T and other Caribbean islands will ultimately be called upon to get involved in dealing with the issues that are affecting the country.

Speaking on CNC3’s Morning Brew Program today he questioned what plans were in place to deal with such a situation.

 
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Member of Parliament for Oropouche, Rodal Moonilal

The United National Congress is today signaling their opposition to the Property tax.

This is according to Member of Parliament for Oropouche, Rodal Moonilal.

He says that the Opposition will not support the Property Tax as it lays a heavy burden to the economically depressed in society.

property tax_0He said that the Opposition is mobilizing and will give their constituents a chance to ha ve their voices heard on the issue.

 
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Education Minister, Anthony Garcia

A smooth re-opening of the new school term is the assessment being given by the Education Ministry.

Thousands of students returned to the classroom Monday after the two-week Easter vacation.

The Ministry said it is satisfied that all efforts were made for a successful return to the classrooms.

Students and teachers were also encouraged by Anthony Garcia Education Minister to perform to the best of their abilities while keeping focused for the next eleven weeks.

In a media release Minister Garcia also wished the nation’s students well in their SEA, CSEC, CAPE and End of Term examinations.

 

Brian Lara Stadium after Sachin TendulkarThe proposal to name the North West stand of the Brian Lara Cricket stadium after Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has drawn criticism from some quarters in local cricket.

 

Tendulkar one of the game’s greatest batsmen has played 200 Test matches, the most by any player in the history and scored 15,921 runs, at an average of 53.78.

The batsman also holds the record for the most number of runs in Test cricket and the most centuries.

Despite the Indian batsman numerous accolades, however, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath, one of the critics of the move, believes the honour should have gone to a local cricketer.

“India have so many stadia and I don’t know any of them have stands named after any of our West Indian greats so why must we name a stand after Tendulkar. I thought there would be stands named after Ian Bishop, or Larry Gomes or Gus Logie or even the late Rangie Nanan. Not Tendulkar,” Bassarath told a local daily.

According to Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T Michael Phillips the decision was taken with the full support of Lara.

“Our decision to name the stand after Mr Tendulkar was done on the advice of Mr Brian Lara. We have included Mr Lara in our decision making process in terms of how we roll out the launch and management of both the stadium and the academy,” Phillips said.

Lara and Tendulkar  will lead opposing teams on Saturday, May 13, in a match being played to mark the opening of the Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad.

The match is to be broadcast globally and will feature local, regional and international players.

Trinidad and Tobago Sports Minister Darryl Smith made the announcement last Thursday following a meeting of the Cabinet.

The stadium has been marked by controversy for more than a decade.

With an initial cost, in 2006, of TT$500 million, the project had been hit by significant cost overruns.

Construction was set to be completed by June 2008 but was eventually completed in March 2017.

Lara, who turns 48 in May, played 131 Tests for the West Indies between December 1990 and December 2006 when he retired as Test cricket’s leading run scorer with 11,953 runs at an average of 52.88.

During that time he scored 34 Test centuries and 48 half centuries.