Pay us please
[Trinidad Express] – Forestry Division workers, who have not been paid salaries for nine fortnights, blocked the entrance to San Fernando Hill yesterday, pleading with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to hear their cries and pay them before Christmas.
The maintenance workers, contracted to upkeep the natural landmark, were joined by some of the 2,000-plus affected workers.
In tears, the workers knelt and begged to be paid before Christmas.
The workers held up placards and stood across the roadway, preventing vehicles from entering San Fernando Hill.
Garden tools were also placed across the roadway.
Warner to know fate in January
[CMC] – Embattled former vice president of the International Football Association (FIFA), Austin Jack Warner, will have to wait until January 22 next year to know whether he has been successful in challenging his extradition to the United States where he is wanted on a number of fraud related charges.
High Court judge Justice James Aboud said Thursday he will give his ruling on whether or not Warner can challenge his extradition in the courts.
Warner is seeking leave to have the High Court review the extradition treaty Trinidad and Tobago has with the United States, as well as the Authority to Proceed (ATP) signed by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi in September which gave the chief magistrate the authority to proceed with extradition proceedings in the lower court.
Justice Aboud after hearing from Warner’s attorneys and those representing the Attorney General set a January 22 date, when he will give his ruling on whether Warner, a former senior government minister here, will be given leave to take his challenge to the next step.
Brazil Supreme Court scraps President Rousseff impeachment commission
[BBC] – In a major setback for Brazil’s opposition, the Supreme Court has scrapped a commission set up to deal with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.
The court has also given more powers to the government-controlled Senate to block the impeachment process.
The ruling means that proceedings initiated earlier this month will have to start from scratch.
Ms Rousseff said she was innocent and the impeachment attempt would fail.
Proceedings were opened on 2 December by the disgraced Speaker of the lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha.
He opened the process based on allegations that Ms Rousseff broke the law in the management of last year’s budget.
Ms Rousseff went on national TV hours after Mr Cunha’s announcement to say that she was “outraged by the decision”