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Trinidad to host first international Caribbean building, construction and real estate exhibition

March 22, 2017
Trinidad to host first international Caribbean building, construction and real estate exhibition TUNAPUNA, Trinidad -- The Carib Build and Real Estate Show, the first international Caribbean building, construction and real estate exhibition, will take place at the Centre of Excellence, Tunapuna, Trinidad, from 19- 21 September 2017. The event will be organised by AME Trade Ltd.

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Letter: Walcott: Caribbean colossus

March 21, 2017
Letter: Walcott: Caribbean colossus Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such as way as to magnify it. Not only did give our landscape a certain epic status; he conferred on it deific significance. As perhaps, only the fallen Taino, Arahuacan ancestors, deified before.

Young policewoman's murder leaves Trinidad and Tobago with more questions than answers

March 20, 2017
Young policewoman's murder leaves Trinidad and Tobago with more questions than answers PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The search for Nyasha Joseph, a woman police constable (WPC) who had recently gone missing, has come to an upsetting but not entirely unexpected end. On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, a Trinidadian fisherman discovered a body in the Gulf of Paria, which was...

Letter: Blaming the youth

March 20, 2017
Letter: Blaming the youth For those of us who would like to blame 'drugs' for everything from traffic jams to 'Mardi Gras' mas, the story of the adoption of a 'lad' from the St Michael’s Home for Boys for a weekend is instructive. A word here: officers at places like St Michael’s Home and the Youth Training Centre use the term...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Thirty-four murders in February in Trinidad and Tobago in spite of heightened security for carnival

March 17, 2017
Thirty-four murders in February in Trinidad and Tobago in spite of heightened security for carnival PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- With 34 murders in just 28 days, there was no letting up of the bloodshed on the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. With the murder toll crossing the 400 mark annually for the last decade, with the exception of a state of emergency (SoE) in 2011, which resulted in 354...

Letter: The horrific discovery of the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph

March 17, 2017
Letter: The horrific discovery of the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) is deeply appalled by the horrific discovery of the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph still clad in her Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) uniform. This dastardly act was aimed at terrorizing and usurping the trust, peace and safety of our spaces.

Letter: An economy in recession

March 16, 2017
Letter: An economy in recession In Trinidad and Tobago there are growing adverse comments about the increasing unemployment, the decreasing GDP, the increasing country debt, the increased interest rates on government bonds, the fall in reserves, the drawdown from the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF), the use of...

Letter: Our voice must be heard in the US but not that of the PM's friend

March 15, 2017
Letter: Our voice must be heard in the US but not that of the PM's friend Prime Minister Keith Rowley took the most unusual step of penning a “Letter to the Editor” and, under the caption “Our voice must be heard in the US”, seeks to extol the credentials of GroupDC and its CEO, Arthur Collins, as Trinidad and Tobago’s lobbyists in Washington. Whilst no one can shed...

Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity

March 14, 2017
Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity It is a fact that some Caribbean intellectuals are opportunists and they know that their academic training makes it much easier for them to fit within the social movements for change of the time, when there is a vacuum. Now this time around in Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch 2017...

Letter: Pay attention!

March 14, 2017
Letter: Pay attention! Fellow citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, democracy the world over has taken on a new face. Its metamorphosis has engulfed us here as well. Trinidad and Tobago has evolved into playing a more crucial role in the process but is allowing itself to be overpowered and subdued to accepting a less than...

Live streaming at Trinidad Carnival brings copyright infringement into focus

March 13, 2017
Live streaming at Trinidad Carnival brings copyright infringement into focus PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Now that the dust of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017 has settled and commentators have conducted their own post-mortems, one issue remains at the intersection of Carnival and the social media landscape -- live streaming. The question of whether it is legal to...

Feature: Exclusive interview with Trinidad and Tobago minister of sport and youth affairs

March 11, 2017
Feature: Exclusive interview with Trinidad and Tobago minister of sport and youth affairs PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The objective of sport is to deliver and receive. To create harmony, discipline, global unification and share culture. Sports and trade create a global integration. Reflecting breezily and happily on his ministerial tenure, from speaking with him my firm belief is...

CDB launches US$436.7 million country strategy for Trinidad and Tobago

March 11, 2017
CDB launches US$436.7 million country strategy for Trinidad and Tobago SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in partnership with the government of Trinidad and Tobago, has formally launched a country strategy for the nation, which proposes financial support of US$436.7 million for the period 2017 to 2021.

Letter: When a liability becomes an asset

March 11, 2017
Letter: When a liability becomes an asset Our engineer finance minister, Colm Imbert, ignited a firestorm when he accused the last government of attempting to hide the losses of Petrotrin, which are really some TT$4.2 billion between 2011 and 2016, since to him it should have been explicitly shown in Petrotrin’s books. This brought...

Letter: Why does Trinidad and Tobago need a million-dollar lobbyist in Washington?

March 9, 2017
Letter: Why does Trinidad and Tobago need a million-dollar lobbyist in Washington? In 2005, what was the rationale of the Manning-led administration issuing a $7.5 million contract to Ainsley Gill and Associates to “lobby the Bush administration on Trinidad and Tobago’s behalf"? This company had no lobbying track record and the Trinidad Guardian of December 30, 2004, reported...

Trinidad and Tobago: The Mecca of all Caribbean carnivals

March 8, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago: The Mecca of all Caribbean carnivals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the sun drenched West Indies lies the twin island republic called Trinidad and Tobago with its captivating landscapes, home of the best Carnival in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated before the commencement...

Letter: Our progress is totally dependent on our willingness to embrace local government reform

March 8, 2017
Letter: Our progress is totally dependent on our willingness to embrace local government reform Some things are dependent on other or they just cannot happen. For example, unless a car engine is cranked by some force it will not start. That is the way it is with fixing Trinidad and Tobago. The problems we face socially, economically or physically cannot be solved by a group of people...

Catalysing action towards a green economy in the Caribbean

March 7, 2017
Catalysing action towards a green economy in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Change agents and innovators in key sectors in Trinidad and Tobago are ushering in a new phase of regional dialogue towards the development of a new Caribbean economy that aims for long-term prosperity and resilience through equitable distribution of...

Letter: Carnival: Another diamond in the rough, very rough

March 6, 2017
Letter: Carnival: Another diamond in the rough, very rough The competency gap between the private and public sectors is widening to a point where the ineptitude of the public sector is overwhelming. Carnival is one area where the inefficiencies were glaring. At the private sector carnival fetes for example, the stages for the artists are well lit with digital...

Letter: Time for our people to return home for good

March 1, 2017
Letter: Time for our people to return home for good There are many families throughout Trinidad and Tobago who are sharing or shared a carnival experience similar to my own. One where family from abroad visit to play mas, visit Maracas and after nights of partying leave our shores for another year. These are Trini graduates who are engineers...

Letter: Response to commentary in Trinidad Guardian

February 27, 2017
Letter: Response to commentary in Trinidad Guardian In response to Kevin Baldeosingh's commentary in today's Trinidad Guardian entitled "Why is T&T making Terrorists?", a more accurate and appropriate heading should have read: "Why is T&T making Criminals?" This commentary exemplifies cut and paste journalism. The author lacks...

Letter: Revelation

February 24, 2017
Letter: Revelation The recent calypso competition in Skinner Park, San Fernando 2017 was an eye opener. After listening to what can be deemed the mood on the ground, it became clear to me why we are in a mess. The apparent message was the very same people who complained about nepotism, cronyism and abuse of power...

Trump's phone call to PM Rowley may have cost Trinidadians over TT$3 million

February 23, 2017
Trump's phone call to PM Rowley may have cost Trinidadians over TT$3 million PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- With Caribbean leaders counting on a direct connection to US President Donald Trump to boost their domestic and regional political image, very few of them are willing to fork out the exorbitant price tags that many of the big shot lobbying firms in Washington DC are charging...

Trump a convenient whipping boy for Trinidad and Tobago footballer's US visa issue

February 23, 2017
Trump a convenient whipping boy for Trinidad and Tobago footballer's US visa issue PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- US President Donald Trump's travel ban may be on hold as his administration addresses where it may have overstepped constitutional provisions, but many social media users felt that the ban was the reason Trinidad and Tobago-born football superstar...

Letter: Managing a recession

February 23, 2017
Letter: Managing a recession In the traditional modelling of the dynamics of an economy, two state variables play important roles; the aggregate supply capacity, which is the economic capability and capacity to provide goods and services, and the gross domestic product (GDP). The supply capacity change in, say...

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