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Public trust in justice further eroded with arrest of former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general

September 2, 2017
Public trust in justice further eroded with arrest of former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- It's not unusual for politicians to steal the spotlight from one another, but residents of Trinidad and Tobago probably didn't expect it to happen quite so fast. On August 29, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan was arrested on charges of perverting the course of justice and...

Letter: Let the flowers bloom

September 2, 2017
Letter: Let the flowers bloom A commentator on a radio talk show in Trinidad and Tobago agreed that it is necessary that we diversify our economy. However, he does not see a fundamental role for the government or the need for centres of excellence, which concentrate on the development of a few technologies...

Letter: Dr Rowley needs to boldly go where no one has gone before!

September 1, 2017
Letter: Dr Rowley needs to boldly go where no one has gone before! The investigation into the procurement steps by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has not yet started but already there are allegations of cover up and incompetence. It is critical to note that there are sectors of our society who will find nothing good about anything proposed or done by this PNM...

Letter: Respect our cosmopolitan history

August 31, 2017
Letter: Respect our cosmopolitan history I verily denounce the current attempts of crooks and dishonest brokers, wherever they exist, to demonize minority groups and peoples in our Republic. Any honest and objective glance at our post-colonial history would show that they are not to blame for the horrible failures of post-colonial reconstruction...

Former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general arrested

August 30, 2017
Former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general arrested PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- At 6:00 am on Tuesday, a team of police officers, headed by deputy police commissioner, Harold Phillips, arrested former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general Anand Ramlogan and executed a search warrant at his South Trinidad home. By a curious coincidence, Ramlogan was...

Ministry of national security issues advisory on the use of drones in Trinidad and Tobago

August 30, 2017
Ministry of national security issues advisory on the use of drones in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 55th anniversary as an independent nation on Thursday, the ministry of national security has reminded the public that the Port of Spain area has been designated as a no fly zone for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)...

Letter: A country in limbo

August 30, 2017
Letter: A country in limbo Mr Basdeo Panday, one time prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, is calling for a role for the trade unions in the political management of the country. One way he sees is via the tripartite relationship among the government, labour and the private sector. However, the role of the trade unions is...

Letter: Here we are once again, having our intelligence insulted

August 29, 2017
Letter: Here we are once again, having our intelligence insulted The prime minister’s decision to appoint Christian Mouttet as sole investigator in the Ferry/Seabridge scandal is nothing short of an attempt of a whitewash because I will not be surprise if this report has already been written and Mouttet’s unpalatable role will be an attempt at sanitization. Keith Rowley’s decision...

Could Trinidad and Tobago's media shake up usher in a return to 'total local' programming?

August 28, 2017
Could Trinidad and Tobago's media shake up usher in a return to 'total local' programming? PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago's television and film industry practitioners wonder whether they are on the verge of a return to the glory days of original local programming. On August 24, 2017, the sector was shaken up by an announcement from Maxie Cuffie, minister of public...

Letter: The face of our private sector

August 28, 2017
Letter: The face of our private sector Mr Gervase Warner, CEO of Trinidad and Tobago’s Massy, a regional conglomerate, tells us that a Sandals (all inclusive) hotel, proposed for Tobago, would be a game changer for Tobago’s economy; Sandals will transform Trinidad and Tobago! Besides the short term provision of jobs in construction and...

Letter: Tribalism in Guyana

August 26, 2017
Letter: Tribalism in Guyana The sustained collaborative foreign and local bombardment of the PPP Government succeeded and Dr Jagan was forced to accept constitutional changes on the basis of which elections were held in early December 1964 resulting in the PPP winning 45.8 per cent of the total vote, the PNC 40 per cent...

Letter: Brutal police arrest of Abdul Wakeel (Avinash Seepersad)

August 25, 2017
Letter: Brutal police arrest of Abdul Wakeel (Avinash Seepersad) At or about 2pm on Wednesday evening Abdul Wakeel (Avinash Seepersad) of Enterprise Chagaunas was on his way to visit his deceased wife's mother when he was stopped and harassed by a group of police officers headed by Sgt. Jordan. They alighted from a marked police vehicle Reg. # PCZ 9266...

Men's relay team gives Trinidad and Tobago an early Independence Day gift with historic IAAF win

August 25, 2017
Men's relay team gives Trinidad and Tobago an early Independence Day gift with historic IAAF win PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The 2017 IAAF World Championships, which ended on August 13, 2017, in London, England, left Caribbean netizens brokenhearted that Usain Bolt, widely acknowledged as the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), ended his international track and field career with a bronze medal...

Letter: Global competitiveness is not simply about investment in plant and machinery

August 24, 2017
Letter: Global competitiveness is not simply about investment in plant and machinery The Trinidad and Tobago newspapers report that the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) is requesting export incentives from the government, which could encourage the manufacturers to create additional foreign exchange revenue streams for the economy. This, according to the...

Trinidad ISIS fighter on UN terror list

August 23, 2017
Trinidad ISIS fighter on UN terror list PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidadian Shane Crawford is on a United Nations Terrorism Sanctions List for his joining terrorists fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Office of the Attorney General in Port of Spain in a statement on Monday stated that the UN Security Council had...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago national awards

August 23, 2017
Letter: Trinidad and Tobago national awards There is still much talk for and against the shifting of the National Awards Ceremony from Independence Day – August 31, to Republic Day – September 24. For me, the announcement was a welcome one and long overdue. I struggle to appreciate the arguments being offered against the shift.

Trinidad and Tobago suspends operations of state tourism agency

August 22, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago suspends operations of state tourism agency PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company (TDC) has ceased operations and, effective Monday, the ministry of tourism will manage the following tourism portfolios previously under the remit of the TDC on an interim basis: Tourism Investment and Incentives.

Letter: Hollow assurance

August 22, 2017
Letter: Hollow assurance The assurance of education minister Anthony Garcia that all schools are ready for the start of the academic year is hollow in light of his track record on this important matter. Mr Garcia’s previous guarantees turned out to be worthless and insincere after a number of schools faced major construction...

Trinidad and Tobago and the EU to expand collaboration on security

August 21, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago and the EU to expand collaboration on security PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Intensifying cooperation regarding regional security was the focus of discussions in Port of Spain on Friday morning when the minister of national security, Edmund Dillon, received a courtesy call from Arend Biesebroek, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary...

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Harvey forms, warnings issued

August 18, 2017
MIAMI, USA -- A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that the tropical system moving into the Eastern Caribbean had become Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday afternoon. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and...

Trinidad and Tobago disputes UK 'terrorism' travel advisory

August 18, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago disputes UK 'terrorism' travel advisory PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of Trinidad and Tobago has expressed concern over recent media reports regarding the United Kingdom’s foreign travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago and in particular the reference to what is stated under the heading “Terrorism”. The government has...

USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Letter: Far-reaching hand of the PNM continues to infiltrate the TTPS

August 16, 2017
Letter: Far-reaching hand of the PNM continues to infiltrate the TTPS It seems the far-reaching hand of the Peoples National Movement (PNM) continues to infiltrate the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), another “independent institution” that many feel has not lived up to the standards of unscrupulous objectivity whenever the PNM is in government.

Letter: Making Trinidad and Tobago business-ready

August 12, 2017
Letter: Making Trinidad and Tobago business-ready Movie Towne, South Park, C3 Center, Trincity Mall, Harry’s Water Park, the pubs and restaurants along Ariapita Avenue, Nicholas Tower and West Mall all contribute towards enhancing the image of Trinidad and Tobago. These are just a few of the many private businesses that not only create employment...

Letter: Punishing Trinidad and Tobago's tertiary students

August 11, 2017
Letter: Punishing Trinidad and Tobago's tertiary students Minister of Education Anthony Garcia is further punishing the nation’s tertiary students with dark threats of means testing to access Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) mere weeks before the start of the new semester. Mr Garcia is compounding the severe cuts to GATE funding with...

Letter: Money madness!

August 10, 2017
Letter: Money madness! Whether we are debating security, education, infrastructure, health care or agriculture, money is a major factor. Trinidad and Tobago’s development and sustainability depends on our ability to raise income. It is with this in mind that I am confused by the approach to many money matters.

Letter: Another 'unreported', 'insignificant' Petrotrin oil spill?

August 9, 2017
Letter: Another 'unreported', 'insignificant' Petrotrin oil spill? It has been reported by various media publications, that on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, oil deposits washed ashore on the coastlines of Point Sable and Carat Shed Beaches in La Brea, Trinidad. Admittedly this spill is much smaller than the now infamous “300 barrel” April 23, 2017, Tank 70 rupture in which...

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