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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...

Letter: The three keys to great governance

February 22, 2017
Letter: The three keys to great governance No matter where in the world one exists, there are fundamental foundation blocks to an orderly and prosperous society. The better the quality of these disciplines the better the quality of life. As they fail or deteriorate, so too our quality of life. Our recovery therefore is directly linked to our...

Trinidad Olympic athlete extradited to Cayman Islands in sex-crime case

February 22, 2017
Trinidad Olympic athlete extradited to Cayman Islands in sex-crime case GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Ato Modibo Stephens has been extradited from the United States to the Cayman Islands to face allegations of sexual abuse while he worked as a coach there. The 37-year-old Olympic athlete, who is married to Cayman’s track star Cydonie Mothersill...

Trinidad and Tobago prime minister and US president pledge to deepen ties

February 21, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago prime minister and US president pledge to deepen ties PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, and US President Donald Trump on Sunday agreed that both administrations will continue to strengthen the relationship that exists between the two countries. In a press release, the Office of...

Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee!

February 18, 2017
Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee! My love affair with Trinidad and Tobago dates back a few years when I visited that country for Carnival. I had such a ball so strong and so deep that, upon my return home, I made to God the irreverent prayer to send me to Trinidad upon my demise. The women were all beautiful and glamorous.

Trinidad and Tobago international football legend denied entry into the US

February 18, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago international football legend denied entry into the US MIAMI, USA -- Former Manchester United star and Trinidad and Tobago international football player Dwight Yorke has been denied entry into the US because he has an Iranian stamp in his passport. Yorke was stopped on Friday morning in Qatar en route to Trinidad and Tobago via Miami.

Letter: Say no to race-based politics

February 17, 2017
Letter: Say no to race-based politics Race-based politics (RPB) has sunken its claws, not only here in Trinidad, but in nations very visible to us, and, indeed, globally. At a time of great difficulty, in the pangs of immense suffering, the death-call, people of African descent showed us, the Highway Reroute Movement, a love of immense...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Letter: OWTU must publish Petrotrin proposals

February 16, 2017
Letter: OWTU must publish Petrotrin proposals The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) has submitted a proposal for the “restructuring” of Petrotrin to the Trinidad and Tobago government and, according to media reports, preliminary discussions with the government have been held on the proposal. The union has agreed to nominate two...

National security minister and Muslim leaders meet on countering terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago

February 13, 2017
National security minister and Muslim leaders meet on countering terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following several months of discussions with leaders of the Muslim community, minister of national security, Edmund Dillon, has formally established a round table group of leaders representing most of the Islamic organizations in Trinidad and Tobago.

Letter: Illicit drugs: Can Trinidad and Tobago ensure national security?

February 13, 2017
Letter: Illicit drugs: Can Trinidad and Tobago ensure national security? The illicit drug trade is a business with the objective of making money by those involved; it is part of our, Trinidad and Tobago's (T&T), economy. It is in three bits; the producers, the transportation section that takes the product to the major markets and the distribution/sales in those markets.

Trinidad and Tobago crime woes continue unabated

February 10, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago crime woes continue unabated PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- While Trinidad and Tobago may be outside the usual hurricane belt, unlike many of its Caribbean neighbours that frequently get hit by tropical cyclones, the twin island republic does have its own storm of violent crime to contend with on a daily basis.

Clamour for action in Trinidad and Tobago after yet another woman murdered

February 8, 2017
Clamour for action in Trinidad and Tobago after yet another woman murdered PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The murder of a young woman on February 7 at MovieTowne, a popular entertainment destination in Trinidad's capital city, has rattled residents and further eroded trust in the ability of the authorities to curb rising violent crime in the country. Jamilia Derevenax was apparently lured...

Letter: Leadership

February 8, 2017
Letter: Leadership It is sickening to observe the many excuses for the declining quality of life in Trinidad and Tobago. The reason why things are bad is due largely to the poor quality of leadership we have in public office over the years. In Trinidad and Tobago and many other countries lately, leaders are elected...

Letter: IT as a service to innovation

February 7, 2017
Letter: IT as a service to innovation The government of Trinidad and Tobago, via the ministry of planning, has procured a loan from the IDB of US$18 milion to fund the project, “The Global Services Promotions Programme”. The general objective of the programme is to support the positioning of Trinidad and Tobago as a...

Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago in great moral decay

February 6, 2017
Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago in great moral decay Today, with sophisticated and technology-aided education, a child will learn things at a great speed/understanding while, in absence of our moral values and exposure of media, he/she is also learning things that will destroy the core of humanity, respect, discipline, integrity and such…

Letter: Nancy Story Nance

February 4, 2017
Letter: Nancy Story Nance MSNBC, and Mr Malcolm Nance, should be called upon by our government to explain or substantiate claims made in the recent Joy Reid/Nance/MSNBC interview. A letter from the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago should be sent, via our embassy in Washington, to MSNBC, and copied to...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago is facing a serious national crisis, covering multiple areas

February 3, 2017
Letter: Trinidad and Tobago is facing a serious national crisis, covering multiple areas The out-of-control crime wave has citizens feeling abandoned by their government and security services. Trinidad and Tobago is facing a serious national crisis, covering multiple areas – a crisis in governance, a crisis in credibility, a crisis in national security and a crisis in dealing with the economy.

Businessman held in Trinidad over US$2 million found in shipping container

February 2, 2017
Businessman held in Trinidad over US$2 million found in shipping container PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A contractor from Santa Cruz in Trinidad was detained on Monday for questioning in connection with the seizure of US$2 million inside a cargo container shipped to the Point Lisas Port last November. According to reports, around 10 am on Monday, detectives from the Organised...

Commentary: Things fall apart

February 2, 2017
Commentary: Things fall apart Looking at the pictures from the shootout at the Maracas Valley police station one could not help but reflect on the words of William Butler Yeats’ poem the Second Coming, “Things fall apart. The centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Yeats wrote that in 1919 as he surveyed...

Trinidad and Tobago government denies forensic 'pile up'

February 1, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago government denies forensic 'pile up' PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Operations at the Forensic Science Centre (FSC) in Trinidad were stalled for seven hours on Monday when no pathologist showed up for work. Last-minute arrangements had to be made by FSC officials to “fly-in” pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes from Tobago.

Caribbean region better prepared to deal with crisis situations

February 1, 2017
Caribbean region better prepared to deal with crisis situations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean region’s ability to respond to crisis situations and its early warning capacity have been greatly strengthened, thanks to the Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP). The two-year programme received 2.6 million euros from the European Union.

Letter: Pain

February 1, 2017
Letter: Pain It is painful to see what has become of Trinidad and Tobago. Fifty murders and counting in January alone and there is no positive word from those elected to serve us. Many have asked me what I would have done if I were prime minister. I say most confidently that such a scenario cannot happen...

Trinidad and Tobago committed to fight against terrorism, says national security ministry

January 31, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago committed to fight against terrorism, says national security ministry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of Trinidad and Tobago has given an assurance that it is working closely with international partners – especially the United States, Britain and Canada – in strategic areas such as intelligence and information sharing, concerning nationals found to be associated...

Letter: Crippling fear

January 30, 2017
Letter: Crippling fear Fear is the number one reason for why many obvious things are not done in Trinidad and Tobago. Politicians fear financiers will no longer finance their party if they act contrary to their desires. Businesses fear victimization if they take a stand against political incompetence. Citizens fear criminals...

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