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Trinidad to host digital financial services workshop

April 27, 2017
Trinidad to host digital financial services workshop PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On 27-28 April 2017, a digital financial services (DFS) workshop will be convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to update policy makers in the Caribbean about the latest trends in financial technology. The workshop is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America...

Letter: Petrotrin oil spill... an accident or a time bomb?

April 27, 2017
Letter: Petrotrin oil spill... an accident or a time bomb? Was this newest oil spill in the Gulf of Paria an accident or a probability? Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) investigations have uncovered that workers and management knew that Tank #70 (known as T70) had a small leak at the bottom of the tank… since 2003! FFOS have in hand...

Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states

April 26, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) states of St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Grenada are among Caribbean states being criticized by a regional head of state for not having replaced the London-based Privy Council...

Letter: Nothing more than a political distraction and ploy

April 26, 2017
Letter: Nothing more than a political distraction and ploy I find it particularly amusing that public utilities minister, attorney-at-law Fitzgerald Hinds, wants the Law Association to speak out in defence of Chief Justice Ivor Archie following a request by opposition senators Gerald Ramdeen and Wayne Sturge for information under the Freedom of Information Act...

Letter: Another oil spill

April 25, 2017
Letter: Another oil spill Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) once again report to the nation that this morning – Monday, 24th April 2017, there is another massive oil spill at Point-a-Pierre in the Gulf of Paria. It has been reported by eye-witness accounts that over 2,000 barrels of Type C Bunker fuel have already been...

New agreement between Trinidad and US will improve border security

April 22, 2017
New agreement between Trinidad and US will improve border security PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States on Friday signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) that will provide for the establishment of a state-of-the-art border control system that documents the arrival and departure of international travelers at airports...

US kills Trinidadian IS fighter, then adds him to terrorism list

April 21, 2017
US kills Trinidadian IS fighter, then adds him to terrorism list LONDON, England -- A Trinidadian fighter for the Islamic State group (IS) was designated a terrorist by the United States months after being killed by American forces in Syria, Middle East Eye (MEE) has learned. Shane Crawford was added to a list of 'Specially Designated Global Terrorists'...

Letter: Time for order in our society

April 21, 2017
Letter: Time for order in our society It was exceedingly disappointing to hear a radio talk show host on the evening drive home condemning the present administration for not distributing the wealth of the nation. This radio personality, a supporter of the present administration, was condemning the PNM administration for not living up to...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Letter: Economic diversification - short to medium term

April 20, 2017
Letter: Economic diversification - short to medium term In small open economies, with the advent of a recession, a drop in foreign exchange earnings, it is impossible immediately to export new goods/services or replace imports by local production – diversify. Still, diversification of an economy in the short to medium term will not depend in general on new...

ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

April 18, 2017
ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience significant disabilities. With populations ageing and an increasing number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases...

Letter: Fixing labour in Trinidad and Tobago

April 18, 2017
Letter: Fixing labour in Trinidad and Tobago It has been over five years and spanning two administrations and to date no one can get the workers at the Licensing Department on Wrightson Road to work for a full day. The labour situation in Trinidad and Tobago is in a terrible place. Working conditions are substandard, wages are inadequate...

Letter: Recession - debt - austerity

April 15, 2017
Letter: Recession - debt - austerity Dr Valmiki Arjoon, a UWI economist, drew attention to the increasing debt burden of Trinidad and Tobago, now some 60 percent of GDP and claims that it is beginning to enter the danger zone. If this continues he expects that the international rating agencies would downgrade our debt to junk.

Caribbean Airlines begins service from Trinidad to St Vincent

April 14, 2017
Caribbean Airlines begins service from Trinidad to St Vincent PIARCO, Trinidad -- Caribbean Airlines has announced the introduction of service to Argyle International Airport, St Vincent, starting April 14, 2017. The flights will operate twice weekly, every Friday and Sunday between Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Caribbean Airlines is...

Letter: Sports: an alternative to crime

April 14, 2017
Letter: Sports: an alternative to crime Preventing individuals from turning to a life of crime must be a better option that trying to deal with criminals. Over the weekend, I attended a meeting of the Jabloteh Sports club in San Juan, where the challenges of proper sporting facilities were brought up. After over 30 years of providing...

Are Trinidad police actively investigating the president's housing allowance as they said?

April 13, 2017
Are Trinidad police actively investigating the president's housing allowance as they said? PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Rhoda Bharath, the university lecturer in Trinidad and Tobago who, back in September 2016, brought the issue of a controversial presidential housing allowance to national attention, has posted a new Facebook Live video to update netizens on the latest developments.

Former minister calls for state of emergency in Trinidad and Tobago

April 11, 2017
Former minister calls for state of emergency in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In an exclusive interview with Caribbean News Now, former minister of the people and social development, Dr Glen Ramadarsingh expressed the view that the current government has to consider imposing a state of emergency because there is too much...

Letter: Competitiveness rides on work ethic

April 10, 2017
Letter: Competitiveness rides on work ethic The fabrication yard at La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago, is a joint venture between a local company, Welfab Ltd. and Chet Morrison Contractors of the US. It is as well equipped as similar yards in the US and is situated in the midst of the Trinidad and Tobago petroleum fields. Further, with Guyana...

Letter: Time to turn things around

April 7, 2017
Letter: Time to turn things around Over the decades without having to invest one cent we received billions of dollars. All we had to do was agree on the level of taxation on the energy companies for extracting oil and gas from our territory. This scenario placed the economy of Trinidad and Tobago almost totally in the hands of investors.

Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean

April 7, 2017
Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean Horse racing has a rich history in the Caribbean: the sport takes place not just on the English-speaking islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, but also in Dominican Republic, Martinique and Puerto Rico. The most prestigious and popular race in the Caribbean is the Clasico...

Trinidad-Tobago Defence Force claims over soldier's death disputed

April 6, 2017
Trinidad-Tobago Defence Force claims over soldier's death disputed PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Statements made earlier this week by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) in relation to what it described as a flow of misinformation being disseminated by some conspiracy theorists in relation to the recent death of Warrant Officer Omar Samaroo continue to be disputed.

Letter: Intellectual property's role in diversification

April 6, 2017
Letter: Intellectual property's role in diversification The Trinidad and Tobago newspapers have reported the signing of a MOU between the UTT (University of T&T) and the T&T Ministry of Legal Affairs to create training programmes in intellectual property (IP) and to develop a relationship between the UTT and the existing IP Office.

Letter: Venezuela invades Trinidad and Tobago!

April 4, 2017
Letter: Venezuela invades Trinidad and Tobago! Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) take strong objection to the fact that Venezuelan poachers are invading the north coast of Trinidad as well as the fertile fishing grounds three to five miles north of Castara, Tobago. We fear that these Venezuelan poachers, like many before, are armed...

Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force condemns 'fake news'

April 3, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force condemns 'fake news' PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) has vigorously denounced what it described as the flow of misinformation being disseminated by some conspiracy theorists in relation to the recent death of Warrant Officer Omar Samaroo. “The TTDF wishes to...

Letter: Trinidad banks avoid the issue of exorbitant service fees and super profits at customers' expense

April 3, 2017
Letter: Trinidad banks avoid the issue of exorbitant service fees and super profits at customers' expense In a news release issued by the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT), the Association’s president Anya Schnoor attempted to chide the leader of the opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar about remarks Persad-Bissessar referenced from the Central Bank and Trinidad and Tobago...

Letter: FFOS calls for 'state of emergency' on the Gulf of Paria fisheries

April 1, 2017
Letter: FFOS calls for 'state of emergency' on the Gulf of Paria fisheries If the government says the fish from the Gulf of Paria are safe to eat then why is there continuous death of marine species from Mosquito Creek to Point Fortin? The two dolphins found dead on Thursday 30th March in the heart of La Brea bring the total number of dead dolphins since the December 17...

Letter: Patriarchy and power

March 29, 2017
Letter: Patriarchy and power Violence against women has become very much a major issue in the public domain and discourse. This is a very important development because our record as Caribbean men in this area has not been particularly good. And we do need to take stock and re-learn some key relationship patterns.

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