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The brief contentious ministership of Trinidad and Tobago's Marlene McDonald

July 4, 2017
The brief contentious ministership of Trinidad and Tobago's Marlene McDonald PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The hiring and subsequent firing days later of a politician as minister of public utilities has some people in Trinidad and Tobago cracking jokes and others grumbling about the questions of corruption and poor governance that her brief stint in the position raises.

Letter: Solar for Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission?

July 4, 2017
Letter: Solar for Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission? I had an interesting response to my Caribbean News Now article, “Solar cells - not so green”, from a reader who calls himself a power engineer. He agrees with the conclusion of the article that Trinidad and Tobago should not be about the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells. However, he went further...

Letter: Time for action

June 30, 2017
Letter: Time for action A child is murdered, a business executive is kidnapped for ransom, homes are flooded, a sector boasts of their dominance and our politicians disrespect our Parliament all in one short period of our history. We struggle with improving our infrastructure and wonder if things will ever change.

Caribbean ancestry groups lag behind US educational level

June 29, 2017
Caribbean ancestry groups lag behind US educational level WASHINGTON, USA -- While about 61 percent of people with Nigerian ancestry age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher -- more than twice the US rate of 28.5 percent -- Caribbean ancestry groups in the United States lagged behind, according to a new US Census Bureau report.

Letter: Drowning in hate

June 28, 2017
Letter: Drowning in hate Last week I was accused by a Facebook subscriber as being racist and not liking my own simply because I insisted that people of African ancestry are not exempt from hard work, the pursuit of education or the responsibility of family life. One’s race ought not to be an excuse for the use of pejorative...

Letter: White collar crime killing Trinidad and Tobago

June 27, 2017
Letter:  White collar crime killing Trinidad and Tobago Real estate agents selling public office holders millions on top of millions of dollars of real estate without ethics, not caring to ask where did this money come from? Public and former public office holders buying upscale properties CASH. The lawyers who are handling the transactions are betraying their oaths.

Letter: A Bret-alyzer test failure

June 26, 2017
Letter: A Bret-alyzer test failure The Bret floods were not caused by garbage and old fridges in our drains and rivers. It was caused by the stupidity, ignorance, corruption and arrogance of successive government over the last 50 years. Here are seven such instances: 1. In the 1960s, the government hired Dutch engineers to...

Trinidad and Tobago chief justice admits to error

June 23, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago chief justice admits to error PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chief Justice Ivor Archie has admitted that the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary made an error last month when it announced that the 53 cases left unfinished by former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar would have to be restarted. An embattled Archie made the statement...

'Minor storm' causes 'major losses' in parts of Trinidad and Tobago

June 23, 2017
'Minor storm' causes 'major losses' in parts of Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As of 5 am on June 20, 2017, the tropical storm warning that was in effect for Trinidad and Tobago was discontinued -- but in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret, the humour and lightheartedness of storm night has taken a sobering turn. There were also reports of...

Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

June 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakening trend expected to begin later Tuesday.

Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago

June 21, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, partnered last week in Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 60th anniversary of Antigua’s Carnival, which takes place from July 28 – August 7, 2017.

Letter: Government's dereliction of duty and abdication of responsibility totally unacceptable

June 21, 2017
Letter: Government's dereliction of duty and abdication of responsibility totally unacceptable Trinidad and Tobago dodged a bullet Monday evening, not just because tropical storm Bret veered away at the last minute, minimising its effects and damage, but had it not done so, government's ridiculous abdication of responsibility may have resulted in needless lives being lost due to a lack...

Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone

June 20, 2017
Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Letter: Solar cells - not so green

June 20, 2017
Letter: Solar cells - not so green The National Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of NGC of Trinidad and Tobago, is recommending a solar energy project to cost some US$1.3 billion, which is expected to allow Trinidad and Tobago to enter the renewable energy manufacturing business.  The plan envisages a cluster of four plants...

Fired Trinidad judge threatens to take president, chief justice to court

June 19, 2017
Fired Trinidad judge threatens to take president, chief justice to court PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Marcia Ayers-Caesar, who was forced to resign within days of her appointment as a high court judge, has threatened to take Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) to court if she is not given her job...

Letter: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

June 19, 2017
Letter: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! SOS, SOS, SOS to our leaders. Where are they? The afro-centric communities are leaderless and without voice. Who is going to fill the void left by leaders of yesteryear? We need you now. Every day mothers bawling, fathers crying, brothers and sisters in grief and a child wondering what...

Letter: Are we ready to move forward?

June 17, 2017
Letter: Are we ready to move forward? Is it possible that the British were deliberately irresponsible when they left the Caribbean to be managed by descendants of slaves and indentured servants? Are the Caribbean people incapable of effectively managing themselves? Were the British wrong in assuming that the Caribbean people...

Letter: BPO is no long term solution

June 16, 2017
Letter: BPO is no long term solution Business process outsourcing (BPO) is being touted as an opportunity for the diversification of our economy. This is when businesses particularly in developed countries prefer to outsource non-core business activities usually to developing countries; these businesses prefer to use their highly paid...

More twists and turns in Trinidad and Tobago's chief justice fiasco

June 15, 2017
More twists and turns in Trinidad and Tobago's chief justice fiasco PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The imbroglio between the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT), Chief Justice Ivor Archie and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) continues to be fluid and fast-changing. In one of the controversy's latest twists, Marcia Ayers-Caesar...

Letter: Address the challenges now!

June 15, 2017
Letter: Address the challenges now! Jamaica, Beijing China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Columbia, California USA and many countries in Europe have all experienced exceedingly high levels of rainfall in 2017. As a result, there have been reports of unprecedented flooding and consequential death. In Trinidad and Tobago there is...

Letter: We are where we are because we choose to be here

June 14, 2017
Letter: We are where we are because we choose to be here When the rats eat the cocaine evidence in police custody and we laugh we signal to those in authority that we take our nation and the rule of law as a joke, that they could get away with just about anything if they give us the false sense of superiority that we could laugh about things while actually never...

Child marriage now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago

June 13, 2017
Child marriage now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Child marriage is now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. On June 9, 2017, the country's parliament unanimously passed legislation to outlaw the practice, changing the legal marriage age to 18. Prior to this amendment of the Marriage Act, some members of the Hindu and...

Letter: Speaker Bridgid Anisette-George... our 42nd MP

June 13, 2017
Letter: Speaker Bridgid Anisette-George... our 42nd MP House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George’s apparent political bias and contempt for the opposition continues unabated. Annisette-George is boldly and openly too intrusive; she now speaks more than elected MPs and does not understand she represents no constituency in the Lower House and her job is...

Don't politicise the judiciary, warn Trinidad and Tobago jurists

June 12, 2017
Don't politicise the judiciary, warn Trinidad and Tobago jurists PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The narrative surrounding the controversy over the chief justice in Trinidad and Tobago is shifting, moving from heated debate about accountability to concerns about the politicisation of the judiciary. The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) passed a...

Trinidadian Muslim woman sets the record straight after men hijack conversation on hijab

June 10, 2017
Trinidadian Muslim woman sets the record straight after men hijack conversation on hijab PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- One of Trinidad and Tobago's most popular and irreverent newspaper columnists was fired shortly after a relatively unpopular Muslim hardliner criticised a piece he penned about the “economics” of the hijab, or head covering worn by some Muslim women. It is unclear if the...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

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