Trinidad and Tobago

  • Chinese President to pay State visit

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, is to pay a three-day State visit to Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of the Prime Minister has announced. It said the Chinese leader, who will be accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, will arrive here on May 31. The statement quoted Prime Minister Kamla…

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  • Gonsalves wants CAL talks by next week

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves has expressed hope that he can meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar within the next week over the contentious fuel subsidy to State-owned carrier Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) on competing routes with regional airline LIAT. He expressed hope that he could have a meeting…

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  • Opposition Leader dismisses threat to declare him bankrupt

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley has dismissed moves by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to have a court declare him bankrupt over the non-payment of legal fees. Last week, Ramlogan initiated court proceedings against Rowley to recover the TT$12,000 (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) owed to him from a court order made on January…

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  • The trouble with Lawrence

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – In his most recent interviews with the Guardian, Lawrence Duprey, former Chairman of CL Financial has his own narrative of his time at the helm of the failed financial empire. Duprey claims to have only wanted to help people save their money and to improve their standard of living. The economic downturn, in this version…

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  • Trinidad government fires CAL board

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Trinidad’s Finance Minister Larry Howai Friday named a new board of directors for the cash-strapped state-owned national carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), less than 72 hours after he told legislators that the company had accumulated losses in excess of US$100 million. Howai told a news conference that the new interim board will be chaired by former independent legislator…

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  • Declare war on T&T, Barbados

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Having read Ronald Mason’s blast against CARICOM, and the insipid reply by Hilbourne Watson, I must intervene. The whole thinking about CARICOM has gone off track. This business of whether Jamaica should be in or out is beside the point. Who told Trinidad and Barbados to set up shop in our backyard? After all! I say we…

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  • The CCJ And The Death Penalty

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Last week in the Senate an interesting exchange took place between Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and some PNM senators during the period set aside for questions to ministers. The essence of the argument was that the Attorney General indicated that he could prepare a draft bill within 48 hours on the death penalty. He then…

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  • On foreign front, T&T hands full, or filling up

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The visit later this month of US Vice President Joe Biden, and the attendant holding here of the equivalent of a Caribbean summit, call attention to this country’s standing in the region and the world. Those events underscore T&T’s international recognition and its responsibilities within Caricom and beyond. The choice of T&T as the venue…

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  • US lobbies Caribbean for position on IACHR

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The United States candidate for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Professor James L. Cavallaro, has held talks with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) seeking support for his candidacy. CARICOM foreign ministers met here earlier this week under the chairmanship of Trinidad and Tobago’s foreign minister Winston Dookeran. A statement issued by the US Embassy…

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  • CAL VP Jaikaran treated in NY for heart problems

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Vice-chairman of Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and WinTV executive chairman Mohan Jaikaran was hospitalised in New York, USA, following “heart complications.” Sunil Ramdeen, WinTV’s general manger, confirmed that Jaikaran had complications relating to his heart but he is now at his New York-based home. Ramdeen explained that Jaikaran had heart issues for some time—he suffered a…

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