Tag Archives: Trinidad and Tobago

How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

Of carnivals and controversy: How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

WHEN Anthony Carmona, the president of Trinidad and Tobago, showed up in a Carnival parade last month wearing a head cloth, white shorts and beads like those worn by Hindu pandits, he was not expecting trouble. Nothing seems more Trinidadian than a mixed-race president joining a festival that has African and European roots. But some Hindus were outraged. “[O]ur dress code has never been associated with this foolish and self-degrading season,” huffed a priest. Trinidad’s cultures blend easily most of the time; occasionally, they strike sparks.     Continue reading

Caribbean countries expanding share in global seafood market

Caribbean countries expanding share in global seafood market

CARIBBEAN360 – MAY 31, 2016

Rainforest seafood Products - Jamaica

Rainforest seafood Products – Jamaica

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Friday, May 31, 2016 – Caribbean economies are poised to benefit from a region-wide initiative to expand seafood market share, through the implementation of food safety measures to enable countries to get a bigger piece of the global pie, worth an estimated US$130 billion annually.

Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, are now capitalizing on a coordinated approach to broaden the gateway to the growing market. CARIFORUM (CARICOM and the Dominican Republic) now exports about US$400 million worth of fish and seafood annually, according to the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

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GUYANA – Latest News – October 9, 2015

GUYANA – Latest News – October 9, 2015 – Kaieteur News

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President Granger meets with Trinidad counterpart

OCTOBER 9, 2015 | President David Granger traveled to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, on Wednesday, where he met with new Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley. This meeting marked the first between the two CARICOM Heads of State, since Dr. Rowley was elected in September. President Granger and Prime Minster Rowley re-affirmed the bilateral relationship between […]

NCN paid ‘ghost employees’ $6.6M last year

OCTOBER 9, 2015 | A State audit of the 2014 financial statements of the National Communications Network (NCN) has confirmed that the entity doled out over $6.6M last year for staffers who were not even working there. Rather, the 17 persons were stationed elsewhere, at the Office of the President (OP), under the administration of the previous Government, and […]     Continue reading

Trinidad & Tobago: PNM wins 2015 General Election + PNM Political Music videos

PNM wins 2015 General Election…PNM=23 – PP=18

Published on Sep 7, 2015, 11:20 pm AST – Trinidad Express

PNM- Jubliation at Balisier House: Photo Gyasi Gonzales

 The Dr. Keith Rowley led People’s National Movement captured 23 of the 41 constituencies to be declared winner of the 2015 General Election. The PNM improves on their 2010 showing where they won 12 seats to form the opposition.

The People’s Partnership who had 29 of the 41 seats and formed the government over the past five years won 18 seats and will now be on the opposition bench.   Continue reading

Notting Hill Carnival 2015 – A visual tour – The Guardian

Notting Hill Carnival 2015Notting Hill Carnival 2015 – a visual tour

On the ground in West London – Europe’s biggest Street Party

Guardian photojournalist David Levene donned his rain mac and got down and dirty on the streets of west London to bring us a late summer tour of Europe’s biggest street party.

London’s Notting Hill carnival has taken place on Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday since 1965. It was originally led by members of the local West Indian community, especially those from Trinidad and Tobago.

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GUYANA – Latest News – 31 August 2015

Demerara WavesGUYANA – Latest News – 31 August 2015

Portuguese in Trinidad- by Jo-Anne S. Ferreira

Language Blag

Portuguese in Trinidad

Is one or more of your family names Abreu, Affonso, d’Andrade, Cabral, Camacho, Carvalho, Coelho, Farinha, Fernandes, de Freitas, Garanito, Gomes, Jardim, Lourenço, Luz, Mendes, Mendonça, Netto, Nunes, Pereira, Perneta, Pestana, Pinto, Quintal, Rezende, Rodrigues, Sabino, dos Santos, de Silva, de Souza, Teixeira, Vieira or Xavier, to name just some of the 100+ Portuguese surnames in Trinidad and TobagoThen your roots are probably in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.

Most of the names live on but, for the most part, the language has not. What happened to the language among Luso-descendants of Trinidad and Tobago/Portuguese Trinbagonians is our question.

globalmap1 Madeira is an island chain in the north Atlantic off the coast of Morocco, and 1,076 km from Portugal to the north-east, and 5,168 km from Trinidad to the south-west.

Portuguese groups reportedly came to both Tobago and Trinidad as early as the 17th century: a group arrived…

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The CPL’s commercial reality check – By Tony Cozier

The CPL’s commercial reality check –  by TONY COZIER

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago government has pledged its support for the tournament © Caribbean Premier League

Given the Caribbean passion for cricket and its penchant for revelry, there is no more appropriate location for a T20 tournament than the region.

It was a combination that influenced Digicel, the Irish mobile-phone company long established in the region and in its cricket, to sign a 50-year agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board, originally through Barbados-based merchant bank Verus International, for the ownership of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).    Continue reading

Only people power can save us! – By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Only people power can save us!

February 16, 2015 • Stabroek News

David Comissiong

David Comissiong

By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Virtually the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is in crisis, and at the heart of the crisis are dysfunctional and corrupt Governments. It has now become plain for all to see that the so-called “Westminster two party political system” that was conferred upon our Caribbean nations as they moved into Independence has turned out to be fundamentally flawed.

The fundamental flaw consists of the fact that the system permits the powerful institution of Government to be held hostage and used as an instrument of personal financial profiteering by venal politicians, without adequate provision being made for interventions by the citizenry to hold politicians accountable or to punish them with dismissal when their behaviour so merits. Indeed, the only intervention that the Westminster system permits is a once every five-year intervention at General Election time, and this is clearly not good enough.  Continue reading

Trinidad PM fires attorney general and national security minister

Trinidad PM fires attorney general and national security minister
Published on February 3, 2015 – Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent  By Marcia Braveboy  marcia@caribbeannewsnow.com
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the nation in a national address on Monday night that she has asked for and received the resignations of national security minister Gary Griffith and attorney general Anand Ramlogan.

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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Additionally, the prime minister relieved five other ministers of their portfolios including her own portfolio as minister of the people and social development.

She also asked President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment of senate president Timothy Hamel-Smith.

The firing of Ramlogan and Griffith is the latest escalation of a recent controversy where the newly appointed director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) David West revealed that the attorney general had asked him to withdraw his witness statement in a defamation lawsuit in exchange for his selection for the job.

West then reported Ramlogan to the police for witness tampering. Continue reading

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