Thursday, September 29, 2016


Air Canada back on PoS route*

Sep. 28, 2016, 10:4 PM AST Comments

AFTER dropping the 60-year-old route in 2008, Air Canada will resume direct flights between Port of Spain and Toronto from December 22. This according to what agent Ronald Lazzari of Lazzari & Sampson said on Tuesday night at the re-launch of the route at the Hilton Trinidad in Port of Spain.

Poor work ethic cited as T&T drops on global scale

Sep. 28, 2016, 10:2 PM AST Comments

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s competitiveness on the global scale has fallen. According to the 2016/2017 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR), produced by the World Economic Forum, this country slipped five notches, from 89 out of 140 countries last year to 94 out of 138 countries this year.

Consider a reward fund to fight crime*

Sep. 27, 2016, 10:36 PM AST Comments

CHAGUANAS Chamber president Richie Sookhai has called on the Government to consider creating a reward fund to be administered by CrimeStoppers to pay people who provide information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of State employees involved in criminal activities.

Hoteliers pleased with plans for regional tourism summit

Sep. 27, 2016, 10:23 PM AST Comments

President of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Karolin Troubetzkoy, says the regional tourism stakeholders are encouraged and enthused at the possible benefits that could emerge from collaboration at the highest level should Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders convene the much-antici

Teachers gearing for industrial action

Sep. 27, 2016, 10:19 PM AST Comments

BELMOPAN, Belize, Sept 27, CMC – Teachers were gearing for another round of industrial action on October 3 after their union demanded that the Belize government meets its eight demands . The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), which staged a successful one-day demonstration one week ago, sa

Manzanilla Highway, Toco freeway in Budget Friday*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:44 PM AST Comments

IN two days, when Finance Minister Colm Imbert reads the national budget in Parliament in Port of Spain, the place known by most as the “La Basse”- the Beetham Landfill Estate-is expected to feature therein as one of Government’s upcoming projects in fiscal 2016/2017.

Labour has huge role to play*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:38 PM AST Comments

THE meetings last week between a Government team led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the two trade union federations could not have come at a more opportune time. Come Friday, Finance Minister Colm Imbert will present to the nation the fiscal 2016-2017 Budget, which is expected to be the most

South Park bets big in recession*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:28 PM AST Comments

YOU might be forgiven for momentarily forgetting where you are, having entered South Park Shopping Plaza. The place looks like a high-end entertainment centre in the United States. And the illusion is complete when you realise that America’s favourite fried chicken and favourite cup of coffe

Over-supply coming in LNG market*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:25 PM AST Comments

THE bad news from international financial institution Credit Suisse is that liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices will be going down. This will affect Trinidad and Tobago as much as any other LNG exporting country. The reason, according to Credit Suisse, is that an over-supply on the market is imminent

2017 Budget prospects*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:18 PM AST Comments

THE 2017 budget is due to be presented on Friday to an anxious nation. Having had to endure the literally unbelievable optimistic economic claims of the previous government prior to the September 2015 general election, we were told by then Central Bank Governor, Jwala Rambaran, in December 2015, th

All the President’s spend*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:5 PM AST Comments

MY favourite actor, Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects and the US version of House of Cards) was asked by the Independent, “How do you act as President of the United States?” I thought of this as I saw the shambles, the house of cards really, that now seems ready to bury the present Presid

Making collective bargaining less confrontational*

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:2 PM AST Comments

SECTION 2 (1) of the Industrial Relations Act Chap. 88:01 (“the Act”) states: “Collective bargaining” means treating and negotiating with a view towards the conclusion of an agreement or the revision or renewal thereof or the resolution of disputes, and “trade dispute&