Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon, has presented two new cocoa standards to The University of the West Indies (UWI) which were developed by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), intended to improve the quality of locally produced cocoa beans.
The handover took place at The UWI during the Cocoa Research Centre’s (CRC) Annual Research and Development Symposium.
According to Gopee-Scoon, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is committed to supporting downstream agro-processing as a form of economic diversification.
Just two weeks after a dozen people died while trying to flee Venezuela for T&T in a pirogue, the crew and passengers of another vessel coming from Venezuela are currently in a standoff with the T&T Coast Guard, fearing they may suffer the same fate.
Former judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Rolston Nelson, SC, has been appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a contract for immigration kiosks at the Piarco and ANR Robinson airports, that will cost the state US$43 million (approx TT$300M) over 7 years.
The contract is between Novo Technology Incorporation Limited and the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) and caters for the provision of kiosks that allow passengers to scan their passports at the machines and reduce the time spent in immigration lines.
Police have arrested of 13 male suspects wanted in connection with a plot to murder a state witness, as he exited a Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
A statement by the Police Service said that strategic planning and diligent work by officers of the Northern Division Special Investigations Unit led to the arrests.
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says it has found no evidence of misconduct on the part of any police officer during the raid of several homes in Gulf View on May 3rd.
It has also begun an investigation into the search of the home of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan's housekeeper.
The PCA said in a statement on Thursday that "a preliminary investigation pursuant to Section 30 of the PCA Act Chapter 15:05, has been completed and there have been no findings of misconduct on the part of any police officer".
A Diego Martin man who allegedly came to South Trinidad hoping to sell 16 protected birds, was instead arrested in a sting operation.
He is expected to appear in the San Fernando Magistrates Courton Thursday charged with 16 offences.
The 23-year-old man from Richplain Road, Diego Martin, had allegedly brokered a sale for ten yellow headed parrots and six white eyed conures (which are small to medium-sized parrots.)
The US Embassy is advising that it cannot conduct any interviews related to Non-Immigrant Visa applications today as a result of a disruption in services.
The embassy made the announcement on its social media accounts on Thursday.
It said: "There is currently a worldwide disruption of our consular systems. As a result we are unable to work on NIV applications and must cancel interviews today. Affected applicants will be contacted via email ASAP."
The embassy has apologised to applicants for the inconvenience.
Police are investigating a murder in Arima.
The shooting took place on Temple Street in Arima Thursday morning.
The victim has so far been identified as a relative of deceased alleged drug criminal, Lily Layne.
Layne was killed in a shooting in Malabar, Arima on August 16, 2007.
This is a developing story and we will have updates later.
Whitehall should be the home of the Cabinet once again by the end of June, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced.
The Prime Minister, while addressing a People’s National Movement political meeting in Chaguanas on Tuesday, said the restoration of Whitehall, was merely a part of continuing refurbishment of the Magnificent Seven, which he said should transform Queen’s Park West by December.