T&T, Chile sign agreement to further trade

Government has agreed to advance discussions with Chile for a Partial Scope Trade Agreement (PSTA). 

This was disclosed by Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon.

The decision arose from a courtesy visit by the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile His Excellency Aníbal Barría Garcua. 

New US Ambassador arrives

United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Mondello and his family arrived in Port of Spain last evening, a statement by the US Embassy said.

Ambassador Mondello officially assumes duties after the presentation of his Letters of Credence to President Paula Mae Weekes.

On his arrival Ambassador Mondello said, “My wife and I are honored to be here in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago. I look forward to presenting my credentials to the President and meeting and working with the wonderful people of this country.”

Moonilal starts fund to pay defence lawyers

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal in­tends to launch a “de­fence in democ­ra­cy fund” in his con­stituen­cy in or­der to raise mon­ey to pay le­gal fees in his court bat­tle with Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

In the com­ing days, Mooni­lal said QC Richard Clay­ton, who he has re­tained from the Unit­ed King­dom, will ar­rive here to be­gin prepar­ing his case. Clay­ton han­dles hu­man rights and con­sti­tu­tion­al court mat­ters.

Not all Petrotrin workers getting nice packages

The no­tion that every Petrotrin em­ploy­ee will go home with hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars is a fal­la­cy, ac­cord­ing to sev­er­al work­ers who have al­ready col­lect­ed their ter­mi­na­tion let­ters.

Em­ploy­ees said yes­ter­day that their sep­a­ra­tion pay­ments can­not last any sig­nif­i­cant time, as they have out­stand­ing loan and mort­gage pay­ments lead­ing up to their re­tire­ment.

Principal: No religious discrimination at SAGHS

The rakhi is­sue at the St Au­gus­tine Girls' High School was blown out of pro­por­tion in me­dia re­ports, ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­pal of the school.

The school was put in­to the na­tion­al spot­light af­ter Pun­dit Satyanand Ma­haraj claimed that a Hin­du stu­dent was brought be­fore the school and shamed for wear­ing a rakhi, a sym­bol of broth­er­hood love in the Hin­du re­li­gion.

Blind and bedridden woman seeks help

Blind and bedrid­den, 62-year-old Salmat­tie Garib­s­ingh wish­es for the day when her home can be com­plet­ed so she would not get soaked on her bed when it rains.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia at her Freeport home on Mon­day, Garib­s­ingh said she has been blind for 21 years.

Her left leg was am­pu­tat­ed 13 years ago and her right leg was am­pu­tat­ed in 2016 due to com­pli­ca­tions from di­a­betes.

She lives with her hus­band Ma­hadeo Rag­bir, 58 and their 23-year-old son Mitchell, who they af­fec­tion­ate­ly call “Mitchie.”