Australian High Commissioner invites T&T to join International Coral Reef Initiative

Australian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago John Pilbeam has invited the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to become a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).

The invitation came at a meeting with Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis.

The International Coral Reef Initiative is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

Around the World: New South Wales in Australia entirely in drought

A dry winter intensifies in what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia.
New South Wales was officially listed as "100% in drought" on Wednesday.
 This state produces about a quarter of Australia's agricultural output. 
The government has since provided emergency relief funding.
Farmers have lost crop and livestock. 
One farmer said "It's like you are in jail every day you turn up here because you've got to turn up. It's just depressing."

PM tours Australian shipyard that built T&T Spirit, Express

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley along with members of his delegation journeyed to Tasmania today to continue his working visit to Australia, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

The delegation met with directors and executive officers of International Catamarans (INCAT), an Australian shipbuilding company.

They also received a tour of the shipyard and viewed first-hand, a vessel currently under construction at the facility.

Government holds security talks with Australian national security personnel

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his delegation attended a number of meetings in Sydney, Australia today, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

In the first instance, Prime Minister Rowley led his team in a meeting with Australian Export Finance (EFIC) at their headquarters in Sydney.

EFIC is Australia's export credit agency whose loans are backed by the Australian Government and geared towards assisting Australian exporters.

PM tours Australian shipyards seeking best marine patrol vessels for T&T

Having completed his official visit to the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley arrived in Perth Australia on Sunday 20th May, 2018 to commence his working visit to that country, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement Monday.

The delegation that traveled on to Australia with Prime Minister Rowley included Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Dennis Moses and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General Stuart Young.

Smith, Bancroft face life ban from Cricket Australia

Australia’s Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft could be banned from cricket for life, after confessing to ball tampering to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

Smith has already been banned by the International Cricket Council for the next Test, but that leniency may not be applied by Cricket Australia. Earlier on Sunday, Smith was stood down as captain, while Warner was removed as vice-captain. Both players took to the field under the temporary leadership of wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

International: Faceless fish discovered off coast of Australia

A team of international scientists have discovered, rather rediscovered a ‘faceless’ fish in the deep sea, believed to have been seen a century ago.

This happened after intensive research on the depths of a huge abyss just off the East Coast of Australia.

Sampling the Abyss – which was the mission’s name was initiated by Museums Victoria – helped find a species also believed to be new to science.

The faceless fish is 40 centimetres long and lived about 4 kilometres below sea level.

International: 'Armada' Trump claimed was heading to North Korea was actually heading to Australia

Four warships Donald Trump claimed were being sent to North Korea last week, were in fact steaming in the opposite direction to take part in military exercises with the Australian Navy over 3,500 miles away.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and three other ships in its fleet, which Mr Trump described as an “armada”, were said to have been deployed to the Sea of Japan as a “show of force” in response to North Korea’s missile tests, military officials said on April 8.

Internationally: Over 25,000 evacuated as Category 4 cyclone bears down on Australia

Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 185 miles per hour.

Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level.