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Int'l: Son breaks down in tears during moving tribute to George HW Bush

George W Bush broke down in a moving tribute to George HW Bush as "the best father a son or daughter could have".

In a eulogy filled with warm laughter and touching stories about his father, George W Bush described his dad as a "wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather".

With tears in his eyes, the 43rd president said he and brother Jeb "were too young to remember the pain and agony" when their three-year-old sister Robin died.

PM urges action on CSME

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is implored his CARICOM counterparts to use the special meeting on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) convened today in Port of Spain to make a definitive decision on the future of the regional initiative.

“I am hoping on behalf of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the people of the region that this meeting will result in us taking firm positions on what we are going to do with our CARICOM heritage,” Dr Rowley said.

Gayle awarded £173,000 in defamation lawsuit

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been awarded 300,000 Australian dollars (£173,000) in damages more than a year after winning a defamation case against Australian publisher Fairfax Media.

Articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times reported allegations the 39-year-old had exposed himself to a female massage therapist.

A jury in Sydney in October 2017 ruled the claims were not true and that their publication by Fairfax Media was motivated by malice.

Caribbean leaders head to T&T for Caricom meeting

Prime Ministers from across the Caribbean will gather in Trinidad and Tobago early next week for the 18th Special Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The meeting is taking place at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre from 3rd to 4th December, 2018.

It is expected to address critical issues regarding the implementation of the CSME.

The opening ceremony will take place at the Hilton's ballroom at 9 am on Monday.

Int'l: Marriott database hack potentially affects 500 million guests

The Marriott International hotel chain said on Friday that the database of its Starwood reservation system had been hacked and that the personal details of up to 500 million guests going as far back as 2014 had been compromised.

The hotel group, which runs more than 6,700 properties around the world, was informed in September about an attempt to access the database, and an investigation this month revealed that unauthorized access had been made on or before Sept. 10, Marriott said in a statement.

Commissioner vows to work closer with Consular Corps

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has met with the Consular Corps of Trinidad and Tobago at their Annual General Meeting.

The meeting was held on Wednesday, at the Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain.

In his address to the gathering, Commissioner Griffith assured the group that he would work to assist them as they carried out their various important roles and functions.

US company donates free eyewear to 57 children

Crip­pled by fi­nan­cial con­straints be­cause of the col­lapse of the econ­o­my, the Rapid Fire Kidz Foun­da­tion had to scrap its free eye­glass­es pro­gramme for poor chil­dren last year.

How­ev­er, on Sat­ur­day thanks to a cor­po­rate spon­sor, Nu Iron Un­lim­it­ed, 57 chil­dren from Cou­va South Pri­ma­ry School, and the Cou­va AC Pri­ma­ry School in Cen­tral Trinidad were able to get free eye­wear.

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