President heads to Tobago for 5 days

President Paula-Mae Weekes is heading to Tobago for five days near the end of January 2019 is has opened her office to meet citizens there and is accepting invitations for that period.

A statement from the Office of the President on Thursday said her decision to be stationed in Tobago for five days is "in keeping with her commitment to serve all of Trinidad and Tobago."

 Weekes, a former Appeal Court judge, who was elected to the nation's highest office, in March intends to periodically execute her duties from Tobago, the release said.

President pays tribute to Shadow

Pres­i­dent Paula-Mae Weekes has paid trib­ute to Win­ston “Mighty Shad­ow” Bai­ley, who died at hos­pi­tal on Tues­day morn­ing.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Weekes said while the word is of­ten overused and in­cor­rect­ly used, Shad­ow, 77, who died at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex af­ter ail­ing for some time, was in­deed wor­thy of the ti­tle icon. She of­fered con­do­lences to Shad­ow’s fam­i­ly and friends on his pass­ing.

Around the World: Ethiopia’s first female president

Ethiopian Members of Parliament-elect Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first female president.
Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa's only female head of state.
Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.
After being sworn in, President Sahle-Work promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in Ethiopia.


President tells Muslims to remain steadfast in their faith despite attacks on their religion

President Paula-Mae Weekes has called on law-abiding Muslims to remain steadfast in their faith despite the attack on their religion by criminals who call themselves Muslims.

In her Eid message yesterday, Weekes extended solidarity to "true Muslims" saying Islam has been distorted by those seeking violence and discord.

"It is alarming to observe the distortion of the message of Islam practiced by some in Trinidad and Tobago and around the world, who have been drawn into lifestyles of brutality and contempt for human life," she said.