Trinidad and Tobago

Health official warns against complacency, though T&T coronavirus risk relatively low

The risk of the novel coronavirus nCoV-2019 appearing on Trinidad and Tobago shores is relatively low, compared with other places.

But Dr Vishwanath Partapsingh, Principal Medical Officer at the Health Ministry, says while there is no need to panic, the country cannot afford to be complacent.

On a larger scale, Dr Partapsingh says the screening systems are extremely detailed to determine travellers’ possible exposure to nCov-2019, once they are coming from countries of interest.

Clever viruses jumping species to humans

Four out of five of the new and emerging viruses that have gone global over the past decade or so, have originated in animals and jumped to humans.

Professor of Veterinary Virology at UWI, Professor Christopher Oura, made the connection between animals, humans and transmission of Dengue, Ebola, Chikungunya and Influenza, on today’s Morning Brew show on CNC3.

According to Professor Oura, when viruses are in a place where there is close contact between humans and animals, it is easy for them to make that jump.

Energy minister: Dragon will dance

Trinidad and Tobago is likely to develop all of the 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Loran and Manatee gas fields, according to Energy Minister Franklyn Khan.

Speaking at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday, on the second day of the Energy Chamber's 2020 Energy Conference, Khan said while the agreement is to independently develop the Manatee and Loran fields, it was logical to assume that once first gas comes to T&T, then the Venezuelans also are likely to allow the resources in Loran to be produced here, as well.

US sanctions force T&T and Venezuela to tear up gas agreement

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela have rescinded their agreement to jointly exploit 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Loran Manatee field and would instead develop it independently.

Rowley said the continued US sanctions on the Bolivarian Republic had made it all but impossible to jointly develop the gas and as a result, the two countries will go independently.

T&T position changes on global Corruption Perception Index

Trinidad and Tobago has placed 85 out of 183 countries in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), chairman of Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, Dion Abdool, has revealed.

Abdool made the statement this morning at the launch of the 2019 CPI, at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Mt Hope.

The average score for the CPI this year was 43.

T&T scored 40.

In the 2018 CPI, T&T received a score of 41 and was ranked 78.

Economist: Diversification absolutely imperative in next decade

Economist Dr Indera Sagewan says diversifying the Trinidad and Tobago economy beyond oil and gas, has become an absolute imperative in the next decade.

As she looked ahead to 2020 and beyond, Dr Sagewan warns that an over-reliance on any one particular sector can no longer continue.

She notes that the political administrations which governed over the past decade did make a start at diversification, but those efforts have not borne fruit, nor did they get the kind of support they needed.

Cumuto MP: No flood relief coming

Member of Parliament for Cumuto Manzanilla, Christine Newallo-Hosein, says the most vulnerable citizens have once again been forgotten by the PNM Government.

In an official statement released by the Parliament today, the Cumuto Manzanilla MP called on the Minister of Social Development and Family Services to immediately respond to the plight of citizens who were severely affected by Wednesday’s heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly in South Trinidad.

TT students get a “Brighter View”

Some 3,000 students across Trinidad and Tobago have benefitted from a special initiative that provides free vision screening and testing and spectacles.

The Brighter View initiative, carried out by Courts Optical, was launched in 2017 in Trinidad as a wider part of Unicomer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.   It was then expanded to the wider Caribbean region to the tune of USD$50K and has reached the islands of  Jamaica, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts and Belize last year. 

Bermudez: T&T not a failed state

Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Robert Bermudez, has declared that Trinidad and Tobago is not a failed state.

Mr Bermudez was, at the time, delivering the feature address during the  Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPLCC) annual end of year function on Wednesday ( 27, November, 2019), at the chamber’s auditorium at Camden Road.