Tag Archives: Trinidad and Tobago

Female Musical Trailblazers revisited: The first “All Girls Steel Band” in Guyana – By Lear Matthews

Celebrating Women’s History Month in MARCH

It was the early 1950’s. The nation of Guyana (then British Guiana) like some other Caribbean countries was in the initial stages of the struggle to shed the yoke of colonialism optimized by the first national, multiethnic political party. The dawning of Massa Day Done!

As with the political scene back then, “beating pan” was a male-dominated activity. However, despite the normative cultural credence and challenges faced by women, pioneering genius and history-making were afoot.            Continue reading

MIGRATION: Venezuelan Boat People: a New Refugee Crisis in the Americas

The recent discovery of 14 Venezuelan refugees (so far) drowned on the coast of Güiria, eastern Venezuela, with at least three children among them, shows what the migratory explosion from Venezuela is producing.

In this piece, we explain why more and more Venezuelans are dying at sea, victims of human trafficking networks, trapped between the corrupt officials who profit from the business of getting poor people out of their unlivable country, and an unprepared Trinidad and Tobago where the Maduro-friendly government manipulates xenophobia to its advantage.          Continue reading

TRINIDAD: Crackdown on illegal migrants from Venezuela: COVID-19 threat

PORT OF SPAIN (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago government has said it would crack down on legal Venezuelan migrants engaged in illegally allowing their relatives and friends from the South American country to enter the island as health authorities confirmed an increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases here.

National Security Ministry Stuart Young, speaking at the Ministry of Health virtual news conference, said the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) and other national security agencies will be searching for and detaining anyone involved in human trafficking or anyone harbouring illegal immigrants.          

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Barbados To Begin Issuing Licenses For Marijuana Cultivation Next Month

But Weir has hinted at the possibility of Barbadians having to be prepared to make “heavy investments in order to get going” into the new industry, under which the government will allow the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Weir told the online publication, Barbados TODAY, while he is “happy to report that the authority is established, and they are ready to work”, he is hoping that the first of the licences would be ready to be issued, before February, but no later than the end of that month.  Continue reading

Ghana’s president promotes “Year of Return” to five Caribbean nations

Photo: President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor – June 12, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Guyana —  President Akufo-Addo has embarked on a working visit to five Caribbean nations as part of efforts promoting the “Year of Return.” 

Having proclaimed 2019, as the “Year of Return” to Ghana, the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, when the first 20 West African slaves landed in Jamestown, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the commemoration, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is a statement of our determination that never again should the African peoples permit themselves to be subjected to such dehumanizing conditions, sold into slavery and have their freedoms curtailed in order to build up forcibly countries other than their own and create wealth for the peoples of unknown lands to which they were sent, wealth from whose enjoyment they were largely excluded.”        Continue reading

CARICOM: CSME Member States Sign on to Contingent Rights Protocol

Caricom Headquarters
Georgetown. Guyana.

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Monday March 4, 2019 – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States that are participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) have all signed on to the Protocol on Contingent Rights and most of them are prepared to immediately begin provisional application of the Protocol.

The Protocol covers the rights of persons moving to another country under the free movement of skills regime, as well as the spouses and dependents of those who move to another country.    Continue reading

Guyana urged to guard against Trinidadian takeover of oil & gas sector

Guyana urged to guard against Trinidadian takeover of oil & gas sector

Speaking in his weekly OilNOW column; Are We Ready for Prime Time? Guyana’s former Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, said recent history has shown that the twin island republic has been less than welcoming in their approach to facilitate Guyanese business, but now project an air of ‘entitlement’ for Guyana to do likewise.    Continue reading

How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

Of carnivals and controversy: How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

WHEN Anthony Carmona, the president of Trinidad and Tobago, showed up in a Carnival parade last month wearing a head cloth, white shorts and beads like those worn by Hindu pandits, he was not expecting trouble. Nothing seems more Trinidadian than a mixed-race president joining a festival that has African and European roots. But some Hindus were outraged. “[O]ur dress code has never been associated with this foolish and self-degrading season,” huffed a priest. Trinidad’s cultures blend easily most of the time; occasionally, they strike sparks.     Continue reading

Caribbean countries expanding share in global seafood market

Caribbean countries expanding share in global seafood market

CARIBBEAN360 – MAY 31, 2016

Rainforest seafood Products - Jamaica

Rainforest seafood Products – Jamaica

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Friday, May 31, 2016 – Caribbean economies are poised to benefit from a region-wide initiative to expand seafood market share, through the implementation of food safety measures to enable countries to get a bigger piece of the global pie, worth an estimated US$130 billion annually.

Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, are now capitalizing on a coordinated approach to broaden the gateway to the growing market. CARIFORUM (CARICOM and the Dominican Republic) now exports about US$400 million worth of fish and seafood annually, according to the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

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GUYANA – Latest News – October 9, 2015

GUYANA – Latest News – October 9, 2015 – Kaieteur News

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President Granger meets with Trinidad counterpart

OCTOBER 9, 2015 | President David Granger traveled to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, on Wednesday, where he met with new Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley. This meeting marked the first between the two CARICOM Heads of State, since Dr. Rowley was elected in September. President Granger and Prime Minster Rowley re-affirmed the bilateral relationship between […]

NCN paid ‘ghost employees’ $6.6M last year

OCTOBER 9, 2015 | A State audit of the 2014 financial statements of the National Communications Network (NCN) has confirmed that the entity doled out over $6.6M last year for staffers who were not even working there. Rather, the 17 persons were stationed elsewhere, at the Office of the President (OP), under the administration of the previous Government, and […]     Continue reading

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