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Mixed reactions to roadmap team
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2020

Mixed reactions to roadmap team
Former energy minister Kevin Ramarine said "While some people on the team could bring insights on the economy and its relationship with the global economy, Ramnarine said, "I believe we needed new thinking, not sterile academic debate." Ramnarine was uncertain who on the team "has a nexus with the agricultural sector". Going forward, Ramnarine said there must be a focus on increasing food production.

Hosein critical of Road Plan committee's gender composition

PM appoints 22-member team for COVID-19 ‘Road to Recovery'

UPDATED: CMO: About 52 samples a day sent to CARPHA

CMO estimates 50 COVID-19 samples rejected so far
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram says that of the almost 1,300 samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for COVID-19 testing, about 50 have been rejected.

121 prisoners released early to curb covid19 outbreak least 262 more still to benefit from early release as the country tackles crowding in prisons and the global covid19 pandemic.

Ian Alleyne's attorneys pause on court action for his release
A communication error has been blamed for the discrepancy in his covid19 test results. Trotman, medical director of the Caura Hospital, where Alleyne is quarantined, gave evidence that the Trinidad Public Health Laboratory made an error when entering Alleyne's test result in its spreadsheet.

OJTs to receive stipend
On-The-Job (OJT) trainees will continue to receive their stipends, even as the programme remains suspended until April 30. The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development made the announcement on Wednesday.

Over 38,000 applications for salary relief grants

Put some HSF $$ towards retraining
The former minister said government amended the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund Act to allow for withdrawals of up to US$1.5 billion per year and so far, government has committed to withdrawing TT$1 billion for social support services including the Salary Relief Grant and food cards; another TT$1 billion for trade payables; and TT$500 million for VAT refunds and income tax refunds.

Imbert: TT can borrow US$350m from CAF
Speaking at the Diplomatic Centre in Port of Spain, Imbert told reporters TT had secured three loans from the Andean Development Bank (CAF). The board of governors approved one loan of US$200 million, for air and sea transport infrastructure and air and sea transport in general. Another, of US$50million, was approved as emergency funding to deal with covid19, and government got Cabinet approval to approach CAF for a further US$100 million.

TTNGL profits decline significantly
Trinidad and Tobago NGL Ltd (TTNGL) has posted an after-tax profit of $129.5 million for the year ended 2019. This represents a 48.79 per cent decrease from the net profit of the corresponding period of $252.9 million.

IMF: T&T economy to contract by minus 4.5% in 2020

UWI: Child,gender-based violence a covid19 reality
It is therefore calling not only on TT but countries in the region to be mindful of gendered insecurities that are heightened when victims of child sexual abuse (CSA) cannot access the safety of hours spent at school. TT must consider the implications for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in the home, who will no longer be able to seek solace in the release offered by the opportunity of work outside.

UWI: Be prepared for quarantine side effects
The team said studies have shown that mass containment or mass quarantine measures for extended periods can result in post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, anger, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss and stigma.

FashionTT pleads with public to purchase locally made face masks
The Trinidad & Tobago Fashion Company (FashionTT) is urging members of the public to support Value Chain Investment Programme (VCIP) designers by purchasing locally produced cloth face masks.

Laventille man shot dead by police
Relatives are claiming the police were not in danger after police officers claimed the man drew a weapon. Police reported that officers were on an exercise when they went to the home of Vincent "Chunky" Moore at about 3.30 am on Wednesday when he is alleged to have pointed a weapon at the lawmen.

Trini crew stranded on cruise ship
A crew member on Mariner of the Sea, a ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, has reached out to Newsday to draw attention to their problem. "I am one of hundreds of Trinidadian crew members that are stranded at sea," said a woman who asked not to be identified by name.

Jimmy Aboud stays open after police visit
Public Health Ordinance: "chemical services such as the services of–(i) workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitisers, food, beverage and food and beverage additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles and paper products."

Cops arrest 4 teens after robbery in Debe
A chase in La Romaine on Thursday afternoon ended with the arrest of four teenagers for an armed robbery which happened about an hour earlier at a supermarket in Debe.

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