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'Panic farming,' not panic buying
Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Expert: 'Panic farming,' not panic buying, can boost agriculture
"THE Caribbean may not have a food problem but a people problem when it comes to taking agriculture seriously." That was the view expressed by international specialist at the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) Dr Chaney St Martin at the Youth Economic Forum webinar titled Bridging the Gap to 2030, held by the University of the West Indies on Monday afternoon.

Gov't to spend $6b on COVID-19 relief
In April of this year, Imbert revised the fiscal deficit due to the hit expected from COVID-19 and the fall in international energy prices. The deficit was originally estimated at $5.3 billion but is now expected to expand to $15.5 billion.

Government spends $934 million on COVID-19 so far
Speaking at the COVID-19 news conference this morning, Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, said the bulk of the funding has come from his ministry through initiatives such as VAT refunds, salary relief grants, credit unions support, payment for face masks and funding for the THA.

NIF's interest payments secure
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says

Investors withdraw $2.6b from mutual funds in March
...assets under management still top $53b

US: T&T violated Rio Treaty with Venezuelan VP visit
In that meeting, convened by the Organisation of the American States, 16 of the 19 signatories agreed to abide by the Rio Treaty and supported using the agreement to collaborate on law enforcement operations and economic sanctions against Maduro and his associates. T&T abstained from voting at that meeting but the country is still bound by the agreement. Uruguay voted against it and Cuba was absent.

NUGFW wants more labour voices on recovery team
"We commend the government for their initiatives but do not fix one side of the fence and let the other side of the fence fall. We only heard on the radio that our general secretary Michael Annisette and Christopher Henry was part of it (the team), and after that nothing was mentioned pertaining to the role of the trade union movement in recovery. We as a union recognise the situation the government is facing but we would like to meet and treat with the issues at hand."


DESPERATE FOR HOME

THE DEATH of a cruise employee onboard a popular Royal Caribbean cruise ship where Trini nationals are also employed, has left the man's fellow crew members, including the Trinidadians, in deep stress. This is the fourth death of cruise ship workers within the past two weeks.

40 Trini cruise line workers beg Young to open border

ROYAL CASTLE CRIES FOUL AS MAIN COMPETITOR GETS OFF THE GROUND WITHOUT DELAY
Allegations that Prestige Holdings benefitted from information it had ahead of yesterday's restart of business operations at KFC restaurants has staunchly been denied by CEO Simon Hardy.

Family upset over patient's move to Caura
The family of a 69-year-old COVID-19 patient who recovered only to contract the virus again is calling on the Government to explain why she was transferred from the Couva Hospital to Caura Hospital, noting there are sub-standard conditions at the latter institution.

MovieTowne owner flies cancer patient Krissa home
Angelic intervention is how cancer patient Krissa Bissoon has described her opportunity to return home from The Bahamas after MovieTowne owner Derek Chin made what seemed impossible a reality.

AG: Half a million books for visually impaired people

Some taxi drivers double fares
President of the Maxi Taxi Association Eon Hewett: He said some drivers were paying between $45,000 to $60,000 annually for insurance and he was hoping that drivers could lobby insurance companies for a rebate. The $1,500 salary reduction grant, he said, was a slap in the face for most drivers who had experienced a 50 per cent to 70 per cent reduction in passengers for the past month. Hewett said two maxi drivers had even contracted the COVID-19 but fortunately had recovered.

JW wants to give his best for Barataria/San Juan
Radio host Jason "JW" Williams is hoping to put his best foot forward as the PNM (People's National Movement) candidate for Barataria/San Juan.

DPP orders release of 16 arrested aboard $160m cocaine tanker
The order was made yesterday after attorneys for the group issued a pre-action protocol letter to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith asking that their clients be released after spending 11 days in custody or in default, a High Court action would be filed.



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