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$5 billion spent on COVID relief so far
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Imbert reveals over $5 billion spent on COVID relief so far
Imbert said $147.8 million had been paid out to 91,393 applicants from 2020 for Salary Relief Grant since 2020.

PM: Let's get children back to school
Rowley also revealed his Government has spent $1.5 billion on the School Repair Programme since 2015. "The Government in the first year of administration borrowed $14 billion to close the gap between revenue and expenditure. Having already spent $1.5 billion in the programme, we are contracted to another $2 billion in construction and $1 billion to outfit the schools," he said.

JMMB Group records net profit of J$1.93 billion
The group also recorded net operating revenue of J$6.86 billion, up 37 per cent and net interest income of J$2.86 billion, which was up 18 per cent.

Imbert: Court may settle Tobago airport land dispute
At a virtual news conference hosted by his ministry on Monday, Imbert said $180 million have already been paid out for acquisition of lands for the project. But Imbert acknowledged the process, particularly in section D of the project, has been complicated.

Businessman diversifies to meet food demand
Mangalie said high freight costs are the major reason prices have gone up. He said in June 2020 it costs US$3500 to ship a container from China. That cost is now US$15,000 and going up, he noted.

Tobago parents contacted for Pfizer vaccine approval
On Monday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the vaccination programme for secondary school students will be rolled out on Wednesday across 14 sites in Trinidad.

No appointments: 14 centres to vaccinate children from Wednesday
"It is open to everybody in Trinidad and Tobago [12-18 yrs old] regardless of your citizenship status, your residency status, whether you're a migrant or anything. It is open, open, open."

PM: Delta variant casts doubt over Carnival 2022
Addressing attendees, the Prime Minister said while he would like to inform the nation that the event is on, he could not, in light of the Delta variant and insufficient vaccination levels to attain herd immunity.

High customer turnout at Gulf City Mall
Ragoonath said all 150 of the mall's stores reopened on Monday and none were permanently closed during the lockdown of the retail sector.

Business booms at Trincity Mall
"My pores raise when I saw the line outside our store," Vashti Cooblal, manager of Sham's Electronics said, "it's a wonderful feeling not only for me but all the stores here." Store owners said they were pleasantly surprised by the constant stream of customers, especially given how the economy has impacted the public.

Port of Spain bustles as retail stores open
"Most of them had not received a salary relief grant, and even before that it was very difficult. With the increase in prices in every sector, groceries, pharmacies, etc., people have less disposable income, so we're not expecting a rush. There will be a long period before things will look how they were before. People have debts to pay off, rent, mortgage, they have to pay basic bills before they shop for anything."

Nervous reopening for Tobago retail stores
"You have such high vaccine hesitancy," she added, explaining that this led to "the kind of feeling that (it) is inevitable that things are going to shut down again and pretty soon."

Tornado strikes Los Iros
This comes one day after bad weather caused multiple landslips in the La Brea constituency, including one which claimed the life of Rancho Quemado resident Christopher Samuel.

Tornado in Los Iros causes damage to 22 homes

Family from Maraval fire gets HDC home
Three weeks after a fire ravaged their Rookery Nook, Maraval home and claimed the lives of three of their loved ones, the remaining members of the Burke family have a new place to call home.

TTPS Legal Head on leave pending investigation into yacht incident
The report alleges that a woman who was on the vessel began feeling threatened after several unwanted sexual advances were made toward her by a businessman. She also said that several men onboard were brandishing firearms.

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