PM's Office condemns New Zealand terror attack

The Office of the Prime Minister has expressed shock and horror at the terror attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand.

In a statement issued Friday, the Office of the Prime Minister condemned the attack.

"It is with shock and horror that we the people of Trinidad and Tobago received the sad news of the unspeakable tragedy that has been unleashed on the Muslim community and the entire nation of our sister Commonwealth nation, New Zealand.

American Airlines gets permission to fly out grounded Max 8

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 will depart this country tomorrow morning, despite an order banning its operation our airspace. 

The approval was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority based on a request by the airline.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority Francis Regis says this is a normal procedure even in the face of an airspace restriction. 

He says the order does not allow for commercial flights but there is room for ferry flights.

Embassy changes policy - no more interviews to renew US visas

Effective immediately, persons seeking to renew their United States visas will no longer be required to go through an interview process, as long as they do not wait a full year to do so.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador Joseph Mondello at the Buccoo Integrated Facility, Buccoo, Tobago at 11.30 this morning.

The ambassador said the new policy would require renewed visa applicants to simply send in the required documents for processing.

Three more American Airlines flights cancelled today

Two American Airlines flights out of Trinidad and Tobago this morning and one incoming flight have been cancelled, as a result of the grounding of the American Airline's Max 8 aircraft.

This follows the cancellation of two flights on Wednesday as well.

American Airlines' flight AA 2282 was due to fly out of Piarco bound for Miami at 6.32 am, but that flight was cancelled by the airline.

The airline also cancelled flight AA 10.30 which was due to leave Piarco at 1.32 pm today for Miami.

US Ambassador to announce new visa policy today

US Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, will today announce a new visa policy.

This is according to the US Embassy, in a short statement inviting the media to cover the announcement at 11.30 am.

The announcement will be made at the Buccoo Integrated Facility, Buccoo, Tobago.

The Embassy did not give any details on the new policy but says that the ambassador will make a brief statement.

We will bring you an update as soon as the announcement is made.


EU updates non-co-operative tax list and T&T's still on it

EU finance ministers have updated the EU list of non-co-operative tax jurisdictions, and Trinidad and Tobago remains on it.

Over the course of last year, the Commission assessed 92 countries based on three criteria: tax transparency, good governance and real economic activity, as well as one indicator, the existence of a zero corporate tax rate.

60 countries took action on the Commission’s concerns and over 100 harmful regimes were eliminated. The list has also had a positive influence on internationally agreed tax good governance standards.

T&T finally follows rest of the world in suspending Max 8s

Trinidad and Tobago has finally agreed to suspend the Boeing Max 8 aircraft in its airspace.

The decision, taken by the Civil Aviation Authority, was announced by Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan tonight.

It came after the only airline flying Max 8s to this country was forced to suspend operations.

American Airlines cancelled flights after the US ordered a suspension of the aircraft prior to T&T's decision.

T&T's decision also came after dozens of countries took the decision to suspend the aircraft. 

Breaking: US grounds 737 airlines; American Airlines' T&T flights cancelled

US President Donald Trump has announced that the US is grounding flights by Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft following the model’s second crash in five months on Sunday.

The president made the announcement in a news conference Wednesday.

American Airlines flight AA 2703 that was due to leave Piarco at 3.25 pm and flight AA2713 that was due to leave Miami at 5.55pm and arrive in T&T at 9.35 pm, have both been cancelled.

All flights that are in the air will be allowed to land before being grounded.

International: Nigeria school collapse: Children killed in Lagos building

At least eight children have died and many more are feared trapped after a building containing a school collapsed in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

The school, which was on the top floor of the three-storey building in Ita Faji on Lagos Island, had more than 100 pupils, a rescue official told the BBC.

About 40 pupils were pulled out alive, the official said. Rescuers were frantically searching for more.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.