Guyana's President, wife get clean bills of health after medical examinations in T&T

Guyana's President David Granger and First Lady, Sandra Granger were given a clean bill of health after undergoing medical examinations in Trinidad and Tobago today, under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme they have been part of for more than a decade.

The medical examinations were conducted at the Good Health Medical Centre at Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain.

President Granger and his wife arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday night.

They will return to Guyana on Thursday.

President meets with Independent Senators today

President Paula-Mae Weekes will meet with Independent Senators this afternoon. 

A statement by the Office of the President says that following upon the request on February 2nd 2018 of the coordinator of the Independent Bench Senator Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir for a one-on-one meeting with then President-Elect Weekes, “to discuss matters of relevance to the Independent Bench”, Her Excellency has decided to take the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the Independent Bench.

Fake News! President did not influence PM to fire Darryl Smith

President Paula-Mae Weekes is denying claims being made on social media that she influenced Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to dismiss Minister Darryl Smith.

The Office of the President issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"It has come to the attention of Her Excellency President Paula-Mae Weekes that there is currently in circulation on social media, a message stating that the President refused to act upon the Prime Minister’s advice and appoint Darryl Smith as Minister in the Ministry of Housing.

President: Our little girls & boys have another sporting "shero" to emulate

"I congratulate sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye on her historic Commonwealth Gold Medal in the Women’s 100 meter final.

Ms. Ahye’s world class performance is a shining example of what I meant when I encouraged citizens to be the light.

Michelle fanned her personal flicker of self-belief with hard work and commitment and now her light shines golden.

I am delighted for her and for our country.

Ms. Ahye’s mother generously declared that this medal belongs not only to Michelle but also to the nation.

Weekes in Easter message: We can extract the essence of beliefs of others

President Paula-Mae Weekes said yesterday that one of the benefits of living in a multi-religious society such as T&T, is that “we can all extract the essence of the beliefs of others and discover its relevance to us.”

In her Easter message yesterday, she said the teaching of comparative religion in schools can bring a richer and more complete understanding of the beliefs, practices and fundamental philosophy of the faiths that co-exist in our shared space.

Weekes settles in, meets staff

President Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday spent her first day on the job settling in and getting acquainted with staff members.

This was confirmed by a close friend of Weekes who visited her hours after she picked up duty as the country’s first female President.

The source said Weekes met and greeted staff members at the Office of the President, St Ann’s and immediately began settling down to the job at hand. (See page A10)