Trinidad and Tobago

Mondello confirmed as next US ambassador to T&T

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Joseph Mondello as U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.

Mondello recently faced a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and said that if confirmed, he would seek help from federal agencies to reduce the rate of ISIS recruiting in T&T and would urge T&T to drop its OAS support for Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

Mondello, 80, also said he would address sex and drug trafficking and support human rights and women’s empowerment, during questioning on Wednesday.

PTSC workers charged with stealing kegs of diesel from workplace

Two men, employed with the Public Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC), are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate, after being arrested for stealing two kegs of diesel from PTSC.

Curtis St Louis, 43, a PTSC mechanic, of Phipps Terrace, Talparo, and Andrew Sergeant, 43, a PTSC driving conductor, of Mon Repos Road, Morvant, were charged with larceny, after being arrested on Monday 11th June, 2018.

International: Trump cancels historic nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump canceled his historic nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un on Thursday, accusing North Korea of "tremendous anger and open hostility."

The meeting, which would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, was set for June 12 in Singapore.

PM discusses T&T asphalt for world's largest airport being built in China

Development of Trinidad and Tobago's tourism industry has featured heavily during Prime Minister Rowley's official visit to the People's Republic of China. Dr Rowley's announcement to the Chinese Government to ease visa restrictions to enter Trinidad and Tobago was well received, the Office of the Prime Minister has said.

It is estimated that some 120 million tourists travel annually from China.

Prime Minister Rowley announced that once Chinese citizens hold either a United States or Canadian visa then they could also be eligible to travel to Trinidad and Tobago. 

"I must listen to them?" - Imbert hits out at five 'biased' economic commentators

Finance Minister Colm Imbert has hit out against five economists and commentators, who he says are not fair and unbiased in their pronouncements on the economy and performance of the government.

Minister Imbert took aim at Roger Hosein, Indera Sagewan-Alli, Mariano Browne, Marla Dukharan and Patrick Watson, as he was wrapping up debate on the Mid-Year Review around 1 am Friday morning.

He told the House that their commentary on the economy could not be seen as unbiased because of political and other affiliations.

Government plans $9 billion housing plan

In a bid to provide shelter for the growing number of Housing Development Corporation (HDC) applicants, Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Dr Keith Rowley plans to inject $9 billion into the housing sector, which is expected to yield 10,000 homes in the coming months.

This was revealed yesterday by Rowley, as he delivered the feature address at the Real Spring housing development key distribution ceremony at Valsayn South.