GPs in healthy talks at medical forum
Scores of general practitioners (GPs) turned up at the Sanofi Congress at the Trinidad Hilton, Port of Spain over the weekend to discuss the impact of diseases on the country’s public health system. A number of specialists from Central America were invited by Sanofi, a French multinational bio-pharmaceutical company focused on human health, to analyze channels of prevention and treatment of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as address diarrhea and the importance of probiotics as a fundamental tool for restoring the balance of intestinal flora altered by gastrointestinal disorders. Read more here
All students will not likely re-sit math exam— official
All CSEC mathematics students in Trinidad and Tobago may not have to re-sit the exam. A Caribbean Examination Council Technical Advisory Committee is still to assess a report sent concerning an alleged breach of CXC exam regulations, but a source connected to the exam body said it was unlikely that all students here would be required to re-do it. The source said CXC would only call for an entire country to re-sit in the event that it was learnt that the examination paper had leaked prior to scheduled exam as opposed to a publicised instance of cheating. The source said, it was more likely that students of the offending schools would face the possibility of being disqualified and having to redo the exam. Read more here
Only 3 bids for shallow-water bid round
The Ministry of Energy received just three bids for its competitive bid round for shallow water. The bid boxes were unlocked yesterday at the ministry at, Tower C, International Waterfront Complex in Port of Spain. Of the six blocks up for bid, only three received bids – a single bid each. The sole bidder in each instance was a BPTT/Shell consortium. Energy Minister Franklin Khan acknowledged that the bid round wasn’t as successful as he hoped. “It could have been better,” he said, noting that these blocks were previously relinquished and conventional wisdom has them rated as marginal. Read more here
Privy Council: Did politics taint end of lawsuit against Jones?
This country’s highest court has ruled that there may have been a basis to support claims that there was political interference in the decision to withdraw a US$97m lawsuit against former Petrotrin executive chairman Malcolm Jones. The Government had said the decision to drop the case was supported by the legal opinion of British Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson, now the State’s key witness against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen. In a judgement delivered at the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court in London on Monday, five Law Lords of the Privy Council ruled that the local courts were wrong to dismiss UNC activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj’s lawsuit which sought the disclosure of documents related to Petrotrin’s failed billion-dollar World Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant deal. Maharaj, in a statement, dedicated his victory to the former workers of Petrotrin who were terminated last year after the company was closed. Read more here
BPTT/Shell bid on gas blocks
The two largest oil and gas companies in the world, Royal Dutch Shell and BPTT were the only ones to bid for the rights to explore for oil and gas in the country’s 2018 shallow water competitive bid round. The companies joined forces in joint bids for blocks 4 (c), U (c), and Lower Reverse L, which are all located East of Trinidad, where both companies already operate several blocks. No bids were made for the other blocks that were available, namely NCMA 2 and NCMA 3, which are both located North of Trinidad, and 1 (b) which is West of Trinidad. This effectively means that half of the blocks were not bid on and there will be no competition in what was supposed to be a competitive bid round. Read more here
$9M Money Trail - Sydenham Executive Demands Answers; President Says They Knew Of Controversial Petrojam Donation
Five weeks after a controversial $9-million donation from Petrojam hit the bank account of the Sydenham Citizens’ Association, nearly all the cash was removed in nine withdrawals of $900,000 each, a Gleaner investigation has revealed. The donation is not only the subject of an investigation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), but has stirred turmoil and finger-pointing among members of the association’s executive. A review of the Sydenham Citizens’ Association account held at a leading commercial bank revealed that the sponsorship by the state-owned oil refinery of $9,000,381.50 was deposited on July 17, 2017. Read more here
Iran refuses Trump's offer of talks unless US shows 'respect'
Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said his country won't negotiate with President Donald Trump unless the US shows Tehran "respect" by honoring its commitments under the disputed nuclear deal. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Zarif warned the US was "playing a very, very dangerous game" by boosting its military presence in the region. Zarif criticized the US for sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Gulf. "Having all these military assets in a small area is in of itself prone to accidents, extreme prudence is required and the United States is playing a very, very dangerous game," Zarif said. Read more here
Ren Zhengfei says US government 'underestimates' Huawei
21st May 2019