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The High Court decision of Wednesday 18 December 2013 now formally bankrupts Harry Harnarine, of Hindu Credit Union infamy, with the debt owed to our firm, Raymond & Pierre, and myself – the Chief State Solicitor was appointed as the Official Receiver. The actual debt is some $868,000 with 12% simple interest since July 2008, plus costs fit for Senior & […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Today we at Bourse take a closer look at the performance of the local equity market for 2013 as its performance outstripped that of its regional counterparts. Internationally, the Trinidad and Tobago Composite Index ranked 52 amongst 95 of the world’s major equity indexes and surpassed the performance of country indices in China, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.Original link...
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Trinity Exploration has “categorically” denied that the oil spill in La Brea is its fault.Original link...
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Global credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has predicted a 2.6 per cent per capita GDP rise in Trinidad and Tobago for 2014 thanks to both recovering energy output and continued growth in the non-energy sector.Original link...
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The Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (TTSEC) has a new chief executive officer and deputy CEO.Original link...
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Trinity Exploration now has a 100 per cent working interest in the Trinites field off the southeast coast of Trinidad, part of the Galeota Licence.Original link...
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A NEW partnership has been formed between The Normandie hotel, St Ann’s, and Europcar Trinidad and Tobago. This new partnership will see the provision of transportation and mobility solutions, resulting in a better guest experience, the hotel said in a statement yesterday.Original link...
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A memorial service to celebrate the life of businessman Isaac McLeod will be held at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, today at 10 a.m. McLeod was born on June 12, 1939 and died on Boxing Day. Tobago-born McLeod was 74. Original link...
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An overall reduction in serious crimes, especially gruesome murders and violations against children, is at the top of the wish-list business leaders have for 2014.Original link...
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Regional airline LIAT yesterday said it was working with the Barbados Red Cross Society to send cases of canned goods, bottled water, diapers, milk, baby formula and cereal, toiletries and other needed emergency supplies to the people affected by severe flooding in St Lucia last week.Original link...
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THE Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is being urged to cancel the approval given to companies hired by State-owned Petrotrin to carry out a controversial seismic survey in the Gulf of Paria.Original link...
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Dear Investor, As we say goodbye to quite an eventful 2013, in all aspects really, we at Bourse reflect on the year gone by while looking forward to 2014 with measured investment optimism. Driven primarily by loose monetary policy and so-called ‘quantitative easing’ (QE), the developed world enjoyed stronger financial market performance despite continued anaemic economic growth over the past twelve months. In contrast, emerging markets (EM)—while experiencing stronger economic growth—endured a mixed bag in terms of their financial markets. Concerns of economic overheating, social unrest and the impact of tapering all contributed to muted performance in these regions which have...
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With the new year just days away, the party offerings for Old Year’s Night parties are abundant, with ticket prices ranging from free all the way up to $4,200.Original link...
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The shareholders’ agreement between the Government and CL financial stockholders has been extended again.Original link...
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The World Bank has rated the Bahamas as the wealthiest Caribbean Community (Caricom) country.Original link...
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IN stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of downtown Port of Spain in the days leading up to Christmas, the capital city yesterday saw a lack of activity in terms of after-Christmas sales, leaving some vendors to describe the season as one of the worst ever.Original link...
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The Irish-owned telecommunications company, Digicel, says it has reached an agreement with Guadeloupe-based Loret Group and Caribbean Fibre Holdings to acquire a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean region.Original link...
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Publicly traded company National Enterprises Ltd (NEL) has confirmed that it closed an agreement with United Kingdom-based energy giant BP effective December 18 to purchase BP’s ten per cent shareholding in power company PowerGen.Original link...
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As 2013 draws nearer to a close, one University of the West Indies (UWI) economist is raising a ques­tion about if the local eco­­nomy will actually record 1.5 per cent growth by the end of the year.Original link...
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Barbados-based insurance group Sagicor Financial has received approval from regulatory authorities in the United Kingdom and Cayman Islands to sell Sagicor Europe Ltd (SEL) and its subsidiaries for £86 million.Original link...
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In response to a full page UDECOTT advert (embedded below) in response to my article “Invader’s Bay Review“ (excerpted above), also published in the Business Express. From: Afra Raymond <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. > Date: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM Subject: Letter to the Editor – UDECOTT’s failure to consult To: Editors of daily newspapers. Email addresses withheld […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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There now needs to be a complete and open review of the Invader’s Bay matter. That is imperative if the public interest is to be safeguarded. The catalogue of irregular dealings and improper procurement practice at Invader’s Bay has now grown so that we are facing an important moment of decision. At this point there […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Today we at Bourse take a closer look at the global economic prospects for the international equity markets for 2014. As 2013 draws to a close, international analysts and investors alike remain cautiously optimistic for 2014. There is a general positive outlook for the global economy in the year ahead, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects a global growth rate of 3.6 per cent for the upcoming year, up from the 2.9 per cent forecast for 2013.Original link...
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Caribbean Cement Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the TCL Group, yesterday announced an agreement to supply 100,000 tonnes of clinker to Venezuela from December 2013 to April 2014.Original link...
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United Kingdom oil and gas giant BP has sold its ten per cent stake in the Power Generation Company (PowerGen).Original link...
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Finance Minister Larry Howai has said he has a “very positive” outlook for the economy in 2014.Original link...
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Criminal activity has been rising for the last decade, so the business community should have by now been incorporating preventative measures into its decisions, Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran said yesterday.Original link...
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RBC Royal Bank has written former employees who were part of its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) II plan offering a settlement based on workers’ individual circumstances.Original link...
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Instead of depending on an international index to determine the economic climate in Trinidad and Tobago, the business community will be able to soon resort to the Central Bank’s Business Confidence Index.Original link...
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This week, we at Bourse discuss recent developments in the Caribbean US Dollar debt space. We take a look at the regional debt markets in the Caribbean, mainly Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica and highlight potential opportunities for the fixed income investor.Original link...
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Guardian Holdings Ltd (GHL), now called the Guardian Group, yesterday confirmed it has voluntarily applied to the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) to have its shares delisted from the JSE pursuant to Rule 411B.Original link...
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Barbados’s Finance Minister, Chris Sinckler, has announced cost-saving measures that will result in approximately 3,000 public sector employees on the island losing their jobs.Original link...
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The $143 million Milshirv project which was initially stalled by a court action by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan in 2012 was officially launched yesterday.Original link...
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THE multi-million-dollar cost overruns incurred during the establishment of the Gas Optimisation Project (GOP) have created a situation where State oil company Petrotrin needs a margin of around US$9 on each barrel of oil refined just to break even.Original link...
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JCC President Afra Raymond interviewed on Heritage Radio 101.7FM by Hans Hanoomansingh to discuss JCC matters such as Public Procurement, Invader’s Bay and G2G Arrangements. 04 December 2013. Audio courtesy Heritage Radio 101.7 FM Programme Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2013 Programme Length: 1:23:27 Filed under: Corruption, Politics and Public Affairs, Property Matters, Public Procurement Reform, Uff Commission […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Owners of the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Lowlands, Tobago, Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Co Ltd (eTecK), have entered into a lease agreement with Tobago Plantations Ltd (TPL), to place its 750-acre golf course under the management of the hotel, as part of expanding and enhancing the resort’s holdings.Original link...
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Trinity Exploration has struck oil.Original link...
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Today we at Bourse take a closer look at group retirement plans and the benefits that these plans provide to both employers and employees. What should employers seeking to get the best retirement returns for their employees be looking for?Original link...
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Guardian Holdings Ltd (GHL) yesterday announced that Ravi Tewari will assume the position of Group chief executive officer effective January 1, 2014.Original link...
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SAN Fernando West MP Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has challenged the management of the newest Hi-Lo Superstore to add more local content by promoting product created by young entrepreneurs.Original link...
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A High Court judge has ruled in favour of State fuel distributor National Petroleum after a former chief executive took legal action against the company.Original link...
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PCS Nitrogen Trinidad Ltd, located on the Pt Lisas Industrial Estate, has fired more than a dozen long-standing employees as the company moves to reduce its workforce.Original link...
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The State is the dominant agent in our national economy, which is the most vibrant in the Caribbean. It is therefore essential for us to understand how the State works so that we can better understand, or even plan, our interaction with that dominant party. Given the role T&T plays in the wider Caribbean, those […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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High liquidity in the financial system and four elections over the course of the year have contributed to a lack of investment in 2013, chief executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Catherine Kumar has said.Original link...
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Legislation governing the operation of security services is urgently needed, especially after last Wednesday’s deadly $3 million highway heist involving a security van, Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce chief executive Catherine Kumar said yesterday.Original link...
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Tobago last night welcomed the inaugural flight of the Kuoni-Apollo charter from Scandinavia to the ANR Robinson International Airport. Approximately 240 passengers from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark arrived on the island for a two-week stay.Original link...
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THE Government has employed the services of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Zolfo Coopers, world-renowned specialists in law and financial restructuring, to examine the proposals with respect to CLICO.Original link...
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Today we at Bourse take a look at planning for your retirement and some Retirement Funds that can help in this regard. Are you comfortable that you are building up a sufficient retirement pool?Original link...
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The latest available data from the Central Statistical Office shows that headline inflation continued to slow in October 2013, the Central Bank said yesterday.Original link...
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MINISTER of Trade Vasant Bharath has admitted that the conduct of immigration officers and delays at Piarco International Airport could become a deterrent to foreign investors.Original link...
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Government is offering citizens a mortgage loan facility at two per cent interest on properties valued up to $625,000.Original link...
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Caribbean Airlines Ltd is advising passengers booked and ticketed to travel today to North America that they will be allowed to make changes to their reservations because of bad weather in the United States.Original link...
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The sheer pace of events surrounding the Integrity Commission and the startling series of revelations demand our attention, given the critical role of the Commission as the State’s principal anti-corruption agency. The rising tide of corruption in our public affairs has been a constant, whichever political administration is in office, seemingly increasing since the IC […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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The price of oil dropped below US$94 a barrel yesterday as a deal between Iran and six world powers on the country’s nuclear programme raised the possibility that sanctions choking Iranian oil exports will be lifted. Benchmark US crude for January delivery fell 92 cents to US$93.92 in midday trading in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil used by many US refineries, slipped 64 cents to US$110.41 a barrel in London.Original link...
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After 13 Jamaicans were prevented from entering Trinidad last Tuesday night, Jamaicans are starting a campaign to ban Trinidad and Tobago goods from entering their country.Original link...
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Today we at Bourse will be reviewing the 2013 performance and outlook for National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCBJ), as well as the six months ending September 2013 (Q2 2014) performance and outlook for Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB).Original link...
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PRESIDENT of the San Fernando Business Association Daphne Bartlett is calling on Minister of National Security Gary Griffith to return joint army-police patrols to San Fernando.Original link...
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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or hybrid electric vehicles? This was the focus of the debate on the motion to confirm the Excise Duty (Compressed Natural Gas) Order, 2013 at the Parliament sitting yesterday.Original link...
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Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago are moving forward with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will see 10,000 acres of land being given to the twin-island republic for farming, online service iNews in Guyana reported yesterday.Original link...
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The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has revised downwards the long-term rating for Barbados — the second downgrade in four months.Original link...
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CB-gov - TTCSI
I am responding to the points made by Central Bank Governor, Jwala Rambarran, in his 6 November speech to the T&T Coalition of Service Industries. This speech attempted to both re-affirm the Central Bank’s important role in our economy - …as the country‟s prime financial regulator, the Central Bank has an almost fifty year record of maintaining the safety and soundness of the financial system… and to distinguish Rambarran’s tenure as Governor since July 2012 - …These are just a few of the initiatives the Central Bank has been working on over the last fifteen months to rebuild confidence, strengthen financial...
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United States carrier JetBlue Airways has announced tickets are now on sale to Trinidad and Tobago, its 84th destination.Original link...
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Oil and gas giant BP Trinidad and Tobago said yesterday it has comple­ted maintenance work on several offshore platforms it started in 2011.Original link...
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A major shutdown of Trinmar operations is looming, and Government has seven days to respond to the claim by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) that the country’s most productive offshore oilfields were being leased for a new project - Mature Fields Rejuvenation Project.Original link...
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Today we at Bourse will be reviewing the 2013 performance and outlook for Republic Bank Limited (RBL), as well as the nine month 2013 (Q3 2013) performance and outlook for Sagicor Financial Corporation (SFC).Original link...
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Cabinet still has not made a final decision on a National Quarries board of directors, despite reports circulating about potential candidates and alleged rows between ministers about what the composition of the board should be.Original link...
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Local humanitarian group Muslims for Trinidad and Tobago will be heading to storm-ravaged Philippines tonight to aid in relief efforts after the country was battered last week by Typhoon Haiyan.Original link...
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Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the centre of it all.Original link...
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Having completed my four-part series [1, 2 & 3, 4] on what I termed ‘The Integrity Threat‘, I was intrigued by two recent public notices on the meaning of the Appeal Court’s recent activity on these matters. 6 October  – The Integrity Commission issued a Public Notice which was a clear statement by the Commission that State Enterprises were within its lawful remit, according to the Appeal Court ruling on 27 June.  My reading of that ruling was that it effectively narrowed the 9th part of the Schedule to the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA) so that it only applies to Directors...
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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) wants Government to ramp up its procurement legislation and include mechanisms for review of tenders, complaints and disputes.Original link...
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Local investors now have a new option as Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago launched two new TT-dollar mutual fund options to its existing suite. The new funds, the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Fixed Income Fund — a medium risk investment, and the Trinidad and Tobago Growth FundOriginal link...
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The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is expected to save $5 million a month in fuel costs, with the changeover of the diesel-fuelled power plant at the Cove facility in Tobago to natural gas.Original link...
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You are admiring someone’s new outfit. Or shoes. Or accessories. You enquire where it was bought, hoping maybe it’s from a store near you.Original link...
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Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran has warned that close to five years after the costly collapse of the insurance and financial behemoth CLICO/CIB, Trinidad and Tobago remains somewhat vulnerable in the financial services sector that is critical to the country’s economic stability.Original link...
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The Mitsubishi Group is satisfied with the progress for plans to construct a proposed US$850 million (TT$5.4 billion) dimethyl ether (DME) plant in La Brea.Original link...
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“When my family home in Diego Martin was damaged by flash flooding, we realised how unprepared we were for this kind of emergency. Rescue efforts took a long to arrive, while emergency communications were slow and deficient.”Original link...
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“The services sector is growing worldwide and is certainly growing in Trinidad and Tobago, and as such it is important that we develop, grow and increase the revenue streams from this sector identified for diversification,” Trade Minister Vasant Bharath has said.Original link...
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“Is Bamboo in yet?” A lady on Twitter anxiously asked the question. Was it the Big, Big, Bamboo that the Merry Men sang about or was it the calypso tent that the Mighty Skipper had put up in Port of Spain in the early post-war period?Original link...
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Team DesignRev from the School of Business and Computer Science (SBCS) is the winner of this year’s Teleios Code Jam Finals, which took place last Thursday at the YARA Auditorium of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Mt Hope.Original link...
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After a low point in late 2012, business confidence and economic sentiment in the Caribbean have recovered throughout 2013, according to new findings from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) in their Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS).Original link...
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Having completed my four-part series on what I termed ‘The Integrity Threat’, I was intrigued by two recent public notices on the meaning of the Appeal Court’s recent activity on these matters.Original link...
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More efficient energy policies, including the development of renewable energy sources that can reduce the high cost of importing and generating power, will have a positive impact for the economic growth throughout the Caricom region, programme manager for energy at Caricom, Joseph Williams, said yesterday.Original link...
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Today we at Bourse will be reviewing the nine months 2013 (Q3 2013) performance and outlook for Guardian Holdings Limited (GHL), Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) and Readymix Limited (RML).Original link...
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Finance Minister Larry Howai has sent the Caribbean Airlines board of directors back to the drawing board to tweak some of their propositions on how to restructure the debt-riddled State enterprise and make it commercially viable.Original link...
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National Petroleum says it took a “humane approach” with employees who participated in what it said was an illegal work stoppage in August.Original link...
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Invaders' Bay
Invaders’ Bay I closed last week’s article by restating my view that all the ingredients for corruption were present at Invader’s Bay. What are those ingredients? Here is my list - Extensive public assets coming onto the market, in turbid circumstances. Those assets can include property, concessions, contracts and jobs; Questions of access to the gatekeepers – in these scenarios, some people will have unbelievable access to the decision-makers; Conflicting and confusing versions of the project or proposal. The confusion is as persistent as it is deliberate, a part of the tangled web. Blatant double-standards and lying is the norm in...
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Republic Bank has recorded a profit of $1.17 billion for its financial year ending September 30, 2013.Original link...
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Jamaican conglomerate GraceKennedy Group has posted revenues for the nine-month period to September 2013 of JCA$49.74 billion, an eight per cent or JCA$3.68 billion increase over the corresponding period in 2012.Original link...
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The meltdown of insurance giant CLICO served as a lesson to the country about the dangers of overleveraging and the appetite for intolerable levels of risk, Finance Minister Larry Howai has said. But since its collapse in 2009, “We have made significant progress in the Government’s offer of relief programmes to the policyholders of CLICO short-term investment products and the depositors/shareholders of the Hindu Credit Union (HCU),” he said yesterday.Original link...
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Both Finance Minister Larry Howai and Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine have said the first time they heard about any fight for National Quarries was when they read it in a newspaper on Sunday.Original link...
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Publicly traded local oil company Mora Ven Holdings has produced a profit before tax of $8.8 million for the nine months ending September 30. Revenue grew by 85 per cent whilst operating expenses grew by 73 per cent compared to the same period in 2012, chairman George Nicholas said in a statement.Original link...
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The West Indian Tobacco Company (Witco) has raised prices again.Original link...
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This week, we at Bourse will be discussing the implications of the recently issued National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (Nipdec) fixed rate bond issue. We address the local monetary sector with respect to liquidity, inflation and the interest rate environment.Original link...
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This is the Pre-Action Protocol letter to the Minister of Finance challenging his failure to reply to my Freedom of Information Act request of 18 March 2013, seeking details of the beneficiaries of the CL Financial bailout, particularly the EFPA holders.Filed under: CL Financial Bailout Tagged: bailout, CL Financial, freedom of information, ministry of finance Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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The Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (TTSEC) is warning citizens to be wary of fraudsters.Original link...
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Liquefied natural gas producer Atlantic’s chief executive Nigel Darlow has said he is concerned about the prolonged curtailment in the gas supply to the company but is certain it is only a temporary situation.Original link...
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Since my previous article on this controversial proposal, we have seen that certain legal advice reportedly considered by the government has been featured in another newspaper.  If that is the advice the State is relying upon in advancing their Invader’s Bay proposals, we are seeing a large-scale act of intentional illegality and a worrying return to the ‘bad-old-days‘. My main concerns are - CONSULTATION? Compare the lack of consultation at Invader’s Bay with what happens elsewhere.  In particular, the large waterfront lands near the city centre of San Fernando at  King’s Wharf, which has been the subject of ongoing public consultations...
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The country’s first onshore bid round in 15 years has netted 11 bids for the three blocks up for oil and gas exploration.Original link...
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Trinidad and Tobago is wasting too much valuable energy, Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine said yesterday. He said a simple thing such as turning off a lightbulb when not in use could save energy.Original link...
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