Trinidad and Tobago

Republic Bank: Staff wages are among best in the country

Republic Bank is defending its position with regards to claims made by the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Trade Union that the bank is not offering descent wages to the workers.

The bank issued a statement on Thursday stating, among other things, that wages given to staff are among the best in the country.

The following is the bank's statement:

"Republic Bank Limited is currently in negotiations with the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) for a new collective agreement related to its clerical staff.

Imbert: Claims that Galleons Passage will be delayed until May are 'speculative'

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says claims that the arrival of the Galleons Passage vessel will be delayed by a month are an exaggeration.

The minister was responding to information posted by Sea Transport in China.

The US$17.38 million vessel is currently docked in Honolulu.

It is expected to journey to Panama and then to Cuba to be outfitted with seats before traveling to Trinidad.

The final sailing is expected to take around 10 days which would means the vessel could arrive in the first week of May.

Tourism Ministry launches 'Go Trinbago' app

The Ministry of Tourism has launched a new app to help boost tourism in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Lime 365 Go Trinbago app was launched on Wednesday (March 28, 2018) in Tobago.

The app includes information on events across T&T as well as various sites and attractions, restaurants and accommodation facilities.

It is bilingual and allows users to develop a personal travel itinerary, review local places of interest, rate their experiences of tourism services, and recommend places of interests.

Soldier killed in road accident

A member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force is the country’s latest road fatality.

Reports indicate that just after 4 am, Rajesh Sookdeo was proceeding south along the Solomon Hochoy highway when he lost control of his white Honda Civic.

Sookdeo‘s vehicle ran off the roadway and crashed into a light pole.

He died at the scene.


Police: Over 9,600 speeding tickets issued in 2018 so far

Police have issued $9.6 million worth in speeding tickets to 9,614 errant drivers thus far in 2018, as motorists continue to disregard the speed limits and engage in reckless and dangerous driving, police said in a statement.

So far, 18 persons have been killed in road traffic accidents.

The information was disclosed by Road Safety Coordinator, PC Brent Batson at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's weekly media briefing today.

Marijuana trees, seedlings worth $8.6 million destroyed

Marijuana trees with an estimated street value of $8.68Mn were destroyed by officers of the Northern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise in the Maracas/St. Joseph district yesterday.

The exercise, spearheaded by ACP (Ag.) McDonald Jacob and Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Michael Daniel, was carried out under the supervision of ASP (Ag.) Leon Haynes, and included officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit and the Air Support Unit between 6:30 am and 2 pm on Tuesday 27th March, 2018.