Saturday, December 24, 2016

Venezuelan firm wants US court order reversed

Dec. 23, 2016, 9:13 PM AST Comments

VENEZUELA-based company Sural, officials of which met with and lobbied Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on April 6 to restart the aluminium smelter project Alutrint, wants an order by a United States court to pay Government US$2 million reversed.


How do we adjust to this new reality? *

Dec. 22, 2016, 7:12 PM AST Comments

Leah Sorias—AMID continued complaints from individual and business customers about problems to access United States dollars comes a call from president of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) Anya Schnoor for a public discussion on how the country can adjust to the shortfall.


Over 9,300 public servants to benefit from discount*

Dec. 21, 2016, 7:56 PM AST Comments

MORE than 9,300 public servants will now be able to pay for the Microsoft Office Suite of software at a substantially discounted price. The new Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (MEA) signed by the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications (MPAC), IGOVTT and Microsoft provides for public ser

PM says RUBIS could leave country

Dec. 21, 2016, 7:51 PM AST Comments

The Antigua and Barbuda government Wednesday said it had no problem if the French-owned RUBIS gas company decides to leave the island following moves to deny it having to monopolise the retail sector in the country.



Politicians should put T&T first*

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:37 PM AST Comments

Last September, before the Tax Information Bill (2016) came before the House of Representatives for the first of two abortive attempts to pass the legislation, the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham T&T) commented that the controversy that erupted over its passage was “a crisis manufactured


We weathered the storm in 2016*

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:33 PM AST Comments

BETTER business for all. This is what the heads of business chambers want in 2017. They said an economic revolution was much needed, along with US dollars in hand. Admitting economic hardships in 2016 were long and hard for some more than others, they are calling on Government and those in related s

Savouring Porsche perfection*

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:25 PM AST Comments

A LIFELONG fascination with the Porsche brand came to the ultimate climax in Florida at the end of November. From a pre-teen building model kits of the 911 and always casting an admiring eye on one driving by, I found myself at the sweet end of a dream assignment—to test drive three Porsche ca


NGC will be here, there, everywhere*

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:22 PM AST Comments

THE State-owned National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC), known to all as the conduit through which gas passes from the producers offshore into the gas-based industries at Point Lisas in South-Central Trinidad, is branching out into some intriguing activities in the new year. These are comm


Hair today, gone tomorrow*

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:16 PM AST Comments

I like signs but not portents. When, many years ago, I said this to a Trini friend in Barbados, he replied, “Me too. When I was in the scouts we went camping and then rain fall in the middle of the night and we find out the tent was leaking.” So I stuck to signs, some of which are very f


How T&T scored in Q4 of FY 2015/2016*

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:12 PM AST Comments

The National Scorecard is a quarterly update of key economic statistics compiled by the Trade and Business Development Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Each quarter’s report includes topical issues that arose. At the end of the year the reports will inform the


Bankers make another FATCA plea*

Dec. 20, 2016, 8:56 PM AST Comments

THE Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) has issued another appeal for the Government and the Opposition to come together in the best interests of Trinidad and Tobago and pass the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation.