Omar Moreno is a Trinidad and Tobago national, who grew up in Venezuela; he sat down with Ria Roopchandsingh to give some insight into the current social and political climate in that country. Over the last few weeks, there have been demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government. Venezuelan’s inflation rate is set to hit 720% this year according to the International Monetary Fund, and there have been food shortages and widespread civil unrest in several parts of the country.
Chairman of the Movement for Social Justice Gregory Fernandez speaks about the reimplementation of property taxes with Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago Host Ria Roopchandsingh. He explained that while the MSJ understands the need for the tax and supports it, Government needs to be more transparent if the except persons to comply. He said more time should be given for individuals to finish the valuation of properties.
Wame Mosime, the Director of Global Programs & Advocacy at the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), speaks to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh about the development of treatment programs for HIV/AIDS. Together with ITPC’s global program staff, Wame develops advocacy strategies for communities of people living with HIV across the globe. Before joining ITPC, she led HIV projects funded by USAID / PEPFAR, DFID, and EU, and has worked on health-related programming from Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. She served as a key program manager for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the Caribbean, based in Trinidad and Tobago for several years.
Ramchand Rajbal Maraj, the Vice President of the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce and the organisation’s Assistant Secretary Anjenie Jairam speak about the Chamber’s up coming Health and Agricultural Fair on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017 at our Conference Hall, Camden Road Couva.
Michele Martin and Stanley Foodman speak about the FATCA legislation, which requires T&T financial institutions to provide reports to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for accounts held by US clients; via T&T Board of Inland Revenue. Martin and Foodman also explained to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh how organisations could cost-effectively comply with all FATCA and CRS requirements while managing De-Risking. The interview served as a precursor to a one-day seminar, which would be held in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss and answer some of the questions around the FATCA legislation.
Martin George sits down with Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh to discuss the current controversy over the selection of new judges by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
Recently Marcia Ayers-Caesar resigned from her new appointment as a Supreme Court Judge to return to the Magistrate's Court and complete her caseload; this has caused some conflict within the legal fraternity with some calling on the Chief Justice Ivor Archie to resign. George stated that he doesn’t believe that Archie should resign but said a proper investigation should be done.
Wall Street Journal reporter Anatoly Kurmanaev speaks to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh about the current political climate in Venezuela. Over the last few weeks, there have been demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government. Venezuelan’s inflation rate is set to hit 720% this year according to the International Monetary Fund, and there have been food shortages and widespread civil unrest in several parts of the country.
President of the Pharmacy Board, Andrew Rahaman, speaks with Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh about the recent issues raised with regards to prescription drugs in Trinidad and Tobago.
Recently Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh raised questions about the effectiveness of some of the drugs used locally for diabetes and hypertension. Rahaman says continuous testing of medications must be carried out to ensure sub-standard or counterfeit drugs are not being sold or supplied locally. Rahaman said these drugs often enter the country due to the emergence of generic medicines in the system.
Political Analyst Ancel St Hilaire comments on the 2017 Mid-Year Budget Review during the Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago morning show. St Hillaire said during the last 18 months Government has done well to ensure that there were no significant job losses in the country. He said, however, that several areas such as taxation and efficiency in the public service needed to be addressed if the Government is to achieve other targets set out in the 2016-2017 Budget and the mid-year review.