Cocoa Pods

T&T is like the mecca for cocoa’: Cocoa Pods

Head of The University of the West Indies Cocoa Research Centre, Prof Pathmanathan Umaharan envisions that one day Trinidad and Tobago would be well-known not only for its fine cocoa, but for its chocolates.

This certainly cannot happen overnight, he admits. “My philosophy is that we need to look at low-hanging fruit. I think the lowest hanging fruit for us is the tourism market in the Caribbean,” he asserted last week. Thirty million tourists come to the Caribbean every year, he noted.


The Central Bank reported yesterday that T&T’s energy sector experienced further setbacks in the second quarter, with natural gas production falling “primarily due to production curtailments at Atlantic LNG which is a major user of natural gas”.

MAJORITY State-owned telecommunications provider TSTT yesterday became the first company in …

Local astronomer and microbiologist Dr Shirin Haque is among the 2020 lau­re­ates in the An­tho­ny N Sab­ga Caribbean Awards for Ex­cel­lence. Haque was selected for the award in the field of Science and Technology.

REPUBLIC Financial Holdings Ltd has agreed to pay the Scotiabank US$120 million to acquire 100 per cent of the Canadian bank’s operations in the British Virgin Islands.

HIGH COURT Justice Kevin Ramcharan, in September 2019, aborted an attempt by CL Financial subsidiary, Home Construction Ltd (HCL), to sell two highly coveted pieces of prime commercial real estate, following an objection to the lack of transparency and the failure to properly advertise the properties in the initial sales process by one of CL Financial’s joint liquidators, David Holukoff of the accounting firm, Grant Thornton.