Diana Mahabir-Wyatt

FIFTEEN per cent increases for workers of the Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) and Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP)? I thought URP had been replaced by CEPEP some years back but I had it all wrong. URP hasn’t closed at all. It has an up-to-date website that gives details about its 16 units and its four to six week programmes that people can sign up for. URP includes a special programme to teach women marketable skills while they work.

There is no indication where the nursery facilities announced in the budget speech where single mothers can place their infant children while they work will be located. Hopefully, these nurseries will be staffed by Servol-trained caring staff who mothers can “trustfully” leave their children with while they work.


A DRAFT Tobago medium-term policy framework, from a team chaired by economist Dr Terrence Farrell, has recommended the establishment of up to three all-inclusive resorts as one of its key initiatives to drive Tobago’s development in the next four years.

IN the last fortnight, two Canadian banks concretised the perception that the interest of banks from that country in the Caribbean region is definitely waning, if not coming to an end.

FIFTEEN years after selling their beloved LB’s Supermarket at the corner of Eastern Main Road and Cane Farm Road, Arouca, and moving to Diego Martin, where they opened Westbees Supermarket, the Bachew family has returned to their hometown.

BP, one of the largest investors in T&T’s natural gas sector, says that it expects the global natural gas market to continue being oversupplied for the next two years.