Asha Javeed

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ADJACENT to the country’s capital city, to the east of Port of Spain, lies an area that some have classified as a hotspot: from the hills of Laventille at its top; through Beetham Gardens in the middle and Sea Lots at its south.

It’s an area usually classified with high crime rates and unemployment.

Fourteen years ago, a company of the same name—the East Port of Spain Development Company (EPOS), was set up to regenerate the area.

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The country’s capital city of Port of Spain — about 3,300 acres — is in decay.

CONNECTION, competition, consumers and complaints.

These days, that’s how Abraham Smith, Digicel Trinidad and Tobago’s latest chief executive, is dividing his time.

Unless, of course, he’s driving around the country as far as Icacos, taking selfies with his customers.

IN 12 years, T&T will not have enough natural gas to meet its demand if the search for new provinces of the commodity is not intensified.

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DENOVO Energy’s managing director, Joel ‘Monty’ Pemberton, is leaving the local natural gas producer he founded, to pursue new business ventures, the company said yesterday in a statement.

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TRINIDAD and Tobago’s energy landscape is in transition.

For now, its in a post-refinery, past peak-oil production phase.

To add to that, some of the petrochemical plants on the Point Lisas Industrial Estate have been temporarily closed down because of reduced global demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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For the first time in its 45-year history, the State’s flagship energy entity, the National Gas Company (NGC), has reported a loss.

In a statement late Friday, 100 per cent State-owned NGC reported an after-tax loss of $316.2 million for the first six months of 2020.

NGC’s loss for the period January 1 to June 30, 2020, follows the natural gas aggre­gator and merchant recording a group after-tax profit of $396 million in its 2019 financial year.

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Come Monday, all-new polymer notes for $5, $10 and $20 are coming into circulation.

But there’s no rush to exchange the old cotton notes.

Unlike the demonetisation of the $100 bill, there will be no need to line up at commercial banks to change existing bills.

Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon says women need to think entrepreneurial and monetise their talent.

As she launches SheTrades, an initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC), today, she described it as a vehicle to empower women and change the communities around them.

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