Wade Mark tipped to replace Max Richards as T&T President

(Trinidad Express) Trinidad and Tobago’s fifth President will be elected on February 15 and some of the top candidates in the race, according to sources, are House Speaker Wade Mark, former head of British Petroleum (BPTT) Robert Riley and political analyst Dr Hamid Ghany.

Communications Minister Jamal Mohammed, at Thursday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, announced that a meeting of the electoral college will be convened on February 15—three days after Carnival—for the election of a new President to replace George Maxwell Richards.  Sources told the Express that Mark, Riley and Ghany, as well as Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith and Chief Justice Ivor Archie, were being considered.  Contacted by phone, Mark declined comment on the matter but said that he remains in charge under sections 26 to 33 of the Constitution to convene a meeting of the electoral college and preside as chairman.

The Express understands that should Mark be selected, the deputy Speaker of the House will probably preside over the electoral process.  Efforts to contact the other candidates proved futile.  Mohammed outlined the process, saying that the Constitution provides that there shall be an electoral college for the purpose of the election of a President comprising members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.  The electoral college, he said, is convened by the House Speaker and its procedure is governed by the electoral college regulation 1976 made under section 28:04 of the Constitution.

Christine Lagarde

IMF’s Lagarde to stand trial in Tapie case

PARIS, (Reuters) – France’s highest appeals court ruled yesterday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400 million euros ($440 million) state payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie.

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Sagicor moving from Barbados to Bermuda

(Barbados Nation) Sagicor Financial Corporation has officially moved its headquarters to the British oversees territory of Bermuda after more than 100 years in Barbados in its previous incarnation as The Mutual.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh

Dengue strikes T&T health minister

(Trinidad Express) Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh revealed yesteday that his recent and sudden hospitalisation was due to dengue. Deyalsingh was admitted to the Port of Spain General Hospital (POSGH) on July 13 after experiencing a two-day history of fever and fatigue.

Al Miller

Judge says pastor facilitated desires of ‘Dudus’ Coke

(Jamaica Gleaner) Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece said that based on evidence presented by prosecutors in the corruption trial of Al Miller, she is convinced that the clergyman’s “behaviour facilitated the desires” of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

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Cheaper power coming soon for Barbados

(Barbados Nation) Barbadians longing for cheaper electricity will start getting an ease now that Barbados Light & Power Company Limited (BL&P) has completed its ten megawatt solar farm.

Naresh Persad shows some of the dead fish that washed up Wednesday on the Mosquito Creek, La Romaine.

Aboud blames 2013 Petrotrin spill for fish kill

(Trinidad Guardian) As more dead fish continued to wash ashore along the Mosquito Creek yesterday, president of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, Gary Aboud, put the blame squarely on Petrotrin’s shoulders.

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