International Day of People with Disability

Message from Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the occasion of the International Day of People with Disability 3rd December, 2018

As we celebrate the International Day of People with Disability, let us pledge our commitment to building a society that enables all persons with disabilities to achieve their greatest potential. This year’s theme, Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality highlights the importance of safeguarding and promoting the rights ...

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Excerpts from an Address at the Annual Calypso History Month Gala 2018

Excerpts from an Address by Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, ORTT, to the TRINBAGO UNIFIED CALYPSONIANS ORGANISATION (TUCO) on the occasion of its 25th anniversary and Annual Calypso History Month Gala 2018 (28/11/2018)

Good evening

Even as we gather to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of the TRINBAGO UNIFIED CALYPSONIANS ORGANISATION, (TUCO) the calypso fraternity and nation continue to reel from the loss of three bastions of the calypso art form in the short space of just two months. Shadow, the ...

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CJEI Cocktail Party at The Cottage, President’s House.

Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes hosted members of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute to cocktails at The Cottage at President’s House last Saturday November 17. The jurists were in Trinidad attending the Biennial Meeting of the CJEI held at the Hyatt Regency November 15 – 18. The meeting brought together leaders of judicial education in Commonwealth jurisdictions to facilitate the exchange of information, human and material resources and experiences. The judicial educators shared their successes and failures and analysed causation and ...

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Annual Dinner in Honour of Heads of Diplomatic Missions

President Paula-Mae Weekes, hosted the Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Trinidad and Tobago to dinner last night. Hosted by the President annually, this is the first for President Weekes. Guests were welcomed to the event by Moko Jumbies holding welcome signs in each of the 18 languages of the countries represented. The Moko Jumbies danced to the rhythms of the Debe Hindu SDMS Primary School Tassa Band. Pre-dinner cocktails featured parang by Los Alumnos de San Juan while the ...

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Divali Message from Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Fellow citizens, today, thousands of citizens across our nation will break their fasts and offer prayers to Sri Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. On this auspicious occasion, families and communities will join together to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, and good over evil.
Divali, the festival of lights, commemorates the return of Lord Rama from exile, his defeat of the evil Ravana and the liberation of his wife Sita. The five-day period is cause for both joy ...

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Presentation of Credentials – Ambassador-designate of the United States of America

His Excellency Joseph N. Mondello, Ambassador-designate of the United States of America to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago presented his credentials to Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes on Monday October 22nd. Ambassador Mondello was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Linda Mondello, Mr John McIntyre, Deputy Chief of Mission and Mrs Mauriceo Richardson-Lai Leung, Protocol Assistant at the US Embassy.

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Statement on the Recent Floods by Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes

Her Excellency the President, together with the citizenry, looked on with mounting horror and grave concern at the immediate and after effects of last week’s deluge. Whether caused by Act of God, omissions or commissions of institutions or individuals or any combination thereof, this is not the time to ascribe blame.

It is the time for us all to come together as a nation to render whatever assistance we can to those in such desperate need. Many of our individual and ...

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