And a Fun Time was had by All

In their written request to visit with Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, D Fun Crew, a social and entertainment committee at NIPDEC which each year hosts an Easter vacation camp for students of staff, expressed the sentiment that “many citizens go through a lifetime with either a glimpse of the President’s house as we pass by the Savannah or only see the President via the media. We wish for our children to have the experience etched in their memories, where they ...

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Statement on Recent Sexual Offences Act Judgement

It is with growing concern that I have been following in the media, both traditional and social, the escalating tensions surrounding Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act and the recent judgment of our Court on the constitutionality of those provisions.

I urge those participating in the debate to bear in mind that while all of us are entitled to hold and express robustly our point of view, we must be careful not to damage the national psyche by ...

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President Meets Independent Bench

Following upon the request on February 2nd 2018 of the Coordinator of the Independent Bench Senator Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir for a one-on-one meeting with then President-Elect Weekes “to discuss matters of relevance to the Independent Bench”, Her Excellency has decided to take the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the Independent Bench, since aside from the two attorneys on the Bench – Senators Chote and Roach – President Weekes is unfamiliar with their membership. Her Excellency will be hosting an ...

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President Congratulates Jereem Richards

Congratulations Jereem Richards. The country is once again bathed in golden light thanks to your magnificent victory in the Commonwealth Games 200m Men’s Final.

This is the first time since 1966 that Trinidad and Tobago athletes have won multiple Gold Medals at the Commonwealth Games – Michelle-Lee Ahyee’s historic Women’s 100m Final Gold Medal and now Jereem’s.

As Patron of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, I also take this opportunity to recognise our other historic medal-winner Dylan Carter who won this ...

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Press Release: Erroneous Social Media Message

It has come to the attention of Her Excellency President Paula-Mae Weekes that there is currently in circulation on social media, a message stating that the President refused to act upon the Prime Minister’s advice and appoint Darryl Smith as Minister in the Ministry of Housing.

Her Excellency denies unequivocally any such action. President Weekes refers all citizens to Section 79 (1) of the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago which states:

“The President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime ...

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Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Congratulates Michelle-Lee Ahye on Winning the Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018

I congratulate sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye on her historic Commonwealth Gold Medal in the Women’s 100 meter final. Ms. Ahye’s world class performance is a shining example of what I meant when I encouraged citizens to be the light. Michelle fanned her personal flicker of self-belief with hard work and commitment and now her light shines golden.

I am delighted for her and for our country. Ms. Ahye’s mother generously declared that this medal belongs not only to Michelle but also ...

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Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Swore-In the Fair Trading Commission And the Chairman of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal

Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes

President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Swore-In the Fair Trading Commission

And the Chairman of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal – April 3, 2018

It is a universal truth that competition among businesses benefits the consumer.  The competition for customers results in competitive prices, superior quality products and services as well as more attentive customer service.

In an effort to ensure that local consumers enjoy the benefit of competition and also to ...

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Message From Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago On the Occasion of Easter 2018

Message From
Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
On the Occasion of Easter 2018

Easter is the principal and oldest festival of the Christian Church.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ Our Lord, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of Christian faith and celebration is fitting because Easter, with its guarantee of acceptance, hope and an eternity of joy, follows a period of anguish, rejection and despondency.

While Christmas with all its hype might appear ...

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Message From Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes President Of The Republic Of Trinidad And Tobago On The Occasion Of Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day

Message From Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes

President Of The Republic Of Trinidad And Tobago

On The Occasion Of Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day – March 30, 2018

Between November 1917 and the 30th of March 1951 our fellow citizens of the Spiritual Shouter Baptist faith were prohibited from openly practising their religion.  That prohibition was lifted by the repeal of the Shouters’ Prohibition Ordinance of 1917.  Today three members of that tenacious, resilient, steadfast community hold important ...

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Inaugural Address – Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes

Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes President Of The Republic Of Trinidad And Tobago Inaugural Address – March 19, 2018 The Queen’s Park Savannah, Port Of Spain

 

Fellow citizens from the least among you to the greatest and other distinguished guests.

Well before the date of assumption of any new position the candidate had better be clear about the job description.  With that in mind I first looked at the Constitution and while it outlined certain duties and functions of president, the office holder’s role was not ...

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