Message to the Nation from Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the Occasion of Labour Day 2018

Message to the Nation from
Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
on the Occasion of Labour Day 2018

On July 19, 1937, pastor, labourer and firebrand revolutionary Uriah ‘Buzz’ Butler led local oilfield workers in a nationwide strike which culminated in the deaths of fourteen people and the arrest and detention of dozens more. This event, the anniversary on which we commemorate Labour Day, proved to be a watershed for ...

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Message to the Nation from Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr 2018

Message to the Nation from
Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr 2018

Eid-ul-Fitr celebrates the end of the period of Ramadan, a month-long commitment to fasting, prayer and contemplation by Muslims worldwide. It commemorates the season in which the Prophet Muhammad received divine revelation and in which one night is described by the Holy Qur’an as being better than one thousand months.

The Islamic community of ...

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Courtesy Call: Santa Rosa First Peoples

The leadership of the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community recently paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Representing the Santa Rosa First Peoples were Carib Queen Jennifer Cassar, Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez, Ms. Angelita Bharath, Ms. Jacqueline Khan and Ms. Genevieve Jean Superville.

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Police Service Commission Fully Constituted for the First Time Since 2016

The President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes has today, Friday June 8, 2018 sworn-in Dr. Susan Craig-James as a Member of the Police Service Commission. This renders the PSC fully constituted for the first time since November 2016 as one of Her Excellency’s first duties upon assumption of the Presidency was the appointment of Ms. Bliss Seepersad as Chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Dr. Craig-James is a Doctor of Philosophy conferred by the Department ...

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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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