Daily Brief - Friday 26th January, 2018

NEWS

I Didn’t Kill My Husband

“I didn’t stab him. He stabbed himself by mistake.” Speaking publicly for the first time since being released, Selena Khan yesterday sought to set the record straight on the death of her common-law husband Dayanand Dookie. Khan, 27, was released from custody at 10 pm on Wednesday, after being held for five days as police investigated the death of her husband. She had been in custody since last Friday after Dookie died at Chaguanas Health Centre. An autopsy showed he died from a single stab wound. Read more here

NGC, CNC head to UK Court of Arbitration

The battle between the National Gas Company (NGC) and Caribbean Nitrogen Company (CNC) is now heading to the Court of Arbitration in the United Kingdom, the result of which could have dire consequences for both companies. At the heart of the battle is the price the NGC is prepared to sell natural gas to the downstream companies, the continued shortage of gas and recent contracts signed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley which wedded the NGC to pay higher prices for gas from both bpTT and EOG Resources. Ironically EOG Resources is a major shareholder of CNC. Read more here

Fewer Venezuelans entering T&T, says Immigration boss

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews says the number of Venezuelan visitors entering the country through legal ports of entry has dropped. Read more here

 

POLITICS

A&V Gas fails to get injunction against State

A & V Oil and Gas Ltd has failed in two successive attempts to obtain an injunction blocking State owned Petrotrin from terminating its agreement and withholding a $83 million payment over allegations of inflated billings. Last Monday, A&V filed a lawsuit against Petrotrin over the issue and applied for an injunction against it. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Local firms have not cracked code for global competitiveness

The local energy services sector is one of the most successful legacies of TT’s storied 110-year-old history as a hydrocarbon producer. But despite extraordinary strides in providing support for major multinational companies, local firms still for the most part haven’t really managed to crack to code for global competitiveness. Read more here

exporTT mission heading to Guyana

14 local companies will be in Guyana from January 29 to 31 for a three day visit to one of the Caribbean region's fastest growing economies. According to a media release from exporTT yesterday this mission will be led by the trade facilitation company. "This exporTT led mission will see a mix of 14 goods and services companies navigating approximately 100 targeted business to business meetings over the packed 3 day period." the release said. Read more here

KC launches new bubble gum lines

KC Confectionery Ltd launched two new automated bubble gum lines on Wednesday and now has the ability to produce over 5,000 tonnes of confectionery annually. The company, which prides itself on diversification and innovation, gave the Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon, and members of the media a demonstration of how the machines work during a tour of the facility in Couva. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Unruly Teens - Indiscipline In Schools Fuelling Crime Says Westmoreland Educator

The high level of indiscipline being exhibited in schools by students is very indicative of what to expect when they leave and head out into society, believes Barbara Dandy, dean of discipline at the Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. With 148 persons murdered in Westmoreland in 2017 and 11 killed in the parish so far this year, Dandy noted that some of the present violent producers in society might have passed through the education system without being properly socialised. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

South Korea hospital fire kills at least 37 in Miryang

At least 37 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a fire at a hospital in South Korea. The blaze is thought to have started in the emergency room at Sejong Hospital in the south-eastern city of Miryang. About 200 patients were inside the building and an adjoining nursing home at the time. It is South Korea's deadliest fire in almost a decade and the death toll is expected to rise with several of the injured in critical condition. Read more here

Trump called for Mueller's firing in June 2017, source says

President Donald Trump called for special counsel Robert Mueller's firing last June, according to one person familiar with the matter. White House counsel Don McGahn refused to order the Justice Department to fire Mueller because he disagreed with the President's reasoning, the source said. However, according to the source, McGahn did not threaten to resign directly to the President. Read more here

26th January 2018

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