Daily Brief - Friday 29th September, 2017

TTMA In The News

TTMA optimistic about Budget

The T&T Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) is optimistic that positions presented during its pre-Budget talks with Government can chart a way forward for the nation’s economy. In a media release yesterday, the business group said it had also participated in the conversation the Government had with various stakeholders on Wednesday and welcomed that initiative which it said “could not come at a more opportune time.” Read more here

 

NEWS

Elswick parents fed up of sewer system

Parents of students attending the Elswick Presbyterian Primary School on Naparima-Mayaro Road, Tableland, staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Moruga/Tableland constituency offices of Dr Lovell Francis to highlight the non-functional sewer system at the school. Under dreary overcast conditions, which gave way to an intermittent spattering of rain, parents also vowed to keep their children at home until the sewer system had been changed from an aerobic system to a more conventional one. Read more here

A moment before death: 'Bandit' killed, citizens celebrate

Social media celebrated last night after CCTV footage emerged showing the shooting death of a suspected criminal who attempted to rob a casino in Arima on Thursday evening. A single shot to the head fired by a plain clothes security officer ended the threat. The footage shows that at around 6p.m. the criminal suspect enter the business at the corner of Gordon and Broadway Street, and snatched a woman and a man at the point of a gun. Read more here

 

POLITICS

NATUC slams Sinanan

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan’s attack on the acting CEO of the Port Authority, using a media house, is unacceptable in a democratic society, National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) general secretary Michael Annisette. “NATUC wants to condemn that unprofessional attack by the Minister of Works and Transport on a public servant who does not have the ability to protect herself because of her position within the port authority,” Annisette said. Read more here

Mariano: Adjust exchange rate

Former minister in the Ministry of Finance Mariano Browne says he is perplexed by the Prime Minister's statements that if the demand for foreign exchange is not curtailed the country will be forced to live with a rate determined by the forex market. “Essentially what he was admitting to is that the (exchange rate) is no longer floating. We are trying to control the rate. And as (economist) Dr Terrence Farrell said very clearly that's why we have a shortage of foreign exchange,” he told the Express yesterday. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

ATTIC wants an insurance court

An insurance court and a special motor vehicle offence court to save time and money are among recommendations from the Association of T&T Insurance Companies (ATTIC) for the fiscal year ahead. The association lists as priority areas crime/law and order; agriculture and food security; healthcare services and hospitals; economic growth, job creation, competitiveness and innovation; poverty reduction; and human capital development. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Windfall - Hurricanes Blow 68 Cruise Ships Into Falmouth Port

The town of Falmouth in Trelawny, which was on the brink of despair following news that several major cruise ships would be pulling out, looks to be getting an unexpected windfall on account of hurricane damage to other destinations in the region. Sixty-eight cruise ships are now slated to be rerouted to the Falmouth pier. According to Michael Belnavis, the chairman of Jamaica's National Cruise Council, the vessels, some of which were slated to visit Key West in the United States, will now be heading to Jamaica as several popular ports across the region were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

A stampede on a footbridge at a Mumbai railway station has left 22 people dead and injured more than 30, Indian officials report. The tragedy occurred during the morning rush hour at Elphinstone station, which connects two major local lines. It was triggered by overcrowding and people seeking shelter from monsoon rains, the officials said. The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital and senior railway officials are at the scene. Read more here

Torture in a Bottle

When two teenage boys threw acid at a food delivery driver and tried to steal his scooter, young Londoners sipping on cocktails at a nearby dim sum bar became their unwitting audience. The acid attack, outside the Drunken Monkey in east London's Shoreditch district, was just one of five that the boys carried out in less than 90 minutes one night in July, prosecutors say. The boys deny charges against them. Read more here

 

29th September 2017

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