Daily Brief - Friday 2nd February, 2018

NEWS

Attack on innocents: Boy 14, Kept with Ducks

Officials from the Children Authority’s Emergency Response Team yesterday rescued a 14 year old special needs boy who according to reports, endured months of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of relatives at their Tabaquite home. A female relative admitted to Newsday that in a fit of rage, four days ago, she used a knife to discipline the boy, slashing him across his right forearm near the wrist. She could not recall what led her to punish the child in this violent manner. He was also removed from the house and placed in a room on the ground floor which he shared with ducks and slept among mounds of rubbish. Read more here

Another land-grabbing case against Dulalchan

Farmer Satesh Maraj apparently came down with a case of amnesia yesterday when questioned about the situation where he was forced from State land in favour of the man proposed to become this country’s new substantive police commissioner, Deodat Dulalchan. The House of Representatives will today debate Dulalchan’s nomination for the post of Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner. Read more here

Cops kill one, wound two in La Puerta shootout

A man was shot dead in a confrontation with police officers in Diego Martin on Thursday afternoon. Two others were wounded. The killing happened at Broome Street, La Puerta, around 1.30 p.m. Officers of the Western Division Task Force were about to intercept a vehicle occupied by four men, when someone began firing. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Kamla blanks PM on private CoP talks

The Police Service Commission’s nomination of Deodat Dulalchan for the post of Commissioner of Police and that of Harold Phillips for the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police may be stymied when the Parliament meets to discuss the matter today. This scenario has been predicted in the face of concerns from both the Government and the Opposition over the selection process used by the Police Service Commission. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Plan to make bank best in global banking

Scotiabank TT's new managing director (MD) Stephen Bagnarol says we're living in a global society where digital technology not only makes our daily lives easier, it helps bring us together. Bagnarol – who officially took over from Anya Schnoor on November 1 last year – therefore intends to make the bank "best in class" globally. Read more here

8,600 visitors arrive on cruise ships in two days

The Ministry of Tourism yesterday celebrated what the ministry claimed was the highest number of cruise ship passengers in one day as 6,500 persons arrived on the MSC Fantasia and the Island Princess luxury liners. The numbers were confirmed by officials at the Port of Port-of-Spain. They said an additional 2,100 crew were expected in Port-of-Spain bringing the total to 8,600 visitors who arrived in Trinidad up to yesterday. Read more here

Delay over takeover of GHL

Jamaica’s largest financial institution, NCBFG, is for the second time postponing the closing date of its US$400 million bid to take control of T&T's Guardian Holdings (GHL), pushing the date back to February 23 from today, February 2. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

'Unfortunate' - DPP Defends Cops, Warns Harriott Over 'Toxic' JCF Claim

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn is taking issue with sociologist Professor Anthony Harriott's labelling of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as "toxic" when he, last week, called for Government to move swiftly with a bill to separate the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) from it. Addressing a conference organised by the Financial Investigations Division (FID) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Llewellyn cautioned against the call made by Harriott, who heads the Police Civilian Oversight Authority. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Migrant crisis: Scores feared drowned off Libyan coast

Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN's migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libya has for years been a major transit route for migrants trying to reach southern Europe by sea. But last year the EU reached a controversial deal to provide help to the Libyan coastguard in order to stop the flow of boats carrying migrants and refugees to Italy. Aid agencies and the UN accused European governments of taking an "inhuman" approach. Read more here

Trump moves toward releasing memo he hopes will undermine Russia probe

President Donald Trump, hopeful that a controversial Republican memo about the FBI might undermine the Russia investigation, appeared poised Thursday to allow the document's release. Trump and his aides signaled throughout the day they would not use executive power to block Congress from making the memo public, setting up a clash with the FBI and intelligence officials, who warn the memo distorts facts and could jeopardize intelligence-gathering information. The document is said to allege the FBI abused its surveillance tools. Read more here

2nd February 2018

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