Daily Brief- Friday 8th December 2017

NEWS

‘Drug cocktail tripped me off’

The man who was shot by police in Tarouba after he ran amok, grabbing a toddler, assaulting four officers, damaging a police vehicle and smashing a fruit vendor’s stall, has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation. Read more…

LGBTQI community living in fear

Members of the LGBTQI community continue to express grief over the death of trans woman Keon Allister Patterson, also known as Sasha Fierce, after she was killed at Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair, on Tuesday night. However, Patterson’s closest friends and loved ones are afraid to mourn her death publicly, worried that if they express their regret in the open, they will be targeted by bigots and homophobic people. Read more…

Squatters return right after eviction

Mere hours yesterday, after a joint police and army exercise to remove illegal occupants of the Clifton Towers once again, they returned to the apartments. According to residents, yesterday's exercise was the fifth or sixth such effort to evict the persons who have occupied several apartments without authorisation from the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). Read more…

 

POLITICS

Rowley slams Opposition over failed anti-gang bill: MORE WILL DIE

In the midst of a killing spree which saw 21 people being murdered in the first five days of December, an angry Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday warned that more will die especially since the Opposition failed to support the anti-gang bill in Parliament. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Scotiabank profits, 25th year in a row

Scotiabank TT Ltd has recorded its 25th consecutive year of profitability growth. In a statement, the bank reported income after tax of $658 million for the year ended October 31. That’s an increase of $32 million or five per cent over 2016. Net income before tax grew by 11 per cent however after consideration of the five per cent increase in corporation tax rate, the growth rate in net income after tax was five per cent. Read more…

Roget calls out NP on vacancies

The Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) has issued a warning to government to refrain from sending public servants home or there will be "hell to pay in T&T". Addressing workers at an early-morning meeting outside National Petroleum (NP) in Sea Lots yesterday, OWTU President Ancel Roget promised to seek a meeting with the senior management team to discuss the number of vacancies existing within the company. Read more…

 

REGIONAL

EU Tax Haven Blacklist Will Have Serious Implications, Says Barbados Minister

The blacklisting of Barbados by the European Union (EU) could have serious implications for the island’s economy, International Business Minister Donville Inniss has warned. A day after the EU released a global tax haven list of 17 countries considered non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, Inniss said yesterday that the decision to include Barbados could impact negatively on the country, as it could have the effect of international institutions refusing to conduct business in this jurisdiction or experiencing increased cost when trading with the country. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Brexit breakthrough in Brussels comes after week of drama

The UK and the European Union reached a significant milestone in their pursuit of a Brexit deal on Friday, breaking a deadlock that allows talks to move on to a crucial second phase. After a dramatic night of shuttle diplomacy that capped months of tortuous negotiations, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the breakthrough at an early morning press conference in Brussels. Read more…

'Samurai sword' attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

An attack believed to have been sparked by a succession feud has left three people dead at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The chief priestess was stabbed to death, reportedly by her brother. A bloodied Samurai sword was found at the scene, along with other knives. The attacker's wife also took part in the ambush on Thursday evening, police say, injuring the priestess's driver. Read more…

 

 

8th December 2017

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