Daily Brief - Monday 18th December, 2017

NEWS

Archbishop Harris’ final Homily: TT ruled by fear

Father Joseph Harris, in his final Homily as Archbishop of Port of Spain yesterday declared that this country is being ruled by fear. Speaking on the rampant crime situation which breeds fear in the minds of law-abiding citizens, Fr Harris called on parishioners not to let this fear deter them from living just lives and spreading the good news of the Gospel so as to provide hope to others. He reiterated that fear is the number one enemy of all citizens at this time. Read more here

100 kmph limit not for all

Not so fast! The warning is to maxi taxi operators, Public Transport Service Corporation bus drivers and vehicles that are designed to carry more than ten passengers. The speed limit on the nation’s highways remain 65 kilometres per hour (kmph) for those drivers even though the speed limit is now 100 kmph by law. The speed limit for tractors remains at 35 kmph on the highways, while within a built-up area the allowed speed is 20 kmph. Read more here

Abusive men don’t believe women have right to leave

“Abusive men don’t believe that women have a right to determine when the relationship ends, which explains the commonality of stalking, threats and even murder when women are leaving or have left the relationship.” Read more here

 

POLITICS

Rowley challenges Moonilal: Come outside!

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has put Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal on notice. “I will approach the Speaker (Bridgid Annisette-George) to respond to him (Moonilal) in the Parliament at the next sitting of Parliament, if only for the records of Parliament,” Rowley told reporters during a Childrens’ Christmas Party at the South Diego Martin Recreation Ground. Read more here

Parliament body mulls fixed time for fireworks display

The largest fireworks importer in the country FireOne Fireworks is recommending Parliament consider regulations for specific days and times for setting off fireworks— in what the company believes may be a win-win situation for everyone. CEO Andrew Abraham appeared before Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Social Services and Public Administration on Friday telling the committee that the “law that governing the fireworks industry is an explosive law that is 100-years-old and has not kept up with the industry.” Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Tobago contractors, THA to meet on outstanding payments

Contractors in Tobago have been invited to a meeting with the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on Thursday, hoping that they will get answers on the near $60 million dollars in outstanding payments owed to them. For the past several months the forty or so contractors in Tobago have been off the job and this they say has negatively impacted the persons whom they employ. Read more here

Bridging the retirement income gap

This week, we at Bourse conclude our two part series on securing your financial future by making a conscious effort to accumulating long-term wealth. As readers may recall, the first part of our series considered different sources of income which were available after retiring. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Gov't's Failure - University Professor Says Crime Out Of Control Because Gov't Didn't Normalise Hot Spots

University professor Anthony Clayton has bemoaned the sharp rise in Jamaica's murder rate this year, charging that the spike in killings in 2017 was indicative of the failure of the Government to normalise hot spot communities as was done after the 2010 incursion in Tivoli Gardens. Murders have surged past 1,500 since the start of the year, the highest since the record murder rate in 2009 when 1,680 people were killed. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut strands thousands

A power cut at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport on Sunday led to a partial shut-down, affecting tens of thousands of people. The airport is the world's busiest, handling more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day. Passengers were left in darkened terminals or on board planes. The first passenger flights resumed just after 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Monday, but hundreds of others have been cancelled. Read more here

Coalition government with far-right party takes power in Austria

Austria's new coalition government, which includes the far-right Freedom Party, has been sworn in Monday, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry told CNN. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen presided over the ceremony at Vienna's Hofburg Palace. Police say between 5,000 to 6,000 people attended a demonstration against the new government in Heldenplatz square in front of the palace. Bearing placards like "Don't Let Nazis Govern," the protesters included women's groups and left-wing parties. Austrian police said in a tweet some "pyrotechnical" missiles were thrown by demonstrators. Read more here

18th December 2017

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