Daily Brief - Monday 19th February, 2018

NEWS

Fear the living not the dead

Residents living near two funeral homes and crematoriums in San Fernando are not fearful of health concerns relating to cremation of bodies in the facilities. Several residents told Newsday that they are not worried in any way about the cremations. However, when bodies are being burnt, it lets out a distinct odour which some people hate. “I am living in the area for the past 15 years and it does not worry me. I have never heard a complaint about it with regards to health or the environment,” said Linda Wankin,75, of Medine Street, San Fernando. Read more here

No repairs to orphan road

Close to 600 residents of North Oropouche Road, Sangre Grande are pleading for help to repair an almost impassable road leading to their community but it seems no one is responsible for the roadway as it neither falls under the jurisdiction of the regional corporation nor the Ministry of Works. Yesterday, some of the residents protested in the blazing sun to get the authorities to act. The road, known as Boodoo Highway stretches for about two miles from North Oropouche Road ending at the Sangre Chiquito. It was constructed by a private land developer. Read more here

Cops Probe Origin of Voice Note

The Police Service is investigating the origin of a voice note circulating on social media purportedly posted by a member of the service, describing events that led to her issuing two traffic tickets to the wife of former minister of national security Howard Chin Lee. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Opposition concerned by AG’s contradiction

The Opposition is satisfied with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s affirmation in Parliament on Friday that there are ISIS cells operating in Trinidad, and concerned that Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has appeared to contradict those statements. “The Prime Minister is the head of the National Security Council so he is fully aware of what is happening. Read more here

Lack of terror info destabalising T&T

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said the Government has destabilised the country with its lack of information sharing in the face of the admission from the head of the National Security Council, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, that there is an ISIS terror cell in T&T. He said when Rowley was questioned on the alleged plot to disrupt Carnival in the Parliament on Friday, he continued to be vague, saying that it was a threat to disrupt the Carnival parade. Read more here

Camille defends North Grove plans

The proposed North Grove housing community will not affect the St Augustine nurseries and is not a part of any voter-padding plan but based on demands for housing in the East-West Corridor, says acting Housing Minister Camille Robinson-Regis. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

MASSY, TCL earnings decline

This week, we at Bourse review the most recent financial results of Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) and MASSY Holdings Ltd (MASSY). Despite higher revenues, MASSY posted a decline in corporate earnings. TCL recorded declines in both revenues and earnings. We look at their performance and provide a brief outlook. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Battle Over Bank Fees - Opposition MP Says He Is Not Attempting To Legislate Prices; King Disagrees

University of the West Indies' senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, Dr Damien King, was forced to fend off an onslaught of criticisms from Opposition-backed supporters on the weekend, following his pronouncement that the Banking Services Bill brought by Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson was better off dead. "My first-year economics students already know that attempts to legislate prices nearly always leave customers worse off. And the bank fees bill was such an attempt," King wrote on social media site Twitter. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Students after Florida shooting: You're either with us or against us

Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times during the mass shooting at his high school, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. On Sunday, the injured teenager remained in a hospital bed with his face swollen and his body tethered to IV and oxygen tubes. "Fortunately, he is recovering -- but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed," according to a Broward County Sheriff's Office Facebook post. Read more here

Iran crashed plane found in mountains, reports say

The wreckage of a plane that crashed in Iran on Sunday has been found, local media are reporting. But a civil aviation spokesman told Reuters news agency he could not confirm the reports. The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all 66 people on board are feared to have been killed. Heavy wind and snow forced search and rescue teams to stop work on Sunday but they resumed the search on Monday. Read more here

19th February 2018

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