Daily Brief- Monday 22nd January 2018

NEWS

Costatt realigns core operations

The College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of T&T (COSTAATT), is “tightening its belt,” and is now operating “pretty much to the bone,” in the face of a declining enrolment.The management of the tertiary institution and is now “rethinking its business model,” to align its offerings to the economic diversification pillars. Read more…

Market vendor to be sentenced for 2007, 2013 rapes

Ragoonanan Narine, 53, of south Trinidad will be sentenced on February 7 by Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas in the San Fernando High Court for raping a girl when she was nine years old in 2007, and raping her again in 2013 when she turned 15. Read more…

CLICO assets for investment fund

CABINET is targeting February 28 as the date of the establishment of the National Investment Fund (NIF) and expects to complete the public offering and sale of units to the public by March 31, according to Cabinet Minute 2213 dated December 7, 2017. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Tobago stakeholders hoping for answers

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a high-powered ministerial team will sit today for talks with the business community in Tobago.Stakeholders in Tobago told the T&T Guardian that they will be going to the talks armed with folders of documents on just how the island, which is dependent on the tourism product, has suffered in the past year because of problems on the seabridge which contributed to problems on the airbridge. Read more…

 

POLITICS

Housing Minister knocks Khan’s comments: ‘Want a house, make plenty children’

Housing and Urban Development Minister Randall Mitchell yesterday took Opposition MP Dr Fuad Khan to task for encouraging squatting and misrepresenting the practices of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) with respect to the allocation of houses. Read more…

Garcia: UTT overstaffed, fat must be trimmed

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) is of the view that the organisation is “overstaffed and to run the university efficiently it will mean they have to trim fat.” Read more…

 

REGIONAL

Concerns voiced over pilot competence in deadly plane crash in Bahamas

 People have begun speaking out about their interactions with the pilot, Darren Clarke, involved in the fatal plane crash that killed six, including Clarke, just off North Andros in The Bahamas last Wednesday. Read more…

New Luxury Dockside Hotel Opens in St Lucia

St Lucia’s much-anticipated new luxury hotel Harbor Club has officially opened its doors under the new ownership of well-respected Canadian entrepreneur and businessman Wes Hall.With beautiful Rodney Bay as its backdrop, Harbor Club is an ultra-modern hotel featuring 115 tropical cabin-style rooms and suites, and is poised to set new luxury standards and is designed to welcome the most discerning traveler. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.Some will not be paid until the stalemate is resolved.A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points.Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected. Read more…

Turkish attack in northern Syria threatens to ignite broader conflict

Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria against Kurdish militia opens yet another front in the seven-year Syrian conflict, and risks giving ISIS breathing room just as it was being suffocated.Turkey has long warned that it will not tolerate control of much of its border with Syria by the "terrorist" Kurdish YPG militia -- even as the US has bolstered its support for the YPG as its proxy in the fight against ISIS. Read more…

22nd January 2018

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