Daily Brief - Monday 25th June, 2018

NEWS

MSJ’s leader: CEPEP workers suffering

Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah is describing as “heartless” the manner in which several CEPEP workers in Laventille were put on the breadline. At a media conference held at the party’s Royal Road, San Fernando headquarters yesterday, Abdulah said CEPEP chairman Ashton Ford said the contractor who hired the workers was terminated because he was not making National Insurance and health surcharge payments. The contractor, Abdulah said, owed $780,802 to the National Insurance Board and $140,529 in health surcharge. Read more here

Couple ambushed in Aripo, man beaten, car stolen

An Arima man was beaten and left for dead near the Aripo River, after a gunman pounced on him and a woman as they sat in a vehicle on Saturday. Gerald Gomez, 67, was rescued after a retired police officer stopped a passing police patrol, and taken to hospital for treatment. His companion, whose name was not released by police, escaped injury. Read more here

A Daughter’s Pain: Family angry, fearful after dad slain

For 33 years Swarsatee “Susan” Samaroo, 51, and her husband John “JJ” Samaroo, 53, were inseparable. Her children now do not know how to tell their mother that her husband has been murdered. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Padarath: Govt can’t shut me up

Princes Town MP Barry Padarath says he will not shut up and accused National Security Minister Edmund Dillon of “cracking under pressure” during last Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives. Padarath was asked to leave the Parliament Chamber by Deputy House Speaker Esmond Forde after Dillon told him to shut up during debate on a motion of no confidence brought against him by the Opposition. Read more here

UN report: More Trini refugees outside nation than foreign ones here

Trinidad and Tobago has more of its citizens registered as refugees seeking to live overseas than foreigners seeking refuge here, according to a June 21 United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Green Works launched to boost agriculture

An investment opportunity has been afforded to members of Works Credit Union (WCU) through a new initiative, Green Works, which was recently launched at the union’s compound at Orange Hill Road, Spring Garden, Tobago by its president, Fitzroy Ottley, members of the board of directors. The launch coincided with the commemoration of United Nations World Sustainable Gastronomy Day. Read more here

Mid-year review: selection is key

As we approach the mid-point of 2018, this week we at Bourse review the performance of local and international equity and bond markets for the year thus far. Both at home and abroad, equity markets proved shaky, in stark contrast to the stellar performance registered in 2017. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

St Lucia’s ship of state springs another leak

One of the characteristics of a government that is unpopular within its own ranks tends to be the number of leaks of insider information and confidential documents. Case in point is the Trump administration in the US, which leaks like a sieve. Similarly, the current government of Saint Lucia, led by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, has been noteworthy for leaking frequently embarrassing information that it would no doubt prefer to remain secret. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Turkey election: Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his outright election victory in Sunday's poll. Parliament has been weakened and the post of prime minister abolished, as measures approved in a controversial referendum last year take effect. Defeated opposition candidate Muharrem Ince said Turkey was now entering a dangerous period of "one-man rule". Mr Erdogan polled nearly 53% in the most fiercely fought election in years. Mr Ince received just 31%, despite a lively campaign attracting huge crowds. Mr Erdogan has presided over a strong economy and built up a solid support base by investing in healthcare, education and infrastructure. Read more here

After family separation crisis, Trump returns to his tried-and-true tactic: ratchet up the rhetoric

President Donald Trump has hit on a new exit strategy as he struggles to mitigate the most disorientating political crisis of his presidency: the splitting up of undocumented migrant families. His obvious conclusion is that even though his hardline populism got him into the mess, only a more unfiltered dose of Trumpism will finally sweep it away. Trump fired off some of his most raw and authoritarian tweets about immigration yet Sunday and is also cranking up his trade war rhetoric to solidify the safe space where he always returns when he's in trouble: the embrace of his political base. "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country," Trump wrote in a tweet that hammered undocumented migrants on Sunday. Read more here

25th June 2018

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