Daily Brief - Monday 29th January, 2018

NEWS

Paula Mae Weekes gets instruments today

President-elect Paula Mae Weekes will today be presented with her Instruments of Election to President from Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George in a brief ceremony at 11 am in the Diplomatic Reception Lounge of Parliament, Level 2, Tower D, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain. Media houses will have a very brief question and answer period with Weekes, with no personal questions allowed, followed by a photo opportunity of her touring the Parliament Chamber with the Presiding Officers. Read more here

Immigration officers query $31,000 hotel bill

On the heels of immigration officers signing a “no confidence” petition against acting Chief Immigration Officer (AgCIO) Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, a cheque totalling $31,080 has surfaced. That hefty payment was made to a popular Hotel at Crown Point Tobago from the Immigration Department. Senior immigration officers are calling on Gandhi-Andrews to clear the air on the purpose of the three alleged trips and stay at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa between June 2017 to September 2017. Read more here

Limer shot in the head

“Happy-go-lucky” Brent Richardson was killed yesterday while liming at a bar in Princes Town. Richardson, 42, a labourer, was shot in the head around noon at the establishment at Market Street. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Indarsingh: Who stopped gas flow?

Couva South MP Rudy Indarsingh publicly demanded to know who instructed the supply of gas from the National Gas Company (NGC) to the Caribbean Nitrogen Company (CNC) to be turned off. He was speaking in Friday’s debate in the House of Representatives on Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim’s private motion hitting the Government’s handling of the economy. “It pains me that someone in the Government or NGC advised that the gas be shut off to CNC, and 400 people are now on the breadline and there is a loss of foreign exchange. Read more here

Dulalchan: I’ll wait and see how it goes

Acting deputy Police Commissioner Deodath Dulalchan says he will "just wait and see how things go" in the face of the allegations of irregularities in his appointment as the country's next substantive top cop. On Thursday the Police Service Commission (PSC) submitted Dulalchan's name as its recommendation for the post of Police Commissioner. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Toyota president: Customers looking for fuel efficiency

Empathising with motorists who have to dig deeper into their pockets for gas after the removal of the fuel subsidy, Toyota Trinidad president Shigeru Ito said the company took note of 2018's national budget theme, "Changing the Paradigm" as the company launched its 2018 Yaris model on Saturday. Delivering remarks at the event which took place at Toyota's San Fernando Showroom, Ito said the new Yaris model was all about "fuel efficiency and value for money". Read more here

A look at conservative investing

This week, we at Bourse discuss some of the options available to the conservative investor. Risk-averse individuals — with the main objective of preserving capital — gravitate towards leaving money in a bank account as a conservative and passive form of savings. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

'Chop MOCA From Toxic JCF' - Criminology Professor Says Agency Will Lose Credibility If It Remains Tied To Police Force

Head of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority Professor Anthony Harriott is urging legislators to move swiftly on a bill to split the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Debate of a bill to transform MOCA into a stand-alone elite law-enforcement investigative agency, operating separately from the JCF, started in Parliament last October, and for Harriott, this cannot take place soon enough. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Strava fitness tracking app reveals movements on remote military bases

 A fitness tracking app that maps people's exercise habits could pose security risks for security forces around the world. Strava, which bills itself as "the social network for athletes" and allows its users to share their running routes, released a newly updated global heatmap last November. But experts and keen observers have recently realized its potential to reveal location patterns of security forces working out at military bases in remote locations. Read more here

German row over car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys

There has been condemnation of experiments funded by German carmakers in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes. German media say the health impact research was done by EUGT, a body funded by Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW. Social Democrat politician Stephan Weil - a VW board member - called the studies "absurd and abhorrent". Daimler also condemned them. VW is embroiled in a scandal over software that gave false diesel exhaust data. Read more here

29th January 2018

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