Daily Brief - Monday 30th July, 2018

NEWS

Neighbour chops neighbour

Point Fortin police are searching for a teenager who chopped his neighbour for beating his brother on Friday evening. Police say the 17-year-old boy from Boodoo Street, Point Fortin got into an argument with his neighbour Marvin Richards, 25, around 6 pm. When the argument became very heated, the boy’s 30-year-old brother intervened and tried to calm the situation. But police said one man beat another with a piece of wood. The teen ran to his home and returned with a cutlass which he used to chop Richards on the head, back, chest, side and elbow. Read more here

Korean schols for T&T students

Two Trinidadian students have been awarded scholarships by the Korean government. In a release, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea here in T&T announced that the students, Marianne Chang and Shawnella Chaitan, had been awarded the scholarships by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) to pursue Master’s Degree programmes in Korea. NIIED scholarship awardees are chosen on the basis of academic merit and the full cost of their study for three (3) years is covered by the scholarships. Read more here

Murder after row, crash

A 21-year - old woman was stabbed to death in the capital city early yesterday morning during an argument with a male companion. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Lee: Will Galleons Passage be reflagged?

Pointe – a - Pierre MP David Lee is questioning whether the Galleons Passage vessel will be reflagged under the TT flag. Speaking at a press conference at the Leader of the Opposition Port of Spain office yesterday, Lee said the vessel had sailed into TT waters under the flag of an island in the South Pacific Ocean. “The boat came under a flag of convenience Vanuatu, which is a small island in the Pacific. Now in Trinidad, the question the Opposition would like to ask is will the Galleons Passage be reflagged under the TT flag? Because the Galleons is owned by the taxpayers of Trinidad and Tobago. Read more here

Opposition meet today on Griffith’s CoP nomination

The Opposition has not as yet decided if it will support the nomination of Gary Griffith as this country’s substantive police commissioner during today’s debate on the matter in Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal has said. The Opposition Members of Parliament will meet before today’s sitting of the House of Representatives to decide on the matter. At today’s Parliament sitting, which is scheduled to start at 1.30 pm, the notification of Griffith to the post of Commissioner of Police is to be discussed. Read more here

A classic PNM trick

The claim by newly-appointed chairman of Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) Ashton Ford, that three years of the company’s financial records had gone missing is a classic PNM trick says Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

AmCham calls for focus on security risks

Security is a major challenge confronting T&T and the world and in response to local and global risks, businesses must employ relevant strategies and update their risk management techniques. That was the advice from Bruce Mackenzie, Vice-President of AmChamTT, when he addressed a conference, Security Risks: The Changing Landscape, at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain on Friday. The event was aimed at fulfilling the AmChamTT’s mandate of capacity building within the private sector and McKenzie said the organisation had joined forces with G4S, to host the event because they are committed to tackling issues that are critical to improving the business environment. Read more here

Govt to buy two Australian patrol vessels

The Government of T&T is negotiating with the Australian government to purchase two border patrol vessels to add to the fleet of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Residents Blame Windalco - NEPA Probing Contamination Of Rio Cobre

Residents of Zephyrton in Linstead, St Catherine, had to cancel their weekly River Bash Sunday party on the banks of the Rio Cobre yesterday after a smelly white substance was seen in the water, and they are blaming the West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) for the contamination of the river. According to the residents, yesterday morning was overcast and it is not unusual for them to see substances from the bauxite plant in the river whenever it rains. "Me live here more than 40 years and is nuff time me see Windalco let out this white waste into the river when it look like rain a go fall," said Zephyrton resident Everald Hyatt. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Trump opens window into his rage with Mueller attack

Donald Trump is giving Americans a glimpse of the fury raging inside him as a pivotal moment nears for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, and different strands of political and legal vulnerability swirling around the President become ever more threatening. Trump launched his most personal attack to date against Mueller in a tweet storm Sunday unleashed just two days before the special counsel's office takes its first prosecution -- that of the President's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort -- to trial in Virginia. Read more here

Zimbabwe election: First vote without Mugabe

Long queues have formed at polling stations in Zimbabwe in the first general election since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted. Foreign observers have hailed the election as an opportunity for Zimbabwe to break with its repressive past. The presidential election is expected to be a tight contest between the incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival Nelson Chamisa. Parliamentary and local elections are also taking place on Monday. Read more here

 

30th July 2018

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