Daily Brief - Monday 30th October, 2017

NEWS

Father, twin daughters offer to build house

Help is pouring in for a South Oropouche family who have been forced to live in their car after being evicted last week. A father and his two daughters have come forward promising to construct an entire house for Dave Nagoo, his wife Indira and their three young daughters. Read more here

Tears of joy as flood victims get aid

Cancer survivor Pyardevi Parasam, 63, has no choice but to make two daily trips to her brother’s home to take her insulin. The medication has to be kept refrigerated, but her fridge was among several items destroyed in recent floods at her Woodland home. Read more here

A night of good food and music

In 22 years the Express Children’s Fund has helped put thousands of needy pupils through primary and secondary school, says chairman Dr Allan McKenzie. McKenzie, speaking at the charity’s annual fund-raising dinner and dance red-carpet event, on Saturday night at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, St Ann’s, said a further 75 ­pupils will receive bursaries from the fund in 2017. Read more here

 

POLITICS

No meeting yet between Colm and casino workers

No date has yet been for a meeting between Finance Minister Colm Imbert and the owners and/or shareholders and/or directors of private members clubs. This was the word yesterday from senior government officials in response to a statement from the TT Members Club Association that it has accepted Imbert’s invitation to the “owners” meet. Read more here

Rowley calls on CoP to note rabble-rousers

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is calling on acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams “to take careful note of what happened in the Parliament” when casino workers disrupted the Senate’s sitting on Thursday. Speaking at the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) public meeting at the San Fernando City Hall on Friday night Rowley called the casino workers “rabble-rousers” that created “mob rule” in the Parliament. Read more here

EBC appointment process: the PM is wrong, says Kamla

Prime Minister Keith Rowley is wrong on the Elections and Boundaries Commission’s (EBC) appointment process, says Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Persad-Bissessar said in a news statement yesterday: Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Costa Rican ambassador seeks more trade with T&T

Costa Rican Ambassador Lilly Edgerton wants to see more trade between T&T and the Central American country. “That is why we have our trade facilitation company, PROCOMER here in T&T because several companies from T&T went to the buyers trade mission in Costa Rica one month ago. PROCOMER is in T&T to follow up with those companies and ensure they made business.” Edgerton spoke to the Guardian at a PROCOMER trade conference hosted at the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Port-of-Spain. Read more here

Fixed income market review

This week we at Bourse review the year to date performance of both local and international fixed income markets. We review the path of interest rates in both markets as well as other key drivers influencing bond prices. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

This Is It! - SE St Mary Holds Most Interest In Trio Of By-Elections Today

It has been a cash-fuelled by-election season. The Government has admitted spending some $250 million on infrastructure works in the constituency, but the Opposition says the expenditure has been closer to $500 million. But that is just the start of it. What neither the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) nor the People's National Party (PNP) will say is how much they have spent to woo persons to place their votes beside Dr Norman Dunn or Dr Shane Alexis. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Dread, expectation hang over Washington before Mueller sweep

A mood of fateful anticipation is cloaking Washington, with possible arrests imminent after the federal grand jury in the Russia investigation approved its first charges. By taking one or more people into custody, a prospect first reported by CNN Friday, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller would create a new, perilous reality for the White House, reflecting the gravity of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and alleged collusion by President Donald Trump's associates. Read more here

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years. Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable. This year's greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Read more here

30th October 2017

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