Daily Brief - Thursday 14th November 2017

NEWS

Mom thanks T&T for help

After fighting off death in India and battling through three days of surgery, the high pitch giggles of five-year-old Haleema Mohammed are once again warmed the hearts of her relatives. Read more…

Tears for baby Soriah

Deisha Baxam was too distraught to speak yesterday on the death of her daughter Soriah, two, who was killed after a shooting incident involving a close relative, who is said to be a soldier, during a domestic argument on Tuesday evening. Read more…

Young: No contract signed for Ocean Flower

While the Government has denied that any contract has been signed with the Ocean Flower II questions are being raised as to whether it will be the answer to a crisis that may arise when the T&T Express is dry-docked later this month. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Sando mayor disappointed with business association

San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello has expressed disappointment with the lack of cooperation between the southern business community and the San Fernando city corporation. Addressing the final statutory meeting for 2017, Regrello observed that several other business organisations such as the Port of Spain, Arima and Penal/ Debe chambers had all “banded together” to represent the business interests in their respective regions. Read more…

NUGFW head: Bring on increase in retirement age

Unions continue to be divided about whether the retirement age should be moved from 60 to 65. However, President General, National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) James Lambert said a retirement age of 60 years can no longer work in T&T and suggested that the age be moved to 65. Read more…

 

POLITICS

NO MONEY, NO DIALYSIS: Govt funding for St Clair Medical dries up

Hundreds of patients receiving government-subsidised dialysis treatment at St Clair Medical Centre, may soon have to seek care at other privately-owned dialysis centres - at exorbitant cost - if Government does not pay outstanding monies to the facility. Read more…

REGIONAL

St Lucia government denies wrongdoing in award of direct contracts

Saint Lucia’s infrastructure minister, Stephenson King, has denied that there was any wrongdoing or illegality in the award last month of 30 “direct purchase” (no-bid) contracts by economic development, housing, urban renewal, transport and civil aviation minister, Guy Joseph, totaling EC$12.6 million (US$4.675 million). Read more…

Barbados Commits to Elimination of Child Labour by 2025

Barbados has become the ninth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to commit to a regional initiative to free Latin and America and the Caribbean of child labour by the year 2025. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo symbolically handed over the signed agreement to the Regional Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, during the Organization of American States (OAS) XX Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour held last week. Read more…


INTERNATIONAL

Putin: Trump opponents harm US with 'invented' Russia scandal

Russia's president has accused opponents of his US counterpart Donald Trump of harming the US by "inventing stories" about contacts with Russia.At his annual news conference, Vladimir Putin said contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials before last year's election were normal.He said the US opposition was not treating those who elected Mr Trump with respect. Read more…

At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of crackdown: MSF report

At least 6,700 Rohingya died as a result of violence in Rakhine state between 25 August and 24 September, according to a new report based on interviews with refugees. More than half a million Rohingya have fled northwestern Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since a concerted military crackdown began in August, following militant attacks on a border post. Both the UN and the UK have described the campaign as ethnic cleansing. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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