Daily Brief- Thursday 2nd November 2017

NEWS

Homeless seek shelter

Two days after the Port-of-Spain City Corporation was given the green light to evict homeless people who were using Tamarind Square as a makeshift homeless shelter, they have begun to return to the venue. Read more…

Dominican woman’s throat slit

Dominican national Chriss Brewster had her throat slit from ear to ear, an autopsy done yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday revealed.Brewster’s remains were found in her apartment home on the ground floor of a two-storey house in Maracas/St Joseph on Monday night. Police also found the charred remains of Peter Felix, 88, who owned the house and was Brewster’s landlord. An autopsy showed that he died of asphyxia consistent with smoke inhalation. Read more…

High Court judge has cleared the way for contractor Emile Elias to enforce a $55 million judgment against Finance Minister Colm Imbert*

A High Court judge has cleared the way for contractor Emile Elias to enforce a $55 million judgment against Finance Minister Colm Imbert. Elias can move to recover the money which is being owed to him by a company owned by the minister stemming from work done on the Grenada National Stadium project 20 years ago. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Legal action holds up property tax implementation

Three legal actions now before the High Court will determine when and if the government can implement its proposed property tax, according to Senator Allyson West, former partner and territory tax leader in the Tax and Corporate Services Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, TT. She is a senior member of the Law Association, and on June 30 took up the position of Minister in the Ministry of Finance to handle the administration of the tax. Read more…

T&T, Caribbean companies to benefit from EPA

Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon said in spite of some challenges, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has the potential to help local and regional companies penetrate European markets. Read more..

 

POLITICS

Vasant asks for transparency in UNC election

Saying he was mindful of allegations of fraud which marred the UNC’s December 2015 internal election, former Trade and Industry minister Vasant Bharath has sought assurances from the party that the November 26 internal elections would be contested with “fairness, accountability and transparency.” Read more…

 

REGIONAL

Dominica post-Hurricane Maria update

In the wake of the passage of Hurricane Maria some six weeks ago, Dominica is continuing its efforts to bring daily life back to a state of normalcy while conducting ongoing assessments of the damage incurred and the resources needed to Build Back Better! Plans are in high gear to celebrate the island’s 39th year of Independence on Friday, November 3, 2017, under the theme “Building a brighter future together”. A praise and worship session is planned for 9 am at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in the capital, Roseau. The celebration will include cultural performances, invocation by religious leaders, a parade of uniformed troops, and the Prime Minister’s Address to the nation. Read more…

St Vincent Mentioned In Charges From Probe into Russian Interference in US Elections

St Vincent and the Grenadines has found itself mentioned in the high-profile investigation into possible ties between US President Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russia.When Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted today on 12 charges of conspiracy against the US, money laundering and several other financial charges, the Caribbean island was identified in the indictment as one of the places used by the two to funnel money. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

New York terror suspect wanted ISIS flag in hospital, documents say

The man accused of using a truck to plow down pedestrians and cyclists on a New York bike path and killing eight people appears so devoted to ISIS, he wanted to display the terror group's flag in his hospital room, documents show. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek native, did not say much when he made his initial court appearance Wednesday using a wheelchair. Read more…

What happens to Mexicans returned from US?

Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are deported to their home country each year from the United States.The Trump administration's pressure on undocumented young migrants - the so-called "Dreamers" - could mean many more coming home.But what are so many returning people going to do? Read more…

 

 

2nd November 2017

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