Daily Brief- Tuesday 12th June, 2018

NEWS

Attempted murder, suicide at Tropical Plaza

An altercation yesterday at 1.40 am between security officer Lloyd Logan, 60, and taxi driver Kemba Olufemi, 37, has left the former dead and the latter warded at hospital fighting for her life. Marabella police said Logan from Perseverance in Couva met with Olufemi who is from Hermitage Village, Claxton Bay at the carpark of Tropical Plaza in Pointe-a-Pierre, where they argued. In full view of the public, Logan whipped out a gun and fired two shots at Olufemi’s car. He then dragged her out of it and beat her on the head with the gun butt. Video footage from the plaza is now making the rounds on social media. It clearly shows Logan getting out of his car, parked near Olufemi’s car. Read more here

PSB probes police SUV submerged on Cedros beachfront

As the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) begins an investigation into how a police SUV became trapped on the shore of a Cedros beach last Saturday, sources say that the incident is bigger than what is being reported. Corporate communications managers of the Police Service Ellen Lewis confirmed yesterday that the PSB has launched an investigation into the vehicle being stuck on the beach. Read more here

DOMA calls again for joint patrols

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) has stated the feeling that citizens are losing control of the country and that law-abiding citizens are running for their lives is becoming a widely discussed and accepted view among all strata of the society. Read more here

 

POLITICS

AG: Govt respects people’s rights

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday said Government is very careful when it comes to respecting the rights of people. He said the issues of amending the Marriage Act and for no amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act (EOA) deal with a clear agitation of such rights. “These matters are not now before the Cabinet or Cabinet’s finance and general purposes committee,” Al Rawi said. Read more here

Deyalsingh says T&T children safe

In the wake of polio resurfacing in Venezuela after 30 years, in an area directly southwest of T&T, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has assured that T&T children are vaccinated against polio. “The vaccine is a requirement for all T&T children to enter schools, so we have a 97 per cent rate of vaccination against polio—no child can get into a school in T&T without a polio vaccination,” Deyalsingh said yesterday. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling childhood disease. It is preventable through immunisation. Read more here

Duke ordered to reinstate 13 PSA workers he fired

Thirteen Public Services Association (PSA) workers who were fired in February by president of the association, Watson Duke, are to be reinstated. The workers are to also be paid their full salaries for the months February to May as well as an additional $10,000 each in damages. This was the order handed down at the Industrial Court on Monday as the court ruled in favour the workers who challenged the legality of their dismissal by Duke. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Roget: Disrespect for labour

A “performance appraisal” will be done on the current PNM administration and in particular Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget warned yesterday. T&T is inarguably in crisis, especially in light of the spiralling crime rate and increased job losses he said at a press conference to announce plans for upcoming Labour Day celebrations. Read more here

Mia hikes taxes on firms, high earners

The Barbados government yesterday said it is prepared to implement “tough decisions” to revitalise an ailing economy as it announced a series of new tax measures as part new fiscal policies. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

HIV Fight Hampered - Church Opposes Prevention Strategies - Study

While many churches have reportedly become more amenable to the message of condom use to prevent the spread of HIV, some non-traditional congregations continue to put up strong resistance as they insist on abstinence and fidelity. "One study that was done revealed that while the Church is prepared to deal with issues around treatment, they were not prepared to deal with prevention and several other elements of the HIV response," said Ivan Cruickshank, executive director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) Coalition, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides services for persons with HIV. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Trump's North Korean gamble ends with trust but little verify

Nearly five hours of unprecedented and surreal talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un culminated on Tuesday with fulsome declarations of a new friendship but just vague pledges of nuclear disarmament. For Trump, that amounted to a triumphant outcome in his extraordinary gamble with the rogue kingdom's despotic leader. But there were scant details on what new commitments had been secured from Kim, even as Trump announced he would end the regular military exercises the US conducts with South Korea. Read more here

US asylum: Domestic and gang violence cases 'no longer generally qualify'

The US attorney general has ruled that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence should no longer generally qualify for asylum in the US. Jeff Sessions' ruling overturns a 2016 decision which granted asylum to a woman from El Salvador who had been raped and abused by her husband. Activists criticised the move, saying it will affect tens of thousands. Mr Sessions has said he has a "zero tolerance" stance toward illegal immigration on the country's border. "Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum," Mr Sessions wrote in his 31-page ruling released on Monday. Read more here

12th June 2018

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