Daily Brief - Wednesday 11th July, 2018

NEWS

Galleons Passage leaves Cuba

The MV Galleons Passage has left Cuba. National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) president Esther Farmer informed Newsday yesterday of the vessel’s departure. Farmer said there were no issues with the vessel before it left on its journey to TT. A subsequent statement from Nidco confirmed the Galleons Passage’s depature from the Damex Shipyard in Santiago de Cuba. Nidco said weather permitting, the Galleons Passage is estimated to arrive in TT next Monday, July 16. This was the arrival date given recently by Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan. Read more here

We’re awaiting fee increase proposal

The Private Secondary Schools Association says it is awaiting communication from the Ministry of Education on the proposed fee increase since the issue has not been brought back to the table for discussion and they are now questioning whether Education Minister Anthony Garcia understands the plight of the schools enough to make a case for an increase to the Cabinet. Minister Garcia, for his part, says he is satisfied with the proposal which will be taken to Cabinet on Thursday for their approval. Read more here

Two men charged with armed robbery

TWO California men are expected to appear before a Magistrate today charged with four counts of robbery with violence allegedly committed against a South Oropouche family on July 2. The men, Joshua Deonarine, 19 alias, “Ketchup,” of Cali Bay, and Simeon Greene, 20 of Teelucksingh Street East Extension, were arrested on July 3 by officers of the Oropouche/Fyzabad Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Oropouche Police Station and Siparia CID, following enquiries into the incident. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Moonilal: $10m for no Commissioner of Police

Taxpayers have already spent about $10 million on various institutions to “not” appoint a Commissioner of Police, says Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal. He was speaking on Monday as the House of Representatives considered the nomination of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Harold Phillip for appointment to the office of Commissioner of Police. Read more here

An act of terrorism

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is describing last Sunday’s triple murder on the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas as an act of “terrorism” and he is appealing to communities and citizens that if they know of people who are “arming themselves to let somebody know.” Last Sunday, Fabien Williams, Andrew Francis and Kadel Osbourne were shot dead on the Boardwalk, while eight-year-old Jakeem Moses, Keron Jones and Ian Brown were injured when gunmen sprayed bullets into a crowd as they targeted Williams. Read more here

Rambharat: Honey coming illegally from Venezuela

“Honey is not imported into Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), but is coming in from Venezuela. And Grenada, who is offering to sell Trinidad and Tobago honey, has reported the matter to Council For Trade and Economic Development)  COTED  claiming that we are refusing to buy honey from them,” said Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat during a panel discussion on Food Fraud at  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.  Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Composite Index down by 0.06 points

Overall market activity resulted from trading in 14 securities of which six advanced, three declined and five traded firm. Trading activity on the First Tier Market registered a volume of 974,038 shares crossing the floor of the Exchange valued at $8,355,811.07. Prestige Holdings Ltd was the volume leader with 719,770 shares changing hands for a value of $7,204,700, followed by GraceKennedy Ltd with a volume of 229,463 shares being traded for $665,442.70. Read more here

A privilege to serve: AMCHAM’s new president, Patricia Ghany

Patricia Ghany is no stranger to the AMCHAM of Trinidad and Tobago. She’s worked with the organisation for 23 years, both at a committee level and as a director. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

PM Reaches Out - Holness Vows Speedy Compensation For Sick Teen

The story of 15-year-old Tahjay Rowe, who suffered brain damage at birth, caused by negligence on the part of staff at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, has moved Prime Minister Andrew Holness to make a personal donation to the teen yesterday. Tahjay’s story caught the attention of the prime minister when it was featured in the most recent issue of The Sunday Gleaner. Holness travelled to the family’s home in St Catherine yesterday and explained that he understood the hardship because his grand-aunt’s child went through a similar experience. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

A man harasses a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, saying it's 'un-American'

An Illinois park is investigating after a woman accused one of its police officers of standing by as a man harassed her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, saying it was un-American. Mia Irizarry says she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County last month when the man approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline. Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook. On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident and video. Read more here

Trump Nato: Germany's defence spending attacked

US President Donald Trump has suggested Germany's imports of Russian natural gas are a security concern, as he and other Nato leaders gather for a summit. At talks in Brussels with Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg, he said it was a "very bad thing for Nato" that Germany was "totally controlled by Russia". German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet Mr Trump in the afternoon. He suggested 70% of Germany's gas imports were Russian; the latest official figure is from 50% to 75%. In an earlier version of this story, the figure was given incorrectly as 50.75%. Read more here

11th July 2018

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