Daily Brief- Wednesday 22nd November 2017

NEWS

PAY UP! WASA threatens to seize businesses

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will sell the properties of its most recalcitrant commercial and residential customers in the next stage of debt collection, says chairman Romney Thomas. Read more…

Cop accidentally shot by colleague suffers stroke

Days before she was due to be discharged from the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Corporal Roxanne Sealey, who was was accidentally shot by a colleague in September, suffered a stroke. Read more…

Judges interview process questioned at LATT talks

HE Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT)’s first public forum on the appointment process for judges got off to a scanty start yesterday. But this did not stop the question being asked as to whether the power of appointment should remain solely with the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC). Yesterday’s launch of a series of public consultations, during which a committee formed by the LATT will listen to opinions and recommendations on the appointment of judges, was held at the Government Plaza in Port of Spain. Read more…

 

BUSINESS

Businesses push export agenda to curb dependence on banks for US$

Exporters yesterday declared that the time had come to reduce dependance on commercial banks for US currency, stating that increasing export volumes was now a priority. Read more…

Is Sandals’ setback really an opening?

IN Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s disclosed that the Government was “anticipating greater urgency” from Sandals with regard to the establishment of two resorts at No Man’s Land in Tobago. Prime Minister Rowley told Parliament and the nation that two things had happened that fuelled his perception that Sandals has placed other potential projects ahead of the Tobago proposal.  Read more…

 

POLITICS

Kamla wants strong showing at internal poll

Despite suffering from the effects of a cold, which include a sore throat and a nagging cough, incumbent UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described the party’s November 26 internal election as one in which the party’s membership can send a “strong message” to the ruling PNM administration that they were prepared to contest and win the next general election. Read more…

 

REGIONAL

More than 50,000 Haitians will have to leave US after termination of temporary protected status

On Monday, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the temporary protected status (TPS) designation for Haiti with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019. This decision follows then-Secretary John Kelly’s announcement in May 2017 that Haiti had made considerable progress, and that the country’s designation will likely not be extended past six months. Read more…

 

INTERNATIONAL

Graduate with 2:1 sues Oxford for £1m

An Oxford graduate's failure to get a top degree cost him a lucrative legal career, the High Court has heard. Faiz Siddiqui alleges "inadequate" teaching on his modern history course resulted in him getting an upper second degree in June 2000. Read more…

Ratko Mladic guilty of genocide, sentenced to life in prison

Former Bosnian Serb wartime army leader Ratko Mladic has been sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after being found guilty of genocide over atrocities committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995. Verdict proceedings had been interrupted earlier when the 74-year-old's legal team claimed that his blood pressure was too high to continue. Read more…

 

 

 

22nd November 2017

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