Daily Brief - Wednesday 24th January 2018

NEWS

TT still a player in platform construction

This country may have lost to Mexico last year in the bid to fabricate bpTT’s Angelin platform but it’s being considered for fabrication of the Cassia C platform. The announcement comes from BPTT Regional President Norman Christie who was speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Energy Conference, Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. Read more here

Financial constraints force closure of Kalypso Revue

Fifty five years after it was formed by legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener, the Kalypso Revue tent is set to close due to financial constraints. The announcement was made by the tent’s head Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna during a press conference at its traditional home at SWWTU Hall on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday afternoon. Read more here

Three students suspended

Three Form One pupils of St Joseph Secondary School have been suspended following the posting of a video showing them with a toy gun in a book bag, according to a release from the Ministry of Education yesterday. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Gopee-Scoon, Rambharat slam UNC

Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon and Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat yesterday slammed what they described as reckless statements made by the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) about the fake oil scandal at state oil company Petrotrin. Gopee-Scoon and Rambharat gave their respective condemnations prior to the defeat in the Senate of a private motion filed by Opposition Senator Wade Mark. Read more here

Garcia: No crisis at Costaatt

“There is no crisis at Costaatt.” So said Education Minister Anthony Garcia as he answered questions in the Senate yesterday in relation to recent media reports that plans are afoot by the University of T&T (UTT) to send home 287 of its workers by month’s end and if Government intended to retrench staff at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of T&T (Costaatt) as it contracts its operation. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

T&TEC exploring renewable energy

Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte has said that the T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) through its plant, Trinidad Generation Unlimited, is poised to deepen its footprint in renewable energy and therefore when it starts to use renewable energy, the gas it uses to generate electricity can now be sold thus generating US-dollars for the country. Le Hunte made the disclosure yesterday at the 2018 Energy Conference at the Hyatt hotel in Port-Of-Spain. Read more here

Building a bridge to Cuba


Caribbean Airlines’ return to Cuba is much more than a linear flight path between territories. For CAL, it’s the building of a bridge between Caribbean neighbours who see each other on a map but have never limed in each other’s homes. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Peace At Last - But Parents Worry About Teens Detained Under State Of Emergency

While most residents of St James are now seeing real peace for the first time in quite a while as a result of the ongoing state of public emergency in the parish, others are not enjoying the tranquility, as they are worried about the tardiness in processing relatives detained by the security forces. "They picked up my 17-year-old son from last Saturday and I have not been able to get any information on him since because we are not being allowed any visits," said veteran Montego Bay-based reggae singer Donald 'Jah Saint' Palmer. "My son is not a criminal; he is a student at the Spot Valley High School, where he represents the school's football team." Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Save the Children offices attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Attackers have detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. At least two people have been killed and 12 injured, officials say. It is believed about 50 staff were in the building at the time. At least three gunmen are involved in the attack, reports say, with fighting continuing on the upper floor. The Islamic State group has said it is behind the attack. Read more here

Day of bombshells takes Mueller probe to critical point

Finally, inexorably, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has clawed all the way up to Donald Trump himself. Now a foreboding moment looms for his presidency and for the nation. Read more here

24th January 2018

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