Daily Brief - Friday 4th May, 2018

NEWS

Sorry For Shooting You

A police officer who engaged in a gunbattle with a colleague over a woman on Wednesday evening, later turned to his rival and expressed sorrow for wounding him as they both lay side by side awaiting emergency treatment at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope. The shootout between the two erupted in the relative quiet of the Grand Bazaar and Shopping Mall car park earlier in the evening, sending shocked patrons to seek cover wherever they could, as the two blazed away, trading shot for shot with each other. Read more here

Late SEA start for two schools

Pupils at two schools sat the Secondary Entrance Assessment Examinations later than other schools across the country yesterday. Other than this minor hiccup, however, the exams passed off well for the 19,208 students who were registered to sit it. At the Curepe Presbyterian School yesterday, one parent told the T&T Guardian the exam started an hour late. Read more here

Praise for security officers

Two Telecom security officers are being praised for their swift thinking and response on Wednesday night when two police officers opened fire on one another at Grand Bazaar in Valsayn. The security officers are Nigel Renwick and Phillip Blackburn. The Express was told when the shooting began, both men quickly responded and grabbed a woman who was in the vicinity of the shooting, and pulled her to safety. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Football financial corridors open

The pendulum seems to have swung drastically within the corridors of the Sports Company of T&T (SporTT) and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. It was not too long ago, the rumours of promised payments by the former Minister of Sport to the Pro League was hot among social media and elsewhere. Then suddenly, we found out that this will not actually happen. A newly appointed Minister of Sports has brought a shining light with loads of money for eight of the ten clubs and suddenly, the League’s kick off date is June 1. Read more here

Govt not afraid of by-election in Cuffie’s constituency

Government is not afraid of a by-election in Maxie Cuffie’s La Horquetta/Talparo seat, says Minister Stuart Young. He said there is no vacancy and Government members have been rallying around Cuffie and have dipped into their personal pockets to lend financial support to aid in his speedy recovery. Read more here

  

BUSINESS

Mottley on team for energy talks

Government’s team at talks with energy giants BP and Shell on improving T&T’s oil and gas revenue will include former PNM Minister Wendell Mottley, acting Attorney General Stuart Young announced at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media conference. Last week, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said an “empowered” T&T team will be delegated to continue talks he started with BP and Shell executives in London. Read more here

More highway extension contracts coming

Work along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin is progressing as scheduled, says Works Minister Rohan Sinanan. In an update of the multi-billion-dollar highway project, Sinanan said two phases were 95 per cent completed and four more contracts were to be awarded. Four traffic lights along the South Trunk Road were commissioned and became operational on Tuesday. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Anti-Gang Flaw - DPP Says Lack Of Search Warrant Provision In Law Hindering Investigations

The nation's top prosecutor has raised concerns that there is no "expressed provision" in the anti-gang legislation that allows law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant for accountants and other "silent partners" who are helping gangsters finance their criminal lifestyle. The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, also known as the anti-gang legislation, was enacted four years ago to help crush criminal gangs, which, according to the police, are responsible for more than 60 per cent of all murders in Jamaica. However, Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions (DPP), in an interview with The Gleaner yesterday, said that unlike the Dangerous Drug Act, or the Firearms Act, which allows investigators to get a warrant to enter and search premises, the anti-gang legislation makes no such provision. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Trump, Giuliani strategizing leaves White House in the dark

Rudy Giuliani's cable rollout as a member of President Donald Trump's legal team, and the torrent of statements he made Wednesday night, caught many in the White House offguard and flat-footed, highlighting the continued chaotic nature of the President's communications strategy. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during Thursday's briefing she only learned that Trump had reimbursed Cohen when Giuliani said it on television. Read more here

Mount Kilauea: Hawaii emergency declared over volcano eruption

Mount Kilauea volcano has erupted near a residential area on Hawaii's largest island, prompting a local state of emergency and the mandatory evacuation of 1,700 residents. Extremely high levels of dangerous sulphur dioxide gas have been detected in the evacuation area, the Civil Defense Agency tweeted. Community centres have been opened to provide shelter. The eruption follows a series of strong earthquakes over recent days. A volcanic crater vent - known as Puu Oo - collapsed earlier this week, sending lava down the mountain's slopes towards populated areas. Read more here

4th May 2018

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