Daily Brief - Thursday 22nd December, 2022

News

Burris congratulates Castara for tourism achievement

THA Secretary of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation Tashia Burris has congratulated Castara on being the only Caribbean community selected for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Best Tourism Village Programme. Read more here…

Teacher, guard charged with raping girls at school

A female school teacher and male security guard have been denied bail after they appeared in court jointly charged with the sexual assault of two 12-year-old female pupils of a private primary school in east Trinidad.

The 46-year-old teacher and 35-year-old security guard are jointly charged with sexual penetration and one count of trafficking a minor for sexual exploitation. Read more here…

 

Politics

UNC: Hinds as Nat Sec Minister is a Xmas gift to criminals

THE UNC believes Fitzgerald Hinds continuing as National Security Minister is a nice "Christmas gift" to criminals in TT as its members do not think enough is being done to fight crime.

Speaking at a press conference in Port of Spain on Wednesday, Chaguanas West MP Dinesh Rambally said Hinds seems to think this country is filled with a "dumb bunch of people." Read more here…

Cox discusses fraudulent cheque matters with BATT

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox has met with the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) to strategise on preventative measures to alleviate fraudulent cheques in the system.

According to a release from BATT as there continues to be fraudulent cheques in circulation Cox convened a second meeting with BATT on Monday.

In attendance were BATT’s president Richard Downie, Managing Director of Scotiabank Gayle Pazos, Managing Director of Ansa Bank Kathleen Daly, Head of Retail Banking at First Citizens Kurt Headley and other senior banking officials. Read more here…

 

Business

On a roll: Trinidad Tissues grows into a zero-waste company

Trinidad Tissues Ltd (TTL) did not grow overnight.

Country manager Bernard Hoeger said upon his entry to the country from Venezuela, in 2009, he began working for the Grand Bay Group, a Panama company that owned and operated a paper mill in Arima. The mill – Grand Bay Paper Products (GBP) had a lot of problems. Read more here…

 

PwC: Greater collaboration needed to close green finance gap

Closing the green financing gap will require stronger collaboration across stakeholders, including Caribbean businesses, investors, and regulators says Brian Hackett, Regional Advisory Leader, and Territory Leader, PwC T&T.

In a statement released yesterday, Hackett also called for for more tax incentives and enhancement of reporting by publicly listed entities on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) related metrics so investors can make better informed decisions. Read more here….

Businesses await THA approval for $60m credit note

Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce president Diane Hadad is calling on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) executive council to approve a credit note that would allow businesses access to $60 million to recover from the impact of the covid19 pandemic. Read more here…

 

Regional

Over 4,400 Guyanese servicing ExxonMobil’s operations

PRESIDENT of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge, believes that early capacity building investments are paying dividends as seen in the growth of local content numbers in the local oil and gas industry.

According to a press release from ExxonMobil, more than 4,400 Guyanese are currently supporting the company’s operations, representing some 64 per cent of the industry’s workforce. Read more here…

 

International

India on alert for new variants as Covid wave sweeps China

India’s health minister has advised the public to take precautions against Covid-19, including getting vaccinated and wearing masks, as the country remains on alert for potential new variants that could emerge from the wave of infections sweeping neighboring China.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday told Parliament that India would begin randomly testing 2% of international travelers arriving at the country’s airports, after he asked regional authorities to send positive samples to laboratories monitoring for new Covid strains. Read more here…

 

22nd December 2022

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