Daily Brief - Friday 14th June, 2019

NEWS

TT has a culture of secrecy

Data is critically important in order to analyse properly what is happening in various sectors, but, economist Dr Terrence Farrell said yesterday, this country has a culture of not wanting to give information. Farrell presented his report on the downstream sector of TT at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Keate Street, Port of Spain. The study, titled A Point of Inflexion, was sponsored by downstream giant Proman, whose plants make up nearly 60 per cent of the tenants of the Point Lisas Industrial Estate. Read more here

Police seize more info from Jaagriti

De­spite a pend­ing le­gal ac­tion which chal­lenges the Sedi­tion Act and pos­si­ble charges against Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al Sat­naryan Ma­haraj, po­lice re­turned to Ra­dio and TV Jaagri­ti on Thursday to ob­tain tapes which may be linked to the case. Around 1.30 pm, a team of of­fi­cers lead by ASP Michael Veronique vis­it­ed the Tu­na­puna me­dia house where a war­rant was read to staff by In­spec­tor Wayne Stan­ley. Read more here

 

POLITICS

PM: TT close to doing energy business with Ghana

The Prime Minister says soon there will be business developments in the energy sector from agreements between TT and Ghana three years ago. He was speaking yesterday at a joint media conference with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Diplomatic Centre, Port of Spain. Akufo arrived in Trinidad on Wednesday night and was greeted at the airport by President Paula-Mae Weekes. Also present to welcome him were Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dennis Moses, Community Development, Culture and the Arts Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte and Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee, representing the Opposition. Read more here

Overnight vigil at Parliament

A protest that start­ed out­side the Queen's Park Oval on Thurs­day evening has grown in­to an overnight vig­il out­side the Par­lia­ment Cham­ber, Wright­son Road, Port of Spain. At 11 pm there were scores of peo­ple gath­ered in­clud­ing a large con­tin­gent of res­i­dents from Beetham Gar­dens. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Farrell: Threat to petrochemical sector

A study by Dr Ter­rence Far­rell has found that the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the down­stream petro­chem­i­cal sec­tor is un­der threat be­cause of un­com­pet­i­tive nat­ur­al gas prices. Dr Far­rel pre­sent­ed his year long study of the coun­try’s down­stream sec­tor this morn­ing. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

‘Hell And Back’ - Fisherman Recounts Horrific Tale Of 2017 Ordeal At Sea

One of five Jamaican fishermen who accuse the United States Coast Guard of holding them captive in inhumane conditions on several vessels has revealed details of the physical and psychological trauma they endured during their 32-day detention. Speaking to The Gleaner yesterday afternoon from Half Moon Bay fishing beach in Falmouth, Trelawny, George Thompson, 44, said that on the night of September 14, 2017, he and four others – Robert Dexter Weir, Patrick Wayne Ferguson, Luther Fian Patterson, and David Roderick Williams – believed that they stared death in the face. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Weir, Ferguson, Williams, and Patterson claim they were captured by the members of the US Coast Guard, stripped naked, given white, paper-thin overalls and disposable slippers to wear instead, and subsequently chained by their ankles to metal cables. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Swiss women strike for more money, time and respect

Women across Switzerland have begun a day of demonstrations against what they say is the country's unacceptably slow pace to equality. Friday's protest comes 28 years after similar action saw half a million women take to the streets in 1991. Swiss women have long campaigned to accelerate the pace of gender equality. They joined millions of other women in Europe after World War One ended in 1918 in demanding the right to vote - but did not get it until 1971. At the time of the 1991 strike there were no women in the Swiss government, and there was no statutory maternity leave. Appenzell, the last Swiss canton to refuse women the right to vote, had just been ordered to change its policy by Switzerland's Supreme Court. Read more here

US releases video it claims shows Iran removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker

The United States military on Thursday released a video that it says shows an Iranian navy boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Japanese-owned chemical tanker Kokura Courageous, one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday blamed Iran for attacking the Kokura Courageous and another ship, Norwegian-owned Front Altair, saying the assessment was based on intelligence. Later Thursday night, US Central Command released the video, which it says shows Iranian sailors removing a mine from the Kokura Courageous' hull. Read more here

14th June 2019

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