Daily Brief - Friday 16th August, 2019

NEWS

Carifesta XIV begins today at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. Delegates began arriving at the Piarco International Airport from as early as 5 am yesterday. Read more here

Three killed in Penal, children rescued

Night­mar­ish scenes gripped 21-year-old Vishard Mo­hammed as he walked in­to his par­ents home on Thursday and found their de­com­pos­ing corpses on the floor of their liv­ing room. Along­side the bod­ies of Shelly-Ann Ra­goo­nanan, 43 and Wazir Mo­hammed, 57, was the body of his un­cle 52-year-old Naz­im Mo­hammed. Their bod­ies all bore gun­shot wounds. The tragedy rocked the Clarke Road, Pe­nal com­mu­ni­ty and neigh­bours re­joiced that the mur­der­ers spared the lives of Vishard’s four-year-old sis­ter and eight-month-old broth­er who sat among the stench of rot­ting bod­ies that could be smelt from the road­way. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Kamla thanks Rambachan for his service

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is thanking Tabaquite MP Dr Surujrattan Rambachan. Firstly for his service and then for voluntarily making way for a new generation of leaders as she makes another bid for governance. She said she was saddened by his departure from electoral politics after a half-century of public service. Addressing supporters at a United National Congress (UNC) public meeting at the Gasparillo Secondary School on Tuesday night, Persad-Bissessar said she would have to make hard, painful decisions when selecting candidates for the two upcoming elections. Read more here

PM: Media trying to pin Marlene's 'misdeeds' on me

Even as he fumed at the me­dia for “try­ing to pin” Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal on him, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley on Thursday ad­mit­ted that he ex­er­cised flawed judg­ment by re­in­stat­ing her as a Cab­i­net min­is­ter de­spite the trail of al­le­ga­tions that dogged her. Row­ley faced the me­dia yes­ter­day for the first time since Mc­Don­ald was ar­rest­ed at her Mara­cas, St Joseph home last Thurs­day. She has been charged with sev­en of­fences of cor­rup­tion, fraud and mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and is now home on $2 mil­lion bail. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Princes Town...One of T&T's fastest growing towns

Princes Town is a com­mu­ni­ty named af­ter roy­al­ty and steeped in his­to­ry so rich that leg­ends have been born out of it. The Great Or­isha King Pa­pa Neez­er and the feared spir­i­tu­al heal­er and sor­cer­ess Moth­er Corn­husk fre­quent­ed this lit­tle town which has grown from be­ing a non­de­script vil­lage to be­ing one of the fastest-grow­ing towns in south Trinidad. A melt­ing pot of Shango, Bap­tists, Or­isha, Hin­duism, Is­lam, and Catholi­cism, Princes Town is gen­er­al­ly a peace­ful uni­fied town. How­ev­er, the area has not been spared from crime and many killings have been linked to drug abuse and or­gan­ised crime. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Fresh Lawsuit - ACLU Challenging Constitutionality Of Law Used To Convict J’can Fishermen In US

Human-rights group American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) yesterday filed a new lawsuit on behalf of three Jamaican fishermen challenging the constitutionality of the law used to convict them in the United States in October 2017. Their contention lies with United States Code Title 18 Section 2237. (a)(2)(B). A section of the law states: “It shall be unlawful for any person on board a vessel ... [registered in a foreign nation if that nation has consented or waived objection to the enforcement of United States law by the United States] … to provide materially false information to a federal law enforcement officer during a boarding of a vessel regarding the vessel’s destination, origin, ownership, registration, nationality, cargo, or crew.” The Jamaican nationals – Robert Weir, David Williams and Luther Patterson – are petitioning the court to issue writs of error coram nobis vacating convictions on the grounds that the court lacked the jurisdiction over their extraterritorial conduct and that their convictions are, therefore, unconstitutional. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills

North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision "completely the fault of South Korea's actions". It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday. Meanwhile, early on Friday North Korea test-fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean military said. It is the sixth such test in less than a month. The two "unidentified projectiles" were fired about 08:00 (23:00 GMT Thursday) and travelled 230km (140 miles) reaching an altitude of 30km (18 miles), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Six days ago, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan/East Sea. Read more here

Trump inquires about US buying Greenland, but it's not for sale

President Donald Trump has on multiple occasions brought up buying Greenland from the Danish government and the White House counsel's office has looked into the possibility, two sources told CNN on Thursday. The island's government, however, said in a statement Friday it's not going to happen: "Greenland is not for sale." Trump's interest in buying Greenland was first reported on Thursday by The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported that people familiar with the deliberations said the President has raised the issue during meetings and dinners, asking aides and listening seriously about the possibility and advantages of owning Greenland. He also asked his White House counsel to research the matter, according to two of the people. Read more here

16th August 2019

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