Daily Brief - Friday 16th November, 2018


Police still probing students’ assault on teacher

Sgt Michelle Lewis of the police Child Protection Unit has said investigations are still taking place into the incident in which a teacher was assaulted by students of Barataria South Secondary. She made the statement Wednesday at the weekly press briefing at the police administration building, Edward and Sackville Street, Port of Spain. Lewis said the information she can share at this point is limited. However, she said, there is protocol when dealing with child offenders, “So the police service complies with the protocol, which is of international standards, collaborating with the relevant supporting agencies to ensure there is no breach regarding the rights of children.” Read more here

Flood waters rise, Debe residents stranded

Ris­ing floods left many peo­ple strand­ed Thurs­day night as tor­ren­tial rains pound­ed the sat­u­rat­ed Oropouche Basin for hours. And while hun­dreds fought the floods to reach the safe­ty of their homes, wreck­er ser­vice op­er­a­tors worked over­time pulling stalled car be­long­ing to frus­trat­ed mo­torists for a price of as much as $300. "I'm try­ing to get home at San Fran­cique but I can't get past the Big Ap­ple in Debe be­cause the riv­er broke its banks. At this point I will do any­thing to get home," Fa­reed Khan told the T&T Guardian ear­li­er tonight. Read more here



Double whammy for Independent senator

Fac­ing a whole new chap­ter ahead. That’s how for­mer In­de­pen­dent Sen­a­tor Melis­sa Ramkissoon feels about the fact that she is not on­ly leav­ing her job at Petrotrin as the com­pa­ny changes, but she is al­so re­lin­quish­ing her po­si­tion as a sen­a­tor as the com­po­si­tion of the In­de­pen­dent bench changes al­so. All at the same time. “It’s a new sea­son for me—but I re­main pos­i­tive,” Ramkissoon said on Thurs­day af­ter sub­mit­ting her res­ig­na­tion from the In­de­pen­dent bench to Pres­i­dent’s House. She said she was ho­n­oured and grate­ful to have served. Read more here



Classic Motors replaces Takata airbags

Classic Motors, a division of ANSA Motors, is currently recalling several 2001 to 2016 Honda and Acura vehicles to replace potentially faulty Takata airbags. The Takata airbag recall has affected millions of vehicles across 30 automotive brands. Some airbags can inflate prematurely and explosively, in which case the driver or passenger could be serious, even fatally injured. Read more here

Sale of CLICO near

Central Bank Governor Dr Alvin Hilaire said yesterday that a preferred bidder has been identified to purchase the traditional portfolios of local insurance companies CLICO and British American (Trinidad) and that the sale process is nearing completion. Read more here



'Chucky' Guilty - Police Constable Goes Away For Three Counts Of Murder

The stoic Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown's facial expression remained unchanged yesterday when he was found guilty on all three counts of murder by a six-member jury in a packed courtroom at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. Brown was on trial for charges stemming from the 2009 murder of Damoy 'Gutty' Dawkins and the 2012 murders of Dwayne 'Murderous' Douglas and Andrew 'Sugar' Fearon. He was also found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and wounding with intent. Read more here



Brexit: Michael Gove 'absolutely' confident in Theresa May

Michael Gove says he "absolutely" has confidence in Theresa May as she pursues her Brexit deal. Rumours had been rife that the environment secretary would follow fellow Brexiteers out of the cabinet in protest at the EU withdrawal agreement. But he told reporters on Friday that he was focused on working in cabinet to get "the right deal in the future". Mr Gove reportedly rejected an offer to make him Brexit secretary after Dominic Raab's exit. The PM has said her Brexit agreement is "truly the best deal for Britain". The BBC understands Mr Gove said he would only accept the job of Brexit Secretary if he could try to make changes to the negotiated deal - something Mrs May and EU leaders have made clear is not possible. Read more here

Trump takes aim at Mueller as speculation over Russia probe's end grows

President Donald Trump is acting like he knows something about the Russia investigation that the rest of America has yet to learn. His Twitter explosion on Thursday targeting special counsel Robert Mueller -- his "thugs" and his "witch hunt" investigation -- came without an apparent immediate cause. But Trump's temper apparently boiled over after meetings on three successive days between the President and his lawyers as they work out written answers for Mueller about alleged collusion between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 campaign. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that there are at least two dozen questions about events that took place before the 2016 election. Read more here


16th November 2018


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