Daily Brief - Friday 19th May, 2023


Push Back movement delivers letters to CoP: Erla prays outside Police admin bldg.

Throngs of supporters of the Push Back Movement and the Stakeholders United Movement took to the streets of downtown Port of Spain on Thursday as they marched to deliver letters to the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). These letters were to express their collective concern over issued surrounding financial transactions by Minister of Youth Development and National Service Foster Cummings. Cummings's business transactions as well as his businesses have been widely reported in a daily newspaper over the past few weeks. Read more here

3 suspects held after home invasion in Westmoorings

A home invasion and robbery within the gated enclave of Regents Park West, Westmoorings, yesterday, has left residents shaken, even as they now look to increase security measures to protect their families and homes. According to police reports, two suspects posing as delivery drivers for a florist arrived at the security booth at Regents Point around 11.05 am saying they had an order for a client. While homeowner and businesswoman Linda Hadeed was not present at the time, the men were given entry after one of her workers instructed the attending security guard to let them in. A 20-year-old Laventille woman later told police she opened the main gate to the home for the men, who then tied her up and allegedly began searching the house for cash and valuables. Read more here



Govt minister urges media – Stop focusing on negatives in children's homes

 Ayanna Webster Roy – Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for Gender and Child Affairs – has cautioned the media that continued "negative" reporting on children's homes can lead the public to believe the children are "no good," when this is far from the truth. She was speaking at the launch of the Children's Authority's national interagency protocol for child abuse prevention and management on Thursday. The authority celebrates its eighth anniversary this year. Read more here



Airline passengers conditions of carriage

From its inception, commercial air travel has been plagued with flight delays and cancellations that caused missed connections to the final destination of passengers, disruptions to vacation packages and aborted business meetings. Other difficulties that air travellers face were loss or damaged checked baggage and confusion over jurisdiction for liability claims. In many instances passengers had very little recourse to recover hotel expenses, meals and other pecuniary losses due to delays, cancelled flights and damaged or missing baggage.  In October 1929, several countries met in Warsaw, Poland to consider a draft convention prepared by International Technical Committee of Legal Experts on Air Questions (Comité International Technique d’Experts Juridiques Aériens, CITEJA) relating to liability in the international carriage of passengers and baggage by air and which was under consideration since 1927. The meeting approved the final draft which came into effect in February 1933 and is commonly known as the Warsaw Convention. Read more here

ANSA McAL looking to $2B profit by ‘27

ANSA McAL is looking to become a group that generates profit before tax of $2 billion by 2027 and has established 2X as the internal rallying cry for the plan. So said ANSA McAL’s group CEO, Anthony Sabga III in an interview with Guardian Media, following the company’s annual meeting, which was held Friday last at the Radisson Hotel in Port of Spain. Sabga said what 2X represents for the group is the possibility of doubling its business in the next five years. “During the course of 2022, the leadership team of ANSA McAL went into retreat. We started reviewing and looking at the possible items in our pipeline that we saw available to us. Read more here



Guyana draws inspiration from Qatar’s leadership in economic diversification

GUYANA’S Embassy in Doha, Qatar marks a significant milestone in the enhanced bilateral relationship between the two nations, focusing on promoting peace, stability, and sustainability, as well as tackling crucial global challenges, according to President, Dr. Irfaan Ali. While delivering his address at the embassy’s recent inauguration, the Head of State highlighted the partnership’s key areas of cooperation and expressed gratitude for Qatar’s support. “Qatar has been an example in investing resources to diversify its economy and expand its influence, demonstrating sound leadership,” President Ali remarked. “We are on a path of converting revenues from the oil and gas sector to advance our economy and make it one of the most competitive globally. Qatar provides a good example for us to learn from,” the President said. Read more here



Iran executes three over anti-government protests

Authorities in Iran have executed three men sentenced to death in connection with the nationwide anti-government protests last year, the judiciary says. The three were convicted over their alleged involvement in a shooting attack that killed three security personnel in Isfahan in November. Amnesty International says they were subjected to unfair trials and allegedly tortured. Four other protesters have been hanged since December. Dozens more have reportedly been sentenced to death or charged with capital offences. The protests swept across the Islamic Republic following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was detained by morality police in Tehran in September for allegedly wearing her hijab "improperly". Read more here


19th May 2023


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