Daily Brief - Friday 1st October, 2021

TTMA IN THE NEWS

Tributes for business pioneer Stuart Dalgliesh after sudden death in Grenada

Stuart Dalgliesh, a leader of the business community, manufacturing and construction sectors, and former president of the TT Manufacturers Association (TTMA), died suddenly in Grenada earlier this week. Dalgliesh, 69, was the CEO emeritus of SCL (Trinidad) Ltd and SCL Group of Companies. In a statement on Thursday, SCL Ltd said his death was a shock as he "was sharp, articulate and well organised" half an hour before his passing. Read more here

 

NEWS

Maracas bake and shark vendor puts on brave face after fire guts stall

Despite the shock of losing his businessplace, the director of Asha's Bake and Shark stall, director Mark Tulsie says he is not deterred. Newsday understands the stall, on Maracas Beach, caught fire between 12 am and 2 am on Thursday. Appliances from the Wrightson Road, San Juan and Santa Cruz fire stations were called and extinguished the fire. Officers said the stall was not close enough to other structures for the fire to spread. Read more here

T&T educator recognised by Netherlands Queen

A Trinidadian-born educator has copped a prestigious award from the Queen of the Netherlands for leading an initiative aimed at Caribbean youth resilience. Back in June, members of her team at Expertise Centre Education Care out in Saba, a tiny Dutch island in the Lesser Antilles, landed in winners row for their project aimed at fostering an inclusive society. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Persad-Bissessar: AG must resign like Seepersad

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar welcomed the resignation of Bliss Seepersad as chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) and said Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi must also go for his alleged role in the PSC's failed attempt to appoint an acting Commissioner of Police (CoP.) She issued a statement on Thursday, titled: Bliss has finally done the honourable thing; Faris must now follow suit. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Budget must push T&T forward say UWI economists

The lessons of the pandemic must be used to push Trinidad and Tobago forward. This was the shared view of economists as they assessed the Government’s last fiscal package, and looked forward to Minister of Finance Colm Imbert’s presentation next Monday. Economist and lecturer in Finance Vaalmikki Arjoon has touted that “Economic Freedom” ought to be the theme for Budget 2022, given the strain placed on the economy by the lockdown measures introduced in the past 18 months which have caused “severe damage to revenues and cash flows earnings for the private sector, job losses, and weakened household incomes.” Read more here

Food inflation 4.9%

It is what Trinidadians have been living with for many months—a “surge” in international commodity prices such as sugar, wheat and vegetable oils which has led to an increase in food prices. The Central Bank (CBTT) also yesterday attributed higher food inflation to increased shipping costs, transportation delays and adverse weather conditions which have “led to a discernible ­increase in food prices”.  Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Guyana wants to double fish production by 2025

BY 2025, the Ministry of Agriculture is looking to double the country’s fish production by comprehensively and sustainably developing the aquaculture industry. This is according to subject minister, Zulfikar Mustapha, who was, at the time, engaging the Japanese Ambassador to Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, Tatsuo Hirayama. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Australian border to reopen for first time in pandemic

Australia will reopen its international border from November, giving long-awaited freedoms to vaccinated citizens and their relatives. Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the world's strictest border rules - even banning its own people from leaving the country. The policy has been praised for helping to suppress Covid, but it has also controversially separated families. "It's time to give Australians their lives back," PM Scott Morrison said. Read more here

The left defies Pelosi as Biden's big hopes are in limbo

An extraordinary day and night of wrenching tension, failed 11th hour deal making and festering mistrust between liberal and moderate Democrats left President Joe Biden's vast domestic agenda in a dangerous limbo. Progressive Democrats on Thursday defied fierce pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and refused to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, flexing new leverage in a bid to guarantee trillions more in the most sweeping social spending plan in a generation. Read more here

1st October 2021

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