Daily Brief - Friday 12th July, 2019

NEWS

Commission of Enquiry into $500M acquisition for highway

Cab­i­net will ini­ti­ate a com­mis­sion of en­quiry to ex­am­ine the cir­cum­stances in which over $500 mil­lion was paid to home­own­ers to ac­quire land for the ex­ten­sion of the high­way from San Fer­nan­do to Point Fortin. The an­nounce­ment was made by Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and Min­is­ter in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter, Stu­art Young at Thurs­day's post-Cab­i­net news con­fer­ence. The com­mis­sion will be asked to de­ter­mine whether crim­i­nal or civ­il pro­ceed­ings should be brought against those in­volved, in­clud­ing a Cab­i­net com­mit­tee head­ed by for­mer Prime min­is­ter Kama Per­sad-Bisses­sar. Click here for more

98 athletes in T&T Pan Am team

Nine­ty-eight (98) ath­letes from eigh­teen (18) sport­ing dis­ci­plines, along with 50 of­fi­cials, will head to Li­ma, Pe­ru, to rep­re­sent Trinidad and To­ba­go at the 2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games from Ju­ly 26th to Au­gust 11th. Di­ane Hen­der­son was named the Chef de Mis­sion of the con­tin­gent that com­pris­es 58 male and 40 fe­male ath­letes. Ath­let­ics boasts the li­on’s share of the con­tin­gent with 26 ath­letes and sev­en of­fi­cials. Click here for more

Jack: I’m not liable to pay US$79

Corruption-accused former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner says he is not liable to pay US$79 million in damages, which was ordered by a United States judge in a Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) lawsuit. Triston Bonterre, corporate secretary, legal and compliance officer of the Warner Group of Companies, issued a news release yesterday stating that Warner “categorically denies that he is liable for any of the sums, which comprise part of these default judgments”. Click here for more

 REGIONAL  

Bajans blow away T&T

Jaden Lea­cock’s sev­en-wick­et haul blew away T&T in the penul­ti­mate round of the Re­gion­al Un­der-17 tour­na­ment at the Na­tion­al Crick­et Cen­tre in Bal­main, Cou­va, yes­ter­day. Bar­ba­dos won the toss and elect­ed to field first and their bowlers ran through T&T’s bat­ting or­der. The lo­cal team had half of its batts­men back in the pavil­ion with 34 runs on the board. Isi­ah Gomez’s 18 was the high­est of the in­nings for T&T while Tariq Mo­hammed made 15. Click here for more

J’cans Illegally In US Warned To Have Lawyers On Hand - ICE Gearing Up To Deport Thousands Of Undocumented Immigrants Starting Weekend

Jamaicans living illegally in the United States are being advised by New York-based immigration attorney Millicent Clarke to have a lawyer’s number on speed dial as they could quickly find themselves on a plane back home if a US government-planned operation gets under way this weekend. A similar operation was to take place last month, but US President Donald Trump postponed it. The operation, which has caused outrage among immigrant-rights advocates, is expected to target persons with final deportation orders, including families whose cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Click here for more

INTERNATIONAL

Branson warns pound to plummet in no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit would cause the pound to plummet and be worth the same as the dollar, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has said. This would be "devastating" for Virgin, and force the group to shift investment out of the UK, he said.Sir Richard also criticised the rail franchising system, saying it stifled entrepreneurs. The Department for Transport said rail firms "clearly see an ability to be entrepreneurial". Click here for more

 Turkey defies US as Russian S-400 missile defence arrives

Turkey has received the first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system despite opposition from the US. The shipment arrived in an airbase in the capital Ankara on Friday, the Turkish defence ministry says. The move will anger the US, which has warned that Turkey cannot have both the S-400 anti-aircraft defence system and US F-35 fighter jets. Turkey and the US are Nato allies - but Turkey has also been establishing closer links with Russia. Click here for more

Thomas Cook in £750m rescue deal talks

Troubled travel company Thomas Cook is in £750m rescue talks with banks and its largest shareholder, Fosun. The measures, which have not been finalised, would see the Chinese investor buy the firm's tour business. Thomas Cook's chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, said the proposal was "not the outcome any of us wanted" but insisted it was "pragmatic”. He told the BBC that customers did not need to worry because their holiday bookings were "secure". Click here for more

 

12th July 2019

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