Daily Brief - Friday 28th June, 2019

NEWS

Two Trini pupils head to science camp in US

TWO Trinidadian pupils are off to the US this week to participate in the National Youth Science Camp 2019. The US Embassy in Port of Spain, in collaboration with the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), announced the pupils as Teveer ­Balraj of Naparima College and Sarah Berment of Holy Name Convent. Read more here…

Claxton Bay man gets $1 m after false charges

For the third time in less than two years, tax­pay­ers have been forced to com­pen­sate a man from Clax­ton Bay, who claimed to have been re­peat­ed­ly tar­get­ed by a group of po­lice of­fi­cers.

Mark Vic­tor Ha­gley, of South­ern Main Road, Clax­ton Bay, re­ceived his lat­est award on Thurs­day as High Court Mas­ter Sher­lanne Pierre grant­ed him $200,000 in com­pen­sa­tion over an in­ci­dent in 2010. Read more here…

 

POLITICS

No back-pay for former MPs, judges and presidents

THERE will be no back-pay for former ministers and MPs, retired judges, presidents and prime ministers. In order to prevent any expectation of back-pay or retroactivity by the beneficiaries of increased pensions, an amendment to the Miscellaneous Provisions (Pensions) Act was tabled and passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. Read more here…

Will Moonilal apologise today?

“ALL will be revealed at 1.30 p.m.” This was the comment of Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal to a query on whether or not he will apologise for his statement, “Da is why Snake have lead for you”, directed to Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds and which led to him being called before the Privileges Committee. Read more here…

 

BUSINESS

Foreign operator will likely get nod for refinery—Khan

Petrotrin's Pointe-a-Pierre Re­fin­ery, now called Guaracara Re­fin­ing Com­pa­ny Ltd, will "most like­ly" be leased to a for­eign op­er­a­tor, En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan.

He was speak­ing at a PNM meet­ing in Point Fortin on Thurs­day night un­der the theme Let's Talk En­er­gy.

"Guaracara Re­fin­ing and ter­mi­nalling (stor­age) fa­cil­i­ties is very like­ly to be leased to a pri­vate op­er­a­tor. Very like­ly, an in­ter­na­tion­al op­er­a­tor be­cause there is no in­dige­nous ca­pac­i­ty to run a re­fin­ery of that size and com­plex­i­ty. We will be fo­cus­ing on Her­itage," Khan said. Read more here…

Spotlight on TT cocoa

Can cocoa be king once more for TT? If the diligent army of cocoa farmers, chocolatiers and researchers have their way the kingdom for our world famous fine-flavour sweetener will be restored. It is their work that Business Day focuses on today, highlighting their efforts to firmly plant our Trinitario variety on the international market, and by doing so revitalise a sector that was once the mainstay of the economy – and perhaps, may be so again. Read more here…

 

REGIONAL

Petrojam Plan - Government To Seek Public Feedback On Future Of State-Owned Oil Refinery

The public will have a say in how the Government moves ahead with Petrojam in the wake of a report which recommended, among other things, that transfer of the management of the state-owned oil refinery to the private sector “provides the only credible opportunity to improve operating performance”. Read more here…

Powerful Together - Phillips Launches One PNP Campaign As Presidential Election Hits High Gear

As the People’s National Party (PNP) leadership race starts to sizzle, Dr Peter Phillips, the man trying to hang on to his job as president, fired several rounds at critics while reeling out his two-year report card at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston last night, making the case for his continuance. Read more here…

 

INTERNATIONAL

G20 summit: Trump jokes to Putin about Russian election meddling

A smirking Mr Trump wagged his finger at the Russian president and said: "Don't meddle in the election, please." The pair were holding talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.

It was their first meeting since Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia was behind an effort to influence the presidential election with a state-authorised campaign of cyber-attacks and fake news stories planted on social media. Read more here…

European heatwave: Record temperatures 'claim lives'

France may hit its highest-ever recorded temperature on Friday in the heatwave that has swept across the continent this week.

The current record is 44.1C (111.4F) - measured during a heatwave in 2003 which killed thousands of people.

In response, France's national weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert warning for four areas. Read more here…

 

28th June 2019

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